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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

558 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a very clear, ruby colour and poured with a solid cap of pink foam. The fine bubbles showed good head retention and produced some chunky, sticky lace. The aroma was of tart berries and currants, a bit minty with some earthy, blueberry flesh. It reminded me a bit of being in the forest after a rain storm. It was very sugary sweet up front, with berries and currants cutting the sweetness at the midpoint. Leafy mint and moderate tartness lingered. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation. It was a little palate coating and had a decent texture. Quite easy drinking and a good fruit beer. The sweetness was a little high for my tastes, but worked well with the tartness. I really liked the minty character too.

DrJay, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of irishevans
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours deep purple (once again no pun intended). bit of a head, lavender in color. smells kind of sour, i don't know what a current smells like, but there is a fruit aroma to it. the taste is downright refreshing, like a bitter, slightly sour grape juice. mouth-feel is nice and crisp, bit bitey. downs way too easy, this was ment to my procrastination liquid before i left the beast's house, but my car won't be warm by the time I'm done. a good fruity brew, i haven't much experience with lambics but this tastes damn good.

irishevans, Dec 21, 2007
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark red color, almost transparent. Only slight carbonation. Aroma is strong with blackberry showing through. Somewhat tart and sour as well. Taste is very tart and mouth-puckering and finishes with a beautiful bouquet of blackberry. It's almost as if this isn't a beer. It's quite sweet and tart at the same time. Devilishly drinkable as well.

I may be a newbie to lambics but I feel this deserves a high rating because of the effort put into it and how delicious it is.

Brad007, Dec 04, 2007
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.

OStrungT, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is wonderful. I was surprised but I wasn’t I love black currant anyway and the combination of this fruit and beer is a genius.

Appearance: I’ll start with the foamy but impressive head. The head was thick, creamy and light purple. My one complaint is that there was a little too much head. The body was a dark brown purple. The lace is beautiful and impressive.

Taste: Honestly there is not much for beer flavor but I still like it. It is a bit sour but mainly sweet. It stays true to many of the currant cocktails I’ve had in Europe.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Smooth and creamy but at the same time very much juice like and thin.

My only regret was not having a corkscrew. I had to use a leatherman and a toothbrush. This not a method I recomend.

MTNboy, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of JamesS
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice hybrid of beer and wine. Nice look, pretty much like a red wine with a bit of foamy head. Smells great, a nice fruity scent. It has a great taste, if you don't like wine because of its alkalyde taste, this would be perfect for you. It goes down smoothly, but is too thick to have too many at a time.

JamesS, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark purple with a small purple/red head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a collar. Decent lacing. Very unique looking. Intriguing.

Aroma is sweet with dark fruits. Some barnyard smell in there also.

Taste is sweet, currants and earthy. Tart and dry at the end. Reminds me of kicked up grape juice.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and cleansing. Slightly dry.

Overall, a very enjoyable and refreshing brew. Unique and tasty. I couldn't drink too many, but nice to have a glass or two.

atigerlife, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 355 mL bottle, should be noted this is my first Lambic. Pours a deep eggplant purple with a champagne-like purple head, some retention. Smell is tomato? Really? Smells like sour grapes and tomato. Definitely a first for me in beer. Taste is pretty much on par with the smell. A strong tartness to it but again, all I can focus on is the tomato. High carbonation has a crisp chamagne-ish mouthfeel to it. I'm pretty much giving this 3's across the board because it is my first Lambic and I'm not used to this. While I'm sure its not terrble, just not my style...yet. And I just cant get over the tomato, or "currant" as people with a more sophisticated taste would say.

bunnyhustle, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredible color of deep purple, with a purple-pink head of some volume, lacing is very full and sticky; it looks like I'd been eating a cherry malt, especially on the drinking side of the glass. Outstanding and unique appearance.

Aroma is exciting as well, with a brash tartness of lactobacillus along with the bitter grape. Unfortunately there is a notable dose of Lindemans power sugar...

...which rears its head in a large way in the flavor. Plenty of dark fruit, purple grape and currant of course, with a lot of horse blanket and the tartness, but none of it is a match for the Grape Jolly Rancher. Points for complexity, with some herbal notes, very earthy, carbonation is smooth and lifts everything quickly off the palate.

Finish is solid, due to the last statement above. Full body yet crisp, and light of alcohol. I had a hard time finishing a 355 bottle alone, and certainly wouldn't attack a 750 with less than what you would call a party. But rich, tasty, and extremely unique.

BretSikkink, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the garden in Greenpoint

A-The colour is a deep rich magenta. There is a two finger fluffy pink/fruit punch head that settles nicely into one finger. A halo of lace clings to the glass where the original head was and continues as the beer is consumed.

S-The aroma is strong of perfume, flowers and tart berries. There is also a nice tartness, no sweetness comes through.

T-Nicely tart with the flavour of cassis shining through. There is a residual sweetness but it is slight. The horseblanket comes through in the aftertaste as does a puckering sourness. The cassis is quite intense.

M-Champagnelike is the proper adjective for this. Very apropos for the style with a tiny bubbled hard effervescence.

D-This is by far the best Lindeman's I have had. Unlike the rest of the lineup I have gone through this one is pleasantly sharp with the right lambic notes. This makes a delightful dessert beer and the pleasing fruity sourness cuts perfectly a rich dessert like NY Cheesecake. I love Creme de Cassis so this is welcome to me.

sleazo, Jul 04, 2007
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.

far333, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of becktone
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Dark red, blood red in fact-not freshly bleeding but as in old or drying blood- in color with a pink creamy head that looks like the froth on a root beer float. Great Lacing and retention on this brew.

