Lambic | Rivertown Brewing Co.

LambicLambic
BA SCORE
88.3%
Liked This Beer
4.03 w/ 298 ratings
LambicLambic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
rivertownbrewery.com

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fermented by exposing the beer to untamed yeasts and bacteria native to Rivertown Brewery, known as House Funk. This blend fermented for over a year in wine barrels.

Added by mcallister on 04-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,596
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
298
Liked:
263
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
8.93%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
56
Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sparkly yet milky orange-amber with a quickly dying white, lumpy fizz.

Smell is nicely sharp acidic funk with grapefruit and Smarties.

Taste is really tart grapefruit and lemon, with mixed berries and a little oaky aged vinegar and grape that develop shortly after the introduction.

This lambic starts light to medium bodied before giving it a good swish, which creates a full froth.

2014 vintage.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2015. DFW Tulip.

A: pours a dark gold with a slight haze and no head - none - and a few bubbles of carbonation at the edges. No lacing or retention.

S: sour, citric, and funky. Oak and fingernail polish remover. Setting aside the sourness, it honestly smells a little like a fruitier bourbon. One descriptor I see is "goaty" and believe it or not, I think that fits.

T: it's a sour, alright. Arrives tart and acetic. Mid palate is largely the same; toward the end it shows signs of nail polish remover (in a good way) and body odor funk. As it warms this character shows through; distinct oakiness, with - where do I begin? These are not flavors I have ever experienced in food or drink before. Sour, chemical, complex, and pleasing. One descriptor I see is rhubarb; I definitely get that. Barnyard taste lingers on the finish. That is style-appropriate, but not so pleasing.

M: surprisingly lightweight. Faint carbonation, but there is some there. Very clean finishing in terms of slickness. Totally style-appropriate.

O: given that I have not ever had another unblinded Lambic, it is hard for me to rate this. I am drinking this for the sake of getting every category. It was a great learning experience, but I honestly can't see myself drinking this again, except for the uniqueness of these flavors. It is totally distinctive and frankly a little weird. My comments are more a reflection of the style than the beer. Worth experiencing once in a lifetime, at least.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip. Pours orangish/ brown almost like apple cider. There is no head and no lacing. The smell is strong oak, peach, and funk. The smell combination is actually really unpleasant to me. The taste shows a lot of barrel and stone fruit, but the sour is first and foremost in the flavor. The slightly unpleasant funk taste is underneath the sour, fruit, and oak. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated with lingering sour and oak. Overall this is a really interesting beer. Lambics are new to me and I probably need more experience with the style. After all that, I actually really enjoyed the beer and would buy it again if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/12/2016

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Photo of khargro2
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dag1991
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tertullian007
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Edition, Bottle.

A: Moderate Funk, light wine, a bit earthy, with a moderate sour and slightly acidic aroma

A: Bright orange/yellow color, almost opaque, with a thin dense white head that quickly recedes into a film. Light lacing is left in the glass.

T: Moderate funk, a bit vinous, slight cider, slightly sharp moderate sourness that lingers

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a light acidity on the palette.

O: Pretty sour and slightly acidic, but not harsh and doesn’t exhibit any acetone. The flavor has a slight cider note, but overall a pretty solid funkiness in the aroma and flavor, while still exhibiting some malt balance.

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Photo of Zuidman
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pablobomb
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucoli
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle served cold in a wine glass

Appearance: turbid yellow with no head at all. Highly carbonated.

Nose: very sour, lactic, lemony, funky, apricots, peaches,

Taste: spritzy, lemons, stone fruits, lactic sourness, slight acetic character, funky, slight barnyard

Overall: my first unblended lambic. Very nice beer. I'm looking forward to seeking out more of the traditional Belgian offerings to see how they compare.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2011 vintage drank in 2015): Poured a hue golden yellow color lambic with small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of light green apple notes with some tart notes and light vinous undertones. Taste is also dominated by tart green apple notes with some vinous notes, light oak and light funky ester with a thin finish. Body is thinner then I was expecting with OK carbonation. Not bad but doesn’t have the depth of the top Belgian lambic producer.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of benzalman
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage

Appearance -The beer was orangey yellow with a white head. Carbonation was visible.

Smell - The beer smelled oaky with very little sour to the nose.

Taste - The initial taste was very oaky. With the oak, notes of pineapple, a little lemon, and mild sour notes were present. This is far from puckering. The finish is very dry and oaky.

Mouthfeel - I get a mild sense of carbonation which allow the dry finish to stay put.

Overall - Other than the label, I would not know this was a lambic. It is a nice drink though.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Myotus
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2014 vintage) into a stange.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 20 seconds. Yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. There is a plethora of very small, small, and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of sour yeast that entangle with mild aromas of hay, oak, earthy yeast, barley, and white grapes.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong sour yeast flavors and mild flavors of hay and oak. Mild earthy yeast, barley, and white grape flavors enter right after.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down somewhat rough. Finishes crisp. Sourness from the beer agitates the tongue.
NOTE: A bit basic in flavors, but still good. My first of its style. I'm glad I was able to try one as good as this.

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Photo of Tylertut
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Lambic from Rivertown Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88.3% out of 100 with 298 ratings
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