Oudbeitje Lambic | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BEER INFO

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 nickfl
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - No head whatsoever. Perfectly clear with a light copper colored body.

S - Deep earthy, sour, cheesy smell. Aromas of sour cherries, wet, mossy stones, and earthy, salty cheese. Some noticeable goaty, caproic smell and a hint of black olives. Very savory aroma overall.

T - Profound, puckering acidity. Tart pie cherries and a surprising fresh parsley note. Strong apple like flavors, reminiscent of a New England cider but with more complex earthiness.

M - Very thin body and no carbonation.

D - Drinkability as such is pretty low on this one, in that it would be quite difficult to take down more than one of these. It is probably the most sour beer I have ever had; and while the aroma is spectacular, the flavor is a bit o a let down.

I paired this with some Taleggio cheese and homemade pumpernickel bread, and while the aroma matched the cheese quite well, the flavors were a bit dissonant.

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

B.United International's (importer) Masters' Collection - Limited Edition Year 2000 - Strawberry Lambic. 375 ml corked, caged bottle. Cork was dry. Hazy, deep orange in color. No head - flat. The aroma is complex: sour, acetic, brettanomyces (barnyard), lightly sweet with some candyish strawberry, musty, leathery. The body is thin and the mouthfeel is powdery. The flavor starts with a soft acidity which immediately turns quite sharp on the front of the tongue - puckering, leading into some light fruit flavor (wow!?!) and some broader flavors of limited residual sugar, leather, mustiness as the liquid warms across the palate, then dissolves from the tongue with a quickly passing light metallic note, leaving a dry, powdery finish and a "sour spot" at the back of the throat. Surprisingly not astringent, as it's often expected. Not a very complex lambic, but quite surprising in the clarity of the strawberry note (a difficult fruit to work with because of it's light character).

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tough one, I've had 3 bottles now and haven't matched the first with how delicious it was and how much strawberry it had. And now the price has gone up so tough to buy at that price. This review starts with the original and adds comments on the others that followed.

Pours no head, murky peach beige color no carbonation.

Nose is wow, light lambic, tart sour, strawberry lemonaide, juicy tart strawberries, lactic acid. The ones following were similar on the nose, but a touch less strawberry.

Taste starts with a nice sour and tart lambic, typical fruits and lactic acid, and gets kicked up a notch when the sediment is swirled and dumped in, suddenly Wow Strawberries! Tons of fresh strawberry flavors, strawberry lemonaide, light acidity, lacto, juicy, light sweetness, bit of tart funk, light bitterness and a great sour flavor, but of chewy malts, and light citrus. Funk is light, mostly just tart fruits and lactic acid. On the later bottles it started similar, but adding the sediment from the bottom was mostly yeast and funk, very little strawberry added , the sediment was also much less than the first bottle, and more yeasty funk flavors, not as pleasant.

Mouth is lighter bodied, pretty much no carbonation.

Overall just wow, the original bottle is one of the best lambics I can remember, but the ones since have just been so-so. hard to judge the score on which one, so I'll try to average them.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Note: Bottled in June 2013

A: Pours a very hazy deep golden yellow bordering on apricot in color with no visible carbonation and just a hint of peach highlights. The beer has only the faintest of off-white rings around about half of the glass and no lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is quite tart/sour with only the hint of strawberries in the finish as it warms up.

T: Similar to the smell, this beer is almost all sour tartness with just a light amount of strawberries in the finish. The tartness/sourness of this beer really lingers.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with minimal amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: This is not an easy drinking beer as it is quite sour and pretty much lacks any carbonation (to speak of). I would only recommend this beer to folks that really enjoy their sours, not for the novice to the style.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle purchased at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop. There is a year of 2000 listed on the bottle, but I'm not entirely sure if this beer is that old (I couldn't find much information on it).

A: The cork popped out and gave no indications of carbonation (not surprising for a lambic). A fairly vigorous pour into two glasses for the girlfriend and I gave a few bubbles at most. The color is a gold with some hints of pink.

S: The nose is quite complex with lots of acidity and funk. There is a fruitiness to the beer, but I wouldn't necessarily pinpoint it as strawberry. There is also quite a large acetic component.

T: Like the nose, the acetic acid is fairly well pronounced, but not so much that it is vinegary. A lot of barnyard character (horse blanket, hay, and leather), and again a mild fruitiness, with the strawberry character coming through a bit more than on the nose.

M: The beer is slick and flat, like you would expect for a traditional lambic. The body is medium and has quite an acidic bite on the finish.

D: A beer that I've been wanting to try, but it is quite acetic and sour. A bit more dryness would have been nice, and perhaps a little more fruit character.

