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


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RATINGS: 197   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 172   ABV: 5.75%
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: 650 liter, oak and chestnut

Number of Bottles: 5333

Region: Zenne Valley

Source: Private Domain

wedgie9's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Tasted on 7/9/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle purchased at Lush Roscoe in early 2010. Pours hazy orange with an average, fizzy white head that quickly recedes to very thin lace. The nose is really classic, complex gueuze, with plenty of lemon, white wine vinegar, funk, and a touch of popcorn and vanilla oak. The flavor has all of the same qualities as the nose, and is nicely sour, but lacks a bit of the depth and complexity that make up an absolutely top tier gueuze. The body is medium and tannic with average, but stinging carbonation, and a long sour lemon and white wine vinegar finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2015
2013 Brew Year; 2014 Bottle Year; Sampled April 2015
A steady pour into my glass produces large bubbled, 1/4-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a light amber, with a hint of red color to it, and it shows a brilliantly clear, golden / amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells sharp, acidic, a bit like cat pee, with a background of woody, musty mushrooms, some wild barnyard like notes, and a hint of sun-baked straw.

Somewhat sour, though not quite as much as the aroma suggested, the carbonation is fairly light, and the body is a bit watery because of this. There is a lactic slickness to the texture here though, so this is not overly thin. The finish has lots of woody, oaken flavors to it that are smooth and well integrated. Woody mushroom notes, a musky tang, perhaps a bit of medicinal / disinfectant character, as well as a touch of fruitiness that leans towards cider (especially in the finish), and perhaps a hint of lemon.

The touch of carbonation makes this much more enjoyable than the previous version of LambickX that I had; it could still use quite a bit more carbonation though, but it is enough to have me really enjoying this. This is surprisingly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3604) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2015
This stuff seriously smells like weed, like more so than any hoppy beer I’ve ever tried. It’s really pleasant though and I liked this quite a bit overall--and a lot better than the more highly rated kriek blended by the same people. It is cloudy orange w/ just a little bit of head. It’s nose is funky and the mix of phenolics and whatever else is like smelling a bag of marijuana in a room that someone is smoking marijuana. It is sort of tannic and quite tart but not to the point where it’s harsh, which makes for a rather refreshing beverage. I kind of wish this had more gueuze-like carbonation but the rather alluring nose makes up for most short-comings in any other regard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5080) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2015
On draft at Stone Oakquinox. Hazy yellow pour, with an off white head. Oak, sour fruit, citric, wet dog, grass, and some sweet bread. Ok, not a great lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2328) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle..Wow, Pour is yellow with a bubbly head..Nose is funk, old socks, herbs, berries, oak...Taste is dry, oak, berries, light funk, herbs...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (4651) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle, shared. Gold-amber pour with a few sparse bubbles of white foam. Aroma is funky, mild cheesy notes, oaky, light winey aromas. Taste is tart, light lactic and citric acidity. Palate is dry, very light carbonation (almost flat). Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3051) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle shared by Eric Teusink. Aroma is fruity tangerine and funky yeast. Flavor is cheesy funk and a little bit of fruit. Finish is a little metallic and a little awkward. Really interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomashall (368) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Sample tasted at Casanova Liquors. Pours cloudy golden orange. Aroma is funk and lemon citrus. Taste is similar with dry wine like finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (4091) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle sample at a sour tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours yellow to orange with no head, pleasant aroma of lemon, green tea and horses blanket, flavor is sulfuric with metal, lemon, brett, citrus and dried leaves, medium bodied, Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (5996) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Interesting lambic with some light bretta. Light aroma of cheese and some grapefruit. Pours hazy light orange without any head or lacing. Low carbonation. Light sour finish. Some bread yeast reminiscent of Berliners. Tap at pizzeria paradiso Dupont.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (9343) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle shared at a sour tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Cloudy orange. Lovely aroma with barnyard, mustiness, citrus and oak. Sour flavor, fruity and oaky, musty, with citrus, barnyard. a bit of sweat and a slightly astringent bitterish woody finish with a light metallic hint. Medium-bodied, flat. Really good.

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