Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans
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3.31/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
04-10-2014 16:42:16 | More by Rifugium
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-19-2010 02:41:00 | More by Mora2000
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured into a Lindemans flute glass.
Pours deep reddish purple with a fluffy thin, lasting head. Some lacing sticks to the side of the glass.
The smell is of black currants with a sour tartness lingering in the background. There was a fruity, champagne-like aroma.
The taste is of fresh black currents. A tartness is present. It has characteristics that remind me of eating a raisin flavored Sweettart candy. But, the sweetness dominates.
The feel was sweet and dry, as expected for the style. The body holds up with a light feel. The feeling of just having eaten berries lingers.
It's not one of the best lambics I've had, but not a bad choice at all if in the mood for a cassis-style lambic. Can only drink so much of it, though, before sweet dryness becomes almost too much.
10-26-2006 02:05:05 | More by jwc215
2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
Pours with a frothy, initially 1/2-finger thick, purple stained, off-white colored head, that sits on top of a deep, very dark purple colored beer. The beer does show a brilliantly clear, cherry red color when held up to the light. This smells intensely of sweet, syrup-like fruit; Concord grape jam, candied prunes, a sort of vegetal fruit character ( sort of ripe cucumber / unripe-melon if that makes sense), a green grape character. The aroma is very lightly funky too, with touches of musty, damp earth and a slight mold character.
Despite expecting it, this beer is still shockingly sweet, though it is not to the point of being syrup-like in consistency. A bit like a concentrated fruit juice, though it still has a distinct, green, vegetal note to it. Slightly tannic, at least enough to slightly coat the teeth and palate, also somewhat thick, though it is still fairly drinkable. Very fruity tasting & I suppose it tastes just like Cassis syrup, though having never tasted this I can't say for sure; the fruit tastes like a mix of prunes, green grapes, a touch of kiwi, and perhaps even a touch of cherry cough-syrup. Not really funky at all in the flavor and any sourness is completely drowned out by the sweetness.
Very easy drinking, as long as you can get past the ample sweetness. I have a hard time thinking of this as beer and the sweet fruitiness is just a bit overwhelming. Really not what I want to be drinking, but as a fruit cocktail it is not half bad.
Purchased: BevMo, Tucson AZ
04-24-2008 03:36:46 | More by Gueuzedude
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
01-04-2011 06:19:34 | More by kojevergas
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
04-30-2010 01:52:21 | More by corby112
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
I sampled the typical small bottle--foil, cork, cap-nice arty label. Pours a great plummy color, cloudy, light purple head, leaving oodles of classic lacing. Nose is fruity, musty, horsey. I love wild yeast! This is a dryer lambic then the others I've had recently, not as sweet, more sour and tart. Notes of plums and sour berries. Quite dry in the long lasting finish. complex and intriguing. Worth a try to expand your beer horizons.
12-15-2004 03:29:17 | More by Billolick
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-27-2010 05:19:03 | More by stakem
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours an opaque dark purple, I can't see through it.
Smell is a typical Lindeman Fruit Lambic, powerful fruit smell.
Smells like Black Cherries.
Taste is sweet and tart with a noticeable bitterness and woody character. This is an intense fruit beer. There is enough acid in this to irritate your tongue if you hold it there.
Mouthfeel is good.
An intense fruit beer that is just too much for a session beer.
This makes a good dessert beer, drink it alone or with vanilla Ice Cream.
01-16-2004 03:52:48 | More by Zorro
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
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a cherry color, nice soapy head and lace. Aroma is full of sour berry. In the flavor, sweet berry flavor and a sour lambic funk flavor making for a nice sweet/sour combo. Light bodied, mild carbonation and a dryish finish. Solid lambic beer, as is everything from Lindemans.
09-28-2011 04:42:28 | More by Stinkypuss
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
A splendid drink really. Fantastic colour, rare and unique to cassis beers. Purple body and bubbly, pink head. Tart and lively aroma. More tartness than fruityness, some lambic yeast makes its way through. Carbonation on the high side, but doesnt distract from anything. Tasty, black currant flavour. Drinks far too easy! Its always hard to find much to say about these fruit lambics, there never is, and yet I enjoy them (as Im sure many do) as much as any other style. Excellent beverage for so many occations, wish I had more! Fine beverage simply overall. Thanks to Dr.Jay for hauling this one into the country for me and the special lady.
09-06-2006 15:14:46 | More by biegaman
4.24/5 rDev +11%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Deep blood red and dark as heck, almost like de-oxygenated blood or something. Head is a dark pink and fluffy two finger tall size, with a good presence and settling slowly with nice retention and a one finger puck. Good pinhead rising carbonation coming up, which always populates the head nicely. Great aggressive looking brew.
Fruity and sweet nose, but nothing too overpowering. Currants, and deep sensing like cherry, with a good chewy malt backbone to go with it. Pretty solid and enjoyable if basic.
Great dense mouthfeel on this. Chewy backbone that delivers the palate nicely. Fruit sweetness on first wash with a bright juicy feel. Palate washes with a mild sweetness, and a faint lingering tartness and mild acid on the finish surprisingly. THere's a bit of playful carbonation and flattened grape fruit juice quality but the fizz doesn't detract either from the taste.
Overall, between this and the Peche for the fruit lambics, this one is a sleeper for me.
09-18-2013 02:26:56 | More by smakawhat
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
A: Poured a cranberry red, with a reddish tint on head.
S: sour fruitiness of berries
T: Brewed with black currant berries gives this beer a sweetness in the beginning and a very sour tart finish. Flavor is very rich, clean and natural. Deep rich flavor like a black currant puree with a huge sour finish. Pucker up for this one. Great beer to finish with. Definitely one of the best for its style.
M: Fruity, tart and leaves a lasting coating on the tongue. Woke up the next morning and felt like I just drank this 5 min. ago.
D: very nice, easy and enjoyable to drink.
04-12-2008 23:03:04 | More by beerthulhu
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
This beer had a very clear, ruby colour and poured with a solid cap of pink foam. The fine bubbles showed good head retention and produced some chunky, sticky lace. The aroma was of tart berries and currants, a bit minty with some earthy, blueberry flesh. It reminded me a bit of being in the forest after a rain storm. It was very sugary sweet up front, with berries and currants cutting the sweetness at the midpoint. Leafy mint and moderate tartness lingered. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation. It was a little palate coating and had a decent texture. Quite easy drinking and a good fruit beer. The sweetness was a little high for my tastes, but worked well with the tartness. I really liked the minty character too.
12-21-2007 15:36:28 | More by DrJay
3.63/5 rDev -5%
Pours a clear, dark red color with lighter red along the bottom of the glass. 1/3 inch head of a pink color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of currant, sweet malt, yeast, tart malt, slight hops, and some acidity. Fits the style of a Lambic. Mouth feel is sharp, acidic, and tangy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, strong tartness, currant, and slight hop. Overall, a new an interesting brew (never had a currant beer). Reminded me as a wine/beer combo and I rather enjoyed it.
09-08-2009 02:47:24 | More by Tone
3.3/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
11-26-2010 00:27:27 | More by beertunes
Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
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