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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

545 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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HimerMan

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5%

Small bottle, served into a wine glass - after I had the Kriek.

Pour - slightly darker than the kriek - a bit more of a plum look and darker redish head.

Smell - not as vibrant as the kriek, but definitely notes of currants present.

Taste - vey very tart, to the point where it was a bit more than I wanted. Overall the taste is great, but you have to expect that the beer is going sweet/tart.

I'd suggest trying this if you are a fan of black currants and, of course, lambics.

Definitely worth picking up if you want to try it - luckily, this is widely available.

Cheers.

09-03-2006 04:05:31 | More by HimerMan
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

(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.

08-15-2006 19:44:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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lpayette

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance- Concord grape purple color. Pinkish head. Big and bubbly. A very nice overall presentation.

Smell- Very tart in the nose. The currants smell similar to blueberries in some respects. Faint alcohol, musty notes, blackberries, faint medicinal notes, and cough syrup. Luckily I like some cough syrups.

Taste- Currants are very strong and very tart (a bit too much for me). Wheat? and barley are very very subtle in the background- just enough to remind the drinker that this is beer.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy. Honestly, it's a bit artificial in the feel, but at the same time delicious. Sometimes ends a bit dry.

Drinkability- Very drinkable as long as you like black currants.

I'd pick up Lindemans Framboise or Kriek over this any day. Although interesting, I found this one to be a little less enjoyable- mostly because of the fruit choice itself.

08-13-2006 06:02:19 | More by lpayette
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Not as good as the Frambiose. A little thinner in the mouth. However there is great head and retention and the smell is nice and strong of tart currents.

Taste is exceptional if you like current. Not as drinkable as the Frambiose. Drink it like you would a really nice bottle of wine or champagne.

Personally, while I enjoyed the beer, I won't pay 6 dollars for another one.

08-12-2006 23:50:44 | More by jasonjlewis
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Lindemans Cassis Lambic
12 oz green bottle with cork and tin wrap
Served in a Duck Walk vineyard champagne flute

Pours a hazy purple with a fluffy dark pink head on top. Intense violet colored trails of puffy lace decorate the side of the flute.

Pleasant nose of ripe grape and berry fruits.

Sweet grape juice quality with a blackberry and rasberry tartness. Freshly poured Welch's grape juice with an intense pressured carbonation. Musty and funky Belgian Lambic yeast flavors. Extremely tart, sour and sweet all mixed together.

Yet another Lindemans Lambic that is just way too drinkable that could be enjoyed at anytime or anyday.

08-12-2006 23:20:21 | More by Hibernator
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

A - Pours a dark red in color, nice carbonation, nice foamy pink head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of grapes, and black cherries.

T - The taste is sweet/tangy and highly carbonated.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a lambic offering from Lindemans, would recommend at least once in a lifetime.

08-09-2006 00:58:57 | More by Wasatch
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tallar

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +19.1%

Appearance: Pours a light purple-ish brown and a fluffy, pink-ish white head.

Smell: Apple pretty much dominates, sweet snd tart. Some malt is noticable as well.

Taste: Mostly apples, but its well balanced with malts. Nice tart finish.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Definitely goes good smooth and creamy and has the carbonation just about right. Highly drinkable, but probably not something one would drink a lot of.

06-23-2006 01:35:36 | More by tallar
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%

A - 2" pink head with great retention. Leaves behind a good bit of pink lace. The lambic is a dark purple color.

S - Powdery fruit. Berries. Slight diacytel??

T - Tart fruit. Sour. Then sweet. Hint of wood.

M - Thin body with lively carbonation.

D - Refreshing but not all that interesting. Decent drinkability.

06-12-2006 01:40:40 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a 750 mL corked bottle served chilled.

Appearance: The ale pours with a brilliant brown-purple color. It looks more appetizing than I describe it. There is a nice ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has an almost medicinal smell, very astringent. Beyond that, the sweetness of the cassis begins to shine through. When it does, the ale has a pleasant aroma, but the first whiff could be a little disconcerting.

Taste: The cassis gives the ale a nice sweet bitterness that tastes quite well. The flavor lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel: The sugary sweetness of this ale is undeniable. It leaves the mouth a little dry, creating the desire to take another sip.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability, the sweetness and dryness are nice changes of pace.

05-27-2006 00:22:05 | More by akorsak
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dfried

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

I have been looking for one of these for a while now and finally found one in Superior, WI. Lucky me. The best lambic I have ever had is the New Glarus Cherry Tart, but this Cassis is a close second. For those who like sweet, sugary lambics, this is not for you. Lindeman's does a great job of capturing the nature of black currant, sort of watery in texture but sweet and tart create a flavor burst that mellows with fruity dry flavor, almost like a red wine. What I was most impressed with was the smell. the first thing I did when I opened it was smell the cork, it was almost like a musty, but fruity cellar. Very refreshing, reminds me of the northwoods in the spring or fall. This is not something you would have a session with (is any lambic), I think it would be best with some dank food, or to actually cook with.

