Let’s do a sour ale! This particular one I picked up at Vinmonopolet Vika some weeks back. They might have some bottles left, I’m not sure. Vinmonopolet do not list all released beers at their site so I guess you have to call them to see if they have any more in stock. The commercial description of the beer reads:
The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of it’s contents, the rest of the blend is made up by a “secret” combination of 1, 2 and 3 year old Lambic.
The exact mixture is only known by the master-blender Armand himself.
The name “Golden Blend” is not far away from the truth, in fact, the 4 years of maturation in oak-wooden barrels is making this particular Lambic very expensive.
Due to the “evaporation” through the barrels, only a small percentage of the lambic is left over after 4 years of maturing.
Light orange color with a big frothy head that quickly disappears.
Very intense aroma on this beer. I’m getting some intense citrus and funky barnyard notes, and some hints of sour green grapes.
As the beer warms up I’m reminded of cheese. Not blue cheese, but perhaps something like a cheddar. Exciting!
Even though the beer is quite sour it still feels very refreshing. After smelling the beer I expected it to be more sour.
The level of sourness is pretty much perfect, making this a really balanced and refreshing sour ale. I’m getting grapes, cheese, lemon peel and ripe pears.
The mouth feel is medium/light with a sharp carbonation.
The finish is quite dry and lasts for a good while. Up front it’s quite sour and after some seconds I’m left with a really fruity and refreshing taste in my mouth. Lovely!
I for one LOVE sour ales. I know beers such as this one might be a challenge to other beer drinkers, but keep an open mind. Sit down, relax, and enjoy! Score: 4.6/5.