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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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 zeff80
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled a little funky (but not a good funky). Also, a light strawberry aroma.

T - It had a really light sweetness with good strawberry flavor. There was a subtle acidity.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale.

D - This is an interesting lambic. Not sure I'm a fan of strawberry flavor in a beer. (417 characters)

Photo of bark
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The smell of strawberries spreads around the room when I opened the champagne-style cork.

The liquid is opaque. The colour is an odd semi-bright beige-red-orange one that I have never seen before. There is no head at all.

The smell is a blend of sweet strawberries (both wild and the usual ones) jam and earthy notes of vinegar/iodine. As one could have expected… Maybe a little bit too candy-like for me.

The taste got nothing to do with sweets or artificial flavouring! It is dominated by a powerful dry sourness with some gentle notes of red berries. There are also iodine and minerals, malt vinegar, malic acid and bitter herbs. Yes, it is very sour! The aftertaste is tenderer wit sour mineral notes and a fine, growing natural taste of matured strawberries.

The carbonation is mild with some gentle small bubbles. I had thought that it should have been much stronger.

A tricky fruit lambic; The fruit is all there, but the dominant sourness is just a little too much in this beer. Don’t get me wrong, I like lambics and geuezes, but this one just wasn’t balanced the way I like it. (1,109 characters)

Photo of muttyd
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass yielding a cloudy orange body with no head. Very still looking lambic, no lacing.

Strawberries, lactic sourness, musty/dank basement, and some oaky/vanilla characteristics in the nose. Strawberries come out more as the beer warms up. Flavor gives way to a berry sweetness, slight vinegar, and leather/barnyard/musty funk. Mouthwatering finish with a funky chalky yeast presence. Very sour beer.

Overall a good lambic. I tend to prefer my fruit lambics more carbonated, but this one was still pretty tasty. (543 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (1,127 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an earthy, sour scent that boasts of half rotten strawberries and Belgian yeast. The taste is decent as well. It has a musty strawberry flavor that is earthy and quite sour. The fruit is not as pronounced as some lambics I've had. It goes down slow and very tart. Usually, these brews go down like water, but this one is different. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above beer, but just an average lambic. I won't be buying this again. (604 characters)

Photo of julian
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (1,202 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sour aroma that never even gets in the vicinity of sweet. Quite tart. Golden/amber color with no head at all. Fore is vinegar and then sweet strawberries and then vinegar. Mildly creamy as well. Curiously the tart vinegar flavors make the strawberry side seem unripe as if they used green strawberries. It’s interesting, but it is also failry narrow flavor wise and that can get boring quickly. (395 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

This thing is brutal. Pretty orange/ honey color with zero head. Serious aroma of straw trampled into the mud outside of a barn by hoofed animals. My vet-tech friend has more intimate animal comparisons not fit to print. Overly funkety funk. Tart and funky - tastes like I fell into a sheep pen and then had one of the sheep step in my mouth. Serious beer geeks need to quit the IBU drama and come to lambic country. It's the final test. While I approached this with an open mind understanding in advance what lambics are supposed to be all about, I had to give it miserable drinkability, because I just can't hack it. Not on the heavy level that Hanssens brings the funk. This shit is the real deal. (700 characters)

Photo of triptens
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a Bordeaux glass.
2000 Vintage

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with hues of red. Very little bubbles, just a small white ring of them around the edge of the glass

Smell: Awesome funky nose. Very earthy, barnyardy, wet horse, and lemon rind.

Taste: Very funky through the palate. Earthy, tangy with a back of ripe red strawberries and raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Sour, acidic, yet flat, with little to no carbonation left.

Drinkability: It was an interesting drink. I enjoyed it but, would definitely have to share a 750 with a friend or 2. (580 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been eyeing this one for a long time now. It pours a light bodied bright gold in color with a slightly pinkish hue, slightly cloudy and with no head or bubbles. The nose is what I expected from Hannsens, nice acidity, moderate funk, and a strawberry juice aspect that offers a touch of berry sweetness. The flavors are interested. Of course there is the acid and funky yeast but it has an odd juicy strawberry sweetness. It's kind of earthy and vinous. The mouthfeel is also a little flat. It's ok. I know there aren't many strawberry lambics out there but to me this tastes like a Geueze with Strawberry juice added. It's ok but being more expensive than their gueuze or kriek, I would prefer one of those any day. (720 characters)

Photo of Aguirre
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, very strange beer. A pretty aggressive pour yielded no head, but a few tiny bubbles clung to the wine glass. A closer look shows it is indeed carbed. Murky-peach color. Not all that inviting really.

The smell is super funky, wow. It's like rancid milk from a bowl of frankenberry cereal. Barnyard central. A little vomit smell too....yikes.

The taste, after the questionable smell was a great surprise, MASSIVE sourness with a good strawberry flavor but also an incredibly dry finish. I couldn't stop taking sips. Delicious.

