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Sour beers

Have you ever heard of sour ales? This style, also known as spontaneous fermentation or lambic beers, is a true Belgian specialty with a highly particular production process. In fact, to brew a lambic beer, there is a special recipe. First of all, the wort must be made also of wheat and not only of barley malt. Aged, dry hop, which is less bitter, is added during cooking. However the main specificity of spontaneous fermentation beers is the following step. After cooking, the wort is left exposed to open air for several hours in shallow, flat metal pans placed under wooden roofs. This way, wild yeasts can inoculate the precious liquid, lending sour ales their distinctive taste. This process is generally only possible between October and May, as in the summer months it is too hot for it to work properly. The mixture is then poured into barrels for fermentation. This process may take a long time, even years. And this is how you make a lambic beer!

Lambic beers are rarely drunk pure, they are mostly the base for three main types of beer. The first one, probably the least popular, is the faro. The brewer adds candy sugar to the lambic, to make a sour yet rather sweet and round beer. Given its short shelf life, faro is rarely bottled. A classic of this style is the Lindemans Faro Lambic.

The second type is the gueuze, which is produced with a mix of young (6 to 12 months of fermentation) and old (up to 3 years) lambic beers. This triggers a second fermentation in the bottle. This kind is known for being the sourest of all, as well as the most traditional of spontaneous fermentation beers. The Oude Gueuze from Timmermans, several times award-winner, and the Gueuze Lambic Bio of the Cantillon brewery are two illustrious representatives of this category. Numerous other gueuzes are worth the detour as well!

Finally, fruity lambics. As suggested by the name, this type of beer is produced by mixing lambic and fruit, to obtain relatively sweet beets. The most used is cherry, to produce the kriek. A good representative is the Liefmans Kriek Brut. The same can be done with lots of other types of fruit, and the Lindemans brewery has made this its specialty (Pêcheresse, Framboise, Cassis, etc.).

Be as it may, sour ales never cease to amaze!

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Belgium 25 cl Lindemans Apple

Lindemans Apple

Pronounced flavour of juicy apples, preferably drunk very cold.

CHF 1.92
Belgium 25 cl Lindemans Cassis

Lindemans Cassis

Fruity beer based on Lambic and blackcurrant, a marriage balancing sweetness and acidity

CHF 2.37
Belgium 25 cl Lindemans Faro Lambic

Lindemans Faro Lambic

A new twist on an old Brussels Lambic beer from Breughel's era.

CHF 1.87
Belgium 25 cl Lindemans Framboise

Lindemans Framboise

Delicious seasonal beer based on Lambic, with 30% pure raspberry juice.

CHF 2.37
Belgium 25 cl Lindemans Gueuze

Lindemans Gueuze

A filtered and slightly sweet variety of the Cuvée René Grand Cru.

CHF 1.85
Belgium 75 cl Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René

Created by cutting 2/3 young with 1/3 old Lambic and in-bottle fermentation.

CHF 7.44
Belgium 25 cl Lindemans Kriek

Lindemans Kriek

Made from unsweetened, freshly squeezed cherry juice, macerated in casks with Lambic ...

CHF 2.12
Belgium 75 cl Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René

Lindemans Kriek Cuvée René

Made from unsweetened, freshly squeezed cherry juice, macerated in casks with Lambic ...

CHF 8.95
Belgium 25 cl Pecheresse

Pecheresse

A 'sweet sinner', born from an affair between Lambic and Pure Peach Juice.

CHF 2.61
Belgium 37 cl Timmermans Oude Gueuze

Timmermans Oude Gueuze

Oude Gueuze is a registered designation: its label is protected

CHF 5.45
Belgium 75 cl Boon Oude Gueuze Black Label Edition N°5

Temporarily out of stock

Belgium 38 cl Boon Framboise

Boon Framboise

Made only with real raspberries (250 g / liter) and some sourcherries (50g/liter). Completely ...

CHF 6.09
Belgium 75 cl Boon Oude Gueuze Black Label Edition N°4

Boon Oude Gueuze Black Label Edition N°4

Oude Geuze Boon Black Label Edition N°4 is a blend of one, two and three year old, oak ...

