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 bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce capped and corked bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark red/purple color with about an inch frothy light pink head. The head stays around a while, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is sweet black currants and some other dark fruit. It's a really sweet aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes mostly like sweet black currants, along with some sweet dark fruit and some tart berries. With that being said, it's much more sweet than tart. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it has moderate carbonation. With the Lindemans lambics, you know they're going to be sweeter versions so I wasn't surprised with the sweetness in this brew. I liked it, and would buy it again if I was in the mood for a sweeter fruity beer.

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Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Courtesy of BBF 2011. Poured from a 750ml corked and capped bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 2 finger pastel pink head with great retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque purple. Lacing is stringy and spotty with great stick. A real good looking beer.

Nose is aromatic sugar and sweet currants. Some nice mustiness going on in this one too.

Here's where this one starts to break down. Opens overly sweet back currants that dominate the whole experience from start to finish. Aftertaste is more of the same. Very simple and way to sweet.

Light bodied and highly carbonated. Oily and juicy in the mouth and goes down dry and filmy. Finish is dry with a sweet, lingering aftertaste. Not the best.

Not a traditional lambic, this one is made with a ton of artificial sugar added. Incredibly sweet and very very simple. ALmost like fruit soda. Really not my cup of tea.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color w/ a light purple one inch head. Good carbonation and lacing on this lambic. It definitely looks the part of black currant. Nose is yeast, funk, berries, grain. Very sweet to the smell, which was expected. Wow. Taste is superb for the style. This is probably my personal favorite of the lindeman lambics that I've had. Sweet, but not overly so. Tart as well. But it almost has a smooth quality to it that makes it workable. Mouthfeel is tart, medium, and lightly carbonated. Very nice. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. As far as lambics go, this is a winner. Recommended if you're a fan of the style. Cheers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chick beer! I split a bottle of this with a girl that came up from Austin to Plano to visit for the weekend. She was helpful in drinking the beer since she grew up drinking black currant juice. Thanks for the input! Served split into two snifters. One unlabeled (hers). One an awesome Great Divide balloon glass (mine).

The pour is a dark, deep purple. Thick stuff. Almost exactly what I expected. Considering Ralph Wiggum's experience with similarly colored fruits ("I ated the purple berries... they taste like burning"), I approached the rest with caution.

The nose was definitely black currant. Anna (the girl in question), claimed that it was unmistakably black currant juice. Fully authentic, interesting and inviting. A Lindemans trademark smell.

The body, however, left something to be desired. It reminded me of an unrefined juice. A bit thick and one-dimensional for my tastes. Some tartness, sourness, vinegar, dryness, body... something! I want another approach! However, this beer leaves me flat. The stuff is drinkable, but it's reminiscent of plain ol' juice... maybe spiked with an untraceable amount of everclear.

The Cassis is an ok delivery vehicle for black currant essence, but they could have done so, so much more with this. Slightly disappointing, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml green bottle corked and capped, split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info.

Beerwolf77 strikes again! Curse your generosity!

A - This is what stage hands must pour into glasses on vampire movie sets. Thick blood red, clear, and topped by a dense pink head. Great retention and clutching lace!

S - Funkier than most Lindemans, Cassis has a good nose of rich dark fruit (albeit syrupy) and funky wild yeast. Barnyard notes creep through with wet rock notes. Definitely one of the better Lindemans so far.

T - Even funkier than anticipated, there's a sweet black currant syrupy aspect going on (who woulda thought?) but a great accompanying tartness and wet rock, barnyard yeast finish.

M - Sour, but mildly so, tart, but biting in that regard, and balancing sweetness from all the syrup. The dry yeasty, carbonated finish is nice and refreshing!

O - One of the better Lindemans brews out there, it's still a tad syrupy, but this fruit profile lends itself to allowing more of the funky yeast profile to shine through.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle corked and capped, 3,5% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
BBE 09 Dec 2012

Appearance: Call me girly, but I love the look of this beer. Deep crimson red body (a few small particles floating around) with a creamy, bright pink head. The head displays good retention and leaves chunky lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: Immediate blast of sweet and tart berries - though I'm not sure I would have guessed black currents.
I'm pretty surprised to find some funk - musty, wet hay, undergrowth and a touch of wine vinegar - in the nose .

