The corked and capped green bottle is restrained by a cork labeled "Lindemans - Belgium". It pours a hazy ruby-red color with plenty of trailing yeast sediment. Immediately, intense currant and woody aromas leap out. The flavors that follow include a very dry fruitiness with an underlying sourness and occasional out-of-place, non-fruit sweetness. The full mouthfeel and medium body offer a backdrop for the smooth, complex fruitiness that leads into a slightly puckering, almost grapefruit-like character toward the finish. Long after the remains of malt and fruit have faded the dryness across the tongue and lips persists, making this Lindemans beer a memorable one. The 37.5 cl bottle is labeled in Dutch and French and proclaims "spontaneous fermentation" with ingredients that include water, malt, wheat, hops, sugar, yeast and aromas. The date stamp is marked "Best Before end of", with this bottle notched with a date six months in the past.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri -