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Lambda - Bellwoods Brewery

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 52
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) | 11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrenihan on 03-22-2014

From the belly of the dragon (barrel room), comes a boozy brew that already seems to have a serious reputation. What started off as a relatively traditional Quad recipe, went into our beloved oak barrels alongside a healthy dose of Brettanomyces Lambicus, and like a recluse, there it stayed for the better part of a year. As to what Lambda was doing while on sabbatical for a year, it’s tough to say. Perhaps it was reading post apocalyptic fiction, or just diabolically planning its return…
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 52
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brownish ruby colour, 1.5 fingers of tan head, a bit of lace as well. Smell is brett and oak forward, dark fruit, plums and raisn, a bit of a port wine and brown sugar as well here. Taste is bretty and funky, dark fruits, raisin and plum, sweet jammy fruits, a bit of alcohol but not close to the 11% listed. Medium carbonation, full body with creamy points. This was really enjoyable, rich and complex, excellent stuff in line with the rest of the stuff these guys are doing.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- tons of dark fruit on the aroma with an emphasis on dried cranberry and raisin. Just a hint of sour/tart aroma, but barely noticeable

T- sweet caramel/toffee malt up front produces lots of dark fruit flavor that follow the nose; cranberry, raisin, fig & date, a hint of cherry. Hint of vinous notes with some woodsy flavor, singed brown sugar sweetness on the close

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a thick mouthfeel and creamy finish

O- a nice quad that provides plenty of those dark fruity characteristics that you look for in the style

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head. Aroma of dry fruits and residual sugars offset by some funky yeast notes is quiet singular and interesting. Taste is also dominated by residual brown sugar notes with some dry fruits and candy ester offset by some Brett and funky yeast notes. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation and some light arming alcohol notes. Very interesting mix with good amount fo complexity while retaining some drinkability.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque deep amber/brown colour with two big fingers of taupe coloured head that slowly receded.

S - The funk from the brett is very noticeable up front. A big sweetness from the base beer adds dark caramel, toffee, dates, raisins and hints of dark fruit.

T -Sweetness up front - caramel, toffee, dates, raisins and plum are all present with a hint of dark cherry coming through as well. The brett is much more muted than the nose suggested, but shows up in the finish adding a slight funk and some dryness. A slight alcohol presence help to cut the sweetness.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Slightly dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a dark, ruby-brown with 2-3 fingers of bubbly, tan head that falls quickly to a thick persistent collar and some ephemeral lacing. The nose is full of sweet roasted malt, raisins, dates and Brett! On the palate there is a massive malt profile, sweet caramel, treacle, raisins, honey and vanilla. The Brett really comes out nicely on the finish and attempts to dry out the palate. Lambda has a big body and lots of carbonation (a bit too much). This is a delicious beer with a great deal of complexity.

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Photo of dipso123
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Caudalie
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of @TheSevenDuffs

The brett is much more muted than I initiated expected (although it did sit for 1 year) but it added an interesting complexity and rounded out the sweetness. Well worth seeking.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of SebD
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (grapes and raisins), some tart cherries, oak, sweet caramel and a slight roastiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of sweet dark fruit (grapes, raisins, cherries, dark berries), some Brett funk, oak and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great one by Bellwoods.

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Photo of Whatup14
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sweemzander
2.07/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrenihan
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with a good-sized beige head. Good retention.

Nose is good, with a lot going on. Dark fruits, including cherry, plum and red grape, with a vinous winey note. Oak. The Brett is noticeable, giving a bit of a leathery scent.

Flavour is also very good. Quite sweet, with similar dark fruit flavours, as well as bread. Oak and red wine. The Brett is not strong- it adds a bit of a dryness and a very slight bit of funk, though it is still very sweet.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level, very silky and smooth.

Overall, I like it very much. You have to like sweet beers, otherwise it will not be up your alley. The barrel and Brett treatment reminds be somewhat of the No Sleep Til Brooklyn, but the base beer is of course very different.

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Photo of fizzyted
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Another treat courtesy of Peensteen...

A - Pours a dark ruby, two thumbs of head, solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Dark fruit, plums, raisins, hints of barnyard funk, dried hay, and caramel.

T - Much like the nose, this fruity notes dominate, lots of sweetness, dark fruit and yeast esthers, the brett notes are subtle but still very present, making for a pleasant flavour profile. A bit of ABV heat, but still incredibly drinkable at such a high octane.

M - Medium bodied, a bit sticky on the finish.

O - Another winner from a brewery that seems to be able to live up to the hype. Just a fantastic example of the style and a unique concept brew that pairs sour funk with a sweet dubbel, and pulls it off with flying colours.

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Photo of Jerboat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Lambda from Bellwoods Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.