Oudbeitje Lambic | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings:
487
Reviews:
243
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
16.8%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most pleasant lambic, not sweet and only a bit on sour, lemon juice vinegar side, dryish. The strawberry comes out, it's something special.Pinkish tinge. Appropriate carbonation.No head. Goes picnic lunch well, and could be a starter to the style.Thanks Boutip.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.3/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy light red color with absolutely zero head or lacing. Random floating sediment can be seen in the glass. Very suspicious. Smells strongly of skunk spray, funk/must, vinegar. Hmm alright, lambics can smell this way somewhat, but I am even more suspicious. The taste confirms everything I was wary about. Very skunky, very sour, very musty, very funky, very salty - all in a horrible and disgusting way. This is one of the worst tasting beers I have ever had. Just layer upon layer of awful. Beer is absolutely flat, which makes the taste that much worse. It's like a big glass of flat vinegar soda mixed with fermented strawberry mold. Overall, this is an abomination of a beer. I don't know if this is a bad bottle but I hope to all that is good that it is. I am pissed that I spent $10 on this one.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

like nothing else on the market, one of the best uses of strawberries I have ever come across. pours dense and golden, pushing brassy, with some more sediment as the bottle gets low. literally no head or bubbles at all, completely still, not totally appealing to be honest, but I trust its sourness right away. as soon as the cork is off, this beer starts emitting tartness and funky sour all over the shop. I can smell it in my jawline, a mouthwatering brew here, with unripe fruit and lacto notes, as well as some oak, complex and just so damn sour, consecration style. the taste comes in two waves. the first is a berry, but not specifically strawberry tartness, fresh and addicting, sour of course, but not as pucker as the nose. some wheat malt and long fermentation characteristics are evident, as well as an acidity that is quite intense. the second wave, after a second or so pause, is a full bore watery mouth, salivation and drool from the sourness finally catches up with me, its about as much as my palate can handle. like strawberries that are still pink and white, although if I didn't know it, im not sure I would have been able to say strawberry specifically. I hate that its still though, it needs bubbles to percolate this into my palate, and its obviously missing. it needs to move, and it stagnates. still, the acidity is enough to make it finish quickly and drink easy enough. one of the more sour beers ive had, and a great use of fresh fruit. expensive but worth it to try.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured deep golden yellow in color with no carbonation whatsoever. A bit of yeast particles are visible near the bottom of the glass.
S: There's a very strong funky and sour aroma that really wakes you up, almost like smelling salts, and resembles that of a gueuze. The aroma begins to weaken as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very sour but not quite as strong as one would expect following the smell. There are also some hints of fruits in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and flat on the palate. The lack of carbonation is likely a result of the ten years of aging.
D: The drinkability improves as the beer warms up; this is one that you should take out of the refrigerator well in advance of drinking it.

Note: 2000 vintage

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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 kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at Argonaut Liquor and served into a slender stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. Reviewed as a lambic because the label identifies it as such. 6% ABV confirmed. "Ale brewed with strawberries."

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it pours.

Pours no head whatsoever - just a weak floater ring of white colour.

Body colour is a cloudy peach-copper of average vibrance. Translucent. Quasitransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's not unique or special but I find it rather inviting. There are no egregious flaws here. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Definite strawberry notes are noticeable and abundant. Also some peach and maybe some apricot. Has a nice lambic yeast-induced tart sourness. There's also some lactobacillus bacterial sourness. The fruitiness is fantastic. Any malts are so seamlessly integrated as to not be noticeable. Some floral and fruity hop character complements the overall aroma nicely. No alcohol presence is noticeable.

A pleasant, inviting fruit-dominant aroma of moderate strength.

I don't notice any off-notes. This is shaping up to be pretty good stuff.

T: Hm; structurally it's almost a disaster, with all the fruity notes packed right up front and on the open, and all the sourness harshly contained to the backend. It's not an even transition by any means. The sweetness up front yields immediately to the bacterial and wild lambicus yeast sourness - a sourness which is aggressive and unforgiving. Luckily for me, I love that bold sourness in a lambic. The fruity notes up front match those encountered in the aroma - peach, strawberry, and apricot. Tame timid floral and fruity hop notes complement the fruit nicely.

Not much malt presence here. No alcohol presence is noticeable.

Certainly imbalanced structurally, but as divisive as the structure is I still like the flavour profile. Not at all cohesive or gestalt, but very likable. Good complexity. Not much subtle or intricacy, but the fruity end showcases some surprising nuance. The strawberry never feels artificial (as it tends to in most beers). Above average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I suppose it's puckerworthy.

