Britain makes all sorts of beer – amber, dark, stout, blond, golden, etc. one thing we have not yet started to make to any great extent is fruit beers. These are often sneered at as alcopops or girls’ drinks but, trust me, at up to 8.5% and with flavour profiles that truly challenge, they are nothing of the sort. We’ve probably all seen Lindeman’s Kriek and some of us may have tried it; we’ve certainly all seen the flavoured ciders – they can taste easy and too sweet but thing are changing: Now there’s a new kid on the UK fruit beers block … a 300-year-old “new kid”: Liefmanns. They launched their range of fruit beers at M Restaurant in Thredneedle Street in London organised by the lovely people at R and R Teamwork. We went to find out more (I say “we” – WE didn’t go, Joesph Quartson went on our behalf and took the photos below).
The beers we were tasting were:
Liefmans Glühkriek (not mentioned on their website, which is odd …)
Liefmans Kriek Brut, 6% ABV available in Waitrose, The Drinks Shop.com and independent merchants
Liefmans Goudenband, 8% ABV
Duvel Blonde, 8.5% ABV widely available