De Troch Oude Kriek (2014)
LOCATION: Wambeek, Belgium
STYLE: Lambic
ABV: 5.50
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $8.99
De Troch's Oude Kriek is a nice example of the style, although far from world-class. The cherries were on point and the balance was very nice. Complexity was good but seemed to lack ever so slightly from other lambics I have had. I'm not sure if the beer has fallen off from the five years in the bottle. Even with the age, there was a very nice cherry presence and good funkiness, a beer that I will seek out again.
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The history of De Troch shows a 19th century land-use plan of the area that mentions a brewery owned by Petronella De Troch. Even older land records show that her father, Pieter De Troch was operating a brewery on the same site in the late 18th century. In 1898, Petronella’s son, Louis took the family business over.

The brewery continues to be operated by the descendants and family of the original landowners located in Wambeek, Belgium. Today, De Troch brews 14 different beers using 100 percent natural ingredients.

Today’s beer is a 2014 oude kriek, a style of Belgian beer, made by fermenting lambic with sour cherries. The lambic is a sour and dry Belgian beer that is spontaneously fermented with airborne yeast and is naturally sour and dry.

Poured from a 375ml bottle capped and corked heavy green bottle, the color is a crystal clear light burgundy-red with a minimal pink, fizzy head. The aroma is big on tart cherries, with an immediate following of yeast, hay, wet grass and oak. The taste is as expected for this style, with oak, hay, yeast and tart cherries leaping from the glass and tingling the nose and palate.

The funkiness of this beer melds well with the cherries and creates a pleasurable balance of flavors. The mouthfeel is like a nice red wine: dry, tannic and bold, and the finish is tart and sour, and unfortunately starts to become a little watery at the very end.