OK, so that last one was not much of a beer-this one is a regional classic.
Lindemans Kriek: 3.5%abv Suggested serving temperature 2-3C 35-37F, well chilled.
Here is a traditional Lambic style beer from Belgium. Kriek or cherry flavored beers are widely available here, with varying qualities.
“Unlike conventional ales and lagers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer’s yeasts, lambic beer is produced by spontaneous fermentation: it is exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies. It is this unusual process which gives the beer its distinctive flavour: dry, vinous, and cidery, usually with a sour aftertaste.”-wikipedia
To me this is the origin of brewing, accidental fermentation of a beverage. The other technique used in Lambic styles is the mixing of old and new batches to create the finished product.
Having only a modest alcohol content, this beer is meant to be drunk quite cold, I put it in the freezer for an hour. Lacking any real head/carbonation due to its brewing process, it has more of a soda body to it. Quite syrupy and thick on the palate. Dominate flavor and aroma is definitely dark cherry. It is quite dry and very sweet. Something to be sipped as long as it stays chilled. I am no expert on these types of beer, maybe at the end of the week, but it is definitely more enjoyable than whatever that last one I reviewed was (I half contemplated erasing that review due to my being worried about getting shunned out of any real beer connoisseur circles) . It will stand as a test to the rest of the week improving. I found a new store and a great variety of Belgian beers and lambics.