Brewed by Brouwerij Girardin
Style: Lambic Style - Unblended
Sint Ulriks-Kapelle, Belgium


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Lambik until the age of about 6 months (on oak casks) is considered young (Jong in Dutch) and traditionally sold as such. The difference in flavor and palate between both Jong and Oud is substantial.

Please note the age of the sample you are reviewing when entering your rating. While many factors determine whether you have had "Jonge" or "Oude" Lambik, a general rule of thumb is to enter 1 year-old or older lambik under "Girardin Oude Lambik" and anything less than 6 months-old under "Girardin Jonge Lambik".

For those between 6 and 12 months of age, you should take in to consideration the character of the lambik. Samples presenting themselves as hazy/cloudy, with some head-formation and residual sugar should be entered as "Jonge Lambik", while those that are drier, higher in clarity and with little/no head formation should be entered as "Oude Lambik".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3052) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 16, 2012
On tap at Mikkeller. Pours a clear orange with an off-white head and some lacings. Sweet and bitter with a medium tartness. Aromas of grass and grapefruit. Also some earthy yeast notes with some brett and hints of barnyard. Long, very bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
traPISSED (99) - S„o Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 13, 2012
This is not really for drinking purposes when at 10 months but itís great for blending! Very bitter and not too funky at this age but itís great to see what this can do with age. I bottled some of the 2010 brewing season at 10 months old to see what happened to a bottled Jonge and after 9 months conditioning the carbonation is really picking up while the bitterness is drastically dropping off. The funky Brett notes have also begun to develop a Gueuze like quality!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - MAR 21, 2012
#1341 draught; nose is decent stale urine, barn yard, gun powder, later white wine, feel is watery, carb Is medium, taste is sweet bile, some sour grapes, little cucumber, then velvet acidic finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tquest (93) - BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2012
Again a strange fact that this, together with the 2y and 3y old lambic will be a nice Girardin Black label. Bitter lambic, too young off course, still much going on in this one. Very interesting one for blending though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Sweet cola on the nose with hints of coconut. Pours a dark gold with a thin white head. Cola sweetness with hints of funk and traces of sourness. Very sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Pours orangish brown with zero head. Nose is pears and gummy bears. Not much else going on. Flavor is sweet and transitions toward slightly bitter in the end. Not much aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 11, 2011
2011 Jonge. Highly funky on the nose and a hazy orange colour. Quite still for a lambic with hay and brett flavours and a slightly tart finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 21, 2011
draft@ít Antwaerps Bierhuiske: hazy, orange almost no head, lots of farmhouse funk, strong lactic presence, harsh acidic aftertaste, not much sourness with still some residual sugars present upfront coupled with this strange acidity, concentrated acidic, green apples, very briefly sweet peaches upfront, musty cellar, harsh, amazing stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
Draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen
Hazy amber color. The aroma is sourish, a bit puckery, lemony, with a hint of vinegar, some grass, light apples, but no Bretts; it reminds me some sour ciders, lightly earthy.
The low carbonation allows to appreciate a rounder mouthfeel; itís unfortunately served a bit too cold; good flavor, dry malt, nice blend of wood and cobwebs to complement the front, while the late flavor features a nice blend of lemon and bitter orange peels, bitterness and light astringency.
As usual from Girardin, a soft Lambic, not extreme like others, but quite dynamic and with a good degree of complexity: highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (4069) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2011
2/07/2011 on tap @ Oostendse Bierjutterij (2011-298)

Clear orange beer, no head. Aroma: cheese and dairy, bread, bretta (very little). MF: medium body, no carbon. Taste: medium sour, pretty bitter. Aftertaste: bitter (chemical/medicinal). Great disappointment given the fact that the Girardin Geuze is one of my all time favorites.

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