Lambicus Dexterius
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Lambic - Gueuze
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3.92 | pDev: 16.33%
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Lambicus DexteriusLambicus Dexterius
Notes: Belgian-style lambic brewed traditionally (100% spontaneous fermentation). Blend of 4 yr, 3.5 yr and 2.5 yr.
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of hyperbole thrown around here... you know what else this has a lot of? Acetic acid. It was more vinegary than most American lambic attempts, burning the throat on the way down. Funky with some Bretty cheese rind and apple peel traces, lemony sour with minimal carbonation. Flawed but impressive, needs refinement and less oxidation/vinegar. Not sure why they never tried blending it again. RIP Lambicus Dexterius.

Apr 16, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks go to BA mymrnngjckt for sharing this brew. Poured from a 750ml into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed golden color. Some big bubbles form along the edge of the glass and hang out there until disturbed. A swirl doesnt do much but agitate another couple of bubbles to the perimeter.

The aroma of this brew is a mixture of apple cider and acetone. A hint of pear and apple fruited quality is present in trace amounts but it gets dominated but a perfume-like essence of plastic and nail polish remover. Unexciting and not inviting.

The taste is quite acedic. Acetone hits the palate upfront with a mild fruity perfume inclusion. It gets a bit grassy to herbal when trying to focus on something other than the acid. The aftertaste includes a bit of plastic.

This is a medium bodied brew with a still to mild amount of carbonation. While there is no denying how sour this brew is, it is painful and not in a good way. The combo of acetone and plastic was tastes like burning. Perhaps this was an awesome beer at one time? I dont know, I never thought id get the chance to try it and never will be able to comment on how it was fresh. But what this monster is now, is not good.

Feb 26, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to a generous trader for sending this one. Served in a Jolly Pumpkin tulip. Pours a clear deep golden color with no head. Almost completely flat. Nose is a bit cheesy with some backing funk. Completely still. Flavor is fairly harsh with heavy acidity. Some cider; no complexity.

Dec 16, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a recent tasting, thanks. A long time want, it was pretty cheesy though. Beer is yellow and mildly hazy, flat.

Aroma is a little acetone and a little cheese.

Beer is thin and flat on the palate, mildly cheesy, quite sour, acetic, some solvency, it is not too enjoyable, hard to drink. It be past its prime.

Sep 28, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

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

Thanks, Chad! Bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a darker orange color, pretty flat, some bubbles.

S - Sharp lactic sourness, oak, light fruit. Really one-dimensional, for the most part. Not saying that the specific dimension is bad or anything, just not complex.

T - More sharp sourness, very lactic, slight vinegar, some oak. Hard to drink a lot of this one, it's basically a sipper. Finish is a mix of tartness and oak, very sour.

M - Light body, light carbonation, dry finish.

O - Not exactly sure what this tasted like fresh, but I would say drink your bottles now. The extreme amount of acidic sourness was very overpowering and this isn't something I could drink much of. My small pour was just about right. Decent.

Dec 19, 2011
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a long stemmed tulip. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over to celebrate his birthday.

Appearance: My pour is a hazy tangerine color with golden edges and no head whatsoever.

Smell: Lactic sourness, some lemon and peach, some grains in the background. Oak and funk in the background.

Taste: The flavor is an explosion of lactic sour. Lemon, peach, and general tartness with a lactic tone. Some grapefruit as the sourness grows toward the end. Pretty much blisteringly sour.

Mouthfeel: The fact that this is flat really drags it down. No carbonation, a lactic sourness, medium bodied.

Overall: There is a very nice lactic sourness to this beer. It starts with a medium body that dries out and gets lighter as each sip goes on. Very tart and acidic for sure.

Oct 07, 2011
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readbaron from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Dunt on his birthday. Happy B-Day D-U-N-T!

Pours a pretty cloudy golden orange - not quite orange juice color, but close.

Smell is sour. Lots of white grape - but no sweetness, all sour. A bit of funk, but subtle. Also a bit of oak. A ton of lactic sourness.

Taste is super sour. I wish there was a bit more carbonation. It's delicous, but could be superb. There's some subtle white grape fruitness, and a bit of oak and funk.

Mouthfeel is flat. No carb. Otherwise, it's decent - medium bodied and a bit sticky.

Overall, a good beer. Carbonation would take it up a notch and make it excellent.

