Lambrucha | Vanberg & DeWulf

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Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Lambic

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.

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 225
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a lightly clouded butter sort of yellow color with a fizzy flash head, no lacing. Hearty carbonation and a lighter, refreshing body.

Aroma resembles lemonade with a touch of white vinegar aroma and sure enough, a distinctive black tea emphasis. Flavor is again mostly tart puckery lemon with a black tea emphasis and a certain light mustiness that develops as the glass warms up towards room temperature. I like this... it's simple yet refreshing, acidic and tart without being too overwhelming to the gut, and the lemon / tea blend is a really nice combo.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a light white head, no lace.

S: Dandelion greens, fermented vegetables, earth.

T: Sauerkraut juice, lots of lemon and funk, good flavour.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, quite acidic, a direct blend.

O: I like lambic and Kombucha, so I was very exicted to try this. It is a very interesting hybrid, the acidity is very good, for fans of the 2, I'd say get a bottle.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
2.23/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Pours an ugly cloudy golden color with a surprisingly thick head that sticks around a good while. Lots of lacing that slides right back into the beer.

Smell – Pickles and vinegar – WTF??? Am I the only one that hates the smell? Maybe others have acquired a taste for Kombucha; I haven’t.

Taste – Taste isn’t as bad as the smell. Sour and somewhat vinegary, with a touch of lemon and ginger.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated with a lingering sour vinegary aftertaste.

Drinkability – Definitely not one my favorites. My wife liked it, but she loves Kombucha tea.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden body and thin white head.

Incredibly potent sour, kombucha/lambic nose with a trace of ginger. Serious funk.

Sour and acidic, but decently balanced. Light in body and taste, and the finish is not too lingering. Tastes more like kombucha than beer.

Airy and foamy.

Decent beer. Not worth the price but kombucha is expensive to begin with.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Puckering sour yet fun, thanks for sharing Americo. Definitely some mushroom and rope with vinegar. Strong fruit and wild yeast aromas. Cloudy peach colour with a nice small head. For tart fans only, and even then a few ounces is all I could tolerate.

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Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out really clear with a slight yellow tint. One finger of white suds and lots of effervescent bubbles keep rising to the top.
Smell is vegetable and lemon. Almost a sour spinach or asparagus. Some sugar and a yeast burn finish this one off in the nose.
Taste is vegetable again with a sour lemon peel added. The tea doesn't come through unless it's the vegetable flavor right before the sour hits.Following are the sugar and spice that really wake up when warmed up.
Mouthfeel is very clean and finishes well. Lambic for sure. Sour is the theme here.
Overall this is a pretty unique sour beer and the abv makes this more of a cider than anything.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've read about this brew many times, and have always wanted to try it. Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into my Russian River glass.

A: Pale straw yellow with a slight haze, with a thick white head that settles slowly. Actually reatins head better than other sours I've tried.

S: A bit of musty funk, with lemon notes and some herbal character.

T: The tea is prominent up front, with some herbal quality and a bit of tannin, while the mid-palate is tart, somewhat funky and slightly grassy. The finish is quite dry and crisp.

Notes: Light to moderate in body with a very clean mouthfeel. It's tart, but not overly so like some younger Lambics tend to be. Very refreshing, and although a bit pricey, It's a perfect sipper for on a hot day. Reminds me a bit of sumac tea. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a light peach sort of color with a half finger of cocaine white head on it that falls quickly to a thin skin and leaves little lacing.

S= Smells weird. Pickles come to mind as well as some of those dill pickle chips. A little bit of tartness to it but mostly dill pickle chips.

T= The taste is much better. A strong tartness hits your tongue first and sort of leaves a coat. After the next sips you get some of that pickle sort of puckering. The tea comes through a little bit as well in a more subtle way. I've had a limited smount of kombucha and I get a little bit of that sort of poopy tea taste.

M= Ultra high carbonation. I actually like it.

O= This is one strange beer. Between the pickle taste and the tartness it's not too bad. I would actually buy this again and again for some reason. Strangly good.

