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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a flute.

Appearance is dark redish-plum with a redish-pink head. Good amount of head and carbonation. Foam builds up around the sides of the glass and hangs on tight and never lets go.

Aroma smells like you would expect a lambic to; funky and musty with a bit of barnyard, but this also has a berry/cassis tart aroma as well.

Taste is much more intense than the aroma which is relatively mild. The taste is a nice refreshing flavor that is pretty complex but seems to contain an obvious tart berry(cassis) flavor, some granny smith apple plus some mild barnyard. Also a bit of berry seed which is actually sort of nice. The taste also has hints of vinegar that are mostly over-powered by a sweet lambic-maltiness. Mildy mouth puckering but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and quite nice.

This is quite tasty, very close to as good if not as good as the Lindemans Framboise and better than the Pomme, Peche and Kriek (although this is based off of memory, I need to "officially" review these at some point). This may be my favorite of the Lindeman's fruit lambics, the Framboise is very close though.

Overall a nice, complex, refreshing beer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz capped and corked bottle (no date) served in a Lindeman's flute glass.

Appearance: Clear bright deep purple-red color. Light purple persistent 1/8" rocky foam. Plenty of persistent lacing noted as I drank down the beer in the glass.

Smell: Black currants with a hint of mustiness.

Taste: Black currants most definitely from start to finish along with an underlying sweetness to counter the tart fruit. The finish is distinctly tart, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation, but quite sticky on the teeth. Juicy as well.

Overall / Drinkability: I really like black currants. I grew up on them as a kid and have always enjoyed their flavor so this beer was indeed like drinking a carbonated black currant drink, but with more tartness than what you would find if you were to get a carbonated black currant beverage / sparkling juice. Something of a dessert beer I think to have that fruit flavor counter a sweet desert that you're eating, although it could be an after-dinner drink as well. So I greatly enjoyed the beer but I didn't see a need for more than one per evening.

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Photo of antoines15
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle into a proper Lindemans glass. Color is clear and very dark. Almost ruby-red. There is a frothy pinkish head that dissipates slowly, leaving really nice lacing behind. The nose is slightly fruity with notes of dark berries and a touch of woodiness.

The beer has the typical Lindemans sweetness, but is a bit more sour than a few of their other lambics. On the front of the palate, you taste sweet, grainy wheat with hints of berries. The berries quickly intensify in flavor past mid-palate, where wine-like acidity begins to build through a refreshingly tart, mouth-drying finish.

I always enjoy a Lindemans lambic and this one was no exception. I realize they are sweetened and, for many serious beer fans, are not truly representative of the style. Still, they are refreshing and easily found.

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Photo of jooler
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is like poo poo but taste is dry, sour, and good. I like the taste. Slight funk but good tartness

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Photo of KCBeerNerd
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beautifully plum colored Lambic has a nice dry fruity aroma with staying power. Medium in body and low in the hop department. Reminiscent of a dry fruity wine. Dry oak with residual sweetness and ripe berries up front and a tart jam finish. Fairly complex, despite the lack of an alcoholic presence. Behold the rose head!

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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 HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 Phillyz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of carteravebrew
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of phishbone23
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of coldmeat23
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 38 degrees

Very dark purple liquid which gives off the faintest hint of redness when back-lit. HUGE head with great retention and EXCELLENT lacing.

Smell is of dusty tart black currants. Maybe some grape skins.

Taste is of purple sweet tarts. (This is what black currants remind me of, though.) Sweet flavor enveloping true tartness. Dusty flavor, like the nose had. Slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel could be better. Way too thin for my tastes. Almost no feeling of carbonation.

I drink this every now and then, but if I want Lindemans, I usually reach for another flavor.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Florian's. Pours virtually opaque dark red-purple with nearly no head. Leaves a little lacing as it goes. Smells fruity, like berries (black currants I'm sure, though I've never had them). Full-flavored with berries at the forefront with a good amount of sourness toward the finish (though on overpoweringly so). Slightly woody in its flavor as well. Wow, this flavor is great - one of the best tasting fruit beers I've had. Much less carbonation than I expected, could use a little more in my humble but true opinion. Otherwise, medium bodied. Drinkable for what it is, but is a bit more of a sipper. Overall, an excellent beer and one of the finest fruit beers I've had - better than the raspberry version.

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Photo of pagriley
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml into snifter

Pours brilliant deep crimson
Big currant on the nose with a waft of funk and tart
Sugar syrup on the palate - a great beer is in there somewhere under all the added sugar, but it is so hard to find
A bit thick and syrupy from the sugar

Overall, just over sweet. I get that this is sugar added, but damn, they put a lot in...

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/3/2008 (bottle):

Pours a reddish colored body, with a big pink colored head that is somewhat lasting. Has a sweet dark fruity aroma, but not much else is present there. Has a sour sweet and creamy taste, Fruity. Some sweetness is lingering.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerManDan
1.76/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The high point of this beer was when it was still in the bottle. After pouring this ruby purple color beer with a light purple head everything after that was down hill. The smell was overpowering and I had a feeling I was smelled Eucalyptus Oil. The taste was, well after the first sip of this beer, which tasted very tart and had a sour taste that puckered my tongue to my stomach. This beer from Lindemans is there absolute worst brew! One sip and the rest went down the drain! No kiding, it tasted like sour, puckering, tart Eucaluptus leaves! There might have been berries, but I could'nt find them.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
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