Lambik (1 Year Old Unblended) | 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 TheLongBeachBum on 10-01-2002

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Oude Lambik Girardin served from a cask at Bier Circus in Brussels. Cost was a scant 2.50 euro / 20cl.

HEAD: None whatsoever. No lacing.

BODY: One of the clearest beers I've ever seen. Copper of above average vibrance.

Looks like an unblended lambic, sure.

AROMA: Has a cidery bend. Apple, vinegar/acetic character, more (red) apple, fruity esters, neutral helles malts. Apple dominates. There's barely a blip of sourness. Does seem slightly acidic.

Aromatic intensity is light.

TASTE: Has a cereal grain backbone, with notes of Apple and vinegar/acetic acid. No real oak here. Sourness is more pungent than the aroma suggested - maybe a 4/10 in terms of intensity. Raw sweetness. Not imbalanced.

TEXTURE: Flat. There's barely any carbonation here, and it really hurts the beer. Smooth, wet, acidic, slightly refreshing. Some might find it watery, and it lacks the smacky mouthfeel that makes a great Lambic.

OVERALL: Its undercarbonation and raw taste make it difficult to really get on board with, but as a novelty brew that gives one insight into Girardin's blending process, it's interesting. Wouldn't buy it again, but it was interesting to try after having De Ranke's cuvee de ranke.

Tastes and feels unfinished.

C (2.83) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a traditional stoneware crock that had been filled from the barrel. This beer was completely flat, it had a lemony sour aroma with a hint of mustiness to it. Lightly sour, completely dry and devoid of sweetness. Tastes a bit of grapefruit with a hint of pepper/ spiciness in the finish. A bit of astringency as well could be detected. Overall quite refreshing and thirst quenching. My strongest flavor association is one of grapefruit.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A massive thanks goes out to cmrillo for bringing this one out during his own 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from a 10 L bag-in-a-box into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3 Fountains’ Gueuze glass. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a minimal white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, fruit, and subtle cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, cherry, and subtle vinegar. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This was my first time experiencing an unblended lambic in “cask” form. It was really quite interesting. All of the flavors were very delicate rather than being bold and in your face. This one was quite still from a carbonation standpoint. I’m really glad that I got the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: This "young" 1 year old unblended Girardin lambic was served in a light blue Earthenware Jug brought to our Table at the Rare Vos in Schepdaal during my trip to Belgium at Easter 2002. I find that the Jug really adds to the overall rustic charm of the lambic, and also adds to the ambience and even maybe gives the beer time to develop its flavors as it "airs", or “breathes” a little during its short journey to the Table. After all it had been stuck inside a Wooden Cask for some time.

Appearance: Some very light carbonation levels gave this youngster some life, but it’s not much, for there is no head whatsoever, only a few large bubbles form when it is first poured from the Jug into the straight sided Girardin Tumbler. Cloudy, but neither to any offensive degree, nor one that would put you off drinking it, but you do struggle to see through it when held to the light. Light hazy brown color that is completely flat with no head when it comes to rest in the Tumbler.

Smell: The nose is unmistakably lambik, and Girardin. A little mustiness, but not much, this youngster still has lots of lemony grapefruit character that is distinctive and aids its quaffability. Sharp on the nose with some background farmyard feel.

Taste: Acidity was high, with some citrus-lemony tangs in the long dry aftertaste. Bitter grapefruit vaporizes saliva. The finish is a little sour, but it had not yet developed the real sourness that defines for example an Oude Gueuze once this youngster is allowed to socialize with its two older brothers. Extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: A solid feel, this is unmistakably a Lambik with its light woody texture. It sits in the mouth nicely but the lack of carbonation maybe gives this a heavier mouthfeel than you would expect. Wholesome but devoid of life, yet somehow it stimulates.

Drinkability: This is exceptionally refreshing and quaffable on a warm day – although for those that have yet to try a draft lambik, I am sure that is hard to believe when you have just read the description above!! But believe me, it is.

A truly authentic lambik, which just has to be tried to be believed. Beautiful.

Overall, a lovely beer that I personally find very drinkable – and although it is getting harder to find in its native environment, this one is most definitely worth a trek to one of the few remaining Lambik Cafés to seek it out in its traditional draft form (especially from a Jug!). Highly Recommended!!

*Given its rather unique all-round character, all Marks state are for the Lambik Style.

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Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

*I've listed my sampling as a "growler", but the brew was actually in a "boxed wine" type of container shipped from the brewery. Thanks for the sharing, Andy!

A - Poured with a thin white head; orangey copper color; fairly clear color

S - Little earthy; stinky cheese; dried light fruits; vinegary acidity

T - Little vinegary at first; a touch of dark fruit; some funkiness; fruity acidity comes in at the end

M - Smooth and lightish; very subtle (if any) carbonation; nice enough

D - Pretty good drinking, but not the best that I've had in the style. Tart, but not really refreshing

Overall, quite an interesting brew, and I'm very thankful for the opportunity to try it. Recommended.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cask at Muted Horn, Berlin. Funny stuff: smell is strong mushroom, hearty, a bit acetic.
Taste and feel are not the best: flat and heavy with little complexity and the mushroom aroma is always there. Usually i like Girardin blends but i found their lambic a bit boring.

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Photo of ricke
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 10 liter bag-in-box. The box was filled at the brewery sometime during 15-16 August 2009. Sampling date: 2009-08-23.

A: Slightly hazy brownish copper color and no head - just a few large bubbles that quickly disappear.

S: Some musty aromas of apples and lots of grape-like fruit aromas. Hints of lemon. Surprisingly prominent notes of malts. Muted funkiness and a gentle note of vinegar.

T: The taste is rather sweet at first and almost malty, but then develops a pleasant tartness. Fruity notes of apples, lemon and white grapes (grapefruit?). Gentle earthy funkiness. The finish is bone dry and tart, with notes of grass and mild spices.

M: Moderate body, smooth texture and a very very dry finish. Impressive and different. Absolutely no carbonation.

D: This was very interesting to try. It's surprisingly sweet and gentle, perhaps to mild to be truly amazing. It lacks some character, but it was tasty and rather refreshing.

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Lambik (1 Year Old Unblended) from Brouwerij Girardin
3.76 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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