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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BA SCORE
83
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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%


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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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DCon

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12.7 FL OZ bottle of this @ The Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $14. Poured from the Scroll looking label w/ Pink writing & outlining into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has lotnr: H stamped off on the side.

Aroma- Has a big time "stinky" aroma including big time barnyard and a "horse blanket" attribute I've found in many of these. An unknown fruit aroma is blended but definitely compliments all of the sour notes nicely. Well planned out aroma!

Appearance- Pours almost no head at all and same goes for the non-lace finish. Has the darkest red/light-medium brown colored body that has good clarity but deep.

Flavor- Black currants are the main attraction here! A very ripe and dark cherry/sour berry flavor comes in next. Most acidic brew I may have ever tasted! High barnyard level and has a bit of oak in the finish. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, HIGHEST carbonation level, Puckers the mouth big time, and finishes tart with berries and a taste never enjoyed before. You have to have this yourself!

Overall Impression- While finding that after each drink, it made my mouth water and pucker up, I would have to say they did a fantastic job of aging and making this one of their most complexed brews! May be one of my favorite sours this month so far! Pick up a 12.7oz bottle and share if your not brave enough to take on this type of brew. For me, this was spot on!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:13:24 | More by DCon
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL green glass cork and cage bottle. "Lotnr A."

Appearance: Beautiful red burgundy. No carbonation to speak of. Looks like a Zweigelt.

Nose: Earthy, meaty, oaky, rocks and gravel, black currant (of course). Aromas are more closely associated with a fine Bourgogne rouge than any other beer I've ever had. Golden raisins (props). Some funk, but not overwhelming.

Palate: Crisp and tart. Medium-light bodied and juicy. Flavors are centered around black raspberry and cassis, some meaty-earthiness, gravel or granite, tanned leather and something dense and green (like snow peas or green beans or sugar snap peas or fiddleheads). Finish is long and round and evolving. Not the most sour lambic, tart really.

Notes: If your are a fan of fine French bourgogne rouge, this is your beer. I draw more comparisons to pinot noir from a rocky vineyard than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 03:07:47 | More by SFLpunk
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drgonzo3705

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bit of a translucent ruby color with barely any carbonation but it still manages to leave a bit of lacing.

S: Mmmm. Funky dark currants and cherry. Great bouquet for the nose.

T: Big mouth of funk with the dark fruits following right behind. Nice ripe cherry taste left on my tongue.

M: Light to medium body with light carbonation and a pleasant dry feeling left behind.

D: Beautiful beer here that I'm glad I had the pleasure of trying!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 22:16:12 | More by drgonzo3705
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mesmerizing purplish red with no head, which is pretty much like all hanssens beers i've had, so i won't give it a 5, but i think rating it low since it doesn't have a pretty head and lots of lace is absurd. anyways... i get wet rock and funk (wet wool, manure, barn) first in the nose. sort of surprising because i expected a super tart and fruity nose. the fruit and acid are there, but they are pleasantly subdued, divinely juicy and wrapped up in a nice oaky package. taste is just joyously balanced with signature hanssens funk and juicy, fruity flavor wound up and amped up by an awesome woody acid tartness. clean flavor with an acidic finish and fruity (almost grape-like) aftertaste. pure. defined flavors. soft and silky medium body with no tingle to it. underrated for sure. amazing. a must for lambic/wild ale fans imho. thank you hanssens for keeping this wonderful tradition alive.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 23:02:03 | More by timtim
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Ego

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no real pop from the cork but a nice must tart waft of lambic goodness does entice the nose...

eyes...
lowly carbonated, like flat grape soda, the color reminds me of a cloudy-er version of rose de gambrinus, so boring and lambic looking, but of course that is cue on for the style. reddish clay with just a few archipelagos of bubbles inhabiting the globe of water as viewed from an eagle eye atop, utterly sublime...

nose...
definite musty odor but the fruit holds well in defiant tartness, a touch grassy with metallic/mineral notes, the currants form a nice pillow in the back to rest all the confluence of odor here, it's like smelling rotten bubble gum... as a lambic fan, I dig it. nothing seems so "experimental" so far...

taste etc...
thin and very tart to start, the tartness is quite acceptable compared to some cantillon stock but it is a nice refresher, the currants for me lay some where up front and blend throughout the sip, the tartness just gives it a crazy mouthwatering feel that supplants the actual lack of feel to the beer itself, although this drinks thin it is a touch thicker than most lambics, which is nice...
there is no sense of carbonation whatsoever, and that doesn't detract whatsoever.

verdict ?
why experiment ? this is a really nice lambic more towards the tart end of things but I like that (and there's nothing wrong with that). Worth seeking out...

music: minus the bear "...gigantic"

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 03:23:22 | More by Ego
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark red lambic that borders and battles purple for the distinction of color. The nose is funkified, with layers of horseblanket, mud, sourness, berries and currants, this is dirty. Hanssens is the champion when it comes to dirty barnyard funk. Again, really dirty and I mean that as a compliment, lots of funk, barnyard, musty with red currants and tart berries, oak tannins. Carbonation is absent and would improve the fruit aspects, but I dont think I can complain. The stillness just supplies ideas to original state of lambic a few hundred years ago. Overall, this is a pretty outstanding beer, the barnyard characters are outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:49:43 | More by nas5755
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and cage "lotnr a" labeled as being 6%ABV. raspberry colored trim on label.

no carbonation. pours a murky plum color. No head. Actually my first still lambic - which is historically accurate for the style. I'm under the impression that the Geuze was the only traditionally carbonated Belgian sour.

smells sour, seriously complex Brettanomyces character. A dark musky Brett which is not what I am used to. -Actually smells acidic. Slight dark fruit finish. Really interesting. I'm surprised it has so much of an aroma even though it isn't carbonated.

