Vanberg & DeWulf

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Lambic - Traditional
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Unlike Gueuze this is a blend of lambics all drawn from the same year. As such there is minimal carbonation.

C'est bon. C'est le gout du tonneau.℠

Lambics (like wine, and unlike any other type of beer) vary by season, brewery location, barrel size and wood type, and length of aging. With lambics one must speak of "gout du tonneau"℠ because each cask (tonneau) produces a lambic that matures and tastes different. A lambic's character comes not only from the base beer but from the casks selected and blended together. LAMBICKX™ is our label for our hand-selected and blended lambics. Every lambic with the LAMBICKX™ name is blended from casks personally tasted and hand selected. The lambics are chosen for their complexity, brilliance, drinking excellence by themselves as well as exquisite accompaniments to food.
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2009-2011 bottling. Light yellow, a bit of carbonation but not a lot. Minerality in the aroma and funk on the back. Funk in the flavor, apple cider, extremely drinkable. I don't know what this was like fresh but age has been kind to this beer. Delicious.

Feb 13, 2021
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 3’s I gave are all respective due to the execution of style. It’s how it’s supposed to taste and smell and feel. I just don’t happen to personally enjoy it however. Glad I tried it finally though.

Dec 10, 2020
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MrOH from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 2013, Bottled 2014, drank now.

Pretty, slightly hazy orange, little bit of white head.
Smells like yogurt, apple cider, drying hay
Dry, quenching. orange juice, grassy, apple juice. Can't get over how much like juice this tastes like before drying out.
Light bodied with low carbonation. I could go for more carbonation, but understand why it's not there.
Dang good. Much more approachable than most lambics. Wish I had a sour going right now for me to dump the dregs into.

Feb 25, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 25.4 oz (750 ml) corked and caged green bottle into a custom taster pint; brewed in 2013 and bottled in 2015. Region, Zenne Valley, Source, Private Domain, Barrel Type, 600 liter French Oak, Number of Bottles, 5579.
A: Pours a hazy, aged brass but night quite amber color with rapid, energetic, two finger head white formation, which resolves nearly a rapidly to a rim and leaves minimal or no lacing. Darkens throughout the pour. Yeasty remnants notable mostly at the end of the bottle.
S: Tangy and tart with aromas of pepper and dark bread crust hitting hardinitially, infiltrated and eventually replaced by apple, pear, vanilla, grains, and a solid dose of lactic acid.
T: Very tart with fruit flavors, again apple, pear, vanilla, and chardonnay grape, as well as lactic acid out front. Citrus tartness without any note of citrus flavor. Is there a hint of bitterness on the back end despite the acidity? I think so but it is hard to say. Drinks fairly cleanly with little aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with moderate but persistent, champagne style carbonation. Lots of palatal tingling after consumed.
O: I have had many fruit adulterated Lambics and have to say I see the advantage of the straight stuff. Tart, flavorful, complex: this is not just a soda alternative, it is a beverage made for celebration. Gorgeous stuff. Santé!

Feb 06, 2019
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BerryKumquat from California

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer year 2013 with bottle year 2015. Wambeek/De Troch.

It has a very strong punchy nature flavor that leaves a citric flavor aftertaste that I can't get over. Ignoring that the golden clear color is amazing with the smell and very light feel. As others have mentioned it has zero carbonation which is expected. However, do keep in mind, this can make it harder to uncork thereafter.

Jul 15, 2018
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems this is a private label of lambic from importer Vandberg & DeWulf. I have a bottle that says Zenne Valley/Private Domain and a bottle that says Wambeek/De Troch, not to mention different vintage years so perhaps this beer deserves more than the one umbrella “Lambickx” listing here on Beer Advocate, especially since it is fabulous lambic.

This is the Brew Year: 2013 Bottle Year: 2015 Zenne Valley/Private Domain version.

Typical brassy-orange with a big froth of loosely bubbled foam. Medium carbonation. Heavy funk - leather, gasoline, lemon, wet hay, and black pepper, warm musky oak through the middle. Bright sourness at the end with some lingering damp leather. A lambic that leans hard to the funk side of the funk/sour spectrum. Excellent, will certainly purchase again.

