Okay, this week I’m straying far outside my reviewing comfort zone and venturing into uncharted territory – a lambic. I’ve always cast a crooked eye at lambics. I mean, what’s the point if my beverage choice is either a solid hoppy brew or a fizzy fruit drink?
But, people seem to like them and Josh has positively reviewed lambics before, so why not? A friend brought a 750ML bottle of Lindemans Framboise to a barbecue we had a few weeks ago, and it’s been sitting in my fridge ever since, so time to crack it open!
There’s a cool story to this lambic. It’s a product of Belgium, and has been brewed since 1811. It’s brewed from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After the brew ferments once, Lindemans adds raspberries for a second fermentation.
Framboise pours out a deep ruby colored hue, with a huge pink frothy foam crown, and the aroma is pure raspberries. If the cork was my first inkling this wasn’t going to be my standard review, the first sip was confirmation.
This lambic is pure raspberries. The first sip tastes like biting into a fresh raspberry, and it gets progressively sweeter through the middle before ending on a solid if unremarkable wheat/malt mix.
It’s got just about the same amount of carbonation as a glass of champagne but without the dryness, and is surprisingly enjoyable – even if it’s got a super-low 2.5% ABV. Overall, while this brew is pretty good to try, I don’t think I’d regularly drink it.
Any huge lambic lovers out there? I’d be interested in hearing if there are any other I should try.