Bzart Kriekenlambiek 2013 tasting notes
Bzart Kriekenlambiek is the first batch of this Kriek Lambic released in 2013 by Oud Beersel. It was produced with a blend of 13 month old lambic with Haspengouwse cherried aged for 6 months in 130 year old barrels and after it was riddled and disgorged under the Méthode Traditionnelle, giving it a sparkling wine carbonatation. It has sour cherries both in aroma and taste, with some bitterness and a dry palate, with some herbal notes.
Fruity Lambic is a variety of Lambic often produced like Gueuze Lambic—by mixin one, two and three year old Lambics in the same bottle. Fruit is added halfway the aging process, so the yeast and the bacteria can ferment all the sugars from the fruit. Most traditional styles of fruit lambic are kriek (with cherries), framboise (with raspberries) and druivenlambik (with muscat grapes). The flavour of the fruit should be evident, coming in hand with a sour flavour. When young, the beer preserves its fruity taste, but when aged the lambic character becames more dominant.