This is the Brew Year: 2013 Bottle Year: 2015 Wambeek/De Troch.

Much different than the “Private Domain” label. Almost no carbonation here, which is really what I was expecting given the unblended lambic style listing. Much lighter vibrant gold body, loose white swamp bubbles, slightly hazed. Much lighter and brighter overall too. Bright lemony tarntenss foremost, minimal funk - damp straw , new leather briefly. The oak influence certainly gives one the impression of white wine characteristics. Hint of acetic acid. More pointed sourness through the middle and end.

Totally different beers here, definitely needing separate entries. Both quite enjoyable in their own right. One heavy funk, and one tart, light and sour.

Feb 13, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. Beer Year '2012', Bottle Year '2014'.
Straw colored, slightly cloudy body. Fizzy head that dissipates quickly, with spots of lacing that slide back into glass.
Rich aroma of slight funk, lemon, light fruit, pepper, and oak.
Taste of grassy funk, lemon, and oak. Very dry finish.
Medium mouth feel, but very low carbonation.
Lambic with low carbonation and no added flavors.

Jan 21, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage (bottled in 2015). Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear golden hue with high carbonation producing a massive 3+ inch frothy/bubbly white head. Good retention.
S: Very aromatic. Musty funk, light tart citrus (e.g. lemon), white pepper, oaky vanilla, and a hint of pear.
T: Soft orange and lemon...initially sweet, then turns tart and sour. Farmhouse, minerally funk then hits, followed by the oaky elements (vanilla and almond). Soft salt note throughout. With warming, white pepper and pear notes emerge. Very interesting how this plays out across the palate.
M: Light body. Pleasantly strong effervescence. Moderately biting acidity and salinity. Dry throughout.
D: Highly refreshing and drinkable...and yet also wonderfully crafted and complex. What a it out!

Sep 15, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 year poured into a snifter. A clear golden color with a small wispy white cap. Very funky aroma: diesel fuel, hay, grass, and lemons. The taste was along those lines, with a lemony tartness up front mixed with bleu cheese, grassy notes and lavender. Medium-bodied and easy drinking with light carbonation.

Sep 01, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vanberg & DeWulf Lambickx, 5.75% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and yellow, with a one finger white head. Nose is earthy funk and pears, taste follows, plus apples. This is certainly more sour than tart, but not obnoxiously so. Excellent mouthfeel, smooth with light carbonation. Overall excellent, though I'm not a fan of sours. I was concerned this would be a drain pour if too sour, but no problem finishing it. The reason I am drinking it is that this is a Lambic-Unblended, style number 100 of 104 (recognized by BeerAdvocate) for me. I had to get this on an out of state trip.

Aug 24, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Virtually no carbonation (apparently normal for this style); nearly opaque peach-orange body.

Pears and apples immediately spring to mind on the nose while pouring. Up close, it's quite rustic and funky. There's a hint of acidity, but it's closer to barnyard funk than sour. Earth and hay; lemons; perhaps a touch of mushrooms or cheese. Very, very funky (but it is a 5 year old bottle).

Flavor follows, but it's fairly delicate for all the pungency of the aroma. Initially lightly sour, there's a grainy malt base, wheat, and notes of apples, pears, lemons, and vinegar. Similar to the nose throughout, as a very musty dullness emerges mid-palate, and sticks with you through the long wet finish. The strong funk has some incredible and strange notes to it after the initial tartness dies down: dirt, grass, mushrooms, peppers, hay.

Dull and flat on the mouth, this is an easy, oily drinker. Puckering up front and on the finish. Reminiscent of funkier Saisons.

Jun 18, 2017
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure other reviewers are fully understanding what this beer is. Unblended lambics are not supposed to be highly carbonated, they are actually served still in Belgium. If you pop the cork on this bottle and are not greeted with the rush of escaping carbon dioxide, congratulations. You have a beer that was made correctly. This is not a gueuze.