What a strange and interesting beer! $9 was too much for a tiny bottle but this was a fun one to try. The thing that struck me the most was how different the taste was from the smell. (716 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 375 ml bottle. Black and white label with no picture of a strawberry, but with the rather pompus phrase "B.United International's Masters' Collection" at the top. Well, it would be pompous if it wasn't B.United, or Shelton Bros. both of whom instill a great deal of confidence in this beer drinker. Anywho, it appears to be a different, and presumedly newer, bottling of this beer from those previously reviewed.

Pours an interesting slightly hazy gold, with a real blush of pink. The gold is more pronounced at the edges, fading to pinkish in the center of the glass. Slightly pink, raspy, quickly dissipating head. Fine for a lambic in my book.

Nose is promisingly acidic, with a hearty whack of horse blanket, some lemon, and fresh mown hay. Really nice stuff, and not much different (though less complex) from Hannsen's Oude Geueze, which is a good thing in my book.

Disappoints a bit in the mouth, as an initial wave of sour fruitiness dissipates into a surprisingly watery and diffuse mid-palate. There's some malt there, and a bit of grainy crunchiness, but the acidity completely disappears. It pokes back a bit on the finish, which once again takes on some complexity, with the earthy, barnyardy notes making their first appearance on the palate. Unfortunately it ends with a sort of plastic-y bitter note that really distracts.

Relatively low level of carbonation has plusses and minuses for mouthfeel - it gives a lovely softness that lets the malt that is there seep into every crevice of the mouth, but it provides little support for the modest acidity that should be a defining character of the style.

Loses drinkability points in my book for being a big old donut of a beer, and that weird lingering flavor on the finish. Overall a good beer, but not up to Hannson's standard. The Oude Gueuze is their true entry in anyone's "Masters' Collection." (1,886 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Chris, you certainly don't mind killing a guy, now do you?" as he hands me a glass of this beer with no warning whatsoever. Lambics? Of course their tart. Smells so, but with a sour fruit scent. ...But then, here comes the sharp raw, intense flavors of sour (not tart) Lambic uniqueness. Followed by an under-rippened strawberry, and other young berries (cranberries, raspberries, crab apples, lime). The flavors slowly morph into an increadibly sour, astringent mouthfeel the sucks all of the moisture from my body. Soon dawns on me that this may be the most sour beer I've had. At least the mouth-puckering, sweaty look that I'm giving. Mildly salty, musty, and earthy with some other flavors that I detect before my tastebuds give up. No doubt this is a quality Lambic, but the intensity of textures make it tough to fully appreciate. Thanks again Clvand0. (860 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

an odd Lambic. good carbonation and clarity. no head just a small film. golden and light rose color. smell is funky with hints of berry. not a deep great funky. mouthfeel does not get dry. more like a wine taste that is slightly sweet and a little it of tart but nothing special. overall flavor leaves you wanting something better. would not recommend. (361 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a mellow orange with a ring of white bubbles. Looks pretty flat.

S: Smell is pleasant sweet strawberry and less pleasant rubbery notes. A bit of wheat and lacto acidity as well.

T: Taste brings puckering lactic acidity, lemon, hint of berry sweetness, light minerality.

M: Light-bodied, flat.

O: The strawberry aroma/flavor here is really nice, but it's a very sour beer that's flat. This kind of bracing acidity needs carbonation to carry it. (477 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from oz caged and corked bottle into tulip.

A. Very little carbonation on the pour. A very fine super small ring of head. No lacing. Color is a rich orange.

S. Smell is pretty strong. A bit of sour strawberries. Some funkineess lies underneath the unripened strawberry smell. Has an earthy smell to it. Overall pretty sour smell.

T. Wow. Very sour unripe strawberry taste. The strawberry flavor lingers in the mouth. This one made me pucker. Its hard to get past the sourness and taste what else might be going on.

M. Medium/low body. Very low carbonation.

D. Drinkability is low for me. I can't get past how sour this is. Its pretty tongue curling sour. The Strawberry flavor is of the unripened variety, which really isnt my cup of tea. A little carbonation might do this beer a lot of good and take some of the edge of the sourness. (850 characters)

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

S: smells like strawberries with some burnt rubber notes

A: copper with orange hues

T: lemon, tart, some strawberry notes. noticeable cheese and funk notes.

M: medium body with no carbonation

O: got the strawberry notes in the nose, but flavor was lacking. this might have helped with the strong cheese and funk notes. (322 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystalline dark orange with absolutely no head despite a vigorous pour.

Smells of tart berries, apples with some musty horse blanket.

I get lots of tart berry and lemon in the flavor especially a tart strawberry on the back end. Not very funky at all and the berry tartness overwhelms a bit.

A bit too thin bodied and carbonation level is too low for a lambic.

Not horrible, but far from a top of the line beer. There are some issues, but overall the strawberry is somewhat pleasant if not a bit too tart at times. (527 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says limed edition year 2000. The cork came out without even a hiss.

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear aple golden amber with no head, nada, none zilch.

The aroma was cheese, first and foremost, and stinky cheese at that. With the cheese was a distinct barnyard character and a slight fruitiness that reminded me of cherries (kriek). The aroma was not complex barnyard however, but more one dimensional.

The flavor was sour and tannic. The tannins were very high and gave a grapeskin flavor as well as a slight astringency. The flavor was grapeskins and grape seeds. The flavor was also fairly sour but was missing the cheese that came forth in the aroma.

