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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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229 Reviews
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Reviews: 229
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 44 | FT: 6
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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 dar482
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy light orange.

The aroma has green apple candy, tart, lemon, and heavy stinkiness of stale hay and urine.

The flavor follows with the green apple, but is not as tart. The vinegar and funk follow through. The beer has decent complexities, but the lack of carbonation on this flat beer was an issue.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.36/5  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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flat beer stored under florescent lights at the store. Poured with no head and of course no lace. Aroma was skunky, a friend nearby smelled it right away. Color is a clear amber. Aroma also has the malt yeast and strawberries. Flavor is like aroma. Body isn't so hot being flat. Ditto with finish. Wish I could a had a better one.

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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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 375ml bottle $4.99. This is a very still beer, no carbonation and zero head, tangerine orange-color. It smells slightly funky, sweaty, manure and mud actually, with a bit of fruit hiding out. It tastes like sour strawberries. The smell really has a stink about it and if you like funk then you will not be disappointed. The sourness is light and doesn't make my mouth pucker (much).

update 08/12/09

label claims "year 2000" but the label, bottle, cork and contents look young. It smells quite funky, fantastic. The taste is tart lambic with a noticeable strawberry component. Nice lambic even if it is a little acidic.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is gorgeous. It lights up the room. It is bright orange, and I mean orange, orange, orange, in color. Predictably, the head was non-existent.

Smell – Oh, this one is raunchy. The barnyard notes and smelly horse blanket are here in spades. There’s a nice, sugary scent as well along with some kind of wicked spicing.

Taste – This is good. The emphasis is on the horsey flavors, but the sweetness can not be denied. And, as indicated on the label, there are some nice, soft, strawberry notes in here as well. I particularly enjoyed the way in which the barny flavors came in.

Mouthfeel – I liked the play that I got from the sour and sweet combination. They mixed very well together, which may be an indication that my four-year-old bottle was ready to pour. This one also was beginning to take on some dry characteristics at the finish.

Drinkability – This was a complex example of the style and made for a great afternoon sipping beer.

Comments – This is a 2000 vintage.

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Photo of warnerry
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden orange. Completely still.

S - Aroma has the Hanssens signature funk profile, which is on the heavy side and has aromas of cheese and, significant lemon tartness and some subtle sweet strawberry aromas.

T - Quite tart up front, with lemon leading the way. Quite funky, with a strong eartiness to the funk. Strawberry really seems to get lost here, though it does come through somewhat midway in the taste.

M - Crisp mouthfeel, but has a slight oily slickness to it.

O - Pretty tasty, and I'm glad I tried it, but for the price there are other gueuze/lambics I would go to first, especially since I didn't get a ton of strawberry out of this.

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Photo of gford217
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. 2000 vintage.

Little sound when the cork slides out and the pour produces a few disparate bubbles on top of a fairly clear golden amber with some pinkish hints. I decided to leave the residue in the bottle to start.

Aroma is nice and complex with some acetic acid, light sugary strawberries and a little bit of earthy funk thrown in.

Taste is initially acidic with a serious zing on the tongue. The strawberries are very subtle and don't show out as much as in the aroma. The finish is fairly dry with a little lemony tartness.

Mouthfeel is close to flat with low carbonation and some dryness.

Not the best lambic I've had but better than most out there. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of illidurit
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach color with zero head whatsoever. Perfumey sour aroma with lemons and freeze-dried strawberries. It's got that deep, refreshing tartness that you only smell in the best lambics. Flavor packs a nice sour wallop with ultra-tart strawberry notes and that dried strawberry sweetness. A little unripe stone fruit at times and a bit of hay bale as well. Once the tongue acclimates to the sourness, some honeyed malts come through to provide a touch of balance. A completely still beer, but the sourness acts in place of CO2 to refresh the palate. Very dry despite a body medium in heft.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great traditional lambic beer, brewed by the fine folks at Hanssens. This beer poured a nice dark yellow colour with a small white cap of foam on the top. The aromas were of horse blanket, various farm odors and animal smells, musty grapes, and a more general mustiness. The flavor was super tart, lip puckering and excellent. Nice strawberry flavors appearared in the middle, before the dry as all hell finish. The mouthfeel was very lively and carbonated and the drinkability is good if you like these traditional lambic beers (which I do) A far cry from a lindemans, or even a liefmans!


