Blasta Brewing Black Swan Spontan Kriek

Style
Spontan Kriek
ABV
7.2%

Black Swan Spontan Kriek 2021 marks the beginning of Blasta’s wild cultured beer releases, and for a brewery built on energy and pace, this has been an exercise in patience. Just over two years ago, the program began with a number of barrel-aged lambic-style Belgian ales, some of which were later blended with a portion of wort which had rested overnight in the Upper Swan Valley – collecting local yeast and bacteria in the process – as the base for this inaugural release.

Pleased with the progress, and with a strong affinity for the kriek style, Blasta founder Steve Russell sourced Belgian Morello cherries – an authentic addition – to soak in the then one-year-old liquid, resulting in a vivid cherry hue and flavour.

Despite the glacial gestation, Black Swan is still young, and its bright, crunchy cherry character leads on the tongue, with a marzipan undertow and a little Euro liqueur depth – sans syrupy weight. Skin tannic mingles with fruit tartness, and although Belgian-inspired, Black Swan cuts more of an Australian wild line with acidity, barrel influence and funk more delicate than some may expect; that said, the latter will continue to develop in the bottle for those that can wait. Don't get me wrong, however: there is an elegance and maturity here which ably echoes the style's origins.

Reflecting on Blasta’s wild cultured debut, Steve says the endeavour is the “culmination of first-class ingredients, the natural environment and time”, one which also collected a gold medal at the 2022 Perth Royal Beer Awards.

Guy Southern

Published August 4, 2022

Name
Blasta Collective
Address

102 Goodwood Parade
Burswood
WA 6100

Phone
0428 291 562
Open Hours

Seven days: 7am to midnight

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