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Lambickx | Vanberg & DeWulf

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BA SCORE
87
very good
91 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
388
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
24.55%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
73
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States | website

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

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.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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 +5.4%
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.

Overall:
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 +6.1%
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 +2.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +11.3%
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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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw, low carbonation. It smells dry and woody, a sweet funk sort of comes through at the end, sort of like a funky, musty apple. The taste is similar, lactic, and nice, very to style. Mouthfeel is very dry and elegant. I find this the most pleasing part of the beer. Overall, I thought this was a great beer for the price (18.00) Though not the best, I thought this to be more prototypical of the lambic genre of beer.

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Photo of captainwerd
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked bottle. Drank out of a Duvel tulip. Hazy, golden yellow color. Little to no head, but the carbonation is present while drinking, and well balanced. Sour, musty, fruity. The sourness is definitely present and the main feature, but not overpowering. Pretty well balanced overall.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied dirty sanded, tarnished gold in color with a white lacing. It smells of funk, a boatload of brett, apparently bat guano according to a colleague, and a tad fruit sour. Funk laiden nose. The flavors are very dry and bretty. It has a very acetic sour. The flavors are ever so slightly fruity with a heaping truckload of brett and funk. This is heavy on barnyard for sure. It's light and well carbonated. It's a nice sour. Is it different than most? Marginally. I do like it though.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, beer served in a snifter just because.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin lazy head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is nice, oak, lactic, mild acetic, overall nice.

Beer is light in body and has this sort of funky / sour finish to it. An interesting lambic for sure but not a very strong funk or sour, easy drinking for sure. I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of Goliath
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of larryi86
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jwjon1
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lambickx
Vanberg & DeWulf
(bottled 2011)

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Buzzards Bay gold rimmed stemmed glass.

A - Yeasty, pale orange gold color. Hazy with a low white head that dies leaving behind a bubbly collar and very sparse lacing.

S -Yeasty, earthy, very bretty with heavy barnyard, funky, tart, gym socks.

T - Sour, lactic tartness, lite acetic qualities, extremely forward barnyard funk - sweaty and wet basement-y, citrus with lemons, apples, quite dry.

M - Thin, sweaty and funky, medium-high prickly carbonation, dry, tart.

O - Very good gueuze, tons and tons of funk! Tart, not super sour though. Very good gueuze - one of the most enjoyable I've had in a while. Bottles are expensive, but I will probably grab another before they are all gone.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A: Hazy orange-yellow body. Small fizzy white head crashed almost as quickly as it formed. No lacing.

S: Acetic notes, oak, wet hay, some lemon and green apples.

T: Falls off a bit from the nose. Doesn't quite have the depth in the nose and is dominated by a muted musty oak flavor.

M: A bit thin towards the middle with a dry sourness in the finish. A tad undercarbonated.

O: A decent lambic, but a little simple when you take the beer in its entirety. Can't really complain about having another lambic offering.

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Photo of champ103
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color. A one finger white head rises, then recedes in a second. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Light toasted grains up front. That quickly fades to huge funk, acidic, tart fruits. Intense, but enjoyable.
T: Again, there is an intense funk and acidic quality here. Kind of pulpy, like there is tiny yeast floaties. This is for the acidic, cheesy, funk heads. I like it.
M/D: A light to medium body with high carbonation. Crisp and very dry. Easy and enjoyable to drink. The acidic quality takes over after a bit, but I like that and can finish the bottle in no time.

This was a good find for me. I love the style, and this is well made. Not for the faint of heart when it comes to funk and acidity, but something I would recommend.

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
87 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.