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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: 3
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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Reviews by jcurtis55:
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jcurtis55

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

I've had this one for a few months and decided to pull it out today, as I was in the mood for a sour beer. And it's definitely sour. Drank it in my Sam Adams beer glass.

Appearance: A rich looking brown with just some red-plum tones. No head whatsover, as there is very little carbonation. Just a few bubbles on the side of the glass. Still, a very attractive beer.

Smell: Funk. No over the top vinegar, but primarily sour. The dark currants don't seem to be present in the aroma.

Taste: Still primarily sour, but the currants are there at the back. Definitely closer to a straight funky lambic, rather than a fruit lambic. I don't find this overly sour, but then again, I really like sours.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. Doesn't cling to the glass or your mouth.

Overall: A good but not great lambic. It's not going to convert any non-sour drinkers but pleasant enough if you enjoy your beer on the funky side. There is no date on the bottle, so I don't know the age of the beer. I would definitely drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it like I would a Cantillon.

05-09-2013 16:43:08 | More by jcurtis55
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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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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3/5  rDev -18%

01-29-2012 02:11:12 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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koko2315

New York

3/5  rDev -18%

03-11-2012 01:20:09 | More by koko2315
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-13-2013 19:39:11 | More by xdefeatsy
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dogfishandi

New York

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

2010 Vintage (3 years of age)
12.7 cork and caged green bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Lot A.

Pours out a nice pure red color, maybe some hues of purple. The total lack of carbonation is noticeable with pretty much no head.

Nice sour funk, tart lemons, lactic funk, sour pie cherry. Smells more gym sock funky as it warms up.

Lots of sour, acetic and lactic acids, tart lemons, sour pie cherries, maybe some rotted wood and almost a hint of a cork like flavor. Hard to pull out much currant, maybe because I've never really tasted one, but there are definatly some grape and berry like notes.

Coats the palate with some really sour citrus that lingers. No carbonation, but it doesn't other me at all as this was to be expected.

A pretty exceptional lambic, there are better ones out there, but a lot more that are worse. Age has done this well and ill definatly be seeking out more Hanssens in the future.

05-04-2013 00:04:03 | More by dogfishandi
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ehammond1


2.78/5  rDev -24%

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

This beer pours a dark magenta and purple with very little carbonation. There's no head to speak of and very little cling to the glass. A pretty color, but a disappointing pour.

A very muted aroma; there simply isn't a lot here. That being said, what is here is nice. There's sweet and tart aromas of currants and a bit of tart sourness, but everything is all very faraway. As the beer warms, a mild funky yeast becomes present, the fruit becomes a bit stronger, and overall the aroma succeeds admirably.

A watery flavor with muted flavors of currants and a very mild sourness. Fruity, but also very watery. Disappointing, especially because I've had such fine examples from Hanssens.

Medium bodied with nearly no carbonation.

A very disappointing lambic mainly because I've had such fine beers from this brewery.

11-20-2011 02:50:36 | More by ehammond1
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-15-2013 22:55:10 | More by chinchill
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

(Served in a tulip)
Lotar: A
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy dense glowing deep cranberry body with a few little bubbles turning into a wisp of microscopic bubbles attempting a head.

S- The tart musty note has a bright wet wood note to it and a very clean currant hint.

T- The sharp bright tartness has a rhubarb vegital tartness and a wet wood with some black currant notes that grow as the beer warms. There is a tartness in the finish that sticks to the tongue as it lingers. Some white cheese rind and brett character comes through in the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft astringent pucker that coats the mouth and a slippery texture.

O- The tart character and musty fruit notes blend with a really old barrel quality. There is a full bright tartness but lots of other character comes through in layers underneath it.

06-15-2011 13:09:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-23-2013 14:46:52 | More by acurtis
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cacostaj

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-28-2013 20:34:39 | More by cacostaj
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +12%

Lateral cassis tasting, with Kuhnenn to smooth the tongue. This one is vinegary and woody, the cassis is there, its a sipper but very good for what it is. Pours dark berry colour, with no head whatsoever. Nice winter night beer.Above average mouthfeel.

02-07-2010 01:11:06 | More by Sammy
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zaphodchak

Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -40.7%

Lot number A

Garnet body, no head, no lacing, no nothing.

Smells... bad. Bretty and sour, sure... but uriney. For a lambic, offensive smells dominate the currant.

Taste is not much better. After several sips, I can reconcile that it has a red currant base, but it's waterier (which is just as well because they're so sour to begin with). There's some dull, musty taste on it as well that I can't quite place, sort of bitter.

Mouthfeel is flat, thin, doesn't help it at all.

This is kinda like red currant juice that someone left out (or in this case, in bretty oak barrels) for too long. One of the most expensive beers I've bought recently by volume, but probably the worst. If this was an experiment, I would tentatively call it a failure. I can't help but wonder if I got a skunked one somehow. Did the currant juice kill the yeast, maybe?

07-30-2011 04:19:09 | More by zaphodchak
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beertooth

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

12.7oz bottle split into two goblets.

A dark juicy ruby red liquid with no head and very few bubbles.

The nose is sour funk. Old leather, dried olives, musty balsamic, rotten fruits, some buttery oak..

The taste is very sour and very, very tart. Lot's of vinegar, tons of vinergar and dried olives. Very oaky and musty. Not a ton of funk. It's a little one dimensional and the finish falls off fast.

Mouthfeel is slick and flat.

A very interested beer from one of my favorite Belgian breweries. I'm not sure if I could drink more than one glass, but I'm glad I was able to try it. Probably my favorite out of all of their fruit beers that I've had, but I think I'll stick to their Gueuze.

