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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with black currants and matured in oak barrels.

(Beer added by: JohnQVegas on 03-01-2009)
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

hopkrid, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Wobbly, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours burnt light ruby with some haze and a tiny ring of head. More bubbles than I expected though.

Smell is definitely funk forward. Cheesy, farmy brett. Musty basement. Currants find their way through. Lemon rind. Old hops and oak. Pleasant wet dog aroma...as pleasant as that gets. Oxidation provides a nice red wine character.

Sour cherries, lactic, and some acetic acid. Very sour. Earthy brett mingles with oak. Acetic acid begins to build in the back of the throat. Dryness and tannins keep it from being overwhelming.

Slick mouthfeel, super dry, and very tannic. Very little carbonation, but not thin and watery on the palette.

Not quite as interesting as the Scarrenbecca Kriek, but still very nice. A touch less acetic acid would be nice.

sjccmd, Aug 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

GRG1313, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Griffith, Aug 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

thegerm87, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Jspriest, Aug 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

DerekMorgan, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

WillCarrera, Jul 22, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -37.7%

RyanCrawford, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

threedaggers, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JKV96, Jul 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

rowingbrewer, Jun 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

waddellc2, May 20, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle with no clear freshness date served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color with only a thin ring of large bubbles. Appears very lightly carbonated. Body is a dark and hazy but still lightly translucent.

Smell: Really strong barnyard funk, lemon acidity, red berry, hay, oak, red grape.

Taste: Lots of brettanomyces funk, high acidic sourness, juicy sour cherry/berry/grape fruit character, slight oak. Dark black currant character comes through more in the finish and carries through for a moment into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Low/medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is very low, but just enough to keep from feeling flat.

Overall: Pretty nice lambic. Much more funky than I was anticipating with a strong acidic sourness. It's nothing crazy, but worth a try if you see it on a shelf.

Jonada, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

davidwhatshisnam, May 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Mattias, May 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

psoriasaurus, May 01, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this one from a corked and caged green bottle into a small stemmed tulip.

A= beautiful deep reddish purple in color, with decent clarity. There was very little head to speak of and zero retention as can be expected from the style.

S= Smelled like it should, with lots of acetic sourness, some jammy cassis notes, and a kiss of bretty funk.

T= Started off with a big punch of sourness that slowly yields to the fruit character. Later in the swallow the oakiness and the Brett come through, before a bone dry and well flavored fruity finish.

MF= very thin body, as is appropriate to the style. This was nearly devoid of carbonation, and could have used some more.

D= Not quite the acid bomb that I find many of the Hanssens lambics to be, and the cassis fruit is well integrated and quite pleasant. I would drink this again for sure, but hope for a bit more carbonation next time.

spointon, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

afsdan, Apr 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

logicalparadox, Apr 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

nobodyhadthis, Mar 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

tectactoe, Mar 05, 2014
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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.