Vanberg & DeWulf

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Belgian Lambic
Ranked #31
Ranked #25,922
3.79 | pDev: 17.15%
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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 mrfrancis
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale gold with a slight hint of haze and a thin white head. Once the beer settles in the glass, a tremendous amount of effervescence can clearly be seen. Very active and lively.

S: Interesting to say the least. Aromas of tea, ginger, pepper, lemon, must, and barnyard funk are present on the nose. Smells like no other beer of which I can think.

T: Tart and funky with notes of lemon, unripened grapes, gooseberries, must, salty brine, tea, pepper, minerals, and ginger. The finish is spicy and salty with tea notes blending with citrus and lactic, funky yeast flavors.

M: Light bodied, spritzy, and very dry. Almost chalky on the palate. It feels odd, but is very drinkable.

O: I'm not really certain how to rate this beer. It's unlike anything I've had before. That being said, it is an intriguing and mostly enjoyable brew that is obviously crafted with care. I'd have no problem buying this again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with a few friends on a Friday night. Pours a fairly clear pale golden color with a decent white head that shows moderate retention. Smells of tart and funk, no really. Lemons and yellow mustard mixed with truffles and barnyard. This is quite an odd aroma, but it kind of works. Taste is tart funk with a nice puckering of lemons dominating the flavor. Earthy barnyard mixed with fungi round out the flavor. Medium body, spirited level of carbonation and a puckering tart mouthfeel. I enjoyed trying this, but I couldn't see me drinking more than the 6 or so ounces I had in one sitting.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unkown vintage bought at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO. (They had a bunch left). Poured into a snifter. I never thought I would see this in Colorado.

This beer is a very light golden yellow full of lively bubbles rising to keep a thin head alive and strong.

Smells of noble hops and pilsner malt with overtones of lactic sourness and a bit of funk. Much less to this aroma than I expected. The usual depth of brett seems to be (at this time) lacking from what I expected.

My first sip amounted to surprising sourness and huge carbonation. I never really tasted much because the carbonation barely let it touch my tongue. Lets swirl this a bit and re-visit. After 5 minutes of swirling I can taste this beer, and it proves to be something different from anything I have ever tasted before (beer or otherwise). I have never had the tea that this lambic is blended with, so I can't say for sure that it is what I am tasting. However this specific class of flavors isn't quite like anything I have encountered before, so i assume it is the tea. It seems to amount to an interesting mixture of ginger, lemon, lemongrass, slightly funky sourness and a great deal of carbonation. Nearly like ginger-ale, the spicy synthetic flavor of diet ginger-ale. How odd and interesting.

The mouthfeel is very light and as previously stated; highly carbonated.

Conclusion: I don't even know how to rate this beer. It feels a bit like it is in a class of its own, and I don't have anything to compare it too. Lambic is such a crazily broad style that I can't say that this beer fits or doesn't fit. I like beer like this, that just "is". I don't personally love the flavor of this beer, but I enjoy it enough to drink the rest of the bottle with pleasure. If only it were less carbonated...

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. This pours a hazy light orange color with about an inch of fluffy white head.

Tart peaches in the aroma with a hint of black tea in the background. Sour with that basement must that we all enjoy so much. Sweet lemonade type flavor with some tart lemon on the finish. A little sweeter than I would really enjoy.

The body is light and the carbonation is sharp. Overall this one isn't bad. I'd preffer it to be a bit less sweet.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy pale straw yellow with a few fingers white head.

S - Earthy aroma, musty funk, lemon and light spice. There is an aroma similar to funky mushrooms but i hate mushrooms and this is actually enjoyable.

T - Earthy and musty with lactic acid, peaches, tart apples, wet oak and that mushroom type thing I was picking up in the aroma.

M - Light body with prickly carbonation.

D - Quite enjoyable. I really like this combo together.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An oddly appealing ale of low body and alcohol, but packed full of flavor and complexity. Part beer and part fermented tea, this specialty ale is both refreshing and characterful.

