Type
Origin
Serving Temperature

4° - 7°

Description

Unblended, naturally and spontaneously fermented lambic is intensely estery, sour, and sometimes, but not necessarily, acetic flavored. Low in carbon dioxide, these hazy beers are brewed with unmalted wheat and malted barley. Sweet malt characters are not perceived. They are very low in hop bitterness. Cloudiness is acceptable. These beers are quite dry and light bodied. Characteristic horsey, goaty, leathery and phenolic character evolved from Brettanomyces yeast is often present at moderate levels. Versions of this beer made outside of the Brussels area of Belgium cannot be true lambics. These versions are said to be "lambic-style" and may be made to resemble many of the beers of true origin. Vanillin and other woody flavors should not be evident. Historically, traditional lambic is dry and completely attenuated, exhibiting no residual sweetness either from malt, sugar or artificial sweeteners. Sweet versions may be created through the addition of sugars or artificial sweeteners

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    6 - 13
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    11 - 23
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    5.0% - 6.5%
Flavor
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Not present to very low, and can include cheesy or floral lavender-like attributes. Hop character is achieved by using stale and aged hops at low rates.
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Sweet malt character should not be present
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Goat Cheese, Mascarpone with Fruit
  • Entrée
    Salad with Peaches, Mussels
  • Dessert
    Waffle, Chocolate Cake
Appearance
  • Clarity
    Cloudy
  • Color
    Gold to medium amber
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