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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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BA SCORE
87
very good

298 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 20
Gots: 68 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unlike Gueuze this is a blend of lambics all drawn from the same year. As such there is minimal carbonation.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, lemon, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour lemon and funky flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

djrn2, Mar 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

acurtis, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Ave in DC. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a clear golden color with a short white head and not much in the way of lacing. From there, it gets much, much better. The nose brings loads of ripe acidity and citrus, with a good bit of lemon and some faint stone fruits. A bit of mineral quality alongside some nice earthiness and hay.

The flavor is a good blend of acidity and funk. It's more toward the Cantillon and Tilquin end of the spectrum, though it has a bit more funk than either of those without quite as much acidity. Really nice lemon rind and puckering lactic acidity throughout. Dry and funky. Light body with spritzy carbonation and a nice dry, sour finish. Really impressive.

Thorpe429, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

nmann08, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Texasfan549, Jul 17, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark pale yellow in color. It poured with only delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak are present in the nose along with notes of sourness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little bit of acidity with hints of tangerines.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This unblended lambic was neither too acidic nor too sour so it wasn't that difficult to drink.

metter98, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

GRG1313, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brew Year: 2011 Bottle Year: 2013

Appearance: Pours out with a slightly hazy golden color; compared to others, the head bubbled up to an inch of foam and leaves very leggy lacing for a low carbonation beer

Smell: Not all about the funk here though there is plenty of horseblanket to go around; there is also a floral, apple/strawberry tone that adds a nice dimension

Taste: Starts out with yeasty bread, green apple and strawberry fruit; by the mid-palate, the lactic tartness builds and, after the swallow, the funk arrives; there is a bit of surprising sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: There aren't too many reviews that are clearly identified as being from this brew year and, as the source of each bottling is different it is hard to compare what I tasted to others; I was very pleasantly surprised, however, both by the carbonation and the flavor; this is not the tartest or the funkiest of lambics, but it does have a nice balance and a very interesting combination of flavors

brentk56, Aug 08, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rock stars of Zenne Valley often lies in the art of the master blender rather than the master brewer. The finesse that exists in lambics and gueuze are the painstaking properties that these artists dwell over with meticulous attention to detail and fine honing of tasting skill. All that manifests brilliantly in this importer's try beer creation.

Their Lambickx pours with a sandy-yellow hue and a powdery haze that harks a little to yeast heavy witbier. A build up of creamy white foam caps the beer with a quiet calm and is sprinkled with bits of yeast. While not the most appealing beer to the eye, its aesthetics are likely that of a hundred years ago.

Aged, mellow, and earthen aromas decorate the nose with aromas of dried limes, sea air, wet straw, saddle leather, and aged woods. The shapness of the aromas and the promise of acidity evokes mouth watering properties immediately. White pepper, cider, and crab apples pronounce themselves as the beer warms and the nose becomes acclimated to the complexities herein.

Mature flavors pull ahead of the younger and sharper tartness for a mellower taste than is expected from the nose. Sure, the lime, cider, and chardonnay character is well represented, but the intensity dials down to allow the earthen woods, straw, yeast, leather, and tobacco flavors to dictate the flavor spread. These varying flavors are deeply embedded in a weave of marzipan, sea brine, and vegemite. The horsey character of the nose translates to a rustic creamy taste of oak and hay. A minerally balance with mild yet pleasant grassy hop bitterness layers onto the beer beautifully and closes the beer with confidence and grace.

Light bodied, but the sheer complexity of taste and its creamy carbonation makes me want to read a touch of fullness to start. But as the carbonation is supplanted by the brunt of acidity, mild alcohol, and tannin; the beer turns powdery dry with an aura of arid astringency in closure.

Subtlety is well played in this rustic ale as the finer qualities are light but certainly worth the concentration. I love the downplayed sourness in favor of mature earthiness throughout.