Pouring a murky lemon color and with a pelicle-like foam, the beer has somewhat still look with stark white foam and mild lace.

Lemony and flowery, the nose offers a lot of aroma not found in other beers: lemon and lime, hibiscus, tart candies, cider, and a raw earthy scent of tea-like herbs, corriander, and dried orange peel.

Flavors are an intertwined bit of sweet and tart. Lemond rinds and lime juice is pit up against cidery apples, acetic tones, powdered sugar sweetness, banana, appricot, clove, and a grassy taste in finsih that's not exactly hop derived. Moderate acidity provides balance because of the low lying hop character, this is a sweeter tasting Lambic than I'm used to. The flowery notion in flavor gives an odd yet playful perfume character.

Light because of the acidic fruit character and spritzy in an almost sparkling wine kind of way. But somewhat dull in the way the unresolved sweetness lays on the tongue. Very odd to see this type of weight for a sour ale. Flowery slickness provides a coat of the tongue while allowing for a powdery dryish finish.

A very odd, but not unappealing beer. More dryness is needed to bring the beer closer to balance, to increase drinkability, and to keep the beer from tasting like fruit flavored candies.

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Photo of gueuzer
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lostcook for sharing this!

App- Straw colored with a slight white head.

Sm- Brett dominates in a medicinal way but get notes of grapefruit and mustiness.

Ta- Much more lactic than I was expecting lemons, limes and a bit of wheat. A medicinal bitterness helps to balance it all.

Ov- Really surprised this came from De Troch lambic. I think the kambucha culture really kicked this one up. Hope to find it again.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served this 750 mL green bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but I've had this in my cellar since 7/10. The beer was champagne colored and despite a hard pour, there was only a small amount of bubbles which evaporated immediately.

The smell was medicinal. SweetTart candy. Not to forward with the aroma.

The taste was tangy and sour. 7-Up and Pixie Stix. Maybe a hint of powder. Floral. Salt? and faint yeastiness. Lots of candy going on here in the aroma and flavor. Lacking something, maybe it's past it's prime. I would try it again.

The mouthfeel was light with minimal carbonation, only a fine scrubbing prickle in the finish. This one is lacking something, maybe it's past it's prime. I would try it again.

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Photo of samie85
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly hazy, pear juice color with a one and a half finger head that quickly dissipates.

S-Smells slightly peppery with some lemon and with an almost Ben-Gay menthol-ly aroma.

T-Tart lemony with a light, cidery quality and finishes dry with very little acidity or bitterness.

M-Very carbonated and prickly in the mouth with a very light body and slight dryness.

D-Pretty drinkable but it's a little one-note in the taste department, with lemon being that one-note. I was also hoping for some more acidity/sourness than is present in this one.

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Photo of Gmann
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a whitish pale straw color, very similar to a wit, more of a pale peach color actually. The head is spritzy and short lived; settles quickly into a light ring.

The aroma is of a tart lemon, green apple and perhaps a hint of white grapefruit. There is a spice note that I imagine come from the tea. The aroma is very fruity and vibrant.

The taste is of tart grape skins, light apple skin, lemon and a touch of vinegar. The beer is very spritzy so it seems that the beer loses its flavor a bit. I pick up some pepper spice from the tea but not much else.

This sucker is very carbonated; spritzy is the perfect word. The beer is tart on the palate and finishes dry. Great to cleanse the palate.

A nice tart beer and quite refreshing. The flavor is a tad lacking and is one dimensional. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one's an oddball. I'm not really familiar with kombucha at all, I've only ever had it in beer.

A- Hazy mild orange with an active head that settles out quickly. Spritzy, high carbonation.

S- Like lemonade. Sweet, a bit tart, and very 'fresh' and fruity. A little more must and dust comes out as it comes to temperature.

T- The lambic is bright, tart, and lemony, although it's really pretty soft in the grand scheme of things. The tea imparts some strange floral notes and perhaps a bit of earthiness, although the earthiness is fleeting. I get a bit of papaya and strawberry jam.

