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Oudbeitje Lambic | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Oudbeitje LambicOudbeitje Lambic

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 465
Photo of Aguirre
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, very strange beer. A pretty aggressive pour yielded no head, but a few tiny bubbles clung to the wine glass. A closer look shows it is indeed carbed. Murky-peach color. Not all that inviting really.

The smell is super funky, wow. It's like rancid milk from a bowl of frankenberry cereal. Barnyard central. A little vomit smell too....yikes.

The taste, after the questionable smell was a great surprise, MASSIVE sourness with a good strawberry flavor but also an incredibly dry finish. I couldn't stop taking sips. Delicious.

What a strange and interesting beer! $9 was too much for a tiny bottle but this was a fun one to try. The thing that struck me the most was how different the taste was from the smell.

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Photo of Realale
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 375 ml bottle. Black and white label with no picture of a strawberry, but with the rather pompus phrase "B.United International's Masters' Collection" at the top. Well, it would be pompous if it wasn't B.United, or Shelton Bros. both of whom instill a great deal of confidence in this beer drinker. Anywho, it appears to be a different, and presumedly newer, bottling of this beer from those previously reviewed.

Pours an interesting slightly hazy gold, with a real blush of pink. The gold is more pronounced at the edges, fading to pinkish in the center of the glass. Slightly pink, raspy, quickly dissipating head. Fine for a lambic in my book.

Nose is promisingly acidic, with a hearty whack of horse blanket, some lemon, and fresh mown hay. Really nice stuff, and not much different (though less complex) from Hannsen's Oude Geueze, which is a good thing in my book.

Disappoints a bit in the mouth, as an initial wave of sour fruitiness dissipates into a surprisingly watery and diffuse mid-palate. There's some malt there, and a bit of grainy crunchiness, but the acidity completely disappears. It pokes back a bit on the finish, which once again takes on some complexity, with the earthy, barnyardy notes making their first appearance on the palate. Unfortunately it ends with a sort of plastic-y bitter note that really distracts.

Relatively low level of carbonation has plusses and minuses for mouthfeel - it gives a lovely softness that lets the malt that is there seep into every crevice of the mouth, but it provides little support for the modest acidity that should be a defining character of the style.

Loses drinkability points in my book for being a big old donut of a beer, and that weird lingering flavor on the finish. Overall a good beer, but not up to Hannson's standard. The Oude Gueuze is their true entry in anyone's "Masters' Collection."

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Chris, you certainly don't mind killing a guy, now do you?" as he hands me a glass of this beer with no warning whatsoever. Lambics? Of course their tart. Smells so, but with a sour fruit scent. ...But then, here comes the sharp raw, intense flavors of sour (not tart) Lambic uniqueness. Followed by an under-rippened strawberry, and other young berries (cranberries, raspberries, crab apples, lime). The flavors slowly morph into an increadibly sour, astringent mouthfeel the sucks all of the moisture from my body. Soon dawns on me that this may be the most sour beer I've had. At least the mouth-puckering, sweaty look that I'm giving. Mildly salty, musty, and earthy with some other flavors that I detect before my tastebuds give up. No doubt this is a quality Lambic, but the intensity of textures make it tough to fully appreciate. Thanks again Clvand0.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice label on this corked bottle.

A - Seriously, it actually looks most like urine. Just saying. Not even one single bubble upon opening, or pouring. No sound when uncorked. Still, hazy brew.

S - Cork smells like vinegar and the rind of a sharp brie. Faint hint of strawberry. Definitely strawberry notes in the glass, but mostly hidden by an array of strong scents. Alot of bitter funky cheese notes. Sharp brie, dry wood, funky straw and wicker. Vinegar for sure, with barn and a medicinal/plastic hint.

T - Very tart and acidic, as if the base was vinegar. Biting and drying like bold white wine. Sour wood and pungent acidity with that bitter fruit skin kick. The strawberry is hardly here, with it sitting in the back of your mind. Drinking this really does make you question whether your stomach will be affected later or not. It feels wrong, but I keep sipping, giving my trust.

M - Very flat and super dry, with a crazy tart kick. Medium bodied, with some apparent yeasty softness to it. Stinging, and drying.

O - Truly one of the weirdest brews I've had to date.

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

an odd Lambic. good carbonation and clarity. no head just a small film. golden and light rose color. smell is funky with hints of berry. not a deep great funky. mouthfeel does not get dry. more like a wine taste that is slightly sweet and a little it of tart but nothing special. overall flavor leaves you wanting something better. would not recommend.

