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

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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".


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2013 From wooden barrel at Koekoek in Asse, Belgium. The glass brought to me was murky, cloudy and hazy soft orange amber with a one inch white fluffy head (see pic above, thatís the one). Extremely intense nose of funky feet, cheese, horseblanket, dough, wheat, rye, everything... so incredibly intense and dense and amazingly fresh and vivid... this beer is alive. Acidity level is medium but still it strikes the tongue with tenacity... exceptionally vibrant raw grain, sweet malt, sour, funky cheese and barnyard... the yeast is just downright amazing. Incredibly delicious, and hands down the best pure unblended Iíve ever had. I sampled the oude version (1-2 years) at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation as well and it was clear and still and lacked the depth and pungency of the jonge... I donít think thatís the proper way to drink this stuff... no... from the barrel in a true lambic cafe, fresh from the brewery, turbid and frothy and thick and delicious, itís just incredible. This is a gem of Pajottenland.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2008
Cask at GBBF with my good of good friends The Duff. Iv been monumental about a few things, ie rochefort 10 is the best of the best and imp stouts are for cleaning the things that no one see’s that are already black. However this takes things to a new level. This is takling things back to my ratebeer youth, this is a child with the owner of a sweet shop saying, whatever you want is on the house, but choose wisely. This is like dancing in high moon on ther balcony of the most beautiful place known to any immagination. This is beauty. Once does not say "i excuse all of my feats from before now, i am now complete. As i have found it" I had to go buy a pint glass as i got bored of drinking 1/3rd soo quickly. How does one purt such a point? Yes marrage beats it. Yes your child coming into the world. And well yes rangers beating celtic 4 times and winning on the last game of the season comes close. But my god, this beats all other beers, this is the daddy. I will for once and forever until proven otherwise hold this as my favourate beer ever ever ever. I thank you.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 From wooden barrel at Koekoek in Asse, Belgium
aroma: apricots, hay, grass, peaches and peach pits
appearance: murky yellowish brown, small head, some lacing
flavor: apricots, peaches, grasses and hay

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3689) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (4781) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2006
On tap at De Rare Vos, Schepdaal. Cloudy deep amber with just a little froth on top. Interesting leather-like aroma with a touch of toffee. Sweet toffee flavours, yet dry and slightly woody with a just a hint of refreshing citrus. Lightish body, soft and dry mouthfeel. A one-of-a-kind beer that is hard to match and surprisingly harmonious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10157) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2012 From a 10 litre plastic ton, bought at the brewery. Vinous, honey, grapes, mandarin and cherries in both aroma and flavor. Honey and cherry in the aftertaste, combined with lemon and wood. Perfect mix of drinkability and complexity. Will no doubt further gain in depth and complexity, now there are still some rough edges. I wish this would be the house beer of my local... @Grote Dorst in Eizeringen. March 2012. Golden color. Yoghurt and citrusfruit in the aroma. Mango. Milk, butter and bitter walnuts in the flavor. Very oaky. Vanilla, honey, mango, pineapple. Amazingly complex, but the bitterness was not really pleasant in this sample.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
I picked up a fresh plastic jug of this at the Girardin brewery a few weeks back. The beer poured a dense, cloudy yellow, straw color with a nice 1/2 head. The nose is has some fresh citrus and apple character to it. The taste starts out a tad bitter and has some pepper notes. After while a nice apple taste and orange as well comes through. The taste is a bit herbal as well. No real sour or tart taste. Very easy drinking. It is wonderful to taste such a fresh lambic, straight from the barrel. I will definitely be going back to get more of this!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19321) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2006
[Draught at GBBF] Hazily golden. Fresh citric nose with some barnyard. Lemon juice on a soft malty body, light sparkling, notes of grass. So refreshing, yet complex.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13596) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2006
Draught at GBBF 2006. I think that this is my favourite lambic producer and this beer only went on to cement its position, plus SilkTork seemed to like it too! Copper colour with no head. Lovely balanced sour aroma. Soft, slightly sweet even for a lambic. Lovely and drinkable. Superb. Little bit of treacle. Sour, but balanced. Some nice fruit even.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at GBBF.
Solid gold colour, slightly hazy and a bubbly head. A young and appley Girardin. Superb wooden notes, incredible citrus and funk. Not yet quite dry enough for you to think about not downing it. This is breakfast lambic. If I could knock back a glass of this every morning the world would be a better place.


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