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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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BA SCORE
87
very good

319 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 69 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

Unlike Gueuze this is a blend of lambics all drawn from the same year. As such there is minimal carbonation.
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of VincentFrey
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour / Appearance: Next to no carbonation. Cork came out with no pop or hiss, and even a heavy pour yield only a few millimeters of head that quickly disappeared. Otherwise a very beautiful, straw colored beer. Not much to really comment on here, as it hits its marks in spades.

Aroma: Very nice, subtle belgian yeast funk that somehow dominates while letting peaks of acidity and pilsen malt through. Not a complicated aroma, but a nice one. Again, hits the mark.

Taste: Here's where I have an issue: without carb, and I know it's traditional, it's like drinking a white wine. Yes there are very nice upfront funk notes and some hints of acidity, but there is way too much cheap white wine oak note dominating the beer. It did everything else right, but it is entirely one dimensional here. I'm very disappointed.

Overall: Not worth the price, and very disappointing. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I don't think so. There is plenty of funk if you're looking for an example of yeast activity, but there's not much beer behind it.

Bottom Line: Don't bother unless you gotta try every lambic.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2012. Pours lightly hazy pale golden straw color with no head or lacing. Some light streaming carbonation from the glass . Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, grape, leather, wood, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of wood and yeast notes; with good strength. Feels drier and more oak/wood forward than most lambics I have had. Taste of tart green apple, grape, lemon, leather, clove, pepper, wood, hay, straw, grass, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, grape, lemon, leather, wood, clove, pepper, hay, straw, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of wood and yeast flavors; with a moderately dry finish with no cloying flavors. Minimal carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, earthy, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice lambic style. Very dry with nice complexity and balance of wood and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with no carbonation and light acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
87 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.