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Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

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87
very good
340 Reviews
Lindemans CassisLindemans Cassis
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
670
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
18.7%
 
 
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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

Delicious.

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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy (bottle conditioned) ruby body - almost purple tinged - with a thin and creamy light pink head that holds very well and leaves some lace throughout the glass. The nose is quite bold, with a tart and sugary-sweet berry aroma that's laced with some earthy and musty lambic character! This is surprising since most of the Lindeman's products seem to be almost completely devoid of lambic character. The body is light/medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation. The flavor is huge! I don't know how to describe it other than just intense black currant! It's tart, sour, sweet, ripe, juicy, fruity! The tartness predominates in the finish and it dries out fairly quickly. At first I found this to be my least favorite of the Lindeman's line, but I've come to appreciate it for its uniqueness. It makes a better apertif than after-dinner drink, although it can be enjoyed just as any sweet wine might be.

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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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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dense burgandy body with a smooth pink head. Great retention and lace, cant tell what carbonation is like.
Smell is very inviting, sweet, tart and rough.
Very flavorfull and almost identical to the smell. Upfront sweet fruit flavors followed closely by a tart sensation which lasts well into the too short aftertaste.
Tartness all over the tongue, good coating and body.
Highly drinkable and a great change from the more traditional beers.

-Oelergud

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite of the Lindeman's fruit lambics.

Pours a dark red to purple color with a maroon head.

Smell is herbal, earthy and sweet from the black currants. I love this aroma.

Taste is very nice with a bit of dryness that you don't see much of with the lindeman's fruit lambics. The rest will seem too sweet after trying this one.

Mouthfeel is soft carbonation, sweet, and sour.

Drinkability is much higher for this one to me because it's a bit drier.

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Photo of goschool
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle at Gelson's Market. I swear, I once saw Cuvée René there.

Appearance: The pour is a slightly dark red or cherry with a frothy pastel lavender head.

Smell: The nose is absolutely bursting with berries and there's plenty of funk as well.

Taste: This is tremendous. The flavor profile is a great combination of a "girlie" (The female BA's are going to be thrilled with that term) lambic and a sour lambic. There's black currants, black berries, raspberries, and a tart and sour funk finish.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a long aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is the by far best of the fruity Lindemans lambics. This might ruin the Pêche and Framboise for me, on the rare occasion that I drink either of them.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got me a bottle of Lindemans. Big 750 mL green bottle, corked and capped (?), and topped with foil. It pours a dark cherry red with notes of purple and pink, and it's topped with a beautiful strawberry frosting color head that rises to an inch and a half and sticks everywhere, and not just on the first glass. Damn that's a pretty beer. It smells sweet with berries (currant, blackberry), and a slight musty/farmy aroma. The last pour (with all the dregs) smells of currant preserves. The taste follows suit with a good tart/bitter quality and additional notes of dark cherries and oak. Delicious. The body is both medium and syrupy, both smooth and dry. The carbonation at the beginning is nice, but the beer is better as it warms. As far as drinkability - I was taking sips for the whole 2 hours it took to drink, and I'm surprised it even lasted that long - good thing I was trying to savor it. I could have drunk two of these in a row easily, especially because of the low ABV, however, the high price keeps me from that. Ah well.... now to try their other lambics.

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Photo of erica
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't know what black currants tasted like but I tried this one anyway. Because I never had it and wanted to try it. So.... it was so pretty in the glass, for starters.. a deep purple-red colour, with a nice pink head. I actually wasn't turned on by the smell at all, I honestly thought it smelled musty, like I was inhaling the dusty outside of the bottle... but then maybe that makes it more like the traditional lambics than other Lindemans lambics... Anyway, I got over the smell and finally took a sip and after a second i loved it! In the 1st second it was almost too much, tasted like berries you might find in the woods that you're not supposed to eat. But then I got over that and it was just great. It tasted very fresh, like something in the woods. I dont know how else to describe it really.. Fresh, fruity, tart, berry-ish, tasty. I think I made a sour face, but no worse than eating a sourpatch kid, like it was a sweet-tart kind of feel. Mouthfeel was very nice, not too thick and not thin at all. Drinkability, well, even though I loved the taste, it would get to be to much if I drank it all night. Splitting a bottle is enough for one evening, but I'd drink it again any day!

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
87 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.
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