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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnQVegas on 03-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with black currants and matured in oak barrels.
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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 103
Photo of Danny1217
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This seems to have mixed reviews. I don't really get any off notes here, just huge sourness with some funky brett, tannic dryness, and jammy fruit. It's flat but that's just how Hanssens rolls.

Photo of Dreizhen
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this with a messed up label on clearance at Kroger. Wonderful surprise. Beautiful aroma really stands out. Taste isn't quite as good, but still comes out really strong. Black current taste was subtle, but enough to catch your attention. This was better than a handful of Cantillons I've had. Great with a cheese plate.

Photo of rodlavers
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic sour beer, worth seeking out.

Photo of JakerLou
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sirsteve42
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2013.

Pours a brown/rusty cloudy with almost no foam. Lacing? Nah.

The smell is 2 fold. Sour fruit and oak. Oak may be the bigger presence.

The taste is also 2 fold. Sour fruit with vinegar sourness, and that oak that for me, makes this brew more drinkable.

Light side of medium bodied, low carbonation.

My first for anything labelled Cassis. I quite like it.

Photo of Wayne17
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Funkier than James Brown. No carb at all which isn't necessarily a bad thing. the smell is muted, not getting much but maybe a little funk and no fruit. The taste is something like putting an old band-aid you dropped in the zebra pen at the zoo into your mouth. I wondered if maybe mine was super old or hadn't been cellared properly before my acquisition but I've read similar reviews. I also consulted a friend in Belgium who drinks lambics regularly and he said, "I poured this in the drain."

Photo of diamondlie
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of JamFuel
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of M-girard
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The color is an amber brown with a red hue shining through. A moderately agitated poor only yielded slight head and little lacing.

Smell: At first, acidic tartness with notes of dark fruits and notes of barnyard, horse blanked Bretty funk.

Taste: The acidity hits the palate immediately, but the sour fruitiness of the black currants is felt all the way to the bottom of the palate. Bretty funk, comes and rounds out the almost overwhelming acidity.

Mouthfeel: The low carbonation makes the beer smooth and leaves you with a complete flavor spectrum despite the high acidity.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer to share, half way through to bottle the acidity overwhelms the palate, hard to finish a bottle.

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12.7 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a pinkish to reddish brown, mildly hazy, with a thin white head that fades quickly. Fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Some serious funk up front - barnyard, feet, musty basement and a bit of ripe cheese. Some tart underripe fruit provides some backbone.

T: Funky barnyard, tart currants and cherries up front. Then lactic lemony citric acid, musty hay, some cheese and feet, with a dry and tart/sour fruit at the end.

M: Medium body, average carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: I thought this was tasty, but big on the funk for sure. Nice tartness to the fruit profile. The funk and tartness has a nice complexity to it, but the sheer level of it may be a bit over the top.

Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of CSO
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of robbiepmelton
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.04/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.8/5  rDev +3%

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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.