Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

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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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340
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673
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
18.7%
 
 
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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a blood red color with an off white head. It appears that there is quite a bit of carbonation in the beer.

The aroma is sweet, berries play in the background, and slightly funky.

The beer tastes very sweet with hints of berries and finishes with a little bit of tartness. You can tell that it is highly carbonated as it seems to have a little bit of bite or crispness from the carbonation.

Overall the beer is okay, it is certainly drinkable it just happens to taste like a box of kids juice that is carbonated.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stange glass.

Look - deep red in color, with about three fingers' worth of red, almost pinkish colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - fruity-smelling, as you'd expect. Dark-smelling, like a barleywine.

Taste - You can definitely taste the black currant, bitter in the middle,which permeates into the finish and is pretty strong.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall, not really leaning any which way or the other.

overall - pretty interesting, not terribly thought-provoking, but still good.

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

Single corked bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Though my wife is a huge fan of the ale world, she always digs a fruit beer. Ah hell, I do too. Poured into my Lindemans flute glass, which incidentally I picked up two years ago at the same beer store. Full circle.

A hazy cherry-currant hue, with some champagne-like carbonation that quickly burned off. About a half-inch of light pink foam that receded into a fine ring. Lots of sticky lace.

Nose is predominantly lambic - tartness, acetic, a bit of that barnyard smell - but with a slight currant and apple smell lingering there.

An interesting and enjoyable lambic, that interplays sweet and tart successfully. As soon as I finish puckering at the brew's tartness, a sweet currant flavor would rush in to take its place. The finish is long and bitter, with a bit of barnyard musk competing with some soft currant and strawberry notes. Could have been very cloying, but the tartness works well.

Body reminds me a bit of fruit juice with some fleshiness to it, a bit thick, with moderate carbonation and some stickiness.

Nice lambic, with enough sweetness and tartness to please both camps. The currant flavour is subtle, but enjoyable.

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

A - Dark plum in color with no head, just a thin strawberry film with bubbles.

S - Berries, concord grapes, sour cherry. Some tartness coming through.

T - Sweet dark fruits (black cherries, raspberry, plum, grapes,) up front, followed by a mild tartness and a hint of sourness in the finish. Slightly acidic.

M - Smooth, medium body, decent carbonation.

O - A delicious black currant lambic. Although super sweet, its a highly drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Large raspberry coloured soapy bubbly head, lasting only a minute or 2 to leave a thin cap of large bubbles. It's a beautiful deep magenta that makes me consider it a good choice for a mixed cocktail.

S: Sharp scent of cassis, apples and red berries along with a strong presences of minerals. What strikes me first is the forward scent of the fermented berry. While you get the initial hit of sweetness, a tart dry taste/feel hits up at the back of the mouth.

T: Sweet flavour of cassis is unmistakable, so is the strong mineral taste. High levels of sweetness and acidity with no after taste. So similar to a cassis Italian soda that I find the flavour one dimensional.

M: Light mouth feel with a Italian soda level of carbonation. I think it's a little too high on the carbonation.

Overall: Definitive cassis flavour and smell, although a level of sweetness I find unpleasant. Reminds me of a wine cooler, in the initial sweet flavour followed by the tart/dry after taste. I'd like to try in mixed cocktail, but won't be drinking it on it's own again.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Until I can fully train and educate my fiancee on the best beers of the world, I will continue to fulfill her desire for Lambic beers.
We have tried as many Lindeman’s offerings as possible, and I’d have to say that we both agree on the Cassis being one of their finest products.

The Black Currants give this Lambic a rather unique aroma, and unlike the Pomme this one does not have an unpleasant aftertaste. I’d rate this one among the best of the Lambics!

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

A: Pours a little light but as the glass filled turned into a nice dark cherry color.
S: Smells like rasberrys with hints of grape and other darker fruits. Probably smells like black currants but I've never had one of those so...
T: A lot like the framboise style but maybe with a little more body in this one. Fruity and easy to drink. Lots of flavors here.
M: Sits light with a little lingering bitterness. The sweetness overpowers for sure.

Overall another good showing from lindemans. This is certainly on par with their other brews and I would recommend it for anyone.

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Photo of shigg85
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Vivo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Not the first cassis i've ever had, but the first that i've openly known to be a "Belgian beer." Promoted as a peach flavor which I was able to find traces of in the flavor. The appearance was an amazing purple with a grape-hued head like nothing i've ever seen... almost like grape juice but a beer. The taste was a little sour which I found as distracting from what could have otherwise been a great peach brew, but I imagine that is the nature of cassis. Overall, if you are looking for a great fruity drink, I can totally recommend this in place of a red dessert wine.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark reddish purple clear body poured into a Lindemans flute. Nice 3/4 inch head of purple foam. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Gotta give this one credit for appearance.

Smells of cassis syrup and musty wood.

Tastes fruity, but not of fresh cassis juice, but an approximation, like a flavored lollipop. Balanced tartness and sweetness, with a bit of a tannic finish. I can taste a saccharine like sweetener.

Body is light and carbonation is moderate giving it a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

I love cassis, and there is nothing I would like better than a traditional lambic with cassis berries added to the barrel. Unfortunately, this is not such a beer, as it is made with artificial aromas and sweeteners (Acesulfame K). I hope the rejuvenation of Lindemans will restore the credibility that it has lost. Despite my fondness for cassis, I am avoiding this beer until it is made with all natural ingredients. Now it is time rinse my mouth of the saccharine taste.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a reddish purple color that has some carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. It has a frothy head that is white tinted with some light purple.

S: It smells really tart and almost a bit sour. The sweet black currant fruit dominate the aroma.

T: The taste is a dead on representation of the aroma. It has that big tart taste with a touch of sour and the sweet fruits dominate.

M: Its body is on the lighter side but is loaded with a high carbonation level. The flavors dance on the palate and finishes very sweet.

O: I haven't had many lambics, but this seems to be a great representation. The hops and malts are nonexistent and allow the sweet black currants to take over nearly every aspect. It wasn't overly sweet or tart, a good balance between the two characteristics.

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Photo of harrymel
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Dark red, Bordeaux red with a good finger of soapy raspberry shaded foam. Leaves behind a pink lace. Pretty beer. Color reminds me of Blushing Monk. Smells of tart cassis berries and some hints of, dare I say, funk?

Taste is sweet and tart with berry flavor. I've only had fresh cassis a couple times, and this is more like a pungent bluberry for me. I like it. I wish it were a little more tart, but this provides a sting behind the jaw as it is. Thin syrup body with hi carb and a semi dry finish. I like it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep purple color with a light pink colored head on top. The smell of the beer was fruity with a wine like aroma to it. The taste of the beer was almost a lot like a red wine, fermented grapes and sugars with just a touch of funk in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was light and moderately carbonated. Overall this brew was good but not something that is great. I would drink it again but not often.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Solid hit. Served at a good temperature and with a huge, pinkish, foamy, frothy, thick head that settles to a light cover and last for a while, plus lots of lace. Color is a cloudy, pink, dark amber. Aroma is currants, yeast, vinegar. Flavor is foremost natural currants, sweet tart, malt. Body is spot on perfect all the way around. Finish is like flavor and doesn't deviate, of good length, with a slow taper. Could cook like a madman with this. Very good beer!

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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 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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