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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 23
Gots: 60 | FT: 5
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-31-2012 19:36:13 | More by hooliganlife
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-30-2012 16:54:33 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy lemon drop yellow color with a nice white cap, bubbles and light lacing

S: Immediate sour lemons, hay, and a big musty horseblanket

T: Lemon and funkiness whop the palate but neither really compete, just meshed well and there is a ton of flavor. It has a dry, acidic sting on the back with more lemon, hay and funk

M: ThWell carbonated, light to medium body, loads of taste on the mouthfeel. This beer is tasty until the very end.

O: Exceptional. I enjoyed every drop and happy to pay the hefty price for the beer and will do so again. Very tasty and a beer that Farmhouse and Gueze lovers can applad.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 15:28:54 | More by barleywinefiend
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West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 07:17:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-22-2012 21:24:28 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of larryi86


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, bottled 2011, poured into a tulip
Bottle says 5.75% ABV

A- Clear yellow/golden with a small white head that fades quickly.

S- Sour lemons, barnyard funk. Could be stronger, but what you would except from a Gueuze.

T- Tart green apples, hint of sour lemons, some funk. This is balanced, but I wish is was more sour and complex.

M- Medium body, crisp, smooth.

O- The is a good Gueuze but over priced for what you are getting. I enjoy this and happy I tried it, but I would probably not get this due to the fact that stuff like Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon (when available) for less.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:25:13 | More by larryi86
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2012 18:29:58 | More by seeswo
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

01-20-2012 09:21:43 | More by bsuedekum
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2012 17:44:19 | More by pwoody11
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-17-2012 16:52:51 | More by bs870621345
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-17-2012 04:54:30 | More by imperialking
Photo of thecheapies


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fun one for review #50.

A blended gueuze from Vanberg et Famille importers out of Cooperstown, New York. Bottle states ABV is 5.75%.

750 ml bottle poured into two glasses, a tulip and a Belgian witbier glass. (I'm going to use the tulip for the aroma).

Pours a pale chamomile tea color. Some haze, but good clarity to speak of. Bleachy head composed of big bubbles and specks. No lacing.

Bright green apple aroma with considerable funk and sour pungency. Fresh linens, drop of honey, raw potato, and hay. A heavy tartness is waiting for me in the wings.

Bretty funk, tart apple flesh, grass, moldy lemon, and Sweet Tart candies. Acetic/cidery finish with a lasting bitterness. Little twists of citric sweetness that get mashed back up into acidity. Pleasant floral quality. Rather musty in the middle. One big drink for such little potency.

This one's a little thick. The combination of the stickier body and the big tart punch cuts back on drinkability and general refreshment. One sip definitely wants another, but that doesn't make it quenching. Love the sourness; worth noting that Lambickx will dry out the inside of your upper lip.

This was a fun one to try. I'm holding another for a future year.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 02:44:44 | More by thecheapies
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-10-2012 20:33:19 | More by Diomede
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4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - really reminds me of a light lager. Clear, straw yellow body. Poured a couple finger head which quickly falls to a trace. No lacing.

S - The smell is sour, mostly lemon qualities. Just a little funk.

T - Delicious gueuze. Well balanced tart that is not too bitter. Definitely some funk in the finish (like gym sock and dust). The tartness is very grapefruit and kumquat like and hints of lime.

M - Great carbonation and solid all around. Leaves a bit of a dryness on the finish. Body is on the lighter side but about right for this style.

O - This is a great beer and I'm glad it sits on the shelves (I know the $22 is what causes this) for me to enjoy whenever I'm willing to splurge. Maybe not Cantillon level, but a good readily available substitute.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:57:25 | More by RuckusDu
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-05-2012 21:54:52 | More by THECPJ
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2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Damn you Vanberg & DeWulf for relabeling Lindemans lambic and charging me 6 more bucks for a 750mL! Seriously, if the "private domain" isn't principally Lindemans (if not wholly Lindemans), I'd be surprised. I absolutely could be wrong, in which case you have here another less than stellar example of a lambic w/ the same characteristics as Cuvee Renee. Cloudy, negligent carbonation, smells of Lindemans bugs, limited mid palette and short, simple bitterish finish w/ a weak acid backbone.

Appearance, smell, taste all average. Mouthfeel below average--bitterness and lack of mouth watering acid are off for the style. Overall below average due to mouthfeel and poor qpr ratio.