M- Light, spritzy, crisp, refreshing. Flavors are mellow and subdued, this beer is almost gulp-able. Very enjoyable.

O- A damn good and very unique beer. I'm impressed, and this def. exceeded my expectations. I'll be buying more, and hope it's more than a one-off. Good stuff.

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Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours pale golden orangey in color with a mild haze and two fingers of extemely fizzy - snap, crackle, pop! fizzy white head that loudly falls to an uneven skim coat that gets constantly replenished by a steady stream of fresh bubbles eminating from the bottom of the glass.

S - Very, very funky aroma...extreme horse blankets, wet hay, horse manure, wet earth with a bit of floral aromas, some citrus, a dirty kind of tartness. One of the funkier beers I've ever experienced. This smells great!

T - Tart and quite lemony up front. Limes, perhaps other citrus also contribute to the tart fruitiness. Tartness and sourness at a medium intensity level - giving an overall brightness to the flavors and a refreshing, thirst quenching character. A bit puckering and mouth drying on the finish that makes you long for another sip. There is also an herbal coolness that crops up in the middle of each sip (perhaps the tea infusion here). Yeasty and a bit earthy, but sadly, the funk that is so prominent in the aroma is largely missing in the flavor, possibly overpowered by the tart citrus that dominates the flavor profile.

M - On the thin side of medium - definitely not heading towards watery though. Actually a surprising amount of body is present, but within style and desirable. A bit of funk, but mostly tart, lemon/limeade like and a bit yeasty. Carbonation is strong and soda-like - maybe even a bit over the top...getting a bit of a bloated feeling from downing this one in rather short order.

O - This is a bit of a surprise for me. I went into this without a lot of expectations and actually thought it might be a bit gimicky...and maybe it still is. Not sure exactly what the tea added to this. However, I really enjoyed this beer - this makes for a good summer refresher - low alcohol and going down like lemonade. Definitely worth a shot...price point will likely keep me from getting this too often, but I see myself buying this again in the near future.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into an Unibroue tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Hazy pale tangerine body under a thin layer of fine, frothy white head that settles into a ring. Fine.

S: Sour, intensely lemony acidity on top of a distinct aroma that must be from the tea. Nicely herbal, fresh, and vibrant.

T: Lovely fresh tartness, mellow malt, big lemon, and some clean herbal complexity on the finish. Terrific.

M: Light body with a moderate dose of fine, lively effervescence. Great.

O: This was a terrifically refreshing beer, perfect for drinking outside on a warm summer evening. I'd rather have a straight Geuze, of course, but the Kombucha really went well with the vibrant Lambic sourness. Wonderful stuff.


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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immense thanks as always to ShogoKawada for sending on the goodies. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Jonquil body with a big active papaya whip head that recedes to a fine lasting collar and faint isles of surface slick.

Pungent kambocha tartness in the nose, joined with a cellar-like aroma with attic/cobwebs/penicillin. Strongly aromatic - paving the way for a flavor bomb.

Lemon, kiwi, raspberry seeds, and sourdough on the palate. Simple but enveloping. No hops that I can detect, as you would expect I suppose. Tart throughout with a mild funk into the finish. Extremely refreshing with hints of lychee in the aftertaste.

Light bodied, crisp, and spritzy...though faintly oily as well.

I didn't think this combination would work as well as it does - the elements of both beverages are largely preserved and retain their own qualities while the combination is quite distinctive and ingenious. I generally hate when brewers really mess with tradition, but it's hard to find fault with this one.

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Photo of albern
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every now and again you come across a truly novel beer that really is set apart. Lambrucha is one of those novel beers. It starts out looking like a very fizzy Belgian with a crisp white head and almost champaigne like in its carbonation. The nose is very yeasty almost musty. You couldn't tell the very low ABV from the nose.

