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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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85
very good

373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 14
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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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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DaveHS

California

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%

A-Pours hazy light amber/rust color with a ring of brilliant white bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S-Intense pureed strawberry aroma, layered over Hanssens's signature barnyard funk. Hanssens lambics are so funky they occasionally smell like manure.

T/M-Thin, sharp acidic sourness, complemented by lovely sweet strawberries. The sour funkiness is right on the line of being too much, but it never quite gets there. Making a great lambic is a balancing act. You want the beer to be tart and funky enough, but the fruit flavor should also shine through. This beer embodies both qualities. Light/medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and a lingering, thin/sour finish.

O-Best strawberry based lambic I've had.

08-29-2011 00:40:36 | More by DaveHS
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wschmit

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -4%

12.7 oz. bottle into a tasting nonic.

A: A slight but noticeable pop of the cork precedes an overwhelmingly funky nose right at opening. I tried really hard to slosh it around for some head, but nada. Despite that, it has a nice, hazy orange body. But almost completely flat.

S: Plenty of tartness and barnyard that mingle nicely with the strawberry and floral notes. A bit saccharine, even, and yes, vaguely reminiscent of cat piss. Not in a bad way, though. Definitely expected it, and the strawberry seems to bring it out.

T: Oooh, tart. This is a pretty solid lambic base, with a bit too sweet strawberry note--almost like powdered strawberry drink mix. A little bit of straw in the finish, back there with the barnyard. Overall, it's got a good lambic profile with some alright strawberry notes. A bit grassy, maybe.

M: Like drinking juice. This really does need more carbonation. If it had some bubbles, it'd make a most excellent beer.

O: Has some nice flavor notes, but falls pretty far short overall with what is just too flat a beer. I understand lambics and gueuzes aren't the most bubbly of beers, but this has nothing at all, and really needs something.

08-27-2011 22:42:16 | More by wschmit
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

This beer pours a straw yellow color with a few buboes around the edge it is nearly still. The nose is funky tart apples slightly sour. The flavor follows suit with a good bit of sourness but nothing over the top the strawberry flavor is noticeable. The mouthfeel is light slightly Puckering and barely any carbonation just like a true lambic. I would definitely recommend this one to any one who wants to try sours that are not to off putting.

08-18-2011 21:40:59 | More by rowingbrewer
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JoeProbst

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a yellowish murk-- the color of polished brass. Appears a tad bit viscous than anticipated. Just the way a straight lambic should be.

S: Whoahfunk. Barnyard and pissblanket all over this guy. For the folks that smile when they walk on a horse farm, this is an experience you can really get behind. Hay blended with loamy lemons.

T: A tad bit disappointed, but good nonetheless. Acidity would have been complimented a lot better if it weren't for this muted metal on the front. Not puckering, but noticeably and pleasantly tart. Like biting into a bunch of strawberries with green ends. Not exemplary, but good.

M: A little thick. Somewhat of a slow moving liquid. Slides on the tongue a bit. For a lambic, I'd say it's spot on.

O: A really, really funky-fresh barynard lemondrop. Best enjoyed in a dirt cellar after shoveling horse shit for a day in Brussels. Highly recommended.

08-18-2011 14:30:50 | More by JoeProbst
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BrlyHpsWtrYst

California

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

poured into a chimay chalice as still as wine, clear amber/orange

Nice Bretty smell... a little lactic sharpness, fruity sweetness

Sharp lactic punch. fruity strawberries wave hello amidst the puckering onslaught. dry bretty finish. the best aspect of this somewhat lackluster pour

Dismall without proper cabonation. I wish this wasn't an issue because otherwise this is a fairly delicious Lambic

Overall I would say this was a let down the same way opening up an uncarbed, 15$ beer from any other brewery is a let down. I bet it's delicious when properly conditioned

08-12-2011 23:19:04 | More by BrlyHpsWtrYst
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Corked and caged 375 split and poured into tulips. I've heard mice fart louder than the pop we got after pulling the cork.

A: Cloudy burnt orange hue. No head no lace. Looks sort of like dirty water in my glass.

S: Wow holy pool toys! Lot's of lactic sour and rather potent strawberry. The funk is mostly moldy basement.

T: Sour is mild in the flavor. Mostly one dimensional lactic sour. The sweetness of the strawberry is the only thing that gives this beer any depth.

M: Light and flat body. I understand that's by design.

O: So so I guess. By far the weakest offering from a brewery I love.

08-10-2011 00:07:44 | More by beerwolf77
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured into an oversized wine glass yielding a cloudy orange body with no head. Very still looking lambic, no lacing.

Strawberries, lactic sourness, musty/dank basement, and some oaky/vanilla characteristics in the nose. Strawberries come out more as the beer warms up. Flavor gives way to a berry sweetness, slight vinegar, and leather/barnyard/musty funk. Mouthwatering finish with a funky chalky yeast presence. Very sour beer.

