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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002)
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

350 mL bottle with '2006 Limited Edition Masters Collection' on the label. Been sitting in my cellar for the past two and a half years. Pours a pretty clear dark gold color with a slight pinkish hue. No carbonation whatsoever, I am bummed that the bubbles must have escaped some time ago.

Heavenly strawberry aroma with the delectable notes of lacto sourness. Absolutely amazing, perfect blend of the fruit and lactic acid.

Wow - tart and sour as hell with a very nice and prevalent strawberry presence. Lack of carbonation is a bit of a downer, but I am surprisingly still loving this beer, a delightful sensory experience. Damn I love lambics! Just enough sweetness to counteract some of the sourness. Has a nice bit of 'funk' in here as well. As the bottle drains, it becomes more tart than sour as the palate adjusts fairly quickly to the sour aspect. There is also a mild rubbery flavor that has me thinking brettomyces might be involved here. I wish I had 20 more of these around, awesome beer. Lack of CO2 is the only thing keeping this from an A+ in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 17:14:46 | More by twiggamortis420
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marc77

California

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2002 18:40:40 | More by marc77
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 20:32:20 | More by nas5755
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lobotomizer

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 06:54:26 | More by lobotomizer
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largadeer

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 20:50:04 | More by largadeer
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HopHead84

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 06:57:05 | More by HopHead84
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 18:57:19 | More by Georgiabeer
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northernbrews

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 01:20:54 | More by northernbrews
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ccrida

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:56:29 | More by ccrida
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d4radio

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +15%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:14:48 | More by d4radio
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +15%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 20:52:35 | More by woosterbill
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TriGuy20

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +15%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:54:43 | More by TriGuy20
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-05-2013 08:50:23 | More by MrVonzipper
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Jon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 16:29:59 | More by Jon
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wethorseblanket

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

04-22-2012 02:08:50 | More by wethorseblanket
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-10-2012 17:13:16 | More by HopBrain
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johnsonni

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

09-23-2013 03:23:51 | More by johnsonni
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

04-11-2012 05:25:56 | More by chrispoint
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-22-2014 04:13:32 | More by WillCarrera
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budsandsuds8

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

11-16-2013 22:13:12 | More by budsandsuds8
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NeilFlaiz

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-24-2014 02:56:29 | More by NeilFlaiz
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

02-04-2013 18:47:50 | More by DmanGTR
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KingG

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 05:00:08 | More by KingG
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 00:22:55 | More by brewandbbq
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-09-2012 21:23:04 | More by jongullotti
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.