“The De Troch Lambics are brewed by age-od methods which depend on spontaneous fermentation. The wort is cooled in shallow, open-air vats (coolships) which exposes the brew to micro-organisms giving Lambic its unique flavour. After this process the ale is aged in casks for at least a year completing the spontaneous fermentation process.”
Appearance: Reasonably clear golden amber with little head formation. Loose bubble sits at the rim yet still manages a frosted lace down the glass.
Aroma: Intense lemon peel, sour apple and white wine vinegar. Some white pepper, musty barrels and cider-like tartness also coming through. Earthy notes here and there…kinda feeding in to the farmyard funk, grainy wheat and straw at the same time. A hint of stonefruit too – melon, apricot and peach. Top shelf stuff.
Flavour: Kicks off with vigorous salty sourness. Sour lemon, white wine vinegar, yellow grapefruit/rind and sweaty/Brett funk. The musty barrels mix with a bit of crusty white bread midway which leads to a mildly acidic finish with a hint of pink peppercorns and yeasty apple/pear on the close.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry and acidic with moderate tannins. Pretty light on. Flat-ish Co2. Pucker rating hits a decent 3.5/5.
Overall: As much as we loved the aroma the palate was a little unbalanced. Quite sharp and at times astringent…brought on even more by the strong peppery finish. Would have liked a bit more spritz too just a tad too flat for our liking. Not bad.