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Photo of drpimento
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting! Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, off-white head that soon setted to nothing and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber and no bubble trails. Aroma is tea, spice, malt and mild. Flavor's similar to nose and the lambic really comes out and works well with the tea. Body and carbonation are great. It's kind of a tea-geuze beer and nicely done. Excellent summer beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly dark amber with heavy carbonation that fades quickly into a razor thin blanketing. There is obvious sediment and negligible lacing. The nose is excellent and far from expected. There is a far more pronounced bitterness... almost like a floral hoppiness which blends so well with the underlying fruity yeast sweetness. The taste is as expected from experience consuming these two beverages. They blend very well together and the mouthfeel is less sour/dry/intense than a cantillon gueuze and far more drinkable than a raw kombucha.
Obviously there is heavy carbonation, but the aftertaste is a slightly bitter ginger and only semi-drying.
It cleans off the palate during a meal and provides cultures to help you digest...perfect for eating with.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beer that blends two of my favourite beverages... I suppose I go into this a little biased.

A: Poured a somewhat hazy straw hue into a Delirium Tremens snifter. A half finger of head formed just above the plimsoll line, more robust than a typical kombucha, yet a little more fizzy and quick to recede than most beers.

S + T: I picked up a bottle of this from two different locations and tried them on separate occasions. I picked up on an almost 'meaty' quality in both, something of an element in the funkiness. It's got a pretty notable barnyard scent, perhaps some hints of lemon spritzer, modest hay and some white-fleshed fruits. The flavour is very similar, with an additional leathery taste.

M + D: Crisp, with an assertive and lightly sparkling carbonation. Like most sour styled beers, it has a very refreshing finish, with a nice hint of dryness, yet not as puckering as some. I found this to be a fantastic beer, and I hope to see other breweries experimenting with this style. In the meantime, I'll be happy with this.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Lambrucha is an interesting idea that, in practice, seems to fail. While some kombucha I've had is like "gueuze light," the kombucha that is blended here seems to be flavored with ginger or some other herbs. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of tart or sour character, either being drowned out by the sweetened ginger kombucha or young lambic; not sure which. While this was interesting to try, I don't think I'd partake of this more than once. There are much better lambics out there, even if they aren't merged with anything else.

Pours a tall, fizzy head that has fairly good retention, gradually declining to a perpetual white cap. The head leaves minimal lacing as it descends. Body is a pale golden orange, somewhat hazy, with visibly active carbonation supporting the head.

Aroma is somewhere between a lime margarita and a sage with ginger drink. No apparent tartness, lemon citrus, or oak character.

Taste is of ginger and sage with very mild lambic-style tartness. There is a slight edge of lime. Very minimal to nonexistent Brettanomyces character, or they somehow co-opted the yeast to produce the ginger and sage characters instead of the usual. Again, very mild tartness, no lemon citrus, or oak character.

Beer is medium light with a fairly high carbonation level that settles as the beer ages in the glass. The result is a somewhat prickly feel that transitions to a smooth, light beer running across the palate. No puckering or tartness on the tongue or other parts of mouth.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vanberg & DeWulf (courtesy of Brewery De Troch)
Style: Lambic - Unblended
ABV: 3.50 %

LOOK: Hazed light golden color. Bone white head forms and stays the duration. Active carbonation rising to the top. Minimal yeast sediment in the 25oz bottle.

SMELL: Sour, barnyard, oak, and a big whiff of a flowery exotic tea of which I must admit I am unfamiliar. The herbal tea aroma is very present and sticks out above the funk.

TASTE: Very nice sour upfront, lemon peel, musty basement, wet oak. Then the tea comes in, some tasters have detected lavender, heather, mint, wood, earth. A bit like a Chai tea. Then more lactic sour, bitter, intense flavor paired with herbs and ginger.

FEEL: Finishes dry with a clean herbal note and lingering tartness. Light bodied feel, aggressive carbonation. Pretty spot on.

