Café-Brouwerij Loterbol

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Lambic - Traditional
Ranked #32
Ranked #17,388
3.89 | pDev: 14.65%
Café-Brouwerij Loterbol
Very Good
Notes: Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen & Café-Brouwerij Loterbol Tuverbol is a blend of 3 Fonteinen Lambik with Loterbol Blond.
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josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -10%
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
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stevoj from Idaho

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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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kitch from Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -10%
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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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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
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Beersnake1 from California

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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
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jloomis from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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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guityler83 from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had a bottle shared at Stone Soup. This review is for a recent tasting of a '12 bottle from my cellar.

Poured into a Drie Fonteinen "3" wine glass. Cloudy golden-orange with a finger of foamy white head that receded to a collar, lacing the glass nicely. Musty aroma, Belgian yeast, spice and banana esters, grassy funk. Similar taste, a good blend of Belgian ale and gueuze, musty and funky, grassy, spicy yeast, light fruit notes--banana, lemon, peach--cobweb, cork; alcohol was decently hidden, but some fusel flavors came out as it warmed. Medium body, medium-low carbonation, easily drinkable. Good overall, but I prefer a straight-up gueuze to this.

Jan 26, 2014
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Brugge. Found in a bottleshop in Antwerp. Never heard of it, so I bought it. Blend of Loterbol Blond and Doesjel. Vintage 2012. 375ml C&C bottle into a Jupiter Tumbler.

A-Orange/Yellow haze with real thin white head.

S-Tons of funk and earthy aromas. Light sweet blonde notes mixed with sour gueze notes. Light apple/lemon/green grapes.

T-Light sour mixed with malty blonde. Yeasty and meaty with grassy characteristics.

M-Ample carbonation with lighter body. Lighter body. No hints of its 10.6% ABV.

O-Interesting beer. Smell alone, I would assume it's an intensely sour gueze, but it's very mild.

Oct 09, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was clearly brewed or blended by Drie Fonteinen, even the cork says so, so not sure what the whole story is. Brought this back from Belgium and shared with rudzud. 2012 vintage.

Light fizzy head fades quickly bit the head covering sticks around much for a while, semi clear hazy golden orange yellow colored.

Nose is awesome, pure Drie Fonteinen awesomeness, light Wild funk, great lambic sour like fruit and sour, light grassy lemon aromas, great tartness, good funk.

Taste start with Belgian golden malts, almost like tropical Belgian golden ale, then sourness kicks in, lighter than I expected, but of funk, light acidic phlegm, touch of bready malts. Finish is dry slight bready malt, nice lingering sour lambic funk, light acidity.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter carb, booze hidden well.

Overall great, like a good Belgian single ale blended with a nice lambic , and booze hidden very well.

Jun 10, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by JLindros, he bought this while in Belgium, 2012 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy golden hue with a nice light thin blanket that leaves nice lacing and good retention.

S - Aromas of nice, strong barnyard funk and horse blanket, faint citrus and alcohol.

T - Taste is quite sour, yet nice caramel and funk. Very strange with how much caramel is in this beer. Alcohol is hidden masterfully would never believe this is almost 10%. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and lightly carbonated, dry, not boozy.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer immensely. Presumably it's was rare and hard to get, very nice.

Jun 09, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml into a 3F tumbler. The brew appears a pale golden color with a white froth that sits atop for a rough pour and receeds down to a thin film. Some alcohol legs stick to the glass when swirled.

The smell is musty with earth and herbal components along the lines of moist wood, cork, leather. Some fuity citrus rinds blends with a tropical note. The rindy element is like oranges/grapefuit pulp.

This is quite earthy in flavor with rinds like grapefruit, lemon and mild tropical pulp. Alcohol is there but not as exaggerated as expected, more warming than anything. However, as it warms it has a solvent kick of alcohol that comes out almost like vodka, very spirit reinforced and a bit out of place for the style.

The feel of this brew is medium bodied with a light tingle of carbonation. It starts off very musty and earthy with bitter fruity rind elements and turns weird fast with its alcohol burn. Not bad brew and certainly worth a try but this is not something I would crave or go out of my way for again.

