Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
674
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
18.7%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep dark blue color lambic with a big foamy purple head with good retention. Aroma of cassis syrup is dominating and gets pretty close to being gross but stays within a reasonable limit. Taste is dominated by the cassis with some weak notes of sourness and tart. The taste is also very sweet which I usually would mind but I thought it provide a refreshing edge to this beer. Overall, without being anything close to traditional lambic I thought this was a refreshing option that I wouldn’t mind having again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tore off the black foil around the neck and popped the cap, only to be confronted with yet a cork as well. After popping that, this blackcurrant lambic pours out a deep opaque garnet hue. Lavender head that dissipates quickly and leaves its fair share of lacing.

The aroma is of wheat, yeast and sweet fruit soda-like in presentation.

Sweet carbonated black currant flavour, pretty one dimensional, but boy does it pack a punch with what it has. If that's what you bought the ticket for, then that's exactly what you get. Sweet and savoury, syrupy and sticky. That's what this lambic is made of.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and leaning to a fuller texture, not sticky like the flavour implies, and finishes smoothly.

A pleasant dessert ale, or something savoury to share with someone special. Not a regular on my menu or palate, but it would serve a certain time and place.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark red in color, nice carbonation, nice foamy pink head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of grapes, and black cherries.

T - The taste is sweet/tangy and highly carbonated.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a lambic offering from Lindemans, would recommend at least once in a lifetime.

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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 eduardolinhalis
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle served in a Lindermans flute glass.

A: Pours a dark purple plum color forming a small light purple head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Smells like a Lambic, I mean, sweet fruitiness, and, at the same time, tart and bit vinegar. Lambic yeasts

T: Follows the nose. Sweet fruity upfront followed by an acid and tart Lambic taste. Metallic. Lambic yeasts are a must

M: Light, fizzy carbonated body. Fruity and acid

O: Easy drinking Lambic. More acid than the average but still an interesting experience

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Photo of afordney
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looked like grape fanta, a thin purple head left quickly but was very tightly bubbled at the beginning

very pungent aroma of grapes, like a grape juice. The smell is very strong almost overwhelming

tastes like a light sparkling cider, a tangy grape flavor follows and finishes slightly sour.

champagne bubbly, and a little watery

This particular flavor didn't jive with me very well, but it did stay true to style.

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Photo of ph2001
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750mL in flute

it pours an opaque cranberry color with a little bit of light looking foam . it smells like sweet berry bitterness.

good carbonation feel, and not too puckering. it's slightly tart but not much to it. dark grape juice in the taste, along with some sort of woodiness or whiskey like flavors, something odd i couldn't pin point.

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Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy purple with a pinkish bubbly head that rises up frothy and sets down quickly.

Sweet and full aroma of plum and grape.

Bittersweet flavor, starting with bright and sweet, full on the front of the tongue, moving to a powdery tang in the middle and a pucker in the back of the cheeks as it finishes. Sweet and tangy taste lingers. Obviously big currant flavors here, but hints of blueberry and raspberry show through as well.

Decent mouthfeel, just a little on the slick side, not overly carbonated.

Tasty beer, good after dinner sipper, but not overly drinkable due to intense flavor, and over-sweetness.

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Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little more purple than the framboise. It was also more dry than the other Lindemans fruit lambics. A little medicinal in the beginning. The taste at the begining is very tart compared to the others but the more you drink you begin to taste the sweetness of the currants.

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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 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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lindemans flute glass.

Pours into a deep, somewhat hazy maroon, crowned by a frothy head whose color elicits images of red wine settling into the stained khakis. Though this head dies away at a moderately quick pace, it leaves a fine coating of lace along the edges of the glass. There is a smell of berries (to be expected), with what I will call a root-y background (a combination of woodiness and soil-ines), as though the aromas were coming from around a dewy berry bush. The taste generally follows suit, though the rootiness is diminished in favor of a tart, pomegranate-like profile. Like pomegrantes, these berries have a thick, heavy effect in the mouth, though this is somewhat balanced by the nice carbonation.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 355 ml/ 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. No freshness/best by date indicated.

A- Deep burgundy in appearance. Pours with ~2 fingers of pinkish head, which fades slowly to a thin cap.

S- A light aroma of tart berries.

T- Sweet and mildly acidic berry flavors, with a solidly funky kick on the finish.

M- Crisp and well carbonated.

D- Decent desert sipper. One would be the absolute max.

Future outlook: Interesting and decent enough, but probably not one that I will actively seek out again.

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Photo of KajII
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Flute Glass]

Poured a dark red with an average sized pink head that was mostly lasting and had fair lacing. The aroma was strong with black currants, a moderate dark bread malt and a light sweet yeast. It tasted sweet and acidic from beginning to end with the finish being strong with black currants that lingered on the pallet for an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall quite tasty and would be great mixed with a nice chocolate stout.

