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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-20-2002

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236
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469
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
23.47%
 
 
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Photo of drabmuh
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stillwater wine glass. First thing, this beer is still, no carbonation, no head, no lacing, that was unexpected. It's yellow and hazy, almost orange.

Beer smells acetic and oaky, funky and harsh. Its like hay and awesomeness rolled in funk.

Beer is super tart and really sour on the finish. There is a dirty blanket after taste and this odd sourness that sticks to my gums. The aftertaste is overwhelming. Hard to process. I think I might be blind. This is about the most sour thing I've ever tasted. There is a shadow of woody oak that reaches out of the back of my throat and tries to strangle me. Beer is also thicker than I thought it would be but still finishes really dry. The second drink was much better than the first. Its mellowing and growing on me. Strawberries? Really? I don't think so. This is like a harsh, sour, tart, unblended, flat lambic. I like it.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/31/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 375ml caged and corked bottle. Year 2000 bottle. Poured into my Lindemann's Lambic flute.

Appearance- Opened with no pop, not even a fizz or anything. Pours a bright orange with no head whatsoever. Lacing is pretty much non existant as well. Did I wait to long on this one?

Smell- Barnyard stench. Leather, rotted fruit, horse dung, you name it. If you really sniff hard you can detect a nice scent of strawberry.

Taste- Ultra sour at first, with a mixture of sweet strawberry. This beer calms down towards the middle and becomes much less tart and overbearing. The starwberry flavor just didn't do it for me though.

Mouthfeel- Almost like drinking a weak lambic sryup. No carbonation whatsoever. A very dead beer. No life in it at all.

Drinkability- Still very new to the lambic scene. Hopefully I will come across the better ones than this.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poued a golden yellow with no head an absolutely no lacing.

S: strong tart strawberry aromas with vinegar acidic funk.

T: nice sour punch with strawberry, vinegar, and acidic flavors.

M: meduim body with ghost carbonation.

D: I could drink this stuff all day but will probably pay for it with heart burn. Not a bad offering from the hanssens blenders.

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Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an earthy, sour scent that boasts of half rotten strawberries and Belgian yeast. The taste is decent as well. It has a musty strawberry flavor that is earthy and quite sour. The fruit is not as pronounced as some lambics I've had. It goes down slow and very tart. Usually, these brews go down like water, but this one is different. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above beer, but just an average lambic. I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of thirdeye11. 2002 vintage.

Pours yellow orange with a minimal white head. The aroma is very tart, with some vinegar and some funk. The taste is very tart with some sour strawberries and other fruit. There is also a little bit of funk but it pales in comparison to the pure tartness. Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Very dry finish.

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Photo of aasher
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been eyeing this one for a long time now. It pours a light bodied bright gold in color with a slightly pinkish hue, slightly cloudy and with no head or bubbles. The nose is what I expected from Hannsens, nice acidity, moderate funk, and a strawberry juice aspect that offers a touch of berry sweetness. The flavors are interested. Of course there is the acid and funky yeast but it has an odd juicy strawberry sweetness. It's kind of earthy and vinous. The mouthfeel is also a little flat. It's ok. I know there aren't many strawberry lambics out there but to me this tastes like a Geueze with Strawberry juice added. It's ok but being more expensive than their gueuze or kriek, I would prefer one of those any day.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly strong aroma of strawberries springs from the bottle as soon as I pop the cork. It is very flat as it pours, there are no bubbles in my glass. Pours a hazy orange color that has a pink tint to it. No head at all is on this beer. the strawberry ins the most dominant aroma, though this is definitely a Lambic as well; acetic, sour, and just plain funky aromas make up the back drop. The combination of strawberry and Lambic aromas bring it to a new funky aromatic level.

