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Tuverbol - Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

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BA SCORE
86
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 16.93%
Wants: 37
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Café-Brouwerij Loterbol visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 07-19-2007)
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Reviews by boralyl:
Photo of boralyl
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. 37.7cl bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Thorpe429 for the beer!

A - Cork came off with a tiny pff. Poured into my glass and got just a very small white head after an aggressive pour. The beer is a hazy golden-orange in color with the golden portion being more noticeable.

S - I get some of the Belgian yeast character, and a little alcohol which reminds me of a tripel. There are also hints of lemon.

M - Medium in body with medium carbonation. Maybe a bit under-carbonated.

T - Some funk up front followed by a good portion of Belgian yeast character. There is a strong pale ale malt sweetness present following the yeast flavor. Lemony sourness kicks in mid-taste and sticks around through the finish. A somewhat harsh alcohol flavor appears towards the finish, which ruins it a bit for me.

An interesting beer, sort of a soured tripel, with the flavors from the tripel standing out more than the Gueuze like flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this rare, retired gem.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of lemons and oranges with some light funk mixed in. The beer doesn't smell as sour or funky as I expected it to.

The flavor is similar. I get light to medium funk which is very nice. I also get some nice citrus notes - mainly lemons and oranges.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one. Thanks Jason!

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A whisper of escaping carbon dioxide upon cork extraction. Pours a hazy peach without any concrete head.

S: Tart lemon juice, bit-o-funk, slight ethanol

T: Citric bite, deep deep funk and some pronounced bitterness oscillate rapidly with a hot alcohol wave mixed in to the equation. No hiding the 10.5% here. There is a discernible presence from some orchard fruit hiding under here but the powerful Brett is keeps it from shining.

M: Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation work well together.

D: An interesting experience but the high alcohol detracts from the lightness I enjoy in a lambic. Still, I'm rating this on what it is, not what I want it to be.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade. Pours fruit pink coloured without a head. A lambick aroma, that sweats. It is 2007 with virtually no carbonation left. It is a great looking body, it is average mouthfeel, at best. It is like a white wine, fruity, beery, without the signs of such a strong beer.
Had again four months later, Jeremy's bottle from Belgium. Orange juice aroma. Modest sour, orange juice acidic with sugar.Sipper.

Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one. 2007 vintage. 375mL green glass bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Yeast left in the bottle initially.

Orange-peel/amber body, fairly clear with a thin magnolia head that dissipates to a slender raft and collar of cream. Delicate but full lacing.

Fresh citrus ranging from lemon, orange, grapefruit, to some Japanese varieties in the nose followed by a heady dose of "horse blanket." This bodes well.

Surprisingly sweet palate entry, suggestive of ripe apricot, malt, honey and a hint of pineapple. There is some light bitter-sweet citrus going on, especially in the finish, but the traditional lambic elements take center stage with mellow raw goat cheese notes and a mild funky acidity. Very well balanced with a nice depth of fruit and malt flavors as well - tastes a bit older than it is, I think this one could become too sweet if aged for many more years.

Smooth medium-light bodied, soft but well carbonated for the style.

A sipper, but very satisfying - a lovely collaboration between two of my favorite Belgian breweries. Worth seeking out.

Photo of scootny
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from 2007. Brillianty clear with a small head that disappears quickly and leave a touch of covering. Bits of lace make for a relatively attractive girl. Smell is very woody, oak and leather. Light fruits. Apple and pears with notes of grape and white wine. Some pepper and a bit of alcohol. Taste follows suit with a sharp twang of metal in the body and finish that is superbly integrated and quite tasty. Adding the yeast from the bottom smoothes out the metal and improves the taste overall. No alcohol to be found anywhere. Feel is quit light for the abv and more like a wine with a light, mild carbonation. A sipper for sure as the flavors are lost on faster consumption, still it goes down easy and smooth.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jsilva
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, 2007 vintage. Label states a blend of Loterbol Blond and Drie Fontienen lambic. Seems that one could make their own blend with a bottle of each...

This has been on my radar for a couple years, and I never thought i'd get to try it. Thanks Russ for sharing this!

Poured into a wine glass, it was a murky pastel orange, with a wispy skim and some spotty lacing. Soft feel with a mellow and light carbonation, some slickness. Fruity and bitter with an odd woody bitter astringency. Seemed to be showing minor signs of age, bound to happen as it's not a straight lambic. Mild tartness from the lambic component, muted somewhat by the blonde ale. Lemon and citrus rind. It was easy to share the bottle, don't know if I could tackle a whole one myself. Thanks again Russ for the opportunity!

