Lambic #1 With Kombucha Cultures | Bootlegger's Brewery

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): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 08-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bootlegger's 5th Anniversary Celebration held at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA.

Called LamBOOTcha Sour Ale at the event.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with vinegar, earth, and kombucha aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely vinegar forward but there is a distinct kombucha presence that is fairly interesting.

 732 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the source in an 8 ounce mason jar. On to the beer:

Poured without a head, this beer has a cider yellow color to it. The aroma alone will make you pucker, as it is very tart and sour. But I like it. To taste, very acidic flavor with some vinegar notes and a hint of cheese and sour lemon. It's that kind of stuff that thickens your saliva. Light bodied and acidic, refreshing, and enjoyable.

 402 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bootlegger's, glad to see this one back on-tap as I didn't get a chance to try it previously,

A: Pours a medium-dark amber. Mild head, no lace.

S: Lots of lactic sourness, cherry type fruit.

T: Delicious full lemon lactic acid flavour. There is a bit of a berry note in this brew though I believe it has no fruit.

M: Full acid, this one packs a punch. Like the lactic version of La Folie, I loved it.

D: A great sour from Bootlegger's. I love that these guys are making wild ales consistently.

 508 characters

Photo of Overlord
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gregory Peck got this one wrong. I can't believe this sour has been in my neck of the woods for quite some time without me getting down there to taste it.

Pours an orange-ish, amber-ish hue. Zero head. Almost no carbonation.

Smells, and tastes, like a straight-forward assault of lemon, biting wood/oak/tannin tangs, a bit of citrus rind ... primarily .... apricot? ... and a whole assortment of scrotum withering sourness.

Oooo...tasty. I really enjoyed the fruit medley with the sourness, even though I had real trouble putting a name to all of it. A very good sour I wish they would bottle. A little bit of carbonation might have been nice, though.

 654 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Same base beer as Lambic #1 fermented (at least in part) with a kombucha culture.

A: The pour is a standard darkened golden color with a minimal white head.

S: The nose is highly acidic with a bit of lemons. Lots of lactic and a slight acetic character. Not overly complex, but perhaps a hint of wood.

T: Wow is this beer sour. An onsalught of lemony, lactic sourness with a strong vinegar component to it as well. There is a mild sweetness in there too that I can't quite place.

M: The body is medium with a mild carbonation and a puckering finish.

D: This was a bit hard to finish, to be honest. I love my sours, but this didn't really have anything to balance that out or cover it up.

 692 characters

Lambic #1 With Kombucha Cultures from Bootlegger's Brewery
3.91 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.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.