Lambickx
Vanberg & DeWulf

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Style:
Lambic - Traditional
ABV:
5.75%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
432
From:
Vanberg & DeWulf
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  24
Gots
  81
SCORE
88
Very Good
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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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Reviews by LanceH:
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

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

Apr 09, 2016
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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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goochpunch from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed 2012 - Bottled 2014. De Troch.

Pours a still body. Very clear apple juice. Light head when poured vigorously - much like a non-carbonated Spanish cider. Smells of pale malts, wheaty grain, lemon juice, acidic funk, musty old house. Softer nose than a geuze. Tastes of grain and malt, green apple, solid acidity, but not overly sour. Dry. Awesome. Reminds me of a good cider. Light bodied and flat. That's kind of the gist of it. Tasty blend of older lambics without the high acidity and effervescence of a typical blend (geuze). Draws a of parallels with northern Spanish ciders. Delicious.

Jul 13, 2015
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BIll_Currie from Wyoming

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

new for me. outstanding flavor

Jan 08, 2015
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Region: Wambeek
Barrel Type: 275 and 600 liter french oak
Source: De Troch
Number of Bottles 2479
Brew Year: 2011
Bottle Year: 2013

A: Semi hazy, bright amber with virtually no carbonation. No head. Appears like a mid range wheat beer with a pinkish hue.

S: Big oak and sweet flowery notes. Light citrus of orange and slightly nutty. Musty.

T: Notes of dry white wine. Tart unripened white wine grapes. Really getting a wood flavor with this. The finish is long, semi- dry and slightly tart with notes of tangerine juice, bitter walnut, oak. Musty.

M: Virtually flat, but super smooth.

O: Big oak and wood flavor. Minimally sweet and moderately tart on the sweet side. Overall quite drinkable.

Oct 18, 2014
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xKALECx from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

On the sour side, but a great cherry lambic!

Oct 31, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brew Year: 2011 Bottle Year: 2013

Appearance: Pours out with a slightly hazy golden color; compared to others, the head bubbled up to an inch of foam and leaves very leggy lacing for a low carbonation beer

Smell: Not all about the funk here though there is plenty of horseblanket to go around; there is also a floral, apple/strawberry tone that adds a nice dimension

Taste: Starts out with yeasty bread, green apple and strawberry fruit; by the mid-palate, the lactic tartness builds and, after the swallow, the funk arrives; there is a bit of surprising sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: There aren't too many reviews that are clearly identified as being from this brew year and, as the source of each bottling is different it is hard to compare what I tasted to others; I was very pleasantly surprised, however, both by the carbonation and the flavor; this is not the tartest or the funkiest of lambics, but it does have a nice balance and a very interesting combination of flavors

Aug 08, 2014
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Auraan from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous cloudy goldenrod orange body with no head. Overall impression of appearance of is of a very pleasant, rustic lambic. Gorgeous. Scents of sour barnyard funk, horse-blanket, earthy aromas, hay and cider vinegar, mingled with moderately sour notes of lemon and light citrus, along with some light oak and apple aromas on the background. Overall impression of flavor is of an amazing, very traditional lambic. Wild, barnyard sourness dominates and makes this a very pleasing aroma profile, despite what you would think. Flavor begins highly sour with notes of grapefruit, lemon, lemon zest, lactic acid, a bit of oak and a sour, barnyard funk with notes of hay. Middle continues to be sour with notes of oak, lemon zest, lemon and sour barnyard funk. Finish is highly sour with notes of barnyard funk, hay, light hop bitterness, lemon, lemon zest and a bit of grapefruit. Aftertaste is sour barnyard funk, spicy phenolic bitterness and light hop bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice, traditional, highly sour lambic that is quite refreshing. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation and a sour, puckering, crisp feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a light beer that still feels somewhat full, quite nice. Overall this is a great sour. It fits the guidelines for a classic lambic quite nicely and is incredibly sour, complex and refreshing. Quite nice.

Mar 27, 2015
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KFBR392 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewed 2013 Bottled 2014
Region: Zenne Valley Source: Private Domain

Appearance: bright orange color with a cloudy body. Minimal head which immediately dissipated.

