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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 17.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
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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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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml green glass cork and cage. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

No head. Hazy Orange color. Nose is super funky and earthy. Lots of woodiness and horse blanket. Nose has a little bit of strawberry blossoms. Palate is super funky and sour with zero carbonation. Hardly any fruit on the palate. Lots of wood and mulch. Long finish. More finesse than their other offerings. Disappointed with the lack of strawberry character that comes across, but a nice lambic nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 21:30:40 | More by SFLpunk
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roadhouse

Florida

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

Appearance is a hazy gold color with no head other than a ring of white at the edge of the glass due to their being no carbonation.

The aroma is really nice and complex with a strong acid note and a lot of wood, dusty mustiness, and a very light hint of strawberry, perhaps the seeds of them is what it reminds me of.

The taste is dominated by sourness as expected and again the notes of mustiness and oak are also strong. It leaves an interesting taste towards the finish that hints at strawberries but it's not actual strawberry flavor. Like I said about the aroma, it is like the seeds.

Mouthfeel is soft and slick, nicely refreshing.

My second from Hanssens and another one that I like. I wouldn't say they're as good as say, Cantillon, but they have their own unique character that is very interesting. Some might be turned off by the lack of carbonation, but it doesn't really detract. I would like to see the difference between one that was carbonated though for comparison's sake.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 09:56:45 | More by roadhouse
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

375ml corked and caged bottle. label reads 2006. drank from my russian river "tion" glass.

A- this one pours out a golden colored body without a bubble at all for head. no lacing left behind. im already not thrilled about a still beer.

S- the nose starts out with some acidity and some of the classic hanssens lambic funk. after that i think i can pick up on a little bit of strawberry.

T- the taste starts out with a strong lactic punch. very tart. the funk i could smell comes back as well, but it takes a distant back seat. the strawberry flavor is almost non existent at this point.

M- still. medium bodied. dry finish.

D- this isnt my favorite offering from hanssens, and certainly not my favorite of this style. i dont think ill be picking this one up again. maybe its past its prime?

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:34:50 | More by jwinship83
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to point out that traditional Belgian Lambic beers are historically bottled still, with no carbonation. That seems to be a big issue for people with this beer, but I am under the impression that's quite normal.

Pours an orangy-yellow color. Slight haze. Carbonation level is low. Little head on pour. Both the smell and flavor have a serious brettanomyces character. I feel like it ate everything there was to eat in the ten years in the bottle. Very very dry. Brett lends an interesting cherry flavor. Oakiness is apparent. Very sour and highly acidic. Mouthfeel is thin, like what I would expect in a Saison. Only a very slight strawberry flavor to speak of. It could be placebo and my brain wanting the berry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 12:53:17 | More by mlazzaro
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UCLABrewN84

California

1.25/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy light red color with absolutely zero head or lacing. Random floating sediment can be seen in the glass. Very suspicious. Smells strongly of skunk spray, funk/must, vinegar. Hmm alright, lambics can smell this way somewhat, but I am even more suspicious. The taste confirms everything I was wary about. Very skunky, very sour, very musty, very funky, very salty - all in a horrible and disgusting way. This is one of the worst tasting beers I have ever had. Just layer upon layer of awful. Beer is absolutely flat, which makes the taste that much worse. It's like a big glass of flat vinegar soda mixed with fermented strawberry mold. Overall, this is an abomination of a beer. I don't know if this is a bad bottle but I hope to all that is good that it is. I am pissed that I spent $10 on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 04:18:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

1.33/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A-pours a lot like juice, no pop, no carbonation, no head whatsoever. honey colored

S-smells super funky, i'n getting only a little bit of strawberry in here toward the end. its a strong scent that is fairly simple.

T-hits with a very sour and funky taste with some small hints of belgian yeasts. there's only a little bit of strawberry flavor. overall, its just all of low quality. its honestly a little bit gross. i like sours and lambics, but there's something wrong with this one. it tastes almost like i'm being poisoned.

M-watery all the way through, absolutely horrible

D-the more I tasted this one, the grosser it got. this was a drain pour, i would never even use this as marinade for meats...its just awful

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 17:03:27 | More by AdamBear
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden color.
S: Barnyard funk
T: Quite sour. Strawberry grassiness vaguely in background. Astringent bitter aftertaste (tannins?). Lemons. Oak.
M: Carbonation low to nonexistant. Acidity means that body is not thin.
O: Too intense for my palate. The sourness and tannins are overwhelming. No body or sweetness to balance. And considering the price ($11/375mL) makes it a horrible value. Sorry guys, I appreciate the attempt to make natural products in traditional style, but this does not mean that balance of flavour can be overlooked.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:06:09 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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SolomonGrundy

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tum tum te tum tum...