09-22-2009 02:20:34 | More by beertooth
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

Grabbed a $14 bottle to share with friends. After popping the cork, the ale poured a flat purple-ish red with a few bubbles but no head. I suppose a true lambic isn't carbonated, so this is right on.

I was hoping for more flavors to jump out, but relatively speaking it was a bit dull for a fruit sour, especially compare to a fruit gueuze. There was a very earthy, bread crust undertone with a grape (or really cassis) jam character and then a citric sour bite. I can't say it wasn't interesting, but I wouldn't buy it again.

05-07-2011 20:30:33 | More by tempest
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Picked up a bottle of this last week.

A: nearly purple without any light getting through and NO carbonation at all. I like the color but other aspects of this should be better

S: Earthy and very berry fruitiness with plenty of sourness and barnyard funk.

T: Lots of tart berries with funk and wood notes that are very easy to sip. A bit of vineagar is present at well.

M: It is much milder than most sours and it leaves a nice coasting in my mouth. The sourness is very pleasant and fruity.

D: Maybe this was exactly what I was in the mood for, but it really hit the spot. I was able to sip on the bottle for a long time and the fruity flavors were great!

10-13-2009 00:18:33 | More by mikey711
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

released and bought in 2009

pours a deep ruby purple with tons of depth. basically no head minus a few bubbles.

nice light sour berries with subtle vinegar and oak. lots of grape and lemon.

black currants it is. this has massive black currant flavor, just tons. black currants in the raw are quite sour so this fairs quite well. the currant flavor has a nice depth to it. light grapes and lemons linger from the back.

this makes lost abbey look carbonated. its flat, a bit thin but works well. there is a hint of bite in the back of the throat through the finish. quite dry, very wine like.

overall, this is great, lots of flavor with a rather balanced sourness. i would buy this again as i would love to see what 10 years can do.

07-20-2010 01:08:39 | More by hooliganlife
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KnightRider

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

03-28-2012 03:20:53 | More by KnightRider
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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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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

poured from 375ml bottle into a tulip:

A: No head and no carbonation. For the style that is not necessarily out of the ordinary. Dark purple that reveals a light ruby hue when held up to the light. Gorgeous.

S: Funky and sour right out front. There are berries, oak, musty funk and dirty hay. Smells like a sour barnyard in a good way.

T: Pucker up, this is a really sour and delicious beer. The sourness gives way to the currants and berries with a touch of oak in the finish. Bone dry and tart at the end.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin due to the lack of carbonation.

D: I have really enjoyed getting a chance to taste this wonder. A great take on the style that I would recommend highly.

12-16-2010 02:05:04 | More by Neffbeer
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 375 mL corked and caged bottle.

A: The bottle opened without a pop - clearly an ominous sign. In my glass, the lambic had a dark red/purple hue that could go down either of the cherry or currant avenues. A wispy band of foam indicated more carbonation than initial opening let on.

S: The nose is disgusting. A rank combination of old sneakers, smegma and fromunda cheese, and other such nastiness. Seriously, this is ranker than many bleu cheeses that I've encountered. Stink! I like a bit of funk but this is just too damned much.

T: Luckily the body of the lambic is nothing like the nose. The gross funk is gone, replaced by a bone dry body that has been sucked dry of nearly all residual sugars. A mild fruit flavor is evident but it lacks oomph. The lack of carbonation is very apparent, allowing the tart funk to sit around and gather dust in my mouth. Barnyard and horseblanket accurately describe the flavor, which would benefit from just a little more in the cassis department. Surprisingly, the finish isn't that bad (not much funk lingers).

M: The mouthfeel is decent but you have to get past the aromas, which are much tougher and bolder than anything I've ever encountered. That's some serious funk.

D: Interesting and very authentic. I don't see myself having more than one glass though.

11-24-2009 22:00:16 | More by akorsak
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emerge077

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

Weak pop as the cork is pulled, the cork itself is stained magenta on the bottle end. Served at 52º in a Hanssens tumbler glass. An aggressive pour yielded a thin layer of larger bubbles. After a few minutes they are reduced to a threaded strand of white foam at the edge. The color is a very saturated and vivid burgundy tone, it looks like cherry juice or the grape "communion wine" of my youth.

Traditional lambic funk of hay and barn stalls, musty old leather with some light acidic sweetness from the currants. Swirling brings out some wood and uric notes against the sweet fruit. A definite "house character" funk that runs through all of the Hanssens Lambics, hard to pin down but noticeable after trying their lineup.

Wet topsoil, cheese rind, dark berries, the flavor is literally earthy in the gardening sense. More and more it has the taste of currants, stems, leaves, roots and all. Dirty I guess. Some horsiness, rose petal, and minor sterile gauze (Brett) in the aftertaste. Very unique flavor with good complexity.

Very little to no carbonation, quite vinous, acidic and puckering with a drying finish. Really stimulates the salivary glands like none other. It's slick and a little briny, much like an unblended Lambic and Oudbeitje.

Definitely one to sip slowly and savor, strictly for the hardcore Lambic fans.

09-30-2009 00:24:59 | More by emerge077
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle: Poured a deep red color lambic with a tiny bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of barnyard and funky notes is quite powerful. Taste is also dominated by loads of barnyard and wet leather notes with nice tart cassis and some sour and light acid notes. Body is about average with no carbonation. Very complex beer with no sugar notes and loads of lambic really coming through even though cassis are still discernable.

01-29-2011 04:28:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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