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Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label reads “limited edition 2000.” The cork is removed with a notable “pop,” and the brew pours a light gold color with a bit of haze and virtually no head. What an amazing aroma: musty and earthy with a serious acidic note. A very nice strawberry nose comes through almost immediately, and was far stronger than I expected. It smelled vaguely like small wild strawberries, not the plump farm variety. The taste is very nice: sour and earthy. Musty, funky, mouth-puckering, and dry. The strawberry flavor is very prominent in the taste as well. Medium mouthfeel, dry and tart finish. This is an interested beer. I was impressed with the strength of the strawberries and how they worked well with flavor of the brew. The lambic qualities could have been a little more pronounced (sourness and that earthy-funky-wildness). It’s certainty worth a try.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was doing the Beerfly for the Palace Hotel, I came across my notes for the Hanssens Strawberry Lambic that I had there on the last night of our Easter trip in 2000. I remember it so vividly. Guy (the owner) was behind the bar and he had had some good trade from us throughout the weekend, and produced some unlabelled corked brown glass bottles with, as he called it, Hanssens Strawberry Lambic. The only sign of something strange was a dark red steel cap above the champagne cork but under the cage enclosure. It is now marketed and labelled as Oudbeitje I see.
The first surprise was the color - I expected some pinky red lambic - but this was a dark copper colored murky looking lambic with no carbonation whatsoever, totally flat. This was a lambic that had hints of strawberry, rather than say a steeped Kriek where the fruit is dominant. The acidity was still quite high (good), sourness was prevalant at first, but the tinge of strawberries invaded in the middle and balanced the dryness at the end to a rather sharp but sweet finish. Excellent attempt at a new fruit lambic, only really let down by its flat appearance. I simply must try this again.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/2/08. Bottle, 2006. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is extremely funky, with some sour fruit. Flavor also quite funky but not too sour, some wood/oak, sharp sour finish. I get a vague fruitiness but no strawberries in particular. Very drinkable for a lambic. I'd love to have a draught sample of this...if it existed.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this rare treat.

A-Golden copper with surprisingly no head despite extremely active carbonation.

S-Band-aid, musty, wet wool blanket, wet earth and a light fragrance of fresh, crushed strawberries in the background.

T-Immensely tart. Very sharp and crisp with a subtle hint of strawberries hiding in the background behind the biting lemon juice / vinegar sourness.

M-Light bodied, SUPER crisp and biting. Wonderful example of the style.

D-Without question a finely made lambic. Super crisp with a myriad of subtle notes that you get to discover one by one. A most interesting and amazingly complex brew.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one at De Bierkoning a couple weeks back.

From a 375 corked and caged bottle into a wine glass
Best before 7 August 2017
Lot E

APPEARANCE: Pours out flat and yields a bubbly ring eventually. Cloudy amer orange with no carbonation. Ends up looking flat pretty quickly, so not really a fan there.

SMELL: Strawberries for sure, with stinky cheese, tart lemon notes and some acidic vinegar on the nose. Pretty bold. Moldy aromas and lots of fungus as well. A little too much so for my tastes.

TASTE: Tart lemon sourness with sour strawberries as well. Definite funk and cheese up front with a tart and sour, acidic finish. Lemon, strawberry tartness and some moldy flavors linger on the palate. A hint of bitterness as well. Actually much more balanced and enjoyable than the nose had led on.

PALATE: Medium body and no real carbonation. Basically flat. Watery going down and finishes with a touch of acidity. Fine, but a little too flat, even for the style.

OVERALL: A bit too moldy and funky on the nose for me, but the flavor was much more balanced and included more of the tartness and acidity that I tend to enjoy. Enjoyable and refreshing on a warm day, though a little more cabonation is needed to make this one worth while. I'll try another batch, but will pass on this one for now.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

375ml c&c without a lot notched.

The cork came out of this one easily and free of audible carbonation. In fact, I'm surprised the beer doesn't leak out, as easily as the cork popped out and easily I was able replace it... The beer is golden with a twinge of pink. Free from any visible signs of carbonation and pretty much looks like still chicken broth to be honest. Not attractive.

Smells of lemons, grass, hints of manure and mung bean sprouts. Nothing particularly special, does smell sour, which makes me happy.

