Lindemans Cassis | Brouwerij Lindemans

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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 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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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma of friut lambics always suprises me. Other fruit beers often seem artificial and overdone...not a good friut lambic. Of course, I always seem to think that they're more fun to smell than to drink. No difference here. Deep purple, almost black color with a dark lavender head. Charachteristic tartness and candylike sweetness. Very fizzy and very thin. This one was an adventure to drink.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark purple, almost like grape jelly with a purple head. It stays about 30 seconds, very carbonated and decent lacing

The aroma is light, smells like fresh red grapes light sour aroma.

The taste is good very sweet, tastes like grape juice but in a good way. The only complaint is that there isn't enough tartness to the beer. Its all sweet, no sour.

The mouthfeel is ok doesn't really stick to your mouth, but the taste lastes awhile.

Its very drinkable could crush this all day long, but its only 4%.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Solid hit. Served at a good temperature and with a huge, pinkish, foamy, frothy, thick head that settles to a light cover and last for a while, plus lots of lace. Color is a cloudy, pink, dark amber. Aroma is currants, yeast, vinegar. Flavor is foremost natural currants, sweet tart, malt. Body is spot on perfect all the way around. Finish is like flavor and doesn't deviate, of good length, with a slow taper. Could cook like a madman with this. Very good beer!

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

355mL bottle, corked, capped, and foiled, shared with my wife. The beer is dark red with a pink frothy head. The smell is like fresh berries, maybe black berries and cherries (I don't know that I've ever tried black currants before so I'm not sure what they're like). A little bit of sour in the aroma but the berries are the main take-away. The taste is very sweet with berries and a hint of sourness in the after-taste. Excellent like all Lindeman's fruit lambics. Not something for everyday but definitely good to share with someone.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a rare to me “Deep Purple” color with the head portly and the remaining lace, nice clinging sheets. Nose has hints of yeast, black currants, and malt, also a light sweet and sour tone present, quite different. Front is sweet with the grape taste quite evident and a skimpy top. The finish is highly acidic with little or no hops to speak of, the aftertaste quite dry and a real change of pace, once again a good after dinner drink.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Lindeman's Cassis a few weeks ago for $6.49 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to get to this one for a while and the time has come for me to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a green 355ml corked and capped bottle into a Teku.

A- The label looks ok, it's got that classic Lindemans look and it's a little eye catching. It poured a very dark red color that took on more of a ruby and crimson color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of pink/red head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of medium of sweetness with a big fruit aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a nice mixture of berry and grape like aroma that gives it an aroma that's a little similar to wine. Up next comes a medium sour aroma that followed by a little of funky yeast with a little more sweetness showing up at the end. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I liked the combination of fruity and funky aromas.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with that same fruity aspect from the aroma being the first to show up and it imparts more of a berry flavor this time. Up next comes a somewhat higher amount of sourness that is immediately followed by the sweetness to make for a pretty big sweet and sour flavor that goes right into a finish with some more sweet and sour berry flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the sweetness was toned down a little.

M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little mouth puckering, not too acidic, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style, but the sweetness was pretty high and that made it much more of a dessert beer, but in the end I still enjoyed it. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little mouth puckering, not too acidic, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but the sweetness would prevent me from drinking the whole bottle so about half the bottle is a perfect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was the sourness, it was mice and sour, I liked it. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was just a little too high for me and I wish it was toned down a little. I would buy this again when I'm in the mood for a beer like this and I would recommend it to someone who likes sweet and fruity dessert beers. All in all I liked this beer, but i didn't love and I think if the sweetness was toned down a little it would be a pretty good beer. It's not my favorite Lindemans beer or my favorite of the style, but it's not bad by any means. Nice job guys, this was a solid fruit lambic, keep up the hard work.

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

355 ml green bottle corked and capped, split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
No date or info.

Beerwolf77 strikes again! Curse your generosity!

A - This is what stage hands must pour into glasses on vampire movie sets. Thick blood red, clear, and topped by a dense pink head. Great retention and clutching lace!

S - Funkier than most Lindemans, Cassis has a good nose of rich dark fruit (albeit syrupy) and funky wild yeast. Barnyard notes creep through with wet rock notes. Definitely one of the better Lindemans so far.

T - Even funkier than anticipated, there's a sweet black currant syrupy aspect going on (who woulda thought?) but a great accompanying tartness and wet rock, barnyard yeast finish.

M - Sour, but mildly so, tart, but biting in that regard, and balancing sweetness from all the syrup. The dry yeasty, carbonated finish is nice and refreshing!

O - One of the better Lindemans brews out there, it's still a tad syrupy, but this fruit profile lends itself to allowing more of the funky yeast profile to shine through.

