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Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

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87
very good
340 Reviews
Lindemans CassisLindemans Cassis
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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670
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3.85
pDev:
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Photo of MarkoNm
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one turned out to be a nice surprise.
Pours with a deep purple color, clear, and a wine head, about a finger or two of it. The fruity aroma immediately tells you there's some black currant here, plus there's also a slightly wine smell present. The taste is very sour, not acid like, but it really tastes like black currant. The finish is towards the sweet side, perfectly completing this great beer. Definitely recommend it.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Beer Cartel, no obvious BB.

A - dark body, purple/ruby hue. Puffy three finger head leaves lots of spotty lace.

S - muted, mild vinegar, tart.

T - when cold, apples, sour, black fruits (blackcurrent, blackberry). Not a sour as some. As it warms, blackcurrents to the fore, with a real earthy note as well.

M - zesty, lively , acidic finish. Coats teeth by end (!) which is a minus overall.... not had that before in a beer.

O - not had a Lindemans in a while, and my first was labelled intensely sour This is not, as i suspect my palate has travelled long. And whilst the acidity builds, still very drinkable. Best cold tho.

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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 bmwats
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Lindemans glass.

A: Dark ruby hue. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, brownish head. No settling. Thick, beer ring lacing.

S: Fruity.

T: As the name suggests, currants. Nothing else.

M: Thick and syrupy. Sour, fruity finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Persistent head and lacing. Fruity nose. Thick and syrupy fruity flavor. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Lindemans Cassis Lambic:

Appearance: very dark red, nearly black, about a finger of pink head;

Smell: decent sour smell, dark berry, hint of roasted malt;

Taste/Mouthfeel: dark berry (almost chocolatey), boysenberry/cranberry/raisin, good sourness;

Good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby red/purple color with 2 fingers of purple head that lasts for a few minutes before fading down to a decently large cap

S: Lots of sweet black currant comes through, along with some grape. Not much else really

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of black currant and grape, with some mustiness and quite a bit of sweetness. Again, not much depth after that

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good cassis lambic with quite a bit of sweetness as per usual with Lindemans. The only downfall is that it's a one trick pony with no depth behind the black currants and grape. Good to try at least once though

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out dark purple with a bright light pink head of over an inch in height. A lot of the foam stays put in the form of coarse bubbles and surface scum. A few ribbons of lace even leave themselves once the liquid is drunk down.

Smells tart and funky with notes of berry and black currant. Straw notes countered with a spontanous fermentable funk stifle what I know to be a rather sweet lambic. Can't tell here yet. Brightly acidic with a wallowing yeast note that accentuates lemony fruits and unripe grape.

Almost cloying sweetness from base malt lambic, coupled with a driving black currant note. Flavors of blackberry, tart lemon, mildew, white vinegar, soy sauce, and peppermint leaf. A little tea-like in the finish with a long carried-out tartness that is rather puckering considering the Sweet Tart sweetness. Vinegary, in the way that it's acidic, if not featuring other acids. Fruity acids; strongly sharp with the funk. Hard to consider the flashing harshness coming through without the added sugary sweetness to halve the difference. I'm not saying it should be sweeter, as much as I'm not saying it should be less so. So much battery acid smack to the bite that it warrants the extra maltose. Perhaps it's a big dose of candi sugar that never really fermented, like a Faro + Black Currant. It's quite awesome in its fruity sour power, really; although for one who has had many a puckery lambic, this is not really that sour.

Puckeringly tart, yet with a weight of syrupy sweet. Not that the body is a gross representation of sugar water, it's actually still light enough to drink. There is a difficult position of dealing with the acidity without the safety of lighter-bodied drinkability. Makes it seem harsher than it probably is, per sip. Once the beer warms, it's easier to accept. Still, not a super-welcoming mouthfeel.

It would be fairly hard-to-admit that this beer doesn't work, because it does. It's a funky/tart fruit lambic with lots of black currant represented. Other notes fill out a half-complex flavor profile. While there are better options out on the market, few more accessible than this one, you can do a whole lot worse. Cassis is still my favorite of the Lindemans line. I absolutely commend thee.

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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 CwrwAmByth
2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark colour, almost black but with traces of pink holding it up to the light.

Smells quite sweet with a hint of sour funk.

Tastes pretty awful. Sweet blackcurrants dominate, with added sugary sweetness and a sour, alcoholic kick. Sickly thick mouthfeel.

This beer makes me feel sick, it's so sweet and sickly.

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Photo of draheim
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL (L G12KCA) into a tulip. Pours a clear ruby-red grapefruit w/ a 2-finger pink head, good lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity, w/ a slight lactic acidity. Raspberries and a hint of stomach acid.

Taste is brightly tart, fruity, sweet. Almost syrupy sweet, like a berry soda. Tartness hits on the back end. Acidity is clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light and sharp but a little sticky. Taste lingers.

Overall this beer is different from anything else I've had. A bit too fruity & sweet for my taste, but for what it is it's not bad.

