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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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229 Reviews
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Reviews: 229
Hads: 451
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 44 | FT: 6
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002

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Photo of timtim
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2000 vintage... mostly still with just a touch of carbonation bubbling up through the pink amber liquid. not much to speak of here. pretty much what i expected. age has done this one well and the nose is mostly earthy, wild must with just a hint of strawberry and wood coming through. it seems like mostly everything sweet has been eaten by the yeast. awesome. elegant. taste is sour and wild, balanced by what used to be strawberry and rounded out by the oak. refreshing and tart with a slick, medium mouthfeel that goes down way too easy. not too sour, not too wild. elegant and classy, this is always one of my favorite lambics.

edit: after having a relatively fresh bottle, I realized how lucky i was to find a bunch of old bottles. the fresher is a lot more tart and sour, and definitely loaded with strawberries. still an awesome beer, but needs a few more years to come in to it's own. laying a few of these down is a great idea.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from oz caged and corked bottle into tulip.

A. Very little carbonation on the pour. A very fine super small ring of head. No lacing. Color is a rich orange.

S. Smell is pretty strong. A bit of sour strawberries. Some funkineess lies underneath the unripened strawberry smell. Has an earthy smell to it. Overall pretty sour smell.

T. Wow. Very sour unripe strawberry taste. The strawberry flavor lingers in the mouth. This one made me pucker. Its hard to get past the sourness and taste what else might be going on.

M. Medium/low body. Very low carbonation.

D. Drinkability is low for me. I can't get past how sour this is. Its pretty tongue curling sour. The Strawberry flavor is of the unripened variety, which really isnt my cup of tea. A little carbonation might do this beer a lot of good and take some of the edge of the sourness.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes: Two year old straight lambic (Blend of Boon and Girardin) matured for one year.

Opened two of these from the latest batch that just arrived in town. Not vintage dated. The first bottle was still, and sublime as always. Second bottle actually had a pop, some bubbles, and was monumentally funky.

Sulfur, washed rind cheese, horsehair, manure, just intensely, outrageously funky. Very polarizing to the group. After 10 minutes or so, the barnyard cloud lifted, and the gentle oaky sandalwood and green sour strawberry notes came through.

Strawberries were much more present in the taste than previous batches. Oak is big too, damp and musty wet wood. There was an inkling of carbonation, though the body has a fullness to it despite this. Unblended lambic is traditionally still anyway, as there is no young lambic or priming sugar used to carbonate (this is not a flaw or mistake, it's by design).

To me, this lambic is really out there, and something for those looking to explore the wild fringe of what's possible/acceptable in a lambic. Not for the faint of heart, try with an open mind and you'll be rewarded. After sampling a dozen or so bottles over the last few years, the batch/bottle variation is a fun part of the ride, and expected for an artisanal product.

4/4/4/4.5/4.5 A- 4.1

Generously received in trade from JesseDaniel.
Black and white label, different than the one pictured with the strawberry plant illustration. Either this is a fresh bottle, or prior to the 2006 edition.

Poured into a Hanssens tumbler, the deep gold lambic retains a thin ring of foam for the duration of the glass. A second pour generates some larger bubbles, that seem to quickly dissipate, then cling to one side of the glass. Though lambic is traditionally flat, a few lazy streams of tiny bubbles are visible in the glass. The bottle is carefully decanted to leave the sediment.

Vague strawberry scent, musty wood, and a cheese note as the bottle is opened. As it sits, the sharpness is left, and the more subtle notes dissipate.

Sharp cheese, green underripe strawberry, lemon juice, yogurt, grapefruit. Dry woody aftertaste, oaky tannin lends alot of depth to the mouthfeel. Starts out juicy and fruity, and ends with the dry woody notes. Mellower than young lambic, actually moderate on the sour scale, when compared with Drie Fontienen and Cantillon.

Light acidity that gets the salivary glands working, not much carbonation, but not completely flat. Again, a woody fullness that enhances the overall mouthfeel score.

