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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Zing into Spring!

There's no denying that the UK has just had a long hard winter, but it's finally starting to soften into something approaching spring. The tail-end of the cold weather always suggests mild to us - although CAMRA insist that May is mild month, there's something about the soft, sustaining quality of a good mild that seems fitting for this time of year. Maybe it's a gentle transition from hearty winter beers towards lighter coloured fare.

Of course, you don't have to gradually wean yourself from one style to another. Sometimes it's good to just take a deep breath and throw yourself in at the deep end. There's something very spring-like about the zippy, zingy lambic beers of Belgium that suggests a wake up after a long sleep. In fact, if you're talking about the more traditional unsweetened versions, that's pretty much what they do to the palate - a big, tart blast of fruity acidity shakes the palate awake. That's what you get with the tarter, more grown up beers from the likes of Boon and Cantillon, Hanssens and Oude Beersel. We even have a limited stock of 3 Fonteinen and Girardin held at our shop in Leeds - we can arrange mail order for these if required, although it may take up to a week to arrange for despatch.

Of course, not all lambic beers are tart and zippy. While some of the traditionalists frown on them, a sweetened fruit beer is a great refresher. The fact that they tend to be lower in alcohol is all the better - weighing in as low as 2.5%abv, Lindemans beers are great quaffers for a weekend afternoon. And if you need any more encouragement to try something new, with Easter just around the corner, the combination of (dark for preference) and Mort Subite Kriek has to be experienced to be believed - even seasoned non-beer drinkers have been converted by this combination!

For a quick run-through of what lambic beer is, and a fairly graphic illustration of the differences in flavour between sweetened and unsweetened versions, please do check out the video below by Zak Avery, a.k.a The Beer Boy - his reaction to the unsweetened version makes us think that he should have tried the Cantillon version first, then the sweetened one!

1 comment:

  1. I have to say, I love Cantillon Kriek. A brilliant summer quencher (if we ever get one!). Then again, I have a high sourness threshold :D