About ten days ago I said "I'm thinkin' I've had enough of this fruit-beer thang for a while." Well, I lied. Here's Round One of today's Happy Hour...
That would be a Lindeman's Cassis Lambic, rated B+ at Beer Advocate. Here's an excerpt from one of the reviews:
Pours a dark purple red color with a thick light pink head and a ton of lacing. Super pretty. Smell is of currants and tartness. Tastes super tart with tons of oak, funk, and currant flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome brew from a great Belgian brewer.
It's the tartness that makes a good fruit beer good, IM(NS)HO, and this is where the fruit beers I've sampled recently have gone wrong -- they are all much too sweet for my taste. Lindeman's, however, hits that sweet spot on my palate, which is a lame-ass attempt at a pun. I really enjoy this beer but it's only an occasional treat for me, seein' as how the folks at Lindeman's are right proud of their product. While it's true the price the Cannon Class VI store charges is cheaper than most of the prices at the link, they're not all THAT much cheaper.
Another thing... the observant will note opening a bottle of Lindeman's is a right royal PITA. You uncap the bottle in the usual way but then ya gotta pull a freakin' cork. Can ya say "overkill?" Sure ya can...
Now if you'll excuse me, Gentle Reader, it's time to go set my ass down under the awning and enjoy what's left of this beer.
Update, 1600 hrs: This might be heresy, but for Round Two of Happy Hour I combined one of those Leinenkugel Berry Wheats with about two inches of left-over Lindeman's Cassis in my pint glass. The result was pretty danged good, as the remains of the Cassis had just enough tartness to take away the cloying sweetness of the Berry Wheat. That was a one-time good deal!