Smell: orange peel, pears, light pepper, and a rounded tart oak aroma jump the drinker. Lemon-lime zest opens up on the body. A leathery backbone loaded with a damp funkiness lingers throughout.

Taste: tame woodiness with a flowing bouquets of floral citrus fruits. The oak increases in intensity and tartness on the body. Palate is pulled through the ringer on the finish with a peak of tartness which leaves you pulling for more.

Mouthfeel: excellent slow progression of the oak profile throughout. Bright citrus fruits shine.

Overall: an incredibly tasty lambic. The younger beer really shows off the brighter side of lambic. A fun journey.

Jan 21, 2015
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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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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 treat...seek it out!

Sep 15, 2017
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xShoWTeKx from South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 02, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

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

Note: Zenne Valley Private Domain (Oak & Chestnut Barrels) Brewed 2009 Bottled 2011

A: Pours a hazy golden straw yellow in color with minimal amounts of active visible carbonation occasionally surfacing from the bottom of the glass and some apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of tart apple (like granny smith), lemon citrus, wood (mostly oak), and hay/barnyard funkiness.

T: Very similar to the aroma - there is a moderately tart flavor of granny smith apple, lemon citrus, and wood/oak right upfront. That is followed by lighter flavors of not quite ripe grapes and funky hay/barnyard.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not as tart or funky as some of the other beers in this style (which is most similar to a Gueze rather than a Lambic - Unblended as it is in fact a blend of lambics all from the same year). Definitely an enjoyable beer but not for newbies to the style... Well worth the price tag.

Aug 29, 2013
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wonothesane42 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 04, 2013
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

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

A bottle split with oglmcdgl, been sitting on this for a few months since release to let something happen. Poured into some glasses.

LambickX pours out a straw colored yellow with some golden hues drawing towards the corners. Bronze spots with a trace amount of sparse bubbles that are sparkling, yet die, leaving a still beer, no lace.

Smell is pretty nice with a gueuze scent, some grassy tones, faint fruit. Not expecting the oak to come out, Im glad to sniff it after some warming. Wet wood with some old earthy hop scent. At this young stage, a nice smeller.

Taste is probably a bit brighter than when fresh. It's still fairly fresh, yet this probably did not have any muster when 1st on the market. A nice sourness with old earthy hop flavor, some pale malt in the back with a faint sweetness. A smal hit of fruit in the middle with some wood in the end.

Feel is pretty still but a faint spritz comes and goes on certain sips. I've had flatter unblended lambics, if you can call this a labic. Body is a step up from light, with a nice pleasant sourness that wont kill your stomach.

Pretty nice product here, I am sure it will hold up for a year or two, but will it get better? Only time will tell.

May 01, 2012
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whitenads from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 04, 2015
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at the Apex Beer Dispensary. Brewed 2008 / Bottled 2011.

A - Yellowish, golden with good clarity and no head.

S - Fruity with apples, peaches, cherries, melons and more.

T - A nice sour / tart bite but not as one dimensional as others. Some nice depth from fruit and sweetness to balance it out. I got a lot more depth than other reviews seem to indicate.

M - Smooth with a low carbonation.

O - I'm on a big time lambic kick right now so I really enjoyed this one but I can't say the price was worth more than a single try.

Oct 22, 2013
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Eziel from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 16, 2015
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Morey from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Oct 18, 2014
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BfloBrewHound from New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 23, 2013
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jun 14, 2013
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mccallisters_dali from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Feb 20, 2014
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Goliath from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazed bright golden color and produces next to no head on the pour. A thin bright white head appears and disappears in seconds.

The aroma is nice. There are some traditional scents that I enjoy. Wild yeast provides some bretty notes, there is some citrus and a light sweetness.

The taste is alright. It's tart, with some light fruity notes. I don't find it to be highly complex, but it's nice nonetheless.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of efforvescent carbination.

Overall its a very nice beer. I'm pretty sure the label says this is a blended lambic, so the style probably needs to be changed. Anyway, the flavor profile is relatively simple and very satisfying. I don't always have an easy time describing lambics, but I do really enjoy them anyway. Definitely worth a try.

Feb 10, 2012
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JohnnieNepal from Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jun 03, 2013
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Jun 24, 2012
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 432 ratings