Photo of tendermorsel
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served to me at the Kulmanator. 2007 bottling. Dirk the owner recommended this one to me. He told me that I was the first to try the new bottling of this one as he just picked it up at the brewer earlier in the week. I think there was a 2006 version too. He had not even tried it yet. Apparently this is a pretty rare one.

Note: It is not a Unblended lambic. Dirk told me that it is a blend of the Loterbol Blond and the Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueze. I am gonna take his word on this one:)

Great yellow color. Fluffy head at first but all carbonation dissipated very quickly leaving it very flat after a few moments in the glass. Wonderful funky scent. Quite dry and sour but not very acidic. You can taste the sugar, yeast and bread characteristics of the Loterbol in the background but the Gueze was definitely in the forefront. Good deal of mouth sweat. Great body. Silky smooth mouth feel. Insanely well balanced. It was 11% alcohol but was light, crisp and refreshing. I could drink this all day.

Highly recommended beer. Best example of a blended beer I have ever had and I would say this was the best beer I had while in Belgium.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a murky light beige color ale with almost no head with no retention or lacing. Aroma of dirty barnyard is more or less pleasant. Taste is also not that pleasant with a weird funky notes of dirty barnyard with notes of funky yeast. Body is full with almost no carbonation. This is like taking the worst from the 3F and mixing it with a bland Belgian ale.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another cool score from my homeboy Ditmier.... Eric brought this to a small tasting saying, "I'm not bringing anything too rare, don't worry about it." Yeah... okay. Thanks again brother.

Pours with a thin white head... hazy golden... no lacing... no cap... still sorta pretty.

Nose is tart and funky with lemon and green apple... foot funk and musty hay... smells a bit sweet too surprisingly... whaffs of brown sugar.

Sweetness definitely plays in the palate with the above brown sugar.. or maybe even caramel essence... still the main player is a drying lemony tartness.... floral notes then some phenols that remind me of how a box of bandaids smell (not necessarily a bad thing)... not as much funk as I was hoping for.. the phenols gather as it opens up and gain a bit of plastic or medicinal components...

I just don't believe that this is over 10%... the numbers just don't add up... really no alcohol or heat... just some acidic burn down the gullet... medium body and a bit undercarbonated..

Ehhhh... I don't know... My notes are good, yet fail to convey my apathy at the time... interesting and alot of complexities going on that don't exactly deliver.

I want another try or two ... On to the wants list tonight! Thanks again Eric.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sooo lucky to be able to try this one, words escape me. I have been getting a hold of a lot of these obscure Belgian Lambics lately but this one takes the cake for me as far as originality and complexity. I mean 11%? Good grief. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 11/12/2009.
 
The pour was very nice, rich apricot in color with only a small puff of white head comes up and over the top before settling down gently with a nice bit of side glass lacing and a hazy, almost entirely clouded over look to it. Just looks like cloudy fruit juice, really nice. Aroma starts light and builds wonderfully. Hints of pears and peaches, notes of apricots all coming through very cleanly. Light notes of woody tones buried underneath. Light aroma of grain or light fig maybe? Interesting that I am picking up no hints of any hotness here at all. Smooth, would be the word of the day here. The flavor is so delicate and enchanting, I am at a loss. Just mellow fruit notes, light, airy and wonderful. Touches of peaches side by side with hints of grape skins and nice touches of pears. Really just perfectly put together and one of the smoothest and easily drinkable Lambics I have ever had. This one is down right dangerous in how smooth it was. As it warms hidden notes of fig and light spice poke their head out for a quick minute but the palate is left smooth and clean and light fruit flavor on the palate that really just begged for more.
 
Overall I am both blown away and perplexed by this one. So good, and so smooth, not terribly sour and overbearing, just one of the nicest, richest and smoothest Lambics I have ever run across.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Arne.

Pours a hazy straw-color, topped by a small white head that settles to a film.

The aroma is an unusual mix of funk and oak, light lactic sourness, peppery yeast and citrus fruit. The lambic and tripel blend together nicely, neither overwhelming the other.

It essentially tastes like a mildly sour and oaky tripel, initially sweet and peppery, but more funky, tannic and dry in the finish. Not outright sour, it does nonetheless exhibit a mild lactic sourness. White pepper and oak take over in the dry finish with a mild lingering astringency. Interesting stuff, the brewery did a great job combining two very different styles of beer into one harmonious blend.

Photo of vacax
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow-gold with a calamitous amount of cloudiness. The aroma is highly floral, with lotus blossom, honeysuckle, funk, honey, and apple blossoms. Huge amount of aromatics, distinguishing this from many lambics. The flavor is quite bright and sweet, honeylike, flowery, funky, cookielike and only moderately sour. Tart and chalky finish. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation present. Interesting to try such a floral tasting lambic, though I would like some more sourness, funk, bubbles, or something else to enhance it.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jerz for opening this bottle.

