Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans CassisLindemans Cassis

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Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.6%
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 -27.3%
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 -20.3%
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 -8.6%
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 -4.2%
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%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.4%
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 +25.5%
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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Photo of Beginner2
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think it is interesting that true Lambics are brewed only in the Senne Valley outside of Brussels. Kind of a French thing, claiming a valley to be the true source... but certainly different for beer, which American craft brewers have disproven... (except maybe for fruit Lambics.)

Review... I get why Lindeman's fruit lambics are rated about 15% lower than Cantillon or Drie Fontanien. Lindemans' uses more sugar and MJ probably is correct that it got sweeter during the last twenty years of his life. And I think it may have been altered at the suggestion of Lindemann's distributor, Merchant du Vin (whose marketing prowess puts it in the top three beer importers.)

But when you want a refreshing ale on a hot day before a leisurely lunch, this beer hits the spot. And it just did.

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Photo of pagriley
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml into snifter

Pours brilliant deep crimson
Big currant on the nose with a waft of funk and tart
Sugar syrup on the palate - a great beer is in there somewhere under all the added sugar, but it is so hard to find
A bit thick and syrupy from the sugar

Overall, just over sweet. I get that this is sugar added, but damn, they put a lot in...

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique sour, but one of the best. Quite possibly my favorite Lindemans offering outside the Kriek. Took me forever to find one of these as its not as popular as their other offerings in my area anyway.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date or freshness information present. Another new lambic to me from Lindemans, this one a 'Belgian Black Currant Beer'. 'Malt beverage with elderberry" per the label. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice deep purple-pink tinged color body with a finger of good frothy pinkish-white cotton candy head.

S - Lots of cork must and yeast funk. An indistinct fruity / berryish aroma is in there, but I would never know it was black currant / elderberry just by smell alone. More funky than Lindemans Kriek and Lindemans Framboise I might say.

T - The initial sip is a bit more tart / sour than some of Lindemans other lambic offerings. Very fruity and juicy. A grapey, cherryish flavor more than anything. I definitely wouldn't identify the flavors with black currant / elderberry without being told.

M - Feel is fruity & juicy, with just the right amount of puckering sour / tartness. Very smooth, crisp, and easy-drinking. Very delicious stuff. Lightly sticky finish.

Overall, another delicious lambic from Lindemans. Perhaps not the greatest, but it fits right in with the rest of their fruit lambic family. Recommended for fans, and accessible for those looking to get into sours.

Lindemans Cassis -----4/5.

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Photo of magpieken
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

37.5 cl bottle, Best before 21 Jan 2016. Dark burgundy colour with a creamy, dull, cherry tinge head which reduced to a ring but left tremendous lacing. Aroma of black currants, white wine and some mustiness. Low / medium tartness and low/medium sweetness. Medium body, sticky texture, spritzy and a lingering, yet pleasant, tart finish. Very nice. 8.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- Reddish color, little head
- Cassis smell, lots of tartness
- Sour, really tart, but great! A funky beer. No hop/malt taste.
- Light body, fruit juice. Great for dessert!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Color dark red wine.
Head small, pink, very durable.
Aromas of black currant, of course, plus dry, vinous accents with a touch of dust from the basement.
Taste like aroma, intense blackcurrant, sour, seasoned, until tart, to this little taste of a "wood" At the finish delicate sweet note, something like a mix of stewed fruit with a sweet blackcurrant juice. Somewhere in the background can detect even subtle accents of sugar candy. Saturation high, maybe even a little too much, but that's my opinion. As for me, this Lindemans is very pleasant and extremely refreshing, I think it would be perfect for hot summer days.

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Photo of drmeto
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-pours a clear deep purple with a small,pink-ish head
-Black currant with notes of vanilla and oak
not as sweet as other Lindemans fruit lambics
-high,prickly carbonation

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ML bottle
Served in a Lindemans flute

It is the color of grape juice. It is deep red with copper highlights. Each pour yields about half a glass of pink hued head. Globs of the pink foam cling to the sides of the glass.

The smell is like a glass of fruit juice in a dank basement. Funk and juice collide.

The taste started out nice and tart. I liked the combination of the black current and lambic. Once I poured the second glass the sweetness begin to be a little much. This beer does not lack flavor.

Medium mouthfeel

This beer is good but a little goes a long ways. A 750ML is a little too much for me. I wish the old lady was here to split it with. She likes this sort of thing. I think the Cassis is my favorite of the fruit lambic from Lindemans. I would recommend a small bottle for one person.

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Photo of bnes09
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet overall flavor with lots of black currant. Slightly acidic, fruity flavor. Balance swings toward the sweet end. Medium, juice-like body. Moderately carbonated.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz capped and corked bottle (no date) served in a Lindeman's flute glass.

Appearance: Clear bright deep purple-red color. Light purple persistent 1/8" rocky foam. Plenty of persistent lacing noted as I drank down the beer in the glass.

Smell: Black currants with a hint of mustiness.

Taste: Black currants most definitely from start to finish along with an underlying sweetness to counter the tart fruit. The finish is distinctly tart, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation, but quite sticky on the teeth. Juicy as well.

Overall / Drinkability: I really like black currants. I grew up on them as a kid and have always enjoyed their flavor so this beer was indeed like drinking a carbonated black currant drink, but with more tartness than what you would find if you were to get a carbonated black currant beverage / sparkling juice. Something of a dessert beer I think to have that fruit flavor counter a sweet desert that you're eating, although it could be an after-dinner drink as well. So I greatly enjoyed the beer but I didn't see a need for more than one per evening.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Lindeman's Cassis a few weeks ago for $6.49 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to get to this one for a while and the time has come for me to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a green 355ml corked and capped bottle into a Teku.

A- The label looks ok, it's got that classic Lindemans look and it's a little eye catching. It poured a very dark red color that took on more of a ruby and crimson color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of pink/red head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of medium of sweetness with a big fruit aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a nice mixture of berry and grape like aroma that gives it an aroma that's a little similar to wine. Up next comes a medium sour aroma that followed by a little of funky yeast with a little more sweetness showing up at the end. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I liked the combination of fruity and funky aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with that same fruity aspect from the aroma being the first to show up and it imparts more of a berry flavor this time. Up next comes a somewhat higher amount of sourness that is immediately followed by the sweetness to make for a pretty big sweet and sour flavor that goes right into a finish with some more sweet and sour berry flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the sweetness was toned down a little.

M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little mouth puckering, not too acidic, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style, but the sweetness was pretty high and that made it much more of a dessert beer, but in the end I still enjoyed it. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little mouth puckering, not too acidic, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but the sweetness would prevent me from drinking the whole bottle so about half the bottle is a perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was the sourness, it was mice and sour, I liked it. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was just a little too high for me and I wish it was toned down a little. I would buy this again when I'm in the mood for a beer like this and I would recommend it to someone who likes sweet and fruity dessert beers. All in all I liked this beer, but i didn't love and I think if the sweetness was toned down a little it would be a pretty good beer. It's not my favorite Lindemans beer or my favorite of the style, but it's not bad by any means. Nice job guys, this was a solid fruit lambic, keep up the hard work.

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