Lambickx | Vanberg & DeWulf

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3.88/5
411 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
Ranking:
#8,362
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
411
pDev:
11.86%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
77
Trade:
6
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -2.1%
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 +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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 +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | 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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tertullian007
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of enelson
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adodds
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagriley
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of Haybeerman
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 StoutSnob40
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durlta
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gman1602
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
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 brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 411 ratings
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