Lambrucha | Vanberg & DeWulf

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Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of volklshred
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
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 +7.7%
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 -9.3%
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 +5.3%
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 +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 +6.1%
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 +11.7%
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 -8.5%
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 +14.7%
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 +12.8%
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 +17.3%
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 +14.7%
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 +13.9%
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 +21.9%
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 -33.9%
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 +1.9%
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 +9.9%
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 -44.8%
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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Photo of nrbw23
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light golden orange color with a bit of hazy. White head that has very little retention and leaves no real lacing.

S- Probably one of the oddest smelling beers I've had. Smells of a bit of sourness not too much at all, some fruity smells, and tea. I guess not very "beer like."

T- Again, quite odd. Not really feeling a beer here. A bit of light fruits and very tea like.

M- Light in body and fairly high carbonation.

D- Pretty different here. Glad I got to try it, but I don't think I'll ever have this one again. Its easy to drink just not my thing.

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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped green bottle.

It pours a crystal clear light, bright, pinkish orange with a fizzy whie head that leaves not much lacing.

The smell is a step into the bizzare, literally the funkiest thing I have ever smelled.Pork, soy sauce, bratwurst, black pepper, lemon, berry, corraiander, curry, barnyard, funk, sourness, seriously WTF???

The taste is far less funky thank god. It is very gueuze like. But very tame compared to the smell. There is a lot of lemon in the flavor. It is really smooth there is a light funkiness, it is if you made gueuze light beer.

It is hugely carbonated, overly so.

This is one of those things that defies what is. Try it.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle by way of Capone's courtesy of Oglmcdgl, thanks for the shot.

Lambrucha has that bright yellow glowing shine that looks like a treat. On top a big 2 fingaz of loose bubbly bubbles sprang forth before retiring. No lace, but alot of rising bubs.

Smells like a lambic with barnyard musk, hay, Baltimore feet and a sprinkle of citrus off the vine. With warming the tea spreads forth but does not devour.

LAmbrucha is quite the treat, an interesting take on a lambeek, tart up front with sliced apples and some peach. The mixture of the tart and fruit came off like a DFH Festina Peche at a certain temperature. The tea comes out and I like the mix, applause. Some earthy hops in this kinda fresh bottle.

This is light stuff, light in ABV, and light in body. Very dry finish on this, I mean sahara levels. Crisp and a sharp punch of tart all around the mouth. Carbonation is high as can be seen by the eyes. Not eye watering, but mouth puckering to a extent.

I love that this is under 4%, I wish I drank more beer light like this, but a whole bottle would practically kill me, Im up for the challenge though. Lamby is tasty stuff that's worth a single bottle purchase. The tea works well with this tart young lambic, an interesting remix.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split with onix1agr.

A- three fingers of loose billowy bright white head that settles quickly to a sparse cap. Slightly hazy straw yellow in color that shine in the light.

S- dusty funky barn yard that's for sure. Very crisp and mildly tart. You do get a bit of the tea, I drank a kombucha earlier today its kinda cool that the smell is in there.

T- mildly sour and tart with lemon zest and miniolas. Nice powdery wheat hits with some juicy green apple. Simple but nice.

M- light body and medium to high in carb. Very clean finish, nice light pucker.

D- very easy drinking mild as far as sour and not to buggy. Nice light stuff. I like it. I'm interested to see what else the can do with this idea.

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Photo of jampics2
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle opened by Travis at DLD. Thanks, buddy - this was a great way to start the day!!

Poured into my snifter because I didn't have any other glass. This'll do. Looks a golden yellow with tons of carb.

Smell is sour lambic funkyness and tea. Neato. This is a cool combo of smells.

Taste is dominated by the tea and some earthy funk. Lemons. Grapefruit. Barnyard hay. Hey hey hey. At 3.5% this reminds me of a tea drink more than a beer.

Mouthfeel is sparkling. A bit too much, but it was nice at 7:30 in the AM.

Drinkabiliy was good. Not great because I could see getting bored by the end of the bottle and certainly not wanting any more after that. This was pretty unique, though, and one I'm glad to have tried!

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

(Served in a flute)
A- This beer has a light hazy orange body with a huge carbonation of big bubbles with some dark brown floaties at the surface. The soapy white head has a fizzy sound when pouring and the head doesn't last very long.
S- The soft lactic sourness gives way to some notes of dried leaves but otherwise it is a pretty clean aroma.
T- This beer has a pleasant tartness with a mineral water taste with some soft lemon and tea notes in the finish. Tehre is a minty flavor that grows as the beer warms and a soft cheese rind that lingers. There are some grapefruit notes that grow with the tartness as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish. D- This beer has a nice tartness that is a bit light like a sweet-tart candy more so as the beer warms. The tea blends nicely with the lambic and it will make a great beer in warm weather.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 750ml bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer is medium honey gold with lots of carbonation. About 2 fingers of white head pours, but is gone right away. Decent lacing.

The aroma starts off lightly sour, but then you get a big whiff of the tea, which takes over the smell. Its interesting, unique, but not great for a beer.

The tase is the same, a slight sour start then just of weird tea flavor, not what I want in my beer.

If you are a huge tea fan, you might like this, otherwise it sucks.

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