30 km to the northwest of Brussels is the village of Opstal-Buggenhout, where the annual Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation occurs during Spring. A dozen draft oude and jonge lambik with a number of kriekenlambik and frambozenlambik as well; numerous bottles including rare vintages. Jovial, fun atmosphere and affordable pours. Nowhere else in the world can you sample so many lambik less than 6 months old.
Lemon and wheat-focused young lambik with a soft texture, high sourness and acidity, light to medium sweetness.
Aggressively sour lemon juice and wheat character. Bone dry, very tropical / citrus-heavy. A classic that may never be brewed again.
Rich cherry character, creamy texture, measured acidity and measured barnyard animal scent.
Bloody and metallic cherry / raspberry character. Strongly acidic.
Floral / perfume-heavy cherry aroma. Bottle-to-bottle variation in bacteria / pedio / bile character. Sweet when young.
Filtered juice fruit character. Thin body. Simple mustiness from the yeast and bacteria.
Strong core of browned apples and pears. Low acidity, low carbonation, flabby texture.
Grassy, grainy, raw smelling lambik. Wort-like.
Raw grain and armpit bacteria / BO. Notes of boiled squash and rancid honey.