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 TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

Not extremely familiar with kombucha, but it definitely sounds intriguing, especially when some lambic is involved as well. This concoction pours a hazy amber-orange juice topped by a bit more than a finger of fairly rapidly-diminishing white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, lemon zest, coriander, black pepper, parsley, clove, and limeade. The taste holds notes of lemon, lime, green apple, cinnamon, mild pepper (by this I mean hot, a la jalapeno or something), cilantro, and lightly tart green grapes. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this unique brew. I'm not sure I'd actively seek it out very often, but it is a very nice change of pace.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug

This is the first of this style that I've had the good fortune to try.

The appearance is a orange cloudy body with a white frothy head. The nose is a bready orange combination with some lemon lime citrus in the back and some slight pepper and vinegar on the nose as well. It may sound hodgepodged, but it' actually really nice. The flavor carries the bready yeast flavor with it. The flavor I most prominently get is an orange-cinnamon flavor. There is a touch of the lemon tartness that carries throughout the body. I find everything about this beer to be greatly appropriate for both its style and my taste buds, it's a very good beer.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to stop in at the raved-about, The Map Room and immediately felt right at home. Amazing tap & bottle selection. This place warrants a visit all on it's own, but a quick stop for a Vanberg & DeWulf's Lambrucha was just what I needed to strip away all the Mexican fats & flavors of Arturo's tacos. It's probably one of the most refreshing beers I have ever tried! Two of my favorite yeasty fermented flavors (lambic & kombucha) blended into one low ABV, palate cleansing beverage. Highly recommended if you can find it (apparently it's only currently available in Chicago).

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

Big thanks to Bobby for sharing this. I've been wanting to try it for quite some time now.

A: This one pours a surprisingly clear yellow color with a touch of pink and a short lived white head.

S: A very earthy nose to this, which was sort of surprising. A bit of a mushroom type aroma, and wet dirt. Spice and phenols along with plenty of yeast. Moderate acidity, but nowhere near what I was expecting.

T: The same earthy quality is present on the palate with a strong mushroom, dirt, and wet oak. A big bacterial presence and a lot of lactic acidity and moderate sour. A really different flavor.

M: The body is quite light with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I liked this, which didn't really surprise me, but considering what it really is, I don't think I would buy much of this at a fairly high cost.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a pale light peach orange with pale yellow highlights and had a finger of bubbly head that dissipated really quick leaving very little lacing sticking o the glass.

S: it had a funny sulfur aroma upfront with a bit of bretty funkiness but with some citrusy, oaky. tart notes, and vinous charater.

T: a blend of peachy sulfur flavors were noticeable on the first sip alongside citrusy, oaky, mild bretty funky accents and a touch of tart character.

M: the brew was medium in body with a high amount of prickly carbonation which had a sulfur, mild fruity, oaky, and tart finish.

D: regardless of the weird sulfur characteristics all around it was still pretty drinkable but wasn't as tasty as I thought it would be.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks like some bronze like tea with a little carbonation and foam. The foam after each pour disspates very quickly.

The aroma is mostly tart, unripened green apples and a little barnyard funk. That's it...

You would never know theres was any tea used. Maybe it helps subdue some of the barnyard funky I maight have tasted. But I just get a mild puckery palate and some green apple skins.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faintly foggy pastel lemon with an alabaster crown that is both crackly and sponge-like. The lid looks pretty good while it lasts... but it doesn't last... and it doesn't grace the glass with more than a few dots and spots of suds.

The nose is an enjoyable blast of freshly zested lemons, along with a 'just right' amount of fairly tame musky funkiness. It smells like this Vanberg & DeWulf Belgian ale will be an enjoyable bottle of beer.

This reviewer is definitely not the first person (or the 50th) that should be consulted when it comes to lambics, gueuzes and sours. That's what we have Gueuzedude for. Having said that, this blended ale is pretty good stuff if you like low-ABV, citrusy tart, faintly funky, quenching, dry-at-the-finish summer picnic beer.

