OWA Ume Lambic
OWA Brewery SPRL

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OWA Brewery SPRL
Lambic - Fruit
3.88 | pDev: 14.18%
May 14, 2019
Feb 17, 2014
Very Good
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Ratings by kevanb:
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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by kevanb from Illinois

750ml bottle, #0979/1000, 2013 vintage, poured into an OWA Pokal glass.

The beer pours a bright golden color, very clear though the bottom of the bottle shows some haziness, a number of tiny bubbles race to the top of the glass where a thick finger or so of white head, soapy and frothy, sits that has very nice retention and leaves big swatches of soapy lace behind. The aroma is pleasant, sweet plum, lemon peel, a bit of candi sugar and some strong musty funk and damp straw. The flavors are nice, lots of citrus zest, tart plum, white grape, mild oak and musty horseblanket. The mouthfeel is nice, lively body with crisp but gentle carbonation that coats fairly well and finishes with a sour puckery bite.

Verdict: A very nice lambic from OWA, the plum doesn't jump out, hides a bit behind the citrus, but does add some nice tartness and acts as a counterbalance to the bright and more acidic flavors that come across initially. It's definitely a bit sweeter than a typical lambic, but definitely has a sour thing going on too, very interesting, but very enjoyable beer.

Dec 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lambic with a large white foamy head with OK retention and some alight lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some light fruity plum notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is a good mix of plum notes with some tart notes, light oak with some funky Brett notes with very subtle acidity notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation. Super enjoyable lambic.

May 14, 2019
3.83 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 26, 2018
4.09 by samEBC from Belgium on Nov 19, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothman from Minnesota

2016 bottle

White head. Burnt golden orange color.

A nice amount of funk, cobweb, and dust. Some sourness and tart flavors. Green apples. Some berry fruits, but guessing that is from the plums. Has a caramel sweetness near the finish. Finishes really bland with no flavor in the aftertaste.

A very interesting lambic. I enjoyed my pour.

Nov 23, 2016
4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Aug 03, 2016
3.94 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Jul 31, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by acurtis from New Jersey

Possibly eraser smell but not too off putting, kinda enjoyed this one. Taste is lite plum, clean Apple (no green apple) a bit of citrus, some funk. Smooth, not yogurt like.

Mar 04, 2016
3.78 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Jun 01, 2015
4.07 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on May 31, 2015
3.5 by polishkaz from Connecticut on May 17, 2015
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by kscaldef from Oregon

2014. Odd sort of eraser smell. Somewhat yogurty. Not my favorite.

May 10, 2015
3.81 by JamFuel from Sweden on Dec 29, 2014
2.5 by largadeer from California on Oct 25, 2014
4.5 by Wowcoolman from California on Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Jonada
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by Jonada from New Jersey

750 ml bottle best before February 2017. Poured into a Cantillon Iris glass.

Appearance: Pour a bright gold color with less than a finger of white head that dissipates to a thick ring with some wispy coating. Body is hazy but still transparent with light visible carbonation and tiny amounts of suspended sediment.

Smell: Funky cereal grain aroma with lesser notes of hay, red apple and very mild lemon. Not really really doing anything for me.

Taste: Apple, slight sweetness, wet grain, hay, maybe a hint of white grape.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Carbonation on the lower side. Finishes semi sweet with a very light sourness.

Overall: Not sure what to make of this one. Really unlike any other lambic I've ever had. I'm not sure if this is back sweetened or maybe entirely young lambic, but whatever it is I'm not really a fan. It's not bad, but I had much higher expectations for this.

Sep 23, 2014
4 by CaptainFleeker from Illinois on Aug 23, 2014
3.75 by huntermop from South Carolina on Jul 08, 2014
4 by Mbrown44 from Delaware on Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rifugium from North Dakota

Shared this at a recent tasting.

Golden-straw color, hazy, with a cap of bubbly white head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring; minimal lacing. Aroma of funky hay, essence of lemon, with the plum coming in in a very subtle way. Good lambic taste, funk and delicate tartness, wet grass, again the plum was pretty light, almost a background flavor--this wasn't a really fruity beer, which might appeal to some and disappoint others--some savory rhubarb notes, and a hint of oak. Light-medium body, crisp and fairly dry, lightly acidic, lower carbonation. Very nice overall.

May 18, 2014
3 by Mattias from Sweden on May 16, 2014
4.5 by SteeleWright from Texas on May 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by shleepy from California

Poured from 750mL bottle into Duvel glass.

Golden, opaque. Mostly flat.
Really tasty. Very subtle and enjoyable plum flavor, mixed with the usual (but not excessively funky) lambic notes.
Sourness is not excessive, either, for a lambic, and mouthfeel is smooth.

Expensive, but would buy again, if I could find it somewhere for an affordable-ish price.

May 04, 2014
3.75 by ygtbsm94 from Utah on Apr 15, 2014
4 by brother_kenneth from Virginia on Apr 05, 2014
4.75 by WTKeene from New Mexico on Mar 29, 2014
4.75 by huskermike12 from Vermont on Feb 28, 2014
OWA Ume Lambic from OWA Brewery SPRL
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 27 ratings