Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

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Café-Brouwerij Loterbol
Ranked #20
Ranked #17,194
3.88 | pDev: 13.92%
May 21, 2023
Jul 19, 2007
Very Good
Notes: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen & Café-Brouwerij Loterbol Tuverbol is a blend of 3 Fonteinen Lambik with Loterbol Blond.
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A 2021 bottle.

A: Opens with a big POP. A bubbly, foamy white head pours out. It becomes manageable after a minute. A hazy orange/yellow color. The foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Spotty patches of lace.
S: Big musty basement like Funk, oak and vanilla all mingle and dance together. More of a toasted malt character with dried citrus fruit aromas.
T: That musty basement funk, oak and vanilla are all up front. More toasted malty flavors, some sweetness, with just a hint of dried citrus/fruity acidity. For a Lambic, I was expecting more of the tart/acidic character to come through. There is more of a sweet finish. Though still very nice.
M/O: A medium to full body. At first, spritzy and crisp carbonation. Though that smooths out, would like a drier finish, but small grips. The alcohol is noticeable, and very high for a Lambic. Though still something I'm enjoying sipping on.

I'm not sure I have had a Lambic like this before. The high ABV makes this a sipper, but a really enjoyable one. The acidic/tart/sourness isn't nearly as prominent as others in the style. Instead, the funk, malts and the oak have more of a presents. All that said, its still very intriguing, and...whats that word again...oh yeah, enjoyable. Definitely recommended for something a bit different with the style.
May 21, 2023
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
2021 vintage.
Apr 16, 2023
Rated: 4.06 by samEBC from Belgium

Jan 15, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 10, 2022
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Reviewed by BergBeer from Hawaii

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

Look: hazy golden brown with a thick white head

Smell: Tart but pleasantly so. Green apple, white wine, lemon, and cracker. Very nice.

Taste: Mild smartie like tart up from with a nice salty kick. Body is green apple, oak, white wine, and golden bread.

Feel: Bright and clean. Highly active carbonation. No alcohol. Mild acidity. Mild bitterness.

Overall: A brilliant blended sour. One I will keep an eye out for in the future.
Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
saw this on an obscure bottle list and had to try it with the homies, we love drie fonteinen and just had to, not knowing what this was, a blend of their lambic and this strong tripel type belgian golden, 2018 vintage for us, small bottle, cork and cage. the beer is a clear at first, straw colored to light pale orange, but quickly gets more sedimented as we pour toward the bottom, a decent head on it, but short lived, and it immediately smells dusty and old, and like there is way more belgian ale than lambic in the blend, not what i expected at all, perhaps the storage of this one and the green glass got the better of it, but it smells oxidized to me, tired, but still unique and interesting and ferment forward to we march on. the flavor is odd, more malty it seems up front than it color really indicates, almost toasted to me, and with the sort of candy sugar added vibe i get in many tripel types, not so much sweet as the flavors of that sugar specifically, whether its in here or not. i honestly dont get much lambic either, a little tang to it sure, but the funk and wildness of the drie lambic is largely absent unfortunately. thankfully the yeast in the belgian ale is cool, its unique, spicy, and well used, white pepper and coriander essence to it for me, a hint of dry white wine maybe, dried flowers and even culinary herbs. some oak in the mix too, way in the back, more as it warms, but the oxidation puts cardboard and skunk all through it too, past its prime weirdly, unexpectedly. more lambic would improve this, because more lambic improves most things, but to me this was a little bit of a miss, its boozy, somewhat sweet, kind of stale, and not real cohesive, certainly below expectations given the collaborator, but its still of merit, unique as a blend of these styles and really my first exposure to loterbol, would love to score more of their stuff. not the standout i was hoping for, but a rare and fun bottle shared with the boys is always a treat!
May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Celebrating the end of the semester!

Poured this beer from a bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden yellow color with excellent head and curtain lacing. Funky fruit smell and taste. Floral with dry white wine and oak. Some tart berries. Very enjoyable beer!
May 03, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Part Belgian Strong Pale ale and part Lambic, when Loterbol and 3 Fonteinen get together, there's a spicy, strong, sour and sweet party to be had.

