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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 UCLABrewN84
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a blood red with a 1 inch super fizzy light red head that fades to nothing. There is some lace spotting going on.

S - Smells of black currant, slight vinegar, and a metallic aroma.

T - Delicious black currant, vinegar, and an earthy metallic quality.

M - Very fizzy carbonation. Leaves your spit sticky like soda does.

D - Excellent lambic. Tastes somewhat like Ribena. Very easy to drink and very good.

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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 Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep purple color with a light pink colored head on top. The smell of the beer was fruity with a wine like aroma to it. The taste of the beer was almost a lot like a red wine, fermented grapes and sugars with just a touch of funk in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and moderately carbonated. Overall this brew was good but not something that is great. I would drink it again but not often.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy deep purple in color and poured with a small pink head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of currants in the nose along with some notes of sugars and hints of sourness and yeast.
T: Tart flavors of the currants dominate the taste, which also has a mild amount of sweetness. The initial taste is sweet and the finish is tart.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation..
D: The beer is very easy to drink because there is a good balance between the contrasting flavors of sweetness and sourness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An ideal after-dinner beverage. Great desert-like fruity (purple) color, well decorated head retention, berry-fruitiness, light tartness, and a palate cleansing carbonation. Strong, vineous, lambic (Brettnomycces) sourness / tartness that offers a thinning, vinegar quality that cuts the thick berry syrupy sweetness and currant strength. Contributing musky, moldy, oak-ey aromas fade as the flavors prevail with sweet fruitiness. A mellow spiciness are astringency just adds to the complexity. Though too flavorful to drink often, it is an ideal way to close an evening. Maybe the best balanced and most drinkable of all Lindemans blended lambics.

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

355ml bottle, enjoyed in my parents' kitchen (with a tithe sample for mia madre) after the whole holiday shebang has mostly come to a close.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, very dark purplish brown hue, with subtle basal highlights, and two fingers of thickly foamy, rocky, and sticky pink head, which leaves some random splotchy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of tart currant juice, semi-sweet raspberries, gritty pale malt, and mild funky, earthy yeast. The taste is musty, semi-sweet currants, fruit sugar, sour apple, blueberries and raspberries, a bit of mildly gamey yeast, and a soft underlying graininess.

The carbonation is quite low, just a wee bit of frothiness, the body heavy fruit incarnate, and somewhat smooth, the acidity of the fruit and yeast having something to say about that here. It finishes off-dry, still moderately tart, and full of various sassy black fruit notes.

I sure like me the dark fruit flavoured adult beverages, like Chambord, and this, of course, for their sweet and sour interplay, and this beer has that in spades. Big titular fruit, aided by its friends, and nicely balanced through the natural complement between the fruit and the yeast. Right up there with the Framboise for my favourite in this line.

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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a purple color with a lavender foam on top; shards of lacing dash about the glass

Smell: Tart black currents and horse blanket

Taste: Starts with a tart flash of cassis that, after the swallow, becomes sweet and puckery

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: With this level of sweetness, it is hard to drink too much of this stuff

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out the color of ruby red grapefruit juice with a small, fizzy, pink head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled very sweet. Really loads of grape-like aroma.

T - It tasted very fruity almost like grapefruit juice. It doesn't really taste beer-like but it tasted great.

M - It was fizzy and champagne-like. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good lambic. It was very sweet and tasted quite good.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) ruby body - almost purple tinged - with a thin and creamy light pink head that holds very well and leaves some lace throughout the glass. The nose is quite bold, with a tart and sugary-sweet berry aroma that's laced with some earthy and musty lambic character! This is surprising since most of the Lindeman's products seem to be almost completely devoid of lambic character. The body is light/medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation. The flavor is huge! I don't know how to describe it other than just intense black currant! It's tart, sour, sweet, ripe, juicy, fruity! The tartness predominates in the finish and it dries out fairly quickly. At first I found this to be my least favorite of the Lindeman's line, but I've come to appreciate it for its uniqueness. It makes a better apertif than after-dinner drink, although it can be enjoyed just as any sweet wine might be.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cherry red, not the deep purple of black currants. Bright cherry accents and a rose pink head complete the picture of a feminine looking, but fetching, appearance. I'm secure enough in my masculinity not to care, but I might have to hide the glass if someone comes to the front door. The cap of foam is beautiful and deposits loads of thick, cobbled lace.