Aug 21, 2012
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spdyfire83 from Ireland

2.79/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

247th Review
37.5cl (corked and caged) bottle poured into 3F geuze glass
Vintage: 2007

From notes.

A: Apple juice amber. Zero head on vigorous pour.

S: Smells of horseblanket, funk, must, lemon zest, cracked wheat and aged cheese. A decent nose, but it all goes...

...downhill from here...

T: The taste is quite empty and lacking any sort of substance/backbone. Mild hints of funk/must, but it simply tastes like sweet apple juice with a touch of lemon, dash of Belgian yeast, and loads of booze. Unpleasant and disappointing.

M: Light bodied with zero carbonation.

O: I was really excited to try this beer, but I think it's a big letdown. Smells good, but the taste doesn't follow. I realize this is a blend of lambic and strong tripel-like blond topfermenting ale; however, it just wasn't enjoyable at all.

Jul 24, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of mrbubbler at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some grain, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but the flavor just doesn’t quite match up to it.

Jul 24, 2012
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an apple juice color, maybe a bit darker, with an off white thin head. Light notes of dust and some leathery brett in the nose, spicy pepper and orange citrus in the back. A little sweeter in the flavor and less funk, still some dusty leathery brett but very faint. Overly sweet, zesty orange, very juicy with a light peppery spice and hop bitterness in the finish. Creamy feel, medium body, light carbonation.

Jun 29, 2012
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davey101 from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, corked and caged 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle opened completely silently. Its interesting that they used drie fonteinen corks here. ABV on the bottle is listed as 10.5%.

A - Light amber/dark yellow hazy body. There is no head to speak of, just some light bubbles form and lace the glass when given a swirl. Completely still. Bottom of the bottle was quite yeasty.

S - Very gueuze like aroma. Bright lemons followed by some brett funk. Very earthy and tart with just a hint of saison like malt and spice. The finish is also a bit hot from the alcohol.

T - Sour lemon, leather, sweaty sock, biscuity malt, and some belgian yeast and spices. This flavor profile is really subtle and tame, probably due to the thin body. Its pretty tasty, but I was expecting something as bit more intense and flavorful. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms up. Mouth feel is obviously flat, with a light to medium mouthfeel.

O - A weird beer for sure. It has some aromas and flavors of a lambic with just some faint tripel notes in the finish. Its also way too boozy. I can drink flat and unblended lambic, but when its 11% abv it becomes a bit distracting. Not worth the price I paid for it.

Feb 27, 2012
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falloutsnow from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled in 2007 on printed label
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Tuverbol is a decent lambic blend, but doesn't offer much that is unique or desirable when compared to others in its style. That it's been discontinued is a bit sad, as there aren't many of this style around, but I don't suspect I'll go hunting for it, either.

Cork removed with no carbonation expulsion, really is equivalent to an unblended lambic.

Pours no head, even swirling fails to generate much of anything. Again, seems to indicate this is an unblended lambic. Body is a golden yellow color, semi-hazy due to yeast, no visible carbonation. Seems about on par with a good lambic.

Aroma is as expected, with a bit of acetic tartness, lemon citrus, leather, and slight sweetness. Does not seem to be as complex or aggressively sour as the Cantillon Bruocsella, the other unblended lambic I have tried.

Major flavors of acetic acid with some lemon citrus acidity as well. Additional flavors include very, very mild Brettanomyces funk, slight burnt dust, and sweat. Latter half of taste features a slight caramel or malt flavor, letting you know that this has indeed been blended with a bit of a Belgian blonde ale. Similarly, faint fruity esters in closing. Ethanol is well-hidden, not detected in the close or back of mouth at all. Aftertaste is of acetic acid bitterness, with residual tartness lingering in the back of the mouth and throat.

The absence of carbonation gives this medium-light to medium bodied beer a smooth, unimpeded flow in the mouth. Not puckering in its tartness, but strong enough to be felt and give a dry finish.

