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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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332 Reviews
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Reviews: 332
Hads: 653
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 18.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Lindemans
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit | 3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique sour, but one of the best. Quite possibly my favorite Lindemans offering outside the Kriek. Took me forever to find one of these as its not as popular as their other offerings in my area anyway.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date or freshness information present. Another new lambic to me from Lindemans, this one a 'Belgian Black Currant Beer'. 'Malt beverage with elderberry" per the label. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice deep purple-pink tinged color body with a finger of good frothy pinkish-white cotton candy head.

S - Lots of cork must and yeast funk. An indistinct fruity / berryish aroma is in there, but I would never know it was black currant / elderberry just by smell alone. More funky than Lindemans Kriek and Lindemans Framboise I might say.

T - The initial sip is a bit more tart / sour than some of Lindemans other lambic offerings. Very fruity and juicy. A grapey, cherryish flavor more than anything. I definitely wouldn't identify the flavors with black currant / elderberry without being told.

M - Feel is fruity & juicy, with just the right amount of puckering sour / tartness. Very smooth, crisp, and easy-drinking. Very delicious stuff. Lightly sticky finish.

Overall, another delicious lambic from Lindemans. Perhaps not the greatest, but it fits right in with the rest of their fruit lambic family. Recommended for fans, and accessible for those looking to get into sours.

Lindemans Cassis -----4/5.

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Photo of magpieken
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

37.5 cl bottle, Best before 21 Jan 2016. Dark burgundy colour with a creamy, dull, cherry tinge head which reduced to a ring but left tremendous lacing. Aroma of black currants, white wine and some mustiness. Low / medium tartness and low/medium sweetness. Medium body, sticky texture, spritzy and a lingering, yet pleasant, tart finish. Very nice. 8.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- Reddish color, little head
- Cassis smell, lots of tartness
- Sour, really tart, but great! A funky beer. No hop/malt taste.
- Light body, fruit juice. Great for dessert!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Color dark red wine.
Head small, pink, very durable.
Aromas of black currant, of course, plus dry, vinous accents with a touch of dust from the basement.
Taste like aroma, intense blackcurrant, sour, seasoned, until tart, to this little taste of a "wood" At the finish delicate sweet note, something like a mix of stewed fruit with a sweet blackcurrant juice. Somewhere in the background can detect even subtle accents of sugar candy. Saturation high, maybe even a little too much, but that's my opinion. As for me, this Lindemans is very pleasant and extremely refreshing, I think it would be perfect for hot summer days.

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Photo of drmeto
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear deep purple with a small,pink-ish head
-Black currant with notes of vanilla and oak
not as sweet as other Lindemans fruit lambics
-high,prickly carbonation

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ML bottle
Served in a Lindemans flute

It is the color of grape juice. It is deep red with copper highlights. Each pour yields about half a glass of pink hued head. Globs of the pink foam cling to the sides of the glass.

The smell is like a glass of fruit juice in a dank basement. Funk and juice collide.

The taste started out nice and tart. I liked the combination of the black current and lambic. Once I poured the second glass the sweetness begin to be a little much. This beer does not lack flavor.

Medium mouthfeel

This beer is good but a little goes a long ways. A 750ML is a little too much for me. I wish the old lady was here to split it with. She likes this sort of thing. I think the Cassis is my favorite of the fruit lambic from Lindemans. I would recommend a small bottle for one person.

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Photo of bnes09
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet overall flavor with lots of black currant. Slightly acidic, fruity flavor. Balance swings toward the sweet end. Medium, juice-like body. Moderately carbonated.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz capped and corked bottle (no date) served in a Lindeman's flute glass.

Appearance: Clear bright deep purple-red color. Light purple persistent 1/8" rocky foam. Plenty of persistent lacing noted as I drank down the beer in the glass.

Smell: Black currants with a hint of mustiness.

Taste: Black currants most definitely from start to finish along with an underlying sweetness to counter the tart fruit. The finish is distinctly tart, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation, but quite sticky on the teeth. Juicy as well.

Overall / Drinkability: I really like black currants. I grew up on them as a kid and have always enjoyed their flavor so this beer was indeed like drinking a carbonated black currant drink, but with more tartness than what you would find if you were to get a carbonated black currant beverage / sparkling juice. Something of a dessert beer I think to have that fruit flavor counter a sweet desert that you're eating, although it could be an after-dinner drink as well. So I greatly enjoyed the beer but I didn't see a need for more than one per evening.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/16/2013. Pours fairly clear dark red color with a 2 finger dense dark pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light strreaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart blackberry, black currant, red grape, candi sugar, hay, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of big authentic berry fruitiness, candi sugar, and light earthy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart blackberry, black currant, red grape, candi sugar, hay, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blackberry, black currant, red grape, candi sugar, hay, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and robustness of big authentic berry fruitiness, candi sugar, and light earthy yeast notes; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly slick, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is an excellent sweetened fruit Lambic style. All around great robustness and balance of authentic berry fruitiness, candi sugar, and light earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Lindeman's Cassis a few weeks ago for $6.49 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to get to this one for a while and the time has come for me to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a green 355ml corked and capped bottle into a Teku.

