Oudbeitje Lambic | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002

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241
Ratings:
483
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
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Photo of kitch
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a notched Lotnr of H (not sure what this means). Then there are two dates. The first I translated from Dutch to: “to consume preferably before” 7th August 2027. The second I translated from French to: “best before” 7th August 2034. Not sure why there are two different dates for different languages. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy dark golden orange colour with no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Oak, vinegar, acidity, strawberry and funky.

Taste: Sour, tart and acidic with notes of vinegar and berries.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with extremely low to no carbonation and quite a harsh acidic feel.

Overall: For me, this could use more carbonation. In addition, I wasn’t really getting much strawberries in the flavour, and any berry flavour I did get was quite light. The main thing though was the quite harsh acidity as each swallow felt a light burn on my throat.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold, no head, slightly hazy. 3.75
Strawberry, natch, but also vanilla, earth, cheese, and perfume, plus a bit of booze. 4.25
Slight cracker, hit of vinegar, hay, cheese rind, yellow plum, and grassy end. 3.75
Strawberry seed comeback.
Halfway to medium, clean, sharp. 3.75

Berry big on the nose, gone on the tongue. That lets the acetic plus some acetone come out. Being served too warm isn’t helping. Average lambic underneath, I suspect. Just falls short. 3.75

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: smells like funky strawberries and old socks. There is a moderate sour aroma with no hops, no enteric, no cigar, and no cheesy aromas.

L: amber with a slight red tint. There is a very slight haze and a thin, white, ephemeral foam cap.

T: big, tart fruity start on the palate dominated by strawberries and supported by a moderate lemony sourness. It finishes dry with a slight carbonic bite.

F: The carbonation is medium to medium low and the body is medium low.

O: This is a very refreshing beer with the tartness level of unsweetened lemonade.

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Photo of hophugger
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ON tap at The Dog Street Pub in Williamsburg, VA. Hazy and a deep yellow gold in color. Lots of funkiness in the aromas, horsehide, barnyard, wet hay and more. Taste is nicely tart and sour with touches of overripened fruit. Delicious if this is your thing. Will hunt this one out again !

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Cigar City Humidor tulip glass.

Up front - there's no "pffft" at all after the cork is removed. This might not bode well...

A: Hazy gold. No head at all, no visible carbonation at all.

S: Moderately funky, barnyard and a touch of feet. Some strawberry fruity, tangy and sour.

T: Strawberries up front. Funky and barnyard and horseblanket with a moderate amount of lactic tartness. Cracker malt body in the background. A very dry and berry-tangy finish.

M: Has a light body, minimal alcohol presence. A very low amount of carbonation sensation, but this isn't completely flat.

O: A tasty offering from these guys, but not their best nor anything approaching best-in-class.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with no head. Aroma is fruity, kind of sweet with a slight chemical note. Taste is sour and fruity, slightly acidic with a nice strawberry note on the finish. Flat, slightly acidic body. Not bad but the mouthfeel could be better, it really needs some carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 2011, 375ml bottle.

Slight hiss when I pulled the cork, it pours orange with small then disappearing head of foam.

The smell is very tart, fruity>, perhaps, kind of vinegar like with a healthy Brett presence.

The taste has notes of vinegar, sour fruit ie pear and apple. and a quite funky character.

Light body with very very light carbonation.

I like it and the $11 price tag didn't hurt too much.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz poured on tap into snifter

A: gold burnished amber in color clarity is pretty good a little haze very little head but looks like big carbonation

S: vinegar, grapes, light hay and sourness

T: lots of light biscuity malts and a little grape and a little hay

M: not very sour super low carbonation almost none

O: surprisingly approachable lambic not face seeringly sour. Nice light notes of hay and grapes very easy to drink.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce caged and corked bottle, bottled in May 2013. Served in a Prairie lambic glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a small white head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing, either. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like funk, strawberries, vinegar, oak and earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like funk, sweet and unripe strawberries, vinegar, earthiness, green apples, lemon and cheese. The tartness lingers around for a while in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. The Hanssens brews I've tried in the past have been hit or miss, but I thought this was good and I enjoyed the tartness. I'd like to try this again in the future.

