Lambic | Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

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
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
295
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
18.39%
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
59
For Trade:
9
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 295
Photo of nlmartin
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a flute. I had some reservations with this beer at the start. I was thinking surely this wouldnt be a good beer. Lambic from Cincinnati who would have thought of it?

A: The color of the beers body is a bright clear golden coloration with active carbonation. The head of the beer lasted for about 30 seconds and was gone. You need to be careful pouring this beer as the bottle has a hell of a lot of sediment.

S: The aroma of the beer has alot of the expected funkyness from the yeast. Nice acidic, tart aromas combine with a bit of oak and mild fruity aromas.

T: The tartness and funkyness of the beer are not aggressive but I definitely know its there. A bit of fruityness hits my mouth about midway kind of like a cider that has been hit with berries. Nice tartness start to finish.

M- The body of the beer is light. The carbonation is active and works really well with the beers character. The acidity and tartness are really refreshing.

O: I am really impressed with this offering from Rivertown. This is a really good stab at making a very funky beer. Well done!

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Photo of suspect
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic (TiMiaB BIF) into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip glass.

A: Crystal clear golden color with some copper hues. Aggressive pour leads to a pure white 1 finger fizzy head that disappears fast. Slight lacing, not uber consistent.

S: Nice blend of funk, sour notes, fresh cut grass and some citrus peel.

T: Follows the nose directly with wonderful blends of typical lambic flavors. Not quite as tart as many of the gueuzes but this is an unblended lambic so a bit of a toned down tart can be expected. The funk shines and then is balanced nicely by the pull of the sour fruit flavors. Almost a crab-apple flavor to it.

M: Well carbonated, nice and fizzy. Light-medium body.

O: An easy drinking, delicious unblended lambic. Not that many American breweries are brewing traditional lambics but this one is highly recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a 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 malt and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild 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 good beer with solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, corked and capped a la Cantillon, $11.99 in Columbus. A lambic from OH, I'm very interested to see this. From the label: "Unlike conventional ales and lagers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer’s yeasts, our award winning lambic beer is instead produced by exposing it to the wild yeasts and bacterias that are native to the Senne Valley, of Brussels, Belgium. It is this unusual process involving over a year of fermentation which gives this beer its distinctive flavor: DRY, VINOUS, and CIDERY, with a crisp sour aftertaste."

This pours a hazy golden color with a thin foam that laces in splotchy clumps. Authentic aromas, softly tart with good mild funk. It tastes sour in an approachable way, hints of citrus fruits, a lasting bite. I think it tastes fantastic, definitely better than some from the authentic land (Belle-Vue in particular has earned my indifference, as has MortSubite).

Light carbonation, very appropriate mouthfeel and really drinkable. This stuff is really good, I guess I'm surprised.

This is a very nice lambic, I think it would be great if they keep some in oak for a few years so they can take a stab at gueuze in the future. It would be very cool to see this type of development in the USA, especially in OH.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for giving me this one during our MASSIVE in-person trade when he came down to visit! Thanks buddy! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, lemon zest, funk, and slight tart fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, lemon rine, lemon zest, citrus, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I was really surprised at how citrus/lemon forward this one was. The funk aspect was quite nice on this one and played well with citrus however. My only gripe was that this one wasn't as complex as I would have liked, but still managed to come across as a nice brew to all who tried it. Worth trying if you can find it, and worth seeking out for fans of the style or lemony brew fans.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dave for sharing this, only recently on the radar.
Review from written notes.

Hazy pastel orange, some flecks of spotty foam here and there around the edges. Thin veil of skim across the surface as the foam dwindles away.

Tart and faintly sweet aroma, fruit forward, orange and minerally white wine, champagne, mimosa-like.

Brightly tart and sweet fruit flavors, nectarine citrus, tangy lemon. Mellow vinous feel, a bit cidery, though not getting any vinegar or acetone at all, more of a clean tart lacto. Some slightly bretty funk that reminds me of warm white wine. Mildly acidic with some bite to it. Could be a little drier, and show more oak character. Overall though, a great example of an American Wild Ale inspired by traditional Belgian Lambic.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, 22 oz bottle. Hazy straw color, with some tiny, fine bubbles emerging. Thin white head fades quickly, but stays at a nice ring.

Earthy, oaky nose. Some lemon zest and fruity notes. Funky, and a bit musty.

Only a bit tart up front. Lemon zest, with some drying oak. A bit earthy, but not overwhelming.

Light body, with some refreshing carbonation. Alcohol is a non-factor. Not overly complex, but some nice flavors. Well done from a younger American brewery, and in my home state!

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A-Cloudy orange, not much carbonation or head

S-Nice tartness, acidic notes, little grapes and some oak

T-Starts with nice tartness, mild acidity, oak and grapes, slight lemon

M-Lighter, dry finish, not much carbonation.