As for the test, this has a wine spritzer like quality. There are lots of lemony and orangey flavors, the beer is very sweet, very light, refreshing, and definite summery aide. I wasn't picking up strong hints of the tea but the lambic is very evident. This beer is very naturally carbonated, especially right after the first pour. Things mellow a bit shortly thereafter. The beer is very low ABV, which comes as no real surprise because there is zero booziness to this beer, not even hints. It's an interesting, fizzy, almost champaigne like experience at low ABV. This one does push the dimensions of how divergent and varied beer can be. It's unique but I won't be rushing out for more anytime soon.

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Photo of rwmiscik
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the concept of this beer. Lambic and kombucha is a great idea and works extremely well together. This beer iswell balanced between the sourness from the lambic and the tea. It is a beer I pick up almost every time i go to the liquor store, i just cant get enough of it.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The color is light straw. There is a thin light colored head.

The aroma is full of nice clean sour lemon with the tea aromas making their presence in the background.

The taste is very full of sour lemon and drinks like an unsweetened Arnold Palmer. The tea component is just enough to add a layer of complexity while not inhibiting the soul of the beer and yeast combo.

This is light and refreshing; though the drinkability is lowered slightly by the intense sourness (I am a fan of said sourness). I like the high carbonation for this one.

I really like this one; I might try to track another down for a refreshing beverage during a hot summer day.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml capped bottle drank out of my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a hazy glowing golden colored body with a finger of extremely bright white head on top. the head is quick to fizzle away and leaves behind nothing as far as lacing goes.

S- this is one funky brew! ripe cheese, mushrooms, well worn socks, and the typical barnyard notes. earthy and musty. a little bit of lemon zest. decently sour smelling.

T- the taste is every bit as funky as the nose. lots of ripe cheese, earthy/musty cellar, mushrooms, and used gym socks. a nice lactic sourness. lemon zest at the end.

M- the carbonation is out of control for a lambic. seriously, through the roof. the body is very thin. nice and sour with a dry finish.

O- this is the most unique lambic i have ever encountered. more of a novelty thing. i dont think ill pick up another one anytime soon. drinking the entire thing has made my stomach feel uneasy and im usually unaffected by anything.

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Photo of zep9865
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

another fun beer enjoyed in an awesome tasting with aasher. Poured in a New Belgium snifter with virtually no foam head and an apricot color.

wreaks of a sour ale with no real hop character. Lemon rind is on the nose and it pretty much bottoms out after that

Extremely tart like a sour without any floral hops. Very smooth. If I was sitting at the pool i could drink this all day.

The initial hit on the palate is very tart with lemon and slight caramel, but it bottoms out very fast just like the smell

The most important part about this beer is that my girlfriend would drink it all day and i could as well.

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Photo of aasher
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally, my first review of an Unblended Lambic! I was lucky enough to find this at Dutch's outside of Cincinnati. It pours a rich and severely cloudy apricot orange in color with a bright white head that quickly dissipated. It smells of tea leaves, honey, and mint. It's a nice threesome and formidable enough. The flavors are pretty subtle and the flavor fades very quickly. It tastes of tea leaves plus a belgian pale plus souring yeasts. The mix is kind of strange and awkward. The finish is so fast you have to ponder what just happened. It has a lightly sour tinge that leaves a leafy, minty flavor behind but like I've said, it's short lived. It drinks a little too light and as I've stated, it finishes fast. It's hard for me to fully endorse. Is it a solid drink? Yes. Is it worth it worth the 8.99 price tag? Also a yes. It's two older styles combined to make an interesting beer. I say go for it.

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Photo of craytonic
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice golden-straw-yellow-peach pour with a nice had and a touch of lacing

Smell: Arnold Palmer (ice tea and lemonade) almost, nice light lemon up front with perhaps a touch of orange

Taste: Again, arnold palmer with a touch of funk and a nice sourness. Light bits of funky cheese.

Mouthfeel: Very light, spritzy carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall: Very enjoyable and a charm at 3.5% abv. Well done. I'd love a few in the picnic basket.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of the Kombucha tea and lemons in the nose along with some hints of sourness.
T: The flavors in the overall taste are essentially evenly divided between sourness and the tea.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely has a very unique smell and taste. I would definitely try this again if I have an opportunity to do so.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color. Produced a large effervescent off-white head that stuck around for awhile. Some lace left behind.

