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


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RATINGS: 114   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15413) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
Tap. No head. Color is golden amber. Aroma and taste are nice and sour, with fruits and flowers. Nice and crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PriorL (2818) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
Had this multiple times from a 10L cask at home, don’t know why I didn’t rate it yet... APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, almost no head. NOSE: slightly fruity, oak, sour. TASTE: fruity, quite sugary still, sour, nice balance

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2006
From the cask at GBBF, August 2006. Day 1, beer #21. Golden colour. Slight haze. Entirely flat. Some sweetness with moderate acidity although I wouldn’t call it particularly sour. Woody and citric at the same time. Less farmyard than expected in the aroma. Not fully developed yet, but getting there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (9343) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 20, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 [9/6/09] Tap at some small pub in Pajottenland. Cloudy orange with a bit of white foam. Aroma of wort, some fruits and some yeast. Sourish flavor with some sweet sugariness and fruits. Medium-bodied. Flavor is nice but the aroma is stil too wort-like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12053) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
Draught. Dark yellow colour. Powerfull sour aroma and flavor. Moderate bittter. Average finish. Oily palate. Not quite as good as 3 Fonteinen but still a treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2010
From tap at MikkellerBAR. Pours clear and golden orange with a shortlived head. Aroma is acidic and mild apple fruity. Vague malty too. Mild acidic, citric and light fruity to a mild malt base. Acidic and dry finish, clean and crisp - not overly sour. Vague malt presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (3378) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2010
Clear golden orange with no head. Aroma of goose berries and wood. Acidic and sweet flavors with bitter cloudberries notes in the finish. Dry texture. Light to medium body. (On tap at Mikkeller bar 8.5.2010)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2010
On tap at Mikkeller. It’s a clear, flat, copper colored beer, looking lovely in a strange, rustic way. There’s some vinegar on the nose, mould, apricots and other fruits too. It’s flat, dry and medium bodied, at first it doesn’t feel very tart, but after some seconds it kicks in, and lasts until long after the last swallow. Barnyardy funky lemon flavor. A nice one indeed, I loved being able to drink it, but it was a bit disappointing in the flavor, almost fruity-sweet and sort of resembling lemonade. Would like some more though. 100508

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2076) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Cask at Bier Circus. Bubbly white head, and a still coppery light orange color. Almost a sweetness in both the aroma and taste, lots of grapes, woody, and very vinous. No major carbonation, and not that dry of a finish, medium body. Touch sour, but not one I would say is very funky. Nice drinking, but I prefer older lambics I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3345) - Clevelandish, 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.

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