Lambickx | Vanberg & DeWulf

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88
very good
406 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:
406
Reviews:
99
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
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22
Gots:
75
For Trade:
6
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely lie carbonation but a nice sourness. Color is cloudy as expected, nose is light with hints of apple. Initial flavor is medium sour with apple, finishes tart and a bit flat. Overall a decent sour for a festival sampling but not the best for just drinking alone.

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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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blake for sharing this one - I always eye it up at the store, but the price tag has forbade me to pick it up thus far. I guess I can finally see whether or not I made the right choice. This is the "Zen Valley, Private Domain) bottling, made 2009, bottled 2011. It pours a straw yellow color with some murky translucency and essentially no head. Carbonation was present in the form of wisping bubbles, though it didn't appear to be booming.

The aroma follows a close suit to a typical gueuze, though this beer, by definition, is technically not a gueuze since the blended components are all from the same year. Tart notes of apples, lemon, a light touch of acidity, and an oak-ridden funk wave asserts itself quaintly up front. The back end explores some mild grassy notes, though it never loses it's tart and sour mojo. More fruity acidity near the finish, with very apparent lactic sourness.

More of the same on the palate, as my first impressions of this beer (according to my notes) were "tart" and "oaky". A lactic acid covered stave brushes along the sides of your mouth while an undercurrent of unripe fruits and fruit skins hoard real estate on the tongue. Apple, pear, lactic lemon juice, and even a faint strawberry sweetness that comes colliding in towards mid-palate. Not quite as tart as some other Belgian gueuze, but enough to get the saliva flowing for sure.

Funk isn't quite as belligerent as I'd like, though Lambickx does incorporate a bit on the back end in the form of a musty old barnyard floor. As dry of a finish as you could imagine with a smooth and almost creamy body to it. Despite other reviews noting the clear absence of carbonation, my beer had quite a bit. Again, not like a typical gueuze or lambic, but the carbonation was very apparent and treated my mouth well.

A very good lambic that is seemingly sitting on shelves nearly everywhere (around me, at least) even though it was last made in 2011. Perhaps this is due to the steep price tag. So, was it worth the 25$ it asks for? Well, I'd be hard pressed to spend that now that I've already had it. But I would certainly encourage other lovers of the style to pick one up if they haven't had it before - I wouldn't have been upset at all, had I been the one to finally purchase the bottle.

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Lambickx from Vanberg & DeWulf
3.92 out of 5 based on 406 ratings.
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