Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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3.79/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
like nothing else on the market, one of the best uses of strawberries I have ever come across. pours dense and golden, pushing brassy, with some more sediment as the bottle gets low. literally no head or bubbles at all, completely still, not totally appealing to be honest, but I trust its sourness right away. as soon as the cork is off, this beer starts emitting tartness and funky sour all over the shop. I can smell it in my jawline, a mouthwatering brew here, with unripe fruit and lacto notes, as well as some oak, complex and just so damn sour, consecration style. the taste comes in two waves. the first is a berry, but not specifically strawberry tartness, fresh and addicting, sour of course, but not as pucker as the nose. some wheat malt and long fermentation characteristics are evident, as well as an acidity that is quite intense. the second wave, after a second or so pause, is a full bore watery mouth, salivation and drool from the sourness finally catches up with me, its about as much as my palate can handle. like strawberries that are still pink and white, although if I didn't know it, im not sure I would have been able to say strawberry specifically. I hate that its still though, it needs bubbles to percolate this into my palate, and its obviously missing. it needs to move, and it stagnates. still, the acidity is enough to make it finish quickly and drink easy enough. one of the more sour beers ive had, and a great use of fresh fruit. expensive but worth it to try.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 06:39:47 | More by StonedTrippin
3.91/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
12.7 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at Argonaut Liquor and served into a slender stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed as a lambic because the label identifies it as such. 6% ABV confirmed. "Ale brewed with strawberries."
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it pours.
Pours no head whatsoever - just a weak floater ring of white colour.
Body colour is a cloudy peach-copper of average vibrance. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's not unique or special but I find it rather inviting. There are no egregious flaws here. I'm looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Definite strawberry notes are noticeable and abundant. Also some peach and maybe some apricot. Has a nice lambic yeast-induced tart sourness. There's also some lactobacillus bacterial sourness. The fruitiness is fantastic. Any malts are so seamlessly integrated as to not be noticeable. Some floral and fruity hop character complements the overall aroma nicely. No alcohol presence is noticeable.
A pleasant, inviting fruit-dominant aroma of moderate strength.
I don't notice any off-notes. This is shaping up to be pretty good stuff.
T: Hm; structurally it's almost a disaster, with all the fruity notes packed right up front and on the open, and all the sourness harshly contained to the backend. It's not an even transition by any means. The sweetness up front yields immediately to the bacterial and wild lambicus yeast sourness - a sourness which is aggressive and unforgiving. Luckily for me, I love that bold sourness in a lambic. The fruity notes up front match those encountered in the aroma - peach, strawberry, and apricot. Tame timid floral and fruity hop notes complement the fruit nicely.
Not much malt presence here. No alcohol presence is noticeable.
Certainly imbalanced structurally, but as divisive as the structure is I still like the flavour profile. Not at all cohesive or gestalt, but very likable. Good complexity. Not much subtle or intricacy, but the fruity end showcases some surprising nuance. The strawberry never feels artificial (as it tends to in most beers). Above average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I suppose it's puckerworthy.
If Cascade Kriek is a 10 on the sour scale, this is about an 8.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Acidic and soft. Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Quenching and refreshing. Has that fantastic smacky sour feel on the palate. Chewy. A bit too thin. Complements the flavour profile well and fits neatly within style conventions.
Not oily, tannic, astringent, boozy, or hot.
Dr: Extremely drinkable. I'll make short work of this bottle. Another damn solid sour from Hanssens. I wouldn't get it again at this price point here in the states, but I'd happily throw a couple in the cellar if I could get it at Belgian prices. It executes strawberry surprisingly well and I'd recommend friends try it at least once. Perhaps a bit simple for a lambic, but it'll definitely satisfy any sour lover's itch. Give this one a spin. You'll murder it inside 5 minutes. I know I did.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2013 03:48:27 | More by kojevergas
4.16/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Sampled from a 375ml bottle dated April 2012.
A - Golden and crystal clear. No head but some large bubbles on the top.
S - Beautiful fresh strawberries with hints of tart and funk. Gets even better as it warms.
T - A firm tart/sour without biting. A moderate strawberry flavor that combines nicely with the tartness.
M - Smooth and silky with no carbonation. The texture lets the flavors run wild.
O - I prefer cherry lambics but this was tasty and interesting.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2013 12:34:19 | More by GJ40
2.98/5 rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Got this one at De Bierkoning a couple weeks back.
From a 375 corked and caged bottle into a wine glass
Best before 7 August 2017
APPEARANCE: Pours out flat and yields a bubbly ring eventually. Cloudy amer orange with no carbonation. Ends up looking flat pretty quickly, so not really a fan there.
SMELL: Strawberries for sure, with stinky cheese, tart lemon notes and some acidic vinegar on the nose. Pretty bold. Moldy aromas and lots of fungus as well. A little too much so for my tastes.
TASTE: Tart lemon sourness with sour strawberries as well. Definite funk and cheese up front with a tart and sour, acidic finish. Lemon, strawberry tartness and some moldy flavors linger on the palate. A hint of bitterness as well. Actually much more balanced and enjoyable than the nose had led on.
PALATE: Medium body and no real carbonation. Basically flat. Watery going down and finishes with a touch of acidity. Fine, but a little too flat, even for the style.
OVERALL: A bit too moldy and funky on the nose for me, but the flavor was much more balanced and included more of the tartness and acidity that I tend to enjoy. Enjoyable and refreshing on a warm day, though a little more cabonation is needed to make this one worth while. I'll try another batch, but will pass on this one for now.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2013 13:58:45 | More by Jeffo
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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