St. Louis Premium Cassis

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Emelgem, Belgium


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boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Pours a deep, blood red, so dark that an otherwise translucent body appears opaque unless backlit. Very pretty. A well-retained dark pink/violet head leaves thin sheet lacing behind, only after repeated sips diminish the liquid level in the glass. That’ s good retention. The aroms is lots of fun, midway between simplistic fruit beer and a well-developed tart fruit-bomb with stylistic lambic underpinnings. This particular aroma, much more so than any of the other three St.Louis fruit lambics(I use the term lightly), leaves a gateway for a modest breach of lambic tartness and funky acidity to reach the spotlight. Still restrained, it’s noticeable here and ties the loose ends of a full-on fruit attack together, very heavy black currant notes and light grape preserves not so overwhelming that it’s completely one-dimensional. Very soft acetic notes seem to separate fruit from other components, thus yeast and tartness are admirably composed and not totally clouded. Still seems like a fruit beer, but a very nice one with some refreshing interludes. The flavor is introduces an adequate, at it’s very least, brand of sourness, imparting a tang that bears down on massive currant tastes. The fruit is certainly a liquid extract added late but it still makes for a really tasty beer. Light tartness and light acidty are grainy and lemony, respectively. Sweetness is very high but doesn’t get cloying or jammy. The palate tingles with further acidic induction, soft but ample carbonation spreading the pleasing flavor across the tongue. The body is medium and lightly sticky. The finish is lightly sweet, lightly drying, moderately tart/sour and quenching even though it’s very full and fruity. Very good, much better than the other fruit beer offerings from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck, save for one - the Kasteel Rouge. Pretty delicious.

Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Light purple head, deep ruby purple body. Dark fruit aroma. Flavor is boysenberry syrup, currants, and a hint of sweat. OK, but not particularly "serious."

molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 Pours dark with a decent purple head. Fruity aroma mostly consisting of blackcurrant and grape. Taste mostly follows aroma but is quite tart. A good beer for almost anyone.

henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2007
The 12.7 ounce bottle poured a clear, deep purple beverage with a moderately large foamy pink head that was mostly diminishing and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was heavily fruity with the essence of fresh, black currant. The body was medium with soft, fizzy fermentation and a dry texture. The flavor starts off fruity, tart and sweet and pretty much stays that way through the end of the medium-long finish.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle courtesy of dragonstout. Pours purple with a pinkish head. Smells of currants, some sour qualities and buttery berries. Tastes sour with some nice currant hints. Tangy on the finish. Not very lambicy but decent.

SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Dark ruby/purple, 2cm frothy pink head. Nose is heavy sweet and sour black grapes, earthy grape vines, a little too sweet but very nice aroma. Flavor is similar but a lot more sweet with some sugary syrup. Needs more sourness. Heavy sparkling juice like body, syrupy. Would love to a try an authentic cassis lambic.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle and served in my New Belgium flute glass: Pours a deep ruby and purple hue topped by a pinkish frothy head. Well it does look pretty. The aroma is mostly black currant, blackberry, and a hint of white grape with a syrup sugary background. Additional I found a hint of wood and lactic sourness vapours dashing in and out. The flavor profile is all over the place with an initial sugary sweetness followed by a healthy dose of fruity sourness. Under all that there is a brief moment of barnyard and wood but it is quick to disappear under the weight of the lingering tartness of the fruit. The mouth feel is lively and mouth watering which sort of makes it refreshing. Odd little brew, I sort of dig the tartness but there is some amiss about the whole thing. That said, this has taking a bit of a bash from the traditional Lambic drinkers on the site and is not as bad as the weighted score lets on. Worth a try if you can dig fruit imbued beers.

Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Bottle at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton and shared with friends. Solid dark purple with the visuals of blueberry syrup I loved as a kid. This is an intensely sweet lambic, almost brutally so, with the big dark fruit that you’d expect after looking at it. You could pour this on pancakes. This was enjoyed by the "non-beery" folks and appreciated by me, although I don’t think I’d go out of my way to drink more. (#2744, 3/10/2007)

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 1, 2007
(375ml bottle, best by 8/07) Medium pink/purple head atop a clear grape juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, strong currant, some blackberry. Taste is sweet and pungent, currant/grape, light blackberry. Sticky medium body. Couldn’t get into this one.

Jerre (3668) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2007
Bottle, 25 cl. Taste this years ago the first time, and last thuerday again. Clear dark red with a strong, red head. Aroma of black currants. Light body with sourish black currant flavour with almost no underlying sweetness. Sweet taste, little sour ending.

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