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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
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:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002)
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 01:53:00 | More by frank4sail
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truthbrew

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 18:42:12 | More by truthbrew
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marburg

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 14:30:17 | More by marburg
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 10:43:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 23:27:59 | More by Bighuge
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Indybeer

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 02:53:39 | More by Indybeer
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 18:16:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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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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Jon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 16:29:59 | More by Jon
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UnionMade

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper color with no head at all.
Aroma is strawberry, some kind of wierd dirt smell, and a pervasive tart sourness, like moldy lemons.
Flavor is strange. Fruity, with a moldy sharpness all the way through, finishing very very dry. I'm not really sure I like this stuff. A still beer, with an odd semi-effervescence in the middle. I've never had carbonation like this before. It's so interesting that it keeps asking for another sip.
The beer started to irritate my stomach about half way through, and i couldn't finish it. It felt too acidic. I got my girlfriend to drink as much of it as I could pawn off, and we had to pour the rest. I felt terrible, considering that it's such a hard to find (expensive) beer, but I don't think I'm ready for stuff like this, and neither is my digestive system.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 03:52:01 | More by UnionMade
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TheDM

Indiana

1.3/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This brew poured a very little white head of large bubbles. Its body is an appealingly nice amber brown with bubbles clinging to the side on my mug. There is some lacing evident as the head disappears before I can taste it. It has a burnt wood aroma, not fruity as I expected. It tastes as bad as it smells. I took one sip and poured the rest. Too bad it was an $8.00 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 15:13:21 | More by TheDM
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Cheers!
-F

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 22:22:37 | More by francisweizen
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jreitman

California

4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Monk's and am in the process of trying to find it available out here in Seattle. Normally I am not a big fan of lambics as I find them too fruity but this one is superb. Poured a hazy orange with a non-existent head. Carbonation was pretty high also contributing some to the flavor. Sugary strawberries hit you in the nose but the fruit smell is not nearly as you would get in a Lindemanns brew. The tartness in this beer and the overall flavor reminded me very much of Rodenbach Grand Cru, just replace the cherry like flavors with strawberry and you get an idea what you are in for. An absolutely outstanding brew that even managed to convince my girlfriend that tart beers are not all bad. I found the brew to be amazingly complex and am especially glad Tom Peters recommended it.

(Update) K's in Bellevue had it in stock.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 17:18:40 | More by jreitman
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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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putnam

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Limited Edition Year 2000"
Dry, loose cork. Almost no fizz. Papaya pulp colored.

Aromas are gastric and suggest sweet, fresh asparagus together with strawberry, paper and aluminum.

The attack is silky smooth and displays a slow crescendo of supple, wild strawberrys, fresh peas, honey, green tomatoes and linden.

Impressive.

I wonder how long this bottling will last?

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 18:06:10 | More by putnam
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 19:55:52 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B.United International's (importer) Masters' Collection - Limited Edition Year 2000 - Strawberry Lambic. 375 ml corked, caged bottle. Cork was dry. Hazy, deep orange in color. No head - flat. The aroma is complex: sour, acetic, brettanomyces (barnyard), lightly sweet with some candyish strawberry, musty, leathery. The body is thin and the mouthfeel is powdery. The flavor starts with a soft acidity which immediately turns quite sharp on the front of the tongue - puckering, leading into some light fruit flavor (wow!?!) and some broader flavors of limited residual sugar, leather, mustiness as the liquid warms across the palate, then dissolves from the tongue with a quickly passing light metallic note, leaving a dry, powdery finish and a "sour spot" at the back of the throat. Surprisingly not astringent, as it's often expected. Not a very complex lambic, but quite surprising in the clarity of the strawberry note (a difficult fruit to work with because of it's light character).

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2002 09:47:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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