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Photo of champ103
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in Feb 2015

A: Pours with a slight chilled haze at first. That clears up in a bit, with a pale orange/apple cider like color. At first a tiny bubbly white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Though, like everything they do the color is stunning.
S: Jam like strawberries pop up front. Then that amazing funky, cheesy Hanssens kicks in, though the wonderful fruity strawberries are wonderful throughout.
T: Like the nose, strawberries absolutely pop here. Jam like, with a hint of sweetness up front. Substantial acidic puckering, but not overwhelming in that regard. Maybe vanilla sweetness from the oak. Though the funk and cheese cut through immediately. Followed by more fruit in the finish.
M/O: A light to medium body. Almost no carbonation, but that is alright. With the amount of cheesy funk I am amazed at how clean this feels. After the initial and quick sweetness, this finishes beautifully dry. So the lack of carbonation is forgiven. Not as intensely sour as their offerings tend to be, so I find this much easier to drink.

Not the most refined Lambic there is, especially considering the carbonation. That just adds to the curiosity for me, and I keep coming back. Hanssens is always unique, and this is a perfect show case for that. It might not be for everyone, but it s drinking fine for me.

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Photo of bnes09
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale, apple juice appearing ale with absolutely no head or carbonation at all.

Aroma of mild vinegar and fresh, tart strawberries.

Flavor is much of the same. Not overly sour as many reviews would suggest and much less so then their Experimental Raspberry. Slightest touch of wood. Sea salt and subtle funk. No hop character.

As for the mouthfeel, again, I just can't get over the lack of carbonation. I understand this can be common for lambics but its just not appealing to me. The flatness just makes it feel like something is lacking, bores my palate and fails to bring out some desired flavors. Light body with a slick texture. Finishes on the drier, cleaner side.

Overall, a nice lambic with good use of its base fruit. Could have used a little more depth.

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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 JackAaron
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:gold, slightly hazy
S:funky, acidic
T:extreme tartness, unripe strawberries
M:flat, dry, zings the salivary glands, almost makes me cough when hitting the throat, coats mouth in lasting sour flavor
O:lots of different experiences going on in this - not boring, would buy again

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Photo of pagriley
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden, not a ton of color from the fruit. Sharply sour on the nose with a solid whiff of banyard. Taste less funk, and more straight up lactic sour. A touch syrupy and sweet in the mouth even though this is unsweetened.

Overall an interesting beer, but nothing I would try 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 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 aleigator
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow color, nearly no foam.

Smells like used baby-daiper, very unpleasant at first, but if, against better knowledge, you are still willing to take a deep breath, you will find very well hidden flavours of ripe strawberries, beneath a tart, fruity load of brett defined sourness. It is even possible to detect a sweet hint in the overall sourness, resulting from the strawberries.

Taste is incredible sour, dries out the tongue immediately, but still leaves some space for a decent strawberry flavour. Begins as sour as it gets, then stawberries come up, adding a lot of fruitiness, which then transforms into a tongue stinging fruity bitterness. It is hard not to cringe at that particular point, still, the beer is unexpected nice, due to its enjoyable, refreshing complexity.

Fantastic, dry tartness paired with sunny, stingy fresh strawberries, leading to a chewy mouthfeel, with an enormous sour aftertaste, which leaves the palate slightly dazed, but very satisfied.

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Photo of zxtwou2
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottled Feb 2013
Poured with no head a murky orange
Smell is quite sour and fruity with a little vinegar
Taste was very disappointing. like burnt popcorn soaked in vinegar.
Mouthfeel was alright, although completely flat

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Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy light orange.

The aroma has green apple candy, tart, lemon, and heavy stinkiness of stale hay and urine.

The flavor follows with the green apple, but is not as tart. The vinegar and funk follow through. The beer has decent complexities, but the lack of carbonation on this flat beer was an issue.

