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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
673
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
18.7%
 
 
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Photo of earthboundagain
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a purplish red; it has a nice rose colored head that is very fluffy. The beer does lace though.

We have a very big blast of a nice ripe berry, not real clear as to what berry, but it is nice and strong and smells fresh. You can also make out an underlying yeasty funk.

Ok we have a nice big blast of sweet and sour berry action going on, the yeast is there to provide the sour kick.

The mouthfeel is big and bold, the sticky sugar combined with lots of bubbles makes this beer feel bigger then it is.

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Photo of manahansf
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and hazy red color beneath a creamy and bright pink head. The visibly high carbonation sends out a rich and bold berry fruit aroma. The light body is accented by the carbonation and is very refreshing with tart cherry/cranberry flavors. The finish is light and very quick and ends with a very sweet and tart kick.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep red-purple body, quite opaque--mostly from the dark color. Light purple head, leaning more towards red than blue...surprisingly long lasting and leaves a good lace.

Aroma: Strong currant notes. Sour hints as well.

Taste: My favorite of the fruit lambics, not overly syrupy as the rasberries tend to be and the tartness of the currants works well with the sourness of the brew.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied, sweet/sour balance is good, bitterness not particularly present at all. Carbonation good for the style.

Drinkability: On a summer day, sour beers (lambics, berliner weiss, belgian sours) are quite refreshing, and low alcohol makes this brew quite quaffable.

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Photo of LazyL
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep fushia/purple that is very clear with a dark pink thick foamy head that is quite attractive.
The nose is a very full cassis with a bit of concord grape. Its pleasing and not too sweet.
The taste is slightly sour to start than fades into a good sweetness. Concord grape and cassis flood your taste buds.
The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly dry. You wouldnt want more than one glass but a very good product that would make interesting food pairings.

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

Appearance: Hazy, deep ruby-purple pour. Frothy, Strawberry-Quick pink milkshake head fades to an 1/8" capper with creamy lace.
Smell: Tart dark-ripe currants, cranberry, grape foxiness, and a yeasty sourness.
Taste: Start is a sweet wine-like grape/cranberry/raspberry/currrant flavor, thin and fizzy at the top, followed by a quick hard cranberry/citrus pucker and quite dry finish. Superb fruit aftertaste... but blows right over any malt taste.
Mouthfeel: Champagne/sparkling wine carbontion, light-to-medium bodied malt, tart cranberry-like pucker.
Drinkability: A nice desert beer... how many ales (or any drink for that matter) are currant flavored? Serve something different to friends!

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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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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a goblet, pours a rich, dark violet color with lavender tinged foam.

Smell is obviously blackberrys, raspberries, a little cranberry type tartness. Smells like candy.

Taste is just a bit sour and a ton of sweet. Dry blackberries all over. Cassis all the way.

Mouthfeel is champagne like with a nice dry finish, big on berries so it sticks in your mouth for a while.

For a Lambic, these guys never seem to let me down. Love their Gueze, and love this one now too.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, foil, capped and cork....protective much?

I am very inexperienced with lambics so come into this one no knowing really what to expect.

The pour looks a lot like the sparkling grape juice that I used to drink at Thankgiving when I was still at the kids table. Fairly large, extremely purple head that leave some lacing. Color is very dark, opaque really.

Smell is like a slightly spicied version of the currant juice you can buy. Sweeter than just plain currants and a tiny bit of something pine, possible spruce.

Taste is well in line with the smell, high in the currant content and really wonderful tartiness. I had a hard time finding any of the more subtle elements of the nose in the taste, but it is still good.

I like the carbonation level, it is consistent and really adds to the tart experience.

This is fun for once in a while, in fact I might bring some of this home for the holidays to replace wine.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Deep purple with very little head. Looks like grape soda.

S: Nice berry scent. Rich and fruity.

T: Fruit all the way! Nice and sour berry flavors. No hops as expected, then yeasty bread finish.

M: Bubbly and refreshing as expected. Wonderful.

O: I love these lambics. This one actually competes with the raspberry for me.

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

This beer pours a dark cherry red and has a thin fizzy one finger head with little to no retention but leaves some dark pink lacing on the glass. The aroma is bursting out with ripe berries, yeast, and pepper medley. The taste reminds me of sweetarts with a sensory overload of fruit. If you've never had a Lambic before the you're in for a treat with this one.

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Photo of Vipsanius
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a dark purple with a purplish-pink head...looks like a dark grape soda.

The smell reminds me of communion grape juice.

Tastes like currants (obviously). It's very sweet and very tart. If you happen know someone obsessed with grape sweetarts, this would be the beer for them. I couldn't taste the alcohol at all.

I'd classify this as a heavy body even though most have said light. If it sticks around my palate and I can hock up a syrupy grape loogie, then I'd say that's heavy. Has good carbonation as well.

As far as drinkability goes, I wouldn't want more than a glass or two of this at a time, but I wouldn't hesitate at all to grab it again. Although, it'd likely be for certain occasions...maybe as an after dinner dessert beer.

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Photo of crhensel
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Bottle into tulip glass) Pours very light, but in the glass a deep ruby red with a large pink head. Aroma heavily of berries, almost like a very sweet red wine. On the tongue, the carbonation reminds you this is not wine, and the flavors are a little more muted than the nose would lead you to believe. There is an earthy component that is very refreshing adnd serves to cut the sweetness a bit. Overall there is no mistaking the fruit, but this is far from tasting fully like a juice, which I have found in other lambics.

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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 jamesdergen
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark ruby color with a relatively small, lavender head.

