Lambrucha | Vanberg & DeWulf

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Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States
belgianexperts.com

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blend of two ancient and unique fermented beverages, Lambic and Kombucha. Brewed and bottled at De Troch by Vanberg & DeWulf.

Added by emerge077 on 03-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
17.33%
 
 
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29
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Photo of MikeWard
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a flute over the course of a couple hours. no dating that i could see.

looks nice pale yellow with a big fizzy head which dissipates to a covering and a thin ring. carbonation is initially strong, but tailed off. no lacing.

smell is pretty funky, slightly moldy with a cheesy side to it.

taste is of a thin vinegar, some green apple. the tea comes through only at the end, but it's not enough to save this one. my palate is not enjoying this.

finish is tart and dry, with the tea lingering.

overall, this is not one i enjoyed. maybe it's the style, maybe it's the kombucha angle.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 04/22/16:

Clear, bubbly, golden. Very champagne-like in appearance, right down to the white, fizzy, dissipating, but ever-reviving head. Gradually cloudier with each pour from this 750 ML bottle into this 6 oz flute. Smells about like GT’s Ginger Kombucha. Ginger, perhaps a little lemon, tiniest hint of vinegar. To the palate, watered down vinegar and/or lemon juice, ginger or perhaps just culture spiciness, pickled olive and metallic finish. Not as nasty as it sounds, but not easy to drink either. About like certain kombuchas, no surprise. Not to mention (especially sour) beers. If you already like those, you’re in luck. If not, good luck. About as light and spritzy and effervescent as expected.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a goblet

The color is golden with slight haze and white head that dissipates. The smell is slightly fruity with mild funk in the aroma. The feel is very good with mild moderately light body with gentle sour quality.

The flavor is good with nice mild tartness and subtle lemony lactic quality with low sweetness and crisp dry finish. Overall this is a good beer, refreshing and quaffable, I wish I had bought more.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with abundant, effervescent carbonation bubbles and a one finger bubbly head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice lambic in color, perhaps a bit too much carbonation for an unblended lambic, but quite on point for a Geuze. Scents of funky barnyard yeast, a bit of a smokey and enteric quality, which while usually demerits for a lambic are not unpleasant here, though these aromas fade quickly, replaced by light fruity, including citrus and apple, hints of honey, light hints of tea and mild honey aromas. Overall impression of aroma is of a sour ale that is quite nice, sour, wild, barnyard and fruity combine nicely to form a good aroma profile. Flavor begins highly sour with notes of barnyard funk, Kombucha tea, light lemon juice and light green apple. Middle is still sour, with notes of tea, Kombucha tea and barnyard funk with notes of hay. Finish is tart and somewhat dry with notes of hay, Kombucha tea, tea leaves and light green apple. Aftertaste is tart with notes of Kombucha tea, green tea and light fruity flavors. Overall impression of flavor is of a very funky, barnyard-forward sour with a very apparent Kombucha flavor also present. Unique and quite pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a tart, puckering feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a light, highly carbonated sour that is quite refreshing. Overall this is a nice beer. Perhaps a bit too simple in flavor, but its aroma makes up for that, and the flavor is still quite nice. A good, refreshing beer and an interesting version of a lambic.

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Photo of founddrama
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So yeah. My first lambic. Sour. Tangy. Interesting and I'll need to try another lambic sometime but not sure these are going to be my jam. In part reserving my judgment because of the kombucha angle here. Lovely color though. Like a rosé.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No clear date seen.

A: Pale, golden yellow body with surprising clarity off the top. 1 finger of fizzy, white head that quickly dissipates. Gets murkier as you work down the bottle. No lacing of note.

S: Kombucha tea with musty, fermented notes. Herbal. Grass. Honey.

T: Assertively sour initially with a marked kombucha presence. Becomes rather dry mid-way and closes out as such. Herbal. Lemon. Citric acid. Lingering earthy tea tannins in the aftertaste. No alcohol presence, as expected for 3.5% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. Effervescent and refreshing.

O: Think Berliner weisse plus tea leaves and you're partly there, but mostly this one tastes like kombucha with extra carbonation. Great if you want some kombucha, less great if you want some beer. Admittedly, its beer-like properties grow towards the end of the bottle. And I like kombucha.

Prost!

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of qchic
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Immortale25
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tart, acidic, musty, green apple, grapefruit rind, dry, somewhat cider-like, has all the good characteristics of both a lambic and kombucha.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, pear, green apple, hay, straw, grass, herbal tea, wheat, leather, oak, musty funk, light vinegar, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, herbal tea, and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon, pear, green apple, hay, straw, grass, herbal tea, wheat, leather, oak, musty funk, light vinegar, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very slight tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, green apple, hay, straw, grass, herbal tea, wheat, leather, oak, musty funk, light vinegar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/funky yeast, herbal tea, and oak barrel flavors; with a great balance of the tea and lambic character with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is a very nice spiced unblended lambic. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, herbal tea, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ImperialStout
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Tasted incredibly grassy.

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Lambrucha from Vanberg & DeWulf
3.75 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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