Oct 07, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with no real head. Smells very tart. Like candied sweet tarts. tastes very tart. Oak heavy. Low carbonation levels . I wish there was more! Very nice and funky. The sour and funkiness balance well. If the carbonation level was higher I think it would be much more enjoyable.

Sep 15, 2011
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cjacobsen from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for opening this one.

(A) Pours a clear orange copper color. There is absolutely no sign of a head or carbonation in this. Some clear bubbles from a rigorous shake, but that's it.

(S) It smells great. A ton of light and citric fruits. Orange and lemon with a bit of peach. There is a bit of a floral, perfume like smell that couples with the bit of funk in there.

(T) There's a good musk that comes off of the fruits and oak. Orange peel and lemon zest are surrounded by a vinegar-esque flavor.

(M) Smooth, oily, and flat. Acidic.

(O) It's everything you find in a gueuze without the tart punch you get with the addition of carbonation. I think with the carbonation this could be even that much better. It's a solid beer, or a solid base of a beer that could be improved only with a better mouthfeel.

Sep 14, 2011
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear orange cider color. Some very minimal white bubbles, but otherwise looks fairly flat.

(S)- Dry, with a great oaky funk. Mildly cheesy in the funk too. Bits of acidic white grape, lemon, and cider. The oak nuances in this are very striking.

(T)- Rather tart and acidic up front. Bits of white grape, lemon, and cider bits. Funky and earthy with a great oak profile in the background.

(M)- Despite the flat carbonation level, the hefty acidity does carry this well through the mouthfeel, though actual carbonation would help this immensely. The funk and oak are really quite strong, but very dynamic too.

(D)- Honestly, I really do like this. Yes, it is flat as can be, but the acidity does help. In hindsight, its not really worth tracking one down based on whats inside, but it was an enjoyable experience nonetheless.

Sep 11, 2011
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AleWatcher from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes-- still trying to get caught up!
Shared by DSC at a tasting. Since having this beer I had the chance to try Bambic-- I'll be that guy and flat-out say it right now: Bambic is the better beer.

I'm pouring this while watching Muddy Waters sing Mannish Boy on the dvd of The Last Waltz-- while the afternoon sun drifts lazily down and encompasses in a soft glowing warmth... Perfect.
The beer is a cloudy kind of orange-- very still. Looks almost like a pressed fruit juice. Cloudy and opaque-- definitely translucent, but not transparent.
The nose has some soft fruit like apricots, pears, then some oak and an astringent note that is almost reminiscent of acetone.
The taste reminds me of grapefruit, apricots, with a nice dryness. Gets really dry on the finish. It's good, but not as good as I had hoped. Ruby red grapefruit juice keeps coming to mind...
The body is still-- no bubbles at all. It isn't syrupy or anything...

Not bad. We're having this at a tasting with some hugely worldclass beers, and this pales in comparison to some of the others we have here tonight. I'd be happy to drink a bottle of this beer, but it won't be one I seek out too hard.

Aug 28, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks!

Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a thin white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of equal parts light and medium malts with large amounts of musty funk – wet hay with hints of leather. Also present are slight amounts of citrus aromas and slighter amounts of soft oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Medium malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of musty flavors – wet hay mostly as with the aroma with hints of deeper leather. Midway through light amounts of citrus and leafy hops come into play before being pushed aside by light oak flavors that carry through to a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with soft carbonation.

Overall this wasn’t far off from a solid still lambic, but while all the flavors were there, it just didn’t mesh as well as the best from Belgium. Still, an interesting beer that’s worth a shot.

Aug 11, 2011
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gford217 from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from that notoriously generous MI dude.

Pours a hazy golden orange with only a few stray bubbles on top that recede very quickly.

Aroma definitely has the JP funk, with some wet hay and mustiness, with a decent amount of light fruits - apricots and oranges. There is also a solid oaky tannin character to the nose.

The taste has less fruit and more acidity, some lactic and vinegar that just stings the palate. The finish is oaky with the signature JP funk.

The mouthfeel is almost completely lifeless and flat, seriously dry, oaky and acidic.

This is a good beer, though it's not one of my favorites from JP and, for me, lacks the complexity in the taste that I expect from some of the best lambics.

Aug 08, 2011
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Luk13 from Canada

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot for sarro and his tasting group for sharing this bottle. Aroma: Aged cheese funkyness upfront along with some cedar and a peach/pinneaples fruiyness, all wonderfully blended together. Appearance: Peach body with no head. Flavors: This one is real sour, much more than the usual JPs. Crushed lemon and grapefruit rind with intense woody flavors. Palate: Very dry and still. I’m not so much into flat beer but I thought it fit the beer profile. Overal: Excellent beer, maybe a little too harsh and sour though.

