FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Bottle year; Conditioning date of 11/2011; degorgement date of 12/2012; Bottle 092/200; Sampled April 2013
A soft pour into my New Belgium tulip ends up with a finger of beer and the rest foam; the head is pink tinged, and pale in color. The beer is a nice, cherry red color that shows a clear, gold tinged, ripe red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of floral cherries, tart lactic acidity, earthy cherry skins, some hay like and cracker like grain notes. Light phenolic notes seem to accentuated the cherry flavors, and there is maybe a hint of Band-Aid™ here.
The beer is quite dry, extremely effervescent, and has a floral flavor to it that intermingles with phenolic notes that lean towards, but aren’t quite plastic like. Very light bodied, at least with all the carbonation scrubbing the palate clean; very much champagne like in its texture. Sour and tart, this is lactic in its acidity, but gains much of the sourness from the cherries as well. This has quite a tannic finish that is contributed mostly by cherry skin and pits, but also seems to have a touch of oak structure to it. This has quite a bit of chewy cherry flavors to it while still remaining dry, though there is a touch of sweetness that is accentuated by the cherry flavors, but really makes this have a juicy, cherry pulp flavor to it.
If you try and drink this straight after a pour it literally explodes in your mouth; beer has more body than champagne, and it doesn’t quite pair as well with extreme levels of carbonation like the latter does, but still a minute of smelling the beer and it is at an effervescent for a beer level. In the end this is quite nice, but it seems a bit simplistic in its cherry focus; I would have liked for more, funky, base Lambic like notes to come through here. I do like the concept though, the Champagne conditioning leaves a brilliant, bright tasting beer from the first to the last pour.
Lukaduke (2940) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep crimson red with four fingers of pinkish fizz that settles quickly. Brisk carbonation throughout with nice sweet candy cherry notes to balance nicely off of the musty basement funk. Slight phenolic esters glimpse in mid to late palate detracting from the finesse of the overall beer but its a well made kriek for sure. Few points off the score for being a $50 bottle which I doubt I would ever purchase again when there are so many good krieks at a fraction of the cost.
JBPortland (1477) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Opens with a tiny gush and pours ruby red with a couple fingers of pink foam. Nose and taste are quite nice, semi sweet cherry skin, berry, captain crunch berry cereal, subtle funk, light toast and some earthiness. Medium tartness. Best Bzart I’ve tried so far!
Benzai (12768) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Hazy dark red color, average sized off-white head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is superb nice red fruit with tart and light sourness. Taste red fruit, quite sour, sharper than I had expected, a bit too much of the sharp fruitpeel sourness for me to really enjoy it.
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, tons of cherry flavors, very light lambic flavors and notes. Finish is all cherries, more of a cherry fruit ale than a lambis Too young.
Mesjasz (873) - Lodz, POLAND - APR 24, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy red color, nice pink head. Aroma of cherries, some leather, basement, earthy notes. Taste is medium sour, dry. Flavor of cherries, leather, barnyard, earthy and some mineral note. Aftertaste is tart, dry with lemon and sour cherries flavor.
Erzengel (7387) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer is smooth and fruity. Very easy to drink. Fresh and smooth. The cherry is round and smooth. The cherry is nice and not too sour, fresh and mild. Nice sourish horseblanket. Nice deep with a nice smooth body. Hints of sweetness in the cherry, the aftertaste is smooth with lots of funky yeast. Hints of bitterness of the yeast aroma. Smooth and mild. Great combination but a bit sweetish.
Beerhunter111 (15451) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leicht trübes rötlich oranges Bier mit einer mittelgroßen leicht pinken schaumkrone. Geruch säuerlich fruchtig, reife alte Kirschen. Geschmack säuerlich fruchtig, trocken, kirschkerne, reife rote Früchte, hohe Karbonisation.
Koelschtrinker (16435) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 13, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Kirschiger, mild herber Beginn, in dem die Kirschnoten bereits abnehmen. Späte milde Säure, fruchtig bleibend, trockener und vergleichsweise kurzer Nachhall. Das Lambik gefällt mehr! 7/9/9/9/12/9
JefVerstraete (2808) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Bottle 123/200. Red colour, light pink foam. Lively carbonation. Very fruity, a lot of cherries. Sour and tart, dry finish. Well balanced. Very good Kriek.
markextrae (3542) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared at a ’bzart tasting’ with a few colleagues, poured a nice dark red colour in the beginning of the bottle, with a nice dark pink /red unstable head. dark sweet cherries, cherrie pie, grains, sour cherries, raspberries, nice lively carbonated, red grapes, oak, bit spice, reminds me of a bit of a sweeter version of the oud beersel kriek, thank god we where with a lot of people who paid for this tasting. i don’t get the price tag of the 2 series of bzart. very nice beers. but it’s not that they are way and way better as their regular geuze and kriek beers.