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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

568 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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 Jemonster
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep purple with very little head. Looks like grape soda.

S: Nice berry scent. Rich and fruity.

T: Fruit all the way! Nice and sour berry flavors. No hops as expected, then yeasty bread finish.

M: Bubbly and refreshing as expected. Wonderful.

O: I love these lambics. This one actually competes with the raspberry for me.

Jemonster, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

womencantsail, May 10, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stupidly long-stemmed champagne flute.

Purple in colour, 2 finger champagne like head, moderate retention with some lacing on the glass, a small ring of bubbles was always apparent

Musty in aroma, some grapeish aromas as well, a syrupy sweetness was underneath the grape aroma

Grape flavors, pleasant tartness, an almost tannin like quality was there.

Very light in body, fizzy and effervescent.

Overall, good, not great, wouldn't get this if the apple of the peach is nearby. Guess this is the red headed stepchild of the lambics I've had, not bad but not noteworthy either

Fenris244, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear ruby red dolor. Poured a lumpy 3 finger cherry head with excellent retention; it didn't give way until kI started to drink it. Sticky webs of lace all over the glass.

S: Sweet black currants; that's about it. A little sour in the background that grows as I got used to the sweetness.

T: Sweet black currants. Transitions right to a tart/sour finish.

M: Light body. Moderate-to-ample carbonation. A nice balance as the sweetness can manifest a fuller body.

O: Not anything like beer. As drinkable as fresh fruit juice, but too sweet to drink a lot. I'll have my dessert in a glass.

Haybeerman, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep fushia/purple that is very clear with a dark pink thick foamy head that is quite attractive.
The nose is a very full cassis with a bit of concord grape. Its pleasing and not too sweet.
The taste is slightly sour to start than fades into a good sweetness. Concord grape and cassis flood your taste buds.
The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly dry. You wouldnt want more than one glass but a very good product that would make interesting food pairings.

LazyL, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Sparkling Grape Juice. However with better lacing.

Smell - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, probably a bit more stale or cardboard like.

Taste - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, slightly more bitter.

Mouthfeel - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, slightly more creamy.

Overall Drinkability - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, it's beer.

ZenAgnostic, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bestway in Greensboro, NC. $4.99. Cheapest I have ever seen anything from Lindemans.
Pours a dark purple red color with a thick light pink head and a ton of lacing. Super pretty. Smell is of currants and tartness. Tastes super tart with tons of oak, funk, and currant flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome brew from a great Belgian brewer.

TheKingofWichita, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been craving a lambic or sour for a little while. I didn't find anything really appealing today, but I didn't look very hard either. This is one that I've been wanting to try for a while. I wanted to get a grip on what currants are like. I just saw AleWatcher's review so all those factors combined to help me pick up a 12oz bottle of this.

Unfoiled, decapped, uncorked and poured into a Maredsous glass.

Eyes
The color is like a really dark grape juice. Its a deep purple. Oh great, now "Smoke on the Water" is stuck in my head. A mauve colored cap of foam rushes up pretty quickly and holds great retention and tears off thick lacing. When I hold the glass up to the light I see that this is actually a pretty clear beer. Looks just fine to me.

Nose
There's a slight funk, which I find to be very nice. Its got a cheesy, socky kinda aroma. The soft cheese notes poke out from under a smell thats more like a red wine than most beers. Like grape juice with much more of a tannic aroma and lots of twigs left in.

Tongue
Naturally this is going to be a sweet one. That's what these normal Lindeman's have become to be known by. Many bash them for this. There is a higher level of sourness from this one than I've encountered in the few other Lindeman's fruited lambics. Soon enough the glands and mouth get used to the sourness and it really only becomes a strong tartness with not much pucker. Flavors of purple grapes, skin and all mix with a woody flavor, like that of stems of fruits or stones of berries. This woodiness morphs into a very faint funkiness and soft cheese flavor.

Mouth
Dry, with a gritty, tannic feel and flavor. Sweetness is really all thats left. It sticks to the teeth and lips.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes
One of the better fruited lambics from them. I like this much better than the Frambouis but not as well as the Kriek. This one would be the smoothest transition from wine to beer. Hell, even kindergartners would enjoy a glass of this at snack time.

MbpBugeye, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep plum color with a 3 finger head of microbubbles that are about 3 shades lighter in color than the body of the beer.

Smells sweet-- dark fruit mainly. A nice tartness comes across as oak soaked vinegar. A decent musty/earthy funk is light and melds well with the profile. The beer tastes sweet, no doubt the addition of corn syrup (as widely publicized amongst active Ba's touting these beers as not being "true Lambic")... The fruit is nice and tasty-- black cherries, plums, currants. The oakiness is nice and blends into an earthy and musty funk. Nice little sour bite.