Crisp and crackery pale malts don't provide much flavor or body. Lambrucha is pretty much all top notes, which include a few orchard's worth of lemons, tart apples, a small shot of white wine vinegar, and a few threads from a straw-flecked horse blanket. Not that I've actually tasted that last one.

Since I have no idea what Kombucha tea tastes like, hard to tell if it's appreciated or not. It's interesting that this is the second beer in the past 4 days (Goose Island Fleur) that has contained Kombucha. The mouthfeel is feather light and appropriately sparkly.

Even though this is not a beer that I'll bring home again (especially not at $9.99 per), it's an enjoyable taste of summer sunshine on a day when the mercury will struggle to reach double digits. Bottom line: probably worth the price for those who love the style.

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Photo of volklshred
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a wine glass.

a-When i popped the cap it sprayed a sandy/dirt like substance everywhere. It was off putting to say the least, however, the beer poured just fine. The color was that of pineapple juice and totally opaque.

s-Tart grapes, candy, vinegar, citrus fruit, and of coarse tea.

t-I am very impressed by the taste. Much of the nose matches the taste. Fresh citrus fruit juice and a tart vinegar funk that i cant seem to get enough of. This beer is somewhat reminiscent of a qeueze or rene.

m-The medium carbonation quickly subsides to a very clean finish.

d-Can't stop drinking this beer due to the flavor which is refreshing. Its very low alcohol which helps too.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Ravens and Lambic event at Max's today.

Golden clear with no head or lace, this doesn't look like much. The nose is actually pretty enjoyable. Lemon and tea are most noticeable, there's a herbal tea tannin character with mild spices. The kombucha contribution is rather noticeable. As it warms up, I get some spruce and juniper, this is mildly gruit like. The palate is the same, with more tea tannin, bright sour lemon and a drying finish that's got herbal tea and lemon peel. Light body, moderate carbonation, the finish is drying and tart. Solid stuff, this is pretty darned refreshing and quenching. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from the bottle at The Map Room, Chicago: July 2010
a careful pour produces an almost two finger thick, pale white colored head that quickly falls. The beer is a hazy, gold hue. Wow, what an interesting nose, it actually smells like kombucha, that strangely sweet and tart character, with some tea infusion in the aroma. There is a fruitiness to the nose that reminds me of kiwi for some reason. The nose reminds me more of kombucha than Lambic, though there are a lot of similarities between the two. A touch of mushroom aromatics, a definite acetic edge that is just barely noticeable in and of itself, but definitely spices up the aroma of this beer (perhaps even being responsible for the fruit like aromatics.

Very light and effervescent feeling as it hits the tongue, it doesn't have the texture of a typical Lambic. It is nicely tart, in a light, refreshing sort of way. The finish reminds me of kombucha (with that tea infused flavor), not surprisingly with some lactic acid lingering on the palate as well as some light apple notes, and even light kiwi. While the tartness is mostly lactic, there are some soft other acid influences, that are just barely noticeable; this seems to be mostly acetic, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were some other secondary acids contributing to the mix.

This is certainly an interesting combination, despite the similarities between kombucha and Lambic, I feel that the former dominates the flavor and aroma profile of this blend. Perhaps this is due to the simplicity of the lambic that was blended in. This is extremely light and refreshing and this definitely goes down quite easily on a warm summer's day. This last and the fact that it is an interesting use of kombucha are the main selling points for this. Worth trying, but I can't seriously see myself getting this again, but I am also not a huge kombucha person.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 750mL green glass pry-top bottle.

Pale watery yellow with a pink tint. Nose is funky and packerd with all kinds of flowers and blossoms. Smells a lot like lemon juice concentrate. Palate is tart like a lot of lemons squeezed into green tea. Grassy and clean.

