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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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85
very good

393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 17.38%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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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Photo of mattboyer182
4.97/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours a pale golden see through. Obviously no head.

S - !!! Beautiful strawberry and funk. So stinking sour just from the nose.

T - intense! Very fresh, un ripe strawberries. Very funky. Loads of strawberries and very funky. I love it.

M - medium bodied and no carbonation.

O - this is the best lambic I've had. It's so perfect. I love every part about it.

mattboyer182, Nov 26, 2011
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Photo of lanbewardin
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mid-dark gold, clear, 0 head after forceful pour

lambic smell, grass, a hint of the strawberrys, tartness, the strawberry smell is sweet though

Tart taste, not as tart as the hansenns gueuze I think, strawberry flavor is very minimal but I pick it up on the tail end, lemon tart is the predominant fruit flavor I'm getting

Mouthfeel is pretty average for a lambic, dry and tart, not as palette coating as some lambics

Good beer, would have liked it more if the strawberry was more forceful and it was made with carbonation like an oude kriek style. Good pickup on the journey through lambic land though.

lanbewardin, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of drtth
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Lot C.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a mostly clear bright golden peach color with a 1/8 to 1/4” loosely bubbled head that soon recedes to leave a ring of medium large bubbles and a thin partial layer of foam. Sipping leaves no lacing at all as any bubbles slide back down to the ring.

Smell: The aroma here is a complex mix of several things that take a while to sort out and even then I’m not sure I recognize them all. From the moment the bottle is opened onwards there is a musty, earthy, leathery character that overlays a trace of fruit that has to be strawberry but which has more of a citric character than I usually think of with strawberry. While it takes some getting used to I don’t find it unpleasant.

Taste: The first sip puckers the mouth quickly and then the tartness begins to spread. Initially the impression is of lemon that turns into some sour apple that then transforms into mild strawberry with a light touch of sweetness as it rolls back across the tongue. Meanwhile the sides of the mouth are still feeling the pucker from the tartness and way back in the retro-nasal area there is still some citric character. Mingling in here and there throughout are the musty, earthy, leathery bits that let you know this is a lambic.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with only some faint prickly carbonation. The finish is on the long side and is very complex. From the lemon tartness it seems to mellow out into a lightly sweet strawberry flavor before the dry astringency finishes things off.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m finding this beer is surprisingly drinkable. Given the aromas and flavors and some of the descriptions I read before buying it I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, but I think that this beer suffers from the inadequacy of words alone to convey the rich complexity of a sensory experience like this. I won’t hesitate to buy another bottle of this one when I encounter it. Its not something for every night but it is definitely a treat. My overall impression is of a beer that is extraordinarily complex and that I personally am giving high marks based on that complexity and the fact that I’m enjoying this one so much.

drtth, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A minimal pop of the cork. Not much noise. Lot C.

Flat dead head. Nothing generated not even a colar barley a faint ring whispered of white. Body though is a soft orange and glowing yellow.

Nose is bretty, mild yeast and fruit strawberry. Smells more gueze like with its hot bread character. Very interesting.

Sour tart but not really that acidic. Tart citrus without a distinct fruit angle (the closest seems like lemon). Mild sour bread dough on the finish going off with the vinous fruit character. Even salty finish as well.

Overall quite a fun ride that moves from strawberry to lemon sour and even salty ocean saltiness. I am not sure if the appearance is to be this sort of "flat" but otherwise alright. Checking upon other reviews, appearance is about the norm. So I call good on that.

smakawhat, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of lanamj
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice blondish red. No head on this one at all. No lacing either. The color looks so inviting.

S- Lots of funk. I get some berry notes not sure if its strawberry but a berry for sure. It seems to be one-sided.

T- Nice and tart, its Hanssens. Nice strawberry finish. I feel the taste is a little more complex then the nose but still kinda one sided.

M- No carbonation, but you know what don't really care. I really feel i could drink this one anytime. It is very approachable sour, although rather tart it's lack of complexity allows it to be a good transition into sours.

