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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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very good

539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Foiled, corked, capped, green 12oz bottle with classy raised lettering and a nice label. No date to be seen.

Appearance: Dark rose-colored beer, with an attractive (and pretty substantial) dark-pink cap. Decent retention

Smell: Beautiful, natural dark berry aromas with a hint of earthy funk...straightforward, but natural-smelling and quite pleasant.

Taste: Mirrors the aromas quite nicely; a bit of woodsy character is present as well. Mildly tart, but with a bit of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, slightly puckering

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: I know Lindeman's stuff is a bit sweet for the style, but this is a great fruit beer all the same. Paired wonderfully with a homemade wedding cake-style with buttercream frosting and blackberry filling.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 22:48:29 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of ryanonline


2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep almost black reddish purple. Big foamy purple head...hehe. OK lacing.

Smells like fruity whiskey.

This has a really odd flavor layering. Really tart jumps to sort of a flat sweet. Dunno about this one.

Foamy and thin and watery. Dry finish.


Just meh.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:59:08 | More by ryanonline
Photo of drabmuh


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still haven't figured out how to turn down free beer. Even though I don't respect that these are called "lambics" this one was OK.

Beer is purple, deep purple, and forms a thick head of small bubbles that is also purple in hue. Some lacing on the glass.

Beer is sweet and mildly tart in the aroma. Mostly sweet with this almost grape juice aroma to it.

Beer is medium to light in body with decent carbonation. Mild tartness at the corners and a lot of sweetness. The more I drink the more it tastes like carbonated Welch's grapejuice. Interesting but not a repeat. Unless of course its free.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 17:48:30 | More by drabmuh
Photo of sweemzander


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a very dark plum color that produced a good fluffy pink head with some good retention behind it. Bits of lacing left behind.

(S)- A good tart sour background with a grape-like fruit profile with bits of plum and blueberry. Finishes dry with bits of hay.

(T)- A solid sour/tart front that flows into the nice currant fruit, yet has hints of plum and blueberry in there too. Finishes dry with a bit of hay funk; stays nicely sour throughout.

(M)- A good lively carbonation level and balance. The sourness and fruit are neither overpowering each other but do throw their weight around together.

(D)- A solid fruit lambic with everything you would expect. A tad sweeter and richer than normal for the style due to the dark fruits, but the sourness/tartness helps counteract some of that. Another solid drinkable lambic from Lindemans which is what I like best about them; a simpler, yet easier on the palate and stomach take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 01:50:46 | More by sweemzander
Photo of aasher


4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: poured smoothly with a light pinkish head, is a dark rich purple in color yet dark red in the light, slight carbonation

Smell: very fruity and sweet, almost sour, kind of a wine scent to it, very appealing, slight slight alcohol on the back end

Taste: sweet upfront before it becomes sour on the end, good flavor and complex for a lambic, very sweet and good currant flavor, almost like a light dark red wine

Mouthfeel: well carbonated so good amount of tingling on the tongue, very smooth and refreshing

Drinkability: very drinkable, great flavor, aromas, and appearance. a little too sweet to drink more than one but overall it's a very good tasting lambic

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:56:35 | More by aasher
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4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a blood red with a 1 inch super fizzy light red head that fades to nothing. There is some lace spotting going on.

S - Smells of black currant, slight vinegar, and a metallic aroma.

T - Delicious black currant, vinegar, and an earthy metallic quality.

M - Very fizzy carbonation. Leaves your spit sticky like soda does.

D - Excellent lambic. Tastes somewhat like Ribena. Very easy to drink and very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 03:04:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of AgentZero


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark purple, like super grapey grape juice. Pretty viscous looking with a pink head that disappeared to some moderate and nice lacing.

S - Wow, talk about a rich berry smell. Just tons of dark currant in the nose. Sweet and a nice tart smell to cut into the berry scent.

T - Actually pretty good. A very deep currant taste with a little bit of tartness and a little bit of malt. Little bit of other berry flavor, raspberrys are the most noticible. Very rich and deep tasting.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

D - Just too rich for me, and too sweet. Had a little trouble drinking more than half the bottle that I split with my fiancee who insisted on trying ALL the Lindemans beers she could at one setting.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:03:04 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a cherry-red tone and a slightly reddish tan head, rather inviting. Aroma is rich and yeasty with a fruity overtone, a mixture of cherry and blueberry - must be currant. Lip-smacking flavor is slightly sweet, pleasantly sour, mainly cherry and blueberry - currant? - with undertones of malt and yeast. Texture is very smooth and leaves behind a light tingle.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 00:04:39 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of urwithdave


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle purchased at Total wine. My wife bought it and I decided to try it even though, I haven't really liked lindemans other offerings.

A- pours dark deep purple. 3 fingers of a billowing pinkish head that disappears and leaves a thin ring. The lacing resembles the legs of a fine red wine. A very impressive looking brew in my opinion.

A- loads and loads of dark berries. I'm really not acquainted with black currants but if they taste as good as they smell, I'd be down with eating some anytime. The closest I could associate with it would be a blackberry cobbler.