I had the 2011-2013 bottling. Flavor wise, a lot of tart green apple and white grape. Aromas mix that in with belgian yeast funk, as you'd expect. Very light oak barrel character, kind of what you'd get from a chardonnay but obviously without the buttery or vanilla aspects.

Acidity is moderate, if you're into a less assertive sour note this might not be your beer. I found it to be entirely enjoyable and highly drinkable. This beer is worth trying, but as others have said you can find any number of readily available gueuze beers that you'll probably like better if for no other reason than they are carbonated the way you are accustomed to. There are very few choices for true unblended lambic in the United States, so based on that alone this beer deserves some respect.

Dec 14, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, brew year 2011, bottle year 2013 (Region - Wambeek, Source - De Troch), 5.75% ABV. Served in a Prairie Artisan Ales lambic glass (tumbler style), the beer pours a dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like vinegar, earthiness, wood and funk. It tastes like vinegar, white grapes, wood, funk, lemon, and some grain. Good amount of tart flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it finishes dry, and it's also easy to drink with a low amount of carbonation. I thought this was an enjoyable lambic, glad I got to try this one. $21.99 a bottle.

Nov 27, 2016
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spunky sez, "it's awful" , but I thank him anyway, cuz' I like it.
Interesting that a cage and corked bottled beer has no Pop or fiz upon opening and no head whatsoever upon pouring. But the funkiness of the aroma was there, as was wheat and dull fruit. Ample dryness on the finish and the tartness with the dryness last a good long time. A bit of a vinous quality in both aroma and taste along with the light fruit (apple) in the tartness. Moderately light feel but no carbonation (or limited). Drinks quite easily and enjoyably.

Oct 07, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a flat pour, this is one of those lambics like grand cru bruscella or doesjel or whatnot that has a very sparse carbonation going for it, so you get a flat pour essentially. That just doesn't jive with a good appearance even though I understand its not what they're going for.

Looks like apple juice aged in oak barrels. Smell is of apple vinegar, oak.

Taste ain't terrible, seems like there's enough belgian pale malts and wheat to hold up an unblended lambic. Oak is pretty noticeable at this age curve. Floral notes.

Jul 01, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013-2015 Vintage bottle: Crystal clear with minimal head. Swirl in wine glass leaves unusual circular oily lacing. Smell is very funky, somewhat off but at the same time addicting. Taste is extremely tart, like a sweet lemon, if there is such a thing. The aftertaste is classic Lambic. Mouthful is unsweetened lemonade with no aftertaste. Overall I think it's lacking complexity but I think this will improve with age so if you have a bottle you might want to hold on to it for a year or so to mellow it out.

Jun 26, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing 2 bottles, both brewed 2013, one bottled 2014, one 2015; rating on newer bottle:
Older bottle (Zenne Valley region, source Private Domain):
Pours an orange hued golden, light haze. Almost no carbonation.
Not much in the nose, light citrus fruit maybe, but really nothing much - maybe a little wet wood.
Taste smacks up front with tartness, like and vinegar. Funkiness hits next. Light wooden notes enter as the tartness wanes. Light tickle of carbonation throughout, but what seems more like a chemical tingle at the end.
The flavor grew on me a little, and smoothed out with warmth.

Newer bottle (Wambeek region, source De Troch):
Pours a yellowish, clean golden color, almost like a clear white wine. Thin rim of white bubbles.
Nose isn't much here, either; maybe a little more fruit and some flower. Funny not much wood.
Little more lemon-like with an equal dose of vinegar as the older. Crisper and brighter flavors, but surprisingly seems a little flatter. The sour note lasts longer, providing a little excitement to the tongue that carbonation isn't. Eventually I thinking get a little oaken like note late in the taste.

The newer beer is a tad more drinkable, but a tad less complex. Really warm, the newer almost gets to dry white wine area. The newer beer with the weird tickling burn at the end stays more "beer-like."

Jun 22, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew year 2013

A: Light yellow with no head
S: Lemon pith, earthy funk, sour, stone fruit, wet hay
T: Medium sour, earthy, funky, wet hay, green grape, oak tannin, light sweetness, vinous, grapefruit
M: Littlest carbonation
O: Tasty and good price for an unblended lambic. Nothing too special though for a style that can be amazing

May 12, 2016
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adodds from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is for brew year 2013.