Pours a golden honey color. No head at all, which worries me some. The carbonation, what there is of it, doesn't really rise - the bubbles cling to the side of the glass...Obviously no lacing...

Aromas are barnyard, which is slightly typical for the style. I get horse stall, some sour funk, and a lot of citrus. A hint of sweetness...

Almost forgot the basics: $8.99/12 oz. bottle and 6% ABV..Very expensive...

Unbelievable sour...This is the most sour I've ever tasted. It's like eating an unripe grapefruit. Almost too one dimensional..I hardly can get to any of the other flavors or nuances in this. This is the Clubber Lang of ales. One trick, but it's powerful. If it were a woman, it would be Linda Lovelace...There is some good stuff unbderneath the sour, but it's almost impossible to reach. My tongue is starting to pucker. Crikey...It even tingles my nose...No carbonation in the glass, so nothing to take the edge off...Too bad, if this were fresh I'd bet it'd be much better. As it is, it's novelty only.

What I like most: The nice funky aroma profile.

What I like least: The unbelievably overpowering sour..

Verdict: Too expensive to drink when it's not fresh. Look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:45:35 | More by SolomonGrundy
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jsanford

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Corked-and-caged 350ml bottle poured into a Rodenbach flute. Lot B.

A - Pours a hazy gold with an ever-so-slight pinkish hue to it. No head, but there's some small bubbles that gather on the sides of the glass.
S - Super sour and funky, with a good amount of acidity and straw. Slight aromas of unripe strawberry and lemon juice.
T - More lemon juice and acidity, with a faint wisp of berries. Don't know if I'd guess strawberries if I wasn't told, but there's a definite "red berry" flavor in there. Pleasantly musty and dry finish, slightly moldy, like a good cheese.
M - Slick, with a medium body and low carbonation. Really would have liked to see more carbonation, not nearly "sharp" enough for my taste.
D - Despite the carbonation, I'm really enjoying this one. Very tart and complex, another great Lambic from Hanssens.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:35:10 | More by jsanford
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stillwater wine glass. First thing, this beer is still, no carbonation, no head, no lacing, that was unexpected. It's yellow and hazy, almost orange.

Beer smells acetic and oaky, funky and harsh. Its like hay and awesomeness rolled in funk.

Beer is super tart and really sour on the finish. There is a dirty blanket after taste and this odd sourness that sticks to my gums. The aftertaste is overwhelming. Hard to process. I think I might be blind. This is about the most sour thing I've ever tasted. There is a shadow of woody oak that reaches out of the back of my throat and tries to strangle me. Beer is also thicker than I thought it would be but still finishes really dry. The second drink was much better than the first. Its mellowing and growing on me. Strawberries? Really? I don't think so. This is like a harsh, sour, tart, unblended, flat lambic. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 04:51:13 | More by drabmuh
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ThirstyBird

Germany

2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep yellow/orange with a pinkish hue. Pours nearly flat just a few bubbles in a partial ring. Smells funky, citrusy and sour. I get oak but don't get any strawberry. The taste is very sour, oak, strawberries. A bit moldy in the taste too. Body is light +. Overall a bit tough to deal with the lack of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 01:05:18 | More by ThirstyBird
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foogerd

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light orange/unripe peaches, 0 head, opaque body.

S- Lots sourness definitely do get some light strawberry smell after making an effort to sniff it out. Kind of like strawberry juice mixed with water. A bit of funk.

T- Lemon berry flavor, light mold and funk not as strong as other lambics. Musty dry finish.

M- Light feel no carbonation, would've liked to see a bit more.

D- Tasty brew, not an intense sour lambic, pretty easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 04:18:15 | More by foogerd
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IKR

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium Gold color with minimal white head.

S: Belgian Funk with maybe the slightest strawberry aroma.

T: Upfront puckering sour followed by tart unripened strawberries. Some vinegar/acidity also makes it's presence felt. Finishes dry.

M: Medium body with the slightest bit of carbonation.

D: Puckering sour with tart strawberry works for my tastes. Fair warning to those who like more moderate sours; there is no sweetness in this one. it disappeared from my glass too quickly.

