I’ve previously reviewed Lindemans’ famous Framboise (raspberry) Lambic, and today I’m having another one of their many lambic offerings: the Cassis, or black current lambic ale. First off, this one was a challenge to open! There was a standard bottle cap, underneath which was a cork, requiring a corkscrew. Once that was removed, the beer required quicker reflexes than I anticipated as it turned out to be under the same sort of pressure you’d expect from a vigorously shaken bottle of Champagne. So, I unfortunately immediately lost a couple of ounces to the tabletop immediately surrounding the bottle. Once in the glass though, it’s beautiful. It’s a darker, hazier purple than than framboise, and the coloration reminds me of pomegranate juice. The nose has wonderful sour wild Belgian yeast notes. The middle is extremely tart and dry and the currants remind me of cranberry or pomegranate. The finish is full and sweet, and the fruit still dominates. It has a fairly heavy body and is richly flavorful throughout, and there’s a sweetness that makes this a drink a lovely treat most comparable to a dessert wine.
I give it a 4.3 out of 5.