The freshly brewed wort is left over night in a cool ship in the attic where it is “infected” with wild yeast.
The beer then ferments and matures for up to three years in wooden barrels before it’s bottled or put into kegs.
The beer is divided into three categories
Unblended and in it’s natural form. A beer that is actually the most difficult to find.
The carbon dioxide escapes through the wood so it’s pretty much a still drink.
Think of a wine made from grains that has been fermenting for a long time and is slightly oxidized. It is very complex, dry and unique.
Lambic of different ages is blended. 1, 2 and 3- year old is most common.
The old Lambic has the complexity of the aging process and the young still have fermentable sugars. Therefore the Gueuze re-ferments in the bottle (or kegs in some cases) and is a very good beer for ageing.
Bottles can last and develop for more than 20 years.
The result should be extremely dry, heavily carbonated and slightly acidic.
It has a very complex nose that is usually described in words like: hay, leather, gunpowder and cedar wood.
Some people consider this to be the finest drink of all in the amazing world of beer.
This is what they call the Champagne of beers!
A variety of different fruits and grapes can be steeped in Lambic. Usually 2 -year old beer is used for this.
Most commonly used are cherries (Kriek) and raspberries (Framboise or Rosé de Gambrinus).
Other things like wine grapes (St. Lamvinus and Vigneronne), apricots (Fou Foune) and elderflower (Mamouche) also exist. Once in a while they make commissioned beers like the Lieutenant Blueberry for Ølbutikken in Denmark and Soleil de Minuit (Cloudberry) for us here at Akkurat.
Fruit beers are considered at their peak within the first year. After that the wild yeast starts “to eat away” at taste and color. This doesn’t mean they go bad, just different.
Cantillon is without a doubt one of the most exciting, unique, innovative and at the same time traditional breweries in the world.
We are very proud to always serve at least one Cantillon on draught at all times.
You can also find lot of their vintages here.
We keep what’s probably is the largest stock of other authentic Lambics from the Pajottenland region in the world. So come on in and check out the menu, you can read it for hours!