I will be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:36:32 | More by IKR
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illidurit

California

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach color with zero head whatsoever. Perfumey sour aroma with lemons and freeze-dried strawberries. It's got that deep, refreshing tartness that you only smell in the best lambics. Flavor packs a nice sour wallop with ultra-tart strawberry notes and that dried strawberry sweetness. A little unripe stone fruit at times and a bit of hay bale as well. Once the tongue acclimates to the sourness, some honeyed malts come through to provide a touch of balance. A completely still beer, but the sourness acts in place of CO2 to refresh the palate. Very dry despite a body medium in heft.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 09:07:22 | More by illidurit
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lisomiso

California

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange - nice-looking but nothing special, really. Strawberry jam and wet stone on the nose. There's funk, but more bale-of-hay than horse's-ass. Not the sourest sour I've ever had - Hanssen's Experimental Raspberry may take that title - but it's definitely way up there. The strawberry doesn't come through as strongly on my palate as I expected, but it's there on the finish. It's a really enjoyable beer, so sweet on the nose and so tart on the palate... a very pleasurable contrast.

Mouthfeel was good (though I thought I felt my teeth dissolving...). Carbonation was higher than I expected for Hanssens, which was a plus, but still, there was barely any. Seemed stylistically appropriate.

All things considered, the drinkability was quite good. But I was happy with my half of the 375ml that I shared with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 21:33:18 | More by lisomiso
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TriGuy20

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, labeled 2000, into tulip glass.

I was a little worried about this beer due to several recent mediocre reviews; however, I am a big fan of their other brews so I figured I would give it a go. Man was I glad I did! Great beer!!

A: Not winning any awards here but seems on par for the style. Hazy burnt orange with very little head or lace.

S: Oh yes! Stewed strawberry/ Goat Cheese/ Lemon Rind/ Oak/ Wet stone

T: The lemon rind hits you up front and then you get that nice goat funk on the mid palate that fades into a nice strawberry with hefty amount of sourness. There is a slight metallic tinge on this beer, but it is not distracting. Moreover, the sourness of this beer is well balanced. The finish is quite long.

MF: This is a nice medium body beer that has no carbonation.

D: This beer is a real treat to drink. The complexity makes you want to keep coming back for more and the sourness makes your mouth water.

Overall:
Man I must have scored a good bottle of this, because this is a really tasty beer. I really love how the strawberry integrates into this beer. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:54:43 | More by TriGuy20
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served at around 57 Degrees, poured into a Lucifer goblet. This is the United International's masters collection year 2000. Should there be a separate listing for this? I guess its technically the same beer...

A: Bottle let out a slight whimper of pressure during the uncorking. Beer is sandy orange and pours with no carbonation, or head. Quite murky but not opaque.

S: WOW. Crazy sour and burns the nostrils. very moldy and dusty. suggestions of mushroom, walnut, prunes. Oak and strawberries make an appearance but oak is more dominant. Probably the most sour and funky beer ever. I'm really not sure how to rate this. the Funk is overwhelming.

T: This is quite an experience. Again things are very funky, sour and moldy. Sourness stings the throat occasionally. Similar to other aged lambics I've had but more extreme perhaps. Takes a 5-6 sips for your palate to adjust, and even then it is very funky and sour. Strawberry comes through, but as a sour note as well. almost like unripe strawberries. Sweetness is non-existent

M: quite astringent. Dry finish really squeezes the palate. Carbonation is not present. Could be better with a little lift.

D: If you have one of these 2000 vintages, I suggest you drink it with a friend, or sip slowly.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:00:57 | More by uno99
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange with a hint of amber, paper-thin white head, nearly flat

Smell: Funky (but a bit of the off, gym sock type funk), strawberries, although perhaps moldy

Taste: Funky and musty, week-old strawberries in the background and some stale white bread

Mouthfeel: Thin, could use a hint of carbonation

Drinkability: The odd funkiness of this one slowed down consumption considerably

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 15:49:19 | More by craytonic
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Aguirre

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, very strange beer. A pretty aggressive pour yielded no head, but a few tiny bubbles clung to the wine glass. A closer look shows it is indeed carbed. Murky-peach color. Not all that inviting really.

The smell is super funky, wow. It's like rancid milk from a bowl of frankenberry cereal. Barnyard central. A little vomit smell too....yikes.

The taste, after the questionable smell was a great surprise, MASSIVE sourness with a good strawberry flavor but also an incredibly dry finish. I couldn't stop taking sips. Delicious.

What a strange and interesting beer! $9 was too much for a tiny bottle but this was a fun one to try. The thing that struck me the most was how different the taste was from the smell.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 15:07:09 | More by Aguirre
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Beersack for hooking me up with this and so many other brews.

