Pacific Northwest – As we previously discussed with New Belgium’s Transatlantique Kriek, the world is filled with different interpretations of Belgian-style Ales. However, with each new introduction there is another that offers another angle to the question of what a Belgian Ale with fruit is?
Bridgeport as part of their renaissance, has introduced the Stumptown series. With an influence from Belgium, Stumptown Tart has been appearing annually, each with a twist on the traditional style of Belgian beers. After visiting the nearest bottleshop, we had the chance try a bottle of this year’s, dubbed Stumptown Tart (Framboise Lambic).
Traditionally Lambics are considered a ‘catch-all’ name for “fruit beers”, given that there are many beers that fit the profile. Based on the description given by Bridgeport, this seemed the best starting point before trying to appreciate the spin on a Belgian-style Ale with raspberries.
The aroma produced inspires thoughts of fruitiness, vanilla, and minor banana esters.
Sipping this you pick up raspberries, vanilla, and a medium tartness that rests after you realize the mild alcohol burn is still there. Overall, the beer approaches a mild to medium weight on the tongue. At 7.20% I feel compelled to try this with some blue cheese, or maybe a sour dough and turkey sandwich.
You Should Try, when compared to other Belgian-style Ales with Fruit (see, Lindemans) one would think this beer champagne to their wine.
About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.