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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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85
very good

398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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).

Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stillwater wine glass. First thing, this beer is still, no carbonation, no head, no lacing, that was unexpected. It's yellow and hazy, almost orange.

Beer smells acetic and oaky, funky and harsh. Its like hay and awesomeness rolled in funk.

Beer is super tart and really sour on the finish. There is a dirty blanket after taste and this odd sourness that sticks to my gums. The aftertaste is overwhelming. Hard to process. I think I might be blind. This is about the most sour thing I've ever tasted. There is a shadow of woody oak that reaches out of the back of my throat and tries to strangle me. Beer is also thicker than I thought it would be but still finishes really dry. The second drink was much better than the first. Its mellowing and growing on me. Strawberries? Really? I don't think so. This is like a harsh, sour, tart, unblended, flat lambic. I like it.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawberries and flowers on the label, with an utterly unpronouncable name...what is in store for me, within this bottle?
Pop goes the c ork, and out wafts that distinctive lambic aroma, musky, sour, then light strawberry notes...and I haven't even sniffed the bottleneck, let along poured out the liquid...so, let's...bright golden color, nearing a rich orange, with no head, no carbonation at all.
Aroma: as said before, sourness strikes first, followed quickly by sweet strawberry, but at times it feels like a faint echo.
Taste: odd, and something of a challenge, for if your palate isn't in the mood to put up this tangle of murky, heady, yeasty sourness, only slightly offset by tasty fruit, this is gonna be no picnic. It's a real lambic, though, no sissified sweet thing, this makes you pucker, wince, gulp, then finally, relax and be all mellowfied. Becomes more palatable further in, and I can't say whether it's been tamed, or it's conquered me! Medium body, long, tart finish, a real master of the mouthfeel.
The label tells me that this is a Limited Edition Year 2000, at least 3 years old,and I have to wonder if it's age affected the head/appearance?

Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml/12.7 oz cage-corked bottle, "limited edition 2006" poured into fluted glass.

Pours golden with virtually no head and no head retention.

The smell is funky/musty with lemongrass, stale bread, and floral notes with a hint of strawberry.

The taste is musty, tart lemon and strawberry mixing with stale bread. Sour apple grows as the drink progresses. It has a very tart, dry finish.

It is light-to-medium bodied with mild carbonation, though there is an effervescent touch.

Very tart and drying. The fruitiness mixes in with other characteristics. Other than needing some water mid-way because of tartness and dryness, very drinkable. Not an "intro to style" type lambic, it's a drink for true lovers of tart lambics.

Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. 2002 vintage.

Pours yellow orange with a minimal white head. The aroma is very tart, with some vinegar and some funk. The taste is very tart with some sour strawberries and other fruit. There is also a little bit of funk but it pales in comparison to the pure tartness. Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Very dry finish.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at Argonaut Liquor and served into a slender stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed as a lambic because the label identifies it as such. 6% ABV confirmed. "Ale brewed with strawberries."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it pours.

Pours no head whatsoever - just a weak floater ring of white colour.

Body colour is a cloudy peach-copper of average vibrance. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's not unique or special but I find it rather inviting. There are no egregious flaws here. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Definite strawberry notes are noticeable and abundant. Also some peach and maybe some apricot. Has a nice lambic yeast-induced tart sourness. There's also some lactobacillus bacterial sourness. The fruitiness is fantastic. Any malts are so seamlessly integrated as to not be noticeable. Some floral and fruity hop character complements the overall aroma nicely. No alcohol presence is noticeable.

A pleasant, inviting fruit-dominant aroma of moderate strength.

I don't notice any off-notes. This is shaping up to be pretty good stuff.

T: Hm; structurally it's almost a disaster, with all the fruity notes packed right up front and on the open, and all the sourness harshly contained to the backend. It's not an even transition by any means. The sweetness up front yields immediately to the bacterial and wild lambicus yeast sourness - a sourness which is aggressive and unforgiving. Luckily for me, I love that bold sourness in a lambic. The fruity notes up front match those encountered in the aroma - peach, strawberry, and apricot. Tame timid floral and fruity hop notes complement the fruit nicely.

Not much malt presence here. No alcohol presence is noticeable.

Certainly imbalanced structurally, but as divisive as the structure is I still like the flavour profile. Not at all cohesive or gestalt, but very likable. Good complexity. Not much subtle or intricacy, but the fruity end showcases some surprising nuance. The strawberry never feels artificial (as it tends to in most beers). Above average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I suppose it's puckerworthy.

If Cascade Kriek is a 10 on the sour scale, this is about an 8.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Acidic and soft. Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Quenching and refreshing. Has that fantastic smacky sour feel on the palate. Chewy. A bit too thin. Complements the flavour profile well and fits neatly within style conventions.

Not oily, tannic, astringent, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. I'll make short work of this bottle. Another damn solid sour from Hanssens. I wouldn't get it again at this price point here in the states, but I'd happily throw a couple in the cellar if I could get it at Belgian prices. It executes strawberry surprisingly well and I'd recommend friends try it at least once. Perhaps a bit simple for a lambic, but it'll definitely satisfy any sour lover's itch. Give this one a spin. You'll murder it inside 5 minutes. I know I did.

