Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
Labeled "B. United International's Masters' Collection Limited Edition Year 2000." I hadn't heard of this until I stumbled upon it at the Pizza Port bottle shop a few weeks back. It pours transparent golden with no visible carbonation, aside from the bubbles resulting from a hard pour, which aren't really indicative of carbonation. So, as I said, there is no visible carbonation.
The nose is of tart lemon and subtle strawberry notes. Notes of cheese, musty barnyard, wet leather, blacksmith's daughter, and wet horse blanket. It's pretty damn funky. There's a moderate lactic quality as well as oak.
The flavor opens with a strong citric acidity and notes of salty lemon rind, oak, and subtle strawberries. Brett quickly steps in and provides the requisite barnyard and horse blanket funk. Other notes are of musty cheese and enchanted caves. This is surprisingly delicious. Tartness is at an upper moderate level. Lactic and acidic notes are strong in the finish which, incidentally, is when the strawberries are most evident. They're subtle, but really add a nice touch to an already tasty beer. They stay with you after the other flavors fade. The acidity took me by surprise as I sipped absent-mindedly, causing me to cough more than a few times.
The beer is still, but the oak and acidity provide a pleasantly dry and full mouthfeel. Overall, an absolutely delicious beer and a lucky find. Highly recommended.
02-18-2010 06:57:05 | More by HopHead84
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-26-2011 00:09:23 | More by johnnnniee
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
375 mL bottle, corked and caged, with a label that states "Masters' Collection Limited Edition Year 2000". I bought this for $9.99 at Merchants in Dearborn about 3 weeks ago, and just today saw it again in Columbus for $10.99. One of the positive benefits of the surging interest in sour styles is that interesting things from Belgium are becoming available in the midwest in greater quantities. I'd like to try a newer version, maybe sometime in Belgium I'll see it.
This lambic pours with little carbonation, a hazy peach color and no head whatsoever. I don't really get strawberries in the aroma, probably 11 years in a bottle minimizes the fresh fruit flavor just a wee bit. Very sour smelling, lactic and acetic, very agressive lambic aroma, at this age it's not really for beginners.
Tastes just as it smells, abrasively sour and punishing, very enjoyable actually. I'm sure this was intended for consumption a long time ago, but after all this time this has turned into a delicously sour beast.
No trouble finishing my glass, going for the Oude Kriek from Hanssens next tonight.
06-18-2011 22:44:44 | More by TurdFurgison
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours lightly clouded dark orange with no head or lacing. Vigorous pour generates a handful of bubbles at most. Low carbonation and medium light body; traditional lambic feel.
Strongly acidic aroma; lots of lemon and a good deal of musty funk, as well as some pleasant strawberry notes and hints of oak. The flavor is much the same, dominated by powerful lemon sourness and acidity, tart and fruity strawberries, ample bretty funk and moderate oak. Lightly sweet.
The strawberries in the aroma are lovely but somewhat overshadowed by the assertive lemon juice in the flavor a bit.
12-25-2012 20:13:30 | More by tobelerone
2.08/5 rDev -44.5%
Year 2000 edition corked and capped bottle.
The pour is a golden honey lacking a real head of any kind. Their is a weird suspension and haze the stays right in the center column of that amber honey. A few bubbles pass through, but not many. The arom is a funky, earthy mess. makes me think of a refinery or old wet shoes. The taste gives some tart hint of strawberries, but not much. A very fiery tartness overwhelms the senses. Very acidic. I know lambics are supposed to be funky and tart, but give me a break. I will never buy this beer again.
01-08-2007 03:02:43 | More by scruffwhor
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
33cl bottle at 't Poatersgat, served in a Drie Fonteinen tumbler, Oudbeitje is a still, strawberry blonde, with no head or lace.
Smell is strong brett, unmistakeably funky lambic, with a hint of strawberries.
Taste is pretty good. Starts out very heavy on the strawberry, then a big lambic blast mid-palate before a very clean finish. Well made and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is still, slick but light bodied.
Drinkability is high, this slides down with ease. A nice hint of strawberry but still strongly on the funky side, yet remains quaffable and clean. Yummy.