Quite sour indeed, a tightening of my masticating muscles indicate as much. Indeed there is a slight sweet strawberry I didn't anticipate. Some notes of lemon and metal. A little soil in there as well.

Not even what I would classify as an effervescence. This beer is flat, thin and has a wet finish. It is better as it warms, then it takes on a buttery feeling.

This was an interesting experience. The highest beer I've ever rated was a straight unblended lambic from the barrel; completely flat. Although I found that experience to be outstanding, this one is far from that. The beer is ugly, and feels awkward. I expected carbonation, where previously I had not, that totally flavored my experience. Although thrown off, I was not completely disappointed.

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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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Corked-and-caged 350ml bottle poured into a Rodenbach flute. Lot B.

A - Pours a hazy gold with an ever-so-slight pinkish hue to it. No head, but there's some small bubbles that gather on the sides of the glass.
S - Super sour and funky, with a good amount of acidity and straw. Slight aromas of unripe strawberry and lemon juice.
T - More lemon juice and acidity, with a faint wisp of berries. Don't know if I'd guess strawberries if I wasn't told, but there's a definite "red berry" flavor in there. Pleasantly musty and dry finish, slightly moldy, like a good cheese.
M - Slick, with a medium body and low carbonation. Really would have liked to see more carbonation, not nearly "sharp" enough for my taste.
D - Despite the carbonation, I'm really enjoying this one. Very tart and complex, another great Lambic from Hanssens.

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Photo of n2185
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a hazy gold with less than a finger of white head that vanishes completely.

S: loads and loads of sour notes with some slight barnyard aromas as well. There are also notes of spoiled milk or pungent cheese.

T: similar to the aroma, loads of sour notes with some tart strawberries as well. There are some funky notes as well and that sour dairy presence.

M: medium-light body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery and could use more carbonation.

O: an alright beer, this beer is overly sour and undercarbonated. A bit difficult to get through.

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Photo of Brew33
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle recently and thought I'd give it a try.

It pours a nice gold color hinting at orange. ZERO carbonation. The aroma was interesting and awful at the same time. Strawberry was present as was some grassy funk but the main aroma was.... well.... urine. A ton of urine aroma. Urinal at Great American Ballpark type stuff. Just awful. The lambic is there but the catty urine aroma will not go away.

The flavor was okay. Acedic, sour, and not quite as dry as I like. Strawberries make themselves known. The real killer here is the lack of carbonation. It destroys the mouthfeel and drinkability of the beer. Feels heavy even though it isn't. I've run into this with Hanssens Kriek before too. Just flat as a board.

Overall, I wouldn't buy this again under any circumstance. A below average lambic with some weird stuff going on. Pass.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked and caged bottle bought online from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam...

Poured a light golden amber colour. White head poured almost non existent - just a thin wispy covering with some big bubbles. This faded to light ring around the edge... decent stream of carbonation bubbes rush to the surface... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Tons of typical strong barnyard lambic funkiness with some very light strawberry jam notes in the background, real cider notes, cut wet grass, some sea salt, very light honey sweetness, quite floral - hints of lily, light oakiness, raw nuts - some pistachio traces...

Taste - Lots of sour apple notes (cider vinegar ?), no real discernable strawberry flavour, strong typical tart lambic notes, no sweetness, some oakiness, very floral and perfumed, grassy, lemons and limes, salty notes...

Feel - Almost completely flat - just the slightest hint of carbonation... very sharp and dry... light bodied... fairly drinkable although more than one would a bit of a struggle due to the tartness...

Overall - A pretty good lambic although a bit more (or maybe some at all !!) strawberry flavour would have been good... worth a try...

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Photo of Overlord
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminiscent of apple cider with a hue of red. Orange juice viscosity and density with no head except for a few floating bubbles.

Wonderful aromas. Very sour and pungent, funky, light strawberry and berry aromas, iodine, horse blanket, earthy esters. Tart and tingles my nose hairs. Hard to quit smelling this lambic.

Very nice, huge acidity in the middle and lightens slightly in the finish. Funk galore, horse blanket throughout, cereal type malts on deep in the finish. Tongue puckering body. Fruity and earthy at the front and middle with wood tones everywhere. Hints of strawberry, earth, and other tart fruits. Delicious.

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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.