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Lambickx (Wambeek, De Troch)

Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Ichtegem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
Lambics are truly the “wines” of the beer world. With wine one speaks of “gout de Terroir” because the land so influences a wine’s flavor. With Lambics, one must speak of “gout de Tonneau SM“ because each cask (tonneau) produces a lambic that matures and tastes different. Blending these Tonneau is such an art that there exist independent Geuzestekkerij (blenders) who buy young Lambic then age and bottle it under their own name.

Lambickx™ is Vanberg & Famille’s brand of hand-selected and blended lambics. Every Lambic with the Lambickx™ name is made from casks personally tasted and chosen by Don Feinberg, one of the first importers of Belgian beer to America and founder of the first Belgian-only brewery in the U.S. Don chooses his Lambics for their complexity, brilliance and drinking excellence both by themselves and as exquisite accompaniments to food.

Barrel Type: 275- & 600-liter French Oak

Number of Bottles: 2000

Region: Wambeek

Source: De Troch

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (8186) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2015
2013 bottle at WTWBA 2015 in Minneapolis. Golden pour, slightly hazy. Citrus, hay, funky, and bright. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Brew Year 2012, Bottle Year 2014
Quite flat, the cork makes no pop, and the beer pours quite still with a few large bubbles. The beer is a clear, light amber color that shows some gold tinges when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart, earthy, and funky up front, and finishes with an interesting character that I can’t quite place my finger on. The aroma has a soft, woody, slightly spicy, oak character to it, a lemony, sort of grapefruit, most definitely lactic tartness to it. Musty, damp, sunless earth and mushroom leaning notes anchors the nose here. Sun dried hay / straw, some wholesome pale grain notes.

The beer has just a hint of carbonation to it, though this is really just a hint, the body has a soft texture to it that is not watery, despite the lack of effervescence; it has a lactic slickness to it, and a touch of oaken structure. Tart, but not overly sour, woody oak flavors, soft grain notes reminiscent of sunbaked hay, and washed out wheat crackers, a hint of "cat-pee" like character, a fair amount of funky, earthy mushroom notes, and just a touch of stale sweat and barnyard character to round things out.

I certainly would have preferred this with some carbonation, a lively effervescence would have even been better; the extra zip would have made the aroma and flavor much more expressive than it is. Having said that, this is still quite tasty, and certain helps me with my Lambic fix / cravings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (3377) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
(En fût chez Stone Liberty Station): Très vert, poivré, boisé avec un bon acétique progressif. Vineux et sans carbonatation comme il se doit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2015 On draft at Stone Oakquinox. Hazy dirty yellow pour, with a thin off white head. Grassy, leather, horse crap, hay, sour, and moldy cheese. Kind of weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2015
750 ml bottle acquired from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, I’ll). Finally completing this series. Pours a glowing darker golden amber hue, a gentle haze with subtle darkness and dulled glow through the body. Frothy brighter white head was a good firmer layer and slow grower, firmer ringer with decent lacing. Aromas are quickly rubber and lactic, decent funk and sour fruit meet distinct yogurty sourness, citric lemony and acidic jabs meet straw, barnyard and funk. Some earth, vanilla, kiwi and sour fruit melange growing quickly. A bit rubbery, funky with jabs of oak, earth and popping sour life on the nose. Initial is a bit different, a touch flabby and still with just a kiss of dulled carbonation. Some sharper metallic and lactic notes grow slowly. Gentle bread, stale earth and grainy malts meet oak, creamy and tart yogurt. Citrus rind and juice jabs are lemony, a bit of grapefruit with gentle crab apple, funk and cobwebs compliment a bit more on the backend with slowly crawling oak, dry straw and decent funk. A bit slick and tart into the backend, some grainy malts, straw poke through a bit more as that initial sour front end tapers out a bit. Dry, some yogurt and firmer funk meet decent oak, wet wood and gentle vanilla soften this up. Tangy tartness lingers on the palate with stale bread, gentle sweet and sour apple elements, faint pear and frsh bread with just a kiss of spicy like Belgian yeast poking through at times. I really liked the assertive nose on this one while the palate flab on this one and a tapering profile as we get past the front makes it a bit more average overall. A touch of saltiness and mineral quality up front tapers off but overall this one is solid if lacking any sort of flash. I’d like a bit more pop and spritz for my personal tastes (and I think the Lambickx Kriek is still the winner in this series and by default the Zenne series it is made with), this Gueuze is no slouch. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (4435) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle shared. Slightly hazy amber pour, completely still. Aroma is intensely hoppy, tons of fresh cut hay, very grassy, lots of hay, farmy aromas, mild lemony notes, light funk. Taste is quite tart, very citric with intense grassy finish. I don’t think I’ve ever had lambic this grassy before. Palate is flat and very dry. Drinks good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pressboxjoe (313) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle of 2479 2011/2013. First smell is skunk but that gradually fades to pukey funk - grass, spring fields, manure. Flavor lemon tartness layered over white wine. Pear, grapefruit. Little to no sweetness. Bit of mineral oil distance on palate - little deadened on parts of tongue. Sourness grows more pronounced. Sharp, humorless, interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2015
750 ml. 2012 brewed; bottled in 2014 ended at 5.75% abv. Just the slightest fog and very few bubbles in the orange-amber body. Nose is soured white wine with some earthy funk, lemon juice, old apples and a touch of vanilla. Tastes of grapeskins, moldy cheese, spicy apple, lemon juice and sodden wood. Long finish has a bit of mint. Medium body is tingly with acidity and smooth with extremely low carbonation. Lots of different tastes; they’re just not well integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoth (614) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours hazy golden with almost no head. Farmyard, orange, banana, pepper, bready aromas. Light body, low carbonation, smooth. Moderately sweet, medium sour, grapefruit bitter finish with some pepper and funk. Very complex and hard to describe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Grabbed this a few months ago in Massachusetts. Cork opened up with a small pop but nothing severe. Enjoyed 2 ways in a Gueuze tumbler at 40F

A - No head at all, maybe a few bubbles. a hazy yellow gold appearance.

S - Very egg-forward, lots of peach, lemon and fresh cut apple with a great tannic cognac quality

T - This is incredibly sour. Lemon forward, the finish is like a rotten egg or moldy grapefruit. Very sour, wheat heavy, sharp acidic fruits and a rush of balsamic vinegar at the finish that lingers for a while

M - Thick, under-attenuated, very sour and almost no carbonation

O - This is a big disappointment. It could be an off bottle so I’ll grab one more (for science) but I’m not happy with it.

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