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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 nms1987
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purple/red in color. Hazy. Opaque. Solid little head with a pink/cream color.

The smell is really nice. It brings alot more traditional lambic funk than I expected from a sweetish lambic.
A little fruityness and acidity too.

The taste is definately somewhat sweet and "fruit forward" (to steal a wine term).
Kind of grapey actually.
Enough acidity and just a faint hint of funk to keep things balanced.
Really crisp but sweet, fun stuff to drink.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a royal purple color with a lavender head. Lots of tiny bubbles in the body. The head clings to the glass.

Smells like wild berries and heavy yeast.

Taste is sweet; tart berries abound! There seems to be a ton of sugar in here. It is a wonder that there is any alcohol in it at all.

The body is very thick and coarse - not syrupy, but still a kind of body that leaves a film of sugar on your tongue.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a regular dinner glass at high altitude (above 5,000 feet).

A - Deep ruby red color with a pink and creamy four-finger head.

S - Very nice cassis smell with a hint of the lambic beer to come.

T - Overall, I enjoyed the taste, but I thought the tartness of the cassis was a bit overpowering for the beer. I was hoping for something more along the lines of a kriekbier.

M - Dry all the way through; I found it appropriate.

D - Much too tart to drink all night for my taste, but definitely among my top choices if you're looking for a fruit beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a purple color with a lavender foam on top; shards of lacing dash about the glass

Smell: Tart black currents and horse blanket

Taste: Starts with a tart flash of cassis that, after the swallow, becomes sweet and puckery

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: With this level of sweetness, it is hard to drink too much of this stuff

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Photo of kasper
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dirty magenta with a small fizzy pink / off-white head that goes poof in a hurry.

S: Aromas of musky blackberries and grapes...there are familiarities to wine due to use of currents (dried grapes).

T: Reminds me of blackberries more than anything...tart but still very sweet. Alcohol almost completely absent, nonetheless.

M: Medium bodied, velvety...low carbonation.

D: This is a tasty alternative for me once in a while, but I'd never drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of adamette
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, Ohio a few weeks ago. Poured into a clean, clear Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter, the closest thing that I own to a flute glass.

A minimal dark pink, maroon head which dissipates within about 30 seconds to just some trace bubbles. Body is a nice dark cherry cloudy but translucent. Nice look. There is less sediment as in their Frambiose.

S Interesting dark cherry scent, not nearly as sweet as the Frambiose.

T Much more wine like than the other Lindeman's that I have had. Fruitty and a bit sweet but much more of a wine bite than the Frambiose. I am thinking that the Black Currants themselves lend themselves to having more of a bite and as I repeatedly sip this beer I realize that the taste is very much like cranberry sauce.

M Moderate to full with big tastes.

D Fair. This is a beer with low ABV but it tastes like cranberry sauce and so I would not likely have this repeatedly.

Notes: I am trying to complete all of the Lambics from Lindeman's after being impressed with the Frambiose. It continues to be interesting. I am glad that I found this one at Chuck's.

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Photo of Goliath
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This lambic pours a deep purple color with subtle brownish hues. A light pink head appears and just as quickly leaves.

The aroma is great, reminds me of jam. A general fruitiness showcasing blackberries.

First taste is mildly tart with with a big blackberry flavor. yeast is subtle but apparent. Also a little dry. Kind of gets old quick as it is really sweet, definitely a bit cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation.

Drinkability is medium to high as the flavors are not overwhelming, but it could definitely be too sweet after a while.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice deep redish color with a pink head. It laced quite well with a good head.
The smell was sweet put not overpoweringly so. There was also a hint of some sort of spice.
The tartness at the end stands out the most. It was not as sweet as I had thought it would be. It was sweet but just not sweet. It was a good balance between the tartness and sweetness.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Color dark red wine.
Head small, pink, very durable.
Aromas of black currant, of course, plus dry, vinous accents with a touch of dust from the basement.
Taste like aroma, intense blackcurrant, sour, seasoned, until tart, to this little taste of a "wood" At the finish delicate sweet note, something like a mix of stewed fruit with a sweet blackcurrant juice. Somewhere in the background can detect even subtle accents of sugar candy. Saturation high, maybe even a little too much, but that's my opinion. As for me, this Lindemans is very pleasant and extremely refreshing, I think it would be perfect for hot summer days.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy red berry color, I can see some small bubbles rising to the top, thin off-white collar.
smell, was of the black currants.
taste,was earthy, can taste the dark fruit, bit of tang on the end, quite interesting, feels like I'm drinking some sort of wine.
mouthfeel, was watery, tangy, and smooth.
drinkability, I would say is fairly high, I could see havin a few of these, and it's quite pleasant to drink. although, doesn't seem like beer to me.

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