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Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 16 4 8 2000
375ml Bottle
$6.99
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