De Troch Lambrucha....$8.99 / 750ml
WINNER: EXPERIMENTAL BEER OF THE YEAR —U.S. OPEN OF BEER
NAMED ONE OF THE 10 HEALTHIEST BEERS IN THE WORLD —ESQUIRE
ONE OF THE 100 BEST TASTES OF THE YEAR —TIME OUT NEW YORK
"Vanberg & DeWulf’s Lambrucha is the first time that two different types of live yeast drinks have been blended together to create a completely new live yeast beverage. Lambrucha is the brainchild of Don Feinberg, with technical yeast management assistance from Dr. Roger Mussche (the Belgian brewing scientist who is the world’s leading authority on Brettanomyces yeast). Lambrucha is blended at Brouwerij De Troch in Wambeek — the heart of Payottenland. Lambrucha combines hand-selected house Lambics that are a minimum of one year old, and specially brewed organic Belgian kombucha.
Kombucha has been enjoyed in Central Asia for millennia. A deliciously tart effervescent beverage is created by pitching a mushroom into tea and letting it ferment. Kombucha is renowned for its probiotic, health-giving benefits. Lambic is the legendary spontaneously fermenting beer from the Senne River Valley in Belgium. Lambic contains some 500 different yeasts. Lambic is the signature contribution to brewing science practiced for centuries in Belgium.
At 3.5% alcohol by volume, Lambrucha certainly is closer to beer than tea—but we think it makes more sense to describe it as “two great yeast cultures, one great drink.”
Don’s notes: Beautiful pale gold color with hints of rose. Aromas of sage, rosemary, cucumber and sea spray come bracingly forward. A lemony sourness greets the palate but is quickly replaced by even more refreshing flavors of pine, mint, rosemary and cedar. A tight, small bubble carbonation cleans the palate completely leaving a sense of tonic refreshment.
GREAT WITH FOOD!
Great with all manner of seafood
• raw, grilled and served in salads—from sushi and oysters
• grilled tuna to shrimp salad, to pickled and creamed herring
With composed salads—think pea shoots, baby carrots, salsify and artichoke…
With tourte ardenaise—crispy pork brawn with gingered endive apple stew chestnut crisp and spicy mustard sprouts