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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

587 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a blood red with a 1 inch super fizzy light red head that fades to nothing. There is some lace spotting going on.

S - Smells of black currant, slight vinegar, and a metallic aroma.

T - Delicious black currant, vinegar, and an earthy metallic quality.

M - Very fizzy carbonation. Leaves your spit sticky like soda does.

D - Excellent lambic. Tastes somewhat like Ribena. Very easy to drink and very good.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy deep purple in color and poured with a small pink head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of currants in the nose along with some notes of sugars and hints of sourness and yeast.
T: Tart flavors of the currants dominate the taste, which also has a mild amount of sweetness. The initial taste is sweet and the finish is tart.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation..
D: The beer is very easy to drink because there is a good balance between the contrasting flavors of sweetness and sourness.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a purple color with a lavender foam on top; shards of lacing dash about the glass

Smell: Tart black currents and horse blanket

Taste: Starts with a tart flash of cassis that, after the swallow, becomes sweet and puckery

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: With this level of sweetness, it is hard to drink too much of this stuff

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An ideal after-dinner beverage. Great desert-like fruity (purple) color, well decorated head retention, berry-fruitiness, light tartness, and a palate cleansing carbonation. Strong, vineous, lambic (Brettnomycces) sourness / tartness that offers a thinning, vinegar quality that cuts the thick berry syrupy sweetness and currant strength. Contributing musky, moldy, oak-ey aromas fade as the flavors prevail with sweet fruitiness. A mellow spiciness are astringency just adds to the complexity. Though too flavorful to drink often, it is an ideal way to close an evening. Maybe the best balanced and most drinkable of all Lindemans blended lambics.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dark blue color lambic with a big foamy purple head with good retention. Aroma of cassis syrup is dominating and gets pretty close to being gross but stays within a reasonable limit. Taste is dominated by the cassis with some weak notes of sourness and tart. The taste is also very sweet which I usually would mind but I thought it provide a refreshing edge to this beer. Overall, without being anything close to traditional lambic I thought this was a refreshing option that I wouldn’t mind having again.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cherry red, not the deep purple of black currants. Bright cherry accents and a rose pink head complete the picture of a feminine looking, but fetching, appearance. I'm secure enough in my masculinity not to care, but I might have to hide the glass if someone comes to the front door. The cap of foam is beautiful and deposits loads of thick, cobbled lace.

The aroma is tremendous and is bursting with plump, juicy, ripe berry fruit. I don't know that I've tasted a black currant before, but if this is what they taste like, then I'm a fan. In terms of fruit that I'm familiar with, it probably smells most like black raspberries. Black cherries and grapes make contributions as well. I can also appreciate the sour, yeasty lambic beneath all the fruit. A great nose.

Cassis is my favorite Lindemans beer to date. A mouth filling, tongue swamping, berry blast of flavor sustains itself throughout each mouthful and far beyond. Those little black currants are something else. I made a cassis tart several years ago with creme de cassis, and it was pretty damn good. This beer reminds me a little of that liqueur, come to think of it.

It's both significantly sweet and significantly tart at once, making for a mouth party of epic proportions. The finish is long and lingering thanks to the full, viscous mouthfeel. Any sense of heaviness, however, is attenuated by a semi-lively amount of carbonation. If anything, it's becoming even more berryful with warming. This might just be my favorite dessert beer (to date).

Lindemans Cassis may not be a classic or a traditional lambic to a style purist, but that means nothing to me. I'm a purist when it comes to some things, but I'm not so rigid when it comes to beer. Although I can't see myself drinking it all that often, if I'm in the mood for a fruit beer that's available in my neck of the woods (not a huge list, mind you), I'll pick up a bottle of this before anything else.

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep purple color with a light pink colored head on top. The smell of the beer was fruity with a wine like aroma to it. The taste of the beer was almost a lot like a red wine, fermented grapes and sugars with just a touch of funk in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and moderately carbonated. Overall this brew was good but not something that is great. I would drink it again but not often.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is an almost purple color with a massive off-white head.

S: Great currant aroma to this one. Mildly tart with plenty of sweetness. Lots of grapes, almost like grape jam/jelly, and there is a mild funk/musty quality to the nose.

T: The flavor of this beer is just dominated by a sugary sweetness. There is an excellent grape flavor to the beer, but it is sort of like overly sweet grape jam/jelly.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: This would have been considerably better if it wasn't so overwhelmingly sweet.

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 zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out the color of ruby red grapefruit juice with a small, fizzy, pink head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled very sweet. Really loads of grape-like aroma.

T - It tasted very fruity almost like grapefruit juice. It doesn't really taste beer-like but it tasted great.

M - It was fizzy and champagne-like. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. It was very sweet and tasted quite good.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans flute glass.

Pours into a deep, somewhat hazy maroon, crowned by a frothy head whose color elicits images of red wine settling into the stained khakis. Though this head dies away at a moderately quick pace, it leaves a fine coating of lace along the edges of the glass. There is a smell of berries (to be expected), with what I will call a root-y background (a combination of woodiness and soil-ines), as though the aromas were coming from around a dewy berry bush. The taste generally follows suit, though the rootiness is diminished in favor of a tart, pomegranate-like profile. Like pomegrantes, these berries have a thick, heavy effect in the mouth, though this is somewhat balanced by the nice carbonation.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) ruby body - almost purple tinged - with a thin and creamy light pink head that holds very well and leaves some lace throughout the glass. The nose is quite bold, with a tart and sugary-sweet berry aroma that's laced with some earthy and musty lambic character! This is surprising since most of the Lindeman's products seem to be almost completely devoid of lambic character. The body is light/medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation. The flavor is huge! I don't know how to describe it other than just intense black currant! It's tart, sour, sweet, ripe, juicy, fruity! The tartness predominates in the finish and it dries out fairly quickly. At first I found this to be my least favorite of the Lindeman's line, but I've come to appreciate it for its uniqueness. It makes a better apertif than after-dinner drink, although it can be enjoyed just as any sweet wine might be.

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 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.

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.