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Barrel-Aged Frambozen Lambic Ale

Category: Lambic Fruit

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 5.7%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
Cellar Selection

pFriem
Barrel-Aged Frambozen Lambic Ale

Category: Lambic Fruit

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 5.7%
Brilliant ruby color. Sour, earthy aromas and flavors of raw macerated berries, pickled root vegetables, lacquered wood, and bark and grape leaves with a slightly chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long rye toast grilled with cumin oil, smoked nuts and chocolate, and peppered artichoke salad finish. A serious, contemplative lambic with deep savory flavors and a bright rosy future in the cellar.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Sour & Tart, Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: raw macerated berries, pickled root vegetables, lacquered wood, and bark and grape leaves
Taste Flavor: rye toast grilled with cumin oil, smoked nuts and chocolate, and peppered artichoke salad
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Gnocchi Bolognese, Chicken Caesar Salad, Mascarpone
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A serious, contemplative lambic with deep savory flavors and a bright rosy future in the cellar.

The Producer

Pfriem Family Brewers

The Producer
707 Portway Avenue, Suite 101
Hood River, OR 97031
USA
1 541-321-0490

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.