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Monday, January 05, 2009

What The Heck Is a Lambic, Anyway?

Sunday was a very productive day for M and I. One of his Christmas presents was a beer making kit from his sister (and new beer maker). We picked up the ingredients Saturday and after our last shift were good to go on the beer adventure. M is working on a post about it, so hopefully he will post it soon (he's too busy watching it since it's in the burping phase).

Bottling won't be for another week, but in the meantime we've been working on getting enough bottles for it (48 beers in a week? uuuuugh). The Sam Adams sampler pack was on sale at Price Chopper and after quickly scanning the selection, I was surprised to see a lambic.

Do I know what a lambic is? Nope, but it sounded interesting.

Did the label on the bottle give any clues? "Our version of a traditional Belgian lambic is brewed with the juice of native American cranberries, a unique top fermenting yeast, and a touch of maple syrup." Thanks, but still clueless.

Okay Wikipedia, work your magic: "Unlike conventional ales and lagers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer's yeasts, Lambic beer is instead produced by spontaneous fermentation: it is exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies. It is this unusual process which gives the beer its distinctive flavour: dry, vinous, and cidery, with a slightly sour aftertaste."

Perhaps this would not be the right beer to pick when deciding if lambic is good or not. It was a little strange, but very drinkable. M did not like it at all, but I think any of his thoughts on beer right now will be a little biased.

If you try this, let me know what you think!

1 comment:

Matt said...

i'm not really a fan of the lambic either. the cherry wheat on the other hand, is pretty tasty.

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