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Photo of shigg85
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at Vivo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Not the first cassis i've ever had, but the first that i've openly known to be a "Belgian beer." Promoted as a peach flavor which I was able to find traces of in the flavor. The appearance was an amazing purple with a grape-hued head like nothing i've ever seen... almost like grape juice but a beer. The taste was a little sour which I found as distracting from what could have otherwise been a great peach brew, but I imagine that is the nature of cassis. Overall, if you are looking for a great fruity drink, I can totally recommend this in place of a red dessert wine.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a cherry-red tone and a slightly reddish tan head, rather inviting. Aroma is rich and yeasty with a fruity overtone, a mixture of cherry and blueberry - must be currant. Lip-smacking flavor is slightly sweet, pleasantly sour, mainly cherry and blueberry - currant? - with undertones of malt and yeast. Texture is very smooth and leaves behind a light tingle.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep violet, blood red-like color, faint purple and pink head, very thick and puffy. Very nice lacing left along the side of my Duvel tulip. Aroma hits with a heavy dose of red grapes and berries, along with the alcohol, it makes for a smell similar to red wine. I'm also picking up a light balsamic vinegar smell - very tart and tingly on the nose. Taste starts off very sweet with a nice, small warming touch from the alcohol. Grapes, blackberries, blueberries, and black cherries all combine to provide a super-sweet but not overpowering or cloying flavor. The sweetness is followed by a heavy carbonation bite which transforms the beer from sweet to tart. Very tart in the middle, also puckering to the lips - interesting and tasty. The grape and wine flavor fades out to finish the beer off. Thin body, tons and tons of carbonation.

One of my first lambics, I prefer this one to Lindemans Framboise, just by a hair. Both are pretty good. I need to try a wider variety of lambics before I make any big judgement calls, but the ones I've had are definitely tasty.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours mauve/purple with a bright pink head.
Aroma of blackberries and soft funky horesblanket. Good, as long as you like blackberries.
Very sweet flavours, like drinking blackberry jam. Cloying. A little acidity. Some very light funk.
Nice prickly carbonation.

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

Notes are a few nights old.

Cassis is a purplish, light plum color. The pink head is tall and foamy, settling into something more substantial and rocky, never less than one finger high. Lacing is dropped pretty thickly.
The aroma screams currants, like a mixture of plum and grape on the nose. Yeast is evident but not overdone, with grains coming through just enough. A bit of tartness and Lambic wet hay/horseblanket funk pull through to add complexity rather than distraction.
The flavor is essentially the same, sweet and tart balanced by yeasty and wheaty with little hops presence to speak of and a pale malts presence. As it goes, tartness starts just at first nip on the tongue as a bit of sourness, fading out straight off to the tart and sweet (and bready) mix that makes it delicious.
This beer is well-carbonated but not overcarbonated with a nice crispness to it. The finish is surprisingly clean and the lightly sticky though not syrupy body works. Otherwise this is semi-dry in a light, almost medium body.
Great stuff, my second favorite (possibly tied with Framboise) to the Peche.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a purple-ish/ red color, with a small faint purple-ish/ white head. In the aroma, sweet red grapes, and blackberry. In the taste, a small tartness, grape, and blackberry. A tart bite, and medium mouthfeel, with a dry grape juice aftertaste. Dryest of the Lindeman's, very grape juice like.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark purple, like super grapey grape juice. Pretty viscous looking with a pink head that disappeared to some moderate and nice lacing.

S - Wow, talk about a rich berry smell. Just tons of dark currant in the nose. Sweet and a nice tart smell to cut into the berry scent.

T - Actually pretty good. A very deep currant taste with a little bit of tartness and a little bit of malt. Little bit of other berry flavor, raspberrys are the most noticible. Very rich and deep tasting.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

D - Just too rich for me, and too sweet. Had a little trouble drinking more than half the bottle that I split with my fiancee who insisted on trying ALL the Lindemans beers she could at one setting.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from champagne bottle into a wine glass.

Pours deep crimson purple with colored foam. Very patchy and lots sticky. Grape fruity notes, the sweet kind. Short tart berry taste - stays sour throughout. Smooth finish. Full chewy mouthfeel. Very flavorful. Quite good.

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

Appearance – This is an awesome, shiny purple Lambic with a big, grape head.

Smell – The rich, tart grape juice is unsweetened and supported by rank, sour, farmy horse notes.

Taste – This is like drinking sour grape juice with a malty barnyard backbone.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with some easy carbonation. The complex mouthfeel is a battle royale between the tart and sour notes.

Drinkability – This was very entertaining to consume and clearly the liveliest of the Lindemans family I’ve had to date. It is juicier than its Lindy cousins and probably my favorite of the bunch (although I think I’ve rated them all about the same).

