Gueuze

English Pronunciation: gerrz-uh

A type of lambic, Belgian beer. Made by blending young (1 year-old) and old (2 to 3 year-old) lambics, which is then bottled for a second fermentation. Because young lambics are not fully fermented, the blended beer contains fermentable sugars, allowing a second fermentation to occur. Lambic that undergoes a second fermentation in the presence of sour cherries before bottling results in kriek lambic, a beer closely related to gueuze. Since gueuze is made by blending lambics, it tastes different from traditional ale and lager beers. Because aged hops are used, these beers have little to none of the traditional hop flavor and aroma that can be found in most other styles of beer.



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