Pear Lambic

Connecticut
United States
Pear Lambic, Area Two Experimental Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Aged for two years in oak barrels and richly fruited with French pears, this beer is created with the experimental, Area Two approach to the typical Lambic style. A captivating aroma and a fruity, woodsy flavor on the palate create the perfect balance of tart meets fresh pear character.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Pear Lambic by Area Two Experimental Brewing​ was judged as a Fruit Lambic (BJCP Style 23F) with pear. The pear is obvious in the aroma with fruity esters that are distinctively pear-like dominating the nose. Some rounded wheat and malt aromas come through underneath as slightly bready. The earthy aromas of a lambic are not coming through as anticipated, though some acidity from sourness is detectable. The beer is slightly hazy with a golden color made lighter from suspended yeast and protein. A white head covers the surface of the beer, renewed by a steady upward flow of carbon dioxide bubbles rising from the bottom. The flavor is intensely sour with some pear and a lemony zing from the fermentation by-products. The finish is tart, though adequate sweetness balances the sourness well. Similar to the aroma, there are not strong earthy characteristics suggesting that the wild yeast has not developed too much as would be anticipated in a younger fruit lambic. The body is medium-light with a high tartness and puckering quality, almost like sucking on a lemon wedge. The overall impression is of a very nice, relatively young fruit lambic. The pear presents a very nice aromatic quality with a subtle fruit offset in the flavor that a mild-flavored fruit is expected to provide. I would love to have a little more lambic complexity in the aroma, and I suspect you will get this as the beer ages. I would expect that will be gained at the expense of the pear aroma, so decide what you want most in your fruit lambic and time your tasting accordingly. Better yet, get yourself a few bottles and space them over time to see how this really good lambic develops and transforms as it ages.

Brewery Introduction

Area Two is a sour, barrel-aging and experimental brewery from Two Roads Brewing Company situated on 10-acres in Stratford, CT. The 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility focuses on the wild and spontaneous.

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