That’s just peachy!
Imagine my surprise when upon my usual walk-through survey of my local, I spot a half-dozen bomber bottles (25.4 ounces) of Lindeman’s Peche Lambic at a shockingly low price.
After checking the unbelievable price with the clerk – yes, it was correct – I cleared the shelf because, although I’d never had the peach variety of this delicious Belgian fruit ale – I’ve had some of the other flavors from this almost 200-year-old family brewery (it celebrates its 200th anniversary next year), and they are some of the finest brews in the world.
As the label informs us, true lambics – brewed with wild yeast – are rare, with fewer than a dozen Belgian breweries producing this beautiful Belgian contribution to the world of beer.
Once you’ve unleashed this beer – under gold foil, bottle cap and cork – the sweet, life-affirming smell of peaches fills the air.
With that heavenly aroma filling my head, I pour a snifterful. It pours a sparkling gold with just the slightest peachy hue.
I take the first sip of this delicious, peachy nectar, and, as expected, it is a beautiful beer.
Taming the flavor of peach so that it harmonizes with the other beer ingredients is not an easy task. I can think of several peach beers where the peach overpowered everything else. I’m thinking in particular of a peach wheat beer a craft brewery in Wisconsin used to make. Peach overpowered everything, and the peach had a chemical flavor to it. That can put an end to a person's interest in peachy beers.
But not here.
The peach flavor is perfectly balanced in the elegant crisp tartness of this beer style.
How good is Lindemans Peach Lambic Beer?
The world seems a better place with each sip, and I think the world would be a far better place if everyone could have a sip of peach lambic every day. It would answer so many things for so many people, I think.
Now, with but one bottle left in my once heady stock , I wonder how I will cope in this tough old world without a steady supply of Peach Lambic?
I had the same feeling a few years back when an orthopedist cut me off cold turkey from oxycontin after a six-month unlimited supply following a left leg rebuild after getting hit by a truck while riding my bike. It was a tough, depressing recovery from that overload of oxy. I suddenly understood what it must be like to be a drug addict.
Am I now a peach addict?
Well, I will be keeping my eye out for similar lambic deals. And just for the record, let’s take a look at the other offerings from Lindemans Brewery:
Cassis (black currant)
Oude Gueuze Cuvee Rene: Gueuze (pronounced Goo-za) is an ancient beer style that blends young and aged ambics that referment in the bottle.
Oude Kriek Cuvee Rene: This version of cherry beer uses whole cherries – pits and all – that ferment in the ale in giant 10,000-liter oak barrels. (I have never laid eyes on this particular beer; it’s only been imported into the U.S. since 2016).
Young lambic – a rare, young, uncarbonated, unsweetened, unblended single batch offering.