Feb 19, 2012
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boralyl from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. 37.7cl bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Thorpe429 for the beer!

A - Cork came off with a tiny pff. Poured into my glass and got just a very small white head after an aggressive pour. The beer is a hazy golden-orange in color with the golden portion being more noticeable.

S - I get some of the Belgian yeast character, and a little alcohol which reminds me of a tripel. There are also hints of lemon.

M - Medium in body with medium carbonation. Maybe a bit under-carbonated.

T - Some funk up front followed by a good portion of Belgian yeast character. There is a strong pale ale malt sweetness present following the yeast flavor. Lemony sourness kicks in mid-taste and sticks around through the finish. A somewhat harsh alcohol flavor appears towards the finish, which ruins it a bit for me.

An interesting beer, sort of a soured tripel, with the flavors from the tripel standing out more than the Gueuze like flavors.

Feb 10, 2012
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Crittervision from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2006 at Kulminator on 12 August 2011. €9. 

Body between amber and copper. Thin splotchy white head after vigorous swirling. 

Big lemon smell, huge acidity, floral, just a bit acetic. Generic gueuze, sweet vinegar. YUM. Nail polish and floral perfume. 

Taste. A lot carried over from the aroma. Rose petal syrup, perfume, vinegar, acetone, lemon. 

Lightly fluffy. A little hot as it warms. Drying. 

I like it. The floral component sets this one apart for me. Chica dinges. Or what ever.

Aug 28, 2011
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of the 06 vintage into a 3F tumbler at De Heeren van Liedekerke.

A: Clear orange-brown body under a finger of super-fine off-white head. Good retention for 11%, light lace. Attractive.

S: Amazing. Rich candied fruits, tangerine sourness, caramel apple, wet hay, vinous grape, bubblegum + smoke (these last two go together - seriously, smoked bubblegum). Weird as hell, and absolutely divine.

T: Sweet + sour, with caramel, treacle, marzipan, and toffee blending effortlessly wiht tannic wine, sour grapefruit, lemon zest, and alcohol. Tastes very old and slightly barleywinish, with lightly oxidized vanilla. Boozier than I like a sour to be, but still fantastic.

M: Slick medium-to-full body with light, prickly carbonation. Ok.

O: I didn't know what to expect with this one, and even when I was finished it still didn't make any sense - I just know that it was awesome. If I ever get the chance to drink this again, I'll jump at it.


Jun 24, 2011
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Lunch from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dr. Matt in his front bar. Thanks!

Loving the label on this, very cool.

Pours a clear yellow into my Russian River "tion" glass with few bubbles and no real head to speak of. Not a bad looking beer.

Wow this is a fragrant beverage that is full of funk, yeast, tartness and hints of citrus. Taste is really nice with lots of flavor and I am shocked that this is 11% abv. A little sweet with some funk, tartness, a little sour, citrus, and Belgian wild yeast. Thick and full, but I like it.

Very interesting beer and will seek this out in the future.

May 05, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this rare, retired gem.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of lemons and oranges with some light funk mixed in. The beer doesn't smell as sour or funky as I expected it to.

The flavor is similar. I get light to medium funk which is very nice. I also get some nice citrus notes - mainly lemons and oranges.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one. Thanks Jason!

Apr 16, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears translucent and yellow hued, with several pockets of bubbles forming up into individuals schools. The head is thin and doesn't linger too long before dissipating.

The aroma is bold and inviting. Smells of a tradition Belgian lambic: funky, musty, light citrus, wild yeast.

The flavor is good, with some tasty citrus notes, but doesn't quite measure up to the piquant aroma. Though the taste brings plenty of musty, funky, tart flavors, it also has a present sweetness and alcohol flavor of which I am not accustomed when drinking lambic. The unusually high alcohol percentage is evident throughout, though it's not a complete distraction.

The feel is thicker than is customary for the style. The beer finishes with a warming alcohol sensation.

Overall, an interesting, intriguing, and fun beer. I would definitely have it again. I'd really like to get a bottle of this and tuck it away in the cellar for an extended period of time.

Apr 07, 2011
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 111 ratings