Our culture has specific ideas about romance and the food and drink associated with romance. Traditionally, wine has been seen as the drink of romance, couples share a bottle of champagne to celebrate their love in private moments or order wine with a fancy dinner.
But, what of beer? Beer is generally viewed as a social drink, shared among friends but unfamiliar with intimate moments between lovers.
Craft Beer Week is about celebrating unique beers as well as the special moments of which beer is a part. We at Sulpice Chocolat want to show that beer can have many complex faces through the exploration of an unexpectedly sweet and rich beer and a way it pairs perfectly with romance and our specialty, gourmet chocolate.
This decadent beer and chocolate pairing is Lindeman’s Framboise Raspberry Lambic Beer and dark chocolate truffles. Lindeman’s Framboise Raspberry Lambic Beer is a specialty beer from a brewery located in Brussels that brews their beer using wild yeast and raspberries.
The beer is a seductive deep red with a rose colored head. The flavor is rich and complex beginning with a dominance of sweet raspberry that becomes slightly sour as it moves to the back of the throat. At the final moment before the beer slips down the throat it becomes slightly dry.
While the beer is initially very sweet to the taste, it is in that final moment that the beer proclaims itself as beer and reaffirms its roots. The sweetness of the raspberries does not hide the taste of the beer, but rather adds a layer of complexity that shows that beer can have a variety of tastes while still remaining true to itself as beer.
The rich sweetness of the beer pairs perfectly with chocolate truffles made with dark chocolate ganache and unsweetened cocoa. The bitterness of the dark chocolate counteracts the sweetness of the beer and the creaminess of the ganache compliments the rich raspberry.
pairing just screams, or rather softly whispers, romance. The setting is a candlelight room, snuggled
with your loved one on the couch, soft music playing in the background, staring
deep into each other’s eyes. It is the perfect end to an elegant dinner and a
romantic night in.
Dark Chocolate Truffle Recipe:
8 ounces of bittersweet (70% cocoa) of high quality chocolate*
¼ cup heavy cream
High quality unsweetened cocoa powder for covering
Double boiler for melting chocolate (make your own double boiler)
- Warm cream over medium-low heat in the double boiler and chop the chocolate into smaller pieces
- Mix chocolate into heavy cream and stir constantly until all the chocolate is melted
- Place the chocolate and cream mixture into a glass bowl and refrigerate for an hour
- After an hour take the bowl out and let it set at room temperature for two hours
- Put small amount of the cocoa powder into a small bowl. Use a spoon to scoop out a small portion of the ganache and roll into a 1-inch ball.
- Dip the rolled ganache into the unsweetened cocoa powder
- Serve at room temperature and refrigerate to store.