Lambic De Hill
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Lambic - Traditional
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3.52 | pDev: 18.75%
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark tangerine color with yellowish orange hues and thin off wite head that immediately fades, leaving no lace.

Funky, earthy aroma with lots of earthy oak and charred wood.  Dank, musty barnyard character with some acetic vibegar.  A bit one dimensional in the nose but smells pretty good.

Medium bodied with a vinegary acetic flavor up front with lingering acidity but it never becomes too harsh.  Subtle malt backbone provides some balance but the tart, puckerifly flavor dominates.  As the aroma suggests it's a bit one dimensional and could use some more complexity.  

Jul 12, 2011
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by mistakebythelake at a Jackie O's tasting in May (thanks Mike!). I was pretty excited by this one, although in retrospect it seems that the best wild ale from Iron Hill is yet to come.

It pours a clear golden-amber color, a little cloudy on subsequent pours. Nearly no head, despite adequate carbonation.

Acetone is strong in the nose, otherwise some light fruits (pears, apricots) and an overall tart character. It tastes a little citrusy, maybe lemon, with plenty of acidity. Puckering and sour but not as flavorful as I'd like. Still, solid enough.

Jun 20, 2011
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Shared with Kate, Heath and Kim.

A: The lambic is a cloudy auburn color. The ale is significantly darker at the end of the bottle, thanks to the yeast, than at the beginning. Head, regardless of when the bottle was poured, is small.

S: The nose is citric with lemony zest. Oak is present, a wooden firmness that boosts the zest. The tartness is strong but not too citrusy.

T: The lambic is tart, no doubt about it. It's just not as tart as I was expecting. Lemony flavors, citric and sharp, run rampant, overpouring even the oaken flavors. That citric flavor is the most dominant in the long run, silencing even the wood. The result is a vibrant pop of tartness that never loosens its grip, the sour flavor lingers from start to finish. The wood slowly emerges and is most prominent in the finish, after a sip has been swallowed.

M: The mouthfeel is lemony with enough oak to be noticeable. The pucker factor is strongest at the start of each sip, slowly decreasing from there.

D: Very drinkable. I like the spike of tartness and the wheat-like flavors that linger afterwards. A nice beer from Iron Hill.

Feb 04, 2011
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased spring 2009 at the brewery (750ml).

A: nice clear copper color, cork came out with a "pop" but beer had very little head
S: sour, yeast, horseblanket, traditional sour nose
T: wow, very, very tart - somewhat on the flat side, a bit cloying but not bad, strong acetic acid finish, somewhat off balance but still a good American example, just a bit too vinegary
M: too much vinegar finish
D: decent but not balanced enough

Nov 05, 2010
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craytonic from District of Columbia

3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: no real head, reddish-orange-copper pour, a bit muddy.

Smell: Light funk and must, apricots, vinegar, leather, mushrooms, oak, horse blankets, sweat

Taste: Similar to the aroma, quite sour but with some sweetness, full of funk, leather, mustiness, oak, sweat, and horse blankets. This one has all the right pieces, I just don't think they have put the puzzle together quite right (yet). I have tried the kriek and the framboise also, the kriek is there and the framboise is also on the right path.

Mouthfeel: Full body but could use at least a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability: I did not finish the bottle, it was not compelling. As I wrote above, this has all the elements but they are not put together yet like a cantillon or Drie Fonteinen.

Oct 17, 2010
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to dyan for picking this up for me a while back. Think this was the Delaware version.

Pours a lightly hazy reddish orange, no real head forms, a few lace spots stick around a minute ring, a touch dark for a lambic but looks nice.

Smell is nice, vinegar, dirty socks, salty/minerals, fruity, apricots, real nice sourness, oak, some lemon rind, pretty intense aroma.

Taste is similar, salty and acidic at first, lemons, oak, a bit of malty sweetness in the middle, some fruit, pretty intense sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. I dig the sourness in the one. Not the best lambic but works pretty damn good for me. Thanks Dyan!

Oct 11, 2010
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to re-add this review after it was deleted because of a Glitch, thanks Todd.

Received this one a while back in a great trade with boatshoes.... Spencer is an awesome trader!! We need to put something together again..

750 shared this with my only beer peeps last weekend.

Pours clear golden with a short lasting big bubble white head....

Nose is deeply funky and sour.. dank hay... lemon and oak

Flavor is really funky and lactic.... hints of "what foot funk smells like" .... green apple skins combine with some pretty heavy oak... grapefruit zest and concentrated lemon juice... there is a lite encompassing sweetness that seems out of place yet ties the wild note together...

dry and lemony sour on the finish.. body seems a tad thick for all the "wild" in the glass... carbonation is medium high even on much later pours.