Smell: Amazing. Blueberries, grapes and cherries.

Taste: Same berries as the smell, but not too sweet with a great, tartness and a nice aftertaste. A nice change of pace.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light, but fades into fizz too soon. The light carbonation is nice though.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but the sweetness will keep me from drinking too much. I'll have another goblet of this, however.

This one is probably my favorite of Lindeman's lambics, mostly because of it's unique flavor and the fact that it's not too sweet. Definitely worth a try for those that aren't afraid of mixing beer with fruit...

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a tart beer because of the currants but it also has a horsey funk to it. It pours a deep purple color with a bright pink head. The head is very large and rocky. The aroma is of currants with a the same slight funk as the flavor.

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Photo of caresville
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

a- pours a wesley snipes purple/black mixture with a small pink head that subsides to nothing but a ring within a minute or so. excellent lacing, leaving suds all over the side of the glass.

s- funky and stinky, blueberries, blackberries, cherries. does sour have a smell?

t&m- right after the first sip it rapes your pallate. bottom gums go numb and top gums and lips start to salivate and basically drool. almost makes me pucker and make a face like im sucking on a lemon. darker berries and some ripe and sour fruits all over the palate. kinda tastes like an alcoholic sour welchs grape juice. so tart it kills basically every other taste for me, this is my favorite of all the lindemans i have had.

d- after a large bottle of this its about all i can handle in my stomach. too much of any sour/wild/lambic/gueze/etc always makes me a bit queazy for a while. dont plan on switching to a dark or heavy beer after this one because it wont end well.

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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 kimbo33
4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one even more than the raspberry! This has a little less sweetness to it and tastes more like a lambic fruit beer should taste in my opinion. Great bubbly mouthfeel, no aftertaste at all. The appearance again is average, but that shouldnt scare you off. The taste is so superb nothing can bring it down.

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

Another interesting lambic from this brewery. This time the black currants really mix well with the beer style. Just the right amount of fruit flavor balanced with the sour lambic base makes this a great choice as an appertif or dessert beer. I was even able to get a friend who has never had this style to enjoy the lambic experience.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 37,5cl bottle into a glass. Studying abroad in Germany means never having appropriate glassware.

A: Pours a cloudy deep maroon color; very hazy and surprisingly opaque. Generates a big fluffy pink head which drops down to a quarter-inch of resilient pillowy bubbles. Leave behind rather impressive lacing.

S: SO MUCH FRUIT. Obviously, lots of cassis scent, lots of sweetness. Some sour tang from the yeast is also present. Not incredibly complex, but definitely delicious-smelling.

T: Very up-front... wow. There is just lots and lots of sweet cassis taste, with a sour bite on the end. This is incredibly flavorful. It's not exactly as complex as I could hope for, but it's definitely tasty. I had been a little worried that the aftertaste would be too sweet and therefore cloying, but it's really just a strong kick of tanginess with some sweetness thrown in, which is quite nice. My only real complaint is the lack of complexity, but that certainly doesn't mean that this isn't tasty.

M: Feels very liquid on the palate and then goes down smooth. Carbonation is present, but not very assertive. Nothing super outstanding here, but also nothing wrong with it.

D: God, it's like candy. It's incredibly easy to drink, but sweet enough to make the idea of more than one bottle seem like kind of a bad call. I'm pretty sure that after this bottle, I'll have had quite enough sugar.

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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 GFSchwab
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very leathery, fruity, very much so a true fruited lambic.

It had beautiful head retention and a fruity nose.

The black currants did an outstanding interplay with the base sourness produced from the lambic process.

Definitley not a sessionable, but veryu enjoyable.

Would be a dream with fruit fondue, fruit tartes, crème bruleé, and cheese cake.

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Photo of milesmayhem
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd following the raspberry, the Cassis is another delicious 3 year masterpiece from Lindemans. Lovely ruby pour with a delicate white head of foam. The nose is worth a good 10 minutes of savoring. Very sweet and rich flavor like pure juiced cherries fills the mouth. Addictive and would go great with cheesecake.

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Photo of ozmodium
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fruit Lambic tasting odyssey continues...

750ml bottle poured into 2 tulip glasses, for sharing.

Pours a near black cloudy deep redish purple. Huge thick frothy light purple head leaves generous lacing.

Smells of sweet black currant syrup, delicious sour/acidic barnyard lambic funk. Dessert in a glass.

Taste is again of black currants. Bready wheat. Quite syrupy sweet, a little tart, but not quite enough.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, carbonation is about right.

Highly drinkable, but again a bit sweet for mass consumption.

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Photo of stof0048
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured into the recommended glassware. Has a thin pink head that lingers and lacing that sticks to the glass from top to bottom. The beer itself is a dark reddish/purple (burgundy) color with some cloudiness.

S: Smells a bit like a dark wine, a bit sour smelling. Some hay, wheat protrude. Definitely has the fruitty smell of the black currant.

T: Obvious what the most abundant taste is in this one, the black currant. Aside from that it is very sour up front and mellows on the back of the palate. Can pick up some of the oakiness, wheat, and barley. A bit of a hay flavor. A bit like gueze almost.

M: Has a pretty good mouthfeel. Goes down with a creamy feeling. Bubbly as it slides down.

D: The one part of this beer that kills it is the drinkability. I have a hard time finishing the bottle when I crack open a 750ml so I usually share with a friend. The sweetness/sugariness of this beer is almost too much but never the less a quite enjoyable change of pace.

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Lindemans Cassis from Brouwerij Lindemans
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