Cassis
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #140
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,677
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 12.89%
Reviews:
361
Ratings:
732
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Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Is it a sparkling wine or a beer? That is the question amateurs of exceptional products ask when they discover our Cassis for the first time. Cassis Lindemans is a fruity beer made from a lambic base which, thanks to its shades of dark purple and its aromas, is spontaneously reminiscent of wine. The taste of Cassis Lindemans on the palate is inimitable: intense and sparkling with a sour-sweet finish.

5 IBU
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Photo of REVZEB
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark purple body with magenta tinted foam, pretty to the eye. Smell is laced with sugary black currants, with a touch of tartness, candi sugar, and red grape. Taste is sickly sweet, like many in the series, with the black currants dominating the sugar bath. Close to a cassis juice than anything, the liqueur cassis has more bite for goodness sake! Feel is sugary, syrupy, and cool. My dentist thanked me for not finishing the glass

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark purple in color with purple and pink tinged foam covering a fingernail around the rim and half of the middle. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of tart black currants and dark grape. I’m tasting tart, but quite approachable black currants. The mouth is very dry and crisp. This is a very easygoing and flavorful lambic.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Dark violet/maroon in appearance, deep in color, hazy, little to no head retention and lacing.

Very unripened blackberries and raspberries dominate the aroma, along with purple grape juice/currants. Yeast is noticeable, along with notes of wine, licorice, and vinegar. Very tart and sour in its pungent smell.

Taste follows the nose well, very crisp and tingly. It really does taste more like a unique wine than a beer with the presence of the currants. Altogether, sour, tart, fruity, funky, crisp, and smooth.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark blacberry color . Body was just above average with a decent amount of champagne like carbonation. Overall a very nice feel to this beer.
Aroma is black grape juice, black currant juice, some yeast and a mild tart sour funk also show up in the aroma .
Taste really follows the nose on This one. It is a little sweet in a sugary way but is also a bit dry. The sweetness isnt over done and it allows the mild sour,tart, funk flavors to come through.
Overall it's an excellent high quality beer.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

man i really love me some berries. 750ml bottle, yanked the cork out and dumped it into a tulip. deep red, almost purple once it was in the glass, with a nice soft pink head that has left huge spots of lacing. lots of yeast on the nose with a lingering underbelly of black currant/dark berry notes. those currants come through on the taste more and blend wonderfully with the slightly tart yeast and wheat notes. i could drink several of these. feels almost fluffy in the mouth, with a wet coating and tinge of tart being left behind. glad i picked this up.

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Photo of EMH73
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours purple with a thin ring of pink head. Smells of blackberries, raspberries, grapes and a bit of sour funk. Really smells more like a wine than beer. Tastes of tart blackberries, grapes, raspberries and some sweetness as well as sourness. Light bodied and carbonated, somewhat tart mouth feel.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 08/10/17:

First pour looks like brandy or rye in direct light, only darker, an orange pinkish red. Last pour is an opaque pink and peach toned medium dark brown. There was sediment a plenty. Head is a light pinkish beige, extra fluffy, moderate retention. In bottle, vinegar or old wine and licorice, fun combination! In glass, raspberry, grape, and cranberry, all fermented. Black currant definitely to be found in this palate, but akin to a juice mix of raspberry, cranberry, white grape, apple, with hints of something dark and strange at the very beginning, like licorice. So sweet and tart, too easy to drink all at once. High acidity and astringency. Light to medium in body, extra fine squishy sudsiness, noticeably superior to that of the Framboise, assuming effervescent spritz isn’t your ideal.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thought I would give this a whirl in the hot blazing afternoon sun.

Pours a deep plum, solid body like a pure 100% juice.
No head as such, but wasn't expecting one from this lambic.

Aroma is intense, take in a couple of massive blackberry lungful's, tinged with a slight sour scent...awesome.

Taste.....Wow! Forget Ribena, this is all the fruit drink you need in your life... The same intense blackberries evident in the aroma, dance a merry dance on your tongue, with that nice light fizz from the lambic style. Simply excellent.