A- The label looks ok, it's got that classic Lindemans look and it's a little eye catching. It poured a very dark red color that took on more of a ruby and crimson color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of pink/red head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of medium of sweetness with a big fruit aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a nice mixture of berry and grape like aroma that gives it an aroma that's a little similar to wine. Up next comes a medium sour aroma that followed by a little of funky yeast with a little more sweetness showing up at the end. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I liked the combination of fruity and funky aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with that same fruity aspect from the aroma being the first to show up and it imparts more of a berry flavor this time. Up next comes a somewhat higher amount of sourness that is immediately followed by the sweetness to make for a pretty big sweet and sour flavor that goes right into a finish with some more sweet and sour berry flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the sweetness was toned down a little.

M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little mouth puckering, not too acidic, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style, but the sweetness was pretty high and that made it much more of a dessert beer, but in the end I still enjoyed it. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little mouth puckering, not too acidic, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but the sweetness would prevent me from drinking the whole bottle so about half the bottle is a perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was the sourness, it was mice and sour, I liked it. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was just a little too high for me and I wish it was toned down a little. I would buy this again when I'm in the mood for a beer like this and I would recommend it to someone who likes sweet and fruity dessert beers. All in all I liked this beer, but i didn't love and I think if the sweetness was toned down a little it would be a pretty good beer. It's not my favorite Lindemans beer or my favorite of the style, but it's not bad by any means. Nice job guys, this was a solid fruit lambic, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a tart beer because of the currants but it also has a horsey funk to it. It pours a deep purple color with a bright pink head. The head is very large and rocky. The aroma is of currants with a the same slight funk as the flavor.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours mauve/purple with a bright pink head.
Aroma of blackberries and soft funky horesblanket. Good, as long as you like blackberries.
Very sweet flavours, like drinking blackberry jam. Cloying. A little acidity. Some very light funk.
Nice prickly carbonation.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark purple with a pink head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is of dark berries, loads of them. Cannot get away from it its so very sweet and inviting.

Taste is the same, currants dominate, with a pleasant funk backing it up to give it a full on chick beer, but also, a well blended sour note.

Feel is perky, with a nice quaf and sour balance.

Overall this is one good lambic, and I have to let everyone know, this is not your typical sour ale, it is very sweet and palatable by newcomers standards.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a Lindemans 200th Anniversary wine glass. Cloudy, darker fuschia color, topped with a full two fingers of pinkish-lavender head, which receded mostly but never completely disappeared, leaving random specks of lacing on the glass. In the nose, berries and more berries, somewhat vinous, with a little musty funk. Not bad. A little bit of puckering tartness up front in the taste, giving way to a wave of sweetness, currants and grapes, candy, jam, Jolly Ranchers, Juicy Juice...overload, simply too sweet. A subtle grassy finish. Let's just call this a fruit beer, not a lambic. Medium body, mouthfeel was syrupy with sweetness, but still had a tart twinge that kept the drinkability decent. Overall, I'd say maybe it's a good dessert beer, but not something I'd purposely buy again. I really just wanted something from Lindemans I hadn't tried yet to christen my glasswale.

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Photo of Goalcam
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This review is based on comparative lambic beers. This is a really good cassis (black currant) beer. It is less tart than a kriek and a little more sweet. If you enjoy a rouge or sour but one with less bite then you will enjoy this one. I am still comparing the Lindemanns and Timmermanns but right now they are comparable.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby amber, with minuscule head and minimal lace.

Aroma is tart berries, both sour and quite appealing.

Taste is up-front tart berries again, with plenty of sourness. Really quite tasty and, after so many hoppy beers, this rich, complex, and delicious beer proved a welcome change from the norm. I'd drink this again, easily.

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Photo of t420o
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lindemans Cassis

A- pour yields a nice 2 finger pinkish head with very good retention and lacing. Beer is a deep purple with red highlights when held to the light. Very nice looking. 4.25

S- boysenberry, blueberry, a nice combination of tart and sweet scents. Nice and earthy as well. 4.25

T- initially there is some boysenberry and blueberry with some tartness that is greeted quick by a nice sweetness that I expect from Lindemans beers. It's not as sweet as most other Lindemans beers, which is very nice. Earthy and juicy on the back end. My favorite Lindemans beer to date. 4.25

M- soft carbonation with a medium body that is excellent for the style. 4.25

O- a real treat from Lindemans. I could drink this all day. Not artificial like some of their beers taste. A great mix of tart and sweet. Very well done. 4.25


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Photo of MarkoNm
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one turned out to be a nice surprise.
Pours with a deep purple color, clear, and a wine head, about a finger or two of it. The fruity aroma immediately tells you there's some black currant here, plus there's also a slightly wine smell present. The taste is very sour, not acid like, but it really tastes like black currant. The finish is towards the sweet side, perfectly completing this great beer. Definitely recommend it.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Beer Cartel, no obvious BB.