CHF 9.53

Temporarily out of stock

Belgium 38 cl Timmermans Lambic & Stout

Timmermans Lambic & Stout

Collaboration beer between a Guinness Stout and a Kriekenlambic from Timmermans

CHF 7.75
Belgium 75 cl Lindemans GingerGueuze *

Lindemans GingerGueuze *

An old gueuze enriched with the refreshing taste of ginger.

CHF 17.02
Belgium 75 cl Lindemans SpontanBasil *

Lindemans SpontanBasil *

A collaboration between Lindemans and Mikkeller!

CHF 16.65
Belgium 37 cl Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze

Boon Mariage Parfait Gueuze

Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait has an alcohol content of 8%.

CHF 5.99
Belgium 38 cl Boon Mariage Parfait Kriek

Boon Mariage Parfait Kriek

This is the classic Oude Kriek Mariage Parfait by Boon. Made with sourcherries, mascerated ...

CHF 6.98
Belgium 38 cl Boon Oude Gueuze

Boon Oude Gueuze

Geuze Boon old style is a monument to taste with an alcohol content of 7%.

CHF 4.63
Belgium 37 cl Timmermans Oude Kriek

Timmermans Oude Kriek

This is a precious drink, only available in limited editions !

CHF 6.23
Belgium 38 cl Boon Oude Kriek

Boon Oude Kriek

This is the classic Oude Kriek by Boon. Made with sourcherries, mascerated with young ...

CHF 6.32
Germany 33 cl Insel Meerjungfrau

Insel Meerjungfrau

Mild Sour Ale

CHF 3.35
Germany 33 cl Insel Seepferd

Insel Seepferd

Sour Ale

CHF 3.35
Austria 33 cl Bevog Lolita

Bevog Lolita

Berliner Weisse beer perfected with real raspberries and rhubarb. PINK queen!

CHF 3.37

Temporarily out of stock

Scotland 50 cl Overworks Hybrid Henchman

Overworks Hybrid Henchman

Wild fermented sour ale fermented with Sangiovese grapes and natural yeast.

CHF 8.72
Norway 33 cl Amundsen Lush

Amundsen Lush

Raspberry and lime and Berliner Weiss

CHF 3.71
France 44 cl Sainte Cru Ni Dieu Ni Maitre

Sainte Cru Ni Dieu Ni Maitre

An intense beer with a wonderful combination of acidity and fruitiness, all without bitterness ...

CHF 5.19
Poland 33 cl Maryensztadt Sourtime Mango Imperial IPA

Maryensztadt Sourtime Mango Imperial IPA

La biere aigre, fruitee equilibree par une delicate amertume.

CHF 3.97
Poland 44 cl Maryensztadt Sour Bomb

Maryensztadt Sour Bomb

Incredibly sour due to the addition of fruits: calamansi, lime and passion fruit.

CHF 4.44
Poland 33 cl Maryensztadt Sourtime Pastry

Maryensztadt Sourtime Pastry

Pastry Sour IPA with the addition of Polish blackberries and cherries.

CHF 3.97
Poland 33 cl -49%Maryensztadt Sourtime Blackcurrant

Maryensztadt Sourtime Blackcurrant

Light beer in the style of sour, but with the addition of blackcurrant.

CHF 1.74 CHF 3.47
Sweden 33 cl Dugges Mango Mango Mango

Dugges Mango Mango Mango

It might sound like an echo, but it’s not. This collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal ...

CHF 4.10
Sweden 33 cl Dugges Tropic Thunder

Dugges Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder is a joint effort with nomadic brewer Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal ...

CHF 4.05
Sweden 33 cl Ten Hands DayDream

Ten Hands DayDream

Tropical mango meets classical Swedish forest berries; blackberries and raspberries

CHF 5.71
United States 47 cl Stillwater Action Bronson 7000

Stillwater Action Bronson 7000

Dry Hopped sour ale with Muscat Grapes

CHF 5.84

Temporarily out of stock

United States 36 cl Stillwater Insetto

Stillwater Insetto

Dry-hopped Sour with Italian plum

CHF 4.63

Temporarily out of stock

Switzerland 75 cl BFM Saint Bon Chien *

BFM Saint Bon Chien *

This mixed fermentation beer has toured the world with its clear tartness, matured for ...

CHF 17.15
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