Much better than I expected. Pleasant to drink albeit not very complex. Could see having a few of these on a hot day while gardening or just sitting in the shade.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

green 750 ml bordeaux bottle

right from the start I want to say I was truly surprised at how palatable this beer was. kombucha is usually very vinegary, but this was more in line with a reserved lambic. it was perceived drinkable by all five people at the occasion that I busted out this bottle.

a- peach in color. carbonated to the tongue, but low head retention. no kombucha S.C.O.B.Y. floating on top.

s- smells tart. like candy

t- I was expecting a lot more/too much flavor; but this is a mild and drinkable lambic. really interesting. I'm only picking up on slight vinegar notes at the end of the sip.

m+d- it is a touch watery. especially at the end of the sip. but I would call it a successful experiment by the brewery. cheers.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Very clean aroma, slightly herbal and medicinal. Very clear with a pinkish hued color. Very clean and neat taste. A nice blend of a lambic and a unsweetened tea. Not sour in really any sense of the word. Fairly carbonated. The tea flavor really doesn't come through extremely strong but is more like a tea you would get at a chinese restaurant with a lambic twist. Decently carbonated but the head quickly dissapates.

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Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours a fizzy white head that fades down fast. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Some sour notes and oak. The tea flavors are unique, but I like it. It has some hay and barnyard funk to it with slight lemon flavors.

Taste: The funk flavors meld really well with the tea. Some light oak and light medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel: Tart and mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends crisp, a bit dry.

Overall, this beer would be great on a hot summer day. Very refreshing and drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opening beer for another Map Room adventure. Low alcohol, good friends, and a pretty nice pour welcomed me to this style.

A- Pleasant single finger of head lasted its required minute before running off to become a bare minimum cloak of bubbles. The pure white head quickly left me with the tangerine-esque hues. Lots of carbonation that will disappear fast if you don't drink this beverage in time.

S- Great tart odor that cherries give off up front with a musk tag-along. The musk may have been the tea coming through as earthy, peat-like, and funk. I enjoyed the fruit tones, but the funk just made me realize this is not a beer i should bask in before each sip. Still enjoyable.

T- Tart spikes of bittersweet pleasure up front. Mild bitterness but no funk of tea. I'm wanting the tea that I signed up for! Where is it? It isn't bad that it is missing this, but you can't be proud of what failed to come through. Every sip is the same. No matter how I tried, I was left with just plain jane tartness.

M- In the beginning the crisp nature of carbon dioxide was perfect for pairing. If only it lasted longer, but it couldn't be the marathon runner I wanted. Watery to medium-watery composition gave me a reprieve from the strong tart nature.

D- One and I was done. Never again for me, but I wouldn't mind sharing with others. People said they might like to try it again in the future, but it wasn't what they wanted on that visit. Maybe I was thinking too much of my tea adventures in my house and was let down. Once again I'll try it, but probably not for a while.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a really nice light peach color with only the slightest head and no lacing.

S: slightly acidic with a small amount of funk. Some slight citrus rind and fruit essence, although im having a hard time picking out specifics.

T: didn't really get much tea in he nose but i get a bt of that bitterness here. Again, slight funk and some sourness. More like.a berliner swiss in that regard as opposed to an unblended lambic.

M: mild acidity; nice and light. Fairly low carbonation.

D: all around this is a nice supper and good on a hot summer afternoon. Thanks, Alex.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-pours a golden straw colored ale with a bubbly white head.

S-the nose is quite spicy and big, lots of pepper, corriander, notes of lemon, a touch of citrus, fresh ginger in behind.

T-the taste is juicy and fruity. the spice is there, corriander and light pepper, hints of lemon, some lactic acid, light to moderate acidity, peaches, mango, grapefruit sweetness and bitterness.

M-soft, smooth, syrupy, medium body, great carbonation to balance, dry finish.

D-this is a solid beer, lots of good fruits and a nice spice balance with notes of acidity. easy drinking beer and quite good.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I could make no greater endorsement than to say mixing Lambic and Kombucha makes as much sense as mixing iced tea and lemonade; Lambrucha is as successful a marriage as the Arnold Palmer is.

A - It pours a pale golden-copper hue with a big white head that is short-lived. It appears to be a quality Gueuze. Closer inspection reveals the characteristic strands of Kombucha culture. Nice integration of the two components, in terms of visually.

S - It smells quite nice and inviting; it has an obvious refreshing quality. I am getting aromas of the tea, lemon juice and zest, a discernible white pepper and coriander note, and some lactic tartness.

