Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

very good
697 Ratings
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 BeardedBoffin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -14.8%
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 +10.4%
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 -3.1%
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 +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 Cresant
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 +3.9%
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 -23.6%
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 -4.4%
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 +9.1%
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 +10.4%
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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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 AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark purple, like super grapey grape juice. Pretty viscous looking with a pink head that disappeared to some moderate and nice lacing.

S - Wow, talk about a rich berry smell. Just tons of dark currant in the nose. Sweet and a nice tart smell to cut into the berry scent.

T - Actually pretty good. A very deep currant taste with a little bit of tartness and a little bit of malt. Little bit of other berry flavor, raspberrys are the most noticible. Very rich and deep tasting.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

D - Just too rich for me, and too sweet. Had a little trouble drinking more than half the bottle that I split with my fiancee who insisted on trying ALL the Lindemans beers she could at one setting.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a cherry-red tone and a slightly reddish tan head, rather inviting. Aroma is rich and yeasty with a fruity overtone, a mixture of cherry and blueberry - must be currant. Lip-smacking flavor is slightly sweet, pleasantly sour, mainly cherry and blueberry - currant? - with undertones of malt and yeast. Texture is very smooth and leaves behind a light tingle.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle purchased at Total wine. My wife bought it and I decided to try it even though, I haven't really liked lindemans other offerings.

A- pours dark deep purple. 3 fingers of a billowing pinkish head that disappears and leaves a thin ring. The lacing resembles the legs of a fine red wine. A very impressive looking brew in my opinion.

A- loads and loads of dark berries. I'm really not acquainted with black currants but if they taste as good as they smell, I'd be down with eating some anytime. The closest I could associate with it would be a blackberry cobbler.

T- very nicely balanced with the fruits not being to sweet nor tart. A very nice blend. There is a nice grape and blackberry taste. I'm not getting ran over by the sweetness that kills the other lindemans for me.

M- light to medium in body. With a good level of carbonation. The finish is balanced between the tartness and the sweetness. Some what acidic.

D- I couldn't drink it all night, that's for sure. However, it is a excellent desert beer and that's what I'm rating it as.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red-purple color with a pink head. The aroma is tart and has a lot of red wine characteristics. The flavor is very similar to red wine and has some other fruit which is guess is the currants. There is also a little bit of tartness. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This has nothing in common with other Belgian lambics but as far as fruit beers go, this is a decent one.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a deep wine purple with a half finger head and light sticky lacing left on the glass

S: I was getting some funky corky aromas with good grape notes that made the cut with slight acidic tartness.

T: nice grape tarness like the nose with good sweetnees that is not over baring. After a couple sips I get a little funk flavor as well.

M: light to meduim body with light carbonation with a sweet dry finish.

D: very good lambic I think its one of my favorite beers from lindemans. I like that the cassis adds sourness to the overall taste.

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Photo of corby112
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark plum purplish color with a light purplish pink foamy head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly funky sour aroma with a surprising malt presence along with a prominent dark fruit character, especially grape, raisin and dark berries.

Medium bodied with some nice soft carbonation up front and a subtle dark fruit presence. Sweet grape and blackberry flavor and maltier than expected. Only slight tart/sour but not acidic at all. Sweeter than I prefer and easy to drink but not very complex.

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

(12oz Bottle)

Pours a ruby red color with a light pink head. Smell is sweet berries/currants, grapes, and a sourness/funk. Taste is berries/currants, cranberries, with a slight sour/tartness. Light mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall this is a lot better than I was expecting.

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

Poured from a 335ml bottle into my Allagash tall snifter/chalice. Pours a deep purple to reddish color with a raspberry colored head. Head is about 2 to 3 fingers and very frothy. Leaves tons of sticky frothy legs of lace around the glass. Appearance is very solid/cloudy and head retention is very good. Takes a good 5 minutes for the head to dissapear into a creamy surface.

Aroma has some tart, fruit-black currants, and a slight funk in the back. I can tell already this beer would probably be better with some age. Overall though, more sweet then tart...but enjoyable.

That's pretty tasty. Some definite sweet notes from the black currants, and resides as the majority of the flavor. The tartness compliments nicely...with a very faint and distant funk. Again, I must say...some age would do this beer wonders. Mellow out the sweetness and hopefully the tart characteristics would take over. Light to medium mouthfeel, high carbonation, but not overkill. Very tasty!

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Photo of aristeros
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Crave Kitchen in El Paso TX. First Lindemans.

Attractive bottle, somewhat blah label. Thought surprised at the pop top but there was a cork underneath that was super-annoying to remove. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a violet red, small pink head, little retention. Very visible carbonation. Looks great

Mixed berries, mostly tart and a bit acidic. Somewhat like wine, chablis acidity meets a mellow burgundy. On the edge of the nose is a yeasty funky smell like some eastern euro beers that's not entirely unlike sweat.

Taste is sweet berries up front, no funk, turning to black cherries, sweet and sour. Very active carbonation helps it, but pretty simple and it's not as complicated as I'd hoped.

I was thinking of something more along the lines of, say, a Three Philosophers. This is like fruit juice meets champagne. Not my thing. Wife will have to finish it off while I crack something else.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackberry color with a large, slowly-dissipating pink head that leaves behind thick lace.

Smell: Tart and sweet berries.

Taste: Somewhat bitter beginning, rounding out into a bittersweet/tart currant finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body with balanced carbonation and a dry, champagne finish.

Drinkability: One of the Lindemans fruit lambics with a little more depth in flavor. I don't think I've ever had black currants before, but I do like the taste of this beer a lot.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

corked and capped 12oz. bottle served into a Lindemans flute

Pours an expectedly gorgeous, medium-translucent red-violet color. When held to directly to light it takes on a redder color approaching crimson. The head sat at two fingers, was fluffed up and colored pink like an Easter egg. Nebulous formations of lacing stick to the glass in distinct notches.

Tart fruit acids, currants, & overripe strawberries hit the heaviest in terms of aroma. This smells slightly less sweet than Lindemans Framboise. There is a welcome level of funk that I've never detected in the other Lindemans fruit beers. It is light but present; a kiss of sweaty sock and old-ass wood barrel.

That funk from the aroma? Not there on the tongue. The beer tastes very similarly to its Lindemans fruit beer brethren -- sweet, fruity, tasty, not complex in the least bit. The fruit component tastes like a cocktail of berries. There is a bit of astringency that always shows up in the middle of the drink. The beer finishes dry with a flash of Sweet Tarts and an aftertaste reminiscent of strawberry jam.

The mouthfeel is what you probably expect it to be if you've had a Lindemans fruit beer before. It is very light with active carbonation. It feels (and pretty much tastes) like a fruit soda pop. The beer is definitely drinkable in a soda pop way. You probably aren't going to want to dink a lot of this particular kind of taste but you certainly could with no difficultly.

Overall? Meh. Its a Lindemans fruit beer, one that happens to be a little bit more traditional. But a half-hearted attempt at making an honest Lambic doesn't make this a better beer than their Framboise, which totally embraces its un-Lambicness. This is tasty enough.

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.85 out of 5 based on 697 ratings.
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