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Photo of kp29
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby red with slight purple tones. Has a good amount of carbonation. Smells of berries, dark fruit, I assume currants (if I knew what those smelled like).

Initial tart fruit flavors followed by a good amount of sweetness. Berries, currants, reminds me a little bit of a sparkling red grape juice but with more a good deal more tartness.

Definitely not as sweet as say the Lindemans Peche variation with the tartness but still a good level of sweet fruit flavors. I typically enjoy the sweeter fruit lambics so I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Jonada
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle served in a Lindeman's flute glass

Appearance: Dark, almost blood red color. Fairly hazy with a light pink/purplish head. Left some nice lacing as well

Smell: Tart red berries, raspberry, currants, oak. There's a bit of a funky, musty aroma as well, but the fruit is what dominates.

Taste: Raspberry, cherry, black currant, and oak with some very mild funk. Tart upfront and in the finish with a sugary sweetness in the middle of the mouth. While the beer has some tartness, it's not sour at all.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Almost like a carbonated fruit juice drink

Overall: Not bad, but not great either. It's a good intro lambic or for those who like them sweeter. If you like your lambics sour and funky though, this isn't the one you're looking for.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from champagne bottle into a wine glass.

Pours deep crimson purple with colored foam. Very patchy and lots sticky. Grape fruity notes, the sweet kind. Short tart berry taste - stays sour throughout. Smooth finish. Full chewy mouthfeel. Very flavorful. Quite good.

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Photo of sommersb
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-12-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml green bottle, corked with pry-cap covered in foil
Glassware: Flute
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

A: Plum-colored (purple) beer with a tall pink head. Shows excellent lacing and head retention.

S: Aromas are of big fruit notes - kind of hard to describe what fruit exactly, but I've never eaten a black currant either. Also has some tart and musty smells.

T: Taste is as expected from the nose, with a very sweet and fruity flavor, similar to a red grape juice. I also get some sourness, like a sour candy is both sweet and tart.

M: Prickly in carbonation and with a medium body. Finishes just as in the taste, with fruity sweetness paired with a bit of tart.

O: Much like the other Lindemans fruit lambics, this is a very sweet affair and seems quite non-beery. That said, it is flavorful and interesting and seems well-suited as an after dinner or dessert drink.

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Photo of endovelico
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Probably one of the few feats of this beer. It pours a beautiful ruby brew with a pink-hued head. Ironically, very close to what you'd get from a Tango (Part beer, part red currant syrup brew). Medium to medium high effervescence. Decent lacing and little head retention.

Aroma: Medium high in intensity. Strong notes of barnyard and leather clash with the fruitiness lent by the Cassis. I'm happy this isn't just Cassis thoroughout, but the result isn't harmonious at all in my opinion.

Taste: Very intense Cassis profile. The barnyard notes play the nuances even if not much else is happening.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium low carbonation. Nice equilibrium achieved on the sweetness vs acidity vs tartness. Short lingering finish of berry and leather flavours.

Overall: These types of Lambics always scream 'gimmick' but this one was actually pretty decent. It wasn't as sweet as i thought it would be and the flavour didn't come off as artificial as many other more commercial (and again gimmicky) Lambics. I also liked how the beer wasn't just 100% fruit bombing me and had some interesting nuances. Still, having said all that, in my opinion A LOT more can be done with this style and, heck, even with Cassis Lambics specifically.

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Photo of PeterM
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense, cloudy, deep red body with a full thick creamy pick head which lasts and creates a full lacing. Strong tart fruit flavor that lingers, malt only in the first sip, with a slight warm alcohol aftertaste. I keep smacking my lips after each sip. No artificial overtones at all - a lovely drop.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a dark purple red color with a thick pink head lasts a while. Pretty good lacing too.

Smell – Currants dominate the smell. Somewhat tart smelling, with a hint of sweetness as well.

Taste – A strong taste of currants which is a perfect balance between sour and sweet.

Mouthfeel – Kind of a fine champagne feel (not taste), with a mild sour bite.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. Far better than most other lambics I’ve tried that are too sour for me.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep violet, blood red-like color, faint purple and pink head, very thick and puffy. Very nice lacing left along the side of my Duvel tulip. Aroma hits with a heavy dose of red grapes and berries, along with the alcohol, it makes for a smell similar to red wine. I'm also picking up a light balsamic vinegar smell - very tart and tingly on the nose. Taste starts off very sweet with a nice, small warming touch from the alcohol. Grapes, blackberries, blueberries, and black cherries all combine to provide a super-sweet but not overpowering or cloying flavor. The sweetness is followed by a heavy carbonation bite which transforms the beer from sweet to tart. Very tart in the middle, also puckering to the lips - interesting and tasty. The grape and wine flavor fades out to finish the beer off. Thin body, tons and tons of carbonation.

One of my first lambics, I prefer this one to Lindemans Framboise, just by a hair. Both are pretty good. I need to try a wider variety of lambics before I make any big judgement calls, but the ones I've had are definitely tasty.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first lambic, so I'm not sure these ratings can be trusted until I've had many more.

