Lambda | Bellwoods Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the belly of the dragon (barrel room), comes a boozy brew that already seems to have a serious reputation. What started off as a relatively traditional Quad recipe, went into our beloved oak barrels alongside a healthy dose of Brettanomyces Lambicus, and like a recluse, there it stayed for the better part of a year. As to what Lambda was doing while on sabbatical for a year, it’s tough to say. Perhaps it was reading post apocalyptic fiction, or just diabolically planning its return…

Added by jrenihan on 03-22-2014

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by peensteen:
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4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brownish ruby colour, 1.5 fingers of tan head, a bit of lace as well. Smell is brett and oak forward, dark fruit, plums and raisn, a bit of a port wine and brown sugar as well here. Taste is bretty and funky, dark fruits, raisin and plum, sweet jammy fruits, a bit of alcohol but not close to the 11% listed. Medium carbonation, full body with creamy points. This was really enjoyable, rich and complex, excellent stuff in line with the rest of the stuff these guys are doing.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- tons of dark fruit on the aroma with an emphasis on dried cranberry and raisin. Just a hint of sour/tart aroma, but barely noticeable

T- sweet caramel/toffee malt up front produces lots of dark fruit flavor that follow the nose; cranberry, raisin, fig & date, a hint of cherry. Hint of vinous notes with some woodsy flavor, singed brown sugar sweetness on the close

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a thick mouthfeel and creamy finish

O- a nice quad that provides plenty of those dark fruity characteristics that you look for in the style

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Photo of GJKerr
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery for a mighty steep $12.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 10deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens with a mighty POP and pours a 1/2" high off white head that lasted a few minutes until film out. Medium to dark brown colour and filtered clear.

S- Lots of sugar

T- Sugar and spice and everything nice. LOL Not a bad version of a quad. Rather sweet and boozy but the base of the brew is good. Complex to say the least. Wood and heat hit you at the end.

M- Dry and tart. Syrupy at the beginning but that is displaced by dry and tart

O- Nice brew. I like it and will buy again on next release. Have not liked a lot of brews from these guys lately but this one is good.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with........ Leg of Lamb with cinnamon and clove with brown sugar and mustard rub. Roast for 325deg F for 25mins per pound on the leg.


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Photo of Boozecamel
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's gushing like a ....wait. whatever popped into your head right then says alot about you. Anyways...
Amazing nose full of plums, raisins, and all dark fruits, brown sugar, and a touch of booze and earthy clove.
Taste is along the same lines ...just so much luscious dark fruit brown sugar and burnt caramel, light spice and a light woody bitterness in the finish.
There's a touch of oxidization in the nose and taste. Just a bit of cardboard but some nice sherry too. This is a b1 (2014) bottle from a bro I know. Thanks, Damon!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head. Aroma of dry fruits and residual sugars offset by some funky yeast notes is quiet singular and interesting. Taste is also dominated by residual brown sugar notes with some dry fruits and candy ester offset by some Brett and funky yeast notes. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation and some light arming alcohol notes. Very interesting mix with good amount fo complexity while retaining some drinkability.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque deep amber/brown colour with two big fingers of taupe coloured head that slowly receded.

S - The funk from the brett is very noticeable up front. A big sweetness from the base beer adds dark caramel, toffee, dates, raisins and hints of dark fruit.

T -Sweetness up front - caramel, toffee, dates, raisins and plum are all present with a hint of dark cherry coming through as well. The brett is much more muted than the nose suggested, but shows up in the finish adding a slight funk and some dryness. A slight alcohol presence help to cut the sweetness.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Slightly dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a dark, ruby-brown with 2-3 fingers of bubbly, tan head that falls quickly to a thick persistent collar and some ephemeral lacing. The nose is full of sweet roasted malt, raisins, dates and Brett! On the palate there is a massive malt profile, sweet caramel, treacle, raisins, honey and vanilla. The Brett really comes out nicely on the finish and attempts to dry out the palate. Lambda has a big body and lots of carbonation (a bit too much). This is a delicious beer with a great deal of complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of @TheSevenDuffs

The brett is much more muted than I initiated expected (although it did sit for 1 year) but it added an interesting complexity and rounded out the sweetness. Well worth seeking.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SebD
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some amber hues shining through. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (grapes and raisins), some tart cherries, oak, sweet caramel and a slight roastiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of sweet dark fruit (grapes, raisins, cherries, dark berries), some Brett funk, oak and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another great one by Bellwoods.

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4.1/5  rDev -1%

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3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
2.07/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Lambda from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 63 ratings