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Omer Vander Ghinste

Omer Vander Ghinste
Kriek des Jacobins Flemish Sour Cherry Ale

Category: Lambic Fruit

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 4.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Omer Vander Ghinste
Kriek des Jacobins Flemish Sour Cherry Ale

Category: Lambic Fruit

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 4.5%
Bright red oak color. Fresh aromas and flavors of cherry preserves on toast, caramelized nuts, and reduced lemon with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish displaying overtones of cherry balsamic on greens and almond cookie finish. A superb kriek with great depth and balance of fruitiness and sourness.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp, light, sour & tart & sweet & fruity
Aroma Aroma: cherry preserves on toast, caramelized nuts, and reduced lemon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of cherry balsamic on greens and almond cookie
Bitterness Bitterness: None
Enjoy Enjoy: with food or on its own
Recipes Pairing: Tea Smoked Duck, Ratatouille, Mascarpone
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A superb kriek with great depth and balance of fruitiness and sourness.

The Producer or Importer

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The Producer or  Importer
1305 W. Oltorf Street
Austin, TX 78704
USA
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Lambic Fruit

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Serve in a Stange
Fruit lambic may vary greatly in color from pale golden to deep ruby red and range from 4-7% in alcohol. Commonly brewed from unmalted wheat, pilsner malt and aged hops, the unique flavor profile of these beers is a result of wild, open-air fermentation in conjunction with extended aging in oak barrels. In addition, the overall flavor profile of these beers is heavily influenced by a wide variety of whole fruit added during fermentation. These fruits are consumed in their entirety during the fermentation process and lend both supplemental flavor and color to the final beer. Similar to gueuze, fruit lambic is a blend of young and old beers typically ranging from 1-3 years. Blending results in a sharp champagne-like effervescence and tart, toasty flavors. Kriek (cherry) and framboise (raspberry) are the more popular and traditional fruits employed. Other exotic fruits are widely used in juice form in more commercial examples of this style. Originating centuries ago in and around Brussels as farmhouse specialties, these beers are still brewed today in the same manner with many of the best examples still Belgian in origin. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Lindemans Kriek, Boon Framboise Marriage Parfait, Hanssens Oude Kriek and Upland Raspberry Lambic.