20/VIII/20 - on tap @ DOK Brewing Company (Ghent), BB: n/a (2020-800)
Clear orange beer, big fizzy slightly aery off-white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: woody, bit metallic, tannins, lemony touch, nice funk going on. MF: lively carbon, medium body. Taste: bitter start, lemon peel, oranges, more lemon, acidic, dry, bit hoppy, peaches and apricots, little bitter. Aftertaste: nice acidity, lemony, soft bitterness, lots of apricots, bit sourish.
Draft at The Scrapyard, jonge lambiek. Color: Very slightly hazy orangish golden, very thin off white head. Taste: No carbonation, flat. Moderate to over moderate tart, fruity notes of sweet and sour berries and citrus, light hints of strawberry, a lot of barnyard and horseblanket funk. Wheat malt background. Moderate bitterness. Very nice.
Pours rather clear blonde, no real head of course. Smell is weak. Taste is tart, mildly acidic, bit green, bit off to me, even. Very herbal, sourness fades fast. Malty finish. Not very complex.
Keg at Akkurat, Stockholm. Hazy golden, no head. Citric nose with horse blanket and hay. Citric with medium body and soft mouthfeel, low carbonation. Complex and pleasant. Citric with hay and horse blanket. Low bitterness.
Straw blond with no head. Aroma has pleasant fruity notes. Flavour is slightly too acidic with a light throat burn. Exceptionally dry. Both woody and chalky.
Lambiek Fabriek is slowly achieving maturity, having been in existence long enough to possess lambic than can be qualified as ‘oude’; since I’ve been following them from the start – considering how rare it is that a new lambic producer is set up – and since the true nature and scope of a lambic becomes apparent only at older age, I was eager to taste this. The tasted sample, from tap at Beerlovers Bar in Antwerp, was 20 months old. Some loose, off-white bubbles form on the edges with pouring, but expectedly these disappear quickly; hazy peach blonde robe with ochre-ish tinge. Lovely, quite distinct but in any case very convincingly “Senne lambic” nose of old cheese rind and herb cheese, spice bread even, musty cellar, dried lemon zest, green plum, sour apples, bread crumbs, damp straw, crackers and a subtle and volatile sulfuric touch (‘putteke’). Estery, softly sour onset, nowhere sharply acidic but still fully ‘drained’ by long-stretched lactic tartness, with notes of sour grape, green plum and green gooseberry, obviously ‘flat’ mouthfeel, very bready middle, a bit ‘dusty’, old cracker and bread crumbs with that old dried spice and cheese rind effect returning in the end, supported by a late, dim bitterishness from old hops and an earthy touch. Still in development, this middle-aged lambic already shows promising signs of its own personality, not an unimportant accomplishment in this particular beer family; after Brett-Elle and Fontan-Elle, this will definitely find its way into an even more ‘mature’ geuze once it has reached an age at which oxidation truly begins to shape its taste and aroma. Already very pleasantly drinkable for sure, can withstand comparison with lambic of a similar age by most of the other producers.
Draught 20 months old lambic Head gone in seconds, hazy orange-amber beer. Bready, funky, wild-yeast filled nose, Bretts and maltsugars mixed. Flowery, slightly sourish, farmyard yet fruity. Again bready, lots of restsweetness (despite the age!), yet in 100% thanks to the already formed acids. This is truly how lambic ought to be. Giving a 5/5 would have been pushing it, but how could you do better? This blender is a real surplus for the lambicscene.
Imported from my RateBeer account as Lambiek Fabriek Lambiek (by Lambiek Fabriek):
Aroma: 7/10, Appearance: 4/5, Taste: 6/10, Palate: 4/5, Overall: 13/20, MyTotalScore: 3.4/5
25/VIII/18 - sample @ BXL Beer Festival - BB: n/a (2018-1086) Thanks to the Belgian and Dutch Ratebeer crews for sharing today's beers!
Clear orange beer, small creamy white head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: cinnamon, wood, spicy, brett, fruity touch, really nice! MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: little bitter, bit watery, fruity notes, some lemon, not a lot of character (yet?) though. Aftertaste: watery, soft acidity, some lemon, not very convincing... I hope both the geuzes and lambics will be getting some more character over the next few years, it tastes a bit too clean for now...