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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 366
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 21
Gots: 74 | FT: 7
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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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 366
Photo of artoolemomo
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up no head but that was expected. If there were head, it would most likely be a pure cotton white. The body is a hazy yellowish orange with many tiny bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. It glows an opaque and light amber/orange when held up to the light.

Nose- Very nice and very strong as one would expect from a good lambic. Sour cherry, tart apple, some acetic acid. There is a slight mustiness which has a greater presence when I smell the bottle. Some hints of raspberry as well. Lemon, orange, and other citrus are also present.

Taste- Acetic acid followed by even more tart apple and sour cherry than was expressed on the nose. Lots of lactic acid going on with a subtle finish of bitterness and must. I can instantly see the difference between blending different aged lambics and lambics of the same age- the simply does not have the same complexity. The tartness seems strong in the beginning but it becomes quite manageable. Some notes of white grape and a definite vinous quality. Lots of presence and balance but it lacks the complexity I expect from a blended lambic or a gueuze. However, I do enjoy its simplicity. Some strawberries and other red fruit. Some peach and stone fruits start to emerge and despite the age on this, they taste a little green. This green stone fruit quality increases and makes this beer much more interesting. There are citrus notes (orange and lemon) as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with practically no carbonation. Fairly crisp and dry on the finish. The minimal carbonation does not lessen my opinion of this beer.

Drinkability- Very easygoing on the palate. What it is not easy on is the wallet. At 23 bucks for a 750 mL bottle, this will be a onetime purchase.

Overall- Solid beer. If you like lambics and don't bat an eye at spending 20-30 bucks for a bottle of beer, buy it. It's worth a try but for many, it won't be worth the price. B+/A-. A 3.75 N 4 T 4.25 M 3.75 D 4

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of N17shelfside
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Photo of Santanax
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was great My first unblended lambic and it was quite delicious...Vomit smell along with some great citrus lemony hues....pours nicely little to no head...absolutely amazing color golden like a saison...taste like a lemony farmhouse brew super tangy very minimal carbonation with a nice dry finish...will definately grab more if i stop by that spot...

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 750 mL bottle poured into a flute at cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a tiny half-finger head of white bubbles that fades rapidly. Slightly hazy with almost zero bubbles. For everyone complaining about the lack of carbonation, unblended lambics are supposed to be this way.

S – Musty Brett earthy and barnyard aromas are apparent along with tart green apples and lemons.

T – It starts off with sweet and moderately tart apple, orange, and lemon flavors and quickly shifts to earthy, funky, barnyard Brett. Musty and woody oak flavors are apparent at the finish. While the tartness is there, the balance is definitely shifted toward the Brett end of the scale.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with no carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a very dry and moderately tart finish. Dry wood and Brett flavors linger the longest with some tart fruits creeping in there, too. Again, no carbonation is normal for the style.

O – This is the first unblended lambic that I’ve had, so I can only base my thoughts on style guidelines, but I think that this beer fits the style nicely. Even though it’s a bit heavier on the funky side, it has a nice balance between tart and Brett flavors. It’s tasty and certainly drinkable for a sour beer. I’m glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of wowbagger
1.76/5  rDev -54.8%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of alamere
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

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Photo of megahurts4
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vanberg et Famille Lambickx

Appearance: lemon yellow, very very small head, and some nice lacing.

Smell: skunky tart lambic fruit and wood.

Taste: lambic style fruits, tartness, and a citrus undertone.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This is an initially potent lambic, but lightens in flavor. The rawness is interesting.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Stateline in MD a month or two ago. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. Brewed in 2009, bottled in 2011.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange-yellow color with one finger of fluffy off white head that lasts for a minute, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, cheese, light citrus, floral notes, earthy notes, and lightly sweet fruity malts. Funk is not overpowering, but it there up front, and very nice.

t - Tastes of funk, cheese, lemon, citrus, earthy notes, floral hops, sour fruits. More sour fruits and funkier then the nose, and some nice acidity. A step up from the nose for me.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. A tiny bit thin, and some nice acidity. Pretty easy to drink a whole bottle of it.

o - Overall a very nice lambic. I had never heard of this and was pleasantly surprised. The nose was lightly funky, and the taste had even more sourness and funk. Would definitely look to get more of this one.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. 5.75% abv. Cloudy, bright golden color. No head to speak of, and very little carbonation.

Sour notes up front. Hay and barnyard notes. A bit leathery and earthy. Soft oak notes. A lot of different things going on.

Pale malt, a soft, sour citric edge. Stops short of puckering. Leather, straw, and earthy. Drying finish with an earthy feel.

Carbonation, what there is is soft. Lighter body, with no alcohol feel. This is a really nice, unique sour.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Pale golden and clear

SMELL: Medicinal, mineral, horse blanket, musty cellar, aloe, lemon peel

TASTE: Tart berries, lemon juice, smooth, musty cellar, horsey, oaky, nutty, crackers, dried grass, bone dry

The latest offering from this importer-gone-independent beer creator and blender. Each batch of Lambickx is a blend of Lambics (Gueuze) tasted and selected by V&D founder Don Feinberg. Wonderful complexities up front; however, the flavor is short lived. Regardless, fans of the style should seek this out.

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

A bottle split with oglmcdgl, been sitting on this for a few months since release to let something happen. Poured into some glasses.

LambickX pours out a straw colored yellow with some golden hues drawing towards the corners. Bronze spots with a trace amount of sparse bubbles that are sparkling, yet die, leaving a still beer, no lace.

Smell is pretty nice with a gueuze scent, some grassy tones, faint fruit. Not expecting the oak to come out, Im glad to sniff it after some warming. Wet wood with some old earthy hop scent. At this young stage, a nice smeller.

Taste is probably a bit brighter than when fresh. It's still fairly fresh, yet this probably did not have any muster when 1st on the market. A nice sourness with old earthy hop flavor, some pale malt in the back with a faint sweetness. A smal hit of fruit in the middle with some wood in the end.

Feel is pretty still but a faint spritz comes and goes on certain sips. I've had flatter unblended lambics, if you can call this a labic. Body is a step up from light, with a nice pleasant sourness that wont kill your stomach.

Pretty nice product here, I am sure it will hold up for a year or two, but will it get better? Only time will tell.

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

Love me some gueuze. So what we have here is a distributor that decided to blend some lambics up and bottle it? Hey, why not. I'll take whatever I can get.

This one seems a bit full in flavor in a way that hampers a display of complexity. But it still brings a lot of the character I expect for the style. Seems a bit lactic, but it all comes together. Nice (mildly) funky tones with some citrus in the mix as well. It's pleasant to drink and fits the style for sure. If this were cheaper, and by cheaper I mean a LOT cheaper, I could drink more of this on the regular.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2011 cork and cage bottle. Served cellar temp.
Decent carbonation, bright yellow straw color. Slight haze despite being aged the better part of a year. Hardly any head, some white thin head on the fringe.
Smells nice. Immediate oak barrel character comes through. Mixed in with some intense, very bright wild yeast.
Great flavor as well. Solid lactic sourness. Does scorch the palate or linger too long. Oak is both well balanced and tasty. Still very beer like, I can taste the wheat. And doesn't have a bone dry body like a lot of lambics, but by no means sweet. Worth a try, true to style.

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
87 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.