Drink

Posted: July 15, 2007

Big Belgian beers can be a study in contrasting extremes, from the funky, sour Flemish ales of Rodenbach to the intensely fruity sweetness of wild-yeast lambic ales. Redbach is the surprisingly luscious love child of the two, blending Rodenbach with a wild-cherry lambic style known as "kriek."

The result may still be too cute for sweet- beer-phobes, but I find it a refreshingly well-balanced drink - the ripe cherry juice tempered by a tart undertow that keeps this beer well shy of pink soda pop. Crack one open mid-afternoon, fresh off a hot day at the beach, and it makes for an extremely good quench.

Redbach is available at good beer stores, including the Foodery Northern Liberties, 215-238-6077, where it sells for $4.25 a 12 oz. bottle ($3.95 a bottle in a mix-six pack).

- Craig LaBan

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