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Lambickx - Vanberg & DeWulf

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BA SCORE
86
very good

290 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 22
Gots: 65 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jwat, Feb 01, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and caged green bottle poured into a tulip.
6.75% ABV, Brew Year 2008, Bottle Year 2011

A - I've heard mice farts louder than the carbonation escape from the cork pull. Lambickx pours almost still with loose bubbles forming a ring around the top of the faintly hazed golden beer.

S - Waves of heavenly ripe sour funk permeate every pore of the nostrils with tart citrus rind and damp sweat sock leaving oak and biting acidity on the back end covering up what little "beer" character one might pull from this lambic; unique and classic!

T - Grainy pale malts and soda cracker barely manages to poke through the overtly funky flavor of Lambickx, traipsing across the tongue with dry oak, gym socks, and a tart finish of lemon oil.

M - Notably lower in carbonation during the pour, this single year blend of lambics has a slick feel with just a trickle of bubbles dancing down the throat as this bone dry beer finishes with a combination of tart acidity and downright sour power.

O - Vanberg and DeWulf's Lambickx is a unique drinking experience that distances itself from the other sour beers that grace the shelves. Layers of funky complexity burrow deep into this beer with tart and sour components with descriptors that would make the uninitiated sour drinker question why anyone would consume such a "beer". This blended lambic is not, for many reasons, a training wheel sour but it's a damn good beer for those who know what to expect.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 11, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

Lambickx came served in a wine glass and, indeed, has the visual sophistication to suit it; a lambent amber-peach tone with a pearl white crowning, this looks spectacular. Its haziness is a natural consequence of the fact that it was brewed and subsequently stuffed into a barrel in 2011 and not released until 2013; two years in oak will inevitably lead to cloudiness.

Like an animal that hisses or growls before attacking, Lambics give you fair warming: the aroma is expressively, definitively sour. This particular bouquet is a little more restrained than many but one can still make out acidic and tart notes of lemon and grapefruit. There's also a strong cork flavour (if a wine had this smell you'd surely assume it was cork taint and send it back).

Lambickx may have a couple extra letters in its name, but it's definitely missing a few things: sweetness nearly edges out sourness, there's little barrel character, and the acidity is considerably muted. Often when swallowing a Lambic one imagines the enamel stripping from their teeth and a little sting at the back of the throat - this experience is nothing like that.

The flavour has elements of dried grass, peaches, and sour apples set to a 'barnyard-y' backdrop but again it falls on the palate a little flat. There's not enough sour lemon juice or oak barrel characteristics for my tastes. This one has a notably abundance of sweet wheat malt and only a superficial amount of the style's trademark 'funkiness'. It actually tastes remarkably like a buttery California Chardonnay, sharing the oaky, tart apple, and lightly acidic qualities.

I like the idea behind Lambickx: each year Vanberg & DeWul (the importers responsible for it) select a single batch of lambic - as opposed to a blend of lambics of several different ages - from a different producer, the idea being that each individual cask matures and tastes different and reflects the specific characteristics of the vintage, the brewer's tastes, the "terroir", etc...

The problem with this one, however, is that Brouwerij DeTroch - maker of 'Chapeau', some of the most pathetic, intensely sweetened and artificial tasting "lambics" ever to see market - is not exactly known for "complexity, brilliance and drinking excellence". This particular lambic is half-hearted - nothing more - but I do see the potential for some great releases to come.

biegaman, Jan 09, 2014
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Docrock, Jan 04, 2014
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rrski198, Jan 02, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour / Appearance: Next to no carbonation. Cork came out with no pop or hiss, and even a heavy pour yield only a few millimeters of head that quickly disappeared. Otherwise a very beautiful, straw colored beer. Not much to really comment on here, as it hits its marks in spades.

Aroma: Very nice, subtle belgian yeast funk that somehow dominates while letting peaks of acidity and pilsen malt through. Not a complicated aroma, but a nice one. Again, hits the mark.

Taste: Here's where I have an issue: without carb, and I know it's traditional, it's like drinking a white wine. Yes there are very nice upfront funk notes and some hints of acidity, but there is way too much cheap white wine oak note dominating the beer. It did everything else right, but it is entirely one dimensional here. I'm very disappointed.

Overall: Not worth the price, and very disappointing. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I don't think so. There is plenty of funk if you're looking for an example of yeast activity, but there's not much beer behind it.

Bottom Line: Don't bother unless you gotta try every lambic.

VincentFrey, Dec 25, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not as good as i wanted this to be, the 2010-11 vintage in oak and chestnut. it pours a still apple jiuce color, not bubbles at all. hazy, but sunny and bright still. the nose is really funky, authentic lambic smelling with lactic tartness and high acid content. lots of citrus too, smells wild and strong, it fills the room with its funky aromatics. the taste is a little more subtle, sour only in the finish, with rustic wheat malt and lemon juice making up the bulk of the taste. as it warms a yellow grapefruit complex really comes out. fleshy grapefruit is the exact flavor, its uncanny. i have a real problem with the lack of carbonation. i know its one vintage of lambic and is supposed to be this way, but it makes it hard to get into it, i want sour beer like this to resonate and sing, this just falls short of that by quite a bit, its almost dead on the palate. i am glad i got to try this, but at 23 bucks or so per bottle, it is absurdly overpriced. i know there are a number of vintages and barrels released of this, and others may exhibit other characteristics, but at this price i am unlikely to continue experimenting with lambickx.

StonedTrippin, Dec 22, 2013
Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
86 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.