Friday, June 7, 2013

Lindemans Pomme Lambic (2013)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (900) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Lindemans flute glass. There was no freshness date. It cost $6.39 ($0.53 per ounce).

Appearance: Lager-like appearance of clear pale straw color. Slow, persistent carbonation visible. Forms a large, bright white, soapy head which laces and retains extremely well.

Smell: Intense green apple aroma, plus overt candy-like sourness.

Taste: When it comes to lambics, they seem to be the kind of beers you either love or hate - there’s little gray area. My friend Jay and I reviewed Lindemans Pomme Lambic three years ago and that’s the exact reaction we had. He couldn’t get past the cloying tartness, but I thought it tasted like a liquid Sour Patch Kid. As much as my palate has refined in the last few years, my opinion of this beer has not changed. It’s liquid candy and it’s delicious.

You get a strong, sweet flavor of green apple right away. It’s reminiscent of the "natural flavors" found in candy and other artificially sweetened/flavored products. It does seem a lot less authentic to me this time around. I also get a lot of raw sugar flavor as well. The palette doesn’t change much throughout the swig. Light, tart apple flavor up front, and even sweeter, slightly sour green apple taste on the backend. There’s really not much "beer" qualities to it as far as malts and hops go (are hops even used in this brew?). It does become a little cloying after a while, but by the time it is does the beer is almost gone anyway. This is probably the most acquired taste of the Lindemans lambics, but if you like green apple candy you’ll like this beer.

Drinkability: With a thin, calm body and soft, smooth texture, Lindemans Pomme Lambic is a highly drinkable beer. The taste might take some getting used to, but the actual delivery process is easy. At only 3.5% ABV it’s almost like drinking something non-alcoholic. Technically it’s sessionable, though 12oz is probably all you’ll need. 
Grade: 8/10
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