OVERALL: This is an interesting blend of flavors, and it makes for a good drink. Being a fan of sours, the tang of the De Troch base beer is better than ever in Lambrucha. For a beer of little ABV (3.5%) it packs a punch in the flavor dept. This could easily be set down in a cellar for years with no ill affect. Purveyors turned blenders Vanberg & Dewulf picked some nice barrels of sours to make this, hopefully there will be more experimentation to come.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fizzy pale yellow color with a buoyant head that fades like a soda

Smell: I've never had Kombucha so I am only guessing that it is responsible for the herbal tea elements in this brew, which has a lavender character as well

Taste: A hint of lavender, up front, and then the tart, lemon and green apple flavors take over; after the swallow, the Kombucha elements appear and linger in the finish alongside the lavender

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with effervescent carbonation

Overall: Very unusual and glad I tried it but doubt I would seek it out again; a bit bland for my palate

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Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i think i sat on this bottle for about 6 months

more so lambic yeast dominanated than kombucha and bone dry. very light in color coming in light yellow orange.. nose is crisp ashtray sour with what smells like tire inter tubes when still. mineral bare bones. palate is dry and hunger inducing. wondrous for such a low abv and of rather high standard. a sour most.

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Photo of papat444
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks to Masterski for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours like ginger ale though the color is more vibrant Small 1-2 finger head but the real show is the hundreds of tiny bubbles racing upwards non-stop.

Smell: Dry tea leaves, minty a bit and mixed with a soapy lemon. Tea really shines.

Taste: Herbal tea right in the middle with a bit of sour citrus. Mint leaves. Some funk but the brewed tea makes itself present.

Mouthfeel: Tiny bit tart at first but ends bone dry. Strong carbonation at first sip.

Overall: Interesting but kind of on the fence. The flavor is mildly one-dimensional but still manages to be good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation (though it is cloudy when you get to the yeast in the bottom of the bottle). The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that dissipates to a thin tiny patch in the center of the glass almost immediately. No lacing is observed.

S: Smells of brett and very similar to plain kombucha - lightly funky and lightly sour. There are also some light floral/citrus hints.

T: Very similar to the aroma though I also get some light hints of ginger ale/ginger beer. I feel like the flavor of the kombucha is pretty dominant in this offering, with the brett coming through though not as strongly. There is a very enjoyable lingering citrus tartness/sourness.

M: Light bodied with significant amounts of carbonation. Crisp and effervescent.

O: I really enjoyed this one but I am a regular drinker of kombucha (something that you can definitely tell is an ingredient in this beer). Very light and refreshing, I could drink this one all day long.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My buddy (Naugros, featured below) turned me on to this beer. This is another beer that goes toward my goal of reviewing all the styles (still don't know how I will get the Roggen done).

I am always a little wary of green bottles. They don't do a very good job of blocking light, which causes faster aging on the beer. It makes Heineken really funky.

The beer poured with a very light head which had the fastest drop in retention. This foam immediately went away. There was some nice, little bubbles that come up from the bottom.

Lambrucha smells pretty good. You get funkiness from the brett. I like the smell of the tea, as well.

The flavor is really interesting. It is like a soda. I would almost call this like a store brand 7-up soda. The bubbles make it kind of effervescent. There is also sour from presence. It is very light. This is one of the lightest beers I have ever had.

I wish I could buy this beer in about five months to drink on a summer day. It was an interesting experience. I recommend trying Lambrucha.

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Photo of Naugros
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Ginger Man in NYC and watched as the bartender opened the bottle and poured it into a stemmed snifter. The foam rose quickly and disappeared just as quickly. "Live beer", she commented as she handed me the glass and the bottle. I asked for a sample glass, so I could pour some for the writer/artist seated next to me. He had kombrucha before so was really interested in this beer.

I picked up my glass and saw a pale straw-colored beer with a lot of carbonation rising up, but not in support of any type of head. The look and feel almost approximated champagne, but not the smell...not in the slightest. This stuff is extremely interesting in aroma and is hard to nail it down in words. A lambic sour comes off with some Brett funk. Some earthy tones appear paired with a citrus/floral scent.

The taste follows the smell and the citrus turns to 7-Up, but not in a bad way at all. You just get it out of the flavor. The major flavor component is the sour. It's a dry sour, but not an over-the-top dry, like Duchess de Bourgogne or Rodenbach Grand Cru. Some sour apple strives to be noticed as a flavor that is at once both floral and earthy is content to sit in back. That must be the tea.

