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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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226 Reviews
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Reviews: 226
Hads: 430
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 14
Gots: 41 | FT: 6
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002

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Photo of lobotomizer
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml. bottle.

Loved the pungent barnyard mixed with strawberry aromas with this lambic.

My fears, based on a number of other reviews, about the presence of vinegar in the flavor profile, which I dislike, proved unfounded. This is not at all vinegar-y to my tastebuds but definitely sour, as in aspirin and green apple sour. The complexity of the flavors and aromas in this brew is quite exceptional.

Even the lack of carbonation alluded to in other reviews was not that evident in my sample bottle. I found it to be nicely bubbly, in fact just right for the style including the lack of any significant head.

There is definitely a similarity with the sensory characteristics of some of the stinky cheeses like Morbier in both taste and smell and, for me, that is all to the good.

This now is my new favorite brew in this category and one of my favorites in any category. Very refreshing, very quaffable and above all, very interesting! (958 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- soft tiny pop with the cork, intense funk, minerals, and sour are present immediately. hazy golden blonde, with a pink tinge, no head with lacing

S-minerals, intense funk, sour, barnyard

T- Sour barnyard. Funk, dirty pond muck, lemons, tart berries. The strawberries are present as a tart afterthought, complementing the sour and funk balance. A very nice beer.

M- mircocabronation, solid, feel, sour.

O- I love Hanssens, and I love fruit in my lambic. Great beer. I assume that this and other Hanssens would have much higher scores if they were more carbonated like the Cantillon. However, I am fine with Hanssens and the lack of simple-syrup that Cantillon adds to produce beautiful intense carbonation in there beers. One of my favs, and way, way, way better than the upland strawberry which lacks funk. (816 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Extremely hazy blond with only a few wispy bubbles for a head. A light carbonation is faintly visible in the body.

Smell - Moderate barnyard funk mixed with an awesome strawberry jam aroma. Leather. Apple cider. The strawberry sweetness comes out more and more as the beer gets closer to room temperature.

Taste - Nice sweet/sour dynamic, leaning a bit more toward the sour side. Notes of oak and lemon peel with a big berry flavor. Light acidity - this is a pretty gentle lambic. The finish is surprisingly clean, leaving only a mild sourness on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light on the tongue. Carbonation is very low and just barely noticeable.

Notes - This lambic paired extremely well with spicy Indian food. (733 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange in hue, w/ a thin ring of bubbles around the rim of the glass. Akin to unfiltered sparkling cider in appearance. Sweet, ripe, sugary strawberries hit the nose at first, then are ceded by notes of yeast must, bready grain, and lactic tartness, with hints of wet horse and trace aged, cheesy hops emerging towards the end of the aroma. In flavor, the initial snap of fruit sweetness is quickly overrun by a nearly puckering tartness. Fruit flavor is not lost amongst the tart character, and strawberry persists throughout, albeit in an unripe fashion. The hint of diacetyl adds a creamy, buttery undertone that supplements the lactic tartness and prevents it from being overbearing and one dimensional. "Wild" Brettanomyces yeast emerges as mild notes of wet hay. As my palate becomes accustomed to the tartness, fruitiness reverts to a freshly picked strawberry nature. Spot on in body-- light, somewhat spritzy, but not at all weak or watery. Finishes simultaneously sweet, tart and dry. Oudbeitje is a complex and delicious lambic. The interplay of sweet fruitiness and lactic tartness teases the palate in a capricious way. The real deal. (1,158 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/17/2010

Labeled "B. United International's Masters' Collection Limited Edition Year 2000." I hadn't heard of this until I stumbled upon it at the Pizza Port bottle shop a few weeks back. It pours transparent golden with no visible carbonation, aside from the bubbles resulting from a hard pour, which aren't really indicative of carbonation. So, as I said, there is no visible carbonation.

The nose is of tart lemon and subtle strawberry notes. Notes of cheese, musty barnyard, wet leather, blacksmith's daughter, and wet horse blanket. It's pretty damn funky. There's a moderate lactic quality as well as oak.

The flavor opens with a strong citric acidity and notes of salty lemon rind, oak, and subtle strawberries. Brett quickly steps in and provides the requisite barnyard and horse blanket funk. Other notes are of musty cheese and enchanted caves. This is surprisingly delicious. Tartness is at an upper moderate level. Lactic and acidic notes are strong in the finish which, incidentally, is when the strawberries are most evident. They're subtle, but really add a nice touch to an already tasty beer. They stay with you after the other flavors fade. The acidity took me by surprise as I sipped absent-mindedly, causing me to cough more than a few times.