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Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a mellow orange with a ring of white bubbles. Looks pretty flat.

S: Smell is pleasant sweet strawberry and less pleasant rubbery notes. A bit of wheat and lacto acidity as well.

T: Taste brings puckering lactic acidity, lemon, hint of berry sweetness, light minerality.

M: Light-bodied, flat.

O: The strawberry aroma/flavor here is really nice, but it's a very sour beer that's flat. This kind of bracing acidity needs carbonation to carry it.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from oz caged and corked bottle into tulip.

A. Very little carbonation on the pour. A very fine super small ring of head. No lacing. Color is a rich orange.

S. Smell is pretty strong. A bit of sour strawberries. Some funkineess lies underneath the unripened strawberry smell. Has an earthy smell to it. Overall pretty sour smell.

T. Wow. Very sour unripe strawberry taste. The strawberry flavor lingers in the mouth. This one made me pucker. Its hard to get past the sourness and taste what else might be going on.

M. Medium/low body. Very low carbonation.

D. Drinkability is low for me. I can't get past how sour this is. Its pretty tongue curling sour. The Strawberry flavor is of the unripened variety, which really isnt my cup of tea. A little carbonation might do this beer a lot of good and take some of the edge of the sourness.

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Photo of bierdeflanders
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

S: smells like strawberries with some burnt rubber notes

A: copper with orange hues

T: lemon, tart, some strawberry notes. noticeable cheese and funk notes.

M: medium body with no carbonation

O: got the strawberry notes in the nose, but flavor was lacking. this might have helped with the strong cheese and funk notes.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystalline dark orange with absolutely no head despite a vigorous pour.

Smells of tart berries, apples with some musty horse blanket.

I get lots of tart berry and lemon in the flavor especially a tart strawberry on the back end. Not very funky at all and the berry tartness overwhelms a bit.

A bit too thin bodied and carbonation level is too low for a lambic.

Not horrible, but far from a top of the line beer. There are some issues, but overall the strawberry is somewhat pleasant if not a bit too tart at times.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says limed edition year 2000. The cork came out without even a hiss.

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear aple golden amber with no head, nada, none zilch.

The aroma was cheese, first and foremost, and stinky cheese at that. With the cheese was a distinct barnyard character and a slight fruitiness that reminded me of cherries (kriek). The aroma was not complex barnyard however, but more one dimensional.

The flavor was sour and tannic. The tannins were very high and gave a grapeskin flavor as well as a slight astringency. The flavor was grapeskins and grape seeds. The flavor was also fairly sour but was missing the cheese that came forth in the aroma.

The finish was dry and sour with lasting grapeskin and grape seed flavors long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the beer was flat.

12.7 ounce green bottle, bailed and corked. An interesting beer for sure, but not one I would go out of my way to purchase.

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Photo of JFear
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a bracingly acidic, somewhat bitter beer. Not for the faint of heart. I was able to enjoy it somewhat, but the tongue-prickling acidity was a bit much. The strawberry flavor was a bit obscured by the more extreme flavors in this beer. Kind of a letdown at $12.99. I'm glad I split the bottle, because I'm not totally sure I would have been able to drink the whole thing myself.

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Photo of Brenden
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very dark orange, almost red, with barely a touch od translucency to the body. The head is a mix of spritzy and foamy that actually holds up pretty well and leaves just a bit of spotting behind.
This has some funk, and plenty of sourness, but the main element is vinegar. I don't get much strawberry at all, though it does peek through. It's mainly sharp, particularly in the flavor. A bit of must underlies this brew before it gets a bit salty along with the sting. The fruity note that does come through is that of just-ripening strawberries. It does have an astringency that, strangely, remains without building up.
There's just a lot more apple cider vinegar than strawberry, and it doesn't integrate as well as a truly great lambic.
There's some movement to this beer, but it's also quite harsh. The vinegar stringency definitely stings in the feel as well as the taste. It's crisp, and consistently so, and while not exactly smooth certainly more than I would expect. It's the very opposite of cloying, going so dry as to almost take moisture away. It's interesting, for sure.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy murky orange color with barely a bubble from a very vigorous pour. The nose is very pleasant with lots of strawberries, a lactic sourness, a touch of oak, and a hint of barnyard. Taste is quite tart with lemons and some vinegar. The strawberry comes in to only partially sweeten the sour. Earthy funky musty come through before once again turning tart and lingering on the palette long after every sip. Almost non-existent carbonation, medium body, with a tart mouth puckering feel. I would have loved some carbonation in this bad boy! As is its decent but probably something I wouldn't purchase again.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2000 vintage 375 ml

Pours an orange marigold color with no head an no visible bubbles.

