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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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85
very good

386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most pleasant lambic, not sweet and only a bit on sour, lemon juice vinegar side, dryish. The strawberry comes out, it's something special.Pinkish tinge. Appropriate carbonation.No head. Goes picnic lunch well, and could be a starter to the style.Thanks Boutip.

Sammy, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.25/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy light red color with absolutely zero head or lacing. Random floating sediment can be seen in the glass. Very suspicious. Smells strongly of skunk spray, funk/must, vinegar. Hmm alright, lambics can smell this way somewhat, but I am even more suspicious. The taste confirms everything I was wary about. Very skunky, very sour, very musty, very funky, very salty - all in a horrible and disgusting way. This is one of the worst tasting beers I have ever had. Just layer upon layer of awful. Beer is absolutely flat, which makes the taste that much worse. It's like a big glass of flat vinegar soda mixed with fermented strawberry mold. Overall, this is an abomination of a beer. I don't know if this is a bad bottle but I hope to all that is good that it is. I am pissed that I spent $10 on this one.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev 0%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

djrn2, May 03, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Served in a Hanssens tumbler. Hazy peach color. Beautiful strawberry nose. Not at all faded. Moderate lactic and strong strawberry. Very good.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

acurtis, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured deep golden yellow in color with no carbonation whatsoever. A bit of yeast particles are visible near the bottom of the glass.
S: There's a very strong funky and sour aroma that really wakes you up, almost like smelling salts, and resembles that of a gueuze. The aroma begins to weaken as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very sour but not quite as strong as one would expect following the smell. There are also some hints of fruits in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and flat on the palate. The lack of carbonation is likely a result of the ten years of aging.
D: The drinkability improves as the beer warms up; this is one that you should take out of the refrigerator well in advance of drinking it.

Note: 2000 vintage

metter98, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

kjkinsey, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light red/brown color lambic with no head or carbonation. Aroma of funk and horse blanket is quite strong with some very subtle strawberry in the back. Taste is mix of sour and funky lambic with an extra dose of horse blanket with some faint strawberry also noticeable. Not sure if this lack some aging or if the balance is wrong but definitely not one the best lambic fruit that I have tasted.

Phyl21ca, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

GRG1313, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle purchased at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop. There is a year of 2000 listed on the bottle, but I'm not entirely sure if this beer is that old (I couldn't find much information on it).

A: The cork popped out and gave no indications of carbonation (not surprising for a lambic). A fairly vigorous pour into two glasses for the girlfriend and I gave a few bubbles at most. The color is a gold with some hints of pink.

S: The nose is quite complex with lots of acidity and funk. There is a fruitiness to the beer, but I wouldn't necessarily pinpoint it as strawberry. There is also quite a large acetic component.

T: Like the nose, the acetic acid is fairly well pronounced, but not so much that it is vinegary. A lot of barnyard character (horse blanket, hay, and leather), and again a mild fruitiness, with the strawberry character coming through a bit more than on the nose.

M: The beer is slick and flat, like you would expect for a traditional lambic. The body is medium and has quite an acidic bite on the finish.

D: A beer that I've been wanting to try, but it is quite acetic and sour. A bit more dryness would have been nice, and perhaps a little more fruit character.

womencantsail, Jan 11, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Knapp85, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

largadeer, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes: Two year old straight lambic (Blend of Boon and Girardin) matured for one year.

Opened two of these from the latest batch that just arrived in town. Not vintage dated. The first bottle was still, and sublime as always. Second bottle actually had a pop, some bubbles, and was monumentally funky.

Sulfur, washed rind cheese, horsehair, manure, just intensely, outrageously funky. Very polarizing to the group. After 10 minutes or so, the barnyard cloud lifted, and the gentle oaky sandalwood and green sour strawberry notes came through.

Strawberries were much more present in the taste than previous batches. Oak is big too, damp and musty wet wood. There was an inkling of carbonation, though the body has a fullness to it despite this. Unblended lambic is traditionally still anyway, as there is no young lambic or priming sugar used to carbonate (this is not a flaw or mistake, it's by design).

To me, this lambic is really out there, and something for those looking to explore the wild fringe of what's possible/acceptable in a lambic. Not for the faint of heart, try with an open mind and you'll be rewarded. After sampling a dozen or so bottles over the last few years, the batch/bottle variation is a fun part of the ride, and expected for an artisanal product.

09-18-2007
4/4/4/4.5/4.5 A- 4.1

Generously received in trade from JesseDaniel.
Black and white label, different than the one pictured with the strawberry plant illustration. Either this is a fresh bottle, or prior to the 2006 edition.

Poured into a Hanssens tumbler, the deep gold lambic retains a thin ring of foam for the duration of the glass. A second pour generates some larger bubbles, that seem to quickly dissipate, then cling to one side of the glass. Though lambic is traditionally flat, a few lazy streams of tiny bubbles are visible in the glass. The bottle is carefully decanted to leave the sediment.

