Lambickx | Vanberg & DeWulf

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very good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Vanberg & DeWulf
New York, United States
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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:
408
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
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22
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, lemon, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour lemon and funky flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but smells slightly better in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

not as good as i wanted this to be, the 2010-11 vintage in oak and chestnut. it pours a still apple juice color, no bubbles at all. hazy, but sunny and bright still. the nose is really funky, authentic lambic smelling with lactic tartness and high acid content. lots of citrus too, smells wild and strong, it fills the room with its funky aromatics. the taste is a little more subtle, sour only in the finish, with rustic wheat malt and lemon juice making up the bulk of the taste. as it warms a yellow grapefruit complex really comes out. fleshy grapefruit is the exact flavor, its uncanny. i have a real problem with the lack of carbonation. i know its one vintage of lambic and is supposed to be this way, but it makes it hard to get into it, i want sour beer like this to resonate and sing, this just falls short of that by quite a bit, its almost dead on the palate. i am glad i got to try this, but at 23 bucks or so per bottle, it is absurdly overpriced. i know there are a number of vintages and barrels released of this, and others may exhibit other characteristics, but at this price i am unlikely to continue experimenting with lambickx.

edit: just enjoyed the private domain edition, with some port or red wine and chestnut wood among three blended wood treatments from what i understand. it suffers the same lack of carbonation and life, but the depth really is advanced well beyond the on i had from the bottle reviewed above. all sorts of musty funky weirdness and old medical stuff, like an abandoned senior citizens home firstaid kit or something. all in a good way. get the private domain if you can!

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks for my friend Jen for picking up a bottle of this and sharing it with me and a few other people we know. This brew poured out into a wine glass gave off a hazy golden color with a thin white head on top that fizzled away rather quickly. The smell of the beer is tart and funky much like a typical Gueuze should smell. The taste was also tart and acidic flavors coursing through the beer. The taste was still tolerable though and not overwhelming. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the light side, it was dry like and leaving a tingle on the taste buds. Overall I found this to be a pretty good drinkable Gueuze. I can't say that I'd purchase a bottle for myself or anything but I am glad I got to try some.

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3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark pale yellow in color. It poured with only delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak are present in the nose along with notes of sourness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a little bit of acidity with hints of tangerines.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This unblended lambic was neither too acidic nor too sour so it wasn't that difficult to drink.

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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rock stars of Zenne Valley often lies in the art of the master blender rather than the master brewer. The finesse that exists in lambics and gueuze are the painstaking properties that these artists dwell over with meticulous attention to detail and fine honing of tasting skill. All that manifests brilliantly in this importer's try beer creation.

Their Lambickx pours with a sandy-yellow hue and a powdery haze that harks a little to yeast heavy witbier. A build up of creamy white foam caps the beer with a quiet calm and is sprinkled with bits of yeast. While not the most appealing beer to the eye, its aesthetics are likely that of a hundred years ago.

Aged, mellow, and earthen aromas decorate the nose with aromas of dried limes, sea air, wet straw, saddle leather, and aged woods. The shapness of the aromas and the promise of acidity evokes mouth watering properties immediately. White pepper, cider, and crab apples pronounce themselves as the beer warms and the nose becomes acclimated to the complexities herein.

Mature flavors pull ahead of the younger and sharper tartness for a mellower taste than is expected from the nose. Sure, the lime, cider, and chardonnay character is well represented, but the intensity dials down to allow the earthen woods, straw, yeast, leather, and tobacco flavors to dictate the flavor spread. These varying flavors are deeply embedded in a weave of marzipan, sea brine, and vegemite. The horsey character of the nose translates to a rustic creamy taste of oak and hay. A minerally balance with mild yet pleasant grassy hop bitterness layers onto the beer beautifully and closes the beer with confidence and grace.

Light bodied, but the sheer complexity of taste and its creamy carbonation makes me want to read a touch of fullness to start. But as the carbonation is supplanted by the brunt of acidity, mild alcohol, and tannin; the beer turns powdery dry with an aura of arid astringency in closure.

Subtlety is well played in this rustic ale as the finer qualities are light but certainly worth the concentration. I love the downplayed sourness in favor of mature earthiness throughout.

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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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4/5  rDev +2%

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2012. Pours lightly hazy pale golden straw color with no head or lacing. Some light streaming carbonation from the glass . Aromas of big tart apple, lemon, pear, grape, leather, wood, clove, pepper, hay, straw, grass, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of wood and yeast notes; with good strength. Feels drier and more oak/wood forward than most lambics I have had. Taste of tart green apple, grape, lemon, leather, clove, pepper, wood, hay, straw, grass, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, grape, lemon, leather, wood, clove, pepper, hay, straw, wheat, musty funk, white wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of wood and yeast flavors; with a moderately dry finish with no cloying flavors. Minimal carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, earthy, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice lambic style. Very dry with nice complexity and balance of wood and yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on with no carbonation and light acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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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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4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

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

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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
3.92 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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