Taste: As with the smell, the taste is dominated by dark berries. Certainly sweeter than other fruit lambics, but a welcome tart finish keeps the beer from becoming cloying. Funk is hidden behind the massive berry flavour with only a touch of mustiness noted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fine, spritzy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Great dessert beer, if I could get this locally I would buy a fair amount!

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" magenta/lavendar head. Dark raspberry burgundy colored body. Smells and tastes like Ribena black currant syrup although it has the sour element of the Lambic instead of just the sweet of the syrup. So hey, as a cassis flavored drink this is top rate, but as a beer there just isn't much of a beer aspect to it other than the foamy head. In this case the beer is pretty much just a fruit juice.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been meaning to try this one for awhile now. I've heard good things. Bottle split into to tulips.

A: Dark red/purple hue. Half finger of dark pink head fades rather quick leaving spotty lace.

S: Oak laced vinous berries. Like they macerated the berries with the vines and tossed em in an oak barrel. Mild damp basement funk. Sweet without being to sweet. A bit of tartness in the nose as well.

T: The sweetness is the first thing I notice. Luckily a light sour comes in and makes my tastebuds happy. The funk of a damp moldy basement is rather present. Very nice.

M: Medium to light body with soft carbonation.

O: Well this will tame my sour thirst in a pinch. Nothing world class but the best offering from the fruit line of Lindemans.

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Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are a few nights old.

Cassis is a purplish, light plum color. The pink head is tall and foamy, settling into something more substantial and rocky, never less than one finger high. Lacing is dropped pretty thickly.
The aroma screams currants, like a mixture of plum and grape on the nose. Yeast is evident but not overdone, with grains coming through just enough. A bit of tartness and Lambic wet hay/horseblanket funk pull through to add complexity rather than distraction.
The flavor is essentially the same, sweet and tart balanced by yeasty and wheaty with little hops presence to speak of and a pale malts presence. As it goes, tartness starts just at first nip on the tongue as a bit of sourness, fading out straight off to the tart and sweet (and bready) mix that makes it delicious.
This beer is well-carbonated but not overcarbonated with a nice crispness to it. The finish is surprisingly clean and the lightly sticky though not syrupy body works. Otherwise this is semi-dry in a light, almost medium body.
Great stuff, my second favorite (possibly tied with Framboise) to the Peche.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep purple with very little head. Looks like grape soda.

S: Nice berry scent. Rich and fruity.

T: Fruit all the way! Nice and sour berry flavors. No hops as expected, then yeasty bread finish.

M: Bubbly and refreshing as expected. Wonderful.

O: I love these lambics. This one actually competes with the raspberry for me.

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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 Fenris244
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stupidly long-stemmed champagne flute.

Purple in colour, 2 finger champagne like head, moderate retention with some lacing on the glass, a small ring of bubbles was always apparent

Musty in aroma, some grapeish aromas as well, a syrupy sweetness was underneath the grape aroma

Grape flavors, pleasant tartness, an almost tannin like quality was there.

Very light in body, fizzy and effervescent.

Overall, good, not great, wouldn't get this if the apple of the peach is nearby. Guess this is the red headed stepchild of the lambics I've had, not bad but not noteworthy either

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear ruby red dolor. Poured a lumpy 3 finger cherry head with excellent retention; it didn't give way until kI started to drink it. Sticky webs of lace all over the glass.

S: Sweet black currants; that's about it. A little sour in the background that grows as I got used to the sweetness.

T: Sweet black currants. Transitions right to a tart/sour finish.

M: Light body. Moderate-to-ample carbonation. A nice balance as the sweetness can manifest a fuller body.

O: Not anything like beer. As drinkable as fresh fruit juice, but too sweet to drink a lot. I'll have my dessert in a glass.

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Photo of LazyL
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep fushia/purple that is very clear with a dark pink thick foamy head that is quite attractive.
The nose is a very full cassis with a bit of concord grape. Its pleasing and not too sweet.
The taste is slightly sour to start than fades into a good sweetness. Concord grape and cassis flood your taste buds.
The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly dry. You wouldnt want more than one glass but a very good product that would make interesting food pairings.

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

Appearance - Sparkling Grape Juice. However with better lacing.

