Lambickx | Vanberg & DeWulf

very good
99 Reviews

Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States

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.

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Photo of gman1602
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy lemon drop yellow color with a nice white cap, bubbles and light lacing

S: Immediate sour lemons, hay, and a big musty horseblanket

T: Lemon and funkiness whop the palate but neither really compete, just meshed well and there is a ton of flavor. It has a dry, acidic sting on the back with more lemon, hay and funk

M: ThWell carbonated, light to medium body, loads of taste on the mouthfeel. This beer is tasty until the very end.

O: Exceptional. I enjoyed every drop and happy to pay the hefty price for the beer and will do so again. Very tasty and a beer that Farmhouse and Gueze lovers can applad.

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Photo of BillHilly
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know the bottle #, not labeled that way. The bottle is signed individually. Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A: Very golden appearance, light ring, seems light on the yeast.

S: Pears, citron, yeasty, sourdough (ya, sourdough)

T: Great Lambic, fantastic sour.

M: light carbonation, should impove with age as all lambics do.

O: Very nice sour/lambic...very light, barnyard aromatics. A worthy beer for the $27 tag.

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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 drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this at a good temperature with a small, foamy, off-white head that quicly subsided. Color is a clear, straw amber with a dozen or so bubble trails. Aroma is a very volatile blend of yeast, oak, leather, fruit, bit of malt. Flavor's like nose, yeast and carbonic tang unite up front and provide a zesty backdrop for the fairly dry bitter other qualities. Body and carbonation are perfect for the style and good burps too. Finish is fairly long, satisfying like a good brut champagne, and has a wisp of alcohol warmth. Excellent beer!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at Connecticut Ave in DC. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a clear golden color with a short white head and not much in the way of lacing. From there, it gets much, much better. The nose brings loads of ripe acidity and citrus, with a good bit of lemon and some faint stone fruits. A bit of mineral quality alongside some nice earthiness and hay.

The flavor is a good blend of acidity and funk. It's more toward the Cantillon and Tilquin end of the spectrum, though it has a bit more funk than either of those without quite as much acidity. Really nice lemon rind and puckering lactic acidity throughout. Dry and funky. Light body with spritzy carbonation and a nice dry, sour finish. Really impressive.

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Photo of Naugros
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this as the final beer at a Belgian Beer Dinner at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ.

They poured the servings into 6oz snifters, but refilled for those who seemed to enjoy the musty, sour flavor. My wife and a few others at the table were not find of sour beers, so I had four glasses of it. Apart from the sour and must, there was a touch lemony citrus, but ever so slight. There was also a very mild phenol that came off as pepper. One person at the table took it as lemon-pepper, but I got the two elements separately.

The color was not all great...very pale and murky, but there was an inner glow of darker yellow that came through. No head at all, maybe a slight crown of suds. The smell was wonderful and what I had hoped for. My nosed puckered as I sniffed and I was in heaven.

Quite a wonderful blend and they did a nice job of selecting lambics to create this gem. I can't wait until their next one and hope to find Lambrucha one day.

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Photo of N17shelfside
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial pour had some light head that dissipated quickly, while in the glass constant carbonation evident with champagne like bubbling. The appearance is only a slight hazy with a nice golden straw color. Initial scent is full of funky barnyard ang grass. Mouthfeel is a little thick and heavy. Initially hit with typical barnyard funk that starts one dimensional that explodes into a number of different funky flavors. I detected lemongrass, citrus, barnyard, horseblanket at the least. Flavor doesn't really linger a lot, just some citrusy sour bitterness.

It seems that my bottle was very different from the others that I have seen reviewed. I imagine that a lot has to do with which batch you pick up. Mine was the Zenne valley, private domain brewed in 2009 and bottled in 2011.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2011 cork and cage bottle. Served cellar temp.
Decent carbonation, bright yellow straw color. Slight haze despite being aged the better part of a year. Hardly any head, some white thin head on the fringe.
Smells nice. Immediate oak barrel character comes through. Mixed in with some intense, very bright wild yeast.
Great flavor as well. Solid lactic sourness. Does scorch the palate or linger too long. Oak is both well balanced and tasty. Still very beer like, I can taste the wheat. And doesn't have a bone dry body like a lot of lambics, but by no means sweet. Worth a try, true to style.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellowy golden with a small white bubbly head that fizzles out rapidly.
Smells nice-- earthy funk, like a slightly damp yet dusty cellar, some citrusy (mainly lemon) notes, and a slight hint of spice-- but one that I associate with wheat beers... Perhaps it's just a bit of spicy wheat character, though my mind keeps running back to two other possible culprits: grains of paradise or coriander.
The flavor is all the nose had me expecting, plus a little sour white grape acidity. Not really sour as much as I like, but this is quite tasty. The character and complexity of the flavor profile is rich and full with enough going on to keep it enjoyable, but retain it's accessibility to people that aren't into beer. This would make for a great veer to bring to a family party and serve to friends and relatives-- this could very easily replace the white wine at most dinner parties.