A - Pours, thick, almost purple, deep red. Almost like boysenberry syrup that billows up with a light, wine-shade of head that retains very well.

S - Deep, red fruit, currant smell. Sweet, with a strange underlying note. Wheat, and something wooden and tart. Odd, dark smell just beneath it all.

T - Very sweet, very tart berry taste. Bright, sour, but pleasant. Extraordinarily fruity, with oaken, mildly malty hints just below it all. Very faint, palate is dominated by blackberry, tarty fruit profile.

M - Beer almost evaporates in the mouth. Feels to me like 90% carbonation... the second it touches the tongue it kind of bubbles and becomes completely light, smooth foam. Strange body. Feels good, interesting experience.

O - First lambic beer, first experience with something this tart and fruity. Interesting, not all that chuggable, but in little sips it's a great and unique tasting experience.

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Photo of Alkey
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark purple color with two finger purple pinkish head. Smell is sour berry fruit juice. Taste is very sour, tart, fruit juice, nice carbonation on the tongue,

Overall Lindeman's make some of the best lambic style beers I've ever had and this one is just as good as the others but a bit more tartness and sour to the taste.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml corked bottle. Sampled on August 23, 2012.

It pours reddish-purple and looks like currants with a thin but long-lasting head that leaves lacing.

The aroma is tart and fruity with a vague barley malt backdrop.

The body is very nice and falls into the medium range with a smooth, comfortable feel on the palate.

It is very difficult for me to judge the taste because Lambic fruit beers are low on my list of styles. Tart, sour and fruit but there is a notable character of malts balancing it out at the end. Low ABV so it would be easy to have a couple of a hot day.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle into a proper Lindemans glass. Color is clear and very dark. Almost ruby-red. There is a frothy pinkish head that dissipates slowly, leaving really nice lacing behind. The nose is slightly fruity with notes of dark berries and a touch of woodiness.

The beer has the typical Lindemans sweetness, but is a bit more sour than a few of their other lambics. On the front of the palate, you taste sweet, grainy wheat with hints of berries. The berries quickly intensify in flavor past mid-palate, where wine-like acidity begins to build through a refreshingly tart, mouth-drying finish.

I always enjoy a Lindemans lambic and this one was no exception. I realize they are sweetened and, for many serious beer fans, are not truly representative of the style. Still, they are refreshing and easily found.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve had beers with black currant notes, but never one with the emphasis on the fruit.

A: Pours like frothy wine: a rich blush of plum color with a head that looks like pink marshmallow cream. Retention is thick and long-lasting, with fluffy lacing, as well.

S: Plum, lemon, and yes, black currant are everywhere. Smells just like a fruity shiraz, with just a touch of citric acids and fresh pastry, like blueberry tart.

T: Luscious blueberry juice and fresh black currants dominate the palate, making sweets the priority over the sours; it’s a palate full of sweetness in jelly-like tastes, but with hardly any of the tart character of citric acid. As with all Lindemans fruit lambics, it’s a bit of a one-trick pony, but some tastes of herbal Belgian yeast and wet hay funk still come through. Finishes sweet, but without a totally cloying, lingering effect.

M: Slick and relatively easy to drink; the lack of carb means it feels more like a wine than anything else.

O: A good lambic – interesting focus with the black currants, which was definitely enough to intrigue me for the duration. If you want an interesting beer for dessert, this is for you.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle served in a Lindermans flute glass.

A: Pours a dark purple plum color forming a small light purple head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Smells like a Lambic, I mean, sweet fruitiness, and, at the same time, tart and bit vinegar. Lambic yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Sweet fruity upfront followed by an acid and tart Lambic taste. Metallic. Lambic yeasts are a must

M: Light, fizzy carbonated body. Fruity and acid

O: Easy drinking Lambic. More acid than the average but still an interesting experience

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Photo of Converge
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a Lindemans pokal.

A - Pours super effervescent, with a fizzy magenta head of bubbles. The beer is a deep ruby hue, really red. Head bubbles down to a thin rose-hued ring.

S - A little funk, a little sweet, and a little tart. Some mixed berries, black currants, with some slight sour cherry and raspberry notes. Note an intense sour aroma, but just enough to remind you that this is a lambic. Distinct Lindemans funk of mild wet hay, but not too much barnyard. Smells enticing.

T - A great balance of sweet and sour. Primarily black currant upfront, but notes of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. Mild funk, nothing overbearing, but just enough to give you a bit of flavor. Hay, light yeast, and a bit of wheat. Finishes with a mild tart feel.

M - Carbonation is way too high for my liking. Medium bodied, but the carbonation hurt this one for me.

D - A tasty and enjoyable offering from Lindemans, as usual. Not exactly a traditional lambic, and not at all a blow-your-socks-off sour, but a flavorful and drinkable brew with an excellent fruit taste.

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
87 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.
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