Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

Lindemans CassisLindemans Cassis
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Lindemans CassisLindemans Cassis

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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 -43.6%
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 -11.2%
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 -6.5%
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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Photo of ozmodium
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fruit Lambic tasting odyssey continues...

750ml bottle poured into 2 tulip glasses, for sharing.

Pours a near black cloudy deep redish purple. Huge thick frothy light purple head leaves generous lacing.

Smells of sweet black currant syrup, delicious sour/acidic barnyard lambic funk. Dessert in a glass.

Taste is again of black currants. Bready wheat. Quite syrupy sweet, a little tart, but not quite enough.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, carbonation is about right.

Highly drinkable, but again a bit sweet for mass consumption.

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Photo of hdofu
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark black like a ravens wing with a rasberrish colored head, smell is intensely fruity. Taste is really really sweet with a bit of a bitter finish, It is oh so thick like the fruit. It is insanely drinkable and at such a low abv I can see myself putting a few of them under the table

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Photo of aepb1
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red body with a pinkish foamy head

S- Black currant and earthy

T- Sweet/tart currant very well-balanced, earthy yeast

M- Velvety smooth carbonation, light to medium bodied

D- Great lambic and I love black currante so that probably contributes to my like of this beer

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from New Years Eve 2010:

750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Boon Kriek flute.

A: It pours a less-than-opaque black color with purple hues and a finger of pinkish-purple frothy head.

S: Sweet and sour dark fruits and berries as well as some yeast-induced funk.

T: Sweet at first with blackberries, currants, and plums, and ending very sour.

M: The feel is champagne-esque with heavy carbonation and a medium-light body.

D: It doesn't wreck the palate like some other lambics and makes for a delicious dessert.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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 schlimenhaumer
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a regular dinner glass at high altitude (above 5,000 feet).

A - Deep ruby red color with a pink and creamy four-finger head.

S - Very nice cassis smell with a hint of the lambic beer to come.

T - Overall, I enjoyed the taste, but I thought the tartness of the cassis was a bit overpowering for the beer. I was hoping for something more along the lines of a kriekbier.

M - Dry all the way through; I found it appropriate.

D - Much too tart to drink all night for my taste, but definitely among my top choices if you're looking for a fruit beer.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one even more than the raspberry! This has a little less sweetness to it and tastes more like a lambic fruit beer should taste in my opinion. Great bubbly mouthfeel, no aftertaste at all. The appearance again is average, but that shouldnt scare you off. The taste is so superb nothing can bring it down.

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Photo of JaredWolgemuth
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The initial pour was a crowd pleaser! The reviews came right down the middle, out of 6 reviewers we had threenthat said amazingly good and three that were dumbfounded. If you like wine, this is up your alley. If you like dark heavy beer, try another road. Some of us will have this again, some of us will not.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love straight lambic and don't drink many of the fruity variants. This one is flavored with black currants. The beer pours a lovely dark ruby color with good-sized pink head--plummish I would say. The aroma suggests an earthy cellar with fruity overtones. It is appetizing and suggests good things to come. The mouthfeel is bubbly light. The sourness of the lambic melds nicely with the tartness of the black currants. A fruity sweetness balances it. The sweetness is not overwhelming and mixes in well. Funk finishes it off. An enjoyable bottle.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep purple with crimson highlights & a loose, yogurty pink head.

Smells of cooked berries - presumably currants, though I'm not sure what characterizes currants - so let's say cooked blueberries & blackberries, with a sweetness that reminds me of Manishevitz or the sweet grape juice used in communion when I was a kid. Nice berry flavor, with plenty of sugar.

Strong berry juice flavor, like the leftover juice in a bowl of sugared berries, with a mild-to-medium tartness around the edges & in the aftertaste. Still ends strongly berry-juiced & sweet, but the tart flavor does a nice job of balancing out.

Medium-light-bodied, with some viscosity from the sugars & a nice light acidity.

Not bad -- pretty sweet, as it is with the Lindemans crew, but with actually more tartness than I was expecting. Still, a little of this goes a long way, & the one is plenty for me until I move onto something a little less sugary.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Lindemans flute. Poured a dark maroon color with almost 3 inches of dark pink head that had very long lasting retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very sweet, as expected from Lindemans, with a solid malt undertone and lots of fruit. Again, as usual with Lindemans take on these things, the beer was very sticky and sweet, yet had a solid malt and grain base.

