Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

very good
705 Ratings
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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear ruby color with really nice pink head. Aroma is intensely fruity, feels natural, tart. Taste follows, tart but also slightly sweet and really fruity overall. Medium body and carbonation. Really nice overall, one of the best sweetened lambics. It doesn't have intense lambic notes but it compensates with intense fruit flavors.

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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 dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Jason
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked, capped and foiled in a sleek mini 12 oz magnum. No freshness date though most lambics have an extended shelf life.

Appearance: Grape purple in colour with light pinkish lace.

Smell: Slight evergreen minty and earthy aroma along with mellow horse blanket and a fruity tartness similar to a tart grape.

Taste: Full yet crisp and stays soft with a smooth carbonation. Sweet tart candy flavour ... lots of tart currant flavour. Sweetness and tartness are balanced very well. As soon as the tartness fades a bit the underlying barn yard and a ghost like mint flavours give the tongue a quick yet light twang. Vague grain and a minimal hop in the absolute end.

Notes: A treat with complexities and very drinkable. Drink as you would a fine champagne or a prize sparkling wine.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Let me just say, that after comparing the Lindeman's lineup to the Cantillon's I've tried I'm a bit confused. I think Cantillon is the traditionalist while Lindeman's has made some mighty fine dessert beers. However, I saw some of the characteristics of the Cantillon in the Cassis offering leaving me more impressed than the other fruit flavored lambics I've tasted. Appearance: Purple ruby tone with an effervescent pink head lacing even with each sip, very nice not much retention though. Aroma: Tart winey tones, with an herbal, musty earthiness very solid. By far the most complex smelling Lindeman's product I've had. Taste: Tart grapes (currants), sweet but herbal notes this is an awesome tasting lambic. Sourness is perfect not as lip puckering as a Cantillon but not as candy as the Kriek, Framboise, or Peche. Mouthfeel: Spritzy and light to medium bodied very bubbly, solid. Drinkability: This one contains the best balance for me, Cantillon is great but so sour and the other fruit infused lambics from Lindeman's are overly sweet this is the overall ideal lambic for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy ruby red/purple color with a red stained head. Little bit of lacing left on the glassware. Nose is sweet smelling with a nice amout of funk, tartness and sourness. Taste is sour, sweet and funky with a bit of a dark fruit taste as well. Light feel and high carbonation. Smells like a dark fruity gummy bear candy. Tastes similar but sour with a tartness that makes your mouth pucker and want to drink more with a drying finish. Some light notes of vinegar are noted as well.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chippo33
2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of AlexFields
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of imbibehour
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep blood red and dark as heck, almost like de-oxygenated blood or something. Head is a dark pink and fluffy two finger tall size, with a good presence and settling slowly with nice retention and a one finger puck. Good pinhead rising carbonation coming up, which always populates the head nicely. Great aggressive looking brew.

Fruity and sweet nose, but nothing too overpowering. Currants, and deep sensing like cherry, with a good chewy malt backbone to go with it. Pretty solid and enjoyable if basic.

Great dense mouthfeel on this. Chewy backbone that delivers the palate nicely. Fruit sweetness on first wash with a bright juicy feel. Palate washes with a mild sweetness, and a faint lingering tartness and mild acid on the finish surprisingly. THere's a bit of playful carbonation and flattened grape fruit juice quality but the fizz doesn't detract either from the taste.

Overall, between this and the Peche for the fruit lambics, this one is a sleeper for me.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled the typical small bottle--foil, cork, cap-nice arty label. Pours a great plummy color, cloudy, light purple head, leaving oodles of classic lacing. Nose is fruity, musty, horsey. I love wild yeast! This is a dryer lambic then the others I've had recently, not as sweet, more sour and tart. Notes of plums and sour berries. Quite dry in the long lasting finish. complex and intriguing. Worth a try to expand your beer horizons.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Lindemans flute glass.

Pours deep reddish purple with a fluffy thin, lasting head. Some lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

The smell is of black currants with a sour tartness lingering in the background. There was a fruity, champagne-like aroma.

The taste is of fresh black currents. A tartness is present. It has characteristics that remind me of eating a raisin flavored Sweettart candy. But, the sweetness dominates.

The feel was sweet and dry, as expected for the style. The body holds up with a light feel. The feeling of just having eaten berries lingers.

It's not one of the best lambics I've had, but not a bad choice at all if in the mood for a cassis-style lambic. Can only drink so much of it, though, before sweet dryness becomes almost too much.

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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 Lare453
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
3.85 out of 5 based on 705 ratings.
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