Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans CassisLindemans Cassis
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

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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24
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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 Gobzilla
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a deep wine purple with a half finger head and light sticky lacing left on the glass

S: I was getting some funky corky aromas with good grape notes that made the cut with slight acidic tartness.

T: nice grape tarness like the nose with good sweetnees that is not over baring. After a couple sips I get a little funk flavor as well.

M: light to meduim body with light carbonation with a sweet dry finish.

D: very good lambic I think its one of my favorite beers from lindemans. I like that the cassis adds sourness to the overall taste.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark red color with lighter red along the bottom of the glass. 1/3 inch head of a pink color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of currant, sweet malt, yeast, tart malt, slight hops, and some acidity. Fits the style of a Lambic. Mouth feel is sharp, acidic, and tangy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, strong tartness, currant, and slight hop. Overall, a new an interesting brew (never had a currant beer). Reminded me as a wine/beer combo and I rather enjoyed it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark red-purple color with a pink head. The aroma is tart and has a lot of red wine characteristics. The flavor is very similar to red wine and has some other fruit which is guess is the currants. There is also a little bit of tartness. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This has nothing in common with other Belgian lambics but as far as fruit beers go, this is a decent one.

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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 aasher
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: poured smoothly with a light pinkish head, is a dark rich purple in color yet dark red in the light, slight carbonation

Smell: very fruity and sweet, almost sour, kind of a wine scent to it, very appealing, slight slight alcohol on the back end

Taste: sweet upfront before it becomes sour on the end, good flavor and complex for a lambic, very sweet and good currant flavor, almost like a light dark red wine

Mouthfeel: well carbonated so good amount of tingling on the tongue, very smooth and refreshing

Drinkability: very drinkable, great flavor, aromas, and appearance. a little too sweet to drink more than one but overall it's a very good tasting lambic

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours with a frothy, initially 1/2-finger thick, purple stained, off-white colored head, that sits on top of a deep, very dark purple colored beer. The beer does show a brilliantly clear, cherry red color when held up to the light. This smells intensely of sweet, syrup-like fruit; Concord grape jam, candied prunes, a sort of vegetal fruit character ( sort of ripe cucumber / unripe-melon if that makes sense), a green grape character. The aroma is very lightly funky too, with touches of musty, damp earth and a slight mold character.

Despite expecting it, this beer is still shockingly sweet, though it is not to the point of being syrup-like in consistency. A bit like a concentrated fruit juice, though it still has a distinct, green, vegetal note to it. Slightly tannic, at least enough to slightly coat the teeth and palate, also somewhat thick, though it is still fairly drinkable. Very fruity tasting & I suppose it tastes just like Cassis syrup, though having never tasted this I can't say for sure; the fruit tastes like a mix of prunes, green grapes, a touch of kiwi, and perhaps even a touch of cherry cough-syrup. Not really funky at all in the flavor and any sourness is completely drowned out by the sweetness.

Very easy drinking, as long as you can get past the ample sweetness. I have a hard time thinking of this as beer and the sweet fruitiness is just a bit overwhelming. Really not what I want to be drinking, but as a fruit cocktail it is not half bad.

Purchased: BevMo, Tucson AZ

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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 biegaman
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A splendid drink really. Fantastic colour, rare and unique to cassis beers. Purple body and bubbly, pink head. Tart and lively aroma. More tartness than fruityness, some lambic yeast makes its way through. Carbonation on the high side, but doesnt distract from anything. Tasty, black currant flavour. Drinks far too easy! Its always hard to find much to say about these fruit lambics, there never is, and yet I enjoy them (as Im sure many do) as much as any other style. Excellent beverage for so many occations, wish I had more! Fine beverage simply overall. Thanks to Dr.Jay for hauling this one into the country for me and the special lady.

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark purple, I can't see through it.

Smell is a typical Lindeman Fruit Lambic, powerful fruit smell.
Smells like Black Cherries.

Taste is sweet and tart with a noticeable bitterness and woody character. This is an intense fruit beer. There is enough acid in this to irritate your tongue if you hold it there.

Mouthfeel is good.

An intense fruit beer that is just too much for a session beer.

This makes a good dessert beer, drink it alone or with vanilla Ice Cream.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a champagne flute.

Appearance: deep red brown color with a 1-finger pink head.

Smell: earthy berries and malt. Tart aroma.

Taste: sweet and very tart. Lots of blackcurrant and berry flavor; not particularly bitter. This does well because I happen to like berry fruit in beer.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body; quite carbonated. I like it.

Drinkability: lambics simply do it for me. I like it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml corked bottle. Sampled on August 23, 2012.

It pours reddish-purple and looks like currants with a thin but long-lasting head that leaves lacing.

The aroma is tart and fruity with a vague barley malt backdrop.

The body is very nice and falls into the medium range with a smooth, comfortable feel on the palate.

It is very difficult for me to judge the taste because Lambic fruit beers are low on my list of styles. Tart, sour and fruit but there is a notable character of malts balancing it out at the end. Low ABV so it would be easy to have a couple of a hot day.

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, reddish-black; pours with a nice, pinkish head; some retention, nice lace.

S: Fruity, candy-floss, black currents, tartness hints at a slight funkyness.

T: Quite tart. Black current flavour throughout, dominating the aftertaste. Crab apples, fruit bread, and subtle hints of chocolate. I'm not particularly fond of black currents, but its a good amount of natural flavour... taste score is pushing a 4.5.