O- I always love Hanssens sours. This is not the best but still very good. Lack of carbonation is somewhat disappointing but like i said not a big deal either. Nice and tart like i like em'. Easy drinking sour that i would love to enjoy again.

lanamj, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a flute)
limiteded 2000 Lot B

A- the soft pop of a cork, pours a red hint to a crude clear body with no head and no carbonation. There are a few microbubbles stuck to the base of the glass.

S- Even during the pour there is a full funky barnyard nose with some horsey notes and some mushroom qualities. The lemon touch is fruit and bright in the finish.

T- The soft tartness has a gentle fruit touch to it with a finish of sharp tartness and white cheese rind with a watery fruit hint in the finish. There is a bright tartness that lingers on the tongue a bit after each sip.

M- The slick mouthfeel has a bit of a water texture and no fizz or carbonation.

O- This is a bright crisp crude beer with a touch of fruit and maybe a strawberry hint when it is very warm as well as some septic qualities that come through. The tartness is full and everything is well blended. It was a nice beer but didn't have an dominating flavors, everything was subtle except the sour.

rhoadsrage, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schen9303 for this one. Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Most recent vintage.

Pours flat with a layer of big white bubbles from the pour that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear goldenrod with a slight orange hue. No lace. Decent.

Nose is surprisingly funky. Sharp cheesiness mixed with strawberry puree and stinky wood. Some cobwebs and a pungent fruit tartness round out the experience. A very pleasant surprise.

Opens very tart strawberry puree. Intense sourness in the middle with very little else. A bit yeasty towards the middle. Cobwebs and straw. End is more tartness. Finish is acidic with some citrus. Aftertaste is dry, tart, and a touch yeasty. Very singular.

Light to medium bodied with little to no carbonation. Oily, slick, and filmy in the mouth and goes down sharp and dry. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very good.

This beer is a success on every levels except for the taste. Great funk aroma and a mouthfeel that is exactly what I'd expect from the style. However, the flavor profile here is very one sided. Worth a try and probably even worth aging to see what happens a while down the line.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just one more on my Belgian foray. 375 mL into a GL snifter.

Good lord where is the head on this thing? And for that matter, where is the damn carbonation? I expect beer to produce bubbles, but not this thing. Not even close. Bright orange with obviously no lacing.

The smell is funky with slight notes of citrus and strawberry.

The taste is something else. This is what I pictured Festina Peche tasting like, only with peaches. The acid assaults the tongue for a few seconds, then comes the light taste of strawberries. Not too much, just kind lingers around in the nose and roof of the mouth.

One thing I've begun to notice about Lambics is that I taste a minty-tea type flavor in the aftertaste, and its here as well. It feels like im breathing a tea smell out of my nose, and sets Lambics a notch above others.

EDIT

Almost a year later and another batch, I get just a touch more strawberries. Its still a sour, tart lambic with some accent flavors. Perfect use of strawberries.

VncentLIFE, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of julian
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden straw color with some orange highlights. Very little head, actually even an agressive almost vertical pour yielded nothing but big bubbles that burst instantly. Clarity is average as there is still a decent amount of haze. 3.5

S: Aroma is pretty dominant with sweet strawberries. When I smell the neck of the bottle I get some tartness, but otherwise the glass pour smells predominantly of strawberries, or sweet berry pie. Nice though! 3.5

T&M: Taste is wood/oak, strawberries, acidity and tartness and some mild funk with a kind of medicinal flavor that starts early then fades. Mouthfeel is light, and carbonation is almost non existent. This beer had no head whatsoever and is not surprisingly very poorly carbonated. 3.5 / 2.5

O: Not sure what happened with the carbonation on this one, but it definitely affects the overall experience. The aroma is pretty awesome, if not surprisingly devoid of any funk and kinda sweet, but smelling the bottle did yield some tart funkiness. Also for containing strawberries I’m very surprised with the color. It’s in no way red or pinkish. Looks like a legit, no frills lambic. Overall this is pretty good and I’d probably drink it again. 3.5

julian, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DaveHS, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of wschmit
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

wschmit, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

rowingbrewer, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of JoeProbst
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JoeProbst, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

BrlyHpsWtrYst, Aug 13, 2011
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.