Overall a good lambic. I tend to prefer my fruit lambics more carbonated, but this one was still pretty tasty.

08-06-2011 03:20:06 | More by muttyd
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

07-13-2011 02:55:38 | More by jlindros
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

07-08-2011 19:29:19 | More by mcallister
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abecall98

California

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

A 2000 vintage shared with friends here.

A - pours a bright pale, a little thin looking, and no head to be noticed.

S - oh what the Funk. The beer is funky all over the nose. A very fruity sour. Lemon peel sour zest is all over. Love this.

T - really sweet. It has a very strong strawberry presence. The fruit fights with the sour funk. Lovely.

M - a little light, but still there. Very mouth coating.

O - very nice beer. Stood the test of time. A great beer.

07-02-2011 05:42:07 | More by abecall98
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Brew33

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

06-28-2011 13:45:12 | More by Brew33
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billshmeinke

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

As it pours it looks really pale golden with a tinge of pink. No really head to speak of, just a few bubbles. Much more hazy in the glass. Perhaps poured a little too cold. Has an almost glowing look to it. The body is pretty, but the head is no existant (minus points). 2.5
The nose smells like horses… straight horses, and hay. I even get mushrooms, and just such a huge level of funk. Some lemony citrus notes as well. I love a good does of horse blanket in a sour beer, but this is almost too much. There’s also an almost vegetative quality, which is a bummer. 3
Super duper sour. Almost a now and later. Like biting into a lemon. Then a touch of strawberry mid palate, but its overwhelmed by the sourness. Maybe a touch of hay, but I don’t get any funk until the aftertaste which has a ridiculously long lasting finish. In the aftertaste there is a touch of cheese like funk and mushrooms. 4
The mouthfeel is epicly tart. Almost zero carbonation. Needs some carbonation to break up the tartness. 2.5

06-28-2011 01:38:59 | More by billshmeinke
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leschkie

California

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%

Slightly modified version of the Lambic on-tap at CBS. This one was aged in baby bourbon barrels. Poured into a small-sized goblet.

Appearance: Like a slightly hazy apple cider with essentially zero carbination to speak of. Any trace of lacing is non-existent.

Smell: Strong vinegar and tart up front followed by the barrel...mostly woodiness with subtle hints of the bourbon. Some fruitiness, probably strawberries, but you really have to go searching for it. Based on smell alone, not sure if aging a lambic in bourbon is the brightest idea.

Taste: And I was right. The combination of bourbon and sour fruity tartness just does not go well together. Perhaps with the properly chosen fruit, but strawberries? Nuh-uh.

Mouthfeel: Actually much better than I expected, considering the zero carbination present in the beer. Glad this one felt thicker than other lambics I've had. Quite refreshing as well.

Overall: I consider Hannsens' original version of the lambic to be average at best from the start. I just thought that perhaps the bourbon might have been its secret weapon to sway me, but I was dead wrong. It actually made it worse. I think that was probably the last straw and won't be returning to Hanssens' offering of a lambic anymore.

06-23-2011 23:58:18 | More by leschkie
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larryi86

Delaware

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

375 mL bottle lot C poured into a snifter

A- Clear orange with no head and no cork pop.

S- Barnyard funk is big,I am picking up some strawberry but not a lot, sour.

T- Getting a good amount of funk, a hint of tart strawberries, and a big sour finish with a hint of vinegar. Flavors seem a little out of balance but still do work well together.

M- Almost no carbonation, smooth, lighter body.

O- The more I sip this the more I enjoy it. I have had better Lambics, but this is still good. I feel that if it had more strawberry flavor and some more carbonation it would be a great beer.

06-22-2011 21:54:28 | More by larryi86
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Served in a La Chouffe snifter.

A- Hazy golden honey color. Little to no head or lacing. Tiny bubbles cling to the edge of the glass.

S- Vinegar and tart funky lemon. No strawberries noticeable on the nose.

T- Vinegar and funk hit you right away, with some tart lemon/citrus flavors. Very faint amount of strawberries in the aftertaste.

M- Very thin with almost no carbonation.

O- A little disappointed there wasn't a more noticeable taste of strawberries, but still a good sour lambic. Still love their Oude Kriek though.

06-17-2011 00:33:15 | More by kawilliams81
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

375ml green glass cork and cage. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

No head. Hazy Orange color. Nose is super funky and earthy. Lots of woodiness and horse blanket. Nose has a little bit of strawberry blossoms. Palate is super funky and sour with zero carbonation. Hardly any fruit on the palate. Lots of wood and mulch. Long finish. More finesse than their other offerings. Disappointed with the lack of strawberry character that comes across, but a nice lambic nonetheless.

05-22-2011 21:30:40 | More by SFLpunk
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roadhouse

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a snifter

Appearance is a hazy gold color with no head other than a ring of white at the edge of the glass due to their being no carbonation.

