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OWA Yuzu Lambic

OWA Brewery SPRL
Brewed at Brouwerij De Troch

Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Bruxelles, Belgium


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Brewed using Japanese Yuzu (lemon). The base lambic is blended with lambic matured 1-2 years in wooden barrel. After that, matured 1 year with selected Yuzu and second fermentation in the bottle, same as champagne yeast. Produced by Japanese brewer Leo Imai in Belgium. Limited to 200 bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3675) - BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2015
Tasted at Lambikstoempers’ Bierweekend in Alsemberg but in its unblended form, as a one year old lambic; since this unblended version is not intended for commercialisation, I take the liberty to add my rating under this entry, which is the same thing but blended and refermented in the bottle. No head at all, hazy yellow blonde colour with greenish hue. Aroma strongly reminiscent of a citrus-flavoured tonic water, Schweppes Agrum immediately springs to mind, fresh orange (or in this case, yuzu) peel, wheat, lemon juice, sweaty and funky lambic characteristics. Refreshing, very citrussy onset, again the image of Schweppes Agrum which appears, lemon peel acidity, wheaty basis with a bready barley note, wry grape peel increasing in the finish and ending bitter, just like, again, Schweppes Agrum, but with an earthy, woody lambic character adding complexity, as well as a weird, raw mushroom-like umami flavour. Starts sour with sweetish citrus notes and becomes increasingly umami and bitter in the end - very weird lambic in all respects, but definitely interesting. Makes me curious to find out what other inventions this Japanese beer entrepreneur in Belgium will come up with...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (14825) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, citrus, lemon radler, wood and light barnyard. Flavor is medium sweet and light acidic. Sweet and light acidic finish. 250615

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (8407) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle @ Christers. Pours yellow with a small white head. Aroma of light sourness, little spice, citrus, lloads of yuzu. Flavor is light sour, lots of yuzu, little bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation, light acidic finish. 250615

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (13468) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle, 5.5%. Clear dark yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yuzu, zest, lemon and a little tart. Flavour is malt yuzu, zest, little dry, medium sweet, spicy, fruit peel, little dry, slight acid, little bitter and perfume.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Weird aroma: mint + yuzu + lime zest with a touch of pith + that odd vinegary smell from an Asian fish market (in a good way).

More subtle on the palate. Minimal funk depth, nicely acidic, great top to bottom. Another impressive offering from OWA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2015
(750ml bottle) cloudy medium orange-gold, soapy bubbles. Nose of mint, basil, Rosemary, touch of umami, lemon zest, leaves, pez, exceptionally complex. Taste of lemon zest, touch bitter, mild sourness, easy to drink, forest mulch, mild cherry, light soft carbonation, super nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4198) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. A bit hazy amber beer with almost no head. Sourish lemno, rubber, citrus grassy aroma. Sour lemon, grassy, citrus, floral rubber flavour. Woody and hay notes. A Lovely refreshing beer - I love Yuzu in a beer :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mateuszk (1121) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours a little hazy, golden with very small head. In aroma we got lemon zeist, citrus (grapefruit, orange), tartiness, funky and woody notes. In taste it’s citrus and wood, sourness mellow with fruity notes. Low bodied, tart finish. Light carbonated, very oily and smooth. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4346) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 31, 2015
big dry sour Yuzu nose low carbonation. Tart. Refreshing. Excellent. Yuzu works great with a lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (882) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
(750ml 2013 bottle, lovely share from a good friend!) Pours very hazy orange with a tiny ring of white bubbles. Lots of lemony yuzu peel and a bit of flesh, super intense on the nose. Also lightly sour/lactic smelling, quite herbal, a little woody, with a dusty sort of funk. The palate is really loaded with yuzu character up front - lemon/grapefruit/orange pungency and a little pine/menthol. Some acidity like yuzu juice too, softly lactic as well, very softly sweet underneath. Citrus peel and dried herb bitterness builds in the middle, touch woody, but very little sourness. Finish is dry and lightly bitter, lingering yuzu, herbal, softly funky. Moderate body and soft carbonation. Wow. I love the smell and taste of yuzu so this was right up my alley, very very unique lambic with so much citrus and a reasonable helping of bitterness. Definitely not the most sour lambic, but really drinkable and even quenching. Could be more funky, then it would be world beating.

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