BEERchitect, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks for my friend Jen for picking up a bottle of this and sharing it with me and a few other people we know. This brew poured out into a wine glass gave off a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top that fizzled away rather quickly. The smell of the beer is tart and funky much like a typical Gueuze should smell. The taste was also tart and acidic flavors coursing through the beer. The taste was still tolerable though and not overwhelming. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the light side, it was dry like and leaving a tingle on the taste buds. Overall I found this to be a pretty good drinkable Gueuze. I can't say that I'd purchase a bottle for myself or anything but I am glad I got to try some.

Knapp85, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

SocalKicks, Nov 14, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Yeah, it was expensive, but, dammit, sometimes ya just gotta splurge, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazy tawny-straw topped by over a finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, lemon rind, light lime peel, tart pineapple, sour green apple flesh, spicy white grapes, and a touch of oak in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with all of the fruits really coming into their tart own. A small splash of white vinegar and a very brief cobweb encounter round out the highlights. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a pretty enjoyable brew all-around. My buddy's girlfriend (more of a wine drinker, really) thoroughly enjoyed her pour and went back for seconds and thirds. I would have followed suit, but I knew other beers were waiting in the wings, and I wanted my 'buds in prime condition. Good times.

TMoney2591, Nov 12, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sources & bottling amount varies from year to year, all are listed under one entry.

Brewed 2008, bottled 2011.
Source: De Troch
2000 bottles produced.

a: 3.5 s: 4.5 t: 4 m: 4 o: 4.5

This is the most traditional lambic released from De Troch (available in the US), and it's pretty impressive that V&D has sourced their unblended lambic for this project. Glad to see that they are still capable of producing a quality traditional product, despite being responsible for the lowest common denominator Chapeau line.

Three year old unblended lambic. One bottle on the shelf bore the embossed Lindemans monogram on the bottle oddly enough, recycling at it's finest. Opened with a tiny pop, but no carbonation, as is expected... unblended and traditional, without priming sugar.

Hazy saturated orange color, string of juice bubbles around the edges. Still glassy surface. Color glows when backlit.

Farmy rustic aroma of damp wood and hay, forest floor, sawn wood and citrus. Soft and mellow, not sharp or acetic.

Grapefruit juiciness, crabapple, dry oak, a soft acidity that puckers but isn't overbearing. Still and medium bodied like natural fruit juice. Overall pretty impressive, we can only hope De Troch might bottle an Oude Gueuze one day.

***
Brewed 2009, bottled 2011.
Source: Private Domain
5333 bottles produced.

a: 3.5 s: 4.5 t: 4 m: 4 o: 4.5

Served cool at cellar temperature. Into a tulip glass it pours a bright glowing orange, sharply clear. A loose cluster of larger bubbles forms in the center as it's decanted from the bottle, but soon enough there's no foam at all. Second slow pour yields a thin veil and an equally thin ring around the edges of the glass.

Complex briny aroma, sour citrus and wet wood. Fresh sawn oak and mushroomy funk. Hay and musty barn blankets. Just about as authentic as they come.

Big citrus flavors at first, lemony with some grapefruit and a slight creamy cheesiness too. Tannic bitterness, moderate puckering sourness. Bone dry oaky aftertaste, slightly honeyish. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Nice work on this lambic, it's legit and highly drinkable. If I had to wager a guess, maybe it's a 2 year old lambic from De Cam, as V&D imports them also...

emerge077, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

JAHMUR, Jun 24, 2012
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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not as good as i wanted this to be, the 2010-11 vintage in oak and chestnut. it pours a still apple jiuce color, not bubbles at all. hazy, but sunny and bright still. the nose is really funky, authentic lambic smelling with lactic tartness and high acid content. lots of citrus too, smells wild and strong, it fills the room with its funky aromatics. the taste is a little more subtle, sour only in the finish, with rustic wheat malt and lemon juice making up the bulk of the taste. as it warms a yellow grapefruit complex really comes out. fleshy grapefruit is the exact flavor, its uncanny. i have a real problem with the lack of carbonation. i know its one vintage of lambic and is supposed to be this way, but it makes it hard to get into it, i want sour beer like this to resonate and sing, this just falls short of that by quite a bit, its almost dead on the palate. i am glad i got to try this, but at 23 bucks or so per bottle, it is absurdly overpriced. i know there are a number of vintages and barrels released of this, and others may exhibit other characteristics, but at this price i am unlikely to continue experimenting with lambickx.

