Wine grapes are practically everywhere in beers. Maybe a side effect of the fruit beer craze that we are in. But this recent quad of Lambics from Tilquin looks great. The Pinot Noir version would be my top choice.
I do not know when this beer came about, if it’s a retired beer or if it is being sold in the US but when I saw that Guinness spun two of their beers into a blend with Timmermans of Belgium, I really wanted it. This Lambic meets stout is a mix of Guinness West Indies Porter (1801), Guinness Special Export (first brewed in 1944 exclusively for John Martin) and Timmermans Oude Kriek (the world’s oldest lambic brewery).
The description from the Timmermans website sounds delicious, “A unique dark beer with a subtle pink hue in the foam. Aromas of chocolate, oak & cherry. Full flavoured and beautifully balanced.”
Are there beers that just can’t or shouldn’t be in cans? Apparently the British
Chorlton Brewing Co. started to go down the canned lambic track but then reversed course saying, “popping the cork on a bottle of lambic is part of the experience and justifies the high value of the product.”
I understand that a style may either not be able to hit the needed carbonation level or wouldn’t be able to condition correctly if put into a can but as someone who has both won and lost battles with corked beer bottles, I would not think twice about popping a can of lambic. The defining factor for me is the beer inside.
I would however love to see a Brut IPA in a champagne style bottle. Preferably green.
Chimay was a simple take with no additional ingredients at all. Just the nice taste of the beer. You got both the beer and ice cream flavors. Which can sometimes elude some desserts where the beer can get lost. Next was the peach lambic which was nice and tart though light on peach. But again definitely beer-y and I liked the sharpness of it.
The friendly folks behind the counter sensing my beer nerdiness also grabbed a taster of grapefruit pale ale ice cream which was bursting with citrus and had a touch of hops in the back. Quite refreshing.
They have other non-beer flavors as well as popsicles so check them out.
Go to the great Books About Beer to pick up your copy.