Of all the Belgian fruit beers, cherry-flavoured kriek is the by far the most traditional. Kriekenbier has all the characteristics of an old gueuze, complemented with a pleasantly fruity taste. Brewers add krieken cherries (a type of Morello cherry) to lambic beers to improve their flavours. The addition of fruit has the added benefit of speeding up the fermentation. Krieken cherries, just like lambic, have a naturally sour taste. Consequently, the first artisan-brewed krieken beers were also very sour, which prompted many people to melt sugar into the beer.
These beers are still often on the sour side, with a frothy head that veers between white and pale pink. They are always complex, just like a lambic. Kriek des Jacobins is a ‘cut’ beer; in other words, a blended, mixed-fermentation beer, created from a basis of 50% uncut lambic and 50% young, top-fermented beer enriched with the natural juice of krieken cherries.
Brewery:Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Style: Fruit Lambic
Available As: Bottle – 330ml, Case – 24 x 330ml