Aug 07, 2011
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Jmoore50 from Nevada

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I went into this beer with incredibly low expectations. I was thinking that this beer was going to be a mix between a band aid and soggy wood chips. I was pleasantly surprised when we opened the bottle and this warmed up a bit. Pretty good beer overall.

It pours a beautiful yellow straw color. I have a tendency to pour beers 'hard' to produce head, but this has no carbonation to produce any such thing. The legs on this are beautiful, just coating my glass and later my palate. Like stated earlier, it has a beautiful color and with the amount of sediment on our bottle, its pretty clear as well.

A great smell that is incredibly complex and opens up a bunch with some swirling and time. Strong hints of lemon-lactic sourness with moldy wood. One of the best ways of describing how this smelt is to compare it to watering your lawn on a hot summer day. Its got lots of that moist earth with grass and a bit of must. Its a really unique smelling beer that I thought was the best part of the beer.

It tastes good, and with no carbonation I was totally digging on the mouthfeel. It has a really dry and musty overall feel, with some light lemon grass and funk to it. There are strong notes of oak or just a general wood flavor. Lightly tannic, it helps the overall mouthfeel because of the carbonation. I had a Cantillon gueuze that was still and I dug this more. Its an incredibly complex beer that slowly evolves in your glass. Leather and grapefruit notes come more apparent as oxygen pushes through the beer.

A great oily mouthfeel with light oak tannins. Delicious beer overall. Its not incredibly drinkable, I wouldn't want this while playing on the beach, but its still delicious.

Mar 06, 2011
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Arbitrator from California

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to mikeyv35 for a very generous extra.

A: Pours a very murky, nearly opaque orange-apricot body in the glass. It's very still; some agitation bubbles, but no head.

S: Wood, citrus (lemon and pineapple), lactic sourness in the aroma. Some horse blanket funk, too. It doesn't have that rotting mushroom aroma that some Cantillons have, but I can see how it comes close to that goal.

T: Leather, grapefruit, earth, wood, lemon rind, apricot, lactic sourness, and a mild acetic burn. It's salty (well, minerally) to my palate. As it warms, the funk really evolves and brings a noticeable horse blanket flavor to the party.

M: It's very still, and starts to coat the palate after a while (particular with the vinegar residue). It works pretty well for this beer, but I don't love that quality.

D: The stillness isn't doing wonders for me, but I was impressed with the depth of flavor in this beer. I'd have it again.

Jan 22, 2011
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burnheartsMKE from Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured still, the color of dehydrated pee (I know this sounds gross but read on you will get the picture). Big sniffs brought in wafts of wet dogs, green apples and pickled-egg vinegar. The taste was one of the most complex and ridiculously sour pure fermentation tongue-blasts I have ever tried. Imagine unsweetened lemonade filtered through a dirty sock (in a good way). My brother described it as "pure apple cider vinegar" and that's not far from the truth, but it's also not fair to the subtle complexities and the pure emotional experience of this beast. I had read a review somewhere that mentioned this brew's spontaneous fermentation process and the brewery's proximity to Detroit. I guess you just say it kinda tastes like the Motor City - full of funk, piss & vinegar.

Jan 21, 2011
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aerozeppl from New York

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was super exited to try this one.

A: The beer was still and a murky orange amber color. Quite a bit of floaties in it even with a careful pour. It was a nice color and I know it was meant to be served still on purpose so cannot knock it there.

S: The aroma was super oaky when my glass arrived it calmed down a bit but it was intense at first. After a bit it was nice. Super complex. Overripe fruit. acidic acid funk. Just really complex. Spicy. Little leather and tobacco.

T: The taste was super oaky right up front. As it warmed up that faded into some citrus rind and overripe fruit. Never really picked out anything in particular. Got a little bit of white pepper. Some sips it had a nice complexity from it the next nothing. It really was like getting something different every sip. The bret funk was more musty basement than anything else. Not that much horse going on.

M: Medium body. A little syrupy. Still.

D:The first sip had me really disappointed in this beer but it warmed on me as it warmed. I applaud them for undertaking such an endeavor and I think it was a success for the most part. This beer was one of the most complex beers of any style that I have ever had.

