Exploring Sours: Leveling up

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Our first installment was on the entry – gee that looks interesting maybe I should try it? – level

For this week I went out and scoured the dusty bottom shelves and far corners of the beer freezer to find two new bottles to sample. A special thanks to Lauren from Beerupyourlife for all the Lambic tutoring!

beer_6419First up was a Nov 2012 bottle of Hannsens’ Oude Gueze:  this one was interesting.  The nose for funky – and at times, skunky.  The skunk also picked up on the taste, which was not a truly bad thing, as the flavor was otherwise as mild as Brux had been.

It poured a hazy and somewhat fizzy yellow and head was minimal.

Very dry and refreshing on the palate, but the hints of skunk kept popping up from time to time to keep you on your toes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
beer_346Next up: a 2011 Lindenman’s Cuvee Rene.  Initial thoughts after pouring this hazy yellow bottle, “this was exactly what i was looking for” tart but not abrasively so, dry and refreshing.  In other words, just about perfect.

I can only wonder what a few more years of aging would do with this one.  A thought that will be easy to test as the shop had ample bottles from the same age.  Needless to say, I will be picking up more.

The taste came across again in a very champagne-like manner that just happened to pair up perfectly with the goat cheese, cranberry & candied walnut salad with a balsamic reduction I picked up by chance on the way home.

I am still wanting more of this 750ml bottle.  I am super excited to see what i will stumble upon next (hoping to find the Kriek version next),  but this one I will come back to!

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6 thoughts on “Exploring Sours: Leveling up

    ithinkaboutbeer said:
    August 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I’d avoid the Lindeman’s fruit lambics. They’re pretty heavily sugared. The Cuvee Rene is a good one from them, but the rest of their line is not spectacular.

      bolanrox responded:
      September 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

      I remember the first time i tried one of their sweetened ones. took all these years to try one again or to know that not all lambics were that :/ Need to check out some more local places and see if i can find any more gueuzes.

    properpour said:
    September 2, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Reblogged this on Proper_Pour and commented:
    This is great!

    […] opening this bottle (not sure of the vintage on this one) I was expecting it to be similar to their Oude Gueuze I had reviewed earlier  – a little funky, a little skunky, but overall dry and […]

    beerbecue said:
    September 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I know what you’re talking about with the skunk. I ultimately decided it was like sulfur, which coincidentally I got in Cantillon Classic Gueuze as well. This pleased me, because sulfur sounded more distinguished and made me feel better about how much I had paid for each of the bottles.

      Bierbattered responded:
      September 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Yeah I could be sulfur – Oude wasn’t that expensive Maybe only 10 for the bottle. Certainly not Cantillon pricing 🙂

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