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 SacoDeToro
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent lambic with an wonderfully pungent black currant aroma. The flavor is full of fresh crushed fruit and herbal notes. The light wheaty backbone of this beer truly lets the fruit shine through. The lambic yeasts add that distinctive tang that nicely compliments the other flavors. The mouthfeel is light and carbonation appropriate to the style. Almost no hops present. The color is a dark brownish purple, reminiscent of a cabernet. Grab a bottle if you can find it.

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Photo of mempath
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip revealing moderate mauve head with some curdling/lacing around the edge. deep foggy, nearly opaque purple when held to light.

deep dark dried fruit marinated in lambrusco is the first nose note. there's a little more tang that reveals the aging it has gone through, a sweet sort of pungency that extends beyond the 'grape juice' surface smell.

flavor is bristling with dark grape/berry notes. more tang as expected, enhanced perhaps by the high carbonation. very easy to drink, though just as easy to savor. a lively lambic, the first i've had in years (taking a break from hops everyday) and really enjoying returning to what old europe has to offer. great on it's own (though 2 would be plenty) but i can imagine this enjoyed with cheese and the usual fair associated with wine. but a hearty sandwich or stew would pair with this just fine i think.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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 ZenAgnostic
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Sparkling Grape Juice. However with better lacing.

Smell - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, probably a bit more stale or cardboard like.

Taste - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, slightly more bitter.

Mouthfeel - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, slightly more creamy.

Overall Drinkability - Sparkling Grape Juice. However, it's beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cherry red, not the deep purple of black currants. Bright cherry accents and a rose pink head complete the picture of a feminine looking, but fetching, appearance. I'm secure enough in my masculinity not to care, but I might have to hide the glass if someone comes to the front door. The cap of foam is beautiful and deposits loads of thick, cobbled lace.

The aroma is tremendous and is bursting with plump, juicy, ripe berry fruit. I don't know that I've tasted a black currant before, but if this is what they taste like, then I'm a fan. In terms of fruit that I'm familiar with, it probably smells most like black raspberries. Black cherries and grapes make contributions as well. I can also appreciate the sour, yeasty lambic beneath all the fruit. A great nose.

Cassis is my favorite Lindemans beer to date. A mouth filling, tongue swamping, berry blast of flavor sustains itself throughout each mouthful and far beyond. Those little black currants are something else. I made a cassis tart several years ago with creme de cassis, and it was pretty damn good. This beer reminds me a little of that liqueur, come to think of it.

It's both significantly sweet and significantly tart at once, making for a mouth party of epic proportions. The finish is long and lingering thanks to the full, viscous mouthfeel. Any sense of heaviness, however, is attenuated by a semi-lively amount of carbonation. If anything, it's becoming even more berryful with warming. This might just be my favorite dessert beer (to date).

Lindemans Cassis may not be a classic or a traditional lambic to a style purist, but that means nothing to me. I'm a purist when it comes to some things, but I'm not so rigid when it comes to beer. Although I can't see myself drinking it all that often, if I'm in the mood for a fruit beer that's available in my neck of the woods (not a huge list, mind you), I'll pick up a bottle of this before anything else.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red berry color with a clingy foamy pinkish sheen. Soft berry scent. Has a huge burst of sweet-tart frit flavor with a very dry finish. Your tongue is left dry and wanting to drink more of "the desert" at once! I first tried this a week ago at a tasting in Phila. and had to go out a buy a bottle this week to taste again (it is still great) . Not quite as sweet as their other lambics. Great to finish off a date (if I was allowed to date) ;) .

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Photo of manahansf
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and hazy red color beneath a creamy and bright pink head. The visibly high carbonation sends out a rich and bold berry fruit aroma. The light body is accented by the carbonation and is very refreshing with tart cherry/cranberry flavors. The finish is light and very quick and ends with a very sweet and tart kick.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite offering from lindemans. Either that or a tie with the framboise. pours a deep purple ( smo-o-o-o-ke on the wahhhhtaaa!) Nose is of currant and sour tart. Taste is very luxurious and not sour like a true lambic. I like that, as i am not a big fan of the traditional sour lambics. Black currant flavors abound. This tastes like it should have seeds in it. Great mouthfeel and drinkability. Serve this as dessert to the women at your xmas party. Then tell them youve got a bottle on ice upstairs.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Me first Lindemans. 355ml, capped and corked (nice effect).

Poured into Duvel glass. Black cherry in color, with medium-sized pink head. Nice sticky lacing.

Cool smell - bouquet of roses (and baby's breath), with a touch of fermented grapes / red wine.

Taste was really nice - a winelike quality of grapes and tart rasperries.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, with only a hint of tart bite.

Found this to be extremely drinkable, and a great dessert accompaniment to cheescake.

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Photo of Alt
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 37.5cl bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark burgundy with a silky pink/mauve head. Somewhat murky/cloudy when held up to light. Head dissipates much slower than expected, minimal lacing.

Smell: Kind of like grape bubblegum, slightly acidic/yeasty.

