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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
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336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 17.91%


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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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 17:43:23 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 17:08:59 | More by GClarkage
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 02:46:40 | More by ArrogantB
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 12:17:37 | More by Suds
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 13:18:00 | More by Deuane
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 23:17:12 | More by GCBrewingCo
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illidurit

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 09:07:22 | More by illidurit
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Overlord

California

4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 10:11:37 | More by Overlord
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 20:49:57 | More by thecheapies
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nickd717

California

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle thanks to Sandstone. Vintage 2000.

Pours clear light golden with minimal head.

Aroma is pretty unpleasant. Definitely some fart/diaper in there, along with sweaty gym socks and sweaty horseblanket or elephant coverer. Oh yeah, some tart strawberry in there too.

Flavor is much better, but still not great. Lots of strawberry and even a little sweat malt. Barnyard and ever so slight diaper. Yes I have actually eaten all of these things, so don't doubt me on this. Only mildly tart.

Medium bodied and a little flat on the palate.

Drinkability is above average. Overall, still not the biggest fan of Hanssens.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 04:51:39 | More by nickd717
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sweemzander

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Year 2000 version.

(A)- Pours a hazy brilliant golden orange color that produced some white and transparent bubbles.

(S)- Very dry hay funk with a light tartness. Some ripe delicious smelling strawberries in the background.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big sourness in the middle with subtle strawberry-like fruits. Has some funk, but minimal.

(M)- A prickly carbonation level that feels higher than it is due to its high acidity level. A good balance of fruit and funk, but the acidic sourness has them all beat.

(D)- A good lambic. Not extraordinary, but an easy drinking one with a nice freshness to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 13:14:35 | More by sweemzander
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rarbring

Sweden

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded orange brew with no head to mention, very small curtains.

Smelling of stable and overripe strawberries. Very "bretty".

A fructose strawberry start, then a sharp acidity that covers any funky nuances from the aroma.

Nearly no carbonation, a fresh and cleansing feeling, a dry acid finish.

A difficult one, very sour, big difference between smell and taste. But in all good.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 11:28:16 | More by rarbring
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harrymel

Washington

2.05/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:14:10 | More by harrymel
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful farmyard stench and strawberries, some public toilet smells (but in a good way). Flavour is tart and sour, some subtle sweetness from the strawberries, its more the seeds than the actual flesh. Dry, sour and refreshing. Love it. So refreshing and lovely to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 00:52:06 | More by rastaman
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Beersack for hooking me up with this and so many other brews.

A - It pours with a daunting appearance: peach, hazy and still, suggesting a ruggedly acidic character.

S - Big tart and lactic notes, vinegar-y oak, sulfur, char and mineral make up the very impressive nose. Fruit is no where to be found, this is closer to an unblended Lambic or Gueuze in the nose.

T - The ghost of strawberry is buried deeply beneath a very dry Lambic. Starts quite tart; sweet flavor, like ripe strawberry, appears briefly. It is not actually sweet, but it is a flavor associated with sweetness so it lends the impression. Very nice stuff, actually one of the best Lambics I've had in a while.

M - Puckering, dry, drying, and then mouthwatering on the totally clean finish. Awesome.

D - I'll drink this anytime, anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:45:06 | More by ktrillionaire
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 13:58:45 | More by Jeffo
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rye726

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper brown color and no head. The nose has tart strawberries, funky manure, and sweet fruity malts. The taste has a sour funk up front and finishes with sour strawberries. Nice crisp body goes down well. A powerfull lambic, but well balanced. However I think using raspberries or cherries would make a better brew. I'll have to keep an eye out for the Oude Kriek.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 04:24:41 | More by rye726
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 19:29:19 | More by mcallister
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Arbitrator

California

2.13/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

First review: 3.0 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 3.5 / 3.5. A very generous extra from boatshoes.

Second review is here, off a bottle shared by Sandstone. Thanks, Roger.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot-gold body in the glass. The head is nonexistent; it's flat, like a lambic. Points for the color, mainly.

