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Lindemans Cassis - Brouwerij Lindemans

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BA SCORE
86
very good

598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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 WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me just say, that after comparing the Lindeman's lineup to the Cantillon's I've tried I'm a bit confused. I think Cantillon is the traditionalist while Lindeman's has made some mighty fine dessert beers. However, I saw some of the characteristics of the Cantillon in the Cassis offering leaving me more impressed than the other fruit flavored lambics I've tasted. Appearance: Purple ruby tone with an effervescent pink head lacing even with each sip, very nice not much retention though. Aroma: Tart winey tones, with an herbal, musty earthiness very solid. By far the most complex smelling Lindeman's product I've had. Taste: Tart grapes (currants), sweet but herbal notes this is an awesome tasting lambic. Sourness is perfect not as lip puckering as a Cantillon but not as candy as the Kriek, Framboise, or Peche. Mouthfeel: Spritzy and light to medium bodied very bubbly, solid. Drinkability: This one contains the best balance for me, Cantillon is great but so sour and the other fruit infused lambics from Lindeman's are overly sweet this is the overall ideal lambic for me.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/16/2013. Pours fairly clear dark red color with a 2 finger dense dark pink head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light strreaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart blackberry, black currant, red grape, candi sugar, hay, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of big authentic berry fruitiness, candi sugar, and light earthy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart blackberry, black currant, red grape, candi sugar, hay, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blackberry, black currant, red grape, candi sugar, hay, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and robustness of big authentic berry fruitiness, candi sugar, and light earthy yeast notes; with a good sweetness/tartness balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly slick, and lightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is an excellent sweetened fruit Lambic style. All around great robustness and balance of authentic berry fruitiness, candi sugar, and light earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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.

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of corby112
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.75/5  rDev -28%

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

Lindemans Cassis

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
86 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.