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

Pours a pretty purple color with a light pink head that settles into a light chunky ring, looks a lot like grape juice. The aroma is very much like a red wine; dark grapes and sour lemon. The taste is a blast of the currant followed by a sugary lemon tart twang, has a pulpy/fresh fruit bite. Starts off with a red wine flavor but quickly transform into a fresh fruity tart bomb. The feel is moderate to full with tingly carbonation, good swing between sweet, sour and tart. A lot of fruit flavors going on. Very sweet, very sour, very tart; quite the palate ride. Flavor wise good but not great but it does have depth of sensation in the feel. It is unique.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ML bottle
Served in a Lindemans flute

It is the color of grape juice. It is deep red with copper highlights. Each pour yields about half a glass of pink hued head. Globs of the pink foam cling to the sides of the glass.

The smell is like a glass of fruit juice in a dank basement. Funk and juice collide.

The taste started out nice and tart. I liked the combination of the black current and lambic. Once I poured the second glass the sweetness begin to be a little much. This beer does not lack flavor.

Medium mouthfeel

This beer is good but a little goes a long ways. A 750ML is a little too much for me. I wish the old lady was here to split it with. She likes this sort of thing. I think the Cassis is my favorite of the fruit lambic from Lindemans. I would recommend a small bottle for one person.

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

This brew was a lovely dark purple colour with a small head of foam. The aromas were of black currants, sugar, and more. The taste is sweet and sour, quite lovely, and reminscent of a black currant cough drop. The mouthfeel is a bit astringent, but nice and the drinkability is good as well.

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

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date or freshness information present. Another new lambic to me from Lindemans, this one a 'Belgian Black Currant Beer'. 'Malt beverage with elderberry" per the label. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice deep purple-pink tinged color body with a finger of good frothy pinkish-white cotton candy head.

S - Lots of cork must and yeast funk. An indistinct fruity / berryish aroma is in there, but I would never know it was black currant / elderberry just by smell alone. More funky than Lindemans Kriek and Lindemans Framboise I might say.

T - The initial sip is a bit more tart / sour than some of Lindemans other lambic offerings. Very fruity and juicy. A grapey, cherryish flavor more than anything. I definitely wouldn't identify the flavors with black currant / elderberry without being told.

M - Feel is fruity & juicy, with just the right amount of puckering sour / tartness. Very smooth, crisp, and easy-drinking. Very delicious stuff. Lightly sticky finish.

Overall, another delicious lambic from Lindemans. Perhaps not the greatest, but it fits right in with the rest of their fruit lambic family. Recommended for fans, and accessible for those looking to get into sours.

Lindemans Cassis -----4/5.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this in a large wine glass.

This great looking, tannish-purple beer pours with a short head. There's a lot of pink-purple lace that continues to cling to the sides of the glass while drinking.

The initial nose is strong black currants, yeast and grain.

The taste is quite complex with a tangy taste of the wild yeast along with the tart taste of the currants, mitigated by the sugars. There is medium carbonation, which couples well with the warming from the alchohol on the way down the throat and to the gullet.

There is a wonderful aftertaste; strong and tart. Not cloying sweet at all.

I have a particular fondness for the taste of currants and I grow black and red ones on the property, which we've used for years to make currant wine.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer; savoring the taste for a good 15 minutes before completing the bottle. It is certainly reminiscent of the currant wine with the addition of the wild yeast and grain complexities. Thumbs up!

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Photo of Boto
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle: An excellent Lambic. It has a somewhat sweet, fruity aroma to it. It also has a nice sour aftertaste to compliment the slight sweetness of the beer. The black currant taste is very evident, but not overdone. Nice purplish head, on top of a beer that has an almost grape juice color. Very heavy. The Black Currants are a nicer flavor than the Krieks or Boons. Definitely a one at a sitting brew.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby red/purple color with 2 fingers of purple head that lasts for a few minutes before fading down to a decently large cap

S: Lots of sweet black currant comes through, along with some grape. Not much else really

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of black currant and grape, with some mustiness and quite a bit of sweetness. Again, not much depth after that

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good cassis lambic with quite a bit of sweetness as per usual with Lindemans. The only downfall is that it's a one trick pony with no depth behind the black currants and grape. Good to try at least once though

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

This beer comes in a black caged,capped,corked bottle and pours a deep purple colour with very nice carbonation that leaves a pink two finger creamy head with subtle lacing,the aromas are straight out blackcurrants with some hints of funky sour cherry,it has an above average mouthfeel with a nice sweet blackcurrant taste that only finishes moderately mouthpuckering sour with no hint at all of alcohol and tastes alot like a nice blackcurrant juice but a perfect balance in my mind between sweet and sour this is definately a very easy drinking lambic and would recommend this one for people just starting to venture into lambics.

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