Tasting Notes: Lambic

Tasting Notes: Lambic Author: Staff One of the first things people notice when they sip lambic is the beer's distinct, often strongly barnyard aroma.

Though it may take some getting used to, this is not a fault; lambics are spontaneously fermented by wild yeasts, and that smell is exactly right. Some of the beers listed here come in more than one size; prices given are for 750 ml bottles unless otherwise noted.Boon Framboise ($11). Whole raspberries (and no fruit juice added) steeped in the barrels yield an in-your-face raspberry jam taste, and the finish is funky and earthy.

Cantillon Gueuze ($10). A gorgeous beer, aged in bordeaux barrels, which lend the nose an aromatic character; very refined and lemony on the palate, like lightly citric champagne.Cantillon Kriek ($12). An especially lush nose of vanilla and black cherries, leading into a light cherry flavor that drops out very quickly to reveal intense citrus notes.

Cantillon Vigneronne ($12). Flavored with Italian muscat-style table grapes, this beer offers an aroma full of flowers and green apples on the palate?with fruit enough for days.Hanssens artisanaal Oudbeitje ($7/375 ml). Strawberry is an untraditional lambic flavor; here it?s mostly in the nose; the beer is amber, with a barnyard bouquet and an acidic finish.

Hanssens Artisanaal Oude Gueuze ($8). Aged for two to three years, with a dark amber color and a distinctly intense barnyard character in the nose that burns off to reveal a lush, dried-apricot flavor and an unusual hoppy finish.Hanssens artisanaal Oude Kriek ($8). Also aged for two to three years; a tart, sour-cherry flavor creeps from behind a strong, horse-blanket nose, with fruit staying through to the finish.

Lindemans cuvée rené? ($6). The only traditional lambic Lindemans makes (the others are about 75 percent lambic, 25 percent fruit juice)—a soft, true gueuze with a perfumey, floral nose and characteristically strong acidic finish.
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