Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tea Beer

It is not green for St. Patrick, chocolate, nor Japanese but it is a strange, unique, and very interesting drink that I encountered in an Belgian themed bar in Sannomiya. The beer is a clear amber-gold color with a very short head and an aroma of citrus, faint herbal hops, honey, dried flowers and tea. The taste has a decided peach flavor with a malt finish, fairly low in carbonation, smooth and light. The label states that: "Lindemans Tea Beer is a lambic beer brewed with barley malt, wheat and hops. A spontaneous fermentation and maturation on tea leaves results in an artisanal tea-flavored beer; that takes two years to mature." Overall a tasty concoction that I am glad to have tried but am unlikely to order again.

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