Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

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Café-Brouwerij Loterbol
Lambic - Traditional
Ranked #20
Ranked #17,315
3.87 | pDev: 14.21%
Tuesday at 10:25 PM
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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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!

Tuesday at 10:25 PM
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4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

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
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 13, 2022
4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 27, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by cbutova from Massachusetts

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
4.25 by steverx8 from England on Mar 14, 2021
4.11 by SG_H44 from Korea (South) on Jan 03, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by heygeebee from Australia

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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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by josanguapo from Spain

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
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on May 12, 2020
Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by kitch from Hong Kong

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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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

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
3.94 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 08, 2019
4.11 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 08, 2019
4 by edthehead from New York on Nov 20, 2019
3.75 by t2grogan from Arizona on Nov 15, 2019
4.24 by unclekeith from Alaska on Sep 29, 2019
Photo of JamFuel
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

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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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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
3.98 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jul 18, 2018
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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Beersnake1 from California

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
4.37 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jun 11, 2018
3.98 by YvesB from Belgium on Mar 06, 2018
4 by petermethot from New Jersey on Aug 15, 2017
3.75 by Jhfinn from New York on Jul 30, 2017
3.73 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 29, 2017
3.98 by trxxpaxxs from New York on Mar 11, 2016
3.79 by benzalman from California on Dec 07, 2015
4.11 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont on Sep 03, 2015
3.64 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Aug 15, 2015
Photo of jloomis
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by jloomis from Florida

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
3.7 by dgilks from Australia on May 22, 2015
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

2012 Version at Kulminator in Antwerp

May 11, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by guityler83 from Wisconsin

2012 version
A: A long lasting bright white head made of tiny bubbles. The head created from the bottle was about 2 fingers tall in the teku and with out much aggression. As the foam slowly subsided it left a coat of foam a finger tall on the full side of the glass with no dry spots. The beer is a medium dark golden color with mild haze (i poured off most of the sediment)

S: Bold funky hay and damp basement brett aroma blends to a fresh lemon-aid tartness. more lemon lime zest with mild grainy character. some spicey phenols come out as the beer warms up. clean and refreshing overall.

T: White wine and green tart grape flavors give way to a grainy pilsner malt flavor. Funky damp basement and oak flavor are mild with light tannic bite that comes off slightly bitter - no real hop flavor. The tartness has more of a mild under-ripe grape flavor with the combination of the phenolic yeast and lacto-bacteria combination upfront. Medium to low sweetness that persists throughout - very different then the aroma would indicate.

M: Mild effervescence from the medium high carbonation. Dry finish with a medium body overall. The alcohol warmth is mild and is very well hidden in this beer - a dangerously easy drinking beer. The carbonic bite at the finish comes off a tad harsh, but is typical in a tripple.. if thats still what it is.

O: An interesting blend of triple and lambic. Love the aroma of the beer but the spicey yeast phenols masked a lot of the flavor of the lambic. maybe the blend wasn’t my preference but it was a good experiment overall

Mar 13, 2015
3.75 by GJ40 from North Carolina on Feb 11, 2015
3.34 by Highbury09 from North Carolina on Feb 06, 2015
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