T- very nicely balanced with the fruits not being to sweet nor tart. A very nice blend. There is a nice grape and blackberry taste. I'm not getting ran over by the sweetness that kills the other lindemans for me.

M- light to medium in body. With a good level of carbonation. The finish is balanced between the tartness and the sweetness. Some what acidic.

D- I couldn't drink it all night, that's for sure. However, it is a excellent desert beer and that's what I'm rating it as.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 08:10:32 | More by urwithdave
Photo of Mora2000


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red-purple color with a pink head. The aroma is tart and has a lot of red wine characteristics. The flavor is very similar to red wine and has some other fruit which is guess is the currants. There is also a little bit of tartness. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This has nothing in common with other Belgian lambics but as far as fruit beers go, this is a decent one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:41:00 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Gobzilla


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a deep wine purple with a half finger head and light sticky lacing left on the glass

S: I was getting some funky corky aromas with good grape notes that made the cut with slight acidic tartness.

T: nice grape tarness like the nose with good sweetnees that is not over baring. After a couple sips I get a little funk flavor as well.

M: light to meduim body with light carbonation with a sweet dry finish.

D: very good lambic I think its one of my favorite beers from lindemans. I like that the cassis adds sourness to the overall taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:50:13 | More by Gobzilla
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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark plum purplish color with a light purplish pink foamy head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly funky sour aroma with a surprising malt presence along with a prominent dark fruit character, especially grape, raisin and dark berries.

Medium bodied with some nice soft carbonation up front and a subtle dark fruit presence. Sweet grape and blackberry flavor and maltier than expected. Only slight tart/sour but not acidic at all. Sweeter than I prefer and easy to drink but not very complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:52:21 | More by corby112
Photo of Exiled


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz Bottle)

Pours a ruby red color with a light pink head. Smell is sweet berries/currants, grapes, and a sourness/funk. Taste is berries/currants, cranberries, with a slight sour/tartness. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall this is a lot better than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 21:44:26 | More by Exiled
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 335ml bottle into my Allagash tall snifter/chalice. Pours a deep purple to reddish color with a raspberry colored head. Head is about 2 to 3 fingers and very frothy. Leaves tons of sticky frothy legs of lace around the glass. Appearance is very solid/cloudy and head retention is very good. Takes a good 5 minutes for the head to dissapear into a creamy surface.

Aroma has some tart, fruit-black currants, and a slight funk in the back. I can tell already this beer would probably be better with some age. Overall though, more sweet then tart...but enjoyable.

That's pretty tasty. Some definite sweet notes from the black currants, and resides as the majority of the flavor. The tartness compliments nicely...with a very faint and distant funk. Again, I must say...some age would do this beer wonders. Mellow out the sweetness and hopefully the tart characteristics would take over. Light to medium mouthfeel, high carbonation, but not overkill. Very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 02:07:05 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of aristeros


3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Crave Kitchen in El Paso TX. First Lindemans.

Attractive bottle, somewhat blah label. Thought surprised at the pop top but there was a cork underneath that was super-annoying to remove. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a violet red, small pink head, little retention. Very visible carbonation. Looks great

Mixed berries, mostly tart and a bit acidic. Somewhat like wine, chablis acidity meets a mellow burgundy. On the edge of the nose is a yeasty funky smell like some eastern euro beers that's not entirely unlike sweat.

Taste is sweet berries up front, no funk, turning to black cherries, sweet and sour. Very active carbonation helps it, but pretty simple and it's not as complicated as I'd hoped.

I was thinking of something more along the lines of, say, a Three Philosophers. This is like fruit juice meets champagne. Not my thing. Wife will have to finish it off while I crack something else.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 01:58:58 | More by aristeros
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackberry color with a large, slowly-dissipating pink head that leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Tart and sweet berries.

Taste: Somewhat bitter beginning, rounding out into a bittersweet/tart currant finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with balanced carbonation and a dry, champagne finish.

Drinkability: One of the Lindemans fruit lambics with a little more depth in flavor. I don't think I've ever had black currants before, but I do like the taste of this beer a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 19:32:19 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

corked and capped 12oz. bottle served into a Lindemans flute

Pours an expectedly gorgeous, medium-translucent red-violet color. When held to directly to light it takes on a redder color approaching crimson. The head sat at two fingers, was fluffed up and colored pink like an Easter egg. Nebulous formations of lacing stick to the glass in distinct notches.

Tart fruit acids, currants, & overripe strawberries hit the heaviest in terms of aroma. This smells slightly less sweet than Lindemans Framboise. There is a welcome level of funk that I've never detected in the other Lindemans fruit beers. It is light but present; a kiss of sweaty sock and old-ass wood barrel.

That funk from the aroma? Not there on the tongue. The beer tastes very similarly to its Lindemans fruit beer brethren -- sweet, fruity, tasty, not complex in the least bit. The fruit component tastes like a cocktail of berries. There is a bit of astringency that always shows up in the middle of the drink. The beer finishes dry with a flash of Sweet Tarts and an aftertaste reminiscent of strawberry jam.

