Saturday, August 20, 2011

Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence & Lindemans Cassis Lambic

Alright, time for a look at a beer mix... yeah, it's okay to mix beers from time to time.  I don't do it often at all but sometimes it's an interesting way to come up with some new flavors.  I know there are a handful of popular Abita mixes like the "Turbo-gator" Turbodog & Andygator mix and the "Barney" which is an Andygator and Purple Haze blend.
A little while back I was at Mandi's place in Houston, and we decided to try mixing up some beers, in this case the Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence and the Brouwerij Lindemans Cassis Lambic.  Before mixing though, I had to try them individually! 
The Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence (@breweryommegang) is a modest 7% abv belgian dark ale.  It's a little crossed up in styles because it's labeled as a stout in some places and a belgian dark in others.  Either way, it's a chocolatey as fuck beer with a lot of dark fruit flavors.  Okay, seems like a perfect beer to go with the Lindemans Cassis Lambic, which is a fruit beer made from cassis, which is french for black currants.  Okay, so a sweet fruit lambic mixed with a bitter chocolate beer?  Sounds worth a try to me.

I think this mix is a winner... I'm a big fan of the idea of taking a good chocolate beer like Young's Double Chocolate Stout or this one and mixing with a lambic.  The chocolate beers usually taste quite delicious on their own but the lambics tend to be a little too tart for me on their own, but fantastic when mixed in a 1:2 or so ratio with one of these strong stouts or Belgian dark ales.  I know a lot of these lambics (and the Young's) can be found around BR, so give it a try!

Cheers, and enjoy.

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