The body is light and well-carbonated. The beer tugs at my cheeks and front of my throat with its puckering sourness. This much nicer than it gets credit for. This is Lindeman's best fruit Lambic.

For the price and easy availabilty-- this is a great beer to scratch your sour itch. Enjoyable.

AleWatcher, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
1.9/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle; thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting this one with me.

A: Pours a deep reddish purple hue, with two fingers of foamy purple head that sticks around for a while. Decent lacing.

S: Smells like rotten dark fruit with a hint of tanginess thrown in there; little of the sweetness, yeastiness, or complexity I've come to expect from lambics.

T/M: Cloyingly sweet, this tastes like your average grocery store concentrated multi-berry juice, with a hint of fermentation and carbonation burn. Light/medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, and a very sticky, syrupy texture. Light funky taste on the finish before a long, lingering fruit juice finish. "Not impressed," the 2.0 rating for taste, describes this well. It's not entirely bad, but not what I'm looking for in a beer at all. The resultant feel on my teeth feels like I've drinking Sunny D, not a lambic.

O: I didn't really enjoy this beer; it was sickly sweet without any of the funkiness I was expecting from a lambic- I was blasted with fruity syrup in its place.

AwYeh, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
2.2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Never seen this before today. At $11 a bottle I have high expectations.

Appearance - Wow. This does not look like beer at all. This looks more like red wine with food coloring/berries added. You can definitely tell berries were added to this brew. A rich and frothy pink and purple head that covers up a magenta purple brew.

Smell - The smell is not very pleasant. Smells like rotten sour blackberries. Sort of a spoiled fruit smell.

Taste - Extraordinarily sour and tart. Entirely too sweet thanks to the berries. The berries are quite tasty; but this really does not taste like a beer. More like concentrated fruit juice. To pinpoint, this tastes like concentrated grape juice that I didn't add enough water to.

Mouthfeel / Drinkablity - Drinkable. But I didn't want juice; I wanted beer. This is entirely to sweet with a sour berry pucker. Concentrated and unbalanced. Something about it is off. I am extremely dissapointed that I spent so much money on this beer.

Jesse13713, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner, the bottle pours a syrupy grape-purple color with a thin film of pinkish foamy film ring. Smells very tart sweet, to the point of almost being sour. Highly carbonated mouthfeel to it, giving the grape flavors a sharpness. Crisp and bitter/tart sour in mouth, the beer has a supersweet grape aftertaste, with a mouth puckering finish. Too sweet to drink lots of, but tasty in small doses.

GarthDanielson, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute Glass]

Poured a dark red with an average sized pink head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing. The aroma was strong with black currants, a moderate dark bread malt and a light sweet yeast. It tasted sweet and acidic from beginning to end with the finish being strong with black currants that lingered on the pallet for an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall quite tasty and would be great mixed with a nice chocolate stout.

KajII, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of ozmodium
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fruit Lambic tasting odyssey continues...

750ml bottle poured into 2 tulip glasses, for sharing.

Pours a near black cloudy deep redish purple. Huge thick frothy light purple head leaves generous lacing.

Smells of sweet black currant syrup, delicious sour/acidic barnyard lambic funk. Dessert in a glass.

Taste is again of black currants. Bready wheat. Quite syrupy sweet, a little tart, but not quite enough.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, carbonation is about right.

Highly drinkable, but again a bit sweet for mass consumption.

ozmodium, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of hdofu
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark black like a ravens wing with a rasberrish colored head, smell is intensely fruity. Taste is really really sweet with a bit of a bitter finish, It is oh so thick like the fruit. It is insanely drinkable and at such a low abv I can see myself putting a few of them under the table

hdofu, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of aepb1
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red body with a pinkish foamy head

S- Black currant and earthy

T- Sweet/tart currant very well-balanced, earthy yeast

M- Velvety smooth carbonation, light to medium bodied

D- Great lambic and I love black currante so that probably contributes to my like of this beer

aepb1, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from New Years Eve 2010:

750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Boon Kriek flute.

A: It pours a less-than-opaque black color with purple hues and a finger of pinkish-purple frothy head.

S: Sweet and sour dark fruits and berries as well as some yeast-induced funk.

T: Sweet at first with blackberries, currants, and plums, and ending very sour.

M: The feel is champagne-esque with heavy carbonation and a medium-light body.

D: It doesn't wreck the palate like some other lambics and makes for a delicious dessert.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into dinner glass in high altitude Denver, CO.