The mouthfeel is what you probably expect it to be if you've had a Lindemans fruit beer before. It is very light with active carbonation. It feels (and pretty much tastes) like a fruit soda pop. The beer is definitely drinkable in a soda pop way. You probably aren't going to want to dink a lot of this particular kind of taste but you certainly could with no difficultly.

Overall? Meh. Its a Lindemans fruit beer, one that happens to be a little bit more traditional. But a half-hearted attempt at making an honest Lambic doesn't make this a better beer than their Framboise, which totally embraces its un-Lambicness. This is tasty enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:32:36 | More by Reaper16
Photo of Cylinsier


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a grape purple with a pink frothy head with good retention. Glows red when held to light.

Smells of mixed berries, a bit of bretty tartness and sugary malts.

The taste is a mildly tart grape like flavor. Kind of a sweet wine taste.

Feels moderate and mildly bubbly, like champagne.

A good sweet selection. Great for dessert. Easy to drink. Not hard to like if you're into lambics.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 01:34:42 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of FreshHawk


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light red-purple color somewhat similar to grape juice. Small pinkish white head with normal retention and a decent amount of lacing.

S - A lot of black currant and some berry, grape, and cherry smells. Fairly sweet but some sourness too. Somewhat juice like.

T - A lot of black currant, grape, and berry type flavors throughout. At first these are sweet, but mid sip a nice tart sourness becomes more noticeable. The finish has a nice mouthwatering sour taste. The sweetness, however is still fairly present throughout, and overall probably has a bit more of an impact than the tart sour flavors.

M - Medium to light body with a very fairly large amount of carbonation. Slightly fizzy and mouthwatering. Also a bit of a sticky feel.

D - It is a little too sweet and just a little too much to have multiple ones in a night. However it would make a nice dessert beer, and has a good variety of pairings to go with a dessert. In that respect, if I want a fruity dessert beer, I would definitely consider this.

Notes: Like most of Lindemans' beers, this is on the sweet side, and isn't really beer-like in taste (even compared to most other sours). This one has a fair amount of tart/sourness to offset that though. A bit juice/wine like and would be a nice dessert beer to pair with things you would normally pair fruit with. On a side note, this does remind me a bit of a snakebite (lager, cider, and blackcurrant cordial) that was a common and popular drink at my University in England.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 02:05:13 | More by FreshHawk
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Cassis is a great lambic, much like the others I've had. This is probably the lambic that most closely resembles a wine that I've had. It's a very dark shad of red, almost purple. Smells of berry, a little wine-like. Taste is fruity, a little sweet and tart. Not too sour though. Very high drinkability. I highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:17:23 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of stakem


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy ruby red/purple color with a red stained head. Little bit of lacing left on the glassware. Nose is sweet smelling with a nice amout of funk, tartness and sourness. Taste is sour, sweet and funky with a bit of a dark fruit taste as well. Light feel and high carbonation. Smells like a dark fruity gummy bear candy. Tastes similar but sour with a tartness that makes your mouth pucker and want to drink more with a drying finish. Some light notes of vinegar are noted as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 05:19:03 | More by stakem
Photo of Mavajo


4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a bright cherry pink color - think of a light Cherry soda or White Zinfandel. Light pink thin head fades quickly and leaves behind a bit of thin lacing. Very girly looking.

Nose is good - you can catch a whiff of this without really trying. Very nice fruity, berry smell.

Taste follows the nose. A brilliant explosion of fruity, berry ("Currant" apparently...though I've never had a currant, so I'll stick with "berry") tart and sourness. Balanced very well - the tartness tantalizes just enough without being overwhelming, and the sweetness pleases just enough without being cloying. Great taste.

Mouthfeel is good - hits all the right notes.

Truly a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 15:27:25 | More by Mavajo
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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Cassis. Third of the Lambic fruit beers I've tried and going with the currants this time. Poured into Lindemans flute glass.

A- Dark berry purple fluid with nice off purple fluffy head that leaves decent patchy lacing.

S- Smell is slightly tart blueberry and grapes.
Hint of subtle sweet cranberry as well.

T-M- Fresh cranberry sause comes to mind first with dashs of blueberrys and sweet yeast with light funk. Mouthfell is a bit acidic with light carbonation rolling over the tongue with ease.

D- Its like a rich chocolate good in small doses but invigorating in moderation.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 20:45:36 | More by wesbrownyeah
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a purpleish red color with a fluffy pinkish-purple head.

Aroma is lightly funky and winey/grapey with a hint of blueberry. It has a concord wine feel.

Sweet plums and dark fruit blend with a mild acidity, somewhat sugary, which holds back the potential a little.

A good substitute for the ever hard to find sweet red wines. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:27:49 | More by brownbeer
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 355 ml/ 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Deep burgundy in appearance. Pours with ~2 fingers of pinkish head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- A light aroma of tart berries.

T- Sweet and mildly acidic berry flavors, with a solidly funky kick on the finish.

M- Crisp and well carbonated.

D- Decent desert sipper. One would be the absolute max.

Future outlook: Interesting and decent enough, but probably not one that I will actively seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 04:22:36 | More by DoctorDog
Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
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