It's relative mellowness makes it more approachable on the sour scale, but it's not for the beginner/faint of heart/pregnant/weak stomach/acid reflux prone. One to sip and savor, for the hardcore lambic lovers out there.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Year 2000 edition. $8.99 for a 12.7oz bottle. Pours an opaque deep honey orange flavor with zero head and no real carbonation to speak of. Strong aroma of sourness mixed with fruit, in this case strawberry. Some vinegar noted in the nose. Tart and dry are the 2 words that come to mind after my first sip. Some acetone flavors as well. The zero carbonation doesn't help really although I realize that no carbonation is typical of this age and maybe style. The more I have it the more I kind of like it. Probably not a "beer" for everyone but for those that like dry, sour beers, its fairly decent. I'll probably end up with a bottle or 2 to put in the cellar.

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Photo of jthor018
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass it looked like apple juice. The only hint of carbonation I could find was a few bubbles on my tongue. Couldn't taste the strawberry but could smell it a bit. Sipping and taking huge swigs it tasted good. I'm not sure about the taste. It is kind of sour, definitely not sweet. This almost tastes like white wine? My first lambic and after this, I can imagine I will try to seek out more. I'll definitely get another bottle. This is probably something good for sitting on the porch on a hot day.

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Photo of wnh
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
Limited Edition Year 2000, consumed 6/5/2010.

Pours a bright clear amber, not unlike apple juice. Completely still.

Very fruity on the nose, a blend of ripe strawberries and lemon juice. A bit of nail polish remover lies underneath, only noticeable when I search for it. Plenty of acidity and funk, though not as intense as the better examples. Musty.

Surprisingly soft and mild on the palate. Biting acidity lacks intensity, but is clear. A touch of acetone brings things down, but doesn't seem entirely out of place. Pleasantly fruity.

Medium bodied and firm. Quick, short finish, and dry. Just the slightest hint of carbonation, but not viscous as I'd expect. I imagine this is quite a bit better when fresh.

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

Pours hazy light orange, nearly still. Is it still young? Given the use of strawberries, it is strangely not red, nor does the color seem to be affected at all by the strawberries. On the nose, the strawberry is definitely present (I could smell it off the cork) and quite nice. I also get an elderflower aroma, which I often detect in fruit lambics, with a cidery component. Flavor has a nice sourness with a slight tea astringency. Strawberry lambics are rare, but this one is great.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured deep golden yellow in color with no carbonation whatsoever. A bit of yeast particles are visible near the bottom of the glass.
S: There's a very strong funky and sour aroma that really wakes you up, almost like smelling salts, and resembles that of a gueuze. The aroma begins to weaken as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very sour but not quite as strong as one would expect following the smell. There are also some hints of fruits in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and flat on the palate. The lack of carbonation is likely a result of the ten years of aging.
D: The drinkability improves as the beer warms up; this is one that you should take out of the refrigerator well in advance of drinking it.

Note: 2000 vintage

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Photo of drpimento
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 version

A - Hazy golden orange with no head, even with a vigorous pour.

S - Acetic acid, oak, cider vinegar, hint of barnyard and overripe strawberries.

T - Big dose of overripe tart strawberries, almost verging on rotting strawberries. Acidic bite followed by sour grapes and tart green apples.

M - Still with a medium body and dry finish.

D - Needs some carbonation but not bad. Strawberry is stronger than I expected.

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Photo of SourBatchKid
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375 ml bottle share with oglmcdgl, thanks for the company.

A- Extremely flat pour with little to no head or lacing, but the color of a great big sunflower pedal.

S- Funk, Funk, Funky, Just like I like it. Sour with bits of fruit like lemons and green apples. Defiantly barn yard and hay with a bid of vinegar in the mix.

T- Sour like deluded vinegar water that I clean my window with at home. Then the lemonyness hits you and then at the end, at the very end you can taste unripeness strawberries.

M- The body is really missing here, I keep trying to find the carbonation, but it just not there. I even out of desperation do my best to aerate what's in my mouth and still nothing. I feel as if i might just be drinking the vinegar water that i clean my window with.

