Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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Reviews by julian:
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
A: Golden straw color with some orange highlights. Very little head, actually even an agressive almost vertical pour yielded nothing but big bubbles that burst instantly. Clarity is average as there is still a decent amount of haze. 3.5
S: Aroma is pretty dominant with sweet strawberries. When I smell the neck of the bottle I get some tartness, but otherwise the glass pour smells predominantly of strawberries, or sweet berry pie. Nice though! 3.5
T&M: Taste is wood/oak, strawberries, acidity and tartness and some mild funk with a kind of medicinal flavor that starts early then fades. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is almost non existent. This beer had no head whatsoever and is not surprisingly very poorly carbonated. 3.5 / 2.5
O: Not sure what happened with the carbonation on this one, but it definitely affects the overall experience. The aroma is pretty awesome, if not surprisingly devoid of any funk and kinda sweet, but smelling the bottle did yield some tart funkiness. Also for containing strawberries I’m very surprised with the color. It’s in no way red or pinkish. Looks like a legit, no frills lambic. Overall this is pretty good and I’d probably drink it again. 3.5
08-29-2011 16:49:48 | More by julian
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance The body is gorgeous. It lights up the room. It is bright orange, and I mean orange, orange, orange, in color. Predictably, the head was non-existent.
Smell Oh, this one is raunchy. The barnyard notes and smelly horse blanket are here in spades. Theres a nice, sugary scent as well along with some kind of wicked spicing.
Taste This is good. The emphasis is on the horsey flavors, but the sweetness can not be denied. And, as indicated on the label, there are some nice, soft, strawberry notes in here as well. I particularly enjoyed the way in which the barny flavors came in.
Mouthfeel I liked the play that I got from the sour and sweet combination. They mixed very well together, which may be an indication that my four-year-old bottle was ready to pour. This one also was beginning to take on some dry characteristics at the finish.
Drinkability This was a complex example of the style and made for a great afternoon sipping beer.
Comments This is a 2000 vintage.
07-31-2004 01:17:48 | More by RoyalT
4.47/5 rDev +19.2%
Presentation: Red cork and cage unique. Cork clearly states BrijHanssens Artisanaal Dworp. Below that is a bunch of other writing that I cant read. The warn label shows a picture of a strawberry plant and states B. United Internationals Masters Collection Limited Edition Pear 2000. Perhaps they meant Year 2000 those drunken Belgians and their label typos Oudbeitje Lambic.
The top of the bottle is really sticky and nasty. It smells like ass and strawberries. It is clear that there were two other labels on this bottle at some time that were removed and replaced with the current label Mold is also present near the top of the bottle but it looks to be deceased. This was the last bottle at Discount in Milwaukee and at $5.49, I consider this seven year old beer a steal. Some liquid appears to have evaporated from this bottle. The liquid is nearly 3 inches from the top of the bottle, and now its time to pour.
Pours into a champagne flute a pale yellow-brown, sort of mead like color, it that mead were a strawberry mead. There is absolutely no carbonation and no head. There are however lots of very minute particles floating in the liquid. They are barely visible.
Aroma is very pungent. There is a malodorous geuze scent that can be inhaled from a few feet away. This is specifically barnyard hay, horse hair, and rotten lemon juice. On closer examination, however, this drink is all strawberries, highly fermented, super sour, nasty strawberries, but strawberries none the less. There is even a sweetness in the air about this beer.
Taste: Holy Fahrvergnügen! This Shit is sour. Crap, my lips are permanently puckered. This is going to make kissing my girlfriend later a real problem. No wonder she hates it when I drink loads of geuze. Good thing shes out of town till Friday. Im going to need tow or three days to recover from this. Wow, this is so sour, I can hardly taste anything. Ive had some pretty intense geuze before but this definitely takes the cake in terms of shear sourness. Somewhere in this brew, which is growing musty in terms of both smell and flavor as it warms, is a strawberry. Yep, I can taste the strawberries but theyre not ripe, sweet strawberries theyre brown and nasty.
Oh, and whats that? A spec of lace on my glass. Wow, there is actually some carbonation left in this beer. The least Ive ever seen in a beer but a touch.
