Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been really getting into the whole lambic thing…starting off with the fruit lambics from Bacchus, Timmermans, etc.
I’m definitely down with the whole Gueze thing, but am taking a little more time to get into the Oude Gueze side of things as it can be a little on the tart side..so I thought I’d give the Fond Tradition a whirl as it’s advertised as a standard Gueze.
When poured the fluffy white head hangs around for a while, but eventually peters out to a single layer of fine bubbles. Aroma-wise, Fond Tradition doesn’t blow me away and it certainly isn’t as “forward” as other lambics I’ve had (I’m looking at you Boon Oude Gueze) but it’s certainly there…the first taste is like crab apples straight off the tree: sharp, sharp, sharp malic acidity and a bone dry finish. That’s not to say it’s unpleasant, far from it, it just takes a bit of getting used to.
I must confess it’s not a beer I greatly enjoyed, but I do recognise it for what it is…and that’s a quality beer, that’s taken a lot of skill to make and blend. It’s just a shame it’s not completely to my taste.
I scored a 375ml bottle of Fond Tradition from Beers of Europe http://www.beersofeurope.co.uk for £2.59