D- I like it enough, not enough to buy this same year again, I just wish that there was more to the mouth feel here.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

375 ml bottle split with sourbatchkid. Thanks for the taste.

A- slightly hazy straw yellow with hint of orange, that pours like tap water to head at all.

S-big funky cheese and wet hay. Baby diaper and feet. Some strawberry in there as well.

T- funky wood up front and stinky cheese. Wet hay and wheat with a mild lactic sourness. I do get some strawberry and other fruit but its the strawberry that takes the lead.

M- totally flat not a bit of carb. Its like drinking very strange water. Slightly more viscous then water as well with a mild pucker.

- eh its drinkable enough but is in dire need of some carb. This stuff is lacking the crispness that some carb would bring to give it a rounder profile. Interesting flavor but just not the best lambic I've had.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2000 vintage 375 ml

Pours an orange marigold color with no head an no visible bubbles.

Smell of brett, funk, sulphur, and fruity berries

Strong strawberry presence on horseblanket, hay, grass , earthy pale malts lemon and very light oak. There is a good tartness level to it, but sweet wins over the sour with the berry flavors in here. The bottle is basically completely flat, the cork had minimal pressure to it and sounded like a mushroom coming out of the bottle. As the bottle warmed up a little I started getting a sweet syrupy stinging bite at the back of my throat. Seemed to become syrupy and have the corn syrup tinge similar to a Nestea Iced Tea can.

Overall considering there was nearly no carbonation, this is a good example for the style. Although there was no carbonation, there was a medium body. I am sure a newer vintage would be more representative of the style, but I cannot complain too much.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle, 2000 Vintage,

A: Pours flat with a brilliant apricot orange hue.

S: Some light strawberry notes, lemon, and sweaty socks.

T: The strawberry is a really minor note. Lemon and apricot form the predominant flavour along with the acid. Tastes good.

M: Smooth, moderately acidic, good body for no carbonation.

D: A solid lambic. The complexity isn't great, but a nice drinkable brew. Too expensive for what you get though.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.12/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

First review: 3.0 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 3.5 / 3.5. A very generous extra from boatshoes.

Second review is here, off a bottle shared by Sandstone. Thanks, Roger.

A: Pours a cloudy apricot-gold body in the glass. The head is nonexistent; it's flat, like a lambic. Points for the color, mainly.

S: Sulfur, like the pungent stench of a rancid fart. Honestly, it was just unpleasant and tough to get past. I'd call it an odor instead of an aroma. Tart strawberries as well. Maybe some sourness.

T: The first bottle I had reflected a lot of lactic sourness and brett funk / leather / earth, with light berry. This bottle, by contrast, is beautifully fruit-forward with a generous helping of tart strawberry. The funk is restrained; it's barnyard and some, uh, fecal nastiness, with very light sourness.

M: Medium-bodied. It's still and just lightly dry, with lingering strawberry tartness.

D: Between the stench of this bottle and a lackluster experience with my first, I'm not convinced this is a beer I really need to try again. Lambics are hard to find, and I'm sure they're hard to make, but this isn't a compelling example.

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Photo of nickd717
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle thanks to Sandstone. Vintage 2000.

Pours clear light golden with minimal head.

Aroma is pretty unpleasant. Definitely some fart/diaper in there, along with sweaty gym socks and sweaty horseblanket or elephant coverer. Oh yeah, some tart strawberry in there too.

Flavor is much better, but still not great. Lots of strawberry and even a little sweat malt. Barnyard and ever so slight diaper. Yes I have actually eaten all of these things, so don't doubt me on this. Only mildly tart.

Medium bodied and a little flat on the palate.

Drinkability is above average. Overall, still not the biggest fan of Hanssens.

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Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this rare treat.

A-Golden copper with surprisingly no head despite extremely active carbonation.

S-Band-aid, musty, wet wool blanket, wet earth and a light fragrance of fresh, crushed strawberries in the background.

T-Immensely tart. Very sharp and crisp with a subtle hint of strawberries hiding in the background behind the biting lemon juice / vinegar sourness.

M-Light bodied, SUPER crisp and biting. Wonderful example of the style.

