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

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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House beer of Cafe-Restaurant De Rare Vos, Schepdaal, Belgium.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9944) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Amber colored beer with an off-white head. Moderate tartness with a fairly substantial fruity sweetness. A bit of malt, some cherry, grass, and a mild oak aroma. The flavor is a touch sweet with some sugar, malt, and cherry notes. A moderate tartness, some lemon zest, and a bit of grass. Mild oak flavor in the background. An interesting lambic.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2013
Tap at De Rare Vos Schepdaal. Pours murcky amber with reddish hue and a decent pink-orangy head. Served too cold imo - had to wait half an hour for the aromas to come loose, which are frankly... bleak. Some cherries, and a bit of vanilla, alle very faint. Taste is even worse; sweet and salty caramel feel. This beer is clearly overfiltered and pasteurised. Pityful. Very pityful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5530) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Tap at Rare Vos. It pours deep amber, with a reddish hue and thick white head. The nose is hay, floral, some tangy dark fruit and zesty grapefruit. The taste is tangy fruit, raisin, cherry, redcurrant, melon, apricot, floral aspect, rose water, pith and wood, with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Lowish sourness, more tangy really. Well balanced and pretty drinkable. More hop presence than I was expecting, but I enjoyed nonetheless. Unique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2012
Tap @ Rare Vos, Schepdaal. Pours unclear red with a pink head. Funk, almond, cherries and caramel. Smooth, dry and fruity. Mild tartness. Good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JefVerstraete (933) - BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2012
@ Rare Vos, Schepdaal. Red colour, foam disappears quickly. Sweet and a little bit sour. Not a lot of character

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1202) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
Pours a dark golden amber, transparent, creamy off white head and a lot of lace. The nose offers sweet caramel and candied fruit with a touch of a metallic twang and some light cherry behind. The taste is a little more put together, still very sweet. Notes of lemon zest and some lightly soured cherry on top of caramel and candied sugars. Lighter body, soft on the palate and very creamy. Decent carbonation and a semi dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Hazy light amber, small bubbled white head that reduces quickly but leaves considerable lacing. Grainy nose has dust, toast, and yeast, considerable sweetness, and a bit of souring citrus. Flavor is sweet, more faro like with the grainy, offset sourness, derived mainly in citrus, but the grain is too spicy even for that and so the malt is too evident. A blatant contrast that doesn’t work well

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilligoose (3132) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
tap at rare vos. pours a lightly hazed amber with bright orange highlights and a large frothy dirty white head. leaves some intricate lacework on the glass. good lookin beer. aroma of earthy brown sugar, mixed berries, and yogurt. taste is silky dry cherries, toasted bread, complimented by some nice yogurt sourness. well made. strangely, the fruit-lambic combo comes across almost like a hoppy pale ale fruit beer. unique. interesting. nice balance. pretty good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Draught, at the pub of the same name. Ruby red, pink head. Taste is sweet, sour and bitter at different stages of the sampling. More prominent hop profile than most. Interesting and unique.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Sampled July 2010, from the tap at Rare Vos
This arrives with a frothy, one-finger thick, pale, lightly tan colored head. The beer is a red, brilliantly clear color that shows a dark amber sheen to it. This smells of caramelization, somewhat beery (not very Lambic like), has a hint of tartness to it and somewhat fruity with a berry like character that comes through softly. This is interesting, if a bit industrial smelling somehow.

The beer tastes nicely tart as it first hits my tongue; it is very refreshing and maybe even has some hop character to it. It finishes with a slight bite that is a mix of hop bitterness and carbonic acid. This is somewhat sweet tasting, but this is pretty well balanced by the soft tartness. This is very cool and refreshing on this muggy, hot day. The texture is somewhat viscous and has a light-medium body.

I really wonder how Girardin makes this beer, it is likely a blend with a bit of Lambic in it and some caramel color; quite weird in some ways, I am really not quite too sure what to think. In the end this is a bit simplistic, but still nice.


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