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OWA Ume Lambic

OWA Brewery SPRL
Brewed at Brouwerij De Troch

Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Bruxelles, Belgium


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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Limited to 100 bottles. Ume is a Japanese plum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparf (234) - Östersund, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2016
Doften har en djup, mörk, närmast dov jästkaraktär snarare än den mer vanlig lätta syrliga. I övrigt en halvkomplex palett med söta torkade frukter, trä/kork och inslag av citrus. Men, åter igen, inte några vassa eller höga toner. Färg som äppelmust. Disig och lite dassig. Endast en sprucken vit snygg hinna av skum. Utmanande smak med mycket karaktär. Mer av en fruktigt sötaktig botten med äppelsyrlig överbyggnad än att jästsyran bara tar över. Något tunn och vattnig karaktär, men det passar bra i kompositionen! Halvtorr eftersmak och en kvardröjande, mycket trevlig äppelsyra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (549) - ITALY - SEP 15, 2016
2016, 5,5% ABV, aperta il 15 settembre 2016. Ambrata opalescente con riflessi che ricordano il pompelmo rosa e l’oro, schiuma praticamente inesistente. Aroma di legno umido, polvere, prugna, fichi freschi, leggermente lattica, lievi note di formaggio stagionato. Al palato attacca acidula, successivamente si passa a legno, frumento e polvere per poi lasciare il passo ad una coda sempre acidula, quasi salata, minerale, mista a note di prugna e frumento. Corpo medio-pieno, lievemente astringente, poco carbonata.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4597) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle from Rakuten shared in Montreal. Honey gold with a thin filmy head. My art musty lemon aroma. It has a wonderfully tart lactic lemon and cork oak flavor with some malty caramel in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (1427) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2016
Caoba turbio. Aromas de cítricos y ciruela ácida, acaramelado. Cuerpo medio, sabor de ciruelas ácidas, y final seco.  

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sir__v (2049) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte - BE. Color: cloudy pale blond beer with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: high plums notes. Very fruity with tart notes. Typical gueuze sourness. Taste: medium body with tart attack, fruity as plums and apricot. Quiet interesting but not well balanced. Very difficult aroma as cheesy… Not so good… Aftertaste: sourness, tart and mix of plums and cheesy notes… Disappointed. Amazing nose but taste is really not balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2016
Limitedly produced plum lambic, made at De Troch for OWA, the beer company owned by a Japanese entrepeneur based in Brussels. Very loose, light ’dirty pinkish’, irregular head dissolving in instants to practically nothing; misty peach blonde robe with salmon pinkish hue, limited but still visible fizz; becomes all murky and ’muddy’ with the sediment added. Somewhat ’musty’, unusual aroma of fermenting yellow plum, buttermilk, wry grape peel, unripe gooseberry, wet wood, a lot of dust, cherry stones, sweet curry spices, old rosé wine, roses, pickled gherkin, moldy orange, cooked beetroot, carrot even, pumpkin seeds, wet cardboard, salted tomato - definite lambic traits here, lots of stonefruit, but also something weirdly ’pickled’ which may be intentional, considering the fact that Japanese ume plums are indeed often used pickled in local cuisine. Lively fruit sourness in the onset, sharp and somewhat puckering lemon acidity paired with a more ’deeply’ wry unripe green plum and sour berry tartness; under this sourness lies a subtle touch of peach sweetishness. Carbonation remains soft, not ’flat’ like an unblended lambic, but certainly not as fizzy as a geuze either - more in the range of a ’luierik’ (insufficiently refermented geuze). Mouthfeel is otherwise supple and pleasant, with some soft wheat sourishness and lightly bready barley sweetishness underlying an ongoing stream of sour, unripe and even wry stonefruit, drying the palate; the actual fruit sourness and wryness pairs well with the lemony sharpness and sedate lactic tartness of the lambic. Finish adds a touch of wet wood and a late, brief, ’deaf’ and earthy accent of hop bitterness, but it is the wry unripe plum tartness which dominates till deep down in the throat. Interesting idea to put sour plums in a lambic and like the others in this series, it highlights elements of Japanese culture and cuisine in an altogether Belgian lambic context. It took me a while to get used to the aroma and I still think it tastes better than it smells, but I love all things (unsweetened) lambic and this to me is a worthy addition to the still expanding range of variations on the sour fruit lambic theme. From a more technical point of view, however, this clearly would have been a lot better if it were better carbonated...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (3922) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2016
Tap at WvdSG. Super murky milky golden, looks like an English cup of tea. Lots of plum skins, sour grains, a bit of plum pits, seaweed, light black tea. Medium sour and bitter, very light salty. Under medium bodied, no carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (1001) - Lodz, POLAND - MAY 13, 2016
W aromacie znowu pojawia się ta charakterystyczna dla OWA nuta przejrzałych i zgniłych owoców. Oprócz tego całkiem przyjemna śliwka, jabłko, świeże domowe wino i sporo kwiatów. Smak średnio kwaśny, wytrawny ale z nutką octowo-owocowej słodyczy. W smaku wyraźna śliwka, wino śliwkowe, ocet winny, jabłka i limonka. Posmak wytrawny i lekko ściągający, cytrynowy. Ciekawa rzecz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - APR 15, 2016
2014 A: Clear orange coloured with a fast disappearing head. N: Green walnut, chlorine T: Walnut, pear, yellow plum O: Quite sweet and lots of walnut on the nose. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (675) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle @ home. Aged for two years. Pours a hazy yellow liquid with a tiny head. Fruity and tart Aroma with plums, lemon, oak, vanilla, barnyard, white pepper, some acetic acid. Slightly malt sweet taste initially with a tart acidic finish. Flavors of plums, oak, hay, horse, oranges, red currants. Lingering plums, cardboard, lemon, some vinegar and wood.

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