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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 17.91%

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of marburg


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 14:30:17 | More by marburg
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 01:53:00 | More by frank4sail
Photo of Phatz


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 02:02:14 | More by Phatz
Photo of cichief


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 00:01:55 | More by cichief
Photo of Travlr

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 02:18:01 | More by Travlr
Photo of augustgarage


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:27:03 | More by augustgarage
Photo of gyllstromk


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 19:36:31 | More by gyllstromk
Photo of EPICAC


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bottle with my friend at De Hopduvel in Ghent.

Appearance: Lightly hazy pinkish-orange with no head whatsoever, only large bubbles from pouring that disappear quickly.

Smell: My first impression was of overwhelming strawberries, but after letting it sit I could detect some nice funkiness, which was enhanced by swirling.

Taste: Intense acidic sourness is dominant from start to finish. Some strawberry flavors appear briefly with mild sweetness. The finish is earthy funkiness along with the acidic sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, very low carbonation, lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable despite sourness.

Overall: Initially I wasn't impressed, but it really grew on me as I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 03:08:50 | More by EPICAC
Photo of Risser09


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared With Fellow Beer Lovers At Phatz's Sour Beer Tasting
Allowed to warm to about 55 degrees.

Appearance: Golden orange with little carbonation or head. No sediment is apparent.

Smell: Lots of woodiness and plenty of sour funk aroma. There is a strawberry on the label, so maybe there should be some strawberry aroma? The smell reminds me exactly of what dried apricots smell like. Exactly.

Taste: This beer tastes of oak all the way through but gives way to other flavors as well. I sensed an old cheese mustiness in there somewhere. Other flavors are rotten peaches, fresh ground pepper and a nutmeg aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Dryness and acidity are the endearing qualities for this one. Typical lambic mouthfeel with some added pepper spice that I noted in the taste.

Drinkability: Certainly not a session beer by any means. Too much sour beer and you'll be hitting the tums in the morning, like I did after this tasting. I would definately seek this out if you can get it for a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 23:24:36 | More by Risser09
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale brassy blonde in color with a faint head of white. Head, this is more like a ring around the glass.

Aroma is juicey and puckering. Cider, acidic farm notes, rotting earth, and yogurt fade into a subtle wild strawberry note.

Flavor is shockingly sour at first, notes of extremely under-ripe white grapes and undiluted vinegar fade into light fruits and a distinct lactic cheesiness. Somewhat cidery in a wierd way leading to the subtle finish of sour strawberries. I found the strawberry flavor very refreshing and a nice contrast to all the sour and sharp notes.

Body seems pretty light with light pinpoints of carbonation. Refreshing and surprisingly drinkable. I wished we were sharing a 750 rather that the little 33.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 21:48:39 | More by AlexJ
Photo of MasterSki


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 04:53:12 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Xul


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent orange with pink hues with absolutely no head. The body shows a smattering of tiny bubbles and faint bits of lacing develop at the top of the beer.

S: Predominant note is of funk and sourness...funky strawberries, although the strawberry aspect is a bit subdued and sour/tart lemon. Lots of general funk aside from the strawberries with a barnyard feel. Some oak/wood characteristics come in upon further inspection.

T: Mouth pucking tartness up front is quickly balanced by a wave of funk with some sweet hints tugging at the edges. Strawberries come in subtly in the second half of a sip and linger through the aftertaste, never in a fully assertive manner, but enough to serve as a reminder of the fact that this is a strawberry lambic. The funk comes out even more as it warms, with cheese notes and an ever increasing barnyard aspect.

M: Virtually flat, but with a remarkably full body. The funk and acidity provide more than enough for the mouth to focus on to make up for the lack of carbonation.

