Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Lambic #2 | Bootlegger's Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jerz on 04-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
Photo of DoubleJ
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lambic #2 was aged in Hungarian oak barrels for one year. Hungarian oak? Well, gotta try it. On to the beer:

Looks golden yellow, no head on top when I was given my 8 ounces. Sharp tartness in the nose with a vinegary edge raises one's hopes. The flavor is very pungent, but very, very good. Tons of sour grape flavor, acid, and tartness hit the palate and leave you in shock. There's no better way to describe it. Serious yum here.

Bootlegger's sours are good to really good. Lambic #2 is awesomely good. I love the way this beer came out, and hopefully I can get reacquainted with it later.

 595 characters

Photo of CQuin
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mason jar -

A: Looked golden orange with very small head which went away very quickly.

S: Pretty powerful and sour - lemons were present and a pretty one-dimensional, honest idea of what I was getting into.

T: I'll be honest, I loved it. It was a definite citrus-bite which was only slightly sweet. Again a bit lemony. It wasn't overpowering for me, just right.

M: A great weight for a lambic in my opinion. It was easy drinking, not to heavy, with not much carbonation.

D: I found this extremely drinkable. It would pair well with citrus dishes, salads and desserts especially well.

 602 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: A clear golden/burnt orange color with a thin ring of white foam.

S: A primarily lactic aroma which provides a bit of lemon and green apple sourness. There isn't much in the way of funk or oak or complexity.

T: The lactic dominance continues in the flavor, though there is a touch of acetic acid to the beer which at least gives another dimension. A hint of oak and green grapes along with the citric qualities.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and only mildly dry.

D: A pretty nice "plain" sour here, but I would prefer a bit more oak/barrel contribution to it.

 610 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. hand bottle,

A: Pours a medium gold with a very light head, OK look for a lambic.

S: Noticable funk, lemons, wheat.

T: Mix of goat cheese upfront with some cracked wheat bready flavour to finish. Minor new oak character.

M: Mild to moderate acid, very light carbonation. A tad flabby.

D: This is a good beer, nowhere near the mind-blowing experience of Lambic #4, but I'm glad to try it and hope to try the others in the series.

 447 characters

Photo of thagr81us
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewery on tap into a sampler mason jar style glass during a recent trip to Cali. Poured yellow-orange with a very very minimal (almost non-existant) off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and acetic acid. The flavor was of sweeet malt, sour, and a big acetic acid followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with no carbonation. Overall this one wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. Based on the acetic acid I would suspect this one is past its prime. Definitely glad I got to try this one, but that's about it.

 592 characters

Lambic #2 from Bootlegger's Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!