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

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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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".


marchcow's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2009
From the cask at Bier Circus in Brussels. Not carbonated, sour ciderish aromas and flavors with some citrus. Very nice, drinkable, and refreshing. This one was listed as an Oude Lambik on the menu.


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 (945) - 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 (4325) - 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 (1143) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2390) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2014
Sample over the weekend. Happy to have finally tried this!!! Unblended lambic, mmmmm. gorgeous gold tint, nose of apples, peaches, other fruit. hay and some sweet tea. Taste was rustic, earthy tannic oak, some grape notes and pears but a lot of cheese and shoe lace. I love cheese so this was great. would have again.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tom10101 (2665) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Cask @ In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst. Clear amber with no head and no lacing. Aroma is sweet with caramel, cheesy notes and funk. Taste is also of caramel, cheesy notes, subdued funk and light bitterness. Medium body. No carbonation. Too sweet and cheesy. Not really tasty compared to the other Oude Lambiek with tasted along this one (Timmermans and Oud Beersel).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JulienHuxley (2949) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
On cask at Grote Dorst. Deep gold/amber clear pour with no head. Aroma is really cheesy, caramel notes, quite funky. Taste is cheesy, sweet, dusty and funky. Palate is med bodied with no carb. Lifeless and not very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2014
Out of a bag in a box, huge thanks to my man Grant for sharing some of this with me! Slightly hazy, light amber pour with mere bubbles in terms of head. Nose and flavor are extremely pleasant, with hints of unripe peach, wood, and deep, dark earthen funk. Barnyard and hay as well. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorgeLee (1156) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
On tap at t’ Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Deep golden colour. Utterly flat. This is a deep sour, not so much light and fruity. Tastes woody, hint of caramel, heavily sour. Very complex, although my beer tasting vocabulary is struggling to back that up with examples. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2014
Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2013 - Complete flat without bubbles. Orange in colour. Very Clear. Very Fruity. Yeasty. Sour fruit/tart; grapes, apples and grapefruit; puckering. Some acidity. Notes of barnyard, dry white wine and wood. Refreshing. Lovely!


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