A - Clear peachish-urineish-orangeish color with no head and no lacing.

S - Lemon, funk, and a little bit acidic. Soft notes, but good. Nothing overpowering, just nice compliments.

T - Lemon, tea-ish, funk on the back end, weird finish...kind of reminds of Veritas 008.

M - Low carbonation, light to medium body

D - It's nice. Definitely glad to try a retired beer. Tasty, and could definitely drink some more.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden pear color with a good sized head that has good retention and leaves a nice layer of white lace.

S - Tart, funky, and musty aromas are pretty strong. Barnyard/hay, lemongrass, and apple provide a lot of the aroma. Slightly acidic smell as well. Some pear, apricot, orange, and other golden fruits are slightly present. Slight sweetness as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Apple, pear, citrus (orange and lemon) make up most of the flavor paired with a fair amount of barnyard/hay and musty flavors. Slight woody flavor mid sip. Slightly tart and funky, and just a touch of sour. Some sweet candi sugar flavor comes out as well. Grapefruit comes out a bit on the finish. Plenty of juicy fruit flavors with some tart/sour flavors but not puckering at all.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth for the style with just a bit of spritzty feeling and only a slight puckering and drying finish.

D - Very drinkable beer with a great smooth and balanced feel and blend of flavor. Has plenty of lambic flavors but it isn't really too strong or puckering.

Notes: Vintage 2007. Really enjoyable lambic with lots of juicy fruit flavors, a good amount of musty barnyard taste and just a hint of oaky/woody flavors. Really good mix and balance of flavors.

Photo of beerpirates
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.7 cl poured into my cantillon tulip glass
Blend from loterbol blond and 3 fonteinen lambic , sounds intresting !!

A - Pours a slight hazy golden color with a very smal white head, very low carbonation

S - Funk, bready yeastiness, little sweetness from the blonde it was blended with.

T - it Starts with sour and vinegar that evolves into a dry sweet taste that stays with you for a second. Definitely not like any other beer I've had before. It gets a lot better as it reaches à warmer temperature

M - very Nice blended beer. Incredably drinkable for such à high ABV

Photo of alcstradamus
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky golden yellow pour with only a small layer of bubbles

The aroma immediately pierces my senses with sharp acidic tartness and funk. There doesn't seem to be any particular identifiable fruit, although there are some citrus elements. Dandelions, dust and cobwebs, and funky cheese help round out a very appealing overall smell.

The flavor is much different than the aroma would lead on. Gone is the acidity, and in its place is a floral earthiness with a tiny bit of funk to help add some depth. Its a tad "empty" overall though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nearly flat. Drinkability is average simply because there isn't much going on. But overall I found this to be a very interesting beer simply because it was so unique.

Photo of rpstevens
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a recent tasting, poured into a mini goblet. The beer pours a golden yellow with a thin white head that fades to a tight bubbly cap, leaving some oily bubbly lacing on the walls of the glass, but not much.

The nose on this one is incredibly funky. After trying Blabaer, Veritas 004, Cable Car and Duck Duck Gooze I left the room and came back to an opened bottle of Tuverbol, and the funk was so pungent that it filled the room. There are notes of musty hay and funky bleu cheese but underneath that the beer is really surprising. The funky introduces some fresh cut grass, a sweet blend of green and red grapes and a healthy dose of sweet floral notes and caramel.

The taste is not as impressive as the smell, and much less funky. The tripel notes come to the front with tastes of sweet fruits and caramel. There is some funk and sourness in the finish, as well as some hints of oak. Interesting, but a bit disappointing after the nose.

The beer is light bodied and well carbonated, the 11% alcohol compliments the flavors well, without ever getting in the way. The flavors are light and subtle and the funk and tripel notes play off each other well. This has a nice elegant, smooth mouthfeel that is very unique for the style. An interesting beer that I am glad I got to try.

Photo of Crittervision
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2006 at Kulminator on 12 August 2011. €9. 

Body between amber and copper. Thin splotchy white head after vigorous swirling. 

Big lemon smell, huge acidity, floral, just a bit acetic. Generic gueuze, sweet vinegar. YUM. Nail polish and floral perfume. 

Taste. A lot carried over from the aroma. Rose petal syrup, perfume, vinegar, acetone, lemon. 

Lightly fluffy. A little hot as it warms. Drying. 

I like it. The floral component sets this one apart for me. Chica dinges. Or what ever.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Tuverbol from Café-Brouwerij Loterbol
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.