Vanberg & DeWulf LambicX Private Domain
What the brewers say
“Aroma of white grapes, sweet apples, fruit, tobacco, honeysuckle, and hay. Re- strained tartness. Bright, but not acidic, round and soft body, some chardonnay butteriness. Fine astringent finish with hints of quinine.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Aroma is a bit subdued overall but acidity up front with some subtle peach, apricot, and strawberry fruit following. Light pear, moderately strong pineapple, with a leathery, earthy, tobacco edge.”
Flavor: “Fruity notes of peach and apricot, a touch of strawberry, some lemon zest, moderate tobacco and other earthy notes. Light, sharp, dry Brett horse/hay funk helps to dry the beer out in the finish. Slight acidic tartness in the middle, but finishes with an orange/ grapefruit-rind type bitterness. Carbon- ation is lower than most.”
Overall: “Straightforward but well exe- cuted with a nice, approachable tartness and acidity. Could benefit from more body or higher carbonation to accentuate and support flavors. Great fruit notes through- out. Nothing was over the top, but the beer had good complexity among the fruit, sour, bitter, and sweet characters.”
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