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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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331 Reviews
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Reviews: 331
Hads: 639
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 18.7%
Wants: 18
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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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 draheim
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL (L G12KCA) into a tulip. Pours a clear ruby-red grapefruit w/ a 2-finger pink head, good lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, w/ a slight lactic acidity. Raspberries and a hint of stomach acid.

Taste is brightly tart, fruity, sweet. Almost syrupy sweet, like a berry soda. Tartness hits on the back end. Acidity is clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light and sharp but a little sticky. Taste lingers.

Overall this beer is different from anything else I've had. A bit too fruity & sweet for my taste, but for what it is it's not bad.

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Photo of kp29
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red with slight purple tones. Has a good amount of carbonation. Smells of berries, dark fruit, I assume currants (if I knew what those smelled like).

Initial tart fruit flavors followed by a good amount of sweetness. Berries, currants, reminds me a little bit of a sparkling red grape juice but with more a good deal more tartness.

Definitely not as sweet as say the Lindemans Peche variation with the tartness but still a good level of sweet fruit flavors. I typically enjoy the sweeter fruit lambics so I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Jonada
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle served in a Lindeman's flute glass

Appearance: Dark, almost blood red color. Fairly hazy with a light pink/purplish head. Left some nice lacing as well

Smell: Tart red berries, raspberry, currants, oak. There's a bit of a funky, musty aroma as well, but the fruit is what dominates.

Taste: Raspberry, cherry, black currant, and oak with some very mild funk. Tart upfront and in the finish with a sugary sweetness in the middle of the mouth. While the beer has some tartness, it's not sour at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Almost like a carbonated fruit juice drink

Overall: Not bad, but not great either. It's a good intro lambic or for those who like them sweeter. If you like your lambics sour and funky though, this isn't the one you're looking for.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from champagne bottle into a wine glass.

Pours deep crimson purple with colored foam. Very patchy and lots sticky. Grape fruity notes, the sweet kind. Short tart berry taste - stays sour throughout. Smooth finish. Full chewy mouthfeel. Very flavorful. Quite good.

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Photo of sommersb
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-12-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml green bottle, corked with pry-cap covered in foil
Glassware: Flute
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

A: Plum-colored (purple) beer with a tall pink head. Shows excellent lacing and head retention.

S: Aromas are of big fruit notes - kind of hard to describe what fruit exactly, but I've never eaten a black currant either. Also has some tart and musty smells.

T: Taste is as expected from the nose, with a very sweet and fruity flavor, similar to a red grape juice. I also get some sourness, like a sour candy is both sweet and tart.

M: Prickly in carbonation and with a medium body. Finishes just as in the taste, with fruity sweetness paired with a bit of tart.

O: Much like the other Lindemans fruit lambics, this is a very sweet affair and seems quite non-beery. That said, it is flavorful and interesting and seems well-suited as an after dinner or dessert drink.

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Photo of endovelico
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Probably one of the few feats of this beer. It pours a beautiful ruby brew with a pink-hued head. Ironically, very close to what you'd get from a Tango (Part beer, part red currant syrup brew). Medium to medium high effervescence. Decent lacing and little head retention.

Aroma: Medium high in intensity. Strong notes of barnyard and leather clash with the fruitiness lent by the Cassis. I'm happy this isn't just Cassis thoroughout, but the result isn't harmonious at all in my opinion.

Taste: Very intense Cassis profile. The barnyard notes play the nuances even if not much else is happening.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium low carbonation. Nice equilibrium achieved on the sweetness vs acidity vs tartness. Short lingering finish of berry and leather flavours.

Overall: These types of Lambics always scream 'gimmick' but this one was actually pretty decent. It wasn't as sweet as i thought it would be and the flavour didn't come off as artificial as many other more commercial (and again gimmicky) Lambics. I also liked how the beer wasn't just 100% fruit bombing me and had some interesting nuances. Still, having said all that, in my opinion A LOT more can be done with this style and, heck, even with Cassis Lambics specifically.

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Photo of PeterM
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense, cloudy, deep red body with a full thick creamy pick head which lasts and creates a full lacing. Strong tart fruit flavor that lingers, malt only in the first sip, with a slight warm alcohol aftertaste. I keep smacking my lips after each sip. No artificial overtones at all - a lovely drop.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a dark purple red color with a thick pink head lasts a while. Pretty good lacing too.

Smell – Currants dominate the smell. Somewhat tart smelling, with a hint of sweetness as well.

Taste – A strong taste of currants which is a perfect balance between sour and sweet.

Mouthfeel – Kind of a fine champagne feel (not taste), with a mild sour bite.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. Far better than most other lambics I’ve tried that are too sour for me.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first lambic, so I'm not sure these ratings can be trusted until I've had many more.