The body is very good, in fact it is my favorite aspect of this beer... Just a slight tart sourness that gently pulls at my cheeks whilst the carbonation scrubs the surface of my tongue. Very cleansing and "fresh" feel.

Overall-- wow. I wasn't expecting much, but I think this is very nice. The light airy flavor and feel remind me a bit of Zomer (my only perfect 5 review!). If this were more sour and had a little more light fruit notes, I would have no qualms about rating this damn high.
Quite enjoyable. If you can grab one, then buy two! If you don't like it, trade me the extra bottle.

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Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Buzzards Bay gold rimmed stemmed glass.

A - Yeasty, pale orange gold color. Hazy with a low white head that dies leaving behind a bubbly collar and very sparse lacing.

S -Yeasty, earthy, very bretty with heavy barnyard, funky, tart, gym socks.

T - Sour, lactic tartness, lite acetic qualities, extremely forward barnyard funk - sweaty and wet basement-y, citrus with lemons, apples, quite dry.

M - Thin, sweaty and funky, medium-high prickly carbonation, dry, tart.

O - Very good gueuze, tons and tons of funk! Tart, not super sour though. Very good gueuze - one of the most enjoyable I've had in a while. Bottles are expensive, but I will probably grab another before they are all gone.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - really reminds me of a light lager. Clear, straw yellow body. Poured a couple finger head which quickly falls to a trace. No lacing.

S - The smell is sour, mostly lemon qualities. Just a little funk.

T - Delicious gueuze. Well balanced tart that is not too bitter. Definitely some funk in the finish (like gym sock and dust). The tartness is very grapefruit and kumquat like and hints of lime.

M - Great carbonation and solid all around. Leaves a bit of a dryness on the finish. Body is on the lighter side but about right for this style.

O - This is a great beer and I'm glad it sits on the shelves (I know the $22 is what causes this) for me to enjoy whenever I'm willing to splurge. Maybe not Cantillon level, but a good readily available substitute.

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Photo of carlborch
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a small off white head. In the aroma, dry sweet tarts. In the taste, tart pear, dry yeast, and some more sweet tarts. A small sour bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry fruit skin and tartness in the aftertaste. Nice tartness and fruit presence.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw, low carbonation. It smells dry and woody, a sweet funk sort of comes through at the end, sort of like a funky, musty apple. The taste is similar, lactic, and nice, very to style. Mouthfeel is very dry and elegant. I find this the most pleasing part of the beer. Overall, I thought this was a great beer for the price (18.00) Though not the best, I thought this to be more prototypical of the lambic genre of beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a slightly hazy yet bright marigold with less than a fingers worth of foam which quickly dissipates.

S - a barnyard brett funk fest with bright notes of lemon zest and hints of bready malt.

T - the lemony acidity hits the tongue quickly. as it warms the funkiness comes out. the brett character is strong but well integrated with lots of earthy notes. the funk character carries over throughout the marathon finish.

M - crisp and dry with a medium body probably on the lighter side and a zippy carbonation.

O - Excellent. Pricey but this is perfect for summertime sipping and would be extremely versatile with food.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and caged green bottle poured into a tulip.
6.75% ABV, Brew Year 2008, Bottle Year 2011

A - I've heard mice farts louder than the carbonation escape from the cork pull. Lambickx pours almost still with loose bubbles forming a ring around the top of the faintly hazed golden beer.

S - Waves of heavenly ripe sour funk permeate every pore of the nostrils with tart citrus rind and damp sweat sock leaving oak and biting acidity on the back end covering up what little "beer" character one might pull from this lambic; unique and classic!

