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


on tap


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2013
On tap
Beer number two was a unique style that is also one of the main reasons I traveled all the way to Belgium. It’s hard to pin down beers like this as there are not that many in the wild. Still, to try it side by side with the final product gave some insight into the transformation that takes place with time.

Aroma / Appearance - The flat bronze body had no true head or carbonation but was also a bit murky. The smell of a young scotch that has just taken on a sweet edge rises from the glass along with polished bronze doorknobs. Caramel undertones glue it together.

Flavor / Palate - Sherry and sweet caramel taste like drinking some sort of dessert wine. The heavy mouthfeel clings to the mouth’s corners. The finish might be short lived but adds a sugary bite. I wouldn’t want to drink this all the time yet it is an experience that everyone should have at least once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11268) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Glass at Grote dorst. Clear amber with no head. Appearance strongly suggests it’s old but it was dated only 3 months old. Aroma of malt, cheesy notes, light citrus and light funk. Flavour is above light sweet and light moderate sour. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. [18-09-2016]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
Darker amber coloured ber, no carbonation nor head. Light oaky, yeasty buttery aroma, maybe some light infection? Full palate. FInish is sweet sour combined, some more heavy dought touches. Not bad, but i suspect an infection of the beer in this case.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2009
Clear golden with nearly no head. Sourish apples hits the nose along with barnyard and wood. Flavour was sourish with sour apples, wood, hay and leather accents. Finished slightly sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onystrom (1333) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
Mikkeller bar. Tap. Clear rosé colour with no head. A true sour lambic with a nice palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (6685) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2010
Tap @ Copenhagen 2010. Clear golden color, no head. Flowery aroma, slight hoppy, tart. Not that sour taste, but quite soft actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (6386) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2015
2 months old when sampled. Pours unclear, dark amber. Smell is earthy, erthy vegetables to be more precicely . Taste is sharp, sour, perfumy, twisted sour-sweet touch , with an ending that is still pure wort. Definetly way to young when sampled, but apparently it is the base of something great since I love the old one...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7376) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Draught, Beersel, Hotel Centrum, May 2005. Virtually no head. Body is hazy light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly yeast (barnyard). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Not very aromatic or sour, quaffable but not very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
Draught @ De Rare Vos, 22 Marktplein, 1703 Schepdaal, Belgium.
Unclear hazy - murky medium orange color with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate barnyard, leather, apple, overripped apples bitter sharp. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter, and sour notes with a average to long duration. Bitternes is like cold acrid tea, ala homemade ice tea. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is flat to soft, IMO not harmonious. [20090531]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (8219) - 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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