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The Lamb | Fremont Brewing Company

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3.88/5
Very Good
66 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Lamb is the first release of the Fremont Fermentation Lab, a project that Fremont Brewing created to brew unique, small-batch artisan beers, aged in oak and touched by wildness. This Saison is brewed with Northwest hops and aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus to produce pear and apple notes and a distinct but gentle, funky farmhouse character. The Lamb is bottle conditioned and finished dry and crisp. Because Beer Matters!

Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale and Wheat malts with Magnum and Cascade hops

Yeast: Brettanomyces Lambicus & Belgian

Added by harrymel on 09-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,015
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
66
pDev:
10.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
16
Trade:
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle. Great to see a beer like this from a local Seattle brewery.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderately hazy body and a massively strong effervescence. Head is 3+ fingers of pillowy ivory foam with good retention. Wonderful!

Smell: sweet, very slightly buttery malt with a big dose of farmhouse funk. It's got a grassy character to it and a light hint of tartness as well. The label says "touched by Brettanomyces lambicus", and from this smell, I believe it. The butteriness puts me off a little, but other than that it's quite alluring indeed.

Taste: buttery, grassy, farmhousey and just a tiny bit tart, there's a lot going on here. Honestly the butteriness bothers me less against this particular background, but it still grates on me a little too heavily for my preference.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and a mammoth, mouth-filling creaminess. Kudos!

Overall: this is an interesting and creative Brett-fermented saison. I like it in general, but the diacetyl-type butteriness has got to go.

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2016 version, recently picked up at Arch Bridge

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this just smells great. There's a huge aroma of wine, vanilla, light clove and a hint of citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose fairly closely, and while the beer smells as if it will be fairly sour, it really isn't (just a touch of sour in this beer). There's a lot going on in this beer otherwise, but the flavor profile is dominated by honey, light clove, vanilla and the wine flavor. The acidity is really bright in this beer, and so you feel as if the flavor almost explodes on the palate. The finish is almost pretty clean and dry in this well crafted beer, and this is one of those beers that every time you take a sip, you can't wait to take another. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, but then the abv. is only 6.5% anyway, so that's no surprise.

There are a lot of barrel aged saison and farm house ales that are nothing spectacular and really not worth the price (price for a 750 ML bottle was $20 at Arch Bridge), but this one is. I would happily buy this one again, if Fremont would just make more of it. Not sure how likely that is, but regardless, this is pretty terrific.

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Photo of NWer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jpbebeau
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of distantmantra
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle - sharp design. Corked and Caged tighter than any beer I can recall

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, hazy pale orange body, thick frothy egg-white fluff with some nice retention

smell: oaky, notes of brett, grassy

taste: I recall having this in January at the Belgian Beer Festival (perhaps sans-barrel aging?) and not being overly impressed. The Lamb has a nice oaky bite with indications of a nice brett strain, but there is an off flavor that I'm assuming is coming from the barrel. In my opinion, this beer would have been much better served in something like a chardonnay barrel, rather than a merlot barrel. Merlot isn't a grape I particularly care for and it seems to be leaving an earthy character that doesnt seem to fit.

mouthfeel: medium, frothy carbonation

overall: good, but not exceptional

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Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

July 2012 bottling. Drinking well and no trace of diacetyl. I'd be happy to try again.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blindpiggie
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of drone
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevlee722
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a beer tulip glass.
Pours a nice golden color, tons of pillowy Belgian head that sticks around for quite some time leaving plenty of lace. Nice tight bubbles streaming up the side. Champagne looking.
The nose is interesting, like a mild wild ale (is there such a thing?) funky, leather, some tartness, grassy notes, apples and pear. Smells like a winner to me.
The taste is very complex; apples and pear up front followed by grass and some bitterness from the hops and a dry, crisp finish that is at about 25% tartness. Not overly sour, but not marketed as such. There is a bit of souring from the brett and barrel aging, but mostly funky farmhouse type finish.
Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and light on the palate, kind of playful. Leaves a hint bubbling on the tongue and salivation from the slight souring. Mouthfeel is about as good as it gets for a beer of this style.
A fun take on a saison and very interesting, Fremont is starting to become one of my favorites as far as specialty beers. I highly anticipate what is to come from these guys and if The Lamb is any indication, then I am very excited.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First batch, consumed 04/13.

Hazy Gold with a big white fluffy head. Good retention that eventually settles to a small cap. Leaves good looking laces.

Light farmhouse brett funk and bread. Pear, apple, oak, and white grape. Light lemony citrus with some floral.

Light crisp bready malts. Lightly soured funky Brett. Pear, apple, and white grape with a bit of tart. touch of citrus and floral. pleasant oak rounds it out.

Light and refreshing with lively carbonation. Crisp and pleasantly dry.

Very tasty and ages beautifully. Nice lightly soured Brett saison. Perfect for Spring/Summer. Did not get the diacetyl that others have reported.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear golden amber with nice carbonation. A fine two-finger head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma of wild yeast, pleasant oak, light fruit, somewhat vinous. Flavor of light fruit; apples and pears, brett yeast, oak, light malt. Finishes rather dry with a pleasant oaky aftertaste. I'm not a big fan of brett beers, but like a light touch of it in a well made ale with enough flavor to balance it out. The oak presence in The Lamb completely balances the brett flavors for me and also moderates the vinous quality. I really enjoyed this saison. Flavors are mellow and well integrated. Light to medium bodied, but nice mouth feel from active carbonation. I'm learning to enjoy saison/farmhouse ales and this could well be the one moving into the watershed of really liking them. I'm increasingly impressed with Fremont. A previous reviewer quotes the label description and I think Fremont nailed the beer they described.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Lamb is good. Not
woolly, but soft, tart, fruity
oak in harmony.

Fremont isn't yet known for beers of this kind, but I believe, based on this example, they soon will be.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this bottle! Thanks Hollis!

poured into a founders tulip.

July 2012 release date.

Appearance: murky straw yellow bodied beer resulting from a full pour with all the yeast from the bottle going into the glass. Huge white head that has lots of dense head. Very sticky lacing on the glass. settles down to a thin cap with a few big clumps of foam.

Smell: wheat malts, decent lemony citrusy notes, peppery spice, earthy, oaky, grassy hops, a hint of barnyard funky; light fruit notes of apples, pears, and white grapes. Really liking how this smells!

Taste: Upfront you get a decent dose of wheat / straw / hay notes. A really nice balance of lemon tartness and barnyard / earthy funk and oak barrel notes. Little bit of fruity sweetness (pears and white grape) joins the party in the middle of the drink. Little grassy and peppery on the backend with some lingering notes from the wheat malts.

Mouthfeel: light boided beer with high end of moderate carbonation. This beer has really crisp and clean carbonation. Its fairely eppervescent yet, still a bit delicate on the palate. Finish is fairly dry.

Overall: This is a really nice saison with lots of complexity! I think that most of reviews are lower scores than they should be...this fremont beer deserves a little more credit than its getting! The bottle says American saison and i would say this beer is true to its beer style!

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerNW
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.6.12.

A - Pours a nearly clear copper-orange with a large, foamy off-white head that fades very slowly.

S - Mellow funk, wood and mild red wine.

T - Tart cherries, then some buttery popcorn, followed by a woody taste.

D - Tons of carbonation, thin-medium body. A tart buttery finish.

O - I love Fremont, they are usually solid, but this one is not what I was hoping for.

Edit:
Second bottle opened 10.21.12
More green apple and pear on the nose and tongue. No more popcorn! Still pretty subtle, but mucu, much better.

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The Lamb from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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