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Old 04-02-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I have been homebrewing for few years now, all Ales, doing all grain, and I have never tasted a lambic.
Saw this on my grocery shelf yesterday and decided to buy it, $10
I new that lambic was made with wild yeast, so I was a little nervous how it would taste, expecting something sour and to be honest, didn't have any good expectations.
Lambic is AWESOME!

So, few questions:

1)How good, among lambic homebrewers, is this particular bottle I got. I'm wondering if that is like a low quality commercial beer or if it is considered a good start to sample a lambic for the first time. If not, any suggestions?
2)Can anyone list the basics of brewing lambic beer, like primary fermentation timing, basic grain bill, aging period, something just to have an idea.
3)This lambic I had didn't have any ABV% that I could find, any idea what that is?

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Old 04-02-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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from what I could find, that Framboise has between 2.5-4% abv.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/187/599

Fruit Lambics usually make the intense sourness more tolerable and less noticeable. See if your store has a Gueuze next time. those are quite an experience

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Old 04-02-2011, 11:57 PM   #3
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See if your store has a Gueuze next time. those are quite an experience
X2. Or Jolly Pumpkin..
http://www.jollypumpkin.com/artisanales/Default.htm
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:09 AM   #4
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I have only tried a few lambics but I agree, they are awesome. I know this is sacrilege to purists, but I have mixed Lindeman's Framboise lambic with a chocolate stout...and it was fantastic.

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Old 04-03-2011, 03:16 AM   #5
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So, few questions:

1)How good, among lambic homebrewers, is this particular bottle I got. I'm wondering if that is like a low quality commercial beer or if it is considered a good start to sample a lambic for the first time. If not, any suggestions?

lindemans, while it may technically have been sour and a lambic at one point, I wouldnt really call what you drank a 'real lambic', they pasteurize it, backsweeten with lots of sugar and add fruit syrup to it, so while its tasty its more like an alcopop than a real lambic

2)Can anyone list the basics of brewing lambic beer, like primary fermentation timing, basic grain bill, aging period, something just to have an idea.

too big a question to answer succinctly, you should grab a copy of wild brews and take a look at different sour beer blogs

3)This lambic I had didn't have any ABV% that I could find, any idea what that is?

2-4%

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Old 04-03-2011, 03:22 AM   #6
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I just tried that Lindemans. I'm drinking it right now. I'm surprised to like something with such a raspberry flavor. It's carbonated to nearly champagne level. It has a very tart and sour finish.

I have some Ommegangs Three Philosphers Lambic to try next. I was a little worried that I would hate sour beer. So far Lambic is really good.

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I just tried that Lindemans. I'm drinking it right now. I'm surprised to like something with such a raspberry flavor. It's carbonated to nearly champagne level. It has a very tart and sour finish.

I have some Ommegangs Three Philosphers Lambic to try next. I was a little worried that I would hate sour beer. So far Lambic is really good.
3 philosophers isnt a lambic, its a quad blended with a tiny tiny bit of lindemans
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3 philosophers isnt a lambic, its a quad blended with a tiny tiny bit of lindemans
Right. 2% Lambic, but somehow sour as hell.
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Right. 2% Lambic, but somehow sour as hell.
sour as hell?? Id say its fairly malty
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Those Lindeman's lambics are to lambic what Starbucks drinks are to coffee. Both start out as lambic/coffee and then have a lot of sweetness added on top to change the flavor to make it more palatable to people who don't like the base beverage.

I don't hate on the Lindeman's products. I think they are tasty and I appreciate them for what they are. However, I do enjoy a proper lambic or oud bruin.

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