Back to the flavor. Mmm, its fun. There is a lot of grime, must, stank, and piss in here. There is also mephitis, fetor, and redolence. Damn, this brew has everything. Now Im tasting a lot of leaves and dirt as well as clover flowers. Hmm, and now there is a touch of brake fluid (I dont really know what brake fluid tastes like but I imagine that it tastes something like this).
Second Pour My lips are stinging now as if I had just eaten a dozen raw lemons. A dog biscuit aroma has developed. My stomach is begging me to stop drinking this. I think Im being poisoned. Still, my mouth screams for more. What a feel this has and its ever so unique. If only I could get more of this. Time to start building a collection Oudbeitje. If 7 years has made it this good, I feel like Im sinning when I think of what 10 or 15 years could do. If you see this beer buy and then send it to me.
03-28-2007 00:27:54 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
A: Hazy yellow with small orange hues. A thin layer of big bubbles quickly fades away into a minimal ring of lacings.
S: A rather big smell, very funky. Lots of barnyard and something reminiscent of wet dog. Mouldering leaves and rocks, and a white wine-like acidity. All this is topped by a pleasant but subtle smell of sweet strawberries (like dry strawberries) and a hint of lemon. Very good and rather unique.
T: The taste is very tart, even sour. The funkiness is more restrained, but still very prominent with a character of wet hay and mud rather than barnyard. Very subtle wheaty notes get through every now and then. As with the funkiness, the fruity notes are slightly more restrained than in the smell. But the strawberries are still noticeable with a rather distinct flavor. A hint of lemon. The finish has actually a quite noticeable grassy bitterness to it, which complement the aggressive sourness and mild fruity sweetness really well. A nice tartness lingers on in the mouth for a long time.
M: Pretty big body for the style (still moderate though), very restrained carbonation with calm bubbles. I don't think I would have mind slightly more carbonation. It's not as dry as most comparable beers.
D: Very good. Good balance between acidity and sweet strawberry flavors.
10-01-2009 21:52:06 | More by ricke
3.9/5 rDev +4%
A - Pours a slightly hazed golden orange. Completely still.
S - Aroma has the Hanssens signature funk profile, which is on the heavy side and has aromas of cheese and, significant lemon tartness and some subtle sweet strawberry aromas.
T - Quite tart up front, with lemon leading the way. Quite funky, with a strong eartiness to the funk. Strawberry really seems to get lost here, though it does come through somewhat midway in the taste.
M - Crisp mouthfeel, but has a slight oily slickness to it.
O - Pretty tasty, and I'm glad I tried it, but for the price there are other gueuze/lambics I would go to first, especially since I didn't get a ton of strawberry out of this.
08-11-2012 23:00:23 | More by warnerry
4.47/5 rDev +19.2%
Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. 2002 vintage.
Pours yellow orange with a minimal white head. The aroma is very tart, with some vinegar and some funk. The taste is very tart with some sour strawberries and other fruit. There is also a little bit of funk but it pales in comparison to the pure tartness. Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Very dry finish.
01-01-2010 17:53:34 | More by Mora2000
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
Picked this up from Total Beverage the other night after having walked by it a number of times. A fan of the other Hanssens offerings, so I thought it was finally worth a try.
Appearance- Pours a pale straw yellow that has maybe the slightest tinge of pink to it as well. Very minimal carbonation off of a very aggressive pour, just enough to put a thin coating of larger bubbles across the surface.
Smell- Hugely funky and acetic on the nose. Smells big of barnyard funk with a touch of wet leather. Lots of sour on the end with a touch of strawberry fruitiness.
Taste- Again, big sour and big funk without a lot more to it than that for me. Big notes of barnyard with a strong sour finish. Not much in the way of fruit for me, perhaps just a faint touch of strawberry on the finish.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty appropriate for the style if just a touch thin for how sour it is. Drinkability is not great given the strong funk and sourness but okay for the style
Overall, not my most favorite offering from Hanssens but alright. I prefer other fruit lambics over this but an interesting use of strawberry.
11-08-2010 04:53:49 | More by boatshoes
4.63/5 rDev +23.5%
This beer pours a slightly cluody golden orange color with almost no head. What head there is, is thin and white, and fades quickly.