05-17-2006 19:06:36 | More by dfried
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: A pretty concord grape juice color with ruby and plum tones. Pink marshmallowy head is kind of frothy and kind of small with sub-par retention.

Smell: Black currants (duh) and red wine with plums and dragonfruit.

Taste: Nice and tart, with an apple cider vinegar-like sourness. Black currants, fresh cranberries, grape seeds, and a slight wheat flavor. Not too sweet, this is a tasty beer that would be even tastier with brie or dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy yet syrupy, not bad but not particularly good.

Drinkability: This is a fairly refreshing lambic, lacking in complexity but not too heavy or sugary. Probably would go over well at parties.

04-16-2006 21:47:51 | More by soulgrowl
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milesmayhem

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

2nd following the raspberry, the Cassis is another delicious 3 year masterpiece from Lindemans. Lovely ruby pour with a delicate white head of foam. The nose is worth a good 10 minutes of savoring. Very sweet and rich flavor like pure juiced cherries fills the mouth. Addictive and would go great with cheesecake.

03-23-2006 05:48:04 | More by milesmayhem
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

My first lambic. Lindemans Cassis is a shiny shade of ruby with a fluffy, pink head. The aroma is rich and of strong, sweet dark berries. The taste is simply amazing, I have to say this is the best fruit beer that I've sampled. Flavor is of very strong, tart dark berries with a center of sugary sweetness. My idea of malt and hop flavors aren't present, however the layers and complexity of the fruit flavors are amazing. For fans of fresh fruit this is a "must sample" beer. Highly recommended.

02-16-2006 01:42:48 | More by Gagnonsux
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%

Finally got me a bottle of Lindemans. Big 750 mL green bottle, corked and capped (?), and topped with foil. It pours a dark cherry red with notes of purple and pink, and it's topped with a beautiful strawberry frosting color head that rises to an inch and a half and sticks everywhere, and not just on the first glass. Damn that's a pretty beer. It smells sweet with berries (currant, blackberry), and a slight musty/farmy aroma. The last pour (with all the dregs) smells of currant preserves. The taste follows suit with a good tart/bitter quality and additional notes of dark cherries and oak. Delicious. The body is both medium and syrupy, both smooth and dry. The carbonation at the beginning is nice, but the beer is better as it warms. As far as drinkability - I was taking sips for the whole 2 hours it took to drink, and I'm surprised it even lasted that long - good thing I was trying to savor it. I could have drunk two of these in a row easily, especially because of the low ABV, however, the high price keeps me from that. Ah well.... now to try their other lambics.

02-13-2006 22:33:51 | More by mmmbeer
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5%

Poured a cloudy red berry color, I can see some small bubbles rising to the top, thin off-white collar.
smell, was of the black currants.
taste,was earthy, can taste the dark fruit, bit of tang on the end, quite interesting, feels like I'm drinking some sort of wine.
mouthfeel, was watery, tangy, and smooth.
drinkability, I would say is fairly high, I could see havin a few of these, and it's quite pleasant to drink. although, doesn't seem like beer to me.

01-22-2006 18:39:56 | More by steinlifter
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

This offering comes out a deep burgundy red color with purple on the sides. A nice tall, airy, frothy pink head sits atop the glass and maintains good retention. Aroma was sweet, kind of berryish with some yeast notes evident. Taste had more of a purple grape flavor than berries imo. Body is light and a bit watery, not too syruppy at all. The sweetness is dominant and the yeast doesn't really hold it back. The finish however gives me some acidity and washes away the sweetness quite well. This was a fairly good beer, Cassis wouldn't be my first choice to add to a lambic, but it worked well here.

01-18-2006 21:40:41 | More by granger10
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

From notes, 01-12-06

Pours a vary dark hazy purple with a thick two finger pink head that slowly recedes to a rocky cap, that leaves behind tons of lacing. It's kind of strange to see a purple head on my beer.

Smell; very sweet with a very strong black currant smell. There's also a bit of a sour smeel in the background.

Taste; very sweet and fruity to start, followed by a slightly puckering sourness. It was a little hard to pick out at first because of how sweet this beer is, but there's a bit of a peppery spiciness in the finish, that makes this slightly more enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. This is so sweet that I had a really hard time finishing it.

