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Oudbeitje Lambic by Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Lambic - Fruit
6.00 % ABV

Review by emerge on 07/18/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 18 3 9 2010
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.

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 Drie Fontienen Gueuze 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 sour lovers out there.

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

Price: $10.49 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2000
375ml Bottle
Binny's Orland

2000 Vintage

Oudbeitje doesn't show much of a head on the pour, as a matter of fact I was only able to conjure up a few bubbles here and there that disappeared fairly quickly. The body glimmers an apricot orange when backlit while still bubbles stick along the glass. When sitting away from the light it takes on a sunset red hue. I can only spot a few bubbles rising to the surface. The lack of head is a little disappointing even for a lambic. Second pour brings a ring of bubbles that stick around.

I thoroughly enjoy the nose on this lambic. A tight fruity sweetness starts things off showing not only strawberries but cantaloupe too. The funkiness comes along after the fruit sweetness in the form of dry brittle wood and white vinegar. There are some sweaty notes in there but the fruit seems to balance those particular notes out nicely. The fruit character is incredibly unique.

There is a little more sourness than the nose led me to believe, it's actually cheek puckering up front. The sourness comes from a mix of underripe strawberries and white vinegar. The sweatiness is there slightly on the backend while the fruity sweetness hits on the front. The cantaloupe comes across on the swallow along with the dry brittle woodiness to make for an interestingly enjoyable conversation.

The body is light like you'd expect from a lambic and shows a solid sourness that I can't get enough of at the moment. The carbonation is soft but noticeable enough to keep the body from coming anywhere near watery. The finish dries my tongue on every sip.

This is a drinkable lambic with the sweet upfront playing off the sour in the rear. The drying finish makes me need another drink before the last is fully gone.

I read a few reviews on this brew and I have no idea where they're coming from. I was recommended this brew and would happily recommend it to anyone else that sees it on their local shelves. The play on the fruitiness is incredibly enjoyable while there's a nice solid puckering quality that keeps me coming back.

Reviewed: 5/17/09

Price: $6.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 05/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 4 9 2006
Masters' Collection Limited Edition Year 2006

A - Orange color with a nice haziness to it. Pours a few bubbles, but they are long gone. There is no head of much presence of carbonation at all showing itself.

T - Strawberry is right up front on the nose, followed quickly by that familiar lambic sourness. Some lemony aspects and lots of funk.

T - Starts off all strawberry. There is more fresh strawberry sweetness in this than any brew I have had. Impressive. It isn't so much sour on the taste as it is tart. Tartness is nice and round, not really biting in the least bit. It highlights the strawberry flavor more than dominates it. Wonderfully balanced.

M - Light bodied and very dry. I pucker some after every sip. Carbonation is higher than expected considering the complete lack of head. Actually seems to work with the style and flavor just right.

Overall - I really dig this brew. Could be drank with regularity and it wouldn't get tiresome at all. Recommended.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 9 18 4 9 0
I was introduced to this beer at Liar's Club and came away impressed.
This one's for the review.
Limited edition 2006 bottle.

Served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is above-average. Deep orange color with haziness. No head to speak of. According to the website, this beer goes through a "lesser" secondary fermentation so the carbonation levels come through low.

Smell is good. Sweet aroma of strawberries hit first then a lemony sourness cleans things up before the sweetness gets out of hand. Mouth-watering for sure. Funk is all over.

Taste is very good. That same strawberry sweetness comes through beautifully but, once again, a large lemony tartness rounds out the finish. Expectedly, wild yeast makes itself known toward the backend. Sweet and tart flavors intertwining quite well.

Mouthfeel is very good. Leaves your cheeks puckering, your tongue leathery and your gums bone dry. Then your mouth waters and you're ready for the assault again. Carbonation is below-average but doesn't take away too much from the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good. Another bottle would be a pleasure.

Not the best lambic around but one I can see myself going to often enough. Amazing combination of sweetness and tartness.


Served In: Tulip

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