A - It pours with a daunting appearance: peach, hazy and still, suggesting a ruggedly acidic character.

S - Big tart and lactic notes, vinegar-y oak, sulfur, char and mineral make up the very impressive nose. Fruit is no where to be found, this is closer to an unblended Lambic or Gueuze in the nose.

T - The ghost of strawberry is buried deeply beneath a very dry Lambic. Starts quite tart; sweet flavor, like ripe strawberry, appears briefly. It is not actually sweet, but it is a flavor associated with sweetness so it lends the impression. Very nice stuff, actually one of the best Lambics I've had in a while.

M - Puckering, dry, drying, and then mouthwatering on the totally clean finish. Awesome.

D - I'll drink this anytime, anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 03:45:06 | More by ktrillionaire
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up from Total Beverage the other night after having walked by it a number of times. A fan of the other Hanssens offerings, so I thought it was finally worth a try.

Appearance- Pours a pale straw yellow that has maybe the slightest tinge of pink to it as well. Very minimal carbonation off of a very aggressive pour, just enough to put a thin coating of larger bubbles across the surface.

Smell- Hugely funky and acetic on the nose. Smells big of barnyard funk with a touch of wet leather. Lots of sour on the end with a touch of strawberry fruitiness.

Taste- Again, big sour and big funk without a lot more to it than that for me. Big notes of barnyard with a strong sour finish. Not much in the way of fruit for me, perhaps just a faint touch of strawberry on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty appropriate for the style if just a touch thin for how sour it is. Drinkability is not great given the strong funk and sourness but okay for the style

Overall, not my most favorite offering from Hanssens but alright. I prefer other fruit lambics over this but an interesting use of strawberry.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 04:53:49 | More by boatshoes
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alcstradamus

Washington

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden yellow with a slight pink hue and no head.

After I poured this, I had to step out of my apartment for a few minutes. The moment I stepped back inside I could smell lambic throughout my living room. A fruity barnyard aroma...notes of strawberry, pear, apple, hay, mudpuddle, and flowers. Nice.

The flavor is very sour. Very sour. Oh boy, this really hits the spot tonight! Strawberry, cherry, and pear notes on top of earthy yet bright finish. The acidity is stinging my throat...holy cow don't bother drinking this if you aren't into puckering sourness.

The body is medium and carbonation is very low making for a heavier feel. Tongue and throat corroding, juicy finish.

Well, what this one lacks in depth is sure as hell makes up for in balls to the wall flavor. Big and fruity and sour and overall extremely tasty. Meant for small doses though unless you don't mind burning a hole in your esophagus.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 05:11:18 | More by alcstradamus
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, pinkish amber body. Quite clear on the initial pour. No head. Only a stray trace of lace left behind.

S: You can smell the acidity. Some funky feet and cheese. Earthy. The strawberry was quite faint. Unlike krieks and framboises that really distance themselves from their lambic base with the addition of fruit, the strawberry here left the underlying lambic relatively untouched.

T: Acidic funk. Earthy with quite a bit of oak, cheese, horse blanket, and mildly sweaty feet. Just the slightest bit of strawberry.

M: Light to medium bodied. Relatively still. Enamel eating acidity.

D: Drank a bit slower that I would have liked. Really enjoyed the funk... just wished there was a bit more strawberry to go with the acidity.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:08:43 | More by callmemickey
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thelawnet

United Kingdom (England)

2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 375ml bottle, bbe 7/8/2027 (nope, not a typo) Pours initially as essentially cloudy urine. Settles down to an amber colour, with the cloud only discernible under close scrutiny, and lightly sparkling.

The only strawberry beer I've had is the sickly sweet Fruli, but I wasn't prepared for what I got with this.

There's a sourness which assaults the back of the mouth on swallowing and no recgonisable strawberry flavour at all.

My wife complained several times about the urine odour coming from my glass, so that's not really a plus point either....

If you're looking for a sour lambic (I'm not, generally) this might float your boat, but as a fruit lambic, it's not working for me. Definitely wouldn't try it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 21:46:35 | More by thelawnet
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brdc

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Small capped bottle, well cared for in my cellar for three years.

Poured into a tulip, hazy golden, very flat, with not a single bubble to be seen.
Fruity and funky aroma, sour and vinegary.
The body is medium, but although a lot of great lambics are not exactly bursting with bubbles, this one is just plain flat, which limits the enjoyment and compromises the body.
I am a big fan of lambics, but this one is just plain acidic and sour, and not very pleasant.
One of my few disappointments with true belgian lambics.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 05:01:05 | More by brdc
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
84 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.