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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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86
very good

609 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 15
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is an awesome, shiny purple Lambic with a big, grape head.

Smell – The rich, tart grape juice is unsweetened and supported by rank, sour, farmy horse notes.

Taste – This is like drinking sour grape juice with a malty barnyard backbone.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with some easy carbonation. The complex mouthfeel is a battle royale between the tart and sour notes.

Drinkability – This was very entertaining to consume and clearly the liveliest of the Lindemans family I’ve had to date. It is juicier than its Lindy cousins and probably my favorite of the bunch (although I think I’ve rated them all about the same).

Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep violet, blood red-like color, faint purple and pink head, very thick and puffy. Very nice lacing left along the side of my Duvel tulip. Aroma hits with a heavy dose of red grapes and berries, along with the alcohol, it makes for a smell similar to red wine. I'm also picking up a light balsamic vinegar smell - very tart and tingly on the nose. Taste starts off very sweet with a nice, small warming touch from the alcohol. Grapes, blackberries, blueberries, and black cherries all combine to provide a super-sweet but not overpowering or cloying flavor. The sweetness is followed by a heavy carbonation bite which transforms the beer from sweet to tart. Very tart in the middle, also puckering to the lips - interesting and tasty. The grape and wine flavor fades out to finish the beer off. Thin body, tons and tons of carbonation.

One of my first lambics, I prefer this one to Lindemans Framboise, just by a hair. Both are pretty good. I need to try a wider variety of lambics before I make any big judgement calls, but the ones I've had are definitely tasty.

Photo of brownbeer
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a purpleish red color with a fluffy pinkish-purple head.

Aroma is lightly funky and winey/grapey with a hint of blueberry. It has a concord wine feel.

Sweet plums and dark fruit blend with a mild acidity, somewhat sugary, which holds back the potential a little.

A good substitute for the ever hard to find sweet red wines. Not bad.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dull, plum-colored beer with a thin, pink halo of bubbles. Smells like grape kool-aid with smuckers in it. Acidity comes through in the nose. I taste and get light, rosey florals upfront. Amazing that I can taste that at all considering the hefty grape-juice tasting base. Berry is lively. Yeasty lambic tartness holds this down and acidity thins it down but the brew is still cloying. One of the better lambics from Lindeman's. Mouthfeel is mid-wieght, fuzzy and acidic.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Cassis. Third of the Lambic fruit beers I've tried and going with the currants this time. Poured into Lindemans flute glass.

A- Dark berry purple fluid with nice off purple fluffy head that leaves decent patchy lacing.

S- Smell is slightly tart blueberry and grapes.
Hint of subtle sweet cranberry as well.

T-M- Fresh cranberry sause comes to mind first with dashs of blueberrys and sweet yeast with light funk. Mouthfell is a bit acidic with light carbonation rolling over the tongue with ease.

D- Its like a rich chocolate good in small doses but invigorating in moderation.

Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked, capped and foiled in a sleek mini 12 oz magnum. No freshness date though most lambics have an extended shelf life.

Appearance: Grape purple in colour with light pinkish lace.

Smell: Slight evergreen minty and earthy aroma along with mellow horse blanket and a fruity tartness similar to a tart grape.

Taste: Full yet crisp and stays soft with a smooth carbonation. Sweet tart candy flavour ... lots of tart currant flavour. Sweetness and tartness are balanced very well. As soon as the tartness fades a bit the underlying barn yard and a ghost like mint flavours give the tongue a quick yet light twang. Vague grain and a minimal hop in the absolute end.

Notes: A treat with complexities and very drinkable. Drink as you would a fine champagne or a prize sparkling wine.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled the typical small bottle--foil, cork, cap-nice arty label. Pours a great plummy color, cloudy, light purple head, leaving oodles of classic lacing. Nose is fruity, musty, horsey. I love wild yeast! This is a dryer lambic then the others I've had recently, not as sweet, more sour and tart. Notes of plums and sour berries. Quite dry in the long lasting finish. complex and intriguing. Worth a try to expand your beer horizons.

Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red-purple color with a pink head. The aroma is tart and has a lot of red wine characteristics. The flavor is very similar to red wine and has some other fruit which is guess is the currants. There is also a little bit of tartness. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This has nothing in common with other Belgian lambics but as far as fruit beers go, this is a decent one.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single corked bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Though my wife is a huge fan of the ale world, she always digs a fruit beer. Ah hell, I do too. Poured into my Lindemans flute glass, which incidentally I picked up two years ago at the same beer store. Full circle.

A hazy cherry-currant hue, with some champagne-like carbonation that quickly burned off. About a half-inch of light pink foam that receded into a fine ring. Lots of sticky lace.

Nose is predominantly lambic - tartness, acetic, a bit of that barnyard smell - but with a slight currant and apple smell lingering there.

An interesting and enjoyable lambic, that interplays sweet and tart successfully. As soon as I finish puckering at the brew's tartness, a sweet currant flavor would rush in to take its place. The finish is long and bitter, with a bit of barnyard musk competing with some soft currant and strawberry notes. Could have been very cloying, but the tartness works well.

Body reminds me a bit of fruit juice with some fleshiness to it, a bit thick, with moderate carbonation and some stickiness.

Nice lambic, with enough sweetness and tartness to please both camps. The currant flavour is subtle, but enjoyable.

Photo of wattoclone
4.99/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinks like a red sweet tart with a hint of beer in the finish. There should be more low ABV brews this good.

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy purple with a pinkish bubbly head that rises up frothy and sets down quickly.

Sweet and full aroma of plum and grape.

Bittersweet flavor, starting with bright and sweet, full on the front of the tongue, moving to a powdery tang in the middle and a pucker in the back of the cheeks as it finishes. Sweet and tangy taste lingers. Obviously big currant flavors here, but hints of blueberry and raspberry show through as well.

Decent mouthfeel, just a little on the slick side, not overly carbonated.

Tasty beer, good after dinner sipper, but not overly drinkable due to intense flavor, and over-sweetness.

Photo of ADR
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy brownish red appearance, essentially opaque. Thin fizzy head of a dirty dark pink hue. Scant laces, just a few dots. Aroma is interesting, currant fruitiness but with prickly black pepper and vinegary sense like in Louisiana hot sauce. Taste is essentially tart, and as someone who ate a ton of homemade currant jelly as a kid, that's what's happening here. Slight undercutting yeastiness. Not overly sweet but not biting, Lambic and fruit seeem to meld as far as I can tell. Aftertaste sticks with you, but doesn't last for hours. Eh, OK, spiciness and aroma are noteworthy for me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me just say, that after comparing the Lindeman's lineup to the Cantillon's I've tried I'm a bit confused. I think Cantillon is the traditionalist while Lindeman's has made some mighty fine dessert beers. However, I saw some of the characteristics of the Cantillon in the Cassis offering leaving me more impressed than the other fruit flavored lambics I've tasted. Appearance: Purple ruby tone with an effervescent pink head lacing even with each sip, very nice not much retention though. Aroma: Tart winey tones, with an herbal, musty earthiness very solid. By far the most complex smelling Lindeman's product I've had. Taste: Tart grapes (currants), sweet but herbal notes this is an awesome tasting lambic. Sourness is perfect not as lip puckering as a Cantillon but not as candy as the Kriek, Framboise, or Peche. Mouthfeel: Spritzy and light to medium bodied very bubbly, solid. Drinkability: This one contains the best balance for me, Cantillon is great but so sour and the other fruit infused lambics from Lindeman's are overly sweet this is the overall ideal lambic for me.

Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a ruby red color, with a pinkish white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a sour, tart aroma. It smells slightly vinegar like. A sweet grape aroma is present. Not much else.

This beer tastes much like it smells, with one notable exception, it is not nearly as tart and sour as I expected from the aroma. It tastes sweet and tart, with a nice grape juice flavor.

