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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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very good

332 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 19
Gots: 73 | 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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Region: Wambeek
Barrel Type: 275 and 600 liter french oak
Source: De Troch
Number of Bottles 2479
Brew Year: 2011
Bottle Year: 2013

A: Semi hazy, bright amber with virtually no carbonation. No head. Appears like a mid range wheat beer with a pinkish hue.

S: Big oak and sweet flowery notes. Light citrus of orange and slightly nutty. Musty.

T: Notes of dry white wine. Tart unripened white wine grapes. Really getting a wood flavor with this. The finish is long, semi- dry and slightly tart with notes of tangerine juice, bitter walnut, oak. Musty.

M: Virtually flat, but super smooth.

O: Big oak and wood flavor. Minimally sweet and moderately tart on the sweet side. Overall quite drinkable.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We crack the cage and cork, pouring a brew the coloring of hazy apple juice from our 750mL bottle. This batch was brewed in 2013 and bottled in 2014, and the source was “Private Domain”. Our flutes fill quickly, but no head, and thus no real lacing, is produced. Bubbles cling to the sides of our glasses, but carbonation appears to be only mildly active. Haze, again, is moderate, but persists, while no sediment is noted. The notes hot off the top of the aroma are tart, including white vinegar, green grape skins, and harsh lemon juiciness. These blend with balancing hints of perming solution, gentle sulfuric egginess, wet barnyard wheatiness, melty plastic phenols, uric acid and cat pee, rotten and fermented brown apple sweetness, hayseed, light and smoky rubbers, cold wax, cod oil, light brown shoe polish, and under ripe bamboo grassiness. The taste comes with harsh floral and organic tartness of poppyseed, dried rose petals, lavender, and goldenrod dustiness, earthen mineral, vinyl and varnish plastics, vinegar and balsamic acidity, soured lacto and ale yeastiness, synthetic lemon tile cleaner, generic citric peel and pulp, wheaty and Belgian pale malt graininess, pretzel dough saltiness, musky cloth, moldy apple cider sweetness, drying oakiness, and light acetylaldehyde twinge. The body is light to medium, but borders on watered at times, and the carbonation is moderate. Slurp and smack are decently preserved, but cream, froth, pop, and glug are all absent, as is expected for the style. The mouth is quickly puckered on the sip, with high and tight astringency and tannic stripe taking a layer of skin off the roof of your mouth. The abv is appropriate and easy going, but drinkability is more as a delicate sipper.

Overall, if you’re looking for something a bit lighter, but still with enough soured punch to pack, then this might be the ticket for you. The malty crispness lends well to the soured, wild dryness and bite of the yeast and bacteria, without overly washing it out. While it does remain a highly lightened beer, it keeps true to style, without allowing too much carbonation to compromise the complexity of the flavors within. One thing that we felt was muted, actually, was the oak. There was more dense woodiness through the taste than the nose, but still, we were left wanting. We may have tapped this one a bit too early, however. The puck of tartness, while inviting, does take the first layer of skin from the mouth. A bit more age would certainly mellow things out, but we would have to be careful as to not allow too much cloy to enter the picture. It is a wonderful thing, getting into the world of sours, wilds, lambics, and gueuzes, and this one marks another notch on our journey to perfection. While it doesn’t quite get us there, we are happy to have had the chance to sample it, and feel that if you’re in the mood, then this should do you fine.

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
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