This beer has a nice tart strawberry aroma. It also has an earthy funky yeast aroma. It smells slightly sour.
This beer tastes much like it smells, with one notable exception. I taste strawberry only very mildly. It tastes funky with some earthy flavors from the yeast. The sourness is great.
This beer goes down smooth, leaving a sour aftertaste. It is very low in carbonation, but fitting for the style.
This beer might make a good session beer. It is easy to drink. I just dont know how long I could drink a sour beer before it becomes cloying.
Overall: I liked this beer. I got it at the Liars Club. I am sure glad they suggested it.
10-01-2007 14:21:32 | More by OStrungT
United Kingdom (England)
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
Wonderful farmyard stench and strawberries, some public toilet smells (but in a good way). Flavour is tart and sour, some subtle sweetness from the strawberries, its more the seeds than the actual flesh. Dry, sour and refreshing. Love it. So refreshing and lovely to drink.
09-10-2003 00:52:06 | More by rastaman
4/5 rDev +6.7%
(Served in a flute)
limiteded 2000 Lot B
A- the soft pop of a cork, pours a red hint to a crude clear body with no head and no carbonation. There are a few microbubbles stuck to the base of the glass.
S- Even during the pour there is a full funky barnyard nose with some horsey notes and some mushroom qualities. The lemon touch is fruit and bright in the finish.
T- The soft tartness has a gentle fruit touch to it with a finish of sharp tartness and white cheese rind with a watery fruit hint in the finish. There is a bright tartness that lingers on the tongue a bit after each sip.
M- The slick mouthfeel has a bit of a water texture and no fizz or carbonation.
O- This is a bright crisp crude beer with a touch of fruit and maybe a strawberry hint when it is very warm as well as some septic qualities that come through. The tartness is full and everything is well blended. It was a nice beer but didn't have an dominating flavors, everything was subtle except the sour.
09-08-2011 21:14:12 | More by rhoadsrage
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Bottle poured into a snifter.
A- Pours a nice blondish red. No head on this one at all. No lacing either. The color looks so inviting.
S- Lots of funk. I get some berry notes not sure if its strawberry but a berry for sure. It seems to be one-sided.
T- Nice and tart, its Hanssens. Nice strawberry finish. I feel the taste is a little more complex then the nose but still kinda one sided.
M- No carbonation, but you know what don't really care. I really feel i could drink this one anytime. It is very approachable sour, although rather tart it's lack of complexity allows it to be a good transition into sours.
O- I always love Hanssens sours. This is not the best but still very good. Lack of carbonation is somewhat disappointing but like i said not a big deal either. Nice and tart like i like em'. Easy drinking sour that i would love to enjoy again.
09-29-2011 04:21:12 | More by lanamj
3.75/5 rDev 0%
A most pleasant lambic, not sweet and only a bit on sour, lemon juice vinegar side, dryish. The strawberry comes out, it's something special.Pinkish tinge. Appropriate carbonation.No head. Goes picnic lunch well, and could be a starter to the style.Thanks Boutip.
06-24-2007 03:45:21 | More by Sammy
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
Capped and corked 375mL bottle poured into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Vintage 2000. Lot B.
Slightly hazy light gamboge body crested by the whispiest litle isle of bubbles I've ever seen. Legions of tiny bubbles cling to the sides of the glass just beneath the surface but rarely release.
The lambic notes are at the front of the nose with aromas of sour yeast, cork, cellar, and puckering fruit. The strawberry seems negligable at first, but then I began to notice it wafting over once I put the glass down - an excellent background note of wild strawberries (indeed, the illustration on the bottle is that of the Fraise des bois) joins the barnyard notes. You can almost visualize the strawberries growing among a field of wild grasses, violets, etc.
The puckering vinuous lambic flavors are subdued supremely well by the phantasm of sweetness still barely lingering after a decade. The subtle tartness of the berries remains as well, magnified as it is by the sour-cider and light not-quite-red-wine vinegar elements from the lambic. The finish is tart, yet dry with a pleasant light moist oak taste and hints of raw-hide.
Light bodied, smooth, with light carbonation.
Simple, direct, well aged - nature and art in a small green bottle...
01-31-2010 22:27:03 | More by augustgarage
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.