Lambic beer comes in many different forms and the difference between them is as big as day and night. There is the gueuze beer, which is a blend of lambic beer of different ages and there are the fruit flavored lambic beers of which kriek (cherry beer) and framboise (raspberry beer) are the most common ones. But since brewers like to create something new every time, you will also find apple beer, blackcurrant beer, strawberry beer, grape beer and many others.
Lambic beers can roughly be divided into two categories. The first one is the old-style lambic beer, which is characterized by its very sour flavor. This style of beer was almost extinct a few decades ago, but it has since made a huge comeback and now some of Belgium’s sour lambic beers are even in Ratebeer’s top 50 of the world’s best beers. Most famous beers in this category are Cantillon and 3 Fonteinen; two small breweries who have kept the tradition of these sour lambic beers alive.
The second category is the sweeter lambic beers, who are still the bigger category of the two. These beers are characterized by a sweeter flavor and also by the fact that they sometimes contain added fruit juice rather than actual fruit. The best known beers in this category are Lindemans Kriek, Lindemans Framboise, Liefmans Fruitesse and Timmermans Strawberry beer.