The Lamb | Fremont Brewing Company

The LambThe Lamb
BA SCORE
72.7%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 66 ratings
The LambThe Lamb
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:
#12,354
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
66
Liked:
48
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
10.57%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
16
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

my first wild beer from fremont. i love these guys, but i didnt know they did this kind of thing. how cool! looks like they are making it again or like its been around awhile. they brought some to great american beer festival and i am glad they did, one of the more memorable beers at the event for me, and thats saying something. a subtle saison, not overly interesting in grain complexion i cant imagine, pale wheat and two row barley, not a whole lot going on there, but thats not what its about. its soft in texture and light in body, which is the purpose i assume. the wine barrels are quite aromatic, juicy and wet, you really taste the wine here, more subtle on the wood, but there is a little acidity in the wine, and its there in the flavor as well, which makes a perfect transition into the mild sourness of it. somewhere between a three and a four out of ten on the sour scale, really more funky than puckery in my opinion, but deeply complex in its yeast. there isnt much of a belgian or french saison yeasty element, but a true american farmhouse wild vibe. just wonderfully carbonated too, feels so fresh and alive, especially if its from the original batch. reminds me of some of the better allagash stuff, highly refined. i wish i could buy this, i have the thirst for it now...

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Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of rab53
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a goldenish color with a nice white fluffy cap, good amount of bubbles and moderate lacing

S: Yup, brett alright. Apples, pear, grass, barnyard and a mix of light baby diaper and barf

T: Initial taste is a fruit and funky. Fresh orchard fruits like pears, apples. Some emerging hay, grass, baby diaper and funk with a dry lingering finish

M: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation which fits this style. Funkiness lingers on the palate.

O: Really missed th wine barrel influence and it seemd to be a one way Brett street on this beer.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Photo of Domvan
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 jaymo18
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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The Lamb from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.7% out of 100 with 66 ratings
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