D: Obviously rating against the style, but I find myself wanting to keep sipping in spite of the low carbonation and big blend of sour and funkiness. A very interesting beer, glad I snagged a bottle to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 05:03:48 | More by Xul
Photo of lisomiso


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 21:33:18 | More by lisomiso
Photo of sacfly


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reads limited edition 2000, reviewed July 17, 2005
Pours a light golden color. Similar to a pale ale. (not at all what I expected…) No head at all. Nearly microscopic bubbles when swirled. The smell was stinky cheese/barn/bacterial lab at first and then faded into strawberry. The flavor follows the same sequence as the smell. Nice strawberry… almost an artificial strawberry flavor that then finishes dry and tart. The slight sweetness of the strawberry is a very nice compliment to the tart dry finish. I found this quite interesting and enjoyable. No one flavor is overpowering, and all contribute to the experience in a positive way. All parts of the tongue are kept busy leading me to want more.
If you are new to Lambics, I feel this one can be enjoyed on quite a few levels. If you are looking for tart or sweet or both, it is here. Not overly either. Less tart than most Cantillions, but not nearly as sweet as the L’s.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 17:06:19 | More by sacfly
Photo of dgallina


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml corked green bottle.marked limited edition 2006.

Pours a deep and clear golden honey. Quite still; without head or lace. Smells simultaneously acidic and sweet. Sharp barnyard funk and mustiness are well-balanced by softly rounded strawberry fruit. Intriguingly subtle flavor development. Gentle initial fruitiness turns sour in the center, with barnyard and leather notes dominating. These are followed by fleeting velvet strawberry and vanilla tones. The finish is tangy and acidic, brining some stinging alcohol and the suggestion of green strawberry seeds. Medium body is completely flat, but not needlessly heavy. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 02:47:05 | More by dgallina
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a straw yellow color with a few buboes around the edge it is nearly still. The nose is funky tart apples slightly sour. The flavor follows suit with a good bit of sourness but nothing over the top the strawberry flavor is noticeable. The mouthfeel is light slightly Puckering and barely any carbonation just like a true lambic. I would definitely recommend this one to any one who wants to try sours that are not to off putting.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:40:59 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 375ml bottle dated April 2012.

A - Golden and crystal clear. No head but some large bubbles on the top.

S - Beautiful fresh strawberries with hints of tart and funk. Gets even better as it warms.

T - A firm tart/sour without biting. A moderate strawberry flavor that combines nicely with the tartness.

M - Smooth and silky with no carbonation. The texture lets the flavors run wild.

O - I prefer cherry lambics but this was tasty and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 12:34:19 | More by GJ40
Photo of ricke


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 21:52:06 | More by ricke
Photo of Overlord


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangeish (..???...), clear-ish color with a bit of brown. No head. Flat.

Smells faintly of strawberries, and strongly of funk, horse blanket, oak, and ... whoa, this will be sour.

Surprisingly sour. The strawberries are there, but are overlaid on a big blanket of sour horse blanket-iness and oakiness. Musty, barnyard leather and a hint of leprechaun tears round out the presentation.

Yeah, it's flat, but still a pretty good sour. Pretty sure it will never cross my path again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 10:11:37 | More by Overlord
Photo of thecheapies


4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cidery golden in color. Big, watery bubbles collect on the surface, like beads, but it doesn't look like a head. Hardly showing signs of carbonation. Even the cork came out with only the tiniest gasp of air.

Strawberry-banana yogurt, critter funk, white vinegar, unripe berry, and yeast creaminess. Smells fantastic.

Tart strawberry, acetic acid, sharp funk, again with slight banana or creamy fruit, lemon rind, and raw mushroom. Not extreme, but a very sharp sourness.

Back of throat tartness. Jaw clenching with anticipation. Not much carbonation to amp it up and spell it out. The body has a semi-oily feel to it.

This is a fantastic fruit lambic. The notes are numbered, but they're fascinating.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 20:49:57 | More by thecheapies
Photo of jlindros


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tough one, I've had 3 bottles now and haven't matched the first with how delicious it was and how much strawberry it had. And now the price has gone up so tough to buy at that price. This review starts with the original and adds comments on the others that followed.

Pours no head, murky peach beige color no carbonation.

Nose is wow, light lambic, tart sour, strawberry lemonaide, juicy tart strawberries, lactic acid. The ones following were similar on the nose, but a touch less strawberry.