Was excited for this one: V and D know their Belgians. And while perfectly quaffable, it's just another mediocre lambic sold at a premium price point. Perhaps V and D blended to their own sweet spots, and we just have different tastes. Oh well, it's always fun trying new lambic.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 00:21:19 | More by jwjon1
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-02-2012 22:57:50 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vanberg & DeWulf
(bottled 2011)

Pours a mostly clear bright golden color, bone white crackling head forms and then recedes to nothing. Aromas of pear, lemon citrus, damp hay, musty basement and white vinegar. In the taste, nice lactic twang, acetic edge, lemon rind and grapefruit pith, funky, with a nice sour. Mouthfeel is effervescent, lighter bodied (almost thin), medium carbonation and slightly dry. Overall, a solid quasi-Gueuze and the importers Vanberg & DeWulf know how to blend some lambics. Has aging potential, sitting on a bottle indefinitely.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:03:40 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that immediately settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with a good amount of barnyard horsey character along with some acetic vinegar, lactic funk and citrus acidity. Slightly vegetal with some mushroom and grass as well as stinky cheese and lemon rind.

Thinner bodied than expected with a slightly watered down mouthfeel and a less complex flavor profile than the aroma suggests. Softly carbonated with some tart, puckering funk but it's more lactic and earthy than acidic. Some lactic funk along with a grassy, vegetal character that lingers into a citrusy acetic finish. Some citrus peel and other light fruits toward the end of the palate which has some tame vinegar-y acidity.

Overall this isn't a bad beer, just a tame blend that falls off toward the finish. Lighter bodied and not as complex, funky or tart as I prefer. Refreshing and easy to drink but kind of mediocre compared to other options in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 07:32:19 | More by corby112
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Buzzards Bay gold rimmed stemmed glass.

A - Yeasty, pale orange gold color. Hazy with a low white head that dies leaving behind a bubbly collar and very sparse lacing.

S -Yeasty, earthy, very bretty with heavy barnyard, funky, tart, gym socks.

T - Sour, lactic tartness, lite acetic qualities, extremely forward barnyard funk - sweaty and wet basement-y, citrus with lemons, apples, quite dry.

M - Thin, sweaty and funky, medium-high prickly carbonation, dry, tart.

O - Very good gueuze, tons and tons of funk! Tart, not super sour though. Very good gueuze - one of the most enjoyable I've had in a while. Bottles are expensive, but I will probably grab another before they are all gone.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:38:53 | More by portia99
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-01-2012 05:40:49 | More by emdawg
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A: Hazy orange-yellow body. Small fizzy white head crashed almost as quickly as it formed. No lacing.

S: Acetic notes, oak, wet hay, some lemon and green apples.

T: Falls off a bit from the nose. Doesn't quite have the depth in the nose and is dominated by a muted musty oak flavor.

M: A bit thin towards the middle with a dry sourness in the finish. A tad undercarbonated.

O: A decent lambic, but a little simple when you take the beer in its entirety. Can't really complain about having another lambic offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:18:27 | More by callmemickey
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color. A one finger white head rises, then recedes in a second. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Light toasted grains up front. That quickly fades to huge funk, acidic, tart fruits. Intense, but enjoyable.
T: Again, there is an intense funk and acidic quality here. Kind of pulpy, like there is tiny yeast floaties. This is for the acidic, cheesy, funk heads. I like it.
M/D: A light to medium body with high carbonation. Crisp and very dry. Easy and enjoyable to drink. The acidic quality takes over after a bit, but I like that and can finish the bottle in no time.

This was a good find for me. I love the style, and this is well made. Not for the faint of heart when it comes to funk and acidity, but something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 21:19:58 | More by champ103
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow. quite impressive. i'm hooked don. keep them coming. very fun. hazy white gold with a white head that fades quickly and leaves no lace. nose is brine, sour grapefruit, fresh wood, lemon, green apple skin, freshly paved country road, green/white grapes and must. taste is mellow, balanced and drinkable. enough tartness to let you know it means business, and hints of acid elevate the rest of the flavor profile. not super sour. grapefruit and sheepy/cheesy notes rule the flavor profile to me. notes of wheat and spice come through as well. finishes nice and cobwebby. like a grapefruit stuck in a cobweb. soft, medium body that goes down way too easily and carries no unpleasant aftertaste. overall, a very drinkable lambic blend. lots of tough competition here for high ratings, but this will definitely hold it's own against the standard big boys. great to see this happen. more please!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:55:42 | More by timtim
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 14:53:07 | More by Knapp85
Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
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