The body was full and sticky. Drinkability is good, but a little tough, depending on your sweet-tooth at the moment. Overall, a good, solid brew. I generally prefer to use the Lindemans beers as a blend with a bigger beer, Stouts or certain Strong Ales, and lord knows the ladies loves these beers. They're all worth trying.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cute little bottle, bought at the Grog Shop in Homer with a couple years of age on it. Hell yes.
f'ing purple! love it. purple with pink head? this can't be real. Yeah, i heard they add some flavoring at the end, but i guess I can be okay with it this time. this one time. do they add color to it too? anyways, millions of tiny bubbles for a head.
tastes like purple drink! currants are heavy, the tart is nice and sharp with a little bit of sweetness. didn't realize i'd enjoy this beer as much as I did. respect gained for the color-adding people of Lindemans.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Lindemans lambic flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a light purpleish color with a small, pinkish head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of currants (obviously) but also has hints of pine, yeast, and grapes.

Taste: Very sweet and tart, almost candy-like. Tastes strongly of currants and little else. There is a slight bitterness to it but it's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly, like champagne.

Drinkability: Another solid fruit lambic from Lindemans. Like the rest of Lindemans' lineup, this lambic is a nice treat and a good change of pace. I could see people who don't like "beer" really liking this beer. While it may not be my favorite from among Lindemans' options (that would be Framboise), it is still very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Cresant
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 750 mL capped and corked, dark green bottle into champagne flutes. No date. The body was turbid and looked like grape juice. The head was very healthy and left a nice amount of lacing, purple/pink tinted.

The smell was earthy and fruity. Both tart and sweet.

The taste reflected the aroma. Very fruity and tart. Black currants shine. There was a good balance of twang and sweetness. Somewhat drying in the finish. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body. Effervescent but not too fizzy. I might drink this one again on New Years Eve!

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Photo of earthboundagain
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a purplish red; it has a nice rose colored head that is very fluffy. The beer does lace though.

We have a very big blast of a nice ripe berry, not real clear as to what berry, but it is nice and strong and smells fresh. You can also make out an underlying yeasty funk.

Ok we have a nice big blast of sweet and sour berry action going on, the yeast is there to provide the sour kick.

The mouthfeel is big and bold, the sticky sugar combined with lots of bubbles makes this beer feel bigger then it is.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Foiled, corked, capped, green 12oz bottle with classy raised lettering and a nice label. No date to be seen.

Appearance: Dark rose-colored beer, with an attractive (and pretty substantial) dark-pink cap. Decent retention

Smell: Beautiful, natural dark berry aromas with a hint of earthy funk...straightforward, but natural-smelling and quite pleasant.

Taste: Mirrors the aromas quite nicely; a bit of woodsy character is present as well. Mildly tart, but with a bit of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, slightly puckering

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: I know Lindeman's stuff is a bit sweet for the style, but this is a great fruit beer all the same. Paired wonderfully with a homemade wedding cake-style with buttercream frosting and blackberry filling.

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Photo of ryanonline
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep almost black reddish purple. Big foamy purple head...hehe. OK lacing.

Smells like fruity whiskey.

This has a really odd flavor layering. Really tart jumps to sort of a flat sweet. Dunno about this one.

Foamy and thin and watery. Dry finish.


Just meh.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still haven't figured out how to turn down free beer. Even though I don't respect that these are called "lambics" this one was OK.

Beer is purple, deep purple, and forms a thick head of small bubbles that is also purple in hue. Some lacing on the glass.

Beer is sweet and mildly tart in the aroma. Mostly sweet with this almost grape juice aroma to it.

Beer is medium to light in body with decent carbonation. Mild tartness at the corners and a lot of sweetness. The more I drink the more it tastes like carbonated Welch's grapejuice. Interesting but not a repeat. Unless of course its free.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a very dark plum color that produced a good fluffy pink head with some good retention behind it. Bits of lacing left behind.

(S)- A good tart sour background with a grape-like fruit profile with bits of plum and blueberry. Finishes dry with bits of hay.

(T)- A solid sour/tart front that flows into the nice currant fruit, yet has hints of plum and blueberry in there too. Finishes dry with a bit of hay funk; stays nicely sour throughout.

(M)- A good lively carbonation level and balance. The sourness and fruit are neither overpowering each other but do throw their weight around together.

(D)- A solid fruit lambic with everything you would expect. A tad sweeter and richer than normal for the style due to the dark fruits, but the sourness/tartness helps counteract some of that. Another solid drinkable lambic from Lindemans which is what I like best about them; a simpler, yet easier on the palate and stomach take on the style.

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Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: poured smoothly with a light pinkish head, is a dark rich purple in color yet dark red in the light, slight carbonation

Smell: very fruity and sweet, almost sour, kind of a wine scent to it, very appealing, slight slight alcohol on the back end

Taste: sweet upfront before it becomes sour on the end, good flavor and complex for a lambic, very sweet and good currant flavor, almost like a light dark red wine

Mouthfeel: well carbonated so good amount of tingling on the tongue, very smooth and refreshing

Drinkability: very drinkable, great flavor, aromas, and appearance. a little too sweet to drink more than one but overall it's a very good tasting lambic

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 709 ratings
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