Kriek

Kriek

The arrival of summer in the northern hemisphere is always a highly celebrated event. For us Brazilians, who have sun and heat almost the whole year, it is difficult to understand why so much emotion and happiness of these people.
“Ah … mimimi, blábláblá … the four seasons in Paris are beautiful!” Pffff… I would agree if here in France they were not like that: the season of a lot of rain and cold wind, the season of a lot of rain and wind, the season of the strike of public transport and snow and the season of the heat of a girl’s child .
Anyway, here comes the warmth of a girl’s son. It’s hot, it’s very hot, people are half-naked and hysterical on the street, they put sand around the River Seine so people think it’s on the beach and the offices close down earlier, because the French know how to live life and for them no one deserves to work until the end of the day when you can be in the park picnicking with cammembert cheese and raw ham and an entire bottle of rose wine.
Reviewing my first texts here on the site, almost 2 years ago (can that be, Danielle?) I see how my relationship with gastronomy has changed. I mean, I keep filling the paunch “comme il faut” (as it should), because even what’s bad here, it’s very good, but mainly, I learned to let go of some gastronomic taboos. We think that French is chic, but it is Brazilians who are very full of gastronomic freshness.
Well, moving on to what really matters in this life (food and booze), I come through this to present to you one of my undeniable passions: the Belgian Cherry Church. Ai nhénhénhé, it’s a girl’s booze. But next: it’s good. And even better: we put ice inside.
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But hi? Cuma? Ice in the beer? But did you not know that ice is not added, made with tap water of dubious origin, inside a pure and noble drink and that was made only with super selected ingredients? What a primary, ignorant mistake.
Then the Parisian look will roll: I lower my sunglasses halfway up my nose (a huge, tasting nose), bite the corner of my mouth and give a snort of contempt, saying the following: none of this matters, honey. It’s hot. It’s too hot. This is the only station that doesn’t sell here! If you want to go there to make Evian water ice, feel free. For me, life is short, and I will enjoy it here and now. And put on more ice, please.
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To continue: the variety of beers here in Europe (ham ham) is huge, the labels are beautiful and that promise of the beginning of the year to “reduce alcohol consumption” or “stop drinking alcohol” for a month, 100 days, I know whatever, they never work for me. It is too much temptation. In fact, the temptation is so great that sometimes I even forget about the wines here. Oh, sacrilege … but you won’t … don’t talk like that … Shall we drink beer today?
For those interested in the technical part of this beauty: Belgian cherry beer is known as Kriek (meaning “cherry” in Dutch), traditionally made from the fermentation of a certain variety of cherries (Morello), added to a “lambic” ”(Which is a base beer, acidic and dry and will be flavored with cherries later). Most popular brands are using other varieties of cherries that are easier to find. On the palate, the result is usually acidic and dry (like base beer), but some producers already add a little sugar to balance this acidity and, of course, snap up a large portion of beer consumers who prefer something more… say, easy to enjoy. Generally the alcohol content is around 5% and the recommendation is always to serve it cold (from 2˚C to 3˚C) !!!
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For this tasting I chose a popular and uncomplicated brand, Kriek from Lindemans, which I find in supermarkets and specialty beer stores. This is one of the producers that no longer works only with cherries of the Morello variety and that completes the blend with concentrated cherry juice (after the second fermentation in the bottle). The color is intense red / pink and the flavor is very marked (without much complexity, ok?). The price (from France) is around 2.50 euros.
And since drinking on an empty stomach is bad, I advise you to put the beer in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 180˚C and make a bitter chocolate brownie beeeeem yummy. And before putting the brownie to bake, put a few pieces of fresh cherries on top of the dough … It is delicious and just perfect to accompany your new friend on sunny afternoons (the cherry beer, why!).
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Hope you like it!

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