About Lambic Fruit

About Lambic Fruit
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.

Top Picks for Lambic Fruit

Brouwerij Lindemans Cuvée René Oude Kriek
97 points
Cloudy red oak color. Funky, fruity, jammy, phenolic, sour aromas of cherry pits, plastic/bandaid, black tea, and cinnamon with a slightly chewy, tart, frothy, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long fresh dark red cherries, raw almonds, candied orange peel, and lime zest finish. A classic Kriek-style beer, with fresh cherry and almond notes sure to create many a lambic fan.
Brouwerij Timmermans Kriek Lambicus
95 points
Brilliant light garnet red oak color. Fruity aromas of candied and dried cherries, honeyed fruit cake, and pleasant cherry cough drop with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long sourdough with cherry chutney, lemon verbena, mesclun with cherry vinaigrette, and almond cookie finish. A rich and commanding kriek that pours forth with an army of cherry flavors and nuances.
Brouwerij Timmermans Strawberry Lambic
92 points
Nearly opaque dull sunburst color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry fruit leather, oily roasted nuts, fruit custard tart, and hint of banana taffy and silly putty with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with notes of berry tart, orange blossom honey, and hint of peppered arugula finish. A rich and flavorful fruit lambic with a super approachable and satisfying style.
pFriem Barrel-Aged Frambozen Lambic Ale
92 points
Brilliant ruby oak 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 finish revealing accents of 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.
Samuel Adams American Kriek
91 points
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.
Brouwerij Timmermans Framboise Lambic
89 points
Brilliant light ruby ruby color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry phosphate, toasted sourdough with berry preserves, and cocoa powder dusted cream puff with a supple, crisp, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish that presents shades of spiced berries and apples, candied lemon peel, and honey finish. A fun, framboise with a nice balance of sweet and light sourness.
Brouwerij Timmermans Oude Kriek
89 points
Sedimentary brick red color. Attractive aromas of honeyed toasted graham crackers, cherry butter on cinnamon nut bread, granola and s’mores, and fine charcoal with a lightly tannic, puckering, petillant, sour medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long lemon zest with goose, white balsamic vinaigrette on endive, fancy pickle juice, and nutskin finish. A bracingly sour and epically proportioned old lambic.