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2006 Brewers Association Style Guidelines

Major Style:Ale
Sub-Style Name:Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic
Origin:Belgian and French

Old lambic is blended with newly fermenting young lambic to create this special style of lambic. Gueuze is always refermented in the bottle. These unflavored blended and secondary fermented lambic beers may be very dry or mildly sweet and are characterized by intense fruity-estery, sour, and acidic aromas and flavors.

These pale beers are brewed with unmalted wheat, malted barley, and stale, aged hops. Sweet malt characters are not perceived. They are very low in hop bitterness. Diacetyl should be absent. Characteristic horsiness (similar to wet horse blanket) from Brettanomyces yeast is often present at moderate levels. Cloudiness is acceptable. These beers are quite dry and light bodied.

Versions of this beer made outside of the Brussels area of Belgium cannot be true lambics. These versions are said to be "lambic-style" and may be made to resemble many of the beers of true origin.

Alcohol By Weight (by Volume):4.0-5.0% (5.0-6.0%)
Colour:6-13 (12-26 EBC)
Original Gravity:1.044-1.056 (11-14 šPlato)
Final Gravity:1.000-1.010 (0-2.5 šPlato)

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