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Oudbeitje Lambic - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
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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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

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

Corked and caged 375 split and poured into tulips. I've heard mice fart louder than the pop we got after pulling the cork.

A: Cloudy burnt orange hue. No head no lace. Looks sort of like dirty water in my glass.

S: Wow holy pool toys! Lot's of lactic sour and rather potent strawberry. The funk is mostly moldy basement.

T: Sour is mild in the flavor. Mostly one dimensional lactic sour. The sweetness of the strawberry is the only thing that gives this beer any depth.

M: Light and flat body. I understand that's by design.

O: So so I guess. By far the weakest offering from a brewery I love.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:07:44 | More by beerwolf77
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muttyd

Massachusetts

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass yielding a cloudy orange body with no head. Very still looking lambic, no lacing.

Strawberries, lactic sourness, musty/dank basement, and some oaky/vanilla characteristics in the nose. Strawberries come out more as the beer warms up. Flavor gives way to a berry sweetness, slight vinegar, and leather/barnyard/musty funk. Mouthwatering finish with a funky chalky yeast presence. Very sour beer.

Overall a good lambic. I tend to prefer my fruit lambics more carbonated, but this one was still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:20:06 | More by muttyd
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy murky orange color with barely a bubble from a very vigorous pour. The nose is very pleasant with lots of strawberries, a lactic sourness, a touch of oak, and a hint of barnyard. Taste is quite tart with lemons and some vinegar. The strawberry comes in to only partially sweeten the sour. Earthy funky musty come through before once again turning tart and lingering on the palette long after every sip. Almost non-existent carbonation, medium body, with a tart mouth puckering feel. I would have loved some carbonation in this bad boy! As is its decent but probably something I wouldn't purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:09:23 | More by johnnnniee
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tough one, I've had 3 bottles now and haven't matched the first with how delicious it was and how much strawberry it had. And now the price has gone up so tough to buy at that price. This review starts with the original and adds comments on the others that followed.

Pours no head, murky peach beige color no carbonation.

Nose is wow, light lambic, tart sour, strawberry lemonaide, juicy tart strawberries, lactic acid. The ones following were similar on the nose, but a touch less strawberry.

Taste starts with a nice sour and tart lambic, typical fruits and lactic acid, and gets kicked up a notch when the sediment is swirled and dumped in, suddenly Wow Strawberries! Tons of fresh strawberry flavors, strawberry lemonaide, light acidity, lacto, juicy, light sweetness, bit of tart funk, light bitterness and a great sour flavor, but of chewy malts, and light citrus. Funk is light, mostly just tart fruits and lactic acid. On the later bottles it started similar, but adding the sediment from the bottom was mostly yeast and funk, very little strawberry added , the sediment was also much less than the first bottle, and more yeasty funk flavors, not as pleasant.

Mouth is lighter bodied, pretty much no carbonation.

Overall just wow, the original bottle is one of the best lambics I can remember, but the ones since have just been so-so. hard to judge the score on which one, so I'll try to average them.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:55:38 | More by jlindros
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminiscent of apple cider with a hue of red. Orange juice viscosity and density with no head except for a few floating bubbles.

Wonderful aromas. Very sour and pungent, funky, light strawberry and berry aromas, iodine, horse blanket, earthy esters. Tart and tingles my nose hairs. Hard to quit smelling this lambic.

Very nice, huge acidity in the middle and lightens slightly in the finish. Funk galore, horse blanket throughout, cereal type malts on deep in the finish. Tongue puckering body. Fruity and earthy at the front and middle with wood tones everywhere. Hints of strawberry, earth, and other tart fruits. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 19:29:19 | More by mcallister
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abecall98

California

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

A 2000 vintage shared with friends here.

A - pours a bright pale, a little thin looking, and no head to be noticed.

S - oh what the Funk. The beer is funky all over the nose. A very fruity sour. Lemon peel sour zest is all over. Love this.

T - really sweet. It has a very strong strawberry presence. The fruit fights with the sour funk. Lovely.

M - a little light, but still there. Very mouth coating.

