Re: Lambic Protection
Here is some information from a RB member:
Iíve been looking into this matter recently. It was indeed a Royal Decree of May 20, 1965 concerning the names one can give to certain beers. As far as I can Google, I canít find the details of the decree. It came into existence because of pressure of some lambic brewers of which Edgar Winderickx was one (for which he got rewarded some years ago by HORAL. The Decree was abolished on June 4, 1993. This Royal Decree never got put in practice, as no single brewery has ever been visited to check if they do things according to the Royal Decree. The reason it was abolished in 1993, is because there was a new Royal Decree on March 31, 1993. If I look into the details of that decree, I can read this info concerning sour beers :
- Art. 2.2 sour beer : the beer with a total sourness of at least 30 milli-equivalents NaOH per liter and a grade of volatile acids of at least 2 milli-equivalents of NaOH per liter. In sour beers of spontaneous fermentation at least 30% of the total weight of the grain bill should be wheat.
- Art. 4.1.3 (concerning the product names) "geuze", "lambic" of "geuze-lambic" for sour beers where spontaneous fermentation is part of the production process.
- Art. 5.3.b (concerning the bottle sizes that are allowed) sour beers of spontaneous fermentation : 0,25 - 0,375 - 0,50 - 0,75 - 1 - 1,5 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 -
8 - 9 - 10.
- Art. 7.1 : this clearly mentions the abolishment of the decree of 1965 as this one replaces it.
If Iím not mistaken the Royal Decree of 1993 was lobbied by OBP (Objectieve Bierproevers). The fact that we can still enjoy a good variety of lambic based beers these days, is for a big part thanks to OBP. They meant a lot for many lambic brewers and gueuze blenders.