T - It is somewhere between a Lambic and a Berliner, in terms of flavor. The themes of the nose are repeated in taste. It tastes really good. I think it is about as refreshing as a brew could be, and it also fully melds Lambic and Kombucha into a superb libation, while retaining individually identifiable traits of each.

M - Light, effervescent and very refreshing. Tart on the finish.

D - Excellent brew. My favorite Kombucha, G.T.'s Kombucha, has been pulled off of shelves by the FDA as a result of a Lindsay Lohan (seriously!) instigated investigation into alcohol content in the G.T.'s. This Lambrucha quenched my considerable Kombucha thirst, while passing muster relative to my high esteem for Lambic.

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

wow. great concept. avante guarde and it works for me. hazy burnt gold with some glowing pink highlights. white head that fades pretty quick. Nose is barn, wet hay, lemon, preserved lemon, lemon rind, grapefruit, spice, minerals... sort of like a lambic, but sort of like something else. this is a very tough beer to review, and it must be even harder for people with no experience with kombucha. taste is tart/sour preserved lemon, wet hay/ barn and kombucha. perfectly blended to me. very good job. the line is blurred between what is beer and what is "tea" (or adjunct), and generally, that is the point in specialty/adjunct beers. light-medium body that seems beefed up by the prickly carbonation. supremely refreshing and super easy to drink. think gose, geuze, berliner-weisse with a little twist. great value as well as being a little milder than some of it's relatives, leaving your palate craving for more abuse. it may sound strange, but this beer reminds me of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. It may seem harsh and biting to someone that doesn't know what they are getting in to, or to a mind that isn't open, but the raw, primal, living essence and soul of this beer speak volumes about where we've been and where we're going. extremely complex and flavorful for a beer with such a low abv. i'll be drinking several of these this summer. AND>>> I agree about this beer being classified wrong. NOT just an unblended lambic. way way way more.

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

Note: While others have reviewed this as an Unblended Lambic, this beer is should not be categorized as such. First, it is blended; Second, it is blended with Kombucha (fermented tea), not another lambic, not fruit; which IMO makes this beer more appropriately categorized as a Belgian Specialty Ale. My review was conducted as such.

A- Poured from the bottle with a diffuse white head, which was reasonably retained. The body was almost completely opaque with haze, and otherwise a strong yellow color. No visible carbonation.

S- A pungent nose; ripe with phenolics and esters of wild yeast. Impressions of wet hay, barnyard, and wet tea. Subtler impressions of fermented lemon rind as well. Intriguing... and wildly intense aroma for a 3.5% ABV beer!

T- Strong flavor, despite the fact that this beer was served cold. Starts out with flavors of wet hay, which are quickly overwhelmed by a lactic tartness midway... which ultimately finishes somewhat acetic. The finish is short-lived with a mild vinegar and citrus character. Overall intense, yet oddly "bright" and "clean" in flavor.

M- Would be a thin body if it weren't for the pervasive carbonation, which bumps it up to medium body. The carbonation is so plentiful that this walks the line of "bloating", without ever crossing said line. Moderate astringency here. Overall, this mouthfeel works well with the aroma/flavor profile.

D- Wonderfully tart, crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day. Very drinkable, and AMAZINGLY rich in aroma/flavor for such a low alcohol beer!!!

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Photo of weatherdog
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75cl bottle poured into several tulip glasses. A big thanks to Tony for opening up this beer late into a great May tasting.

It pours a hazy golden straw with a bright white head that lasts for a while.

The smell is one of the most interesting things to pass over my nose. While I've had a lot of lambics and drank a lot of tea I am completely unfamiliar with kombucha but very interested. This smells just like it should. It's as if a straight lambic and a black tea got mixed 50/50. It's almost impossible to grade it according to a style but it's totally up to personal preference. In this case I'm all over this blend.

The taste is an intense grapefruit/lemon tart and sourness. There is just a ton of lemon taste to this beer. The tea influence then becomes noticeable. This beer just is the most interesting mindfuck of a beer I've ever had. These two fermented beverages blend perfectly in my mind and I absolutely love this beer and think this isn't the last you see of beer and kombucha blended together.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared at a recent tasting. The best thing about this beer is that it was low in alcohol. Other than that....hmmmm....

