Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

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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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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a tart beer because of the currants but it also has a horsey funk to it. It pours a deep purple color with a bright pink head. The head is very large and rocky. The aroma is of currants with a the same slight funk as the flavor.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours mauve/purple with a bright pink head.
Aroma of blackberries and soft funky horesblanket. Good, as long as you like blackberries.
Very sweet flavours, like drinking blackberry jam. Cloying. A little acidity. Some very light funk.
Nice prickly carbonation.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark purple with a pink head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is of dark berries, loads of them. Cannot get away from it its so very sweet and inviting.

Taste is the same, currants dominate, with a pleasant funk backing it up to give it a full on chick beer, but also, a well blended sour note.

Feel is perky, with a nice quaf and sour balance.

Overall this is one good lambic, and I have to let everyone know, this is not your typical sour ale, it is very sweet and palatable by newcomers standards.

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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 Goalcam
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This review is based on comparative lambic beers. This is a really good cassis (black currant) beer. It is less tart than a kriek and a little more sweet. If you enjoy a rouge or sour but one with less bite then you will enjoy this one. I am still comparing the Lindemanns and Timmermanns but right now they are comparable.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby amber, with minuscule head and minimal lace.

Aroma is tart berries, both sour and quite appealing.

Taste is up-front tart berries again, with plenty of sourness. Really quite tasty and, after so many hoppy beers, this rich, complex, and delicious beer proved a welcome change from the norm. I'd drink this again, easily.

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Photo of t420o
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lindemans Cassis

A- pour yields a nice 2 finger pinkish head with very good retention and lacing. Beer is a deep purple with red highlights when held to the light. Very nice looking. 4.25

S- boysenberry, blueberry, a nice combination of tart and sweet scents. Nice and earthy as well. 4.25

T- initially there is some boysenberry and blueberry with some tartness that is greeted quick by a nice sweetness that I expect from Lindemans beers. It's not as sweet as most other Lindemans beers, which is very nice. Earthy and juicy on the back end. My favorite Lindemans beer to date. 4.25

M- soft carbonation with a medium body that is excellent for the style. 4.25

O- a real treat from Lindemans. I could drink this all day. Not artificial like some of their beers taste. A great mix of tart and sweet. Very well done. 4.25


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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;


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 BigBry
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared a big bottle in Nashville at The Flying Saucer
Beer poured slightly hazy, dark purplish color (others said it was pink, but I didn't think so), with a thick foamy head. Foam faded slowly leaving a rocky pile of bubbles, and chunks of lace around the glass.
Smell is more tart than sweet currant juice, some yeast mustiness. The taste has same notes as the smell, sweet and tart berries, slightly sour fruitiness, finishes slightly yeasty and grainy.
The carbonation is low than expected, I assumed it would be overly fizzy like a champagne. Enough bubbles to maintain the head and give a tingle on the tongue, but still stay smooth with a solid body.
As good as the Framboise, maybe even a bit less sour.

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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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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.85 out of 5 based on 694 ratings.
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