M: Light to moderate body (substantial for its strength), puckering tartness, moderate acidity, dry finish; moderate carbonation.

D: Approachable, not too funky, but a little tart for my liking.

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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 beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cranberry red, with a reddish tint on head.

S: sour fruitiness of berries

T: Brewed with black currant berries gives this beer a sweetness in the beginning and a very sour tart finish. Flavor is very rich, clean and natural. Deep rich flavor like a black currant puree with a huge sour finish. Pucker up for this one. Great beer to finish with. Definitely one of the best for its style.

M: Fruity, tart and leaves a lasting coating on the tongue. Woke up the next morning and felt like I just drank this 5 min. ago.

D: very nice, easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tall flute)

A- This beer has a warm deep brown body with a slight purple hue and a rocky white head with a hint of blue/purple to it. The head faded to a film but there was some good lacing with each sip.

S- the smell of dry currants had a green off the vine note that was very nice. It added a hint of earthiness with the faint note of sweet malt.

T- This beer has a taste of grape sweetness with a faint pale malt note as it warms. The grape flavor is overtaken by a dry tart currant flavor that taste very fresh and a hint bitey. The finish has a grape jam note that is sweet but not overly sweet. It balances the dry and tart notes of the currant.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight astringent note that is from fruit and not really wild yeast.

D- I like big wild lambics but this is not one of them. I like the sweet and tart flavors that contrast in this beer and that is what makes it perfect for desert. The fresh distinct flavors of the currants are captured perfectly in this beer and they are the main player with other supporting flavors before and after them.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark purple with two-finger pink head and a lot of lacing down the glass. Tart fruits and a little oakiness in the smell, with grapes and something like blue berries/black cherries also. A great sweet taste of berries and black cherries in a medium, semi-creamy body with a tart and crisp backbite that balances the beer. A great sipper that is more enjoyable than a bottle of red wine in my opinion.

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Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a 750 mL corked bottle served chilled.

Appearance: The ale pours with a brilliant brown-purple color. It looks more appetizing than I describe it. There is a nice ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has an almost medicinal smell, very astringent. Beyond that, the sweetness of the cassis begins to shine through. When it does, the ale has a pleasant aroma, but the first whiff could be a little disconcerting.

Taste: The cassis gives the ale a nice sweet bitterness that tastes quite well. The flavor lingers for a long time.

Mouthfeel: The sugary sweetness of this ale is undeniable. It leaves the mouth a little dry, creating the desire to take another sip.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability, the sweetness and dryness are nice changes of pace.

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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 Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear ruby red dolor. Poured a lumpy 3 finger cherry head with excellent retention; it didn't give way until kI started to drink it. Sticky webs of lace all over the glass.

S: Sweet black currants; that's about it. A little sour in the background that grows as I got used to the sweetness.

T: Sweet black currants. Transitions right to a tart/sour finish.

M: Light body. Moderate-to-ample carbonation. A nice balance as the sweetness can manifest a fuller body.

O: Not anything like beer. As drinkable as fresh fruit juice, but too sweet to drink a lot. I'll have my dessert in a glass.

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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 scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deeper maroon, merlot hue than the framboise with a light and seltzery head with no retention. Hard to see anything in this vampireic beer, but you cn see a few bubbles near the top, on the outer edge. The aroma is lightly funky and horsey with medium currant and grape aromas with yeast. The taste is a lovely, mild currant dancing on a light aire of the Spring countryside. Mixing with some floral accents. A little more subdued in flavor than the framboise, but still good. Easy to drink, just a light to mild in tartness in my wussy lambic opinion. Very drinkable. Will buy again for fruity sipping occasions.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a very clear, ruby colour and poured with a solid cap of pink foam. The fine bubbles showed good head retention and produced some chunky, sticky lace. The aroma was of tart berries and currants, a bit minty with some earthy, blueberry flesh. It reminded me a bit of being in the forest after a rain storm. It was very sugary sweet up front, with berries and currants cutting the sweetness at the midpoint. Leafy mint and moderate tartness lingered. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation. It was a little palate coating and had a decent texture. Quite easy drinking and a good fruit beer. The sweetness was a little high for my tastes, but worked well with the tartness. I really liked the minty character too.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a very dark plum color that produced a good fluffy pink head with some good retention behind it. Bits of lacing left behind.

(S)- A good tart sour background with a grape-like fruit profile with bits of plum and blueberry. Finishes dry with bits of hay.

(T)- A solid sour/tart front that flows into the nice currant fruit, yet has hints of plum and blueberry in there too. Finishes dry with a bit of hay funk; stays nicely sour throughout.

(M)- A good lively carbonation level and balance. The sourness and fruit are neither overpowering each other but do throw their weight around together.

(D)- A solid fruit lambic with everything you would expect. A tad sweeter and richer than normal for the style due to the dark fruits, but the sourness/tartness helps counteract some of that. Another solid drinkable lambic from Lindemans which is what I like best about them; a simpler, yet easier on the palate and stomach take on the style.

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Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark red color, almost transparent. Only slight carbonation. Aroma is strong with blackberry showing through. Somewhat tart and sour as well. Taste is very tart and mouth-puckering and finishes with a beautiful bouquet of blackberry. It's almost as if this isn't a beer. It's quite sweet and tart at the same time. Devilishly drinkable as well.

I may be a newbie to lambics but I feel this deserves a high rating because of the effort put into it and how delicious it is.

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3.85 out of 5 based on 674 ratings.
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