Been looking forward to this one from Bellwoods Brewery.
When I cracked this open I was surprised at the huge waft of smoke that hits you over the head. At first the smoke is like the last remnants of a campfire. Gentle smoke but very apparent. It’s hard to describe. I think the
surprise of the smoke is more prominent than the actual smell of smoke itself.
Crazy carbonation. Sparkling on my tongue. Cherries, dark chocolate, toffee, touch of raisin on the nose. Palate is very complex. Hard to pick it apart. Mild sourness throughout like sour cherries. Mild roasted barley. Cocoa. This is pretty incredible stuff. Wish I could have gotten a case. Drinking really well right now but would have left it another year I think.
This will make red wine drinkers pay attention. I’m going to say it’s close to a rosé. Tart cherries on the nose and mirrored on the palate. Vinous as well. A bit thin on mouthfeel if you think of it as beer but in terms of wine I would say it’s medium bodied. Overall I think it’s the mildest lambic I’ve ever tried. Interesting in its own way but I think I prefer my lambics more brazen.