Friday, March 23, 2012

Cuvée René Gueuze Lambic

Today I'm drinking Cuvée René Gueuze Lambic brewed by Brouwerij Lindemans in Vlezenbeek, Belgium. I can't say for sure if I've ever tried a Gueuze before, but I'm about to drink a wine bottle of this one. I've had this one in the fridge for a few months, apparently even desirable as this beer "improves in bottle with age". What I can't figure out though is why the label says it was Bottled 18 AUG 2012. Yes, I looked a dozen times to make sure that it really was bottled in the future (today is 3/19/12). Amazing! Like some Michael J Fox movie or something.

Capped and corked. Apple cidery, tart and sour, fruity aroma. Holy shit is this sour! I was expecting some of that but was still caught off guard a bit. Lemon and sour apples are super dominant in the beginning, like nothing else even exists. For as sour as this started, the fruitiness is very soft and light and pleasant, floating on that sour sea. The apples really stand out with the effervescent and bubbly carbonation. There is a definite Champagne quality to this beer.

The tart and sourness does grow on you, and your palate will manage to get a grip with reality (there's 20 more ounces to go). But with each sip, the flavors burst in your mouth. Vinegar, sour apple, little sharp jabs. Thinking about this beer, it's not really overly complex--not a knock, just that I thought that might be the case before starting. Nice fruitiness, very tart and sour. Light body, really refreshing.

As the beer warms, I do start to detect a little bit of funky damp clothes-type aromas and flavors, too. Check it out when you can and let me know what you think.

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