of liquid intrigue: Belgian lambic beer

I do love a good intrigue. Especially the sort that goes on in an ancient family-owned beer brewery in rural Belgium.

It’s scandalous stuff. First, a hoppy brew is left uncovered and completely exposed to the elements. Native yeasts, dust motes, and spider legs float down happenstance from the air, creating a thick debris film that gets the fermentation party started with a bang. The party continues in old port, sherry, or wine barrels, where the brew ages into a distinctively sour, unfizzy beer.

Taking a sip is like laughing obnoxiously in the face of food safety regulations. I’m pretty sure this satisfaction contributes to the flavour. Behold, a glass of intrigue.

Would you drink this? How far have your adventurous taste buds taken you?


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