We’ve been expecting snow this weekend, so we’ve spent a couple days laying low here at home. I’ve been trying to work on my weight/health a bit lately, so my beer drinking has slowed down a bit. However, today’s a bit of a cheat day, so I thought I’d crack open this beer. I bought it last year around Christmas time when we were having friends over, and then we never broke it open. It’s been staring at me every time I open the fridge for a year now, so tonight is the night I popped the cork on it. It’s a Lambic style beer with cherries and raspberries and aged in oak.
Location: Poured into a TEKU pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.9% ABV, 7 IBUs, ~210 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s very clear and bright red in color. It has a good amount of carbonation in it, that’s a bit champaign like – leaving no head. The aroma is a bit like a cherry wine, with some sweet cherry fruitiness and dry alcoholic wine-like esters.
Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium, and the mouthfeel is quite crisp from the carbonation and dryness of the beer. The flavor up front is fruity sweet, with a mix of sour cherry and tart raspberry flavors. The sour tartness attacks your tastebuds in the middle and makes you pucker a bit. The finish is super dry with a big sour and tart mostly cherry, with some raspberry flavor. Again, the flavor reminds me of a very dry fruity white wine. The dry fruitiness lasts for a little bit in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: Since this is such a dry, fruity beer, I’d try to pair it with a complementary flavor like chocolate cake, or a contrasting savory flavor like a steak or Santa Fe pasta with peppers and caramelized onions.
Overall Impression: Perhaps it was because it had been aged for a year in my fridge, but I was taken aback by how tart and dry this beer really was. It reminded me of a very dry fruit wine or champagne. For me, it was a little bit too dry and sour/tart. It reminded me of a very strong sweet tart flavor. While someone who likes very dry fruit wines may love this beer, it just wasn’t for me. It was obviously well made and tasted exactly like what they were going for… it just wasn’t something I would drink much of.