A: Pours a four finger maroon head with lots of cream. Non-transparent dark amber/red colour. Excellent retention. Very inviting.

Am: Blackcurranty yeasty heaven. Perfect fruit scent. I've brewed a blackcurrant beer or two and this is very well done. Clean, pleasant, and wonderful. Almost erotic, even - I want this beer to have my abortion.

T: Sweet fruity lambic blackcurranty goodness through and through. Perfectly balances tartness with elegance. Not too bitter like blackcurrants themselves are. Adding fruit in secondary was a good idea.

Mf: Wet and coarse where it needs to be. The style requires this mouthfeel. Refreshing.

Dr: Hides its ABV well especially for a fruit beer. The price is high but the taste is better. Avoids the izze drink imitation taste of beers like Great Divide's raspberry. Very well done. A bit too wet though. Not as complex as it could be. The oak doesn't come through in the taste, but this is probably for the best.

kojevergas, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a regular dinner glass at high altitude (above 5,000 feet).

A - Deep ruby red color with a pink and creamy four-finger head.

S - Very nice cassis smell with a hint of the lambic beer to come.

T - Overall, I enjoyed the taste, but I thought the tartness of the cassis was a bit overpowering for the beer. I was hoping for something more along the lines of a kriekbier.

M - Dry all the way through; I found it appropriate.

D - Much too tart to drink all night for my taste, but definitely among my top choices if you're looking for a fruit beer.

schlimenhaumer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of kimbo33
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one even more than the raspberry! This has a little less sweetness to it and tastes more like a lambic fruit beer should taste in my opinion. Great bubbly mouthfeel, no aftertaste at all. The appearance again is average, but that shouldnt scare you off. The taste is so superb nothing can bring it down.

kimbo33, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of JaredWolgemuth
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The initial pour was a crowd pleaser! The reviews came right down the middle, out of 6 reviewers we had threenthat said amazingly good and three that were dumbfounded. If you like wine, this is up your alley. If you like dark heavy beer, try another road. Some of us will have this again, some of us will not.

JaredWolgemuth, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love straight lambic and don't drink many of the fruity variants. This one is flavored with black currants. The beer pours a lovely dark ruby color with good-sized pink head--plummish I would say. The aroma suggests an earthy cellar with fruity overtones. It is appetizing and suggests good things to come. The mouthfeel is bubbly light. The sourness of the lambic melds nicely with the tartness of the black currants. A fruity sweetness balances it. The sweetness is not overwhelming and mixes in well. Funk finishes it off. An enjoyable bottle.

BeardedBoffin, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep purple with crimson highlights & a loose, yogurty pink head.

Smells of cooked berries - presumably currants, though I'm not sure what characterizes currants - so let's say cooked blueberries & blackberries, with a sweetness that reminds me of Manishevitz or the sweet grape juice used in communion when I was a kid. Nice berry flavor, with plenty of sugar.

Strong berry juice flavor, like the leftover juice in a bowl of sugared berries, with a mild-to-medium tartness around the edges & in the aftertaste. Still ends strongly berry-juiced & sweet, but the tart flavor does a nice job of balancing out.

Medium-light-bodied, with some viscosity from the sugars & a nice light acidity.

Not bad -- pretty sweet, as it is with the Lindemans crew, but with actually more tartness than I was expecting. Still, a little of this goes a long way, & the one is plenty for me until I move onto something a little less sugary.

OneDropSoup, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Lindemans flute. Poured a dark maroon color with almost 3 inches of dark pink head that had very long lasting retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very sweet, as expected from Lindemans, with a solid malt undertone and lots of fruit. Again, as usual with Lindemans take on these things, the beer was very sticky and sweet, yet had a solid malt and grain base.

The body was full and sticky. Drinkability is good, but a little tough, depending on your sweet-tooth at the moment. Overall, a good, solid brew. I generally prefer to use the Lindemans beers as a blend with a bigger beer, Stouts or certain Strong Ales, and lord knows the ladies loves these beers. They're all worth trying.

beertunes, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cute little bottle, bought at the Grog Shop in Homer with a couple years of age on it. Hell yes.
f'ing purple! love it. purple with pink head? this can't be real. Yeah, i heard they add some flavoring at the end, but i guess I can be okay with it this time. this one time. do they add color to it too? anyways, millions of tiny bubbles for a head.
tastes like purple drink! currants are heavy, the tart is nice and sharp with a little bit of sweetness. didn't realize i'd enjoy this beer as much as I did. respect gained for the color-adding people of Lindemans.

dragonWhale, Oct 31, 2010
Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 568 ratings.