01-16-2006 01:36:48 | More by RedHaze
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oelergud

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Dense burgandy body with a smooth pink head. Great retention and lace, cant tell what carbonation is like.
Smell is very inviting, sweet, tart and rough.
Very flavorfull and almost identical to the smell. Upfront sweet fruit flavors followed closely by a tart sensation which lasts well into the too short aftertaste.
Tartness all over the tongue, good coating and body.
Highly drinkable and a great change from the more traditional beers.

-Oelergud

01-14-2006 22:05:31 | More by oelergud
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Kookiekwan

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

This beer pours a dark cherry red and has a thin fizzy one finger head with little to no retention but leaves some dark pink lacing on the glass. The aroma is bursting out with ripe berries, yeast, and pepper medley. The taste reminds me of sweetarts with a sensory overload of fruit. If you've never had a Lambic before the you're in for a treat with this one.

12-21-2005 22:17:12 | More by Kookiekwan
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SacoDeToro

California

4.28/5  rDev +12%

An excellent lambic with an wonderfully pungent black currant aroma. The flavor is full of fresh crushed fruit and herbal notes. The light wheaty backbone of this beer truly lets the fruit shine through. The lambic yeasts add that distinctive tang that nicely compliments the other flavors. The mouthfeel is light and carbonation appropriate to the style. Almost no hops present. The color is a dark brownish purple, reminiscent of a cabernet. Grab a bottle if you can find it.

12-11-2005 06:29:30 | More by SacoDeToro
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Boto

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%

12 oz. bottle: An excellent Lambic. It has a somewhat sweet, fruity aroma to it. It also has a nice sour aftertaste to compliment the slight sweetness of the beer. The black currant taste is very evident, but not overdone. Nice purplish head, on top of a beer that has an almost grape juice color. Very heavy. The Black Currants are a nicer flavor than the Krieks or Boons. Definitely a one at a sitting brew.

12-07-2005 18:16:55 | More by Boto
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stof0048

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Poured into the recommended glassware. Has a thin pink head that lingers and lacing that sticks to the glass from top to bottom. The beer itself is a dark reddish/purple (burgundy) color with some cloudiness.

S: Smells a bit like a dark wine, a bit sour smelling. Some hay, wheat protrude. Definitely has the fruitty smell of the black currant.

T: Obvious what the most abundant taste is in this one, the black currant. Aside from that it is very sour up front and mellows on the back of the palate. Can pick up some of the oakiness, wheat, and barley. A bit of a hay flavor. A bit like gueze almost.

M: Has a pretty good mouthfeel. Goes down with a creamy feeling. Bubbly as it slides down.

D: The one part of this beer that kills it is the drinkability. I have a hard time finishing the bottle when I crack open a 750ml so I usually share with a friend. The sweetness/sugariness of this beer is almost too much but never the less a quite enjoyable change of pace.

11-20-2005 22:38:47 | More by stof0048
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DogFood11

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a beautiful deep purple and easily manageable head. Pink head that is powerful and leaves evidence of its goodness clinging and sliding down slowly after each pull on the snifter.

Currants / grape / minty / piney / this could take days to pick out all the goodness but a huge dark grape wine type aroma comes off of it.

The thing that impresses me the most about this brew is the balance it has between the super sour bamm up front then it mellows into a sweet sugary middle and finishes sour again with lingering aftertaste. It seems a bit like candy at times which could get old quick but a couple of these are perfect.

I respect the quality of this effort. I'm shocked at the ABV% as I could have sworn I felt some warming off this bad boy. It really does warm my gullet even for a short time. I would wait a while to review this style as the first couple of times I've tried it I really couldnt stand it but now I find that it is a nice treat when I'm in the mood.

11-17-2005 03:45:13 | More by DogFood11
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12 oz capped and corked bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark purple with two fingers of light pink head, good retention, medium lacing. Smell is extremely fruity and extremely appealing. I'm assuiming the fruit is currant (never eaten one) but it smells like a cross between cherries, cranberries, and figs to me. Taste is more fruitiness, this one is much more tart than the other Lindeman's I've had (kriek and peche), but still has a nice sweetness on the finish to make this an extremely light and easy drinking beer. Medium bodied with a nice medium carbonation--not as fizzy as some other fruit lambics I've tried. As far as drinkability goes, I could drink this all day, every day, in place of soda. I like all lambics---they're a nice change of pace from the normal beer and usually have great fruit flavors, and I think this might be my favorite one yet.

11-11-2005 23:16:25 | More by cubedbee
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kgotcher

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a purplish color with pinkish head and lacings of course.

Smell is fruity all the way.

Mouthfeel is smooth but dry and puckering sour tartness is very strong. There seems to be some kind of mustyness to this, it is my first cassis lambic so not really sure if it is intentional or not (wild yeast?). I kind of adds to the mystery.

Anyway I like it.

11-06-2005 03:32:08 | More by kgotcher
Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.