O - very nice beer. Stood the test of time. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 05:42:07 | More by abecall98
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Brew33

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle recently and thought I'd give it a try.

It pours a nice gold color hinting at orange. ZERO carbonation. The aroma was interesting and awful at the same time. Strawberry was present as was some grassy funk but the main aroma was.... well.... urine. A ton of urine aroma. Urinal at Great American Ballpark type stuff. Just awful. The lambic is there but the catty urine aroma will not go away.

The flavor was okay. Acedic, sour, and not quite as dry as I like. Strawberries make themselves known. The real killer here is the lack of carbonation. It destroys the mouthfeel and drinkability of the beer. Feels heavy even though it isn't. I've run into this with Hanssens Kriek before too. Just flat as a board.

Overall, I wouldn't buy this again under any circumstance. A below average lambic with some weird stuff going on. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 13:45:12 | More by Brew33
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billshmeinke

California

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As it pours it looks really pale golden with a tinge of pink. No really head to speak of, just a few bubbles. Much more hazy in the glass. Perhaps poured a little too cold. Has an almost glowing look to it. The body is pretty, but the head is no existant (minus points). 2.5
The nose smells like horses… straight horses, and hay. I even get mushrooms, and just such a huge level of funk. Some lemony citrus notes as well. I love a good does of horse blanket in a sour beer, but this is almost too much. There’s also an almost vegetative quality, which is a bummer. 3
Super duper sour. Almost a now and later. Like biting into a lemon. Then a touch of strawberry mid palate, but its overwhelmed by the sourness. Maybe a touch of hay, but I don’t get any funk until the aftertaste which has a ridiculously long lasting finish. In the aftertaste there is a touch of cheese like funk and mushrooms. 4
The mouthfeel is epicly tart. Almost zero carbonation. Needs some carbonation to break up the tartness. 2.5

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:38:59 | More by billshmeinke
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larryi86

Delaware

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

375 mL bottle lot C poured into a snifter

A- Clear orange with no head and no cork pop.

S- Barnyard funk is big,I am picking up some strawberry but not a lot, sour.

T- Getting a good amount of funk, a hint of tart strawberries, and a big sour finish with a hint of vinegar. Flavors seem a little out of balance but still do work well together.

M- Almost no carbonation, smooth, lighter body.

O- The more I sip this the more I enjoy it. I have had better Lambics, but this is still good. I feel that if it had more strawberry flavor and some more carbonation it would be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 21:54:28 | More by larryi86
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

375 mL bottle, corked and caged, with a label that states "Masters' Collection Limited Edition Year 2000". I bought this for $9.99 at Merchants in Dearborn about 3 weeks ago, and just today saw it again in Columbus for $10.99. One of the positive benefits of the surging interest in sour styles is that interesting things from Belgium are becoming available in the midwest in greater quantities. I'd like to try a newer version, maybe sometime in Belgium I'll see it.

This lambic pours with little carbonation, a hazy peach color and no head whatsoever. I don't really get strawberries in the aroma, probably 11 years in a bottle minimizes the fresh fruit flavor just a wee bit. Very sour smelling, lactic and acetic, very agressive lambic aroma, at this age it's not really for beginners.

Tastes just as it smells, abrasively sour and punishing, very enjoyable actually. I'm sure this was intended for consumption a long time ago, but after all this time this has turned into a delicously sour beast.

No trouble finishing my glass, going for the Oude Kriek from Hanssens next tonight.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 22:44:44 | More by TurdFurgison
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Chouffe snifter.

A- Hazy golden honey color. Little to no head or lacing. Tiny bubbles cling to the edge of the glass.

S- Vinegar and tart funky lemon. No strawberries noticeable on the nose.

T- Vinegar and funk hit you right away, with some tart lemon/citrus flavors. Very faint amount of strawberries in the aftertaste.

M- Very thin with almost no carbonation.

O- A little disappointed there wasn't a more noticeable taste of strawberries, but still a good sour lambic. Still love their Oude Kriek though.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:33:15 | More by kawilliams81
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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
Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
84 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.