The aroma is tremendous and is bursting with plump, juicy, ripe berry fruit. I don't know that I've tasted a black currant before, but if this is what they taste like, then I'm a fan. In terms of fruit that I'm familiar with, it probably smells most like black raspberries. Black cherries and grapes make contributions as well. I can also appreciate the sour, yeasty lambic beneath all the fruit. A great nose.

Cassis is my favorite Lindemans beer to date. A mouth filling, tongue swamping, berry blast of flavor sustains itself throughout each mouthful and far beyond. Those little black currants are something else. I made a cassis tart several years ago with creme de cassis, and it was pretty damn good. This beer reminds me a little of that liqueur, come to think of it.

It's both significantly sweet and significantly tart at once, making for a mouth party of epic proportions. The finish is long and lingering thanks to the full, viscous mouthfeel. Any sense of heaviness, however, is attenuated by a semi-lively amount of carbonation. If anything, it's becoming even more berryful with warming. This might just be my favorite dessert beer (to date).

Lindemans Cassis may not be a classic or a traditional lambic to a style purist, but that means nothing to me. I'm a purist when it comes to some things, but I'm not so rigid when it comes to beer. Although I can't see myself drinking it all that often, if I'm in the mood for a fruit beer that's available in my neck of the woods (not a huge list, mind you), I'll pick up a bottle of this before anything else.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is an almost purple color with a massive off-white head.

S: Great currant aroma to this one. Mildly tart with plenty of sweetness. Lots of grapes, almost like grape jam/jelly, and there is a mild funk/musty quality to the nose.

T: The flavor of this beer is just dominated by a sugary sweetness. There is an excellent grape flavor to the beer, but it is sort of like overly sweet grape jam/jelly.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: This would have been considerably better if it wasn't so overwhelmingly sweet.

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Photo of Jason
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked, capped and foiled in a sleek mini 12 oz magnum. No freshness date though most lambics have an extended shelf life.

Appearance: Grape purple in colour with light pinkish lace.

Smell: Slight evergreen minty and earthy aroma along with mellow horse blanket and a fruity tartness similar to a tart grape.

Taste: Full yet crisp and stays soft with a smooth carbonation. Sweet tart candy flavour ... lots of tart currant flavour. Sweetness and tartness are balanced very well. As soon as the tartness fades a bit the underlying barn yard and a ghost like mint flavours give the tongue a quick yet light twang. Vague grain and a minimal hop in the absolute end.

Notes: A treat with complexities and very drinkable. Drink as you would a fine champagne or a prize sparkling wine.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans flute glass.

Pours into a deep, somewhat hazy maroon, crowned by a frothy head whose color elicits images of red wine settling into the stained khakis. Though this head dies away at a moderately quick pace, it leaves a fine coating of lace along the edges of the glass. There is a smell of berries (to be expected), with what I will call a root-y background (a combination of woodiness and soil-ines), as though the aromas were coming from around a dewy berry bush. The taste generally follows suit, though the rootiness is diminished in favor of a tart, pomegranate-like profile. Like pomegrantes, these berries have a thick, heavy effect in the mouth, though this is somewhat balanced by the nice carbonation.

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

Clear ruby color with really nice pink head. Aroma is intensely fruity, feels natural, tart. Taste follows, tart but also slightly sweet and really fruity overall. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice overall, one of the best sweetened lambics. It doesn't have intense lambic notes but it compensates with intense fruit flavors.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first lambic. Lindemans Cassis is a shiny shade of ruby with a fluffy, pink head. The aroma is rich and of strong, sweet dark berries. The taste is simply amazing, I have to say this is the best fruit beer that I've sampled. Flavor is of very strong, tart dark berries with a center of sugary sweetness. My idea of malt and hop flavors aren't present, however the layers and complexity of the fruit flavors are amazing. For fans of fresh fruit this is a "must sample" beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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