O-A solid lambic, from 2011 all that is left is the acidic notes, can only wonder what it is like fresh

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Photo of phiberoptik
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking bottle, I was thrown off by the cap and cork. My one and only negative is that the cork was very wet, broke, and when I finally got it out, I lost a couple ounces of it as the bottle volcanoed on my counter.

Pours a cloudy but bright golden orange with a champagne head that quickly dissipates.

Smells musty, sweet, fruity, and ready to go. It smells more like a champagne than a beer. Very enjoyable.

Sour up front, like a soft lemon juice. Sweet and sour really. Reminiscent of candy. A bit of fresh cut apple, like the peel specifically. Under ripe fruits too.

Light, bright, and bubbly.

I am very happy with this and proud that its from Cincinnati. This gets me excited about what Rivertown is going to come up with next. I need to give their Hop Baron another try because if they can make this, I have to believe their Hop Bomber is better than the one I tried.

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Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm a lambic from Cincy, Ohio. Pours a murky orange color with a small white head.

Aromas are nice, good amount of sour tart fruit qualities and a hint of oak and funk. Earthy.

Moderate sourness and funky qualities with medium carbonation. Black cherry and other red fruit flavors on the mid palate with tart fruits on the finish. Nice acidity and very nice overall.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/3/2011

Bottle shared by Riko, thanks!

A: Yellow and very hazy with a fast fading white bubbly head. 

S: The aroma is surprisingly wild, with horsey barnyard and leather notes. Brackish and lactic lemon notes are evident. I get a little vinegar.

T: Tart and acidic up front with lemon and oak. Dry and lightly salty with leather and earth. Moderately lactic. The finish is tart, oaky, and acidic.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Surprisingly good.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Carl!
Pours a light hazy yellow. A good amount of white head. Smells tart and light. Funky but not that earthy. Tastes tart and funky. The sourness is not that strong. Overall tasty but nothing special. Enjoyable and one of the better offerings that Rivertown has. A great first attempt and I'd love to see more of this!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

A - cloudy yellow body, small white foam

S - pretty tart, some lemon notes, a bit of a wine-like smell.

T - tart and just a bit syrupy. Tasting a bit of wine here again, some funk. nice

M - light, pretty smooth, pretty nice

O - Pretty good beer! probably the best one I've had from Rivertown, and one of the few that doesn't have any glaring deficiencies.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks TurdFurgison for opening this bottle. An Ohio Lambic, who knew?

Beer is yellow, like straw, with a diffuse white head with low retention, moderate carbonation and no lacing. Looks like a wild to me.

Aroma is sweet and bright with lactic and acetic sourness. Interesting.

There is some nice lactic sourness with an acetic brightness, mild malate and some citric too. All the players are on the table here. There is a shift here to the brightness and away from the lactic creaminess, this beer would take some sour fruit well. Overall a great attempt and I'm looking forward to other sours from these guys.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up on a whim after seeing it for the first time on the shelves....

After glancing thru the reviews, this looks like it might be a good choice...

Lovely aromas of grape and pear with hints of lemon and maybe even a little lime as well... Very fruity and tart aromas blend with a slight, ever so slight funky earthiness... Interesting...

First sip and while not bracingly bitter or sour, it's definitely not subdued... The other reviewers didn't get this bottle... It's not La Folie sour but it's definitely a mouth puckerer... Tart and refreshing while never getting tiresome to drink... The grapes and lemon are present all the way and the hints of the oak here and there give this a nice touch...

I liked this beer a lot and it's one that I will get again... I don't have access to any other domestic lambics and this is one that I could see myself having again... very nice and well done...

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Photo of sommersb
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-23-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap covered in foil
Glassware: Cervoise glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Pours a dark golden/orange color, semi-clear, showing lots of bubbles in the glass. A nice sized white head fades fairly quickly, leaving only a little amount of lace.

Aromas are quite tart and sour, with pleasant lemon citrus notes.

The taste is also tart and sour, dry and with hints of cider and wine. The label says it was aged in oak wine barrels, which makes sense based on the fruit and woody flavors. No hop bitterness.

Crisp and highly carbonated on a medium body. The finish is dry, with an apple-flavored tart aftertaste.

My first unblended lambic, and I enjoyed it. I'm still not very familiar with the range of sour beers, but can say it was tasty, even though it seemed just as much of a dry cider or white wine as it did a beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing, 2011 vintage.

Pours a light fizzy head little lacing murky carrot peach orange color.

Nose is nice, plenty of fruity funk, tart fruit sour, little berry like and vinous, light oak barrel and toasty, light straw grainy funk and hay, mostly tart fruit.

