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Lambickx (Wambeek, De Troch)

Brewed by Brouwerij De Troch
Style: Lambic Style - Unblended
Ternat-Wambeek, Belgium


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3181) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Refrigerated 12.7 green bottle (600 litter barrel) corked and capped. Clear golden with small white head. Aroma is tart & earthy, medium/light body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is tart and earthy.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
CH-303 (1993) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 30, 2016
Appearance: Brew year 2013, bottle year 2015, 2436 number of bottles. Slightly hazy yellow, pretty flat.
Aroma: Very tart, lemon, soil.
Taste: Very, very tart, lemon. I guess some tart fruit. Not for me, sorry.
Bought: Vinmonopolet (Online), 375 ml, NOK 75.00
Info: 25/9-2016, BB: ??/??-????

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2016
375mL bottled in 2015, drunk 9/16/16.
Bright, golden-bronze body is topped by a medium-sized, white head showing moderate retention for the style. Good clarity, sediment left behind.
The primary notes I get from De Troch are cork, leather, strong mineral, very light must/wool blanket and a hint of cheese. There’s some fruitiness there, as well, though it’s not intensely full of green apple, like Boon. So it smells ok to me, but it’s just such a far cry from the bright, fruity, band-aid-laden brett of 3F and controlled, yet intricate funky brightness of Cantillon, to name the best. I suppose it has its merits, but it’s not my cup of tea. There is some light malt/wheat character in there, as well, adding light honey/caramel. A touch of powdered sugar/vegetal character but not too heavy/problematic. No alcohol noted.
I find it fares worse in the mouth, with more sweetness (not artificial, though there is some very light saccharine) than I’d care for. Rather simplistic, with cork and mustiness not matching up to the great lambic houses very well, in my opinion. Kind of vegetal/sugary on the finish, with very light oak suggestions and lots of fruitiness. Carbonation is fairly engaging, natural, at least. Ehhhh....it’s ok....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle. Pour is cloudy gold with small white head. Aroma and flavor are funky, lemony, and Earthy. Finish is a bit sweet and confusing with bready mineral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (6146) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2016
750ml bottle pours out a hazy gold topped with a fizzy white head. Nose is funky wood barnyard citrus lemongrass some cheese. Taste is more of the cheese funk leather barnyard and a dusty wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle at Avenue Pub. Pours a yellow gold with small frothy off white head leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong funk, rubber, cheese. Medium body, funky, leather, cheese, light tartness, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BadAprilia1000 (407) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 6, 2016
Pours a clear a light amber color with little head despite an aggressive pour into a tulip. Aroma is grass, hay, sweet funky cheese, skunk (green bottle)(still pleasant), light citrus (lemon), weak vinegar, and a smell that is dusty in nature I haven’t had before. Taste is sour and vinegar at the front but weak enough I didn’t pucker at all, then lemon, citrus, and grass follow in an extremely clean manor, and a very dry flat finish. Overall I’m sure it was better before being bottled in a green bottle and shipped to the US and the time it took for me to grab it off the shelf. Still impressive blending though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2849) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
ABC Dutch Summer Tasting. Sampled from bottle kind courtesy of Maakun. Near clear yellow golden with thin white head. Hay, grain, wood, lactic, cobwebs, cellar, light cheesy rubbery funk. Quite sour at first, becomes quite mild soon after. Medium body, minerallike texture. Mild mouthfeel but more sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11232) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to Maakun. Hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, light funk, a little vinegar and grassy notes. Flavour is above moderate sour. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (4064) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle shared at only Dutch day of summer tasting. Hazy golden with small white head. Lemon, dry cellar notes, dust, light lactic notes, funk, soft vinegar, dry white wine. Medium sour and very light lactic sweetness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Decent stuff.

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