The beer is still, but the oak and acidity provide a pleasantly dry and full mouthfeel. Overall, an absolutely delicious beer and a lucky find. Highly recommended. (1,432 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this might be sweeter than it was- glad to see that it wasn't and I should have trusted this brewery not to release one of the sugary fake lambics that seem so popular. This is probably the only strawberry lambic I've ever had. Poured a murky golden with no head or carbonation. Not unusual in a real lambic. Aromas of light, sweet strawberry up front, followed by a nice mellow sourness and some funky barnyard smells. Classic. The taste is similar- sweet strawberry turns to sour funk while in the mouth with the typical slightlt bitter taste of damp hay and horseblanket right at the end. The mouthfeel is still, smooth, and even a bit creamy- nice trick, that. Quite decent if not quite transcendant. I'd definitely have another. (741 characters)

Photo of northernbrews
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 375 ml bottle purchased from Merchant's in Dearborn.

Appearance: Nice pop to the cork. Pour a hazy dark orange in my snifter. There is a slight hint of redness around the edges. The thin offwhite head forms a slight layer on top leaving lacing on the glass. Look about average for a fruit lambic.

Aroma: Beautiful mix of barrel-aged funk, strawberries, tropical fruit and spices. This is slightly tart and extremely inviting. This is similar to Fantome Saison, with more strawberries, fruit, and funk. Let see if the taste follows the aroma...

Taste: At first, it's quite tart. This is followed by strawberry and oakey notes. Also notes of vanilla and tropical fruits. Some rustic aromas lead the way to a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This is not as spritzy as some of the other fruit lambics (Lindeman's, etc...). The tartness and strawberry notes hang on the roof of my mouth and tongue for a bit. The strawberry leaves a nice aftertaste.

Drinkability: The bottle goes down too smooth. I could drink at least one or two more of these.

Overall: This is a unique lambic. The strawberry go very good with the oak, rustic, and spices in the lambic. I wish other lambic producers would venture into using strawberries (if they haven't already). This is another exceptional lambic from this underrated (IMO) lambic blender. Definitely worth seeking out for you lambic lovers. (1,396 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle at 't Poatersgat, served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler, Oudbeitje is a still, strawberry blonde, with no head or lace.

Smell is strong brett, unmistakeably funky lambic, with a hint of strawberries.

Taste is pretty good. Starts out very heavy on the strawberry, then a big lambic blast mid-palate before a very clean finish. Well made and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is still, slick but light bodied.

Drinkability is high, this slides down with ease. A nice hint of strawberry but still strongly on the funky side, yet remains quaffable and clean. Yummy. (563 characters)

Photo of d4radio
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper, slightly hazy, settled relatively clear, thin ring of head around the outside of the glass lasted through out

S- Initial wafts had gentle acidity with faint strawberry notes, big smell gave a great funky smooth aroma with strawberry overpowered by nice acidity, after agitating strawberry and funk smoothed together for a great aroma

T- Smooth, soft, less tart than aroma prepares you for, starts with a strawberry note with good sourness and thins out to a tart fruity aftertaste, once the palate adjusted to the sourness strawberry and dryness shine through

M- Soft, low carbonation, dry

O- A great fruit lambic, gentle acidity balances out lambic funk and mixes with strawberry well (700 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Hazy pale orange body, lightly frothy white head. Ok.

S: Crazy sour, crazy funky. Yeah, just crazy. Cheese, dirt, lemon, strawberry, grass, leaves. Awesome.

T: Super sour, earthy fruit. Strawberries - stems, seeds, and all. Puckering acidity. Clean, sour finish. Yes.

M: Fairly still medium body. Smooth but lifeless.

O: You can count on Hanssens to be anything but boring, and this one is no exception. Offensively sour and funky, and that's why I love it.

Cheers! (543 characters)

Photo of TriGuy20
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, labeled 2000, into tulip glass.

I was a little worried about this beer due to several recent mediocre reviews; however, I am a big fan of their other brews so I figured I would give it a go. Man was I glad I did! Great beer!!

A: Not winning any awards here but seems on par for the style. Hazy burnt orange with very little head or lace.

S: Oh yes! Stewed strawberry/ Goat Cheese/ Lemon Rind/ Oak/ Wet stone

T: The lemon rind hits you up front and then you get that nice goat funk on the mid palate that fades into a nice strawberry with hefty amount of sourness. There is a slight metallic tinge on this beer, but it is not distracting. Moreover, the sourness of this beer is well balanced. The finish is quite long.