Nose: First thing I notice is a very vinous aroma coming from my glass. At first smells a lot like a red wine, merlot or cab sauvignon. However a second take at the aroma reveals the fruity and sour smells associated with Lambics.

Tongue: Very sweet and sour at the same time, though not cloyingly so for either. Some oak characteristics in there as well, tannin bitterness. Not sure what a black currant tastes like, however the flavor of the fruit comes through in this brew. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium Heavy on the palate with lower levels of carbonation, this beer drinks more like a juice than a beer. In my opinion this is a good thing for this brew, it really compliments the flavors in the beer. This is an easy drinking beer, and at 4% abv, it could easily be a session beer. On the other hand, it might be hard to drink more than one bottle of this at a time, it is a pretty sweet beer, and it could eventually become cloying if one were to drink too much. I could see this beer replacing juice in my refrigerator.

becktone, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Florian's. Pours virtually opaque dark red-purple with nearly no head. Leaves a little lacing as it goes. Smells fruity, like berries (black currants I'm sure, though I've never had them). Full-flavored with berries at the forefront with a good amount of sourness toward the finish (though on overpoweringly so). Slightly woody in its flavor as well. Wow, this flavor is great - one of the best tasting fruit beers I've had. Much less carbonation than I expected, could use a little more in my humble but true opinion. Otherwise, medium bodied. Drinkable for what it is, but is a bit more of a sipper. Overall, an excellent beer and one of the finest fruit beers I've had - better than the raspberry version.

MrHurmateeowish, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and capped. Served at about 45 degrees, perhaps a bit too warm for some, but I generally enjoy beer warmer than most.

Poured slowly into a wine balloon, minimal hot pink head over an opaque dark ruby-garnet body.

Smells like currant jelly. This is beer? Smells really good, but once again I say, "This is beer?"

Sour currant taste. Like a sweet sparkling wine. Hops? A slight hint in the aftertaste. Malt? Somewhere in there, I suppose.

Really surprisingly rich mouthfeel. Good carbonation spreads it all around.

Very drinkable. No noticeable alcohol at all.

I like this a lot, but if given this without a description, would very likely not have guessed it was beer.

ColoradoBobs, May 02, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of afordney
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looked like grape fanta, a thin purple head left quickly but was very tightly bubbled at the beginning

very pungent aroma of grapes, like a grape juice. The smell is very strong almost overwhelming

tastes like a light sparkling cider, a tangy grape flavor follows and finishes slightly sour.

champagne bubbly, and a little watery

This particular flavor didn't jive with me very well, but it did stay true to style.

afordney, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark purple pours out of the bottle, leaving a half-inch of pink foam that lasts several minutes before settling to a thin layer that sticks around through the end, minimal lacing however.

Nose is dominated by raspberries and currants, not much else going on.

Major players in the taste are the currants of course, but also the raspberries make their presence known. There's a grape-style sweetness along with notes of malt, counter-balanced by the tartness of the currants and raspberries. Also a wheaty taste present. Very tasty though...

The mouthfeel is fairly syrupy, but sort of light at the same time. It finishes a little dry, kind of like champagne. Highly carbonated as well. The only knock toward the drinkability for me would be the sour, tartness of the fruits. As refreshing as they are, I can't see myself having much in a sitting, but several more in the future.

dogger6253, Apr 08, 2007
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 26, 2007
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lindeman's Cassis Lambic pours out a pretty pink head over a deep ruby
brew. Carbonation is hard to guage due to the brew's opacity, but the nose
has a strong berry odor. There's also something a little vinous and sour in the
background. Flavor is mellow, tart and fruity, and the finish is a little tannic.
Mouthfeel is round yet also a little dry as well. Of all of Lindeman's Lambics
I've tried so far, this is the one I've liked the best- it's not overbearingly sweet;
and is more like what I've read a traditional Lambic is supposed to be like.
Aftertaste is faintly of berries. Not bad.

shadow1961, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark purple with a thin lavender head. The aroma is pure currants. I am not surprised, but slightly disappointed by the lack our sourness from this beer. I would like a lambic to be a bit more sour than this. This beer is very sweet with a strong tart currant flavor which is pretty good though. The body is light but there is a bunch of carbonation to back it up.

drseamus, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle costing $9.45 at the North Coast Coop in Eureka, CA. This was the last of the four Lindemans Lambic and was the most difficult to rate. Poured a beautiful almost purple color with a head of the same color that lasted a long time and left wonderful lacing. Big nose of cherry and a touch of yeast. A feast for the eyes. Thick and rich, with remarkable smoothness. Flavor is very potent and I suppose is currents, but is a little odd to me. . Mouthfeel rich like all the Lamics. A ourch of tartness is there, but generally this is very sweet and almost overwhelmlming in its favors. My least favorite of all the lambics. But still not bad and very interesting to drink.

rkuhnel, Feb 12, 2007
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark grape juice color with a thick pick head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet tart candy smell with juicy notes loads of berry scents and sugars.

Taste: This is so remarkably aproachable my wife likes it too. It is almost like blackbery grape juice . very very easy. The tartness is just right a light pucker but not intense. The sweetness is just right. Lots of residual sugars cling to the cheeks long after the swallow. Across the palate there are currants, black cherriys and rasberry candy floavors keeping the beer simple but interesting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medioum body beer with ideal fine carbonation and sweet and sour attribuyte poking and prodding at the palate.

Drinakbility: This is one for wine fans like my wife. It is sweet and friendly and very easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Feb 08, 2007
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