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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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BA SCORE
87
very good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 71 | FT: 9
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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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't believe I forgot to give this a proper review. I had this about two weeks ago in a surprise extra tasting I was a part of. 2012 vintage. Poured into a 6oz wine glass.

Pours an oily looking, slightly hazy amber-pale color, much in vein of many great Lambics that I have had. There's a smallish, slightly foamy head (in the realm of sparkling wine) that slowly dissipates, leaving behind a ring. Shines pretty well, and definitely looks pretty resinous. Lacks the charm of many top notch gueuzes, and the color is a bit off overall, but it is inviting.

The aroma is of tart white grapes, citrus peel, farmhouse must, and lightly tinged oak. Superbly subtle - haven't had one of these do it this way for me since encountering Gueuze Tilquin for the first time. The initial fruitiness and tart aroma is quickly awash by a bready character that melds nicely with the oak, which finishes slightly earthy and rustic overall. A zesty character seeps through, although just like the initial funk it is not too overblown. Very pleasant - some would say that it lacks complexity, but it's flavorful enough to hold interest anyhow.

The flavor is quite similar, although definitely a little bit more on the tart side this time around. Dried, white raisins meld with white grape skins and lead to slightly musty farmhouse flavors (wet hay, tree sap, wet soil), and then a kiss of oak that is very subtle and not intrusive by any means. Slightly woody and tannic at the finish, with notes of yeasty must and slight earthy spices. Comfortable to drink, although very delicate. Luckily, the funk doesn't cut in too much and leaves behind only a mere soured aftertaste, and the oak doesn't feel heavy at all during consumption. Bubbles are plentiful, but, alas, could use a little bit more carbonation.

Great stuff - amazed that this doesn't have more love on the site, but it's probably because it's such a nice little humble Lambic rather than something puckery and insane. This is an everyday Lambic if I've ever had one. One that you can take to picnics or have during a warm day to refresh yourself. If the oak were heavier, it would definitely be a more restrained beer, but luckily it's not and comes off as simply an easy, flavorful, unique beer to drink. Want to turn people on to "sourish" beers? This is a good one to choose. However, don't pay a fortune for it if you can help it.

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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial pour had some light head that dissipated quickly, while in the glass constant carbonation evident with champagne like bubbling. The appearance is only a slight hazy with a nice golden straw color. Initial scent is full of funky barnyard ang grass. Mouthfeel is a little thick and heavy. Initially hit with typical barnyard funk that starts one dimensional that explodes into a number of different funky flavors. I detected lemongrass, citrus, barnyard, horseblanket at the least. Flavor doesn't really linger a lot, just some citrusy sour bitterness.

It seems that my bottle was very different from the others that I have seen reviewed. I imagine that a lot has to do with which batch you pick up. Mine was the Zenne valley, private domain brewed in 2009 and bottled in 2011.

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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For the price I paid, I was extra disappointed by this one. Yet based on the reviews, I can see why I was not the only one with a letdown. After paying around $25 at Binny's South Loop, I am entitled to express some angst. The aroma was a sour grape aroma. If you were deciding whether to eat the hypothetic grape on smell alone, you would probably put it back. On the intial taste, one detects dry grape skin and faint sweet berry in the background. As others have pointed out, it tastes a little more like a farmhouse than a lambic with the lemon notes. As many others have pointed out, this lambic is disturbingly flat. The carbonation makes me think the bottle was never corked in Belgium. In fairness, I probably will not being buying another bottle of this unless somebody wants it in trade.

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
87 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.