MF: This is a nice medium body beer that has no carbonation.

D: This beer is a real treat to drink. The complexity makes you want to keep coming back for more and the sourness makes your mouth water.

Overall:
Man I must have scored a good bottle of this, because this is a really tasty beer. I really love how the strawberry integrates into this beer. Well done! (1,107 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 edition. I've had this hanging out in my closet and fridge for several months now, at least. And last night seemed like a good time to give it a try.

Just the subtlest hint of pink in an otherwise dark shade of gold. Aggressive carbonation clings to the sides of my small Hanssens tumbler and forms a moderate head. I was worried because the cork pop was a little less than usual, though certainly still there. Everything turned out OK, though, and the peasants rejoiced,

Typical lambic funk pulls itself off the top of the brew and into your nose from many feet away. Instant salivation.

A bit smoother than most lambics. An almost fruity, mild mid-palate exists here. Kind of the eye of the hurricane, really. Certainly sour throughout, but just for a moment, you can really pick up an almost berry-like sweetness that exists below the surface. Otherwise, this is pure tradition -- solid tart flavors that present themselves from start to finish -- old, tart granny smith apple, ancient funk, and concentrated sour.

Pretty awesome. (1,050 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

263rd Review
37.5cl bottle to gueuze glass

Enjoyed at De Kelk in Brugge while visiting in early June 2012.

A: Bright hay yellow. Single (bubbly white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Smells of funk, hay, must, and strawberry purée.

T: Taste follows smell exactly. A very nice balance of gueuze and strawberry freshness here. Refreshing and crisp!

M: Light bodied with soft carbonation.

O: Balanced, clean, and smooth. Fun to drink at a great beer bar in a sweet town! (478 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage. Golden-hued liquid with a quick-to-vanish fizzy head. Looks like apple juice with some cloudiness in the glass. Nose contains pervasive notes of strawberries, a musty barnyard aroma, and hints at some sour acidity to come. Flavors include a huge strawberry profile in addition to notes of apple and pear -- imparted by the yeast -- and a very nice sweet-and-sour interplay throughout. Very tart, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is mildly effervescent at first, but turns more vinous as it settles. This is a unique, excellent vintage lambic. Would be a nice introduction to the more traditional style of lambics. (626 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage circa 1999

Opens with a light "pop", and pours lightly carbonated.
Hazy, with no sediment otherwise, gold in color with orange shades, and a pinkish hue.
A humble white head barely coats the surface for the duration of the pour, leaving behind a halo of tight and dense foam.
Aromatics are fruity and tart, with an earthy dryness.
Wet boards and straw with dried berries and dandilion oils.
Strawberry seeds crushed with diluted sherry vinegar and puckering grapeskins.
Light to medium in body, crisp and tart. Appetizing and refreshing.
Pallet is smoothish for a lambic, rather mellowed and approachable.
Fruit character is well integrated with the dry, tart flavor profile.
Strawberries not screaming for the lead, but rather playing a role along with hints of orange pith and sour grapes.
A bit astringent on the back of the throat, and acidic on the tongue, but not harsh.
Woody dryness balances a slightly sweet note from the fruit, along with barnyard hints.
Finishes with a peppery warmth, and drying with a lactic twang. (1,051 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great traditional lambic beer, brewed by the fine folks at Hanssens. This beer poured a nice dark yellow colour with a small white cap of foam on the top. The aromas were of horse blanket, various farm odors and animal smells, musty grapes, and a more general mustiness. The flavor was super tart, lip puckering and excellent. Nice strawberry flavors appearared in the middle, before the dry as all hell finish. The mouthfeel was very lively and carbonated and the drinkability is good if you like these traditional lambic beers (which I do) A far cry from a lindemans, or even a liefmans!

Cheers!
-F (614 characters)

Photo of KingG
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was introduced to this beer at Liar's Club and came away impressed.
This one's for the review.
Limited edition 2006 bottle.

Served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is above-average. Deep orange color with haziness. No head to speak of. According to the website, this beer goes through a "lesser" secondary fermentation so the carbonation levels come through low.

Smell is good. Sweet aroma of strawberries hit first then a lemony sourness cleans things up before the sweetness gets out of hand. Mouth-watering for sure. Funk is all over.

Taste is very good. That same strawberry sweetness comes through beautifully but, once again, a large lemony tartness rounds out the finish. Expectedly, wild yeast makes itself known toward the backend. Sweet and tart flavors intertwining quite well.