Feel is a touch sharp, but not too tart.

Overall, a fantastic brew, even if the fruit beer world is not for you....just wish it had a touch more abv, and that I had bought a crate of these, am sure they will improve with a little aging. No surprise of its gold medal status in the Brussels Beer Challenge.

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Photo of REDAMI
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 355ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - purple pour with a rose tinted foam which dissipates quickly

S - Musty, tart on the nose, kinda like sweet-tarts, wine notes, grapes

T - Sour funk, blackberry, grape, tomato type acidity, not overly sweet

F - Semi-sharp tartness on the tongue which mellows quickly, moderate carbonation

Overall quite refreshing, not as sweet as other Lindemans but an excellent lambic.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant dark purple with a persistent, pale violet bubbly blanket.

This smells like grape, raspberry, and blackberry while also bringing to mind red wine.

Taste has all the same attributes as the aroma that comprises the black currant/elderberry bouquet, and is lightly tart and quite jammy, but with a little bittering greenery. The original juicy.

Cassis has a light to medium wet juicy feel with a mouth puckering tartness.

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Photo of FBarber
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby color with a pink tinged off white head. This bottled gushed everywhere when I opened it. In the glass the head dissipated steadily leaving some spotty sections of bubbles on top of the beer. When held to the light the beer is perfectly clear.

Smell has notes of tart blackberry, raspberry and currants, Hints of balsamic vinegar come through with some noticeable tartness in the nose.

Taste is immediately tart - notes of blackberry, raspberry, currants, and some balsamic vinegar notes. There is a definite mind flavor that permeates the beer. Its interesting, but the more of the beer I drank, the more I liked it. Some minty grain on the back end lingers through the finish. No discernible hop flavors. There is a sweetness to this beer that you'd expect from a Lindemans lambic - that being said, this is the least sweet Lindeman's lambic I've had. There is much more tartness and vinegary qualities to this. Keeps the sweetness subdued for the most part.

Feel is full bodied and much more robust than I'd expect for a 3.5% beer. However, its not too heavy. Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Slight tartness puckers the tongue throughout the beer especially up front. Dry tart finish leaves you wanting more.

Overall this was probably the most unique Lideman's lambic. Much more sour/tart with the strong vinegar notes. I wonder if this bottles was older ... considering the place I got it, I wouldn't be surprised if it was older. Very nice lambic and one Id definitely drink again.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a stange. The appearance is a purple/pink colored body that starts off with a finger’s worth of a foamy white head; lacing is sporadic and clingy all around The smell starts off with some raspberry, and as she warms, there’s a light blueberry combining to mainly make it semi-sweet but yet carries a somewhat tart/sour connotation to it. The taste is centered around some raspberry and blueberry combination of tart to sweet balance-ness, gets kinda juicy (must be authentic); sweet sticky aftertaste; watery juicy finish. The palate is light to medium sort of body with a somewhat softer carbonation to it, and somewhat sessionable. Overall, this is a lambic I could drink again. This didn’t come across as too vinous, overly tart or too sour.

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark red, with a pink head with excellent retention and production.

Quite tart with a little rustic funk on the nose; not particularly sweet or juicy.

Flavor leans toward sweet raspberries; I'm not hugely familiar with black currants or elderberries. This is definitely raspberry-ish, although not quite as sour. Typical Lindemans sweetness on the palate, sugary and slightly syrupy. A very pleasant level of sour and tartness; virtually no funky wildness.

A little thicker feel than I expected; it clings to your palate for quite a while with a long, sticky finish.

Another solid, very tasty brew by Lindemans, but lacking in depth and complexity as typical of their entry offerings. Certainly nothing I would turn down.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a reddish purple with a pink head. Some lacing as you drink it. Scent is fruity. Taste is slighlty sour with some acidity. Yum!

