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Oudbeitje Lambic | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002

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Photo of GClarkage
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of sacfly
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reads limited edition 2000, reviewed July 17, 2005
Pours a light golden color. Similar to a pale ale. (not at all what I expected…) No head at all. Nearly microscopic bubbles when swirled. The smell was stinky cheese/barn/bacterial lab at first and then faded into strawberry. The flavor follows the same sequence as the smell. Nice strawberry… almost an artificial strawberry flavor that then finishes dry and tart. The slight sweetness of the strawberry is a very nice compliment to the tart dry finish. I found this quite interesting and enjoyable. No one flavor is overpowering, and all contribute to the experience in a positive way. All parts of the tongue are kept busy leading me to want more.
If you are new to Lambics, I feel this one can be enjoyed on quite a few levels. If you are looking for tart or sweet or both, it is here. Not overly either. Less tart than most Cantillions, but not nearly as sweet as the L’s.

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Photo of Troyone
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an apple juice color with an orange hue, no head, and minimal carb action.

Has a heavy wet straw smell with some cheesy floral notes.

Now I know the last Geuze I evaluated probably was not a bad sample. This has the same sour vinegar taste with more floral notes.

A heavy bodied, syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, with a heavy astringent finish.

This Geuze is tolerable and the more one drinks the easier it gets.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tiny little pop when the cork came out. Old cheese aroma, then some of that wild yeast sourness. This beer is an old urine yellow with no head. Took awhile for bubbles to appear anywhere in the beer, but they finally arrived. Taste is wildly sequential. Starts off with nice fruit notes, probably strawberries (based on the label only, not my tastebuds) and segues into a graceful sourness...and then...bam! the sour comes in heavy and somewhat artificial. It's puckering, but doesn't seem natural. Mouthfeel, especially early on, is medium. The heavy duty puckering keeps this from being an easy quaff.

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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 dauss
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2000 Vintage
Presentation: 375ml green champagne style bottle, caged and corked. Looks like a strawberry plant on the label.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color. Very clear, no head, no lacing.

Smell: Sweet and tart, getting a little apple juice aroma, and a slight barnyard funkiness.

Taste: light carbonation, moderate tartness, light strawberry flavor, some definite sort of funkyness, but I can't pick it out. Finishes bone dry with a very light bitterness at the back of the tongue. Also it accompanies a short acidic burning in the throat.

Notes: This one said it was a kriek, and it would be my first real wone. Refreshing, not quite as tart as other lambics I have had. Not quite as funky as I would hope. Still very tasty.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with no signs of carbonation. The head is white, and doesn't really stay.

Smell: There is definitly a strawberry smell, but it mixes with an odd smell I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. It's completely flat. That kinda takes away from the fun of a lambic. The flavor is an almost fake strawberry mixing with a kerosene or gasoline flavor, but somehow that winds up being kinda enjoyable. Really steange. The mouthfeel is flat and not fun.

Drinkability and Overall: An interesting tasting beer, that somehow works. This is not as wonderful or mind-blowing as say a Cantillon or a Lindeman's, but it's still ok. Give it a shot if you're in the mood for something odd.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy golden with an orange tinge. No head or carbonation. Not a good looking beer. Oddly enough, the aroma is of very natural strawberries and the sour of lambic. First flush of flavor is SOUR. It's musty, it's barnyard (whatever that is- I can't say, but it is as good a word as any), but you know what? This stuff is wonderful. It's like biting into an unripe, tart strawberry. This is the real strawberry, not artifical, not syrupy, not anything but good stuff. It makes this very cool.

It is good, very interesting, but to be honest, not something I would want more than once in a long while.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nary a pop as the cork was removed. Pours a clear peach color with absolutely no head but some bubbles on the side of the glass.
Smells like funky sour strawberries. Real strong acidic barnyard aromas.
Real different taste. Funky moldy sweet/sour strawberries. The tartness was more in an acidic way than a citric one. Balsamic vinegar, vinuous and woody flavors as well. Very earthy, dry finish.
Light bodied with a flat, bland mouthfeel and zero carbonation.
Decent sweet/tart balance and certainly refreshing.
This was my first Lambic and it's just not the style for me. I rated this according to BJCP guidelines, but actually poured the last quarter glass down the drain. A bit much in the funk department.
Not rated to syle, this would have been my lowest ranked beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Minimal pop behind the cork and then an immediate aroma of strawberry. Pours a brassy gold with hardly any carbonation, at least not to leave any notation of head color or retention. Horse blanket aroma mixed with a healthy dosage of strawberry. Sweet to tart ratio is right on with lots of bittersweet strawberry. I detect a slight bit of woody smokiness well into the aftertaste. A little syrupy, the carbonation is really low so it doesn't hide it very well. The strawberry seems to be a niche kind of flavor for people. I like strawberries, but this beer seems to posess some bubblegummy sweetness. Rather enjoyable, overall. A must-have for lovers of the strawberry and lambic beers.