A - dark body, purple/ruby hue. Puffy three finger head leaves lots of spotty lace.

S - muted, mild vinegar, tart.

T - when cold, apples, sour, black fruits (blackcurrent, blackberry). Not a sour as some. As it warms, blackcurrents to the fore, with a real earthy note as well.

M - zesty, lively , acidic finish. Coats teeth by end (!) which is a minus overall.... not had that before in a beer.

O - not had a Lindemans in a while, and my first was labelled intensely sour This is not, as i suspect my palate has travelled long. And whilst the acidity builds, still very drinkable. Best cold tho.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep blood red and dark as heck, almost like de-oxygenated blood or something. Head is a dark pink and fluffy two finger tall size, with a good presence and settling slowly with nice retention and a one finger puck. Good pinhead rising carbonation coming up, which always populates the head nicely. Great aggressive looking brew.

Fruity and sweet nose, but nothing too overpowering. Currants, and deep sensing like cherry, with a good chewy malt backbone to go with it. Pretty solid and enjoyable if basic.

Great dense mouthfeel on this. Chewy backbone that delivers the palate nicely. Fruit sweetness on first wash with a bright juicy feel. Palate washes with a mild sweetness, and a faint lingering tartness and mild acid on the finish surprisingly. THere's a bit of playful carbonation and flattened grape fruit juice quality but the fizz doesn't detract either from the taste.

Overall, between this and the Peche for the fruit lambics, this one is a sleeper for me.

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Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lindemans glass.

A: Dark ruby hue. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, brownish head. No settling. Thick, beer ring lacing.

S: Fruity.

T: As the name suggests, currants. Nothing else.

M: Thick and syrupy. Sour, fruity finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Persistent head and lacing. Fruity nose. Thick and syrupy fruity flavor. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Lindemans Cassis Lambic:

Appearance: very dark red, nearly black, about a finger of pink head;

Smell: decent sour smell, dark berry, hint of roasted malt;

Taste/Mouthfeel: dark berry (almost chocolatey), boysenberry/cranberry/raisin, good sourness;


Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby red/purple color with 2 fingers of purple head that lasts for a few minutes before fading down to a decently large cap

S: Lots of sweet black currant comes through, along with some grape. Not much else really

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of black currant and grape, with some mustiness and quite a bit of sweetness. Again, not much depth after that

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good cassis lambic with quite a bit of sweetness as per usual with Lindemans. The only downfall is that it's a one trick pony with no depth behind the black currants and grape. Good to try at least once though

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out dark purple with a bright light pink head of over an inch in height. A lot of the foam stays put in the form of coarse bubbles and surface scum. A few ribbons of lace even leave themselves once the liquid is drunk down.

Smells tart and funky with notes of berry and black currant. Straw notes countered with a spontanous fermentable funk stifle what I know to be a rather sweet lambic. Can't tell here yet. Brightly acidic with a wallowing yeast note that accentuates lemony fruits and unripe grape.

Almost cloying sweetness from base malt lambic, coupled with a driving black currant note. Flavors of blackberry, tart lemon, mildew, white vinegar, soy sauce, and peppermint leaf. A little tea-like in the finish with a long carried-out tartness that is rather puckering considering the Sweet Tart sweetness. Vinegary, in the way that it's acidic, if not featuring other acids. Fruity acids; strongly sharp with the funk. Hard to consider the flashing harshness coming through without the added sugary sweetness to halve the difference. I'm not saying it should be sweeter, as much as I'm not saying it should be less so. So much battery acid smack to the bite that it warrants the extra maltose. Perhaps it's a big dose of candi sugar that never really fermented, like a Faro + Black Currant. It's quite awesome in its fruity sour power, really; although for one who has had many a puckery lambic, this is not really that sour.

Puckeringly tart, yet with a weight of syrupy sweet. Not that the body is a gross representation of sugar water, it's actually still light enough to drink. There is a difficult position of dealing with the acidity without the safety of lighter-bodied drinkability. Makes it seem harsher than it probably is, per sip. Once the beer warms, it's easier to accept. Still, not a super-welcoming mouthfeel.

It would be fairly hard-to-admit that this beer doesn't work, because it does. It's a funky/tart fruit lambic with lots of black currant represented. Other notes fill out a half-complex flavor profile. While there are better options out on the market, few more accessible than this one, you can do a whole lot worse. Cassis is still my favorite of the Lindemans line. I absolutely commend thee.

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
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