Very dry up front but towards the end this beer changes directions abruptly and finishes with a weird fruity sweetness. The sweetness has an artificialness to it that may just be a product of the strawberry and Lambic funk. The taste is definitely sour, but not overly so for a Lambic. The amazing thing about this beer is that it is completely schizophrenic; on the front of my tongue it is dry, acidic, funky Lambic, once it hits the back of my tongue it becomes sweet and strawberry like. This is one beer that gives a work out to all the taste receptors on my tongue.

Interestingly enough, I did not really miss the lack of carbonation in this brew, it might be a bit better with it but it is interesting enough to stand up without it. I think that this would probably be a good transition Lambic for going from Lindeman's products to that of Cantillon. Very interesting and I am still not quite to sure what to think of it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hanssens Oudbeitje Lambic

LOOK: Pours a still looking clear golden peach color.

SMELL: Strawberry is bright and in the forefront.

TASTE: Very tart base beer provides a nice sour edge. The strawberries that dominated the nose are much softer in the taste with just a small unripe green/pink strawberry tartness. Dry wheat base, oaky and full on sour.

FEEL: Light to medium body, a bit syrupy, with micro carbonation. Dries out in the finish with moderate barrel influence and lingering tartness.

OVERALL: Smells incredibly of strawberry, which fades in the taste and stays sour. Drinks like an unblended Lambic, as carbonation is minimal even from Hanssens standards. Still, I found this to be enjoyable. A nice dry sour from Belgium.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle, 2000 Vintage,

A: Pours flat with a brilliant apricot orange hue.

S: Some light strawberry notes, lemon, and sweaty socks.

T: The strawberry is a really minor note. Lemon and apricot form the predominant flavour along with the acid. Tastes good.

M: Smooth, moderately acidic, good body for no carbonation.

D: A solid lambic. The complexity isn't great, but a nice drinkable brew. Too expensive for what you get though.

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

Thought this might be sweeter than it was- glad to see that it wasn't and I should have trusted this brewery not to release one of the sugary fake lambics that seem so popular. This is probably the only strawberry lambic I've ever had. Poured a murky golden with no head or carbonation. Not unusual in a real lambic. Aromas of light, sweet strawberry up front, followed by a nice mellow sourness and some funky barnyard smells. Classic. The taste is similar- sweet strawberry turns to sour funk while in the mouth with the typical slightlt bitter taste of damp hay and horseblanket right at the end. The mouthfeel is still, smooth, and even a bit creamy- nice trick, that. Quite decent if not quite transcendant. I'd definitely have another.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly clouded dark orange with no head or lacing. Vigorous pour generates a handful of bubbles at most. Low carbonation and medium light body; traditional lambic feel.

Strongly acidic aroma; lots of lemon and a good deal of musty funk, as well as some pleasant strawberry notes and hints of oak. The flavor is much the same, dominated by powerful lemon sourness and acidity, tart and fruity strawberries, ample bretty funk and moderate oak. Lightly sweet.

The strawberries in the aroma are lovely but somewhat overshadowed by the assertive lemon juice in the flavor a bit.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/17/2010

Labeled "B. United International's Masters' Collection Limited Edition Year 2000." I hadn't heard of this until I stumbled upon it at the Pizza Port bottle shop a few weeks back. It pours transparent golden with no visible carbonation, aside from the bubbles resulting from a hard pour, which aren't really indicative of carbonation. So, as I said, there is no visible carbonation.

The nose is of tart lemon and subtle strawberry notes. Notes of cheese, musty barnyard, wet leather, blacksmith's daughter, and wet horse blanket. It's pretty damn funky. There's a moderate lactic quality as well as oak.

The flavor opens with a strong citric acidity and notes of salty lemon rind, oak, and subtle strawberries. Brett quickly steps in and provides the requisite barnyard and horse blanket funk. Other notes are of musty cheese and enchanted caves. This is surprisingly delicious. Tartness is at an upper moderate level. Lactic and acidic notes are strong in the finish which, incidentally, is when the strawberries are most evident. They're subtle, but really add a nice touch to an already tasty beer. They stay with you after the other flavors fade. The acidity took me by surprise as I sipped absent-mindedly, causing me to cough more than a few times.

