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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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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 neonbrown82
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was my first experience with a Lambic style. I am a wine lover in addition to a beer lover, so I was expecting to fall in love with this, though I think the opposite happened. My experience started off with a brilliant looking pour. I was amazed at the clear wine colored beverage with a foamy pink head. The aroma was beautiful, like a wine.

The taste and mouthfeel is where my experience began to take a turn for the worse. It tasted like a cheap wine, and after a few acclimatizing drinks it began to taste like a Juicy Juice. Despite the fact that it tasted like a kids' juice and has a low ABV, the drinkability is very low. I don't think I will experiment with any more Lambics in the future.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, this one disappointed me. I ordered this as part of a flight which included the Lindemon's Framboise. This one just did not compare to the latter. Too bitter, even for wild cherries (do not expect this to taste like the fake sweet cherries you get in the syrup). No head, lacing, or carbonation. More like cough medicine than a fruit lambic.

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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 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 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 pagriley
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml into snifter

Pours brilliant deep crimson
Big currant on the nose with a waft of funk and tart
Sugar syrup on the palate - a great beer is in there somewhere under all the added sugar, but it is so hard to find
A bit thick and syrupy from the sugar

Overall, just over sweet. I get that this is sugar added, but damn, they put a lot in...

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Photo of zoso1967
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very very dark red, almost purple, with a pink head that is much like framboise, but a bit darker and richer. With the aroma I mostly am just getting sour funk. Unlike other fruit lambics it is really hard to pick out the fruit notes in this beer. The taste is very sour with lots of musty basement character as well as some red wine like character. Most fruit is in the aftertaste, but it works well with the sourness. Mouthfeel is somewhat full and definitely on the sticky side. Not a beer I would want to sit down and drink for a session, but I bet it would go great with a creamy desert.

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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 PorterLambic
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

After trying the Framboise & Peche lambics from Lindeman's, i just had to try the Cassis. It got to be an expensive night.

Appeance was very dark purple, with almost no light getting thru to chekc clarity. Head dropped off quickly.
Smell was quite heavily berry with a hint of something lingering in the background I couldn't put my nose on.
Taste was very much currant/berry as expected, quite tart & sour, not sweet like the Framboise. Aftertaste was quite strong and really brought those background flavors to the front. Very heavy pine/turpentine flavor that just hung around to the point of being annoying. Only went away when the next beer was drank.
Mouthfeel was quite smooth, nice lightly carbonated feel across the tongue, very much like a champagne or (gasp!) a wine cooler.
Drinkability, other than the aftertaste, is good, easy to drink but would only have one and would definitely have my next selection ordered before I finished this one.

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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 2" pink head with great retention. Leaves behind a good bit of pink lace. The lambic is a dark purple color.

S - Powdery fruit. Berries. Slight diacytel??

T - Tart fruit. Sour. Then sweet. Hint of wood.

M - Thin body with lively carbonation.

D - Refreshing but not all that interesting. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of crckrmn
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into an Imperial Pint glass

A- A dark reddish color with a finger of head that dissipated quickly into a thin consistent layer

S- Barnyard with underlying fruit aromas

T- Fruit upfront with a sour finish. Overly sweet for a lambic

M- The mouthfeel is a little thick, coating your whole mouth

D- Would make a good dessert beer, however not a beer I would sit down and have a session with. A little overly sweet to do this.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lindemans Cassis. Third of the Lambic fruit beers I've tried and going with the currants this time. Poured into Lindemans flute glass.

A- Dark berry purple fluid with nice off purple fluffy head that leaves decent patchy lacing.

S- Smell is slightly tart blueberry and grapes.
Hint of subtle sweet cranberry as well.

T-M- Fresh cranberry sause comes to mind first with dashs of blueberrys and sweet yeast with light funk. Mouthfell is a bit acidic with light carbonation rolling over the tongue with ease.

D- Its like a rich chocolate good in small doses but invigorating in moderation.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours purple like grape juice with a small head and no lacing. Nose is...some grape but also a moldy yeast stink (not a good funk). Taste is grape soda with more acidity. Overall, the worst of all the Lindemans flavors due to the nose mostly.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lindeman's Cassis Lambic pours out a pretty pink head over a deep ruby
brew. Carbonation is hard to guage due to the brew's opacity, but the nose
has a strong berry odor. There's also something a little vinous and sour in the
background. Flavor is mellow, tart and fruity, and the finish is a little tannic.
Mouthfeel is round yet also a little dry as well. Of all of Lindeman's Lambics
I've tried so far, this is the one I've liked the best- it's not overbearingly sweet;
and is more like what I've read a traditional Lambic is supposed to be like.
Aftertaste is faintly of berries. Not bad.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

PWIP! Lilac lavender hues containing champagne like bubbles with a pinkish 2” frothy head cap and a sticky lace painted to the glass.

Deep woody scents of children’s cough syrup and sugar.

First swigs: Grape juice concentrate and puckery sour lemon juice. Earthy organic floral flavors. Aftertaste of copper penny and mineraly and a whisper of port wine.

Crisply carbonated with a tight acidic sizzle feel.

Last swigs: Like a raspberry pancake syrup. Medicinal in the nose and a bit sticky gooey to be overly drinkable. Reminds me of DFH Au Courant 2004. This lacked the “lambic” bight that the other Lindemans have. $5.75 mini green wine bottle with the punt in the bottom. Label explains that the wheat is unmalted and the currants are added in secondary.

Beer is good. Happy interesting beering.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at Chaucer's Pub- Decants a deep purple liquid, sporting a creamy billowing purple head. Lots of retention and lace going on here. The nose was pretty straightforward but enjoyable. Aromas of black currant, concord grapes, berry jam, a smidgen of hops.Tastes of sweet and tart cassis, a bit of yeasty funk, add some hops also. Quite tart and tight on the finish. Good.

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

A - rich blood red with moderate head. Pretty close to a sparkling grape juice, just a little more opaque and with lots of lacing...not quite wine like.

S - currant, some dark cherries

T - very sweet at first, quickly adding tartness to the mix

M - quite carbonated at first but loses steam quickly. finishes very dry; did not expect that.

D - fruity & drinkable. too fruity for my tastes but many will like this, even non beer lovers.

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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 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 jpagewatts
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

out of the bottle this lambic is a dark purple. with a rich purple head. the smell is fruity, as would be expected. it makes promises the taste can't keep. kind of like a sour jolly rancher. the mouthfeel gets points because it's sour keeps it a true lambic, whereas others i've had are too sweet.

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Photo of grayburn
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isnt a bad beer by any means, I just wish the sweet syrupy currant flavor could be toned down a bit to let the funk beneatu shine through.
pours a reddish violet color with a bubbly head that dies quickly but knows how to lace.
the smell and taste of the beer itself is hidden too much by the fruit added. There is some heavy handed funk waiting there, it just doesn't get to play. Damn you currant.
Crisp mouth, a touch too sweet on the finish. I probably won't be grabbing this one again anytime too soon.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish purple is color with a similarly hued fizzy head. Nosel was incredibly sweet, like blackberries. Taste is incredibly sugary with a certain tartness underneath, reminded me of a purple sweet-tart. There was also a certain woody, herbal character that was a bit intagible. Mouthfeel was fairly syrupy. This, like all Lindeman's lambics was incredibly easy to drink, liquid candy quite literally.

An interesting dessert beer I suppose, but a bit one dimensional, the more I learn about lambics, the more Lindeman's products become a strange twist on a theme.


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