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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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577 Ratings
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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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.

Phatz, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of AmherstPhantom
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a flute (for lack of better glassware)

Appearance: Maroon color, with hints of ruby. Almost like a wine. Two-fingered head, but it was in a champagne flute.

Smell: Almost like sour wine, but in a good way. Brings up memories of cranberry more than any other berry.

Taste: Currants definitely apparent. A little sour bite at first, but nothing overpowering. Alcohol not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel: Frothy as it enters the mouth. Aftertaste is a little dry.

Drinkability: Definitely a one-bottle-per-sitting type of beer. In fact, one or two glasses should be fine. Enjoy as you would a wine.

As my first flavored lambic, i was overall impressed. It makes me want to try the rest of the lindemans brews.

AmherstPhantom, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deeper maroon, merlot hue than the framboise with a light and seltzery head with no retention. Hard to see anything in this vampireic beer, but you cn see a few bubbles near the top, on the outer edge. The aroma is lightly funky and horsey with medium currant and grape aromas with yeast. The taste is a lovely, mild currant dancing on a light aire of the Spring countryside. Mixing with some floral accents. A little more subdued in flavor than the framboise, but still good. Easy to drink, just a light to mild in tartness in my wussy lambic opinion. Very drinkable. Will buy again for fruity sipping occasions.

scruffwhor, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of goschool
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle at Gelson's Market. I swear, I once saw Cuvée René there.

Appearance: The pour is a slightly dark red or cherry with a frothy pastel lavender head.

Smell: The nose is absolutely bursting with berries and there's plenty of funk as well.

Taste: This is tremendous. The flavor profile is a great combination of a "girlie" (The female BA's are going to be thrilled with that term) lambic and a sour lambic. There's black currants, black berries, raspberries, and a tart and sour funk finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a long aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is the by far best of the fruity Lindemans lambics. This might ruin the Pêche and Framboise for me, on the rare occasion that I drink either of them.

goschool, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of BeerNutta
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindemans Cassis

A = Pours a dark purple with a thick pink fluffy foam head that quickly dissapated to leave a thin lace on the surface of the beer.

S = Very strong blackcurrant smell infused with a mint like characteristic.

T = Sweet grape start that shifts shaply to this dry tartness that lingers way after the beer has been drunk.

M = Moderately carbonated. Easy on the mouth when you are holding the beer in your mouth trying to taste all the flavours.

D = Very drinkable.

BeerNutta, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of jpagewatts
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

out of the bottle this lambic is a dark purple. with a rich purple head. the smell is fruity, as would be expected. it makes promises the taste can't keep. kind of like a sour jolly rancher. the mouthfeel gets points because it's sour keeps it a true lambic, whereas others i've had are too sweet.

jpagewatts, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear deep reddish-purple with a substantial frothy head that lingers nicely. Also displays nice lacing. The aroma of currants is pervasive. Taste has initial slightly sour currant taste that leads to a slighty sweet finish. Very enjoyable, hard to stop sipping. Good carbonation, just a great way to finish a meal. Skip the dessert and have one of these.

techdiver, Nov 24, 2006
Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
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