Taste starts with a nice sour and tart lambic, typical fruits and lactic acid, and gets kicked up a notch when the sediment is swirled and dumped in, suddenly Wow Strawberries! Tons of fresh strawberry flavors, strawberry lemonaide, light acidity, lacto, juicy, light sweetness, bit of tart funk, light bitterness and a great sour flavor, but of chewy malts, and light citrus. Funk is light, mostly just tart fruits and lactic acid. On the later bottles it started similar, but adding the sediment from the bottom was mostly yeast and funk, very little strawberry added , the sediment was also much less than the first bottle, and more yeasty funk flavors, not as pleasant.

Mouth is lighter bodied, pretty much no carbonation.

Overall just wow, the original bottle is one of the best lambics I can remember, but the ones since have just been so-so. hard to judge the score on which one, so I'll try to average them.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:55:38 | More by jlindros
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pink grapefruit / pink lemonade with haze, no head to speak of (not really a hallmark of the style anyway), pretty straight forward looking lambic

strawberry bubblegum gone sour and gone rotten, that's not a complaint, there is just some weird smell to some lambics that is hard to place, it smells sort of like a dumpster in the throes of august, somewhere between really old citrus and some liquid that is some ungodly color you can't quite describe, but the liquid crawls instead of pours, it oozes like pus... so naturally I like the odor here, something about strawberry manure just tickles me silly

taste etc...
the first sip of a good lambic is always a touch bracing for me, almost like swallowing sea water, of course this is quite sour, great for a summer night like this evening sitting out on the deck with the pooch when the weather is just cool enough to thwart the harangues of mosquitoes that plague in the later months of summer, the lingering flavor is a bite on the tongue of sour fading into pink fruity bubblegum, almost artificial tasting like bubble yum, the further on you travel into this beer the sourness is side by side with the fruit flavour, somewhere between mild strawberry and cranberry this is not one you can pin the fruit down on like say some krieks, the mouthfeel is perfect for the style, light and drinkable with surprisingly the right amount of carbonation to get this puppy to flavor market, lip smackingly good.

a very nice lambic (especially since I scored it for $3.99), if you want a more geuze-ish type of lambic you will probably enjoy this one.. and cantillon fans should equally enjoy this (although not as tart as many cantillon offerings)

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:36:08 | More by Ego
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The girlfriend loves this beer. We have had a few bottles now and the bottle to bottle variation can be massive. This was the 2nd best bottle we had.

A: Hazy golden color with minimal white head. The carbonation was there and strong not bad for a 9 year old beer.

S: The strawberries are up front and smelled really nice. After than the lacto sour really kicks in hard. It worked with the berries though. I never thought it would have but it did.

T: Very sour up front. Then the sour backs down and you have the vinegar lacto assault. The strawberries are in there the whole way and really does balance things out quite a bit.

M: Light refreshing mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

D: Super drinkable. The lacto is really strong and you can feel it in your gut after a while. That never stopped me though.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 23:01:18 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of crossovert


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage. 12.7 oz green bottle.

Pours with a minuscule head that had big soapy bubble. The beer is a vibrant orange/peach/apricot color. There are white things floating on the surface.

The smell is fantastic, with nice ripe strawberry, a pinch of sour, and a tiny tiny hint of funk, not much at all though.

The taste is a lot more sour than the nose would suggest, it starts out with a burst of lemon sourness but then ends with delightful strawberry flavor. It isn't sweet at all like I expected, it is an awful like a straight up lambic with a hint of strawberry in there. Very nice.

I'm not a huge fan of the nearly still mouthfeel with only the slightest hint of carbonation, it is hard to control the carbonation these gueuze type lambics though. But I woudl like a bit more.

It is a pretty good beer with a very nice smell.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 22:29:10 | More by crossovert
Photo of jthor018


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass it looked like apple juice. The only hint of carbonation I could find was a few bubbles on my tongue. Couldn't taste the strawberry but could smell it a bit. Sipping and taking huge swigs it tasted good. I'm not sure about the taste. It is kind of sour, definitely not sweet. This almost tastes like white wine? My first lambic and after this, I can imagine I will try to seek out more. I'll definitely get another bottle. This is probably something good for sitting on the porch on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:56:31 | More by jthor018
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
84 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.