D-Without question a finely made lambic. Super crisp with a myriad of subtle notes that you get to discover one by one. A most interesting and amazingly complex brew.

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Photo of Xul
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent orange with pink hues with absolutely no head. The body shows a smattering of tiny bubbles and faint bits of lacing develop at the top of the beer.

S: Predominant note is of funk and sourness...funky strawberries, although the strawberry aspect is a bit subdued and sour/tart lemon. Lots of general funk aside from the strawberries with a barnyard feel. Some oak/wood characteristics come in upon further inspection.

T: Mouth pucking tartness up front is quickly balanced by a wave of funk with some sweet hints tugging at the edges. Strawberries come in subtly in the second half of a sip and linger through the aftertaste, never in a fully assertive manner, but enough to serve as a reminder of the fact that this is a strawberry lambic. The funk comes out even more as it warms, with cheese notes and an ever increasing barnyard aspect.

M: Virtually flat, but with a remarkably full body. The funk and acidity provide more than enough for the mouth to focus on to make up for the lack of carbonation.

D: Obviously rating against the style, but I find myself wanting to keep sipping in spite of the low carbonation and big blend of sour and funkiness. A very interesting beer, glad I snagged a bottle to try.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 version. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Unlike the 2000 vintage, this isn't totally flat. A hard pour conjures up a quarter-finger of big-bubbled white foam that quickly dissipates. Attractive semi-transparent golden body.

S - Funky overripe strawberries, acetic acid provides a touch of cider vinegar, barnyard, some light oak, sour lemons and tart apples. It's very potent, and erupts from the bottle as soon as the cork is pulled.

T - The taste is a little more understated, with more apple cider vinegar and less of the wonderful strawberries found in the nose. There's notes of leather, sour grapes, and granny smith apples.

M - The finish is ridiculously dry, with a nice residual tannic character. Very low carbonation - a few more bubbles would have helped. Slick, oily, medium body.

D - Even though it's quite acidic and dry, it's very enjoyable and easy to drink. I put down the 375ml bottle a half-hour, and I would have been up for more - we'll see how my stomach reacts tomorrow morning.

I had another bottle of this that I got from bosse - it was significantly more carbonated, but I can't remember the vintage.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of crossovert
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage. 12.7 oz green bottle.

Pours with a minuscule head that had big soapy bubble. The beer is a vibrant orange/peach/apricot color. There are white things floating on the surface.

The smell is fantastic, with nice ripe strawberry, a pinch of sour, and a tiny tiny hint of funk, not much at all though.

The taste is a lot more sour than the nose would suggest, it starts out with a burst of lemon sourness but then ends with delightful strawberry flavor. It isn't sweet at all like I expected, it is an awful like a straight up lambic with a hint of strawberry in there. Very nice.

I'm not a huge fan of the nearly still mouthfeel with only the slightest hint of carbonation, it is hard to control the carbonation these gueuze type lambics though. But I woudl like a bit more.

It is a pretty good beer with a very nice smell.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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

Capped and corked 375mL bottle poured into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. Vintage 2000. Lot B.

Slightly hazy light gamboge body crested by the whispiest litle isle of bubbles I've ever seen. Legions of tiny bubbles cling to the sides of the glass just beneath the surface but rarely release.

The lambic notes are at the front of the nose with aromas of sour yeast, cork, cellar, and puckering fruit. The strawberry seems negligable at first, but then I began to notice it wafting over once I put the glass down - an excellent background note of wild strawberries (indeed, the illustration on the bottle is that of the Fraise des bois) joins the barnyard notes. You can almost visualize the strawberries growing among a field of wild grasses, violets, etc.

The puckering vinuous lambic flavors are subdued supremely well by the phantasm of sweetness still barely lingering after a decade. The subtle tartness of the berries remains as well, magnified as it is by the sour-cider and light not-quite-red-wine vinegar elements from the lambic. The finish is tart, yet dry with a pleasant light moist oak taste and hints of raw-hide.

Light bodied, smooth, with light carbonation.

Simple, direct, well aged - nature and art in a small green bottle...

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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.