Dry spontaneously aged cognac-barreled lambic (vintage 2018) with neutralized hard cider waft gains effervescent white-wined esters and mild lemon-juiced souring to overtake sweet cognac influence. Vinous Sauvignon dryness reinforced by musty barnyard peat above pilsner-malted raw wheat base. Its flat head and lack of carbolic spritz may be off-putting to those unfamiliar with fermented golden ales.
On tap at Taphouse 15, ambitious dry-hopped Berliner Weisse/ Lambic hybrid aged in white wine barrels lets tart lemon-soured guava and kiwi piquancy spice up moderately vinous green grape esters above acidulated malts.
Lollipop-like ‘malt beverage’ with pinkish garnet hue relies on Sweet-Tart candied pucker to enliven fruity front end. Pronounced cherry, raspberry and strawberry tang inundates Asti Spumante champagne sparkle, vinous grape tannins and zippy lemon tartness. Strawberry-seeded raspberry compote and apple-soured cranberry juicing solidify sharp-fruited finish of soda-like dessert treat.
Spontaneously fermented oak-aged jam-scented lambic with sweet strawberry juice essence, rotted cherry luster and tauntingly tart grape esters given slight mesquite wood tone. Closer to syrupy malt beverage or fruity red wine than beer or ale (and unsettling to true blue collar drinkers). So strawberry enriched you could almost taste the seeds from the fruit.
“Spontaneously fermented with banana juice” adage will make mainstream beer drinkers cry foul and cringe. However, finely crafted brew lacks gimmicky peculiarities. Banana essence blends well with yeast-sweetened honeyed oats and sour plantain tartness. Open-minded fruit ale lovers will find this irresistible.
Plum juice-flavored lambic retains white grape dryness, mildly tart citric fruiting, and bottom heavy sediment. Sharp carbonation doesn’t overwhelm accentuating sour green apple mist. A fine alternative to hard cider and near the top of the ‘fruit’ class.
Prohibitive mouth-puckeringly harsh peach lambic ale begets vinous Belgian gueuze acridity. White grape esters and cider-y souring provide eye-squinting tartness confirming acidic lemony dryness. Musty leathered horsehide illusion invades Chardonnay finish of dismissive hazed golden oak-aged pungency.
Vinegar-like odor consumes musty citric tartness of brettanomyces-laden sour ale. Vinous white grape acidity, surging green apple sharpness, and astringent raspberry souring increase extremely dry resolve. Essence nearly lost in mist of tame, shallow, indistinct sub-textures. Experienced lambic lovers may enjoy its peculiarities with dessert, but its mouth-puckering acridity will prohibit outsiders.
Recommended tiny suburban brewpub bottles this respectable Belgian lambic-like ale for walk-in customers. Deep cherry tartness fortifies dry oak tangent and grape tannin souring as candied yeast sweetens oncoming green apple pucker. Orange peel bitterness persists, jamming raspberry-melon auxiliary and syrupy malt thicket.
Unique garnet-coppered raspberry-flavored lambic retains sudsy soda fizz and pungent citric tartness. Like a grenadine or sloe gin fizz (only more tart), this heavily malted peculiarity tosses sour-candied raspberry and raspy black currant bittering into the mix. Beneath, lemon zest contrasts dank barley graining. Easily one of the more unusual ales available. Serve to open-minded conniosseurs only.
Pour slowly and wait 5 minutes until fluffy white head settles down before sipping extremely dry, mouth puckering, natural peach-juiced malt beverage. Spontaneous fermentation captures true tart peach essence blanketing sweet sugary resolve of perfect dessert complement. Created in oak caskets since 1686, it’s completely relaxing and undoubtedly one of the best peach-flavored lambic on the market.
Seasonal lambic (by definition: wheat beer with fruit added) soaks cherry-soured rhubarb pie tartness, sweet Scotch warmth, and thickening dry hop bittering with pureed cranberry piquancy. But its dredged maple flavoring seems lost in cornmeal midst. Hmmm.