L - Pours unfiltered dark-golden straw. Minimal head, which disappointed me (likely won't be much carbonation on the attack, which I like)
S - Balanced nose of acid, wet hay and barnyard funk. Maybe a hint of almond.
T - Acidic attack that doesn't soar too high, more of a sleepy lemon zest. Some bread flavors.
F - Little carbonation at all. Thin mouthfeel.
O - I tend to like very bright, flamboyant sours, like Duchesse. Keeping this in mind, I still tried to rate this beer based on its own style. I find this to be a solid, but not particularly noteworthy lambic. I would eagerly drink it if given to me, but would not purchase with my own money again.

Apr 16, 2016
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pagriley from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy pale gold with almost no head or carb
Funk and lemon zest on the nose - smells pretty sour
Yup - pretty sour! Lemon, funk, wet horse and awesome. Have this with something rich and fatty, and it is delicious
Almost flat - barely any carb. Expected for the style, but accentuates the sourness and brett. Light bodied

At the price, not worth it - delicious, but Lindemans Cuvee Rene is half the price and right next to it on the shelf. Worth trying, but not worth buying again - much cheaper options are just as good.

Mar 24, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First pour is a clear light gold colour with a small head of foam. No sound was made after I popped the cap and removed the cork.

Big sourness grips my nose buds with every whiff. No fruit sourness that I can detect. It's all a wine like vinegar like sour.

The taste is big sour. Again, there's a lot of winey vinegary tartness that explodes on my palate along with the woody notes from the French oak. And of course, the finish is ever so dry.

More carbonation than I thought it would have after hearing zilch when I removed the cork. Not in excess by any means.

I have 1 other beer from this brewery so when I saw this, I had to give it a go. I am glad I did.

Label says Brew Year 2013 Bottle Year 2015. 2118 Bottles.

Mar 04, 2016
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gman1602 from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Deschutes Teku glass, 2013-2014 vintage.
Looks great for the style, low carbonation, copper in color.
Smells nice and funky, barnyard and musty hay in a good way.
Taste is a great sour, tart green apples that are slightly funky but in that perfect Lambic way.
Good mouthfeel upfront with a nice flinty mineral dryness at the end. Compliments the tart lambic style very well. Carbonation was not high but is good for the style. Definitely there on the end.
Overall a great lambic which should be tried if you are interested or like the style. Complex for the beer lovers, but accessible enough that a white wine dinker may even find this to be a good gateway beer.

Feb 12, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a cylindrical beer glass. It has the look of a pale ale: light yellow with a thin, snow white head and almost no lacing. It smells earthy with grass and lemon. The taste features lemon peel and grass and is quite sour. The body is much lighter that a fruit Lambic and it is lightly carbonated and refreshing. With a relatively low ABV of 5.75%, it is very drinkable. Overall, while I am generally not partial to sour beers, this one is quite good and would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Jan 23, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had with a flight of different sours. Not much carbonation on this one. It could be because the bottle had been open for a while though. Nice funk and probably the least tart of the bunch. Still an enjoyable sour though.

Jan 12, 2016
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carlborch from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 2012, aged in 600 liter French oak, bottled 2014, opened January 2016. Pours a deep golden, with no head-formation what-so-ever. Upon opening, but also when pouring, appears to have very little carbonation. The nose is sweet, appealing, restrained, earthy, slightly funky, and hints of Brettanomyces (barnyard). Evident, forward, sourness on the palate. Bright notes suggesting fruit that is not quite ripe. The fruits include such as green apple, pears, citrus peel, accompanied by vanilla and wood. The hop notes are very restrained, as are the malt notes. No lace forms. This is a complex, and cognitive brew, that invites reflection,. The lingering is light, but persistent. The ale is dry and moreish, and would be an excellent aperitif, or as an accompaniment to dishes that require a bit of acidity or sourness to cleanse the palate between bites. I will seek this Lambic again.

Jan 02, 2016
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