Mouthfeel is very good. Leaves your cheeks puckering, your tongue leathery and your gums bone dry. Then your mouth waters and you're ready for the assault again. Carbonation is below-average but doesn't take away too much from the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good. Another bottle would be a pleasure.

Overall:
Not the best lambic around but one I can see myself going to often enough. Amazing combination of sweetness and tartness.

Recommended. (1,298 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 version. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Unlike the 2000 vintage, this isn't totally flat. A hard pour conjures up a quarter-finger of big-bubbled white foam that quickly dissipates. Attractive semi-transparent golden body.

S - Funky overripe strawberries, acetic acid provides a touch of cider vinegar, barnyard, some light oak, sour lemons and tart apples. It's very potent, and erupts from the bottle as soon as the cork is pulled.

T - The taste is a little more understated, with more apple cider vinegar and less of the wonderful strawberries found in the nose. There's notes of leather, sour grapes, and granny smith apples.

M - The finish is ridiculously dry, with a nice residual tannic character. Very low carbonation - a few more bubbles would have helped. Slick, oily, medium body.

D - Even though it's quite acidic and dry, it's very enjoyable and easy to drink. I put down the 375ml bottle a half-hour, and I would have been up for more - we'll see how my stomach reacts tomorrow morning.

I had another bottle of this that I got from bosse - it was significantly more carbonated, but I can't remember the vintage. (1,139 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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... (1,248 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with no discernable head. Smell of wonderful puke in college after drinking tang and everclear all night (and I mean that in the best way possible). Initially acidic orange peel and aspirin taste mellows in the mouth with floral orange blossem and slight strawberry finish. The mouth is light upfront with a dry tongued finish. A great starter.. refreshing and light. This would be a great way to start the evening... (430 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

This was a great way to start off and evening of sours; following my home brew of course.

Appearance: Pours a hazed orange color with fizz but little resemblance of a head.

Smell: wood wood wood, and earthy musty yeasty funk. Is there supposed to be strawberry in there? There is a picture of a strawberry next to the name I can't say =) but I can't say I got much strawberry through the nose, other than the horse blanket funk.

Taste: The had maybe a hint of sour ripe strawberry but only a drop through the bold sour wood rotten fruit, and yet a touch of sweet before the lingering pucker finish. Risser09 thought of funky cheese, and I can definitely see that attribute as well.

Mouthfeel: It has a typical feel I get in the traditional Lambics, it is light but warm with acidity, dryness and sour flavors left on the palate long after the finish.

Drinkability: Lambics are not a chugging beer to begin with. This one is rather drinkable for the style, but I certainly liked sipping it with some of the cheeses gottajiboo2 brought to our tasting.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,251 characters)

Photo of cichief
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice deep orange-gold, with a nice white head.

S- Lots of sour fruit (Wild Strawberries).

T- Very sour, a good lambic without the fruit taking over. Some sour citrus and yeasty.

M- A bit thinner than I hoped, but nice anyway.

D- Very drinkable, a refreshing sour lambic.

Had this earlier at Delerium in Brussels a the recommendation of the bar manager, loved it then. (431 characters)

Photo of Travlr
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish gold, crystal clear (does that mean that is has no live yeast?). Sour strawberries in the aroma and the flavour. Some notes of citrus, and maybe apples in the background. Usual horse-blanketness with a bit of acidity but not much sourness. No head at all. A nice lambic. (283 characters)

Photo of gyllstromk
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light orange, nearly still. Is it still young? Given the use of strawberries, it is strangely not red, nor does the color seem to be affected at all by the strawberries. On the nose, the strawberry is definitely present (I could smell it off the cork) and quite nice. I also get an elderflower aroma, which I often detect in fruit lambics, with a cidery component. Flavor has a nice sourness with a slight tea astringency. Strawberry lambics are rare, but this one is great. (485 characters)

Photo of lisomiso
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange - nice-looking but nothing special, really. Strawberry jam and wet stone on the nose. There's funk, but more bale-of-hay than horse's-ass. Not the sourest sour I've ever had - Hanssen's Experimental Raspberry may take that title - but it's definitely way up there. The strawberry doesn't come through as strongly on my palate as I expected, but it's there on the finish. It's a really enjoyable beer, so sweet on the nose and so tart on the palate... a very pleasurable contrast.

Mouthfeel was good (though I thought I felt my teeth dissolving...). Carbonation was higher than I expected for Hanssens, which was a plus, but still, there was barely any. Seemed stylistically appropriate.

All things considered, the drinkability was quite good. But I was happy with my half of the 375ml that I shared with a friend. (836 characters)

Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.