Smell of brett, funk, sulphur, and fruity berries

Strong strawberry presence on horseblanket, hay, grass , earthy pale malts lemon and very light oak. There is a good tartness level to it, but sweet wins over the sour with the berry flavors in here. The bottle is basically completely flat, the cork had minimal pressure to it and sounded like a mushroom coming out of the bottle. As the bottle warmed up a little I started getting a sweet syrupy stinging bite at the back of my throat. Seemed to become syrupy and have the corn syrup tinge similar to a Nestea Iced Tea can.

Overall considering there was nearly no carbonation, this is a good example for the style. Although there was no carbonation, there was a medium body. I am sure a newer vintage would be more representative of the style, but I cannot complain too much.

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Photo of orfeu
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle. Label claims "Limited Edition Year 2000," but there's a sticker on the neck with a hand-written "02" on it...No pop with the cork release...Pours utterly still, a brassy golden hue and absolutely no head. Sweet strawberry aromas hit my nostrils from at least two feet away. Closer sniffs reveal tart green grape skin scents along with wild berry and leather aromas. Sweaty brett funk finishes out the bouquet. Brash flavor up front. Impudently tart in a nearly cloying (but not quite) way: slight acetic twang accompanies a sour grape and underripe raspberry acidity. Paint-stripping dryness in the finish, which is quite tannin-heavy, fairly woody, and slightly peppery. Phenolic funk all the way through the swallow. This beer's weakest point is its mouthfeel. It's got the dryness I enjoy in lambics, but its complete lack of carbonation makes each sip rather heavy and slick. Very much like a brett-infected dry white wine -- to my palate, at least. An interesting experience to be sure, but I have doubts about this one's ability to withstand more than a couple of years' worth of aging. It's always possible that this is a bad bottle, though...

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Photo of truthbrew
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this straight lambic first, then read about it on Hanssens site later. Wish I would have read first....

Corked bottle (Limited Edition 2000) that had no "pop" when opening. Smells of Strawberry citrus. A vigrous pour resulted in no head or noticible carbonation. Poured at 55F. Color was a brilliant golden, pretty clear for a lambic. Taste was very acidic, more acidic tasting than sour. Really had to sip this one.

Now, on to the website info:
"This unique, refreshing beer appetizer is the result of amalgamating fresh strawberries with lambic during summer. They mature throughout the winter season. In spring, the strawberry lambic is bottled. In order to fully enjoy the taste and flavour of this appetizer, it is recommended to consume it within one year of bottling. Due to the typical characteristics of the fruit, the strawberry lambic is changing rapidly into a geuze lambic. Therefore, opposed to geuze or kriek, no blend is made of different aged lambics resulting in a lesser second fermentation and less carbon dioxide. Oude Geuze and Oude Kriek are as well very good appetizers and should be served with a cellar temperature. Oudbeitje is recommended to serve ice- chilled in a champagne glass."

After reading the information from the website, it is known that carbonation will be low or nil, plus my bottle was 4 years old ("best enjoyed within one year") which I have a feeling took away from the strawberry flavor and left only a hint of it's smell. Lastly, I served it at cellar temp when I should have served in a frosty champagne glass. It would have been nice to have that info on the label. If I do find another bottle (hopefully fresher), I would love to try this again.

Overall even though I didn't drink in under the best conditions, I still enjoyed it. I'll be searching for it again.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold with a foamy bubbly head- less from carbonation than the agitation whole pouring. Smells like straight fruit vinegar, a bit off-putting. Taste is punishingly sour green apple notes at first, rounded out by sweet light grain, kiwi, lime, and then a burst of fresh strawberry essence hangs on the palate for quite some time. Feels abrasive from the acidity at first, but then pleasantly creamy. Solid fruit lambic.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/2/08. Bottle, 2006. Pours a cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is extremely funky, with some sour fruit. Flavor also quite funky but not too sour, some wood/oak, sharp sour finish. I get a vague fruitiness but no strawberries in particular. Very drinkable for a lambic. I'd love to have a draught sample of this...if it existed.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage

pours pretty still, like no head ever even when i tried. golden orange, bit of burnt orange.

light strawberry is apparent. sour must and funk.

starts out sour, with a subtle sweetness. as the sourness fades the malty body and fresh strawberry begin to pop out. light oak in the finish.

dead flat, a bit oily.

pretty good, the strawberry may be one of my least favorite fruits used in lambic but its interesting and different. i would drink this again, but only here and there.