B+

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly strong aroma of strawberries springs from the bottle as soon as I pop the cork. It is very flat as it pours, there are no bubbles in my glass. Pours a hazy orange color that has a pink tint to it. No head at all is on this beer. the strawberry ins the most dominant aroma, though this is definitely a Lambic as well; acetic, sour, and just plain funky aromas make up the back drop. The combination of strawberry and Lambic aromas bring it to a new funky aromatic level.

Very dry up front but towards the end this beer changes directions abruptly and finishes with a weird fruity sweetness. The sweetness has an artificialness to it that may just be a product of the strawberry and Lambic funk. The taste is definitely sour, but not overly so for a Lambic. The amazing thing about this beer is that it is completely schizophrenic; on the front of my tongue it is dry, acidic, funky Lambic, once it hits the back of my tongue it becomes sweet and strawberry like. This is one beer that gives a work out to all the taste receptors on my tongue.

Interestingly enough, I did not really miss the lack of carbonation in this brew, it might be a bit better with it but it is interesting enough to stand up without it. I think that this would probably be a good transition Lambic for going from Lindeman's products to that of Cantillon. Very interesting and I am still not quite to sure what to think of it.

Photo of GClarkage
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/31/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 375ml caged and corked bottle. Year 2000 bottle. Poured into my Lindemann's Lambic flute.

Appearance- Opened with no pop, not even a fizz or anything. Pours a bright orange with no head whatsoever. Lacing is pretty much non existant as well. Did I wait to long on this one?

Smell- Barnyard stench. Leather, rotted fruit, horse dung, you name it. If you really sniff hard you can detect a nice scent of strawberry.

Taste- Ultra sour at first, with a mixture of sweet strawberry. This beer calms down towards the middle and becomes much less tart and overbearing. The starwberry flavor just didn't do it for me though.

Mouthfeel- Almost like drinking a weak lambic sryup. No carbonation whatsoever. A very dead beer. No life in it at all.

Drinkability- Still very new to the lambic scene. Hopefully I will come across the better ones than this.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle, 2000 Vintage,

A: Pours flat with a brilliant apricot orange hue.

S: Some light strawberry notes, lemon, and sweaty socks.

T: The strawberry is a really minor note. Lemon and apricot form the predominant flavour along with the acid. Tastes good.

M: Smooth, moderately acidic, good body for no carbonation.

D: A solid lambic. The complexity isn't great, but a nice drinkable brew. Too expensive for what you get though.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Note: Bottled in June 2013

A: Pours a very hazy deep golden yellow bordering on apricot in color with no visible carbonation and just a hint of peach highlights. The beer has only the faintest of off-white rings around about half of the glass and no lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is quite tart/sour with only the hint of strawberries in the finish as it warms up.

T: Similar to the smell, this beer is almost all sour tartness with just a light amount of strawberries in the finish. The tartness/sourness of this beer really lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with minimal amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This is not an easy drinking beer as it is quite sour and pretty much lacks any carbonation (to speak of). I would only recommend this beer to folks that really enjoy their sours, not for the novice to the style.

Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light blush/ amber color with a very thin, fizzy pinkish-white head that quickly dissapears. Funky aroma with hints of strawbeery and cream as well as an earthy, oak presence. Slightly watered down, with very little carbonation and a slightly funky, earthy oak flavor. Not very acidic and very easy to drink with with a slight puckering strawberry, floral flavor.

Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 375ml green bottle, corked and caged, served lightly chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: the bottle is opened almost without any hissing sound, suggesting a rather flat body; it ends in the glass a dark orangey golden hue, good clarity, with microscopic fizz attached to the sides of the glass all over, without any beer head.
S: very sharp and odorous funkiness (close to the level of Girardin's Black Label that I personally came [next to] sick to smell, but in a surprisingly... surprised way in my very early days in the world of Lambic/Geuze) comes with a faintly sweet oakiness, pungent cider and a thick body of savoury-sweet salted prunes and oxidised Chinese white pears... Strawberries (mixed of overripe-dessert variety & sour-tannic green ones) come closely at the tail of the pungent lambic, but overall quite trivial.
T: this is the most weird fruit-lambic that I've tried, for the fruits have provided neither a "spark" nor a backbone to the overall flavour, almost non-existent are the strawberries... well, never mind... The lambic itself comes very flat, though, that only the high level of savoury funkiness and salted citrus peels quickly develops and settles down equally fast to a really quiet aftertaste of chewy tannins of old wood, spicy hints of dried white olives and all the musty trimmings that an old lambic would demonstrate. Not bad is the taste actually, if disregarding the fruity bits...
M&D: flat-bodied, musty/funky to bits, with a super-light fruitiness from the strawberries that are said to be used in the brew. Perhaps I've never tasted any strawberry-lambic as understated as this one, but something tells me that this bottle is not pretty right, as this level of carbonation (next to none) is not even quite right for a bottled lambic. That said, the lambic base still shows a degree of decency in quality that can't be brushed off that easily. This is "Hanssens", so nothing should go too wrong, I take it?

Photo of BARFLYB
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.