The beer is still, but the oak and acidity provide a pleasantly dry and full mouthfeel. Overall, an absolutely delicious beer and a lucky find. Highly recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light blush/ amber color with a very thin, fizzy pinkish-white head that quickly dissapears. Funky aroma with hints of strawbeery and cream as well as an earthy, oak presence. Slightly watered down, with very little carbonation and a slightly funky, earthy oak flavor. Not very acidic and very easy to drink with with a slight puckering strawberry, floral flavor.

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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 wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 375ml green bottle, corked and caged, served lightly chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: the bottle is opened almost without any hissing sound, suggesting a rather flat body; it ends in the glass a dark orangey golden hue, good clarity, with microscopic fizz attached to the sides of the glass all over, without any beer head.
S: very sharp and odorous funkiness (close to the level of Girardin's Black Label that I personally came [next to] sick to smell, but in a surprisingly... surprised way in my very early days in the world of Lambic/Geuze) comes with a faintly sweet oakiness, pungent cider and a thick body of savoury-sweet salted prunes and oxidised Chinese white pears... Strawberries (mixed of overripe-dessert variety & sour-tannic green ones) come closely at the tail of the pungent lambic, but overall quite trivial.
T: this is the most weird fruit-lambic that I've tried, for the fruits have provided neither a "spark" nor a backbone to the overall flavour, almost non-existent are the strawberries... well, never mind... The lambic itself comes very flat, though, that only the high level of savoury funkiness and salted citrus peels quickly develops and settles down equally fast to a really quiet aftertaste of chewy tannins of old wood, spicy hints of dried white olives and all the musty trimmings that an old lambic would demonstrate. Not bad is the taste actually, if disregarding the fruity bits...
M&D: flat-bodied, musty/funky to bits, with a super-light fruitiness from the strawberries that are said to be used in the brew. Perhaps I've never tasted any strawberry-lambic as understated as this one, but something tells me that this bottle is not pretty right, as this level of carbonation (next to none) is not even quite right for a bottled lambic. That said, the lambic base still shows a degree of decency in quality that can't be brushed off that easily. This is "Hanssens", so nothing should go too wrong, I take it?

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

(Served in a flute)
limiteded 2000 Lot B

A- the soft pop of a cork, pours a red hint to a crude clear body with no head and no carbonation. There are a few microbubbles stuck to the base of the glass.

S- Even during the pour there is a full funky barnyard nose with some horsey notes and some mushroom qualities. The lemon touch is fruit and bright in the finish.

T- The soft tartness has a gentle fruit touch to it with a finish of sharp tartness and white cheese rind with a watery fruit hint in the finish. There is a bright tartness that lingers on the tongue a bit after each sip.

M- The slick mouthfeel has a bit of a water texture and no fizz or carbonation.

O- This is a bright crisp crude beer with a touch of fruit and maybe a strawberry hint when it is very warm as well as some septic qualities that come through. The tartness is full and everything is well blended. It was a nice beer but didn't have an dominating flavors, everything was subtle except the sour.

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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 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 scruffwhor
2.05/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Year 2000 edition corked and capped bottle.

The pour is a golden honey lacking a real head of any kind. Their is a weird suspension and haze the stays right in the center column of that amber honey. A few bubbles pass through, but not many. The arom is a funky, earthy mess. makes me think of a refinery or old wet shoes. The taste gives some tart hint of strawberries, but not much. A very fiery tartness overwhelms the senses. Very acidic. I know lambics are supposed to be funky and tart, but give me a break. I will never buy this beer 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 DrJay
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy caramel colour with little to no head. Sour fruity aroma with a moderate strawberry component sitting on top of wood. The flavour is similar to the aroma, but the strawberry character is much more pronounced and there's more of an earthy quality to the woodiness. Pleasant, tart acidity balances the sweetness. Quite tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of bark
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The smell of strawberries spreads around the room when I opened the champagne-style cork.

