Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle (2004) Shared with Jacob & Bager. Aroma: Strawberries. Taste: Strawberries, high vinegar, goosberries, hurts the gums.. love it !! ClarkVV (6709) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2006
375mL bottle, bonus from Dorwart, thanks man! Consumed on 11/10/06. Unsure of the vintage.drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Unfiltered peachy-golden, with some very soft honey and melon tones throughout. Tiny bubbles drift lazily upwards and an off-white head is formed, precariously, and receding to cover. Wispy lace covers the glass, however, quite profusely as it recedes. Medium-high to high clarity, leaving the sediment (not all that much) behind.
A clear shot of acid shoots up the nostrils on first sniff, very lactic in character. This somewhat softens in to a warm, funky mold and cheese note that definitely recalls horse manure and general barnyard activity (some sulphur present too). But a dry, almost autumn leafiness somewhat helps lighten the scene (not that the funk isnt highly enjoyable). Not much, if any of the strawberry in the nose, at most I can pick out a bit of sweet fruit essence. Light vanilla through the middle speaks of not quite fully attenuated pils malt, but then disappears, as brett and lacto redouble their efforts on the finish. Some lime and grapefruit rind acidity is noted, but the barnyard and cheesiness is mostly dominant. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, very sniffable and quite delightful. Importantly, no flaws noted, not that you would expect them from Hanssens.
Acid washes quickly over the palate, to begin, with funky brett and pediococcus adding tons of barnyard flavors, and lacto delivering that yogurty/cheesiness. Very minimal green apples are covered by limes and a hint of soft honey sweetness. Soft, wheaty texture with very low carbonation. What is there, however, is mostly tight and engaging, clearing the palate well at each sip. The strawberry, which is definitely apparent in the flavor, is most curious. It sits outside the realm of the lambic, more an afterthought and not as woven in to the flavor as your typical tart cherry or raspberry notes. The reason most likely being that it is more sweet, though importantly, not too sweet. Just that strawberries are more naturally soft and sweet than raspberries and sour cherries. This puts it in more contrast to the lambic qualities and makes it quite distinctive, and in my opinion, quite delicious. Nowhere near overdone, and quite authentic. Touch of wateriness, and maybe a bit softer in the acid department than I prefer, but funky per the norm of Hanssens and quite full of unique character.
375ml bottle. pours a golden hue with no head, very lightly carbinated. aroma is mainly acidic sourness, with some very faint strawberry and raspberries in there. mostly just sour. flavor is mainly sour with a hint of strawberries, raspberries, and bandages in the aftertaste. clearly ot a well made lambic. I thought this was an unblended gueuze cuz there’s very little fruitiness to this. in enjoy the sourness but it’s just not very complex at all. Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle. Darker than Hanssens Oude Gueuze but no head at all. Very sour, a bit too much for me! Very low fruit taste. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Label on the bottle said 750ml. It was significantly smaller, but who knows? Unfiltered and dull golden hued. Sour vinegar aroma with a nice subtle strawberry note. Tart and medium bodied. Strong astringent flavor. Good, but not the best. Although it is my first strawberry lambic.
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Crazy lambic aroma. The taste and aroma are that common horse blanket theme of these beers. The strawberries aren’t too evident, but this has got a great tart bite. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 22, 2006
375 mL bottle received from boutip. Pours a lightly cloudy and hazy orange with spare white fizzy head, completely diminishes with no head. Aroma is very intriguing and inviting, true traditional lambic; average malt (bread, roasted, meal), heavy hops (citrus, lemon), light yeast (earth) with notes of cherry, raspberry and cask. Green apple and tart, mouth puckering green fruit (strawberry, raspberry) flavor, heavy lemon tartness, long duration, light sweetness with heavy acidity and bitterness, some saltiness. Light bodied, oily texture, flat carbonation and astringent finish. Nice brew, thanks again Phil. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
375 ml bottle shared by jerc from Inertiaboy. Hazy orange colour, no head. Lightly acidic and dry yeasty, cobweb, and leather aroma woth fresh wild strawberry notes. Initial sourness and lovely lambic funk gives way to light wild strawberry sweetness, then finishes with more pleasing tartness and acidity. Light bodied, refreshing. Many thanks Inertiaboy and jerc for sharing! GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
This is a very nice lambic, and a very nice "starter" lambic if you are trying to expose some people to one of the greatest beer styles out there. Is the aroma funky? Yeah, it is but it’s not so far funky that will turn someone away. It’s got the barnyard, old leather going but it’s very tame. Appearance is a light reddish/pink color with a fizzy head. To say the mouthfeel is puckering is accurate, but again it’s not so where it might turn someone away. Flavors are a nice blend of sweet strawberries, acidic, tartness as well as a bit of funk. I liked this and will buy more for other people to sample. It’s an eye opener for sure. lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle at Delirium, Brussels. Has the Hanssens house fingerprint all over it. Didn’t pick up so much of the strawberries at first but after comparing with a straight gueze they were definitely noticeable. I enjoyed Hanssens gueuze and the strawberries in this worked great.