Six and a half years ago, I posted a post about sweet lambics that was one of my early entries in my effort to start to understand the world of sour, brackish, funky, tart and otherwise weird beers. You may have noticed on thing from that sentence. Yes, I was drinking sweet to understand sour. Hence, I suppose, my lack of an invite to leap to the stage come pullet surprise prize giving time.
But is it so very wrong? Yesterday, a very nice person came to the door with samples of Mort Subite Kriek and Framboise. Did they come to your street, too? I hope so. Represented in Canada by McClelland Premium Imports, a purveyor of a solid range of beers that hit a pretty sweet spot on the price quality ratio (PQR). We pay $4.10 for a corked half bottle of the kriek which is a little less that what you'd pay in the UK. What I like especially about these beers, in addition to their low strength, is that they are not as much as sugar bomb as others in their class. While, sure, they are not in the same league of the drier examples like De Ranke Kriek, they do provide a decent lambic tang for a lot less cash - allowing you to explore some home blending without too great a cash layout.
Home blending? Some way back Joe mentioned that you could buy take away bulk Girardin lambic in Belgium. Why not mix one of these with gueuze to cut the sweet - or even porter? Or each other come to think of it. Both the price and quality justify experimentation.