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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

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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sjccmd

Minnesota

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.

08-29-2014 02:09:51 | More by sjccmd
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

08-27-2014 15:35:14 | More by GRG1313
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-24-2014 14:42:16 | More by Griffith
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thegerm87

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

08-23-2014 17:14:20 | More by thegerm87
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-22-2014 07:41:03 | More by zestar
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

08-12-2014 03:21:53 | More by Jspriest
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-25-2014 21:44:06 | More by DerekMorgan
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

07-22-2014 04:14:08 | More by WillCarrera
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RyanCrawford

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18%

07-12-2014 22:18:57 | More by RyanCrawford
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-12-2014 13:59:10 | More by threedaggers
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-07-2014 04:32:33 | More by KAF
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JKV96

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-05-2014 21:47:10 | More by JKV96
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +23%

06-27-2014 16:56:20 | More by rowingbrewer
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

05-20-2014 17:57:38 | More by waddellc2
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

05-17-2014 04:57:58 | More by Jonada
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-06-2014 22:56:10 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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Mattias

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-02-2014 21:14:57 | More by Mattias
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

05-01-2014 12:29:55 | More by psoriasaurus
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spointon

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

04-19-2014 21:34:44 | More by spointon
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-08-2014 20:35:15 | More by afsdan
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logicalparadox

New York

3/5  rDev -18%

04-06-2014 01:21:04 | More by logicalparadox
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nobodyhadthis

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

03-25-2014 13:25:46 | More by nobodyhadthis
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-05-2014 12:18:51 | More by tectactoe
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mlklein27

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

02-21-2014 01:19:51 | More by mlklein27
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +15%

shocked these are rated so low here. this is delicious limbic with just the right amount of fruit. beautiful pink color to this and much more carbonation than some of their other beers, which i am thankful for in this context. a pucker nose so sour i can feel it in my jaw line and my whole palate begins to water. so tempting and alluring. a little sweetness on the nose, ripe fruit, but its hard to decipher black currant specifically. the taste starts lean and sharp, lots of lactic character not overshadowed by the fruit, which comes on slow and mellow, picking it up with a little sugar but not too much. mouth watering after the swallow, this is a beauty of a fruited sour. currants are an interesting choice, giving color and body, and a jammy property. i like that we have some real carbonation here, and the light body is a nice canvass for the flavors and textures to paint. prohibitively expensive, but absolutely delicious.

02-02-2014 22:02:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.