Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

All the best to you and yours back home.

I'm just about to take my specialty, tortiere, out of the oven and head over to an expat meal. For the occasion, a special beer.

Kriek 100% Lambic Bio
Brussels, Belgium

The last time Ontario saw this beer, it was refused by the LCBO due to chemical similarities with cyanide from the cherry pits. It was a sad sad day. No such concerns in London, where I'm apparently free to kill myself with this prettiest of beers.

A kriek is a Belgian lambic (beer created from wild yeast) brewed with cherry pits. There are alot of beers out there claiming to be kriek, but many are sweetened with sugar. A kriek shouldn't taste like candy.

It pours a beautiful cloudy rose with a nice big pink fizzy head.

The aroma has some sweet cherries up front with a slight tartness lingering behind, hinting at what's to come.

Again, you get subtle cherry flavours at first, but that's swiftly thrown aside by an almost puckering tartness. This lambic flavour can be off putting to some (most), but it shouldn't be. I don't think it's so much a matter of taste as it is of something unfamiliar. With any lambic I think you should let the first few sips roll around and your mouth. Let your tongue get accustomed to the "wildness" of the beer so that you can see beyond it. Once you've done that, the tartness sort of fades away towards the end and you're left with lovely cherry sweetness.

A classic, simple as that.

Enjoy your turkeys folks!

EDIT: By the way, halloween releases should be out so keep an eye out. Muskoka Harvest ale is a special release that I hear good things about. Sam Adams Octoberfest is out for a limited release so grab it if you can.

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