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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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87
very good

328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
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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Photo of wowbagger
1.76/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Probably a defect of some kind, but my bottle was flat as a clam sea. Looks yellow and dull. Strong aroma, but hard to place. Smells a little fruity and yeasty, maybe strawberry? The initial taste is nothing but sourness and that doesn't change much nor does the thin mouthfeel. If this is any example, I don't think I care much for lambics, though as I said above, there may have been something wrong with the bottle. After half a glass I didn't want to drink any more.

Photo of mjohnson17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NickyDee21
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Brew Years: 2010-11
Bottle Year: 2012

Pours a bright fresh looking gold with some slight pale straw notes. Absolutely no head.

Aroma starts off with some tartness. Sharp and slightly acidic with some nice slight lemon notes and some slight vinous notes as well. Upon further inspection there are some yeasty esters in there with some slight sugary sweetness. Definitely some slight funk notes and some nice wood are present.

Flavors starts off with some medium to mild tart notes. Lemony notes with some nice sour apple. There is a lot more funk in the flavor than anticipated by the nose. There are some nice slightly fruity notes in the flavor some nice pear and white wine with apple of course. The funk is definitely present and has some nice barnyard and horse blanket notes. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is barely existent.

Overall pretty good lambic in my book. Nice tart notes some nice slight fruit sweetness. As the beer warms the beer really balances between some fruity yeast esters and the sour notes.

Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of alamere
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stemless red-wine glass..

A - Yellow.. slightly hazy. No evident sign of carbonation

S - I'll never figure out why beers are put into these green bottles.. especially $20+ beers?? First thing I smell is skunk... as the beer breathes a little bit the skunk does subside and I get a typical sour apple, vinegar-esque, pear laced nose.

T - I'd say the beer really does taste great. Sour apple and pear and though undercarbed obviously... still has a good mouthfeel with a slight sting to it. Has a pretty distinct collision between sweet and sour in it and really as it warms is a quality, 3 dimensional taste. The finish lingers a bit with a warm breadiness or maltiness to it. Fantastic warm weather beer to me.

M - I assumed that I'd be disappointed with the low carbonation as I typically like beers that are pretty spritzy, but for this beer.. I think this is right. Too much more carbonation would've ruined the sourness and made it sting too much in my opinion.

Overall - I dig it. Do I dig it for $25?? would I buy again? not sure... I'm lucky to live in a land rich with beer but I don't regret trying it one bit!

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lambickx Vanberg & DeWulf lambic- Unblended 2012 bottle year, brewing years 2010-11. 5.75% alcohol content 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A- A light to moderate pour produces a flat slightly bubbled golden hued fluid with absolutely zero head and and lacing well known for the unblended style. Nice eye appeal. Almost like a cider with less carbonation.

S- Scents of sour apples and pears come to mind with a musky wine cellar fume that comes to note on the backend of the nose. I also get a hint of muscadine grape sweetness.

T-M- Taste upfront is sharp, almost like a sharp chedder cheese that curls your upper lip. Tart and tangy apple cider with a less alcohol presence and flat texture. White muscadine grape wine kick at first with a musky hay like yeast flavor sum up the middle of this one. The backbone is a mildly acidic tartness that follows the lines of a table wine with wild yeast properties. Mouthfeel is smooth and lacking carbonation to make a acidic tingle on the taste buds.

Overall this is a good beer to try for the Unblended Lambic style but lack the sophistication of a 20+ dollar a bottle beer. Might be better aged but as a beer seeker might say at the price, worth a try, but with the caliber not worth a revisit... cheers!

Photo of Bubukar
1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Clear golden with nothing atop the beer. Flat as can be. I expected it, but it's still always disappointing.

Smell - Lemony citrus acidity. Muted, but permeating, earthy tones. Not an outright funkiness, but some good must and a strong pepper character.

Taste - Tangy but not what I'd call truly sour. The musty and earthy notes come out more here, I guess because the acidity is less intense. The finish is very peppery and spicy. There's a spike in lactic sourness just at the end and it all drops off with a strange aftertaste I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel - Well it's flat. As much as that's to style for an unblended lambic, it still isn't pleasant. Otherwise I don't find much fault with it. Maybe that strange aftertaste...

Overall - Muted flavors, but they're all pretty nice. Doesn't have the complexity of its Belgian counterparts. I know this bottle is pretty pricey (around $22 in these parts) and I wouldn't pick another one up at that price.

Photo of Rutager
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$25 750 from qfc in Seattle early last year.

Appearance. Pours a hazy, light yellow-gold with just a ring of head clinging to the edge of the glass.

Smell. Red apples, some nice woody funk, a little wheaty salted crackers. Not bad.

Taste. That wheaty salted cracker that I could smell is in the taste, just lightly sour, maybe a little pear and apple, some funky and lightly bitter wood. Drinkable, but not the greatest.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall. Wow. At $25 for this, I feel cheated.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a hazy golden-straw color with a brief flash fizzle for a head and no lacing. Medium-low carbonation and medium-light body texture, has a subtle chalk powder textural nuance in the finish.

Smells of barnyard funk, musty lemon peels and granny smith apples, medium-light ocean breeze with plenty of oaken driftwood and a light apple vinegar tart acidity. Tastes of an even blend of the apples, lemons, and vinegar with a medium leathery funkiness and a hay / wooden oak tannic astringency element that frames things quite nicely. This is only a moderately acidic lambic, the emphasis seems to be on achieving a balance between the sourness, funk, and woody elements that allows each to co-star without fighting each other.

Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow liquid with two fingers of very fine white suds and no lacing to speak of.
Smell is lemon peel with Belgian spices with a hint of yeast and a woody barnyard aroma.
Taste is bitter lemon with coriander and allspice then some sugary syrup followed by another sourness and ending with a woody peppery flavor.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the lemon keeps the palate clean like a fresh sour white wine.
Overall this is OK but not great. On the good side you can't taste the alcohol but this one is not full bodied enough to be a great lambic.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of cfrances33
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle, aged in French Oak barrels, enjoyed on 8/17/12. Poured into a tulip.

Pour: Completely hazy yellow-orange with no head, and no fizz.

Smell: Light hay, lemon, pear, green apples, little bit of leather.

Taste: Tart lemons, some pear, healthy dose to hay funk, and some leather must as well.

Mouthfeel: Flat as hell. Still a refreshing beer. A little less sour than I would have liked.

Overall: A solid lambic, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2011) into a tulip.

A: Pours a gold-yellow with a small white head.

S: Soft earthy tartness and hay funk. A bit of sweet wheat and lots of oak as well.

T: Light citrus and slightly sweet malted grain followed by a big wave of raw oaky lactic tartness. A bit of a bitter edge on it. Finishes dry with more oak, berry and tart plum skin, and lactic notes.

M: Light carbonation, medium-bodied. A little too thick for style.

O: I really liked this blend. Not the most complex, with a lot of heavy oak, but it's definitely good for a single-vintage blend. Solid.

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this at a good temperature with a small, foamy, off-white head that quicly subsided. Color is a clear, straw amber with a dozen or so bubble trails. Aroma is a very volatile blend of yeast, oak, leather, fruit, bit of malt. Flavor's like nose, yeast and carbonic tang unite up front and provide a zesty backdrop for the fairly dry bitter other qualities. Body and carbonation are perfect for the style and good burps too. Finish is fairly long, satisfying like a good brut champagne, and has a wisp of alcohol warmth. Excellent beer!

Photo of brez8791
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JAYBLACK
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
87 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.