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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
American Kriek

Category: Lambic Fruit

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Samuel Adams
American Kriek

Category: Lambic Fruit

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 7%
Clear sunburst color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed toast and spiced fruits with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that presents notes of lemon poppyseed muffin and sour cherry relish finish. A very tasty and approachable intro lambic that will be great on it’s own or with food.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Smooth & Mild & Malty
Aroma Aroma: honeyed toast and spiced fruits
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of lemon poppyseed muffin and sour cherry relish
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Tuna Nicoise Salad, Duck Reuben Sandwich, Mascarpone
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very tasty and approachable intro lambic that will be great on it's own or with food.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

Lambic Fruit

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Serve in a Stange
Fruit lambic may vary greatly in color from pale golden to deep ruby red and range from 4-7% in alcohol. Commonly brewed from unmalted wheat, pilsner malt and aged hops, the unique flavor profile of these beers is a result of wild, open-air fermentation in conjunction with extended aging in oak barrels. In addition, the overall flavor profile of these beers is heavily influenced by a wide variety of whole fruit added during fermentation. These fruits are consumed in their entirety during the fermentation process and lend both supplemental flavor and color to the final beer. Similar to gueuze, fruit lambic is a blend of young and old beers typically ranging from 1-3 years. Blending results in a sharp champagne-like effervescence and tart, toasty flavors. Kriek (cherry) and framboise (raspberry) are the more popular and traditional fruits employed. Other exotic fruits are widely used in juice form in more commercial examples of this style. Originating centuries ago in and around Brussels as farmhouse specialties, these beers are still brewed today in the same manner with many of the best examples still Belgian in origin. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Lindemans Kriek, Boon Framboise Marriage Parfait, Hanssens Oude Kriek and Upland Raspberry Lambic.