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

Pours a flat deep orange color with absolutely no head or lacing. Aromas are quite interesting for such a brew, consisting mostly of sweet floral tones and passion fruits. There are some slight acidic tones but there's just so much sweetness in the nose that it keeps these tones at bay. Flavors start off quite sweet and fruity, with flavors that just remind me of a tropical summer day and eating passion fruits. Somewhere in the mix there is an acetic tone within but for the most part it is subdued by the sweetness. The finish is slightly earthy and floral, reminding me of fresh dandelions, oak, and strawberry fields. There is also just the slightest tone of vanilla to go along with the strong sour and acetic flavors. The carbonation to this brew was just a trickle and the mouthfeel was just a bit thin. Overall this has got to be one of the most interesting lambics I have ever tasted.. I have never had one that was soo sweet and fruity while having such burst of acetic and sour tones.. Very interesting to say the least.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.61/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Well...the beer is flat. Completely flat. Lambics I'm pretty sure are supposed to be pretty effervescent. Decent color though. Nice bright light orange.

Really interesting nose. Big Lambic funk...Brett and other funkier nasties, but a really pleasing sweet strawberry scents hiding in there. Very nice.

Really nice flavor. Not nearly as agressive as Hanssen's Oud Gueuze. But still has the nice funk. Strong funk actually, but not as painful as the Oud Gueuze. Still there but definately tamed a bit by the strawberry I imagine. Very nice sweetish (but not sweet just tastes that way ??) strawberry finish. Really fantastic actually. Really nice bitter strawberry. Really really really nice.

Decent, but would be way better with some gas.

I could drink a ton of these. I give it a 5 for Lambics. Not in general.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. There's no head on the pour, but one starts to develop as the beer sits in my tulip. The color is a cloudy, peachy-orange. Small spots of lacing. The odor is sour, funky-barn, tart but with sugar underneath. There's a little burnt popcorn in there. The front is tart and fruity. The middle is flat and funky with some fermenting (almost rotting) fruit. The finish has a full fruitiness with alcohol and becomes puckeringly sour. Burning throat sour. Complex, fruity, tart. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at spuyten duyvil. No head at all, fairly still. Weird extremely clear peach color. It looks like a mix of apple and peach juice and not appealing at all in fact. The aroma catches up for the looks though with its straightforward strawberry pie nuances. Captivating sweet/tart combat. Almost as candyish as if lindemans had done it, but there’s still a hint of that hanssens funk though it would score much higher with me if this wasn’t restrained so much. Actually hints of sugar powder. Palate is actually very tart. Agressively acidic finish with obvious strawberries, but like my pal martin pointed out, it just doesn’t procures the classy combination cherries or raspberries do. Puckering grapeish finish, decent dose of lactic funk, unusually dry finish which seems to arrive from nowhere with such a fruity start. Medium body is almost still and detracts overall enjoyment just like the appearance did.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle's expiration date was 2018...Barely poped as I uncorked it.

Appearance: Hazy orange, with absolutely zero head.

Smell: Light, fruity strawberry smell, with a hint of mint somewhere in that nice lambic funk

Taste: For a Beer with no head, it was surprisingly effervescent and tangy. It was very tart but sweet. Not overly sweet like those pseudo-lambics, the acidity is there, just a bit more balanced. I'd say this is a good Beer to slowly rip people away from the sugary clutches of the fake lambics and push them slowly towards the real deal.

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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 frank4sail
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color with no discernable head. Smell of wonderful puke in college after drinking tang and everclear all night (and I mean that in the best way possible). Initially acidic orange peel and aspirin taste mellows in the mouth with floral orange blossem and slight strawberry finish. The mouth is light upfront with a dry tongued finish. A great starter.. refreshing and light. This would be a great way to start the evening...

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Photo of truthbrew
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this straight lambic first, then read about it on Hanssens site later. Wish I would have read first....

Corked bottle (Limited Edition 2000) that had no "pop" when opening. Smells of Strawberry citrus. A vigrous pour resulted in no head or noticible carbonation. Poured at 55F. Color was a brilliant golden, pretty clear for a lambic. Taste was very acidic, more acidic tasting than sour. Really had to sip this one.

Now, on to the website info:
"This unique, refreshing beer appetizer is the result of amalgamating fresh strawberries with lambic during summer. They mature throughout the winter season. In spring, the strawberry lambic is bottled. In order to fully enjoy the taste and flavour of this appetizer, it is recommended to consume it within one year of bottling. Due to the typical characteristics of the fruit, the strawberry lambic is changing rapidly into a geuze lambic. Therefore, opposed to geuze or kriek, no blend is made of different aged lambics resulting in a lesser second fermentation and less carbon dioxide. Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek are as well very good appetizers and should be served with a cellar temperature. Oudbeitje is recommended to serve ice- chilled in a champagne glass."