Dec 08, 2010
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hoppymcgee from Maine

3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for bringing this one to a tasting on 5/29/10. Approx. 4oz. pour from a 750ml bottle into a small snifter.

A: Flat as can be (intentionally), deep yellow (or in the case of dehydration it's "piss" yellow).

S: Moldy apricots and burnt rubber. I guess this smells kind of interesting.

T: Peet moss and liquid freeze pops. This is a very medicinal sour, but I will give it a decent score because it's somewhat complex.

M: Slick and oily.

D: Acrid medicinal taste does not do this beer well.

Overall, I don't like flat beers whether it's intentional or not in a beer of a lower ABV class.

Jun 06, 2010
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere (Joe) for this one. Opened at a tasting 5/29/10. 4oz. pour from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: This one is advertised as a still lambic so I'm gonna review it as such. Beer is a semi-clear orange. No head, no lacing.

S: Fruity esthers abound in this one. Lemon, citrus, and apricot. Wood and peat overtones with a slight hint of ethanol in the background.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, funk, and a noticeable yeasty bitterness in the middle and end. Abrasive ethanol in parts with a tart finish. Aftertaste is a simple lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied with no carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth. Saliva inducing. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Definitely different than any other gueze I've ever had but this one is quite a winner for me. Complexities easily present themselves in the absence of carbonation. I also like the unique, smooth, flat mouthfeel in this one. A beer that present a very different experience to say the least. Definitely worth a try.

May 30, 2010
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koopa from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to beerloco for cracking this one open last night.

Appearance: Pours oranze and hazy with almost no head or lace. Reminds me of Cable Car 07' sort of.

Smell: Once this puppy warmed up the nose sang. A light amount of bretty funk, green grapes, cherries, and oak.

Taste: Lemon from the brett and green grapes up front, followed by a cherry pucker transition into a moderate acid wave.

Mouthfeel: Thin and undercarbonated, kind of like Cable Car 07', but not to the point where I didn't want more of it to drink.

Drinkability: A better mouthfeel would help make this one score higher in the drinkability department.

Not a bad bottle at all.

May 30, 2010
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boothbeer from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Graduation Sour Tasting. Split 4 ways.

A: Pours a gold, almost orange color, and a little cloudy. No head on this beer at all. Dont even see any bubbles.

S: The best way to describe this is as a spicy grapefruit. Also get some funk and wood scents.

T: Grapefruit and lemon flavors come through. A little spice and some sweetness as well to go along with a mild sourness.

M: Very dry and flat. There is zero carbonation. Has a mouthfeel of water. Intended or not, I think the "not impressed" 2.0 is the best way to describe my thoughts.

D: Pretty disappointed with this one. Smelled good, and other than no head, looked good. But the mouthfeel killed it for me.

May 29, 2010
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ThirstyBird from England

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gcurlow for sending this baby!!!
Pours a brilliant yellow/orange color with a tiny partial ring of bubbles that fall away. Really a radiant beer. On the smell side I get a sourness up front, some lemon grapefruit. Also some pepper characteristic. The taste is interesting - Super tart and dry wood up front. Grapefruit and vinegar The astringent initial assault then falls a.way to a more mild aftertaste.
light/medium in body with a bare minimum of carbonation. Overall a real interesting and extreme beer - a real puckerer!

May 16, 2010
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jedwards from California

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing this at a tasting.

Barely noticeable hiss as the bottle is opened. Pours a brilliant hazy orange with no head to speak of. Nose is powerful citrus, oak, and a vague saison-y quality -- almost surprisingly, I don't get a lot of what I think of as the JP "house character" from this. Taste has a distinct tangerine flavor fading to grapefruit/apple, with an incredibly astringent oaky finish. The mouthfeel is slick and slightly carbonated, and dominated by tannic dryness. I doubt I could drink much more than my pour of this.

Really glad to be able to try this beer -- tastes like no other beer I've ever had. It's so great that more breweries are doing spontaneously fermented beers, and unlike some of the others I've had this one has been allowed to mature properly before release. Already looking forward to future spontaneous beers from JP.

May 16, 2010
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. Poured with no head whatsoever, but the color was an exquisite hazy orange-gold. Nose reveals citrus, cork and a slight peppery quality. Taste consistent with nose - citrus starts out as orange, but then travels that citrus spectrum to grapefruit; finish is slightly tannic. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with just a hint of carbonation and a dry, puckering finish. This is a really unique beer, like nothing I've ever had - really exceptional because of its complexity.

May 16, 2010
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 89 ratings