I really enjoy this beer. The brewery website has hardly any information about it.
What I am curious about is two things.
One, this beer has a definite fruity characteristic, much more it would seem than mere yeast derived esters. It reminds me a bit of the Kriek component of three philosophers (another wonderful beer!) only more so. As this brewery also produces a few kriek and other fruit lambics is it possible they add some of this? I know the Rouge has cherries in it.
The second thing that puzzles me is the intense level of sweetness. Is this beer somehow pasteurized or filtered and then back sweetened or (gulp say it ain't so!
) artificially sweetened with chemical sweeteners! I sure hope not the latter, but I do understand that this is a current practice of lambic/gueze producers in effort to appeal to a wider audience. A damn shame in it's self. The only kriek I have tried is Lindemans and I thought it was awful. Cherry soda with alcohol.
Not the sour complex and dry treat I imagine when I think of lambic. But I digress... That is for another topic.