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St. Louis Premium Cassis by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Lambic - Fruit
3.20 % ABV

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Review by SAP on 09/14/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 3 8 12 3 6 2008
June 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled September 2008
An average pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, dirty, purple stained, cream colored head. The beer is quite dark and is a deep concentrated, purple color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of currant and concord grape jam as well as a green, almost woody sort of grape stem like thing. There is also an aromatic note that reminds me of children's aspirin, plus there is something towards the finish that makes me think of a musty, damp cave.

The first sip is surprisingly tart, before it becomes sweet. The sweetness becomes more dominant than the tartness, but at least there is some sour character here to help offset the sweetness. Fruit flavors of concord grapes, cassis liquor, bitter-sour lemons towards the finish, some grape stem sort of thing again and a slight medicinal note are all noticeable. This has a bit of heft to it from the light sweetness, but still remains fairly drinkable, there is also a tannic heft to it and a lingering tannic astringency that sticks to the teeth and palate towards the finish.

While not a traditional interpretation of the style, there is at least a funky, sour base beer here that helps add a lot of complexity underneath the lightly sweet fruitiness. I am certainly enjoying this a bit more than I might normally because of the lame "spontaneously fermented" beer I had just before this.

Purchased: Papago Brewing, Scottsdale AZ

Served In: Tulip

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