austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ahh, a nice balance of sweet and tart. The blackberries have real flavor and the low alcohol content makes this eminently drinkable even with the large bottle I had. A winner.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear dark reddish colour, few head, deep fresh blackcurrants aroma with notes of vinegar, tart and sweet with some acidity, dry fruity finish - a nice aperitiv
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love back currants,sourness is refreshing,one of my favorite lambics.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extraordinarily complex, sour ale. Blackberry malt flavor. I donít get in to lambics as much as some people because of the sourness, and this one isnít as good as the Framboise anyway. Nevertheless, I can appreciate its complexity.
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - APR 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost skunky odor upon opening. More sanguine than its kriek cousin, and in some ways, more palatable than the kriek lambic of the same producer. The tartness is tempered with its sweetness, much like a good grapefruit as it sits in the mouth then finishes with something I can only describe as mintlike. Laces up the glass well, and was enjoyable as a little desert treat for myself.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, itís not fair to compare to framboise, but Iím just not a fair person. Itís not as good as framboise. This one is beautiful to look at, a deep red-purprle with a bright pink thick head. Fruit is very noticeable in the nose, sweet and tart. Not a huge fan of the flavor of currants, which is obviously a problem here. Tasty, though the fruity bitterness draws away. Nice sour finish. Probably my least favorite of Lindemannís offerings, but still quite fine.
TAR (2384) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color was a beautiful and cloudy reddish-purple. Head formed chunks and retained well. Capri Sun aroma alongside blackberries, mustiness, and currants? Sourness lends its way throughout and finishes very dry and acidic. I found that my bottle was too ripe. Maybe I will lay one away for two years and see what magic unfolds. My only problem was the $5.69 per 12 oz price tag. Rather one dimensional but very interesting.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a very interesting, pungent aroma from the black currants but the taste was really sweet and crisp. Appearance was very similar to their Kriek and the head was somewhat uncontrollable at times when poured into a fluted glass. An enjoyable but rather filling beer. A good champagne cap will keep the beer in tact for 2-3 days.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Feb 2002: Bottled, 1999 bottle. Beautiful opaque, dark red body with a thicker head than other Lindemans; wonderful sugary sweet dark fruit aroma. Flavor is beautifully balanced between acid sourness and currant sweetness; just enough carbonation and a rather thick body. I know Iím probably in the minority, but I liked this more than the Cassis or Framboise; but then again I love dried fruits. 8/5/9/4/17 4.3
April 2005: Dark burgundy with a pinch of head...really, really sweet vinous nose, currants and grapes...massively sugary front, decent berry character, some nice sour zing later, syrupy...but no real lambic character. Too sweet to really enjoy, though the fruit quality isnít bad.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JAN 21, 2002
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Far worse than Lindemans Framboise.