Their collaboration Tuverbol '21 kicks off with a pale straw, slightly tarnish, slightly burnish, but still racy with turbulent carbonation. As its frothy honeycomb structures rise from the ale, its billowing froth is illuminated by a spicy, earthy and tangy medley of white wine, sea air, weathered woods, saddle leather, dried citrus and a general scent of cellar-like conditions. More gentle through on the palate, a sweeter tone of honey, sugar cookie and wafer have a maltier mark early in taste.

As the flavors unfold on the middle palate, the flavors develop from the strong ale and toward the more gueuze-like character slowly but steadily. Fruit with early pear, apple, lemon and honeydew, the fruits eventually trend in a sharper grapefruit, lime and white grape direction; each of the dried and weathered character. Meanwhile, the balance of earthen spice grows with peppercorn, cumin, oak, pectin and lemongrass. With the hop bitterness and a piquant medicinal spice signaling closure, the flavor profile is complete.

Medium bodied for sour ale, but certainly drier for strong pale ale, the beer meets in the middle of the blend. Spicy with alcohol, sourness and yeast spice, the beer finishes warm, acute and simmering into a medium length afterglow of sourdough and wine must.
Feb 09, 2022
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2019/2020 bottle says 9.6% on the back.

A- Cork pops of the 375ml bottle with a strong oomph and the beer pours with a medium golden body that has a slight haze to it. A head forms to an inch high with a foamy, yet thick and very sturdy consistency. Great head retention. Lacing is moderate with thick blankets on parts of the glass.

S- Aroma reminds me mostly of Saison but with some funk and acidity in the backdrop. Lemon, pepper, Belgian yeast spice, phenols and a dollop of cherry-pie/horsey/slight bandaid Brett right in the face. Damn that's some nice Brett.

T- Dry and spicy flavor profile that has a pretty strong bitter grip on the palate with spicy phenolics coming on strong on the taste buds alongside a healthy portion of funky, musty Brett. Straw, light citrus zest, peppery, strong yeast spices, grassy and horsey flavors. Grapes come to mind.

MF- A pretty wonderful body if you ask me, kind of reminds me of Orval. Very fluffy and puffy but has a nice substantial creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and the carbonation is very high. Dry, bitter finish.

Certainly an interesting brew with a fantastic aroma of Brett and spice but the flavor seems to pack too much of that intense yeasty phenolic feel. Flavor just feels like it has too many strong characters fighting for that number one spot and it loses some balance.
Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by steverx8 from England

Mar 14, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by SG_H44 from Korea (South)

Jan 03, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
L- Pale amber, slightly hazy, pours with a 3mm white head that is progressively growing! The rising CO2 in the glass is really lively, so no wonder.
S- I'm no expert of this style of beer, at all! It reminds me of rather piquant cooking apples though.
T- It's pretty seriously dry. The bottle shape and caged/corked cap reminded me of Belgian Gose style beers, well there's cross-over, though I don't get the Gose sourness here. --- It's materially dryer than a glass of dry champagne would be, put it like that. In fact, interesting thought, there is a lot of X-over with a veeeery dry white white.
F- DRY. And it must be seriously dry to be able to just about mask most of it's 11.5%. The ABV% hardly makes it's presence felt at all.
O- It's certainly different and I'm really unsure what to make of it. I suspect this is a niche local speciality which might be why it's so expensive too! Am I enjoying it, well yes, it's different, it IS austere in how dry it is so I wouldn't pay the thumping £9.25 to buy it again. 375ml bottle, bought from TremblingMadness/York for home delivery BB: 'the end of 2024'. Really hard to 'judge', as a) you know it's some god-like beer to those who appreciate the style, and yet b) the style is very unfamiliar and somewhat challenging.
Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by heygeebee from Australia

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A strong pale ale from 3F?
Indeed a very dark looking golden-ish ale - as you might expect a hybrid of lambic yeast and then Belgian sweetness. Almost the worst of both worlds in the end with a sugary finish
Not too carbonated either which both styles need.
The price - $30 for a 375 .. I had been waiting for a special evening to open... :-( hmmm
Dec 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
The first of a number of bottles I sought direct from Belgium to make up for the fact that the pandemic fucked over our planned vacation this year--this bottle opened itself after the cage was removed. Quite considerate. It pours a burnt orange to amber, and using a lambic basket it only becomes slightly foggy in the body. Above the body builds a tall khaki head that loudly fizzles out to a silky rosé like surface, but for a dash of tiny bubbles.