Muchas gracias to Spencer... but I think honestly, this could last in the bottle for at least a few years.... that said, I'm glad I opened it early and had it "young". I am putting this back on my wants tonight, I want another bottle to lay down for a while.


Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-14-2010 09:25:24

Oct 08, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Viggo for bringing this one out for "New Beer - Thursday edition". Served in a Smuttynose tulip. I'm guessing I had the Delaware version? Didn't look that closely at the label.

A - Slight film on top and a small ring, but obviously very low carbonation. Dark red hazed body, with some amber/copper tones and a nice glow when held to the light.

S - Intense apple cider vinegar, light oakiness, a touch of funky barnyard, and a fairly intense lactic sourness at the end. There's also a touch of charred plastic that I get from some North American wilds - perhaps it's something in the air?

T - Tart granny smith apples, some lemon, lighter vinegar than in the nose, a bit of saltiness that is reminiscent of some of the Bullfrog wilds, and some lactic sourness. Thankfully no char or plastic.

M - Medium bodied, (obviously) low carbonation, surprisingly sticky for a lambic. Definitely not think and watery like some other unblended lambic I've tried. There could have been a little more dryness.

D - Despite some flaws, this was quite easy to drink. The lack of harsh or aggressive sourness in the taste keeps the option of multiple servings realistic. I appreciate the slightly bigger body as it keeps the texture interesting, even without carbonation.

A bit of a letdown compared to Jolly Pumpkin's Lambicus Dexterius or Flossmoor's Anno Unum, but pleasant nonetheless.

Oct 08, 2010
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Floydster from California

3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750 ml corked and caged bottle acquired in a trade with hopdog, shared at Beachwood BBQ last weekend with Gabe and Kyle, poured into tulip glasses, color is a golden orange with some amber in it, small 1/4 inch bubbly head that goes away quickly, no lacing either, aroma consists of cherries, brettanomyces, acetone, lactobacillus, other berries, oak, vinegar, lemon juice, grassy accents, and yeast, starts off very acidic with a chemical-like flavor, fades into some cherries and more sourness in the middle, finish is slightly dry but mostly puckering with some mild fruit but mostly blank tart, not until it warms almost fully is there a hint of caramel and something else other than tarty notes, super acidic all the way through, sour and agressive mouthfeel, medium bodied, overly carbonated, taste lingers a very long time, I had about six ounces of this and that was plenty, sourness is just overpowering and it seems like a muddled mess at times, too tart and you do not hear me say that much, would not drink again, probably still worth trying

Jun 26, 2009
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour barely produces a one finger thick, frothy, large bubbled, quickly dissipating head in my large Tripel Karmeliet glass. The beer is a ruddy, amber hue that shows a hazed, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of oak and lactic acid at the first draught of the nose; tannic wood, spicy oak in the finish and a sharp lactic acidity are most noticeable at first. There is an underlying aroma of musty, moldy blankets, a touch of musky animal sweat, and a cured leather spiciness as well as a slight vegetal note, some plastic phenolics. This has a more pronounced character overall, and a nice Brett component that was lacking in the Wilmington version of the Lambic. The nose is not huge for a Lambic, but it is nicely complex and enjoyable.

Sour and mouth puckering as this first hits my tongue, there is also a significant sweetness to this beer starting in the middle and through to the finish. It is significant by Lambic standards, but fairly light for a typical beer. As of now though, this comes off as a bit drier then the Wilmington Lambic de Hill. The lactic sourness is the most dominant note, but it is significantly rounded by the residual sweetness as well as the body of this brew; this seems to have a certain barrel influence in the body that increases the viscousness and texture of this beer with a tannic structure. This finishes with a spicy hit of oak and lactic acidity that tends to dry out the long finish pretty well. The spicy oak almost adds a bourbon reminiscent warming to the finish. This almost has a pithy, grapefruit like flavor to it with the acidity and tannins; this grapefruit note seems to grow as the beer warms up. There is also a touch of aspirin character to the finish.

As this beer warms, unlike the Wilmington version, the sweetness does not become more pronounced, in fact this seems to even get a bit more dry with time. This beer is a much more "Lambic" like example than the other version, though I could still wish for a bit more bracing acidity. Both versions have much more oak character than is typical in a Lambic, but it works quite well here and actually helps to balance out the sweetness to make it just a little bit less noticeable. Both versions have an acetic note to them that is more akin to a Flemish sour, but it is much more pronounced in the Wilmington version (I think this also helps to accentuated the sweetness in that version as well).

Jan 24, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle.

Poured a medium golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of oakiness, some funkiness, citrus, and hay. Tastes of vanilla, green apples, funky, woody, and citrus. Nice medium pucker in the finish.

Notes from: 1/21/09

Jan 22, 2009
Lambic De Hill from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 17 ratings