The aroma is really nice and complex with a strong acid note and a lot of wood, dusty mustiness, and a very light hint of strawberry, perhaps the seeds of them is what it reminds me of.

The taste is dominated by sourness as expected and again the notes of mustiness and oak are also strong. It leaves an interesting taste towards the finish that hints at strawberries but it's not actual strawberry flavor. Like I said about the aroma, it is like the seeds.

Mouthfeel is soft and slick, nicely refreshing.

My second from Hanssens and another one that I like. I wouldn't say they're as good as say, Cantillon, but they have their own unique character that is very interesting. Some might be turned off by the lack of carbonation, but it doesn't really detract. I would like to see the difference between one that was carbonated though for comparison's sake.

05-10-2011 09:56:45 | More by roadhouse
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%

375ml corked and caged bottle. label reads 2006. drank from my russian river "tion" glass.

A- this one pours out a golden colored body without a bubble at all for head. no lacing left behind. im already not thrilled about a still beer.

S- the nose starts out with some acidity and some of the classic hanssens lambic funk. after that i think i can pick up on a little bit of strawberry.

T- the taste starts out with a strong lactic punch. very tart. the funk i could smell comes back as well, but it takes a distant back seat. the strawberry flavor is almost non existent at this point.

M- still. medium bodied. dry finish.

D- this isnt my favorite offering from hanssens, and certainly not my favorite of this style. i dont think ill be picking this one up again. maybe its past its prime?

04-20-2011 02:34:50 | More by jwinship83
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

I wanted to point out that traditional Belgian Lambic beers are historically bottled still, with no carbonation. That seems to be a big issue for people with this beer, but I am under the impression that's quite normal.

Pours an orangy-yellow color. Slight haze. Carbonation level is low. Little head on pour. Both the smell and flavor have a serious brettanomyces character. I feel like it ate everything there was to eat in the ten years in the bottle. Very very dry. Brett lends an interesting cherry flavor. Oakiness is apparent. Very sour and highly acidic. Mouthfeel is thin, like what I would expect in a Saison. Only a very slight strawberry flavor to speak of. It could be placebo and my brain wanting the berry flavor.

04-09-2011 12:53:17 | More by mlazzaro
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UCLABrewN84

California

1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

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.

04-08-2011 04:18:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

1.33/5  rDev -64.5%

A-pours a lot like juice, no pop, no carbonation, no head whatsoever. honey colored

S-smells super funky, i'n getting only a little bit of strawberry in here toward the end. its a strong scent that is fairly simple.

T-hits with a very sour and funky taste with some small hints of belgian yeasts. there's only a little bit of strawberry flavor. overall, its just all of low quality. its honestly a little bit gross. i like sours and lambics, but there's something wrong with this one. it tastes almost like i'm being poisoned.

M-watery all the way through, absolutely horrible

D-the more I tasted this one, the grosser it got. this was a drain pour, i would never even use this as marinade for meats...its just awful

04-05-2011 17:03:27 | More by AdamBear
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Golden color.
S: Barnyard funk
T: Quite sour. Strawberry grassiness vaguely in background. Astringent bitter aftertaste (tannins?). Lemons. Oak.
M: Carbonation low to nonexistant. Acidity means that body is not thin.
O: Too intense for my palate. The sourness and tannins are overwhelming. No body or sweetness to balance. And considering the price ($11/375mL) makes it a horrible value. Sorry guys, I appreciate the attempt to make natural products in traditional style, but this does not mean that balance of flavour can be overlooked.

03-27-2011 22:06:09 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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SolomonGrundy

California

3/5  rDev -20%

Tum tum te tum tum...

Pours a golden honey color. No head at all, which worries me some. The carbonation, what there is of it, doesn't really rise - the bubbles cling to the side of the glass...Obviously no lacing...

Aromas are barnyard, which is slightly typical for the style. I get horse stall, some sour funk, and a lot of citrus. A hint of sweetness...

Almost forgot the basics: $8.99/12 oz. bottle and 6% ABV..Very expensive...

Unbelievable sour...This is the most sour I've ever tasted. It's like eating an unripe grapefruit. Almost too one dimensional..I hardly can get to any of the other flavors or nuances in this. This is the Clubber Lang of ales. One trick, but it's powerful. If it were a woman, it would be Linda Lovelace...There is some good stuff unbderneath the sour, but it's almost impossible to reach. My tongue is starting to pucker. Crikey...It even tingles my nose...No carbonation in the glass, so nothing to take the edge off...Too bad, if this were fresh I'd bet it'd be much better. As it is, it's novelty only.

What I like most: The nice funky aroma profile.

What I like least: The unbelievably overpowering sour..

Verdict: Too expensive to drink when it's not fresh. Look elsewhere.

03-22-2011 03:45:35 | More by SolomonGrundy
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.