The liquid is opaque. The colour is an odd semi-bright beige-red-orange one that I have never seen before. There is no head at all.

The smell is a blend of sweet strawberries (both wild and the usual ones) jam and earthy notes of vinegar/iodine. As one could have expected… Maybe a little bit too candy-like for me.

The taste got nothing to do with sweets or artificial flavouring! It is dominated by a powerful dry sourness with some gentle notes of red berries. There are also iodine and minerals, malt vinegar, malic acid and bitter herbs. Yes, it is very sour! The aftertaste is tenderer wit sour mineral notes and a fine, growing natural taste of matured strawberries.

The carbonation is mild with some gentle small bubbles. I had thought that it should have been much stronger.

A tricky fruit lambic; The fruit is all there, but the dominant sourness is just a little too much in this beer. Don’t get me wrong, I like lambics and geuezes, but this one just wasn’t balanced the way I like it.

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

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Year 2000 version.

(A)- Pours a hazy brilliant golden orange color that produced some white and transparent bubbles.

(S)- Very dry hay funk with a light tartness. Some ripe delicious smelling strawberries in the background.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big sourness in the middle with subtle strawberry-like fruits. Has some funk, but minimal.

(M)- A prickly carbonation level that feels higher than it is due to its high acidity level. A good balance of fruit and funk, but the acidic sourness has them all beat.

(D)- A good lambic. Not extraordinary, but an easy drinking one with a nice freshness to it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage at Maxs tonight

A: Absolutely flat. Clear, light amber. Halfway through, I add the yeast in to make things a little murky (after tasting, of course)

S: The most delicate and nuanced strawberry note is present in the back, behind the funk. Absolutely beautiful

T: Starts off pretty funky with a definite deliciously rancid flavor before the strawberry wafts in gently, makes its presence felt and ambles along leaving a long, dry, funky finish

M: Somehow, Hanssens manages to do the uncarbonated lambics right. This one feels pretty good, though, with a little more sweetness, it would be even better

D: Probably the tastiest beer I drank tonight. Will seek out again

**Edit 12 March 2012**
Drinking a bottle of the 06 that I picked up at Maxs back in the day. I found the 2000 harsh and undrinkable, so I didn't have high hopes for this one.

The glorious but delicate strawberry character that this beer had fresh has fallen off, but not by much. As it breathes, it does grow in prominence, with a fairly complex fruit character. Delicate strawberries with some seed tannins (not as intense as raspberry lambics, though). For a Hanssens lambic, this smells surprisingly mellow, and it is so on the palate as well, with a fairly oak and vanilla forward lambic base with a sourness that brings to mind rotting lemons, less some sweetness, and some lactic acid. Fairly slick on the palate. The strawberries are still fairly noticeable on the palate, lending a sweetness and acidity to complement the lemony lambic. Funk character is quite low here, apart from a mild earthiness on the mid-palate, there isn't much. This is one aspect that I wish had a little more complexity to it. Quite oaky on the finish with vanilla and tannins to add the low level of carbonation that's present. Oh, and it doesn't really need much carbonation for the flavor profile IMO. I never thought I'd say it, but this is a fairly mellow and easy-drinking Hanssens beer, one I could drink multiples of. Enjoyable, recommended, unique. 4/4/3.5/4/3.5

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Corked 375 ml bottle, states Limited Edition 2000 on the label.

Pours a slightly hazed golden, thin white head forms, some lace spots, settles down to a thin ring. Smell is insane, very harsh, citrus acidity, yeast, super barnyard, musty hay, burnt almost sulphurous aroma, like burnt bread. Taste is crazy too, very sour and acidic, lemon, honey, burnt bread astringency, charred wood, funk, more acidity. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Crazy beer, I give respect to anything that makes me wince in a good way now. Really challenges the palate, worth a shot if you like funky stuff.

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Oudbeitje Lambic from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
3.75 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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