Taste starts like it wants to be super sour and funky but doesn't quite get there, some tart lemony fruit, hay and grassy funky but light as well, touch of a sour berry fruit, etc. Light grainy bready yeasty malt quality. Decent acidity and overall tartness, but feels slightly thin. It's not heavy sour fruit or funk but not subtle either. Finish is tart and puckering, mouth watering light acidity, tart fruit almost grapefruit like, light bready malts, lingering tartness.

Mouth is med bodied , nice carb, light acidity.

Overall nice, much better than I expected from a lambic from Midwest, although not top of the top but still a well done lambic.

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Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork to piece, made due with what we had.

Short white head on a orange/yellow beer. Leaves a clad and some lacing.

Woo, tart aroma. Lemony.

Sweet initially then turns to very, very tart. Leaves the mouth watering.

Very carbonated, adds an element. Medium medium thin mouthfeel.

Good "local surprise" here. Would have again would recommend to sour fans. Thanks MaxSpang...go to snobbybeer.com!

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros, poured into a Kate the Great tulip. 2011 Vintage

A - Pours a hazy light golden hue with a light, light one finger head that left some gentle clouding and a nice halo.

S - Nice vinous notes along with some light oak and barrels. Quite subtle and inviting.

T - Taste starts with some awesome very sour lemons and oaky barrels. Super fruity and acidic but then it kinda fades and fizzles out unfortunately to become somewhat pedestrian and mild. Still, quite interesting.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very nice sharper carbonation here really works with that initial sour kick.

O - Overall, surprisingly good. Who would have thought a decent lambic could come out of Ohio!

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Photo of Myotus
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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 buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a flute
2012 vintage

A - It is a golden color with straw highlights. I got very little off-white head.

S - The aroma is sour with some dank basement. I get some green apple and pear.

T - The taste is tart and vinous. It is acidic. The taste is not as intense as the smell. The sourness doesn't really linger in the aftertaste.

M - Sticky and moderate.

O - This is my first unblended lambic. I enjoy the sourness of the beer, but I would like more. With no experience with Belgian lambics, I am eager to try more. I like this one.

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Photo of NODAK
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma of white grapes, vinegar, tart....makes the sides of my mouth tickle a bit at the thought of how much I may pucker at this one....smells a lot like a tart white wine really. And pours that way too. Somewhat of a straw color to it...head doesn't seem to be anything remarkable. A little cloudy.

Carbonation is noticeably low....the somewhat intense tartness hits me up front in the face. Wow. Definitely an acidic, white grape, wine-like experience here....after the tartness subsides, a note of grain does peek through, giving this more of a "beer" flavor. It isn't the most tart beer I've had, but it's certainly high on the scale.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why is it that I overpay for Belgian-syle beer (especially sour ales) that are made by American breweries, even when I anticipate that they will sorely disappoint me? Answer- because every now and then, I am rewarded with excellence. That happened today.

Rivertown's Belgian sour experiments leads them to this 1-year Lambic, released in 2012 and has developed young taste and then given time to finish its fermentation in the bottle and building carbonation and foam character- dying out diligently along the way.

As the beer pours, it decants with light carbonation,yielding a soft creamy head and lacing delicately on the glass. Underneath, the rusty-orange elixir settles with a dense yeasty haze and diffused glow.

As the mouth reaches the rim of the snifter, the pungent tartness ensues. Aromatic with cider, under ripened berries and orchard fruit- soon to follow are the more earthy tones of cellar-like must, cork wood, sea air, horse hair and mild saddle leather. Sour limes, bitter citrus pith and light white wine vinegar come to live in taste and carry through to a finish of sharp acidity and soft wheat bread.

Where the ale is sour to taste, the flavors are very controlled- not to allow the texture to become astringent or bitey. Mild warmth and tartness finish the ale but with a short thin and watery stint in between. Clean, palate-stripping and refreshing - the ale is dry and wine-ish in aftertaste.

I'm happy to say that the ale is spot-on Senne Valley. If the glass blindly arrives at my table and if told it was an authentic Belgian Lambic, then I would have agreed. With few years under their belt, the Rivertown brewers have figured out the sour puzzle in masterful display.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by djmiller92. Thanks Dave.

The beer is really hazy and yellow hued, with a thin, white head. The aroma is really nice, with an authentic Belgian lambic vibe. Funky citrus, yeast, hay, straw. The flavor is quite enjoyable, though it lacks the complexity that was potential in the aroma. The finish is not as full or exciting as the first half of the flavor profile. A decent example of an American gueuze.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CBC Clerkenwell bottleshare

A: Dark orange color. Nice sized white head.
S: Lots of sourness and funky lemons. Pleasant.
T: Not as sour as I was expecting, but I did get tons of hay and funky lemons. Some mild wheat notes to balance it out.
M: Small bodied with medium carbonation. I enjoyed the dry mouthfeel. Pretty effervescent. Refreshing.
O: Very good lambic from Ohio out of all places! Very enjoyable.

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