The finish was dry and sour with lasting grapeskin and grape seed flavors long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the beer was flat.

12.7 ounce green bottle, bailed and corked. An interesting beer for sure, but not one I would go out of my way to purchase. (956 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very dark orange, almost red, with barely a touch od translucency to the body. The head is a mix of spritzy and foamy that actually holds up pretty well and leaves just a bit of spotting behind.
This has some funk, and plenty of sourness, but the main element is vinegar. I don't get much strawberry at all, though it does peek through. It's mainly sharp, particularly in the flavor. A bit of must underlies this brew before it gets a bit salty along with the sting. The fruity note that does come through is that of just-ripening strawberries. It does have an astringency that, strangely, remains without building up.
There's just a lot more apple cider vinegar than strawberry, and it doesn't integrate as well as a truly great lambic.
There's some movement to this beer, but it's also quite harsh. The vinegar stringency definitely stings in the feel as well as the taste. It's crisp, and consistently so, and while not exactly smooth certainly more than I would expect. It's the very opposite of cloying, going so dry as to almost take moisture away. It's interesting, for sure. (1,107 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy murky orange color with barely a bubble from a very vigorous pour. The nose is very pleasant with lots of strawberries, a lactic sourness, a touch of oak, and a hint of barnyard. Taste is quite tart with lemons and some vinegar. The strawberry comes in to only partially sweeten the sour. Earthy funky musty come through before once again turning tart and lingering on the palette long after every sip. Almost non-existent carbonation, medium body, with a tart mouth puckering feel. I would have loved some carbonation in this bad boy! As is its decent but probably something I wouldn't purchase again. (617 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2000 vintage 375 ml

Pours an orange marigold color with no head an no visible bubbles.

Smell of brett, funk, sulphur, and fruity berries

Strong strawberry presence on horseblanket, hay, grass , earthy pale malts lemon and very light oak. There is a good tartness level to it, but sweet wins over the sour with the berry flavors in here. The bottle is basically completely flat, the cork had minimal pressure to it and sounded like a mushroom coming out of the bottle. As the bottle warmed up a little I started getting a sweet syrupy stinging bite at the back of my throat. Seemed to become syrupy and have the corn syrup tinge similar to a Nestea Iced Tea can.

Overall considering there was nearly no carbonation, this is a good example for the style. Although there was no carbonation, there was a medium body. I am sure a newer vintage would be more representative of the style, but I cannot complain too much. (919 characters)

Photo of orfeu
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle. Label claims "Limited Edition Year 2000," but there's a sticker on the neck with a hand-written "02" on it...No pop with the cork release...Pours utterly still, a brassy golden hue and absolutely no head. Sweet strawberry aromas hit my nostrils from at least two feet away. Closer sniffs reveal tart green grape skin scents along with wild berry and leather aromas. Sweaty brett funk finishes out the bouquet. Brash flavor up front. Impudently tart in a nearly cloying (but not quite) way: slight acetic twang accompanies a sour grape and underripe raspberry acidity. Paint-stripping dryness in the finish, which is quite tannin-heavy, fairly woody, and slightly peppery. Phenolic funk all the way through the swallow. This beer's weakest point is its mouthfeel. It's got the dryness I enjoy in lambics, but its complete lack of carbonation makes each sip rather heavy and slick. Very much like a brett-infected dry white wine -- to my palate, at least. An interesting experience to be sure, but I have doubts about this one's ability to withstand more than a couple of years' worth of aging. It's always possible that this is a bad bottle, though... (1,182 characters)

Photo of truthbrew
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this straight lambic first, then read about it on Hanssens site later. Wish I would have read first....

Corked bottle (Limited Edition 2000) that had no "pop" when opening. Smells of Strawberry citrus. A vigrous pour resulted in no head or noticible carbonation. Poured at 55F. Color was a brilliant golden, pretty clear for a lambic. Taste was very acidic, more acidic tasting than sour. Really had to sip this one.

Now, on to the website info:
"This unique, refreshing beer appetizer is the result of amalgamating fresh strawberries with lambic during summer. They mature throughout the winter season. In spring, the strawberry lambic is bottled. In order to fully enjoy the taste and flavour of this appetizer, it is recommended to consume it within one year of bottling. Due to the typical characteristics of the fruit, the strawberry lambic is changing rapidly into a geuze lambic. Therefore, opposed to geuze or kriek, no blend is made of different aged lambics resulting in a lesser second fermentation and less carbon dioxide. Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek are as well very good appetizers and should be served with a cellar temperature. Oudbeitje is recommended to serve ice- chilled in a champagne glass."

After reading the information from the website, it is known that carbonation will be low or nil, plus my bottle was 4 years old ("best enjoyed within one year") which I have a feeling took away from the strawberry flavor and left only a hint of it's smell. Lastly, I served it at cellar temp when I should have served in a frosty champagne glass. It would have been nice to have that info on the label. If I do find another bottle (hopefully fresher), I would love to try this again.

Overall even though I didn't drink in under the best conditions, I still enjoyed it. I'll be searching for it again. (1,836 characters)

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