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 10 year old bottle purchased from Rick's Wine and Grocery. 375 ml bottle split with my favorite wife.

A: Almost completely flat, copper hue

S: faint hint of strawberries, funk, tannins, grapefruit

T: Sharp, very sour, strawberries have faded and have been run over by an angry, acidic sour monster

M: flat (taking into account that it is 10 years old), biting, makes ya pucker

D: I think this beer is past its prime, though still enjoyable. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to try it.

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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 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 JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A minimal pop of the cork. Not much noise. Lot C.

Flat dead head. Nothing generated not even a colar barley a faint ring whispered of white. Body though is a soft orange and glowing yellow.

Nose is bretty, mild yeast and fruit strawberry. Smells more gueze like with its hot bread character. Very interesting.

Sour tart but not really that acidic. Tart citrus without a distinct fruit angle (the closest seems like lemon). Mild sour bread dough on the finish going off with the vinous fruit character. Even salty finish as well.

Overall quite a fun ride that moves from strawberry to lemon sour and even salty ocean saltiness. I am not sure if the appearance is to be this sort of "flat" but otherwise alright. Checking upon other reviews, appearance is about the norm. So I call good on that.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 version. Sampled 7-27-07.

Absolutely no head on a clouded orange pour. Nose is so tart that when I took a whiff immediately after pouring, I pulled my head back and elicited the word: "Whoa!" There is a fair amount of fruit there and a pretty mild wood tone as well. Overall it just smells of funky lambic goodness. Flavor is so sour that it bites. I am no novice to lambic, but this one is still kicking me a bit hard. After that initial taste, the buds seem used to it more and you get a less abrasively sour tone and a bit of wet wood. Very minimal fruit influence here. Barely visible to the palate. Feel is extremely low on carbonation. So much so that it might not even feel like there is some to certain people. Liquid is smooth, but also a bit sticky/slimy. Drinkable, yes. But certainly not the smoothest lambic ever created. Seems a bit harsh in certain aspects.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml/12.7 oz cage-corked bottle, "limited edition 2006" poured into fluted glass.

Pours golden with virtually no head and no head retention.

The smell is funky/musty with lemongrass, stale bread, and floral notes with a hint of strawberry.

The taste is musty, tart lemon and strawberry mixing with stale bread. Sour apple grows as the drink progresses. It has a very tart, dry finish.

It is light-to-medium bodied with mild carbonation, though there is an effervescent touch.

Very tart and drying. The fruitiness mixes in with other characteristics. Other than needing some water mid-way because of tartness and dryness, very drinkable. Not an "intro to style" type lambic, it's a drink for true lovers of tart lambics.

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

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawberries and flowers on the label, with an utterly unpronouncable name...what is in store for me, within this bottle?
Pop goes the c ork, and out wafts that distinctive lambic aroma, musky, sour, then light strawberry notes...and I haven't even sniffed the bottleneck, let along poured out the liquid...so, let's...bright golden color, nearing a rich orange, with no head, no carbonation at all.
Aroma: as said before, sourness strikes first, followed quickly by sweet strawberry, but at times it feels like a faint echo.
Taste: odd, and something of a challenge, for if your palate isn't in the mood to put up this tangle of murky, heady, yeasty sourness, only slightly offset by tasty fruit, this is gonna be no picnic. It's a real lambic, though, no sissified sweet thing, this makes you pucker, wince, gulp, then finally, relax and be all mellowfied. Becomes more palatable further in, and I can't say whether it's been tamed, or it's conquered me! Medium body, long, tart finish, a real master of the mouthfeel.
The label tells me that this is a Limited Edition Year 2000, at least 3 years old,and I have to wonder if it's age affected the head/appearance?

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 version. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Unlike the 2000 vintage, this isn't totally flat. A hard pour conjures up a quarter-finger of big-bubbled white foam that quickly dissipates. Attractive semi-transparent golden body.

S - Funky overripe strawberries, acetic acid provides a touch of cider vinegar, barnyard, some light oak, sour lemons and tart apples. It's very potent, and erupts from the bottle as soon as the cork is pulled.

T - The taste is a little more understated, with more apple cider vinegar and less of the wonderful strawberries found in the nose. There's notes of leather, sour grapes, and granny smith apples.

M - The finish is ridiculously dry, with a nice residual tannic character. Very low carbonation - a few more bubbles would have helped. Slick, oily, medium body.

D - Even though it's quite acidic and dry, it's very enjoyable and easy to drink. I put down the 375ml bottle a half-hour, and I would have been up for more - we'll see how my stomach reacts tomorrow morning.

I had another bottle of this that I got from bosse - it was significantly more carbonated, but I can't remember the vintage.

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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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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