T - Grainy pale malts and soda cracker barely manages to poke through the overtly funky flavor of Lambickx, traipsing across the tongue with dry oak, gym socks, and a tart finish of lemon oil.

M - Notably lower in carbonation during the pour, this single year blend of lambics has a slick feel with just a trickle of bubbles dancing down the throat as this bone dry beer finishes with a combination of tart acidity and downright sour power.

O - Vanberg and DeWulf's Lambickx is a unique drinking experience that distances itself from the other sour beers that grace the shelves. Layers of funky complexity burrow deep into this beer with tart and sour components with descriptors that would make the uninitiated sour drinker question why anyone would consume such a "beer". This blended lambic is not, for many reasons, a training wheel sour but it's a damn good beer for those who know what to expect.

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Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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

Brewed 2013, bottled 2014. Aged in French oak. Poured from 750 ml bottle into champagne flute. Appearance of hazy apple juice, very little carbonation. Delicate aromas of tart apple, yeast, and vinegar. Flavors are quite muted as well: tart cider and green apple, with a touch of oaky bitterness on the finish. It fits the style description perfectly. If you like Chardonnay, you might enjoy this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Matthew prior to the Pat Metheny concert. Many thank yous.

Light orange body with a soapy white head. Aromas of mineral funk, citrus. Authentic lambic character. Tons of well water and mineral character. Super funky. Delicious.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sources & bottle counts vary from year to year, all are listed under one entry.

Brewed 2008, bottled 2011.
Source: De Troch
2000 bottles produced.

a: 3.5 s: 4.5 t: 4 m: 4 o: 4.5

This is the most traditional lambic released from De Troch (available in the US), and it's pretty impressive that V&D has sourced their unblended lambic for this project. Glad to see that they are still capable of producing a quality traditional product, despite being responsible for the lowest common denominator Chapeau line. They should be encouraged and praised for this, as it represents a new turn away from the saccharine sweet junk.

Three year old unblended lambic. One bottle on the shelf bore the embossed Lindemans monogram on the bottle oddly enough, recycling at it's finest. Opened with a tiny pop, but no carbonation, as is expected... traditional unblended lambic does not add priming sugar or young lambic to produce carbonation. This is traditional and by design, a point which some reviews here seem to be missing entirely.

Hazy saturated orange color, string of juice bubbles around the edges. Still glassy surface. Color glows when backlit.

Farmy rustic aroma of damp wood and hay, forest floor, sawn wood and citrus. Soft and mellow, not sharp or acetic.

Grapefruit juiciness, crabapple, dry oak, a soft acidity that puckers but isn't overbearing. Still and medium bodied like natural fruit juice. Overall pretty impressive, we can only hope De Troch might bottle an Oude Gueuze one day...

Brewed 2009, bottled 2011.
Source: Private Domain
5333 bottles produced.

a: 3.5 s: 4.5 t: 4 m: 4 o: 4.5

Served cool at cellar temperature. Into a tulip glass it pours a bright glowing orange, sharply clear. A loose cluster of larger bubbles forms in the center as it's decanted from the bottle, but soon enough there's no foam at all. Second slow pour yields a thin veil and an equally thin ring around the edges of the glass.

Complex briny aroma, sour citrus and wet wood. Fresh sawn oak and mushroomy funk. Hay and musty barn blankets. Just about as authentic as they come.

Big citrus flavors at first, lemony with some grapefruit and a slight creamy cheesiness too. Tannic bitterness, moderate puckering sourness. Bone dry oaky aftertaste, slightly honeyish. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Nice work on this lambic, it's legit and highly drinkable. If I had to wager a guess, *maybe* it's a 2 year old lambic from De Cam, as V&D imports them also...

De Troch, Brewed 2013, bottled 2015, 2436 bottles produced. (375mL)

A:4.25 S:4.25 T:4 M:4 O:4.25
2 year old De Troch, surprisingly there's some carbonation, straw gold with a compact head and some spindly webs of lacing in the glass.

Aroma is mellow, but there's distinct meyer lemon zest upfront, with a mushroomy wet wood funk in the back. Moderately tart, verges on sour with citric lemon and crabapple notes. Dry finish, honey malt and dry oak. Lighter feel with low carbonation, as expected for an unblended lambic. Overall this was really good, always worth picking up the new vintage to try. Happy that De Troch has returned to producing a more traditional lambic like this one.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
3.92 out of 5 based on 405 ratings.
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