It's clearly got that oaky, toasted sesame yet almost skunky Drie funk, especially on the nose, while the taste contrasts by being both more subdued and malty. It contains lager-like notes of corn and grape, while simultaneously tasting more spicy of clovey phenols with accents of anise and even fennel, especially compared to anything I've had involving 3F before. It's also a bit strong, as expected for a blend with some Tripel in it, as some booze and a faint metallic note creates a very unique experience compared to other spontaneous Belgian ales I've had, also including a note of honey.
Jul 25, 2020
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
De 32gp. En copa Teku. Edición 2018. Jugando a The Last of Us y luego a Paths of Sin: Greed. El añadido de lambica se nota bastante, pero el fondo de ale belga lo domina bien, compensando y haciendo que no resulta nada excesiva. Si bien, resulta una birra algo apagada, que pasa algo desapercibida
Jul 01, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by aztraz from Sweden

May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
750ml Bottle at share, courtesy of Rich. Cloudy amber pour, nice fluffy head. Of course there's the brett, plus notes of brown sugar and some funk Fruity flavors emerge in the taste along with light woody barrel notes.
Apr 30, 2020
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A 375ml corked and caged bottle (grey/silver cap), 2017 vintage, with a best before date of end of 2022. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head that had good retention, but eventually settled to a thin cap, while leaving lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Funk, brett, light tartness, apple, grape, and maybe a splash of candi sugar and notes of citrus.

Taste: Lightly sour, citrus zest, apple, grape, Belgian yeast spiciness, and a bitter finish with some boozy notes.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: The lambic doesn’t come through as much as I hoped, but then again, I read that it was only 10% blend. I think overall it was interesting, but not really my preference especially the somewhat stronger boozy notes than expected.
Apr 22, 2020
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a short off white head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down at all.
S: Moderate aromas of barnyard funk are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite funky.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell and taste of this beer are both quite funky so this is something that is likely to be enjoyed by those who have an acquired taste for unblended lambics.

Note: 2017 vintage

Serving type: bottle
Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by edthehead from Maryland

Nov 20, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 15, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by unclekeith from Alaska

Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2018 vintage.

Pours an unclear dark orange with a thick cap of frothy head.

Smell is fruity and slightly tart with notes of Seville oranges, yeast, some phenols, banana and lemon.

Taste is slightly tart with a bit of yeastiness, and some phenolic notes as well as lemon, banana candy and grass. No sign of the ABV and quite easy to drink, even refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium with strong carbonation.

Overall, a very interesting beer, less sour than anticipated, but very tasty.
Aug 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
2017 vintage, 9% abv. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is mostly yeasty with some grassy funk and alcohol notes. Taste is astringent, dry, yeasty, quite bitter and earthy on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. The finish is a bit tart and astringent but overall the tripel is more obvious.
Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jul 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
2017 vintage poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice opaque orange with white head. Head sticks around for a good amount of time. When initially cracked, this bottle popped and released some contents. Nose is full of funk, sourness, and citrus. Getting orange, lemon, grapes, apricots. Taste is different from the nose. A strange bitterness comes upfront - not like other lambic I have tasted. More of a funk bitterness with slightly rotten notes. There is basically no sourness on this - just bitter and odd tasting. The nose is much better than the taste. It has some metalic and soy sauce notes. Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Overall, I was quite disappointed with this one.
Jun 22, 2018
Rated: 4.37 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Jun 11, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by YvesB from Belgium

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by petermethot from New Jersey

Aug 15, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Jhfinn from New York

Jul 30, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Mar 11, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by benzalman from California

Dec 07, 2015
Rated: 4.11 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

Sep 03, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Aug 15, 2015
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Reviewed by jloomis from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This is an interesting beer. I can't fully describe it. The nose is super funky the taste is tart, prickly, and weird. Interesting beer and glad I got to try it. One of a kind for sure.
Aug 15, 2015
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