(S)- A dry yet earthy tea-like vegetable spice aroma up front. Hints at a lemon-like acidity and fruit.

(T)- Similar to the smell but backwards. A nice acidic orange and lemon sourness. Finishes in a light vegetable-like tea spice.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level. A nice balance too of sour, fruit, and spice. Smooth yet acidic. Very mild bitterness.

(D)- A light, crisp and mild sour. Not really sure on how this fits into the traditional unblended lambic style, but I sure did enjoy this one's uniqueness for what it offers. At the same time, this is very inexpensive for the size of the bottle and what you get.

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Photo of nhindian
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #1 from Khazadum, with the text: "Number 1! I think... No. I know! This... this is the best way to start this partay." I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Glassware recommendations say flute or stange, so in it goes into my Sam Adams Infinium flute.

A - The bottle is a 750ml champagne bottle with green glass and a green, oversized cap on it. No cork so I think that eliminates Fantome... After popping the cap, it sprays a little bit, but it's not a gusher thankfully. It's tough to pour as if you go slowly, it just dribbles down the side of the bottle, but if you pour quickly, you are left with 95% foam, 5% liquid in the flute. After some tricky decanting, I'm left with a glass full of a strange colored liquid. I would best describe it as runoff storm water. It sort of looks like a peach wine cooler, or white grape sparkling wine. It has that in-between color of peach, yellow, orange, and clear. It's a little bit hazy, and there is a ton of carbonation rushing to the surface. The head is 2.5-fingers of foam consisting of tightly packed bubbles with some bigger ones flaring out at the top. Retention is solid, probably thanks to the carbonation. Not much lacing, however, as the foam rather sticks to the rest of the liquid. (4/5)

S - My first smell had me thinking what the hell this was. Due to the bottle shape and the first sniffs I had when opening it, I figured this may be a gueuze, but there's something... off about it. I'm getting some more traditional funky aromas, especially at first, such as horse blanket, old cheese, and strangely smelling feet, but there's some spice added to this too, I think. There's definitely something peppery and herbal about this. I'm thinking it's rosemary. After letting it warm up and smelling it more, I'm almost positive there's rosemary or thyme in this. (3.5/5)

T - This has a very interesting taste and it's not entirely what I was expecting. I'm thinking maybe my original guess of gueuze may be wrong here, as it's not really all that sour. It's more tart than that, but I could be off as I haven't had many gueuzes... Again, the pepper and spice is back in full force, and I'm sticking with my original guess of rosemary. The back-end has more of a sour kick than the front. Besides the spice I'm not getting a whole lot else here. (3.5/5)

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with high carbonation. This goes down pretty easily and the carbonation adds a pop to it in the mouth. The aftertaste and finish leaves a slight puckering in the mouth and is tart. (4/5)

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. At first I took my time with this beer, but as I drink it and it opens up, the flavors coalesce better and it's actually pretty pleasant to drink. Even so, it will be pretty tough to drink this whole bottle alone so I think I may save some for later on. (3.5/5)

Honestly I'm kind of stuck here. My heart is telling me to guess gueuze, but my mind's telling me no.

The reveal: Vanberg & Dewulf Lambrucha. Damn. I wanted to say I got some kind of tea in here but just chalked it up to rosemary. Never had an unblended lambic before and I really messed up the gueuze guess though!

I love this BIF already!

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Photo of avalon07
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a big, fizzy/foamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A super strong, tart, sour aroma. Very, very aromatic.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt, other light fruits, some alcohol esters, a little hops and the advertised tea thrown in. This last element is very mild by comparison. Very tart and a little sour, but extremely vibrant, complex and flavorful.

M: A whole lot of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: One of most interesting lambics I've tried in a while. Very focused and very easy to drink.

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Lambrucha from Vanberg & DeWulf
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 225 ratings