New grape lambic by the Lambiek Fabriek guys, made with Solaris, a white grape variety developed in Germany in 1975. Snow white, moussy, thin and open head, quickly reduced to a waferthin ring over a hazy apricot blonde robe with beige tinge. Aroma of green pear, wet clay (oddly), freshly cut dandelion, unripe peach, lots of grape skin, unripe pineapple, green potato peel, dust, cider, stale lime juice, dry hay, goat stable and barnyard to even sweet manure further on, swimming pool chlorine touch. Juicy onset, sweetish Solaris grapes surrounded by soft green pear and unripe stonefruit impressions; cooked gooseberries and unripe pineapple too, in a cider-like effervescence. Drying lactic tartness pushes through a rounded bready body while lots of sour grape effects show up; unripe pineapple and green Conference pear remain fixed associations till the finish, perhaps some green kiwi as well. A bitter dandelion-like aspect graces the finish, probably a combination of the old hops with the grape seeds; woody and earthy notes further deepen the finish but a yellow fruit brightness persists above it all. Some warming, calvados-like alcohol accentuates all these aspects without imposing itself too much. Interesting grape lambic, perhaps more so than the other Lambiek Fabriek grape lambics (there are a few), where a deep, almost 'dirty' earthiness seems to clash with a bright, radiant 'yellow' fruitiness from the grapes... This alone makes for a fascinating but somewhat challenging combo and even if this one lacks the elegance and sophistication of the Tilquin Oude Roussanne we had right before it, it still stands as a somewhat odd, but all the more interesting additions to the ever-growing lake of grape lambics churned out by the old Pajottenland in recent years. I wonder what this one will mature like over time.
Head gone in seconds; hazy well-carbonated yellow beer. Musk, grapeskins, citruspeel, restrained lambicaromas. Ultra special nose for a flavoured lambic. More of the same tastewise, deepening the mystery. This is absolutely uncharted lambic territory. Citrus, but dried. Floral - but what? Fruity - but 'exotic' doesn't do it right, nothing comparable to USA hops. Vinous - no, not really. Lunaria, unripe peach. Light body (8.7 %!) but quite slick, and again ideas of grapeskins and grape kernels arise. Alcohol totally hidden. Original - and utterly mindblowing. Wow.
Pours unclear blonde. No real head. Scent is full, funky, citrus. Fun! Mild funk. Taste is sharp, acidic, malty, funk, oak, grassy. Quite enjoyable !
Pale blond colour with thin head. Aroma has a tropical fruit note similar to modern IPA's. Taste has a strong farmhouse funk. Complex.