Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
3.48/5 rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice label on this corked bottle.
A - Seriously, it actually looks most like urine. Just saying. Not even one single bubble upon opening, or pouring. No sound when uncorked. Still, hazy brew.
S - Cork smells like vinegar and the rind of a sharp brie. Faint hint of strawberry. Definitely strawberry notes in the glass, but mostly hidden by an array of strong scents. Alot of bitter funky cheese notes. Sharp brie, dry wood, funky straw and wicker. Vinegar for sure, with barn and a medicinal/plastic hint.
T - Very tart and acidic, as if the base was vinegar. Biting and drying like bold white wine. Sour wood and pungent acidity with that bitter fruit skin kick. The strawberry is hardly here, with it sitting in the back of your mind. Drinking this really does make you question whether your stomach will be affected later or not. It feels wrong, but I keep sipping, giving my trust.
M - Very flat and super dry, with a crazy tart kick. Medium bodied, with some apparent yeasty softness to it. Stinging, and drying.
O - Truly one of the weirdest brews I've had to date.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2012 02:47:45 | More by BeerForMuscle
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A first try for me. This Lambic was incredibly interesting. Right when I popped it open, a wafted aroma of funk and musty lust braised my snout. As it was poured into a pint glass, the color arranged itself into a nice, murky, hazy reddish-orangish-slightly-brownish hue. I examined its innards and saw a little bit of what looked like strawberry seeds floating. As I brought the glass to my lips, that musty aroma I first smelt became strong with force. It tickled the inside of my nose and I could almost taste the concoction on the back of my tongue. The first sip just about made me cough. In a good, exciting way. The first flavor I noticed was a green olive, acidic, vinegarish taste. I was oddly intrigued by this as I usually discern these flavors in my beer. But I LIKED it! As I got through and through this bottle, those strawberry notes became more apparent. And by the end, my throat was scorched, my palate was wrecked, and I was internally satisfied. I even let my room mate try a sip (who does not drink craft beer regularly) and it almost made him throw up.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 01:30:59 | More by HellSludge
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
375ml bottled in April 2013. Served in a wine glass.
Appearance: Pours a peach/apricot color with barely any head save for a tiny ringlet of white foam. Body is extremely hazy and just barely translucent.
Smell: Lots of fresh, maybe slightly under ripe strawberries, lemon sourness, some funk, and very mild oak. The strength and freshness of the strawberry character was a welcome surprise.
Taste: Wow that's sour! Strawberry character at the front, gives way quickly to a strong acidic sourness that dominates the palate through the the middle. Once the sourness starts to recede, there are additional notes of strawberry as well as funk, lactic bacteria and a slight peachy character.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side of low, but there's definitely enough there to avoid feeling flat on the tongue.
Overall: Definitely a solid lambic, but I actually think it would benefit from being a little LESS sour (this is not something I say/type often). The intense sourness overtakes some of the berry nice berry and funk character that's going on underneath. Worth picking up if you can find it around $10.
Serving type: bottle
05-18-2014 01:33:27 | More by Jonada
3.81/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed out of a 375 mL green bottle with a cork and cage with a bright red cap. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a hazy amber golden hue with darker brass shadows and a spun gold highlight where the light refracts through the glass. Atop the body sits a wimpy eight-finger head that dissipates before it even really grows into anything. It quickly settles as a lazy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. For what little there it, the color appears to be off white.
Smell - Pretty forward with notes of the strawberry that is pictured on the label. A slight pinch of sour with sweetness, much like a strawberry tart with notes of rhubarb. There is also considerable funk and mustiness like the tart has sat out a bit too long and just barely started to develop that twinge of spoilage. It's hard to explain, but it doesn't smell moldy or rotten--just strongly influenced by wild bacteria and funky yeast.
Taste - Here the distinctive strawberry notes seem to fade back, pushed out of the way by a strong puckering acidity reminiscent of sour candy, but not quite as sweet. That same musty funk is still present, with now a bit more definition revealing itself as woody oak and vinegar. I was really impressed by the smell, as strange as it was, but the taste is too one note. I love a good sour, but this one is sour enough that you really don't get much else. A little time warming up allows the fruity phenols to show through, but it doesn't get any less tart.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low carbonation with just barely enough tingly sensations to avoid feeling flat to the tongue.
Overall, an interesting take on the lambic style, as most fruit lambics either stick to some old standbys--cherries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.--or they are sugary sweet messes a la Lindeman's. I'm not sure I would buy this particular Hanssens again, but this is another beer that shows that they seem to know their way around a sour beer or three.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 04:50:25 | More by LambicPentameter
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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