BELGIAN RASPBERRY LAMBIC
Before there were cultured brewing yeasts, like ale and lager yeasts, all beers were spontaneously fermented with a mélange of wild varieties. Only one type of beer is still made in this way — the lambic family of Belgian beers. Most lambics are fruit beers, and while Americans are more familiar with candy-sweet brands, the Belgians prefer their lambics as dry and tart as fine wine. Cantillon is the highest-profile brewer of dry lambics, and "Rosé de Gambrinus" is their version of a Framboise, or raspberry lambic. In the glass, it has the pinkish tawny color of onion skin and a vivid scent of wild raspberries. The first sip is mouth-shockingly sour and dry, with the zing and bubble of Rosé Champagne. Tailor-made for rich and salty foods, this beauty from Cantillon will shine with duck confit, shaved prosciutto or steak tartare.
Price: $12 (12 oz.) and $20 (25 oz.)