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Photo of wschmit
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. bottle into a tasting nonic.

A: A slight but noticeable pop of the cork precedes an overwhelmingly funky nose right at opening. I tried really hard to slosh it around for some head, but nada. Despite that, it has a nice, hazy orange body. But almost completely flat.

S: Plenty of tartness and barnyard that mingle nicely with the strawberry and floral notes. A bit saccharine, even, and yes, vaguely reminiscent of cat piss. Not in a bad way, though. Definitely expected it, and the strawberry seems to bring it out.

T: Oooh, tart. This is a pretty solid lambic base, with a bit too sweet strawberry note--almost like powdered strawberry drink mix. A little bit of straw in the finish, back there with the barnyard. Overall, it's got a good lambic profile with some alright strawberry notes. A bit grassy, maybe.

M: Like drinking juice. This really does need more carbonation. If it had some bubbles, it'd make a most excellent beer.

O: Has some nice flavor notes, but falls pretty far short overall with what is just too flat a beer. I understand lambics and gueuzes aren't the most bubbly of beers, but this has nothing at all, and really needs something.

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Photo of hellbilly
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle shared by rustychiles...

pours hazy/nearly cloudy orange with no head whatsoever.

quite tart and dry smelling... cinder block, pale malty sweetness, flowers and dry grass.

the flavor is of unripe berries, tart apples, minerals and earth. there*s some faint cinnamon spiciness on the finish which is amplified as it warms. it*s clean and drying on the palate with a light body.

not too complex. but, for the price it*s quite good. nice beer to accompany lunch. or, in my case, before work!

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Photo of wnh
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
Limited Edition Year 2000, consumed 6/5/2010.

Pours a bright clear amber, not unlike apple juice. Completely still.

Very fruity on the nose, a blend of ripe strawberries and lemon juice. A bit of nail polish remover lies underneath, only noticeable when I search for it. Plenty of acidity and funk, though not as intense as the better examples. Musty.

Surprisingly soft and mild on the palate. Biting acidity lacks intensity, but is clear. A touch of acetone brings things down, but doesn't seem entirely out of place. Pleasantly fruity.

Medium bodied and firm. Quick, short finish, and dry. Just the slightest hint of carbonation, but not viscous as I'd expect. I imagine this is quite a bit better when fresh.

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Photo of almightyme3
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from a local beers tore - recommended by one of the guys who works there. 375ml bottle poured into a RIEDEL vinum glass. $12.99

A- golden yellow with a slight pink hue. Reminds me of Hitachino's Red Rice color. Practically no head and extremely minimal carbonation.

S - Musty with hints of strawberry and oak. Vinegar and some sweaty notes after.

T - Not overwhelmingly sour, a little bitter instead, funky, strawberry aftertaste is noted, but not very pronounced. Not very complex in my opinion. Lack of carbonation contributes to that as well.

M - good mouthfeel, again, would love for a little ore carbonation.

D - drinkable, but not an extremely enjoyable lambic. Characteristic taste of a good lambic is present, but, like many other Geuze/Lambics lacks complexity and does not excite my tastebuds.
Would not get it again, for the price, there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought beer at pizza port's bottle shop. Label said 2006 vintage.
Cork came off without pop and was poured into a New Belgium snifter. No head and very little carbonation ( which I hear is normal). Smells of Barnyard funk, mixed with strawberries and a slight sulfur smell. Color was hazy golden orange color. Taste was an acidic strawberry flavor on the front followed by a strong tart greenapple aftertaste. The flavor was good but lack of mouthfeel do to low carbonation made it come of tea-ish vs bright and poping.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, pinkish amber body. Quite clear on the initial pour. No head. Only a stray trace of lace left behind.

S: You can smell the acidity. Some funky feet and cheese. Earthy. The strawberry was quite faint. Unlike krieks and framboises that really distance themselves from their lambic base with the addition of fruit, the strawberry here left the underlying lambic relatively untouched.

T: Acidic funk. Earthy with quite a bit of oak, cheese, horse blanket, and mildly sweaty feet. Just the slightest bit of strawberry.

M: Light to medium bodied. Relatively still. Enamel eating acidity.

D: Drank a bit slower that I would have liked. Really enjoyed the funk... just wished there was a bit more strawberry to go with the acidity.

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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.
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