Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf
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4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
This beer pours a slightly hazed bright golden color and produces next to no head on the pour. A thin bright white head appears and disappears in seconds.
The aroma is nice. There are some traditional scents that I enjoy. Wild yeast provides some bretty notes, there is some citrus and a light sweetness.
The taste is alright. It's tart, with some light fruity notes. I don't find it to be highly complex, but it's nice nonetheless.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of efforvescent carbination.
Overall its a very nice beer. I'm pretty sure the label says this is a blended lambic, so the style probably needs to be changed. Anyway, the flavor profile is relatively simple and very satisfying. I don't always have an easy time describing lambics, but I do really enjoy them anyway. Definitely worth a try.
02-10-2012 23:28:29 | More by Goliath
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
02-04-2012 03:19:17 | More by Thorpe429
4.55/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
01-29-2012 15:28:54 | More by barleywinefiend
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
01-23-2012 07:17:29 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-21-2012 19:25:13 | More by larryi86
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
01-16-2012 02:44:44 | More by thecheapies
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
01-06-2012 03:57:25 | More by RuckusDu
2.8/5 rDev -27.1%
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.
01-03-2012 00:21:19 | More by jwjon1
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Vanberg & DeWulf
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.
01-02-2012 18:03:40 | More by Stinkypuss
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
01-02-2012 07:32:19 | More by corby112
Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
86 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.