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Photo of matcris
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red up to the light, small head that does linger. Lots of raspberry-like foam.that lingers a while, and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is a bit of white vinegar, and red wine, and overall, very fruity. The flavor, again, very red wine-like, fruity. Not overly bitter, nor, overly sweet. Balanced. Carbonation is full, feel is light and dry.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted into a stemmed wine glass. Purple brown hazy color, almost opaque, with a thick, foamy pink rose head. Sweet, but slightly sour nose with aromas of currant and fresh muffins. Clearly a currant flavor with a slightly sour yet pleasant finish. Reminds me of sucking on a lollipop, frankly. Very light bodied. The Framboise was a big hit around the house; this is a close second.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dull purple if that is even a thing. Plenty of carbonation but traditional notions of head, retention and lacing are somewhat out of place in a beer with spontaneous fermentation and sugar additions it seems. Aroma leans towards dark cranberry, brown malt, wheat and dark cherry/grape.

Taste is once again sweet, but not as sweet as some of the Lindeman's offerings. This one comes close to balance between the mild earthy sour notes and the slight tartness.

Ultimately this is still a fail compared to the Cuvee Rene series that they have going. Still a below average lambic

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Photo of josanguapo
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. After dinner. 25cl. Pleasant, the fruit doesnt feel artificial nor excessive and the sourness is just the adequate. However, in the long it ends up tiring a bit

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Photo of anon
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely deep red, nearly opaque. Tinge of brown. Thick, fluffy head has a light purple hue. Lace sticking all over.

Nose is funky yeast and sour, with a helping of grape juice. Funky yeast follows through into the taste's forefront, followed quickly by the currant tartness. Blackberry, grapeskins and berry jam. Finishes dry with some sugary sweetness.

A decent brew. Will have to explore this style further.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Pours dark red with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and nice lacing. Nose is of funky yeast, black current and sour wine. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is pleasantly sour, funky, tart with black current. Finish is long and sour. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours purple like grape juice with a small head and no lacing. Nose is...some grape but also a moldy yeast stink (not a good funk). Taste is grape soda with more acidity. Overall, the worst of all the Lindemans flavors due to the nose mostly.

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Photo of puck1225
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a rich dark purple brown into a chalice from a bottle. Nice initial head and good lacing. Strong sour berry smell, pleasant. The taste is very strong of sweet berries with some lemon pucker. Good carbonation. I need to be in the mood for a lambic, but I will definitely get this one again when the time comes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is one of the better ones in this series. it ages really well for one, but it also has such an authentic black currant flavor and its really vibrant, about as true as i have seen this fruit come through in any beer. its deep purple, like a melted crayon, intense like uncut blueberry juice, with a fizzy violet head on it. gnarly color and depth. it smells and tastes nice, only a little pucker here, like the others, this is a much sweeter lambic type, more focused on fruit than yeast, but if thats the goal, the beer is a tremendous success. a little tangy from the skins, a little sweet from the flesh, but a great expression of the ripe black currant. mild acidity here helps cut the sugar, and age has worked it down a little as well. not quite dry, but almost gritty on the tongue, there is a ton of fruit here. decent carbonation on it, and eve with the sugar, its pretty drinkable as they go, juicy and appealing, very distinct. i dont know if they do these beers in wood or not. if they do, its impression left is slight. the fruit in this one is powerful enough to cover up any such nuance. overall though this is cool beer, definitely a good starting point for the style for those unsure if they like it. fantastic use of this particular fruit, and probably my favorite in this series from lindemans.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: A rich dark blackberry/purple. Pinkish tones around the half finger head.

S: Blackberries, sweet/tart.

T: Pucker up. This one brings on the blackberries with a terrific sweet/tartness that goes on for days. Citrus in the mix, too.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Just a shade under Framboise. A nice berry bite with tartness for days.

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Photo of intransitive
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look - deep purple, jewel tones, lovely frothy head
smell - syrup, lots of berries, jam
feel - lighter than the smell implies, but still substantial... an appropriate effervescence to balance the sugar, though it's certainly not over-sweet like de Troch.
taste - definitely rich berries, berry jam, red grapes, some citrus rind.
overall - a beautiful and accessible lambic, especially for noobs to the style. immensely likable.

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