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Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Bottles April 2013 notched on bottle.

Definitely notes of strawberry and sour lacto. Pretty awesome flavor, nice nose, great color. Would definitely get this again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.

S: A typically sour aroma: Lots of fruit, yeast, and a vinegary quality.

T: Tasted of light fruit (cherries), some Belgian yeast, a hint of malt, and the vinegary quality. Quite sour, but lively and generally tasty.

M: A flat, seemingly uncarbonated beer with a surprisingly lively, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer isn't quite as refined and flavorful as some of Hanssens' other offerings, it is solid and drinkable.

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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 HellSludge
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A first try for me. This Lambic was incredibly interesting. Right when I popped it open, a wafted aroma of funk and musty lust braised my snout. As it was poured into a pint glass, the color arranged itself into a nice, murky, hazy reddish-orangish-slightly-brownish hue. I examined its innards and saw a little bit of what looked like strawberry seeds floating. As I brought the glass to my lips, that musty aroma I first smelt became strong with force. It tickled the inside of my nose and I could almost taste the concoction on the back of my tongue. The first sip just about made me cough. In a good, exciting way. The first flavor I noticed was a green olive, acidic, vinegarish taste. I was oddly intrigued by this as I usually discern these flavors in my beer. But I LIKED it! As I got through and through this bottle, those strawberry notes became more apparent. And by the end, my throat was scorched, my palate was wrecked, and I was internally satisfied. I even let my room mate try a sip (who does not drink craft beer regularly) and it almost made him throw up.

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Photo of Jonada
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottled in April 2013. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a peach/apricot color with barely any head save for a tiny ringlet of white foam. Body is extremely hazy and just barely translucent.

Smell: Lots of fresh, maybe slightly under ripe strawberries, lemon sourness, some funk, and very mild oak. The strength and freshness of the strawberry character was a welcome surprise.

Taste: Wow that's sour! Strawberry character at the front, gives way quickly to a strong acidic sourness that dominates the palate through the the middle. Once the sourness starts to recede, there are additional notes of strawberry as well as funk, lactic bacteria and a slight peachy character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the low side of low, but there's definitely enough there to avoid feeling flat on the tongue.

Overall: Definitely a solid lambic, but I actually think it would benefit from being a little LESS sour (this is not something I say/type often). The intense sourness overtakes some of the berry nice berry and funk character that's going on underneath. Worth picking up if you can find it around $10.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 375 mL green bottle with a cork and cage with a bright red cap. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber golden hue with darker brass shadows and a spun gold highlight where the light refracts through the glass. Atop the body sits a wimpy eight-finger head that dissipates before it even really grows into anything. It quickly settles as a lazy ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. For what little there it, the color appears to be off white.

Smell - Pretty forward with notes of the strawberry that is pictured on the label. A slight pinch of sour with sweetness, much like a strawberry tart with notes of rhubarb. There is also considerable funk and mustiness like the tart has sat out a bit too long and just barely started to develop that twinge of spoilage. It's hard to explain, but it doesn't smell moldy or rotten--just strongly influenced by wild bacteria and funky yeast.

Taste - Here the distinctive strawberry notes seem to fade back, pushed out of the way by a strong puckering acidity reminiscent of sour candy, but not quite as sweet. That same musty funk is still present, with now a bit more definition revealing itself as woody oak and vinegar. I was really impressed by the smell, as strange as it was, but the taste is too one note. I love a good sour, but this one is sour enough that you really don't get much else. A little time warming up allows the fruity phenols to show through, but it doesn't get any less tart.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and low carbonation with just barely enough tingly sensations to avoid feeling flat to the tongue.

Overall, an interesting take on the lambic style, as most fruit lambics either stick to some old standbys--cherries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.--or they are sugary sweet messes a la Lindeman's. I'm not sure I would buy this particular Hanssens again, but this is another beer that shows that they seem to know their way around a sour beer or three.

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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
3.75 out of 5 based on 483 ratings.
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