7% ABV, 750-ml bottle.
This spontaneously fermented lambic aged on whole cherries just started showing up in America thanks to importers Merchant du Vin, but Belgians have been enjoying it since 1961. Unlike the “regular” version of Lindemans Kriek (yikes, sweetened with sugar and stevia), this glorious Oude Kriek is tart and dry, not sweet or syrupy. The acetic nose with a whiff of wild plum lets you know you’re in for a sour treat but from the first sip, this is tart cherries to the hilt. It’s certainly no wonder this just earned a silver medal at the World Beer Cup in the Belgian-style Sour Ale category (and several other awards from global and Belgian competitions). We’re happy to have this available at the fest, but it’s limited—and such a great value at $12 per 750-ml bottle if you can find it—so queue up for your sample early.