St. Louis Kriek is the first beer on earth that I was able to share with my Wife! Its not because I don’t share my beer, I try to, its just that she’s not a beer fan. Everything is ‘beery’ to her. I know its just laziness on her part, beer is an acquired taste and she’s not willing to put in the time right now. Unfortunately, she is a fan of the malt beverages like Mike’s Hard Lime and stuff like that, but not the beer.
Well, that has changed, at least a little, and it just goes to show that sometimes beer will blow your mind! Lambics can do that.
Lambics, as we know (I think), are traditionally brewed in Belgium. Lambics are fruity affairs, and unlike more normaller beers (I did that on purpose because mangling grammar is fun!) which use carefully engineered yeast strains, lambics are ‘wild fermented’.
This seems to mean that whatever microbes happen to be floating about in the Belgian air is responsible for this wondrous brew!
The lambic being discussed here is a ‘Kriek’ which means that is was re-fermented with cherries. Just to be clear, I’m not Lambic pro! I’m sure there are more varieties and styles that are available in Europe that we just don’t find here in the States – but every so often I grab a new one to see what its about.
Here’s my take….
First off, the brew comes dressed in a rather fancy bottle suitable for bringing to a dinner or as a gift to impress. Its European, so I guess its cool by default! ;-) It sports a cork (real from what I could tell) and a cage to keep the lid sealed much like a champagne bottle.
Pour this in front of beer neophytes and they would never believe you that this is a beer! “What? No beer stein or red Solo cups?” Nope, this beer (and it is a beer) looks good in a ‘fancy’ glass like you see in the picture.
“Huh? Where’s the fizzy yellow stuff? Or brown? Isn’t beer yellow or brown?” As you can plainly see, beer can be almost any color of the rainbow. Yes, even purple.
“Wow! This is beer? Its tastes sweet and sour at the same time! There’s a bit of nice carbonation and the smell is outrageous!” (Good outrageous, not bad outrageous.)
Yep. Beer can surprise, and surprise my Wife the St. Louis Kriek did. Its not something that I like too often as I find it a little too sweet and syrupy for my taste (and expensive) but every once in awhile a lambic makes for a great dessert beer, a great demonstration beer, or a great beer to have with non-beer people. Like my Wife.
For that, I’m giving it a cool 3.5 stars.
Scott – TheBrewClub