poured a 12oz capped and corked bottle into the official Lindemans
flute glass. There was no apparent freshness date. It cost $6.49 ($0.54
Appearance: Appears magenta out of the bottle, but more of a deep
violent hue in the glass. Completely opaque. Forms a surprisingly large,
indigo-colored, foamy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Wine-like with a strong black grape and slightly vinegary aroma. There’s a sour candy scent as well.
Taste: I’ve tried the entire Lindemans fruit-flavored lambic line and
one thing they all seem to have in common is the beer essentially drink
like juice. Though I’d say in the case of the Cassis, that’s probably
the truest of them all. This doesn’t really drink like a beer in terms
of hops and barley, though it does have that delicious wild yeast
sourness that I love when done right (like in the case of this beer).
Right away I get a tart, grape and berry-like flavor that’s so
authentic-tasting it feels like freshly-squeezed juice. This beer is
made with black currants, which have an interesting taste - with notes
of sour black grape, blueberry and blackberry. The wild yeast’s sourness
is pronounced immediately, complementing the fruit perfectly. Just a
touch of bitterness through the middle as it transitions to a tart,
funky, farmhouse-like taste on the way down. It finishes with a sharp
crackle of tartness, leading to tongue-clucking to savor the taste even
more. There’s a touch of vinegar as well, but it’s nothing distracting.
Drinkability: While Lindemans Cassis Lambic may be a little more tart
and sour than most fruit lambics, its drinkability is the same. The
mouthfeel is soft and smooth with low carbonation, but strong intensity
on the tongue. The low ABV (~3-4%) makes it drink like juice or
lemonade, and it finishes rather clean. A great liquid dessert.