If Cascade Kriek is a 10 on the sour scale, this is about an 8.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Acidic and soft. Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Quenching and refreshing. Has that fantastic smacky sour feel on the palate. Chewy. A bit too thin. Complements the flavour profile well and fits neatly within style conventions.

Not oily, tannic, astringent, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. I'll make short work of this bottle. Another damn solid sour from Hanssens. I wouldn't get it again at this price point here in the states, but I'd happily throw a couple in the cellar if I could get it at Belgian prices. It executes strawberry surprisingly well and I'd recommend friends try it at least once. Perhaps a bit simple for a lambic, but it'll definitely satisfy any sour lover's itch. Give this one a spin. You'll murder it inside 5 minutes. I know I did.

B+

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes: Two year old straight lambic (Blend of Boon and Girardin) matured for one year.

Opened two of these from the latest batch that just arrived in town. Not vintage dated. The first bottle was still, and sublime as always. Second bottle actually had a pop, some bubbles, and was monumentally funky.

Sulfur, washed rind cheese, horsehair, manure, just intensely, outrageously funky. Very polarizing to the group. After 10 minutes or so, the barnyard cloud lifted, and the gentle oaky sandalwood and green sour strawberry notes came through.

Strawberries were much more present in the taste than previous batches. Oak is big too, damp and musty wet wood. There was an inkling of carbonation, though the body has a fullness to it despite this. Unblended lambic is traditionally still anyway, as there is no young lambic or priming sugar used to carbonate (this is not a flaw or mistake, it's by design).

To me, this lambic is really out there, and something for those looking to explore the wild fringe of what's possible/acceptable in a lambic. Not for the faint of heart, try with an open mind and you'll be rewarded. After sampling a dozen or so bottles over the last few years, the batch/bottle variation is a fun part of the ride, and expected for an artisanal product.

09-18-2007
4/4/4/4.5/4.5 A- 4.1

Generously received in trade from JesseDaniel.
Black and white label, different than the one pictured with the strawberry plant illustration. Either this is a fresh bottle, or prior to the 2006 edition.

Poured into a Hanssens tumbler, the deep gold lambic retains a thin ring of foam for the duration of the glass. A second pour generates some larger bubbles, that seem to quickly dissipate, then cling to one side of the glass. Though lambic is traditionally flat, a few lazy streams of tiny bubbles are visible in the glass. The bottle is carefully decanted to leave the sediment.

Vague strawberry scent, musty wood, and a cheese note as the bottle is opened. As it sits, the sharpness is left, and the more subtle notes dissipate.

Sharp cheese, green underripe strawberry, lemon juice, yogurt, grapefruit. Dry woody aftertaste, oaky tannin lends alot of depth to the mouthfeel. Starts out juicy and fruity, and ends with the dry woody notes. Mellower than young lambic, actually moderate on the sour scale, when compared with Drie Fontienen and Cantillon.

Light acidity that gets the salivary glands working, not much carbonation, but not completely flat. Again, a woody fullness that enhances the overall mouthfeel score.

It's relative mellowness makes it more approachable on the sour scale, but it's not for the beginner/faint of heart/pregnant/weak stomach/acid reflux prone. One to sip and savor, for the hardcore lambic lovers out there.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light red/brown color lambic with no head or carbonation. Aroma of funk and horse blanket is quite strong with some very subtle strawberry in the back. Taste is mix of sour and funky lambic with an extra dose of horse blanket with some faint strawberry also noticeable. Not sure if this lack some aging or if the balance is wrong but definitely not one the best lambic fruit that I have tasted.

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Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled a little funky (but not a good funky). Also, a light strawberry aroma.

T - It had a really light sweetness with good strawberry flavor. There was a subtle acidity.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied ale.

D - This is an interesting lambic. Not sure I'm a fan of strawberry flavor in a beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Extremely hazy blond with only a few wispy bubbles for a head. A light carbonation is faintly visible in the body.

Smell - Moderate barnyard funk mixed with an awesome strawberry jam aroma. Leather. Apple cider. The strawberry sweetness comes out more and more as the beer gets closer to room temperature.

Taste - Nice sweet/sour dynamic, leaning a bit more toward the sour side. Notes of oak and lemon peel with a big berry flavor. Light acidity - this is a pretty gentle lambic. The finish is surprisingly clean, leaving only a mild sourness on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light on the tongue. Carbonation is very low and just barely noticeable.

Notes - This lambic paired extremely well with spicy Indian food.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Served in a Hanssens tumbler. Hazy peach color. Beautiful strawberry nose. Not at all faded. Moderate lactic and strong strawberry. Very good.

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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
3.75 out of 5 based on 487 ratings.
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