I know I’ve had lambics before. I must have. In fact, I’m sure that I have. But I can’t say with any level of certainty that I’ve reviewed one yet. I could have. I probably have. Honestly, after two years of reviewing four beers and one cocktail a week, you can naturally understand why I might not remember. But here we are, so let’s get into this.
Now lambics are possibly one of the more useful and utilitarian styles I can think of, if only in a manner of a beer enthusiast and not as a critic at this very moment. I say this because of the people who’ve walked into my beer shop and said, “I’m just buying for someone else, I don’t like beer. I drink wine,” I would say that 9 out of 10 of them find they do like beer when introduced to lambics. And this makes perfect sense, as I’ll explain here in the actual review.
Firstly and foremost about the Lindemans Pomme Lambic Apple Beer, we have the pour. After removing the cork (a first, topical reference to the wine world) the beer pours with a fizzy, foamy fashion reminiscent of champagne. Very wine like in this sense. At a smell, this strictly wine-like sense of things begins fading away as the distinct scent of Belgian yeast and the infused fruit spirit of (in this case) apple waft from the glass.
In truth, this green apple scent is so strong that one might be fooled into thinking they’re sitting before a sparkling cider, as the mixes of yeast and apple simply scream of this. However this is, despite what your senses thus far may have told you, still a beer. To be specific, a Belgian beer, which to many a beer drinker’s palate and sense of things, means it can be worlds away from the ordinary yet still very much…a beer.
So onto the sip then as we must naturally move on to. Within this rather lighter body the green apple tartness more or less overtakes the yeast, allowing a sourness which is not quite along the brettanomyces ‘funk’ level of things to more or less dominate the sip. This is not entirely though, as the yeasty notes from within it seem to sort of well up on the palate in the finish, rounding out and complimenting the apple essence beautifully.
Here we do indeed have the sort of beer which, if offered to one who “prefers wine” and “doesn’t like beer,” is likely to change a mind. If nothing else, its statistically likely to, from my professional experience. All in all though, tasty regardless of who you are or what your tastes may be. Especially if you like apple…which I do.
So to Lindemans, to the future beer drinkers who have yet to be converted and of course to you, I say as always…
While the brewery may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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