Jonge Lambiek | Brouwerij Girardin

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Brouwerij Girardin

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 09-21-2008

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Photo of ggaughan
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a fresh plastic jug of this at the Girardin brewery this past weekend.

The beer poured a dense, cloudy yellow, straw color with a nice 1/2 head. The nose is has some fresh citrus and apple character to it. The taste starts out a tad bitter and has some pepper notes. After while a nice apple taste and orange as well comes through. The taste is a bit herbal as well. No real sour or tart taste. Very easy drinking. It is wonderful to taste such a fresh lambic, straight from the barrel. I will definitely be going back to get more of this!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a Girardin tumbler glass from cask at Centrum in Beersel.

What is going on here? Did someone puke in my beer? And what is that? Piss? Do they hate Americans this much or is it just me who would be served such a beer? Oh, wait, this is just a rally ballsy lambic. It's meant to be like this.

Appearance: Soft orange amber in color. Flat.

Aroma: Stomach acid (I wasn't making that stuff up about the puke), urea, goldfish crackers. Plenty of horse blanket and barnyard notes.

Taste: Some sweet grape and cherry notes pop up from time to time but intense nastiness dominates. Bile, loads of stomach bile. It's dastardly and offputting but I keep coming back for more. And then there is the dhydrated cheddar cheese and get this...Chicken in a Bisquit. I very distinctly taste the utterly unique flavor of Chicken in a Bisquit crackers in this beer. It's unmistakable. This is so weird.

Mouthfeel: Ungodly acidic. Funky in the extreme. Sour as they come. This is wrong! Wrong! But...I love it.

Drinkability: More than a couple might cause heartburn of grabber like proportions but frankly, it would be worth it.

Last word: bring some toothpaste because your breath will smell like you vomited after drinking this crazy stuff.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of pperez38
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Travlr
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow/orange with a medium white head that lingers, but no lacing to speak of.
S: Aroma of cider with a background of subtle barnyard.
T: Flavor of sweat socks and horse, slightly dry finish.
M: Medium/light body.
D: I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at In De Groene Poort in Gooik. Right down the street from De Cam. Sampled in the outside garden.

A: clear, amber color, no head
S: sweet, leather, apple
T: completely different than what I expected, sweeter, cloying with a slight finish that's tart
M: cloying but nice

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Photo of mothman
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this at Grote Dorst.

Still. Golden copper color.

Apple cider flavor. Obviously young, but very one dimensional. Lemon citrus with lots of wet oak.

Light bodied. Flat of course.

I wasn't a fan of this one.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wl0307
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the younger version than the other Lambiek beers from this brewery, allegedly aged for around 6 months, hence the name "jonge" (young). Served on stillage from the cask at the BSF bar, GBBF 2008, London.

A: pours a hazy light amber hue, with very little sign of beer head and static carbonation - quite natural for a cask ale that is not at its prime.
S: a little white-strawberry-ish fruity aroma skirts the salty-sweet musty body full of marinated star-fruits and tart lemons - typical for a lambiek. A touch of stinky and damp barnyard smell is there, but not really sharp or quite pronounced.
T: tangy-tart vintage-cider like sour fruitiness and lime-rind are followed by lots of salty-sweet dried crataegus fruits. The chewy palate slowly softens, rendering a woody, dry and bitter aftertaste.
M&D: although this young lambiek lacks a bit of depth and complexity that is more common to older lambieks, the pungent and superbly dry palate still makes this a lovely sample of the unblended sour beer. The key thing was the condition of the beer in cask; if I had got this half-pint several hours earlier, the drink might have shown a bit more liveliness and pronounced flavour.

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Jonge Lambiek from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 10 ratings