Smell - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, probably a bit more stale or cardboard like.

Taste - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, slightly more bitter.

Mouthfeel - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, slightly more creamy.

Overall Drinkability - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, it's beer.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bestway in Greensboro, NC. $4.99. Cheapest I have ever seen anything from Lindemans.
Pours a dark purple red color with a thick light pink head and a ton of lacing. Super pretty. Smell is of currants and tartness. Tastes super tart with tons of oak, funk, and currant flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome brew from a great Belgian brewer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been craving a lambic or sour for a little while. I didn't find anything really appealing today, but I didn't look very hard either. This is one that I've been wanting to try for a while. I wanted to get a grip on what currants are like. I just saw AleWatcher's review so all those factors combined to help me pick up a 12oz bottle of this.

Unfoiled, decapped, uncorked and poured into a Maredsous glass.

The color is like a really dark grape juice. Its a deep purple. Oh great, now "Smoke on the Water" is stuck in my head. A mauve colored cap of foam rushes up pretty quickly and holds great retention and tears off thick lacing. When I hold the glass up to the light I see that this is actually a pretty clear beer. Looks just fine to me.

There's a slight funk, which I find to be very nice. Its got a cheesy, socky kinda aroma. The soft cheese notes poke out from under a smell thats more like a red wine than most beers. Like grape juice with much more of a tannic aroma and lots of twigs left in.

Naturally this is going to be a sweet one. That's what these normal Lindeman's have become to be known by. Many bash them for this. There is a higher level of sourness from this one than I've encountered in the few other Lindeman's fruited lambics. Soon enough the glands and mouth get used to the sourness and it really only becomes a strong tartness with not much pucker. Flavors of purple grapes, skin and all mix with a woody flavor, like that of stems of fruits or stones of berries. This woodiness morphs into a very faint funkiness and soft cheese flavor.

Dry, with a gritty, tannic feel and flavor. Sweetness is really all thats left. It sticks to the teeth and lips.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes
One of the better fruited lambics from them. I like this much better than the Frambouis but not as well as the Kriek. This one would be the smoothest transition from wine to beer. Hell, even kindergartners would enjoy a glass of this at snack time.

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

Pours a deep plum color with a 3 finger head of microbubbles that are about 3 shades lighter in color than the body of the beer.

Smells sweet-- dark fruit mainly. A nice tartness comes across as oak soaked vinegar. A decent musty/earthy funk is light and melds well with the profile. The beer tastes sweet, no doubt the addition of corn syrup (as widely publicized amongst active Ba's touting these beers as not being "true Lambic")... The fruit is nice and tasty-- black cherries, plums, currants. The oakiness is nice and blends into an earthy and musty funk. Nice little sour bite.

The body is light and well-carbonated. The beer tugs at my cheeks and front of my throat with its puckering sourness. This much nicer than it gets credit for. This is Lindeman's best fruit Lambic.

For the price and easy availabilty-- this is a great beer to scratch your sour itch. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.16/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Never seen this before today. At $11 a bottle I have high expectations.

Appearance - Wow. This does not look like beer at all. This looks more like red wine with food coloring/berries added. You can definitely tell berries were added to this brew. A rich and frothy pink and purple head that covers up a magenta purple brew.

Smell - The smell is not very pleasant. Smells like rotten sour blackberries. Sort of a spoiled fruit smell.

Taste - Extraordinarily sour and tart. Entirely too sweet thanks to the berries. The berries are quite tasty; but this really does not taste like a beer. More like concentrated fruit juice. To pinpoint, this tastes like concentrated grape juice that I didn't add enough water to.

Mouthfeel / Drinkablity - Drinkable. But I didn't want juice; I wanted beer. This is entirely to sweet with a sour berry pucker. Concentrated and unbalanced. Something about it is off. I am extremely dissapointed that I spent so much money on this beer.

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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 KajII
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute Glass]

Poured a dark red with an average sized pink head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing. The aroma was strong with black currants, a moderate dark bread malt and a light sweet yeast. It tasted sweet and acidic from beginning to end with the finish being strong with black currants that lingered on the pallet for an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall quite tasty and would be great mixed with a nice chocolate stout.

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.85 out of 5 based on 705 ratings.
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