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Girardin Oude Lambik

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

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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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The original brewed Lambic. Letting this beer age for 1, 2 or 3 years and mixing those for fresh Lambic makes a Gueuze. A Gueuze is also bottle conditioned which gives it carbonation. The Lambic however is complete flat without bubbles. Available only in draught form.

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".


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vipinvelp (2211) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
Clear orange. Fresh apple like aroma, bit weak. Taste is not outspoken, small cider like green apple taste. little sour. Good. (Antwerpen 201409)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
August 3. Cask at Grote Dorst. Pours clear golden/amber with small, quickly dissipating, white bubbles on top. Aroma is tart apples, barnyard, grain, oak, black pepper, Taste is tart and fruity, dry woody earthy notes. Finish is light/medium bitter, oak and fruit. Smooth oily medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4475) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2014
From Caleb’s bag. yes, this beer came from a bag. A little yeast in the aroma. Smells like an aged gouda, and tastes like a salty cheese as well. Dry, but probably the least sour lambic I have ever had. This is actually very disappointing. Caleb suggested they might not use the best available beer for the Belgium in a box sales.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerconnaiseur (93) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
Older 37,5cl bottle - on cork till 2012. Murky unfiltered haze dark gold. Beautiful airy head. Lactic tart, sour, old lemon, soft brett. Round full body, low carbonation, soft soft soft. Amazing aging process happened here, on a relatively small amount of time (4 years?).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1585) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Clear golden amber pour - thanks CLevar! Cheesy and slightly fruity nose. Low carbonation. Slightly bitter and funky finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6416) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Sample shared by Caleb from a 10 L bag. Clear orange pour with no head (uncarbonated). Cheesy and light fruit aroma. Lactic. Somewhat drying. Some cereal grains. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Wanted to get down some notes on this... Pour from a bag-in-a-box (Thanks Levi!) is a very clear, surprisingly dark amber pour with no head. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is wet wood notes, with the oak being more prominent than I would have thought, especially when it’s pointed out. Very "funky" smelling, in a cheesy, wet dog, sweaty sock sort of way, without becoming overpowering or off putting. A bit of the lactic and citric tartness for which Girardin Black Label is known pushes through and really brightens up the experience. The pineapple and grapefruit is there, but quite subdued. Taste is a fair bit of that same funk, more tart than the aroma lets on. The malt profile is surprisingly present, with a fair bit of caramel character, and quite a bit of that Cheerio/cracker character on the finish that I have often gotten in some young bottled home-brewed sours (And often attribute to priming sugar/residual extract). Caramel malt character. A vegetal note that I attribute to hops, though without the bitterness/pithyness that we have gotten in some of our beers brewed with aged hops...better source/older hops? Finish is fairly drying, with the classic Girardin sour elements of citrus fruit and bright acidity. Still quite a bit of body for a sour beer, and a flat one at that. Overall, a very unique experience that has made me think a lot about the state of some of our "young" sour projects. Very fun to see where some of Girardin’s beer starts...a really interesting and surprising experience to be sure.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (951) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
Verre de 25 cl, d’un cask, au ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Arômes très rustiques de vieille cave et de fromage. Notes d’oxydation? Robe dorée et limpide, assez foncée pour un lambic, effervescence très faible et peu de mousse. En bouche, le caractère de ce vieux lambic est très fort et sauvage (vieux fromage). Quelques notes boisées. Assez particulier, relativement difficile à boire et surtout très loin en style de la Girardin Black Label. Finale sèche présentant une acidité moyenne. Bof!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4483) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle fill at the source. Thanks Paul! Served in a Chouffe glass: Some bubbles on top of a clear amber colored beer. Aroma of cheese, wild yeast, hay, some barnyard, rope, bacteria, some vinous notes and light hint of caramel. Flavours of tart, grapes, light bitter, wood, some dryness, hay, wilder yeast, light malty, older hops, citrus, cheese and yeasty bacteria. Yummi! Aftertaste is grapes, dry, wood, wild yeast, bitter and some cheese. Lovely. Low carbo, light watery mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a light watery dry texture. Lovely stuff, could drink this all day!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1248) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
On tap at 't Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Clear ruby with a pale head. Aroma is strawberry, yoghurt, malt vinegar, red fruits. Light bodied, great blend of fruity sweetness and acetic sourness on the palate, nice dry finish. Taste is ripe strawberries, Greek yoghurt, red currants.


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