Taste: Tart, predominantly sour when it first hits the palate with moderate dry sweetness opening up in the after taste, deep rich blackcurrant flavour intense fruity acidity with hints of other forrest berries.

Mouthfeel: Mildly dry/woody at first, yet still crisp and light very pleasing and refreshing. Been awhile since I've had any kriek or framboise, will need to "review" lambics more often.

Drinkability: Could drink this all day and night, would be ideal either icy cold on a hot summer day or lightly chilled - closer to room temp in cooler weather.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The color of red wine but less translucent with a beautiful sparkling pink head that surprisingly leaves some lace

S- Smell is sweet and tart berries but also has a mask of farm scent. As it warmed a got a slight flavor of wintergreen that mixed with the farm scent to make it slight more pleasing

T- The taste covers up the farm scent and gives your sweet tooth a berry present. There is also a tartness on the tongue that brings the essence of blackberry into full recognition

M- Feels light and slick and slightly syrupy

D- Drinks very well with a complex balance of flavors that my palate couldn't describe

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

This was a pinkish amber or it was karrant. Anyway this was great the color was good and the head was a pinkish color also that left a little bit of a lace behind. The smell of the fruit was very strong. It tasted like cotton candy from the fair. The sourness make its a little hard to drink these badboys down for a while and of coarse the price did not help either 13 dollars a bottle.

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

My first lambic. Lindemans Cassis is a shiny shade of ruby with a fluffy, pink head. The aroma is rich and of strong, sweet dark berries. The taste is simply amazing, I have to say this is the best fruit beer that I've sampled. Flavor is of very strong, tart dark berries with a center of sugary sweetness. My idea of malt and hop flavors aren't present, however the layers and complexity of the fruit flavors are amazing. For fans of fresh fruit this is a "must sample" beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Alkey
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark purple color with two finger purple pinkish head. Smell is sour berry fruit juice. Taste is very sour, tart, fruit juice, nice carbonation on the tongue,

Overall Lindeman's make some of the best lambic style beers I've ever had and this one is just as good as the others but a bit more tartness and sour to the taste.

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Photo of brdc
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked and capped bottle, poured into a Lindemans flute.

Ruby colored, with a bright pink, fluffy head with great retention and a nice lacing. It does not look like most beers, but it is a beautiful sight.
Aroma is also quite impressive, tart and sweet at the same time, with loads of fruits, all types of berries, currants obviously, but also a hint of that musty lambic nose.
Light-medium body, the nice carbonation creates a "spritzy" sensation on your tongue, delicate but enticing, and that opens to a fruit explosion, currants and berries, sweet and tart, sugary and sour, quite well balanced for a "dessert" beer. I have to compare them side by side, but it is clearly better than the peche, probably a close second to the kriek.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as good as the Frambiose. A little thinner in the mouth. However there is great head and retention and the smell is nice and strong of tart currents.

Taste is exceptional if you like current. Not as drinkable as the Frambiose. Drink it like you would a really nice bottle of wine or champagne.

Personally, while I enjoyed the beer, I won't pay 6 dollars for another one.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a bright cherry pink color - think of a light Cherry soda or White Zinfandel. Light pink thin head fades quickly and leaves behind a bit of thin lacing. Very girly looking.

Nose is good - you can catch a whiff of this without really trying. Very nice fruity, berry smell.

Taste follows the nose. A brilliant explosion of fruity, berry ("Currant" apparently...though I've never had a currant, so I'll stick with "berry") tart and sourness. Balanced very well - the tartness tantalizes just enough without being overwhelming, and the sweetness pleases just enough without being cloying. Great taste.

Mouthfeel is good - hits all the right notes.

Truly a delicious beer.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Cassis is a great lambic, much like the others I've had. This is probably the lambic that most closely resembles a wine that I've had. It's a very dark shad of red, almost purple. Smells of berry, a little wine-like. Taste is fruity, a little sweet and tart. Not too sour though. Very high drinkability. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of scottum
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep purple with a nice pinkish head. The black currant flavors are ever forward and tasty. Slightly sweet and nicely tart. This is a fine brew. I love black currant, and this brew just adds to that love affair. This is my first lambic and I'm stoked on it. I hope the other lambics I'm bound to try will be good too.

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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 zImage
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this beer with friends after a Trapist beer tasting. This beer was preceded by a bottle of Two Philosiphers. Even though it was a big change in style, everyone at the table enjoyed it. It's a very sour beer with strong fruity, currant smells; A great dessert beer.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bestway in Greensboro, NC. $4.99. Cheapest I have ever seen anything from Lindemans.
Pours a dark purple red color with a thick light pink head and a ton of lacing. Super pretty. Smell is of currants and tartness. Tastes super tart with tons of oak, funk, and currant flavor. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation. Overall, this is an awesome brew from a great Belgian brewer.

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Photo of crossovert
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a purple tinged head and deep brownish red color. The head lasts and lasts.

Smell is lambic like, unlike the Framboise, this one smells more like a lambic, with the typical funk, sourness, and black currant.

Tastes like sour black currant, with some funky sourness.

This is an exquisite fruit lambic.

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