Wednesday, April 27, 2011

St Kilda Ale Star's session report on Lambics

Last Tuesday was certainly one of those Ale Star nights to have crackers on each table to cleanse the pallet between beers.

Shandy kicked started things with the Cantillon Bruocsella which looked more like a glass of apple juice because of its lack of carbonation. It was definitely a good beer to start on, a nice tartness but not too sour. If anything, it was a most sessionable Lambic - if there is such a thing!

We then kicked Shandy off the stage and welcomed Scott Brandon from Bright Brewery to take us through his Pinky Framboise in which he used around 60kg of local raspberries in the brew process. Scott also spoke of a blackberry lambic he is working on - can't wait to get our hands on it and give it a go.

After a tweeny (in between beer break) we got into Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze. Trying to be efficient the staff started taking the metal clamps off the top of the bottles so they could easily pull the corks out at pouring time. Little did we know the corks did not like their home and just started popping out on their own - the carbonation quite the opposite to the Cantillon we started with.

The last lambic we tried was the Cantillon Iris which had a lot more carbonation than the first Cantillon but was the most sour we tried by far.

We look forward to seeing everyone at next month's BrewDog Ale Stars as part of Good Beer Week. Be quick as this will probably sell out within the next week.

To view all the photos from the night, click here.

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