S: Sulfur, like the pungent stench of a rancid fart. Honestly, it was just unpleasant and tough to get past. I'd call it an odor instead of an aroma. Tart strawberries as well. Maybe some sourness.

T: The first bottle I had reflected a lot of lactic sourness and brett funk / leather / earth, with light berry. This bottle, by contrast, is beautifully fruit-forward with a generous helping of tart strawberry. The funk is restrained; it's barnyard and some, uh, fecal nastiness, with very light sourness.

M: Medium-bodied. It's still and just lightly dry, with lingering strawberry tartness.

D: Between the stench of this bottle and a lackluster experience with my first, I'm not convinced this is a beer I really need to try again. Lambics are hard to find, and I'm sure they're hard to make, but this isn't a compelling example.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 07:34:42 | More by Arbitrator
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aerozeppl

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The girlfriend loves this beer. We have had a few bottles now and the bottle to bottle variation can be massive. This was the 2nd best bottle we had.

A: Hazy golden color with minimal white head. The carbonation was there and strong not bad for a 9 year old beer.

S: The strawberries are up front and smelled really nice. After than the lacto sour really kicks in hard. It worked with the berries though. I never thought it would have but it did.

T: Very sour up front. Then the sour backs down and you have the vinegar lacto assault. The strawberries are in there the whole way and really does balance things out quite a bit.

M: Light refreshing mouthfeel. Perfect for the style.

D: Super drinkable. The lacto is really strong and you can feel it in your gut after a while. That never stopped me though.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 23:01:18 | More by aerozeppl
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crossovert

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage. 12.7 oz green bottle.

Pours with a minuscule head that had big soapy bubble. The beer is a vibrant orange/peach/apricot color. There are white things floating on the surface.

The smell is fantastic, with nice ripe strawberry, a pinch of sour, and a tiny tiny hint of funk, not much at all though.

The taste is a lot more sour than the nose would suggest, it starts out with a burst of lemon sourness but then ends with delightful strawberry flavor. It isn't sweet at all like I expected, it is an awful like a straight up lambic with a hint of strawberry in there. Very nice.

I'm not a huge fan of the nearly still mouthfeel with only the slightest hint of carbonation, it is hard to control the carbonation these gueuze type lambics though. But I woudl like a bit more.

It is a pretty good beer with a very nice smell.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 22:29:10 | More by crossovert
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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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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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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a million to yinzer for hooking me up with this beer. I had the opportunity to share it with phnphilly, Slatetank, Risser09, and gottajiboo2.

This was a great way to start off and evening of sours; following my home brew of course.

Appearance: Pours a hazed orange color with fizz but little resemblance of a head.

Smell: wood wood wood, and earthy musty yeasty funk. Is there supposed to be strawberry in there? There is a picture of a strawberry next to the name I can't say =) but I can't say I got much strawberry through the nose, other than the horse blanket funk.

Taste: The had maybe a hint of sour ripe strawberry but only a drop through the bold sour wood rotten fruit, and yet a touch of sweet before the lingering pucker finish. Risser09 thought of funky cheese, and I can definitely see that attribute as well.

Mouthfeel: It has a typical feel I get in the traditional Lambics, it is light but warm with acidity, dryness and sour flavors left on the palate long after the finish.

Drinkability: Lambics are not a chugging beer to begin with. This one is rather drinkable for the style, but I certainly liked sipping it with some of the cheeses gottajiboo2 brought to our tasting.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 02:02:14 | More by Phatz
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 version

A - Hazy golden orange with no head, even with a vigorous pour.

S - Acetic acid, oak, cider vinegar, hint of barnyard and overripe strawberries.

T - Big dose of overripe tart strawberries, almost verging on rotting strawberries. Acidic bite followed by sour grapes and tart green apples.

M - Still with a medium body and dry finish.

D - Needs some carbonation but not bad. Strawberry is stronger than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 01:27:36 | More by brewcrew76
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
84 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.