This beer leaves a tart grape aftertaste. It is a little too carbonated, making it taste like a sparkling grape cider.

This beer might be a decent session beer. It is low in alcohol. It may be a little too sweet to drink many though.

Overall: This beer was ok. I am not the biggest fan on Lindemans, so I didnt expect much. I was not let down.

Photo of rastaman
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Kind of like drinking Ribena, which means its very drinkable, but not complex in any way, it was OK.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tall flute)

A- This beer has a warm deep brown body with a slight purple hue and a rocky white head with a hint of blue/purple to it. The head faded to a film but there was some good lacing with each sip.

S- the smell of dry currants had a green off the vine note that was very nice. It added a hint of earthiness with the faint note of sweet malt.

T- This beer has a taste of grape sweetness with a faint pale malt note as it warms. The grape flavor is overtaken by a dry tart currant flavor that taste very fresh and a hint bitey. The finish has a grape jam note that is sweet but not overly sweet. It balances the dry and tart notes of the currant.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight astringent note that is from fruit and not really wild yeast.

D- I like big wild lambics but this is not one of them. I like the sweet and tart flavors that contrast in this beer and that is what makes it perfect for desert. The fresh distinct flavors of the currants are captured perfectly in this beer and they are the main player with other supporting flavors before and after them.

Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are a few nights old.

Cassis is a purplish, light plum color. The pink head is tall and foamy, settling into something more substantial and rocky, never less than one finger high. Lacing is dropped pretty thickly.
The aroma screams currants, like a mixture of plum and grape on the nose. Yeast is evident but not overdone, with grains coming through just enough. A bit of tartness and Lambic wet hay/horseblanket funk pull through to add complexity rather than distraction.
The flavor is essentially the same, sweet and tart balanced by yeasty and wheaty with little hops presence to speak of and a pale malts presence. As it goes, tartness starts just at first nip on the tongue as a bit of sourness, fading out straight off to the tart and sweet (and bready) mix that makes it delicious.
This beer is well-carbonated but not overcarbonated with a nice crispness to it. The finish is surprisingly clean and the lightly sticky though not syrupy body works. Otherwise this is semi-dry in a light, almost medium body.
Great stuff, my second favorite (possibly tied with Framboise) to the Peche.

Photo of DagFishHead
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, deep ruby-purple pour. Frothy, Strawberry-Quick pink milkshake head fades to an 1/8" capper with creamy lace.
Smell: Tart dark-ripe currants, cranberry, grape foxiness, and a yeasty sourness.
Taste: Start is a sweet wine-like grape/cranberry/raspberry/currrant flavor, thin and fizzy at the top, followed by a quick hard cranberry/citrus pucker and quite dry finish. Superb fruit aftertaste... but blows right over any malt taste.
Mouthfeel: Champagne/sparkling wine carbontion, light-to-medium bodied malt, tart cranberry-like pucker.
Drinkability: A nice desert beer... how many ales (or any drink for that matter) are currant flavored? Serve something different to friends!

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, enjoyed in my parents' kitchen (with a tithe sample for mia madre) after the whole holiday shebang has mostly come to a close.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very dark purplish brown hue, with subtle basal highlights, and two fingers of thickly foamy, rocky, and sticky pink head, which leaves some random splotchy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of tart currant juice, semi-sweet raspberries, gritty pale malt, and mild funky, earthy yeast. The taste is musty, semi-sweet currants, fruit sugar, sour apple, blueberries and raspberries, a bit of mildly gamey yeast, and a soft underlying graininess.

The carbonation is quite low, just a wee bit of frothiness, the body heavy fruit incarnate, and somewhat smooth, the acidity of the fruit and yeast having something to say about that here. It finishes off-dry, still moderately tart, and full of various sassy black fruit notes.

I sure like me the dark fruit flavoured adult beverages, like Chambord, and this, of course, for their sweet and sour interplay, and this beer has that in spades. Big titular fruit, aided by its friends, and nicely balanced through the natural complement between the fruit and the yeast. Right up there with the Framboise for my favourite in this line.

Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When looking for lambics in West Lafayette, you pretty much can only choose from 1 brewery. While I've already had the framboise and kriek from Lindemans and seeing as the cuveee rene was obviously nowhere to be found, I went for the cassis.
It poured a deep ruby/purpleish color with a bizzare looking pinkish tinged white foam cap that quickly dissolved. Now, I can't recall ever having black currants in my life, but I assume this brew smells a lot like them. Very fruity in the nose with only a slight hint (damn) of that brett funkiness that I love so much. A tart fruity taste is the first thing noticable, but it quickly finishes very sweet. There is a very slight hint of some musty flavors in this beer as well. If it was possible for those musty notes to become more predominant, I'd love this lambic. Overall I'm definately glad that I purchased this and I will probably be buying it more in the future as it's availability can't be beat.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ML capped & corked bottle>Flute glass

AP: This poured a dark raspberry-red color with a massive, two-finger pinkish-purple colored head that was thick and very frothy. Displays some excellent retention and leaves some thick patches of sticky lacing in it'a wake.

Nose: Pleasantly aromatic with yeast and dark fruits upfront and a wheat and barley scent underneath.

Taste: A yeastie, fruity flavor dominates with raspberrie's and darker berries detected with a mild wheat flavor under that. Very authentic tasting, not overlly juicy, with a good balance of beer flavors with the yeast and wheat notes. Overall very tastey, and a good beer for folks who enjoy easy sippin' wine's.

MF: This is a full bodied lambic with a crisp and lively feel, but not without a distinct smooth feel from the ever-frothy pink-ish head.

DA: I could drink these all night long at only 4% ABV. This was a nice change from my hefty RIS's.

Photo of zImage
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this beer with friends after a Trapist beer tasting. This beer was preceded by a bottle of Two Philosiphers. Even though it was a big change in style, everyone at the table enjoyed it. It's a very sour beer with strong fruity, currant smells; A great dessert beer.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite offering from lindemans. Either that or a tie with the framboise. pours a deep purple ( smo-o-o-o-ke on the wahhhhtaaa!) Nose is of currant and sour tart. Taste is very luxurious and not sour like a true lambic. I like that, as i am not a big fan of the traditional sour lambics. Black currant flavors abound. This tastes like it should have seeds in it. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. Serve this as dessert to the women at your xmas party. Then tell them youve got a bottle on ice upstairs.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep purple with a small, white-lavender head. Aroma is full of sweetness and currants, with a certain almost rose-like quality. Flavor is pure currants, with a very nice sweet-sour balance. Aftertaste makes me think I've just eaten a bushel of the actual fruit instead of drinking a Belgian ale.

I'd love this if I liked black currants. Even so, this is very good, and a nice change from the cherry flavors I'm used to. It's a great aperitif for our Chinese New Year celebration.

Photo of augustgarage
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL into my small Moinette glass (my girlfriend is having the rest of the bottle in my Lindemans flute).

Carnelian body with bright crimson hilights - an active spongy head is the unlikely shade of pink tulips. Very nice fast moving lacing, leaving behind an even, corugated series of rings around the edges of the glass.

Lovely funky yeast notes, though they are heavily subdued compared to the sweet and tangy scent of fruit. White wine grapes, currants (surprise), and berries...

Very sweet palate entry, with a tartness as well, reminiscent of juicy pear jelly beans, granny smith apples, and raspberries (or well, fresh currants I suppose). Jam on sourdough biscuits, and the slightest "barnyard" flavor in the finish. More like juice than like a proper lambic in someways, I still think this is a good entry point to the style.

Quite effervescent, mildly puckering (a nice balance against the sweetness), and either a creaminess or a syrupy component which suggests a medium-light body rather than a watery one.

Just about excessively drinkability, though overall it lacks the complexity, sourness, funk, etc. of the heavy hitters in the style.

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.