Lambickx | Vanberg & DeWulf

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88
very good
407 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States
belgianexperts.com

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unlike Gueuze this is a blend of lambics all drawn from the same year. As such there is minimal carbonation.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
407
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
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22
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Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of junaman
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of South2NW
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dd43
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Sylvain

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of drone
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of tshanahan
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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."

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Photo of whatname
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tertullian007
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of NateF90
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of enelson
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adodds
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of LanceH
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagriley
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
3.92 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
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