StonedTrippin, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jason, Nov 16, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this after drinking at a Mad Mex happy hora while Hop Slam was just tapped, guess what? It was really expensive, I'm thinking 19 to 22 dollars, give or take a few bucks. However, it's a solid sour ale, blended gueze made by the folks who started importing most of the early Belgians and started Ommegang. I've enjoyed their other offering Hop Ruiter, so I have been eager to try this new blended lambic ale.

Pours into my oversized tulip chalice and the body is a bright lemony yellow gold hazed color with a bright white head forming nicely and dwindling pretty quickly, fine speckled lace left behind on the sides of the glass.

Nose brings out the acidity of the beer with tarte white wine grapes, funky brett tones, some horse blanket, hay, and other barnyard funk with a pleasant overriding floral/citrus tone. Slight bees wax, touch of biscuit malt/honey notes, and an herbal earthiness to finish off this wild ale. Oak and the barrel effects the nose as well, a bit of acidic vinegar but enough sugar/malts to blend nicely.

Super drinkable absolutely drying with each sip but the rounded wild yeast notes and barrel aging brings the tartness all together, fruity green apple notes/white grapes with enough sugar making this beer an effervescent palatable experience. Lemon lime with some pith, green apple tartness, light balsamic vinegar notes because of the oak and acidic nature of the beer. Earthy wild funky notes, more leather, horse blanket, barnyard funk a really nice sour blended gueze that isn't gut wrenchingly sour.

Mouthfeel is upfront tart/sour with drying edges and oak barrel notes bring a lingering earthiness to the party, carbonation isn't champagne effervescent but it brings it's own texture quality to the party.

Each sip leaves me wanting another even after the sour sips keep producing belches that clear my nasal passages and airway with a slight acidic burn. Doesn't induce acid reflux like some of the really sour Jolly Pumpkin beers here in the states.

WVbeergeek, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me some gueuze. So what we have here is a distributor that decided to blend some lambics up and bottle it? Hey, why not. I'll take whatever I can get.

This one seems a bit full in flavor in a way that hampers a display of complexity. But it still brings a lot of the character I expect for the style. Seems a bit lactic, but it all comes together. Nice (mildly) funky tones with some citrus in the mix as well. It's pleasant to drink and fits the style for sure. If this were cheaper, and by cheaper I mean a LOT cheaper, I could drink more of this on the regular.

RblWthACoz, Apr 16, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's - somewhat pricey at $22.99. 2009 lambics blended together, then bottled in 2011. Not really a gueuze, but not unblended either. 5333 total bottles. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Thin white foam comes and goes quite quickly - look away and you'll miss it. Richie's claim of 15 seconds is probably 5x too long. Otherwise it's a still looking lightly hazed peach color.

S - The smell is quite enjoyable, and evokes some of the earthier Drie Fonteinen offerings. There's a blend of mushroom, forest floor, and attic complemented by some white wine vinegar, lemons, stone fruit sweetness, and a touch of diaper. As it warms it gets fairly intense.

T - Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the complexity of the aroma. Slightly bland, with a glimmer of pale malt sweetness and tons of wood, earth, and mushroom flavors. Less funky and acetic to taste.

M - That being said, there is still some acidity although it never strays into uncomfortable territory. Medium-light body, dry finish, and pretty much no bubbles present.

D - It was easy to drink - Mike and I destroyed the 750ml bottle. A bit of carbonation might brighten the flavors up, although too much might over-accentuate the woodsy character. Unfortunately, there are better options at this price point so it's unlikely I'll see how this develops over time.

MasterSki, Nov 01, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, beer served in a snifter just because.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin lazy head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is nice, oak, lactic, mild acetic, overall nice.

Beer is light in body and has this sort of funky / sour finish to it. An interesting lambic for sure but not a very strong funk or sour, easy drinking for sure. I'd probably have it again.

drabmuh, Feb 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

mendvicdog, Nov 26, 2013
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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
87 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.