02-24-2010 23:56:29 | More by ccrida
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
375 ml cork and caged green bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info. (Limited Edition 2006)
Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing all things sour!
A - Hazy golden yellow like the rest of the beers of the night, there is no head formation, retention, lace, or carbonation. Not that I expect it from a lambic. Fairly true to style here.
S - Fuuunky wild yeast and hairy armpit! Dry straw and faint fresh strawberry fruit in the background. Not very complex, but darn good!
T - Fresh bushels of strawberry are quite the unique experience in a brew. Straw and pale malt with subtle wild yeast notes to the back end. A little disappointing after the aroma. The funk is considerably lessened here.
M - Faintly tart, lacking that nice sour kick to the face, it still provides good balance. Oudbeitje has a crisp, dry, light-bodied finish.
O - I enjoyed the strawberry flavor in this lambic, but as a whole, it's missing that classic funk and sourness in the flavor and finish.
09-08-2011 03:38:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
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. Dont get me wrong, I like lambics and geuezes, but this one just wasnt balanced the way I like it.
07-21-2006 20:30:09 | More by bark
4.35/5 rDev +16%
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.
05-23-2010 17:14:46 | More by twiggamortis420
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
2006 vintage at Maxs tonight
A: Absolutely flat. Clear, light amber. Halfway through, I add the yeast in to make things a little murky (after tasting, of course)
S: The most delicate and nuanced strawberry note is present in the back, behind the funk. Absolutely beautiful
T: Starts off pretty funky with a definite deliciously rancid flavor before the strawberry wafts in gently, makes its presence felt and ambles along leaving a long, dry, funky finish
M: Somehow, Hanssens manages to do the uncarbonated lambics right. This one feels pretty good, though, with a little more sweetness, it would be even better
D: Probably the tastiest beer I drank tonight. Will seek out again
**Edit 12 March 2012**
Drinking a bottle of the 06 that I picked up at Maxs back in the day. I found the 2000 harsh and undrinkable, so I didn't have high hopes for this one.
The glorious but delicate strawberry character that this beer had fresh has fallen off, but not by much. As it breathes, it does grow in prominence, with a fairly complex fruit character. Delicate strawberries with some seed tannins (not as intense as raspberry lambics, though). For a Hanssens lambic, this smells surprisingly mellow, and it is so on the palate as well, with a fairly oak and vanilla forward lambic base with a sourness that brings to mind rotting lemons, less some sweetness, and some lactic acid. Fairly slick on the palate. The strawberries are still fairly noticeable on the palate, lending a sweetness and acidity to complement the lemony lambic. Funk character is quite low here, apart from a mild earthiness on the mid-palate, there isn't much. This is one aspect that I wish had a little more complexity to it. Quite oaky on the finish with vanilla and tannins to add the low level of carbonation that's present. Oh, and it doesn't really need much carbonation for the flavor profile IMO. I never thought I'd say it, but this is a fairly mellow and easy-drinking Hanssens beer, one I could drink multiples of. Enjoyable, recommended, unique. 4/4/3.5/4/3.5
09-08-2008 03:00:51 | More by DefenCorps
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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. Theres 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.
07-31-2004 01:17:48 | More by RoyalT
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
03-13-2012 02:55:00 | More by gford217
4.45/5 rDev +18.7%
A: poued a golden yellow with no head an absolutely no lacing.
S: strong tart strawberry aromas with vinegar acidic funk.
T: nice sour punch with strawberry, vinegar, and acidic flavors.
M: meduim body with ghost carbonation.
D: I could drink this stuff all day but will probably pay for it with heart burn. Not a bad offering from the hanssens blenders.
05-20-2010 07:08:31 | More by Gobzilla
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-02-2011 09:07:22 | More by illidurit
4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
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!
05-22-2003 22:22:37 | More by francisweizen
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
10-05-2002 19:55:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
2.35/5 rDev -37.3%
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.
06-09-2010 02:59:30 | More by drpimento
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
10-05-2010 13:14:35 | More by sweemzander
3.4/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
07-05-2012 21:57:19 | More by aasher
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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