OWA Sakura Lambic | OWA Brewery SPRL

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OWA Brewery SPRL

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A perfect beer to enjoy before a meal. Sakura means cherry leaves in Japanese. The leaves are steeped in salt for several months producing a highly perfumed aroma. In Japan, Sakura are also enjoyed as special sweets during spring time.

Added by 77black_ships on 10-23-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 28
Photo of kitch
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 375ml corked, capped and paper wrapped bottle, 2015 vintage, with a best before end date of January 2018. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A clear golden orange colour with a one finger white head that slowly settled to a thin layer with sparse lacing.

Aroma: Sweet fruity cherry, almond, apple and cinnamon. Also some wood with a light funk in the background.

Taste: No idea what cherry blossom is supposed to taste like but this is lightly sour with cherry, apple, wood, citrusy orange and a hint of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Taste could be more sour, but its still nice. I definitely preferred this Sakura Lambic much more than its Yuzu counterpart. I’m also surprised that there is not more floral element in either the aroma or taste though, considering that cherry blossom is used.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle (2015 vintage). Pours a beautiful burnished gold with a loose, 1/8th inch bright white head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Interesting nose - tea and honeysuckle. Taste is pretty weird - more tea upfront, followed by distinct lambic characteristics, grassy, buckwheat and wort. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, just a weird beer - I don't get much fruit and it all comes off a bit unfinished.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL 2015 Batch

Super unique. Salty, briney, gherkins, fruit tingles, flowers, rotting vegetation, funky cheese. Aroma is mouth-watering. Seek out if you're a lambic lover.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the most interesting lambics around, in my opinion. Slightly cloudy, copper-colored pour, with a small white head that dwindled to a thin collar. Fresher, this had more carbonation. Despite this being "cherry blossom" and not "cherry fruit," I would have expected "cherry something" as the dominant factor, but to my surprise, lots of cinnamon in the aroma up front, with some fruitcake coming in next, farmhouse funk on the back end. Similar in the taste, an unexpected wave of cinnamon-like spice--which I assume somehow comes from the sakura somehow, since as far as I can tell, there is no actual cinnamon in this. Notes of cherry and apple, farmhouse funk and a like cobwebby lambic sensation. Tartness was light, and I'd say this isn't very sour at all. This is a unique beer to say the least. I prefer this chilled, as the body seemed to thin out a bit as it warmed. Overall very good, and the flavors held up well even after a year.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Lightly hazy. Medium white head that settles to an off white collar.

Smell - Very strange aroma. Very woody. Cherry pie aroma. Lightly lemony. Kinda green peppery.

Taste - Very woody up from. That sakura is strange. Cherry is very light. Grainy. Lemony. A little grassy before finishing with an apple sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Very woody.

Overall - At first, I wasn't a fan. This is very odd, but it grew on me.

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Photo of shleepy
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into Duvel glass.

Mostly flat. Pale golden color.
Smell is intense and complex; tomato/vegetable juice or raspberry; spices (cinnamon).
I'm not sure what cherry blossom tastes like, by itself, but the flavors in this lambic were unexpected.
A tasty and unusual beer.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second batch. Limited to 1000 bottles. First batch was 100 bottles.

De Troch lambic aged for 1 year with cherry blossoms (Sakura), the national flower of Japan. I think that the first batch used 1 – 2 year old lambic whilst the second one was 4 months old, I am not sure. I think that the aging was done in Japan, once again speculation about this mysterious brew.

Bottle nr. 350/1000. 75 cl. bottle sampled @ GBF 2013. Darker amber orange than expected with some white bubbles. Smell is fruity, tad sweet, flowers, oranges, lemon, flowers with some funk. Taste is bitter oranges, musty with some funk, citrus, light cinnamon, malts showing a bit, some bitter citrus peel and some barn. Reasonable body and little in the way of carb. Sakura is a very interesting “fruit” for sure to add to lambic, I really enjoyed this, quite a bit more than the Ume one. Bit confussed about the complaints about sweetness a lot of people had because from what I get sakura simply has a very sweet and rose-like flavour. You wouldn’t expect a banana-lambic to be über-sour either would you?

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OWA Sakura Lambic from OWA Brewery SPRL
4.14 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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