Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
87
very good

331 Reviews
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Reviews: 331
Hads: 625
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was my first experience with a Lambic style. I am a wine lover in addition to a beer lover, so I was expecting to fall in love with this, though I think the opposite happened. My experience started off with a brilliant looking pour. I was amazed at the clear wine colored beverage with a foamy pink head. The aroma was beautiful, like a wine.

The taste and mouthfeel is where my experience began to take a turn for the worse. It tasted like a cheap wine, and after a few acclimatizing drinks it began to taste like a Juicy Juice. Despite the fact that it tasted like a kids' juice and has a low ABV, the drinkability is very low. I don't think I will experiment with any more Lambics in the future. (706 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, this one disappointed me. I ordered this as part of a flight which included the Lindemon's Framboise. This one just did not compare to the latter. Too bitter, even for wild cherries (do not expect this to taste like the fake sweet cherries you get in the syrup). No head, lacing, or carbonation. More like cough medicine than a fruit lambic. (347 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a blood red color with an off white head. It appears that there is quite a bit of carbonation in the beer.

The aroma is sweet, berries play in the background, and slightly funky.

The beer tastes very sweet with hints of berries and finishes with a little bit of tartness. You can tell that it is highly carbonated as it seems to have a little bit of bite or crispness from the carbonation.

Overall the beer is okay, it is certainly drinkable it just happens to taste like a box of kids juice that is carbonated. (529 characters)

Photo of aristeros
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very very dark red, almost purple, with a pink head that is much like framboise, but a bit darker and richer. With the aroma I mostly am just getting sour funk. Unlike other fruit lambics it is really hard to pick out the fruit notes in this beer. The taste is very sour with lots of musty basement character as well as some red wine like character. Most fruit is in the aftertaste, but it works well with the sourness. Mouthfeel is somewhat full and definitely on the sticky side. Not a beer I would want to sit down and drink for a session, but I bet it would go great with a creamy desert. (592 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a Lindemans 200th Anniversary wine glass. Cloudy, darker fuschia color, topped with a full two fingers of pinkish-lavender head, which receded mostly but never completely disappeared, leaving random specks of lacing on the glass. In the nose, berries and more berries, somewhat vinous, with a little musty funk. Not bad. A little bit of puckering tartness up front in the taste, giving way to a wave of sweetness, currants and grapes, candy, jam, Jolly Ranchers, Juicy Juice...overload, simply too sweet. A subtle grassy finish. Let's just call this a fruit beer, not a lambic. Medium body, mouthfeel was syrupy with sweetness, but still had a tart twinge that kept the drinkability decent. Overall, I'd say maybe it's a good dessert beer, but not something I'd purposely buy again. I really just wanted something from Lindemans I hadn't tried yet to christen my glasswale. (892 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

After trying the Framboise & Peche lambics from Lindeman's, i just had to try the Cassis. It got to be an expensive night.

Appeance was very dark purple, with almost no light getting thru to chekc clarity. Head dropped off quickly.
Smell was quite heavily berry with a hint of something lingering in the background I couldn't put my nose on.
Taste was very much currant/berry as expected, quite tart & sour, not sweet like the Framboise. Aftertaste was quite strong and really brought those background flavors to the front. Very heavy pine/turpentine flavor that just hung around to the point of being annoying. Only went away when the next beer was drank.
Mouthfeel was quite smooth, nice lightly carbonated feel across the tongue, very much like a champagne or (gasp!) a wine cooler.
Drinkability, other than the aftertaste, is good, easy to drink but would only have one and would definitely have my next selection ordered before I finished this one. (960 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (324 characters)

Photo of crckrmn
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into an Imperial Pint glass

A- A dark reddish color with a finger of head that dissipated quickly into a thin consistent layer

S- Barnyard with underlying fruit aromas

T- Fruit upfront with a sour finish. Overly sweet for a lambic

M- The mouthfeel is a little thick, coating your whole mouth

D- Would make a good dessert beer, however not a beer I would sit down and have a session with. A little overly sweet to do this. (445 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of shadow1961
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

PWIP! Lilac lavender hues containing champagne like bubbles with a pinkish 2” frothy head cap and a sticky lace painted to the glass.

Deep woody scents of children’s cough syrup and sugar.

First swigs: Grape juice concentrate and puckery sour lemon juice. Earthy organic floral flavors. Aftertaste of copper penny and mineraly and a whisper of port wine.

Crisply carbonated with a tight acidic sizzle feel.

Last swigs: Like a raspberry pancake syrup. Medicinal in the nose and a bit sticky gooey to be overly drinkable. Reminds me of DFH Au Courant 2004. This lacked the “lambic” bight that the other Lindemans have. $5.75 mini green wine bottle with the punt in the bottom. Label explains that the wheat is unmalted and the currants are added in secondary.

Beer is good. Happy interesting beering. (820 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Chaucer's Pub- Decants a deep purple liquid, sporting a creamy billowing purple head. Lots of retention and lace going on here. The nose was pretty straightforward but enjoyable. Aromas of black currant, concord grapes, berry jam, a smidgen of hops.Tastes of sweet and tart cassis, a bit of yeasty funk, add some hops also. Quite tart and tight on the finish. Good. (375 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (1,725 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - rich blood red with moderate head. Pretty close to a sparkling grape juice, just a little more opaque and with lots of lacing...not quite wine like.

S - currant, some dark cherries

T - very sweet at first, quickly adding tartness to the mix

M - quite carbonated at first but loses steam quickly. finishes very dry; did not expect that.

D - fruity & drinkable. too fruity for my tastes but many will like this, even non beer lovers. (439 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a tart beer because of the currants but it also has a horsey funk to it. It pours a deep purple color with a bright pink head. The head is very large and rocky. The aroma is of currants with a the same slight funk as the flavor. (236 characters)

Photo of jpagewatts
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of grayburn
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isnt a bad beer by any means, I just wish the sweet syrupy currant flavor could be toned down a bit to let the funk beneatu shine through.
pours a reddish violet color with a bubbly head that dies quickly but knows how to lace.
the smell and taste of the beer itself is hidden too much by the fruit added. There is some heavy handed funk waiting there, it just doesn't get to play. Damn you currant.
Crisp mouth, a touch too sweet on the finish. I probably won't be grabbing this one again anytime too soon. (512 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish purple is color with a similarly hued fizzy head. Nosel was incredibly sweet, like blackberries. Taste is incredibly sugary with a certain tartness underneath, reminded me of a purple sweet-tart. There was also a certain woody, herbal character that was a bit intagible. Mouthfeel was fairly syrupy. This, like all Lindeman's lambics was incredibly easy to drink, liquid candy quite literally.

An interesting dessert beer I suppose, but a bit one dimensional, the more I learn about lambics, the more Lindeman's products become a strange twist on a theme.

Slàinte! (592 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tore off the black foil around the neck and popped the cap, only to be confronted with yet a cork as well. After popping that, this blackcurrant lambic pours out a deep opaque garnet hue. Lavender head that dissipates quickly and leaves its fair share of lacing.

The aroma is of wheat, yeast and sweet fruit soda-like in presentation.

Sweet carbonated black currant flavour, pretty one dimensional, but boy does it pack a punch with what it has. If that's what you bought the ticket for, then that's exactly what you get. Sweet and savoury, syrupy and sticky. That's what this lambic is made of.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and leaning to a fuller texture, not sticky like the flavour implies, and finishes smoothly.

A pleasant dessert ale, or something savoury to share with someone special. Not a regular on my menu or palate, but it would serve a certain time and place. (874 characters)

Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
87 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.