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Old 01-22-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Hello all!

I have tried a few commercial lambics and fruitbeers - both New Glarus Raspberry and Belgain Reds, Lindeman's Framboise, and a Cherish Raspberry.

All of these, to me, have tasted a bit like cheap sparkling grape juice. Really heavy on the sweet, not too much on the sour, and not too complex. All I have really gotten taste-wise is sweet, sweet fruit.

I was wondering if you guys could give me a few reasonably priced commercial examples of lambic or sour beers to try. Something with a little more sour bite, and less sickly sweet.

Thanks!

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If you are unhappy New Glarus's Raspberry Tart, then there is no hope.

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Look for some Cantillon brews out of Brussels if you can find it.

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Sour beers I like include the true Belgian gueuzes: Cantillon, Hanssens, Drie Fonteinen, Boon (hard to find) and Lindemans Cuvée René. Lindemans fruit lambics are really neither lambic nor fruit, but, as you say, a cloying, unnaturally fruity-sweet alco-pop. I have just seen Timmermans Oude Gueuze which is pretty good. Hanssens Oude Kriek is phenomenally tart with a very slight cherry nose and low sweetness. LambicX is a bit pricey, but very good. I would like to find Cantillon Grand Cru Bruocsella, which is a bottled lambic (rare, even in Belgium). The lambics I had on tap in BE were phenomenal!

I have not had many domestic sours. Jolly Pumpkin is a bit funky and tart and, in my opinion, better than, say Duchesse de Bourgogne, which is a West Flanders red.

I can't say any of these are "reasonably priced." I suppose a beer that takes three years to produce before you can sell a bottle will be a bit higher than high turnover beers.

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You make a good point on price. By reasonable I mean not $25 a four pack, as they seem to be around me.

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Or $16 a 750mL

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If you are unhappy New Glarus's Raspberry Tart, then there is no hope.
I respectfully disagree. I wish that beer was WAY more sour.
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Jolly Pumpkin beers can be found for around 11 - 12 dollars for a 750 ml bottle, which is extremely reasonable in my opinion. They usually have a sticker on the back saying when that batch was bottled; look for something that was bottled around a year ago (or older if possible) as it'll be much more sour. Many of their beers taste pretty "clean" when they're young.

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Or $16 a 750mL
How much are you willing to pay for a good bottle of wine? My guess is a good deal more than this.

For my tastes the best fruited lambic is Hannsens Kriek.
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How much are you willing to pay for a good bottle of wine? My guess is a good deal more than this.

For my tastes the best fruited lambic is Hannsens Kriek.
Not really a wine person..., but saying that kind of puts it into perspective.

I'll be sure to check out some of these you fellas suggest.
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