Vague strawberry scent, musty wood, and a cheese note as the bottle is opened. As it sits, the sharpness is left, and the more subtle notes dissipate.

Sharp cheese, green underripe strawberry, lemon juice, yogurt, grapefruit. Dry woody aftertaste, oaky tannin lends alot of depth to the mouthfeel. Starts out juicy and fruity, and ends with the dry woody notes. Mellower than young lambic, actually moderate on the sour scale, when compared with Drie Fontienen and Cantillon.

Light acidity that gets the salivary glands working, not much carbonation, but not completely flat. Again, a woody fullness that enhances the overall mouthfeel score.

It's relative mellowness makes it more approachable on the sour scale, but it's not for the beginner/faint of heart/pregnant/weak stomach/acid reflux prone. One to sip and savor, for the hardcore lambic lovers out there.

emerge077, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

zeff80, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B.United International's (importer) Masters' Collection - Limited Edition Year 2000 - Strawberry Lambic. 375 ml corked, caged bottle. Cork was dry. Hazy, deep orange in color. No head - flat. The aroma is complex: sour, acetic, brettanomyces (barnyard), lightly sweet with some candyish strawberry, musty, leathery. The body is thin and the mouthfeel is powdery. The flavor starts with a soft acidity which immediately turns quite sharp on the front of the tongue - puckering, leading into some light fruit flavor (wow!?!) and some broader flavors of limited residual sugar, leather, mustiness as the liquid warms across the palate, then dissolves from the tongue with a quickly passing light metallic note, leaving a dry, powdery finish and a "sour spot" at the back of the throat. Surprisingly not astringent, as it's often expected. Not a very complex lambic, but quite surprising in the clarity of the strawberry note (a difficult fruit to work with because of it's light character).

NeroFiddled, Aug 20, 2002
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

like nothing else on the market, one of the best uses of strawberries I have ever come across. pours dense and golden, pushing brassy, with some more sediment as the bottle gets low. literally no head or bubbles at all, completely still, not totally appealing to be honest, but I trust its sourness right away. as soon as the cork is off, this beer starts emitting tartness and funky sour all over the shop. I can smell it in my jawline, a mouthwatering brew here, with unripe fruit and lacto notes, as well as some oak, complex and just so damn sour, consecration style. the taste comes in two waves. the first is a berry, but not specifically strawberry tartness, fresh and addicting, sour of course, but not as pucker as the nose. some wheat malt and long fermentation characteristics are evident, as well as an acidity that is quite intense. the second wave, after a second or so pause, is a full bore watery mouth, salivation and drool from the sourness finally catches up with me, its about as much as my palate can handle. like strawberries that are still pink and white, although if I didn't know it, im not sure I would have been able to say strawberry specifically. I hate that its still though, it needs bubbles to percolate this into my palate, and its obviously missing. it needs to move, and it stagnates. still, the acidity is enough to make it finish quickly and drink easy enough. one of the more sour beers ive had, and a great use of fresh fruit. expensive but worth it to try.

StonedTrippin, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - No head whatsoever. Perfectly clear with a light copper colored body.

S - Deep earthy, sour, cheesy smell. Aromas of sour cherries, wet, mossy stones, and earthy, salty cheese. Some noticeable goaty, caproic smell and a hint of black olives. Very savory aroma overall.

T - Profound, puckering acidity. Tart pie cherries and a surprising fresh parsley note. Strong apple like flavors, reminiscent of a New England cider but with more complex earthiness.

M - Very thin body and no carbonation.

D - Drinkability as such is pretty low on this one, in that it would be quite difficult to take down more than one of these. It is probably the most sour beer I have ever had; and while the aroma is spectacular, the flavor is a bit o a let down.

I paired this with some Taleggio cheese and homemade pumpernickel bread, and while the aroma matched the cheese quite well, the flavors were a bit dissonant.

nickfl, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 version. Sampled 7-27-07.

Absolutely no head on a clouded orange pour. Nose is so tart that when I took a whiff immediately after pouring, I pulled my head back and elicited the word: "Whoa!" There is a fair amount of fruit there and a pretty mild wood tone as well. Overall it just smells of funky lambic goodness. Flavor is so sour that it bites. I am no novice to lambic, but this one is still kicking me a bit hard. After that initial taste, the buds seem used to it more and you get a less abrasively sour tone and a bit of wet wood. Very minimal fruit influence here. Barely visible to the palate. Feel is extremely low on carbonation. So much so that it might not even feel like there is some to certain people. Liquid is smooth, but also a bit sticky/slimy. Drinkable, yes. But certainly not the smoothest lambic ever created. Seems a bit harsh in certain aspects.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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