After reading the information from the website, it is known that carbonation will be low or nil, plus my bottle was 4 years old ("best enjoyed within one year") which I have a feeling took away from the strawberry flavor and left only a hint of it's smell. Lastly, I served it at cellar temp when I should have served in a frosty champagne glass. It would have been nice to have that info on the label. If I do find another bottle (hopefully fresher), I would love to try this again.

Overall even though I didn't drink in under the best conditions, I still enjoyed it. I'll be searching for it again.

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Photo of marburg
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2000 edition. I've had this hanging out in my closet and fridge for several months now, at least. And last night seemed like a good time to give it a try.

Just the subtlest hint of pink in an otherwise dark shade of gold. Aggressive carbonation clings to the sides of my small Hanssens tumbler and forms a moderate head. I was worried because the cork pop was a little less than usual, though certainly still there. Everything turned out OK, though, and the peasants rejoiced,

Typical lambic funk pulls itself off the top of the brew and into your nose from many feet away. Instant salivation.

A bit smoother than most lambics. An almost fruity, mild mid-palate exists here. Kind of the eye of the hurricane, really. Certainly sour throughout, but just for a moment, you can really pick up an almost berry-like sweetness that exists below the surface. Otherwise, this is pure tradition -- solid tart flavors that present themselves from start to finish -- old, tart granny smith apple, ancient funk, and concentrated sour.

Pretty awesome.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawberries and flowers on the label, with an utterly unpronouncable name...what is in store for me, within this bottle?
Pop goes the c ork, and out wafts that distinctive lambic aroma, musky, sour, then light strawberry notes...and I haven't even sniffed the bottleneck, let along poured out the liquid...so, let's...bright golden color, nearing a rich orange, with no head, no carbonation at all.
Aroma: as said before, sourness strikes first, followed quickly by sweet strawberry, but at times it feels like a faint echo.
Taste: odd, and something of a challenge, for if your palate isn't in the mood to put up this tangle of murky, heady, yeasty sourness, only slightly offset by tasty fruit, this is gonna be no picnic. It's a real lambic, though, no sissified sweet thing, this makes you pucker, wince, gulp, then finally, relax and be all mellowfied. Becomes more palatable further in, and I can't say whether it's been tamed, or it's conquered me! Medium body, long, tart finish, a real master of the mouthfeel.
The label tells me that this is a Limited Edition Year 2000, at least 3 years old,and I have to wonder if it's age affected the head/appearance?

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Photo of Bighuge
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No "pop"action at all from the uncorking. A vigorous pour does not form any sort of a head. Only the slightest of bubbly edging. Appearance is light orange with a dash of sunlight. This is one funky smelling beer. Got the horse blanket / barnyard thing going on. And also a little mixture of sweet and sour. Good nose. This beer has got no carbonation at all. Flat to say the least. Like kool aid. The taste is quite acidic and biting. Mouth puckering to a large degree. And tart. Lemon juice in a big way. Grass and hay. Acetic acid. The taste is o.k., but the mouthfeel really drags this beer down for me.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Limited Edition year 2000. Pours a pink tinged light amber, with no head. Aroma of strawberries, and a faint mustiness. Very little carbonation, but you don't miss them. Taste starts out sweet on the tongue then turns dry and tart. I enjoyed this as a nice change from the everyday beer drinking.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly strong aroma of strawberries springs from the bottle as soon as I pop the cork. It is very flat as it pours, there are no bubbles in my glass. Pours a hazy orange color that has a pink tint to it. No head at all is on this beer. the strawberry ins the most dominant aroma, though this is definitely a Lambic as well; acetic, sour, and just plain funky aromas make up the back drop. The combination of strawberry and Lambic aromas bring it to a new funky aromatic level.

Very dry up front but towards the end this beer changes directions abruptly and finishes with a weird fruity sweetness. The sweetness has an artificialness to it that may just be a product of the strawberry and Lambic funk. The taste is definitely sour, but not overly so for a Lambic. The amazing thing about this beer is that it is completely schizophrenic; on the front of my tongue it is dry, acidic, funky Lambic, once it hits the back of my tongue it becomes sweet and strawberry like. This is one beer that gives a work out to all the taste receptors on my tongue.

Interestingly enough, I did not really miss the lack of carbonation in this brew, it might be a bit better with it but it is interesting enough to stand up without it. I think that this would probably be a good transition Lambic for going from Lindeman's products to that of Cantillon. Very interesting and I am still not quite to sure what to think of it.

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Photo of rastaman
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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

2000 Vintage. Golden-hued liquid with a quick-to-vanish fizzy head. Looks like apple juice with some cloudiness in the glass. Nose contains pervasive notes of strawberries, a musty barnyard aroma, and hints at some sour acidity to come. Flavors include a huge strawberry profile in addition to notes of apple and pear -- imparted by the yeast -- and a very nice sweet-and-sour interplay throughout. Very tart, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is mildly effervescent at first, but turns more vinous as it settles. This is a unique, excellent vintage lambic. Would be a nice introduction to the more traditional style of lambics.

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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.