The first edition of the Lambic and Sour Ale tasting was organised by Bierhalle Deconinck in Vichte. The event was quite exclusive, as only 250 tickets in total were sold. Beer lovers from Belgium and beyond gathered on this sunny Sunday afternoon for an exquisite availability of the “champagne” of beers. We had marked this day in our agenda for some time and we were really looking forward to yet another small adventure.
The concept was very simple and straightforward, nevertheless very interesting : 7 different bars, with an outstanding variety of Geuze beers, Fruit Lambics and other Sour Ales. The entrance cost, as with any Belgian beer festival, was relatively low: 15 euro for 1 tasting glass and 5 tokens. Extra tokens were a mere 1.5 euro per piece.
Lambic, not your average Joe
A total of 104 different beers were available, both from bottle or tap. The first 3 bars consisted of the classic Geuze breweries: Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Tilquin, Oud Beersel, Lindemans, Boon, and so on.
Beyond that, there was a large selection of sour ales: De Brabandere, Liefmans, Hobbysteker Pomphuizeke, ’t Verzet, Tommie Sjef Wild Ales,… . The brewers of Alvinne, le Chat Rebelle and H.ertie were present, taking it to a higher level as you could easily ask questions or discuss certain aspects of their beers. Sharing a glass while listening to them passionately explaining about their creations, that’s what makes moments like these worth the trip.
We had 10 tokens, so choices had to be made. There was a nice mix of the more classic offer and more limited edition bottles. We selected more tasters of the latter one, as some of these bottles are difficult to find in almost any beer shop. An overview of what we tasted:
- Tilquin Mûre
- Cantillon Pure Apricot
- De Heeren van Liedekercke Anniversary Blend 2011
- 3 Fonteinen Intense Red
- Alvinne H.Ertie Huisgeuze
- 3 Fonteinen Golden Blend
- Alvinne Smokin Peacher collab Insight Brewing
- Le Chat Rebelle Framboise
- Cantillon Lambic d’Aunis
- Alvinne Wild West Kriek Framboos (brand new)
It’s very hard to really pick one that beats all of the others. Every person, beer amateur, beer lover or beer geek has different opinions and personal preferences, especially with delicate products like Lambics and Sour Ales. We enjoyed all of them, for their acid funk aftertaste, highly density of fruity flavors or actual wood like scents.
Food for thought
Even though Lambic was the main topic of the day, also the foodies amongst the crowd could hammer themselves with some delicious customized hot dogs (the Mexican, the German,…). There was even a special edition Geuze hot dog. We had the Mexican and the Chilidog, both with some nice spiciness.
The event was most certainly a great success: a lot of happy people sharing great beers. We returned home with full bellies and 2 grand smiles. Up to the next one!
Enjoy our tasting pictures.