The more I think about it, I want to describe it as a mix between a base lambic, a gruit ale, and a berleinweiss. Beer is yellow and hazy, high carbonation and a huge head. No lacing. Head is large and medium bubbles, falls away quickly but there is a lot of carbonation that continues for the duration.

Aroma is bright and lemony. Strong lactic character, smells like a strong berleinerweiss with lemon syrup. There is also a gruit / tea aroma, pretty strong. Very odd. I'm still really really afraid. I do think that it is what is intended.

I love lambics. Really sour Cantillons, Rene Gueuze, I just love lambics. Seriously. This is unlike any lambic I've ever had. First, its TOO carbonated, the carbonation on the tongue is harsh. Its too bright and very hard to drink. Citrus character and very thin. Lactic and a berleiner character throughout.

This is an interesting experiment. I would not drink it again though. I did not enjoy it. I wonder if the Lindemann's tea lambic is similar to this.

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Photo of jwjon1
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour gruit, anyone? Interesting experiment, though I don't know the first thing about fermented tea. Oddly enough, I pick up neither tea nor lambic. Sure, it's sour. But it's not so wild. More of a clean sour. Mineral driven as well. Clean + mineral reminds me quite distinctly of a goze. And it's quite refreshing in that regard. I wouldn't mind a little tannin to contrast w/ the acid, but the tea brings none of that to the mix. I also wouldn't mind a little funk, but the lambic brings none of that either. What you get is an easy drinking, non-offensive, low ABV brew. Keep the experiments coming!

As an addendum, sure seems like there's a lot of bottle to bottle variation based on the reviews. Some call this very funky, and others non-buggy. Maybe it's a reference issue, or maybe the yeast and bacteria were not well distributed prior to bottling. I wouldn't mind finding a funked up version of this myself.

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

This was generously brought to the table by ShareANevada at a recent tasting. This is one of the coolest and most unique ideas for a sour Ive heard of.
EDIT: I found a few bottles of these so this review is now revised as I am reviewing it live.

A- Cloudy and pale/pastel orange. Its really a lot like grapefruit juice. A loose, fizzy head shows up briefly.

S- Right away this beer smells odd and funky. Lots of that spontaneously fermented smell. Lemon and grapefruit juice sourness, dusty yeast, wet hay, and tea. The tea is very strong in the nose. It gives this beer a very herbal smell. There is also plenty of lactic sourness in the smell. The smell gets high marks for being strong and unique.

T- Fairly sour but mostly lots of funk. Lots more of that wet hay, lemon, apples and other light fruits. The tea comes through nicely towards the end leaving you with a green/herbal tea flavor. The beer sort of breaks into two tastes. At first its sour and nearly all lambic then it shifts abruptly to a strong tea flavor.

M- Light, prickly and dry.

D- It is quite easy to drink. The alcohol is very low, its quite refreshing and to me its not offensive. It is strange and it might not be everyone's cup of tea. (no pun intended).

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Photo of corby112
2.07/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with golden yellowish pear hues when held to a light source and a one finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Very earthy aroma with hints of soil and grass along with a strong tea leaf presence. Peppery spice with hints of cinnamon, peppermint and possibly some licorice. Slight lactic cream in the nose. The dank earthy tea leaf presence completely hides any of the lambic notes, if there are any. Not very funky with only a faint vinegary presence underneath. Very odd smelling with possibly some earthy hops.

This beer has a medium body which is on the lighter end of the spectrum and tastes more like a lambic than the aroma suggests. Very spicy up front with tight carbonation and hints of zesty pepper along with a slight puckering tartness which quickly fades into a slightly creamy lactic center. Dry finish. The vinegary presence from the aroma is the only sour/funky element of this beer but it is overpowered by the heavy spice presence and earthy tea leaf flavor. Also, some slight acidity. The tea leaves provide a slight tartness but really is just very earthy and unpleasant. An interesting idea that doesn't work so well.

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Lambrucha from Vanberg & DeWulf
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 225 ratings