Archive for the ‘Lambic – Fruit’ Category

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Day #177 – Lindemans Pomme

June 27, 2011

Lindemans Pomme

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Today’s beer is another on from Lindemans’s and this time is the Pomme (Apple). It is classified as a Fruit Lambic and has a nice sessionable 3.5% ABV.

The appearance is a clear golden orange color with a soft bubbly white head.

The aroma can be smelled from a good distance away. Well it certainly has a fruity, green apple scent. Tart as well as a woody-musty nose as well.

Flavor is green apple tart and if you’re not prepared for it can be rather puckering. Fruity and slightly acidic but finishes with a nice green apple peel taste.

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Cheers!

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Day #131 – Lindemans Framboise

May 12, 2011

Sometimes you just need a break. Sometimes you wake up and think, “Man I really just don’t want a beer today.” It is on these days that it is crucial to know of the other beer styles that are far from the traditional sense. Today is one of those opportunities.

Lindemans Framboise

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Lindemans specializes in making Lambics of all styles. They make several fruit lambics and some non fruit lambics as well. Remember a Lambic starts off as a Belgian style witbier and then changes due to the treatment from there. If fruit is added it becomes a fruit lambic. There are several other styles of lambic which I will not get into tonight but hope to review soon.

This is the raspberry style lambic and boasts an ABV of 2.5%. Yes, light on the body for sure.

Check out my awesome Lindemans Flute glass! It’s my first time to actually use it.

Pours a clear cherry red color with lots of carbonation. It has a tall fizzy pink head that disappears quickly. Looks quite elegant in the flute glass.

Aroma is fruity, powdery raspberries and light sugar. Fresh smelling. Very nice.

Flavor is a bubbly sweet fruit with a tart raspberry touch. Very sweet that holds through the very end. I like it, it’s a nice refreshing change from the daily beer grind.

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Cheers!

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Day #94 – Timmermans Strawberry

April 5, 2011

Today I will review a beer from a style that is probably the farthest from the “established” beer image. When most people think of beer they think of a sudsy, golden beverage that is light and refreshing. Well this will be anything but. Keep your minds open on this one folks.

Timmermans Strawberry

Timmermans is a brewery out of Itterbeek, Belgium, and they specialize in a style of beer called Lambic. A lambic starts off as a wheat beer but often times can be altered with fresh fruit and wild yeast. This can provide for sweet flavors and/or a sour tartness. Traditionally lambics are only made from a small region surrounding Brussels but a few outside breweries have tried their hand at it from time to time. It takes over 2 years from start to finish to make one, therefore you have a large investment over a long period of time before you would see monetary returns. This is why few people attempt this style.

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The beer I am reviewing today is obviously made with strawberries so that gives me a pretty good idea as what to expect in regards to color, aroma and flavor. This is a fruit based lambic, of which you might see raspberry based (framboise), peach (peche), apple (pomme), cherry (kriek) and black currant (cassis). There are non-fruit based lambics that often times maintain a sour flavor due to wild yeast fermentation and little sweetness to mask it. The fruit lambics are often times described as “tart”.

The appearance right off the bat is interesting to note. It has a very murky appearance, that has a ruddy orange color with a small hint of red blush. Foamy beige head.

Aroma is STRAWBERRIES!! I can’t say for certain only fresh fruit, because while it does have a fresh strawberry aroma it also has kind of a pseudo-sweet gummy snack aroma. Interesting mix for sure but this is loaded with fruit. Sweet notes with a slight tartness.

Flavor is sharply fruity that tingles the tongue and puckers the lips. So sweet yet tart at the same time. Lots of red fruit; strawberry and almost some cherry hints as well. Fruit flavor lingers into the finish. Reminds me of strawberry flavored bubble gum.

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While this is about as far from the typical “beer” image as you can get, it is still BEER. You have to be a big fan of fruit flavors to really get into the fruit side of lambics however. Next time you take a girl out to a beer bar that doesn’t much like beer yet, order her a lambic. She’ll be impressed by your choice and knowledge of different beer styles. 😉

Cheers!