A - Pours, thick, almost purple, deep red. Almost like boysenberry syrup that billows up with a light, wine-shade of head that retains very well.

S - Deep, red fruit, currant smell. Sweet, with a strange underlying note. Wheat, and something wooden and tart. Odd, dark smell just beneath it all.

T - Very sweet, very tart berry taste. Bright, sour, but pleasant. Extraordinarily fruity, with oaken, mildly malty hints just below it all. Very faint, palate is dominated by blackberry, tarty fruit profile.

M - Beer almost evaporates in the mouth. Feels to me like 90% carbonation... the second it touches the tongue it kind of bubbles and becomes completely light, smooth foam. Strange body. Feels good, interesting experience.

O - First lambic beer, first experience with something this tart and fruity. Interesting, not all that chuggable, but in little sips it's a great and unique tasting experience.

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Photo of Alkey
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark purple color with two finger purple pinkish head. Smell is sour berry fruit juice. Taste is very sour, tart, fruit juice, nice carbonation on the tongue,

Overall Lindeman's make some of the best lambic style beers I've ever had and this one is just as good as the others but a bit more tartness and sour to the taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml corked bottle. Sampled on August 23, 2012.

It pours reddish-purple and looks like currants with a thin but long-lasting head that leaves lacing.

The aroma is tart and fruity with a vague barley malt backdrop.

The body is very nice and falls into the medium range with a smooth, comfortable feel on the palate.

It is very difficult for me to judge the taste because Lambic fruit beers are low on my list of styles. Tart, sour and fruit but there is a notable character of malts balancing it out at the end. Low ABV so it would be easy to have a couple of a hot day.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle into a proper Lindemans glass. Color is clear and very dark. Almost ruby-red. There is a frothy pinkish head that dissipates slowly, leaving really nice lacing behind. The nose is slightly fruity with notes of dark berries and a touch of woodiness.

The beer has the typical Lindemans sweetness, but is a bit more sour than a few of their other lambics. On the front of the palate, you taste sweet, grainy wheat with hints of berries. The berries quickly intensify in flavor past mid-palate, where wine-like acidity begins to build through a refreshingly tart, mouth-drying finish.

I always enjoy a Lindemans lambic and this one was no exception. I realize they are sweetened and, for many serious beer fans, are not truly representative of the style. Still, they are refreshing and easily found.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had beers with black currant notes, but never one with the emphasis on the fruit.

A: Pours like frothy wine: a rich blush of plum color with a head that looks like pink marshmallow cream. Retention is thick and long-lasting, with fluffy lacing, as well.

S: Plum, lemon, and yes, black currant are everywhere. Smells just like a fruity shiraz, with just a touch of citric acids and fresh pastry, like blueberry tart.

T: Luscious blueberry juice and fresh black currants dominate the palate, making sweets the priority over the sours; it’s a palate full of sweetness in jelly-like tastes, but with hardly any of the tart character of citric acid. As with all Lindemans fruit lambics, it’s a bit of a one-trick pony, but some tastes of herbal Belgian yeast and wet hay funk still come through. Finishes sweet, but without a totally cloying, lingering effect.

M: Slick and relatively easy to drink; the lack of carb means it feels more like a wine than anything else.

O: A good lambic – interesting focus with the black currants, which was definitely enough to intrigue me for the duration. If you want an interesting beer for dessert, this is for you.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle served in a Lindermans flute glass.

A: Pours a dark purple plum color forming a small light purple head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Smells like a Lambic, I mean, sweet fruitiness, and, at the same time, tart and bit vinegar. Lambic yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Sweet fruity upfront followed by an acid and tart Lambic taste. Metallic. Lambic yeasts are a must

M: Light, fizzy carbonated body. Fruity and acid

O: Easy drinking Lambic. More acid than the average but still an interesting experience

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Photo of Converge
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a Lindemans pokal.

A - Pours super effervescent, with a fizzy magenta head of bubbles. The beer is a deep ruby hue, really red. Head bubbles down to a thin rose-hued ring.

S - A little funk, a little sweet, and a little tart. Some mixed berries, black currants, with some slight sour cherry and raspberry notes. Note an intense sour aroma, but just enough to remind you that this is a lambic. Distinct Lindemans funk of mild wet hay, but not too much barnyard. Smells enticing.

T - A great balance of sweet and sour. Primarily black currant upfront, but notes of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. Mild funk, nothing overbearing, but just enough to give you a bit of flavor. Hay, light yeast, and a bit of wheat. Finishes with a mild tart feel.

M - Carbonation is way too high for my liking. Medium bodied, but the carbonation hurt this one for me.

D - A tasty and enjoyable offering from Lindemans, as usual. Not exactly a traditional lambic, and not at all a blow-your-socks-off sour, but a flavorful and drinkable brew with an excellent fruit taste.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a blood red color with an off white head. It appears that there is quite a bit of carbonation in the beer.

The aroma is sweet, berries play in the background, and slightly funky.

The beer tastes very sweet with hints of berries and finishes with a little bit of tartness. You can tell that it is highly carbonated as it seems to have a little bit of bite or crispness from the carbonation.

Overall the beer is okay, it is certainly drinkable it just happens to taste like a box of kids juice that is carbonated.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stange glass.

Look - deep red in color, with about three fingers' worth of red, almost pinkish colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - fruity-smelling, as you'd expect. Dark-smelling, like a barleywine.

Taste - You can definitely taste the black currant, bitter in the middle,which permeates into the finish and is pretty strong.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall, not really leaning any which way or the other.

overall - pretty interesting, not terribly thought-provoking, but still good.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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

A - Dark plum in color with no head, just a thin strawberry film with bubbles.

S - Berries, concord grapes, sour cherry. Some tartness coming through.

T - Sweet dark fruits (black cherries, raspberry, plum, grapes,) up front, followed by a mild tartness and a hint of sourness in the finish. Slightly acidic.

M - Smooth, medium body, decent carbonation.

O - A delicious black currant lambic. Although super sweet, its a highly drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Large raspberry coloured soapy bubbly head, lasting only a minute or 2 to leave a thin cap of large bubbles. It's a beautiful deep magenta that makes me consider it a good choice for a mixed cocktail.

S: Sharp scent of cassis, apples and red berries along with a strong presences of minerals. What strikes me first is the forward scent of the fermented berry. While you get the initial hit of sweetness, a tart dry taste/feel hits up at the back of the mouth.

T: Sweet flavour of cassis is unmistakable, so is the strong mineral taste. High levels of sweetness and acidity with no after taste. So similar to a cassis Italian soda that I find the flavour one dimensional.

M: Light mouth feel with a Italian soda level of carbonation. I think it's a little too high on the carbonation.

Overall: Definitive cassis flavour and smell, although a level of sweetness I find unpleasant. Reminds me of a wine cooler, in the initial sweet flavour followed by the tart/dry after taste. I'd like to try in mixed cocktail, but won't be drinking it on it's own again.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Until I can fully train and educate my fiancee on the best beers of the world, I will continue to fulfill her desire for Lambic beers.
We have tried as many Lindeman’s offerings as possible, and I’d have to say that we both agree on the Cassis being one of their finest products.

The Black Currants give this Lambic a rather unique aroma, and unlike the Pomme this one does not have an unpleasant aftertaste. I’d rate this one among the best of the Lambics!

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

A: Pours a little light but as the glass filled turned into a nice dark cherry color.
S: Smells like rasberrys with hints of grape and other darker fruits. Probably smells like black currants but I've never had one of those so...
T: A lot like the framboise style but maybe with a little more body in this one. Fruity and easy to drink. Lots of flavors here.
M: Sits light with a little lingering bitterness. The sweetness overpowers for sure.

Overall another good showing from lindemans. This is certainly on par with their other brews and I would recommend it for anyone.

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Photo of shigg85
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Vivo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Not the first cassis i've ever had, but the first that i've openly known to be a "Belgian beer." Promoted as a peach flavor which I was able to find traces of in the flavor. The appearance was an amazing purple with a grape-hued head like nothing i've ever seen... almost like grape juice but a beer. The taste was a little sour which I found as distracting from what could have otherwise been a great peach brew, but I imagine that is the nature of cassis. Overall, if you are looking for a great fruity drink, I can totally recommend this in place of a red dessert wine.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark reddish purple clear body poured into a Lindemans flute. Nice 3/4 inch head of purple foam. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Gotta give this one credit for appearance.

Smells of cassis syrup and musty wood.

Tastes fruity, but not of fresh cassis juice, but an approximation, like a flavored lollipop. Balanced tartness and sweetness, with a bit of a tannic finish. I can taste a saccharine like sweetener.

Body is light and carbonation is moderate giving it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I love cassis, and there is nothing I would like better than a traditional lambic with cassis berries added to the barrel. Unfortunately, this is not such a beer, as it is made with artificial aromas and sweeteners (Acesulfame K). I hope the rejuvenation of Lindemans will restore the credibility that it has lost. Despite my fondness for cassis, I am avoiding this beer until it is made with all natural ingredients. Now it is time rinse my mouth of the saccharine taste.

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
87 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.