Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lindemans Cassis Lambic

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (981) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2013
I 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 per ounce).

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. 
Grade: 8/10
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