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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%

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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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Reviews by Etan:
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

375ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark magenta color with a tiny bit of light purple lacing.

S: Intensely funky aroma. Rotted wood, wet hay, lots of horseyness from the brett, light lactic notes and currant fruitiness.

T: Brett is equally as expressive in the taste. Very gamey, lactic and pedio acidity, very mild currant fruitiness (almost not there).

M: Medium-bodied, very light carbonation.

O: More carbonation would be good, as well as a little more balance in the bugs department. The brett is a bit overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:41:37 | More by Etan
More User Reviews:
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3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 21:34:44 | More by spointon
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

3/5  rDev -18.5%

04-06-2014 01:21:04 | More by logicalparadox
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

03-25-2014 13:25:46 | More by nobodyhadthis
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

03-05-2014 12:18:51 | More by tectactoe
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

02-21-2014 01:19:51 | More by mlklein27
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4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:02:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

01-14-2014 14:29:13 | More by Unchi
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-25-2013 20:45:28 | More by LoveStout
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-24-2013 15:13:25 | More by tom10101
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-23-2013 14:46:52 | More by acurtis
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-16-2013 22:42:41 | More by MCImes
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3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was quite pleased to find bottles of this at Bier Station--they pulled out some of their cellared beers for a New Belgium Accumulation KC tapping party that also was offering bottles of Le Terroir and La Folie. So, sort of a sour beer theme, I suppose (albeit strange to connect the sour beers to a white IPA tapping). But i digress... Enjoyed out of a 375 mL green C&C bottle and poured into a narrow Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. No dating to be found, but the label is notched with "lotnr C". Based on the scant info that I could find online, this bottle is likely 2-3 years old. Or not--that's just a stab in the dark.

Appearance - Further suspicion of the age is confirmed when the pour reveals a line of dark sediment lengthwise down the bottle. Clearly has some age, as well as some time being stored on it's side. I had this one upright for a good two weeks before opening. Anyway, moving on to the appearance in the glass. The pour yields an apologetic half finger of bubbly froth at the top of the glass that further suggests a bit of age to this bottle. I hesitate to call it 'head'. It's the color of purple-twinged parchment. Body is very beautiful, however, a deep amethyst jewel color with hints of reddish purple.

Smell - Dominated by the woody characteristic of the oak barrels along with a lightly tart and acidic fruitiness from the black currant. There are some almost wine-like tannin characteristics, as well as notes of pinot and syrah grapes. The acidity is sufficient to give my olfactory nerves that exciting pinch of anticipation of a sour beer.

Taste - Almost delivering on the promise of the smell, this is predominantly oak and currant. There is a wonderfully puckering element, but it's faint, and then a dry finish. As it warms, it becomes a little more lactic and sour. But it never rises to that level of pucker that I really like in a nice fruit lambic. This one is more on the sweet side, but not as sweet as what I expected based on what I'd heard about Hanssens.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, I thought this was a quality fruit lambic and one that let the currant and barrel shine through. The only drawback is that I think I can find pretty comparable fruit lambics and sour beers for less than $15 for a single serving beer. Glad to have sampled it once.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:45:12 | More by LambicPentameter
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2013 16:48:33 | More by IPAIsaac
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-07-2013 06:49:37 | More by stealth
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review:

Pours beautiful red with murky brown colors, no head. Beautiful.

Smells very sour. Vinegar, oak, fruit. Outstanding!

Tastes very complex. Of course starts with vinegar and oak. Currants follow, with some pepper and spiciness. There is a distinct bitterness throughout, but it balances with the tartness and sour flavors. Subtle meat flavor at finish.

Feels very dry and light bodied.

Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 10:13:14 | More by kindacold
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-31-2013 02:33:42 | More by LambicKing
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

08-31-2013 02:19:22 | More by MNBeer1017
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

08-06-2013 02:29:32 | More by Zach136
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-20-2013 18:11:30 | More by ib21
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-14-2013 15:27:20 | More by jkane101

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-09-2013 21:59:17 | More by DonFrap
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-29-2013 12:49:27 | More by jaxon53
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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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