This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever tasted and very satisfying to drink. The whole 22 ounce bottle didn't even give me a buzz, so this one is eminently sessionable and refreshing enough to quench the thirst I built up walking from Penn Station over to East 36th...well worth the walk!

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy pale Holden body with virtually no head/lacing.

Smells super funky. A bit minty. Fermented pineapple.

Tons of tart and funky notes. A bit minty. Lemony citrus notes and a bit of mineral water.

Well carbonated, low in body. Quite spritzy feeling.

Weird, interesting, tasty.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mikeymikee

Cloudy cider gold. Finger of white head. Nice tart nose. Lemons and mild musty funk. Flavors are like lemon lime soda with some sweet tarts crushed in it. Hint of the tea in the finish. Light bubbly body. Super easy drinker. Maybe not a true sour heads delight. However I could see crushing an entire 750 on a hot summer day.

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Photo of voteforgoat
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - crisp, clear pale champagne color with an explosive, white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Highly carbonated/spritzy.
The beer takes on the appearance of a bubbly cider on following pours as sediment mixes in.

S- herbal medicine and flowery notes with some wet hay funk behind it. Smells a bit like chamomille/ herbal tea, and very, very faintly of echinecea or anise. These smells are faint and balanced - the opposite of overdone or overpowering.

T- tart, lemony upfront and some light funk flavors, very refreshing. Quite dry. Unique. Really does taste like a lambic mixed with kombucha with a bit of herbs thrown in, whether or not herbs are used. Is the Kombucha added to the lambic for carbonation? Very low-alcohol but quite a lot of flavor, which I appreciate. Improves as it warms.

M- thin, light, fairly crisp. highly carbonated. The tartness is mouth-puckering and refreshing.

O- The smell is probably the most intriguing part of the beer. The herbal notes are well-done and subtle. Overall, it's unique, delicate and hard to place. Still, it's not exactly my cup of tea. For the price I paid, I wish I was drinking a regular, funkier gueuze instead. Still, I'm very glad I tried this experiment. I have blended beer and kombucha in my brewing - mostly not very successfully - so I wanted to try this for a long time. I would be happy to brew something like this for refreshment ( with less herbal notes) and I would go through a keg easily over a few weeks. However at $14+tax a bottle, I don't think I can justify the cost very often. Also, I've not seen this beer very often.

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Photo of ixodus
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale gold in color with a huge white head that dissolves quickly into a small white cap that remains for the entirety of the beer. Leaves not one bit of lacing.

S: Has a nice lactic sourness mixed with orange peel,lemon,tea,pepper,apple cider vinegar, and a bit of fungusy funkiness.

T: Moderately sour and mildly earthy funky with tart lemon upfront and some floral tea in the background. Also picking up a touch of vinegar and pepper.

M: Crisp, light bodied, spritzy, effervescent, finishes dry.

O: What a refreshing beer! Great concept, great delivery, great price. What's not to like?

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden almost orange with as quickly as the white head rises, it falls.
S: barnyard funk, lemon, sour tart apple, and should be no surprise - kombucha tea.
T: most unique beer I've ever tasted! Lemon, apple, kombucha tea, pepper, as mentioned in previous reviews- like a berliner weisse
M: thin body with little to no carbonation and just like a geuze,leaves your mouth watering for more
O: very interesting beer and at 3.5% very sessionable. The drinkability is exceptionally easy. Could drink this all day!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a big, white, foamy-soapy head that doesn't last long at all, leaving a slightly cloudy golden, light amber liquid.

Tart aroma. Some spices dance around a light malt/biscuit backbone. A bit funky

This beer reminds me of a berlinerweiss, but not quite. A light breadiness underneath. Spices and tartness are dominant, but they don't overpower the beer. Barnyard, yeasty characteristics. The sourness is complemented by some tannin from the tea, I'm guessing. It has a sharpness to it that is welcomed by a guy who doesn't really like sours.

This is a very drinkable beer. The 3.5% helps, but the tame tartness is quenching

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