Taste is similar to smell. Tastes very well aged. Can't perceive any malt flavor. Initial flavor goes straight into sour funk - wild yeast. (Fruit->Sour->Oak->Brett). Black Currant is tannic and sharp enough of a flavor to compete against intense wild yeast character. Tannins leave a coating mouthfeel (which I think is a good thing). Moderate fruit aftertaste.

Thin body as expected. Highly acidic, really packs a punch. Sourness lingers a bit. Better as I sip on and my palate adjusts bit.

I was really worried after reading some of the reviews. But this is awesome lambic. It might have been a good bottle, or properly aged and stored. I noticed many of the more positive reviews were from my immediate area.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 12:29:57 | More by mlazzaro
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

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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Overlord

California

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky purplish red. Brightly plum colored when held to the light. If plums had some red in them. Just a few wisps of carbonation. A nearly flat beer, which is my only real gripe against it.

Smells like a blistering assault of sour berry, sour oak, sour funky funk, some barnyard mustiness, and a bit of vinegar-ish mold.

Taste is very, very sour. Nevertheless, a surprising light berry sweetness if you let it linger on your tongue. Kind of like a sour berry pie that's gone overboard on the sour. Some nice oak, a dash of musty cobwebbed funk, and overlaying it all is an unholy/delicious bracing acid berry avalanche. Funky sour FTW.

Shocked I haven't had a chance to try it before, and underrated, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:29:29 | More by Overlord
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into flute.

Pours hazy red, hints of purple, no head, with lots of yeasty particulate. Towards the bottom of the glass, there's a ton of dark currant pieces floating around, and I mean a ton.

Nose is leathery, red grapes, currants, musty, soft.

Taste is soft, funky. Musty, dank, but with a very soft acidity that never bites back - softly sour. Notes of currant, red grapes come through, interwoven and staying slightly underneath the sourness and funk; vinous; tannic finish.

Mouthfeel is still, medium bodied. A nice, spritzy carbonation would be a welcome addition to this, though with age, this might grow into its present state.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 03:33:14 | More by JohnQVegas
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HopHead84

California

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by floydster on 10/31/2009. Thanks Kyle. The beer pours near still and burgundy. The few bubbles that materialize are from the result of a hard pour.

The nose is a Brett assault with musty and musky barnyard, goaty, wet leather, and horse blanket. This is unbridled funk. Currant and dark berry notes are strong, and I get a moderate amount of acetic acid. The nose is outstanding.

The flavor opens funky and stays funky throughout. Lactic notes are present in the flavor, though I didn't detect them in the nose. The flavor is every bit as funky as the aroma, with notes of musty barnyard and horse blanket. The cassis is ripe and ready for picking. Though, it's sour, so maybe it's not quite ripe. It could probably use a few more weeks, but it's damn good in this beer. The beer has a moderate acidity and a low level of vinegar with wood notes. The beer could use a little more carbonation, but that's my only complaint. This is delicious stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:17:39 | More by HopHead84
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle at Beachwood, 6% ABV, great Old World label,

A: Pours burgundy, wine like colour, red-purple with a smattering of bubbles, beautiful fruit shades.

S: Great Brett/horse blanket funk hits immediately, with notes of black currant and dark fruit.

T: A funky yeasty beer upfront with heavy fruit, but not sweet. Left Bank Bordeaux type cassis flavours mid-palate, ending with a heavy apple cider/dark vinegar flavour which is quite enjoyable. Classic Brett undertone.

M: Flat pretty much in the carbonation department, but that's the deal with a lot of lambics. The acidity is strong and the beer has a real tart/tannic finish which I really liked. Some carbonation would have improved this aspect, but it's not all bad. Very mild residual sweetness, off-dry I'd say.

D: I've never seen this available in stores, and frankly I don't know how old it is. But this a true treat for the lambic fan, I certainly enjoyed delving into this beauty on a so far uneventful Valentine's Day.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 22:36:33 | More by Halcyondays
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Travlr

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark purple with only six bubbles, all of which lasted less than a second. Aroma of fresh fruit and a bit of must, faint barnyard. Taste starts with blackcurrant, very dry, moderately sour. Hints of vanilla. Finishes with more fruit and some mustiness. Complex. Would love to see it age.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 15:20:25 | More by Travlr
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty lightly carbonated; a careful pour only summons forth a wispy, pale pink head that only covers a third of the top of my beer. The beer is a darkish, red-plum color that shows a hazy, bright red color when held up to the light. Ah, this has that signature Hanssens funk, dirty as they come without becoming truly nasty. This smells of woody, moldy mushrooms, musty cellar notes, funky enteric notes, butyric barnyard notes, phenolic and sweat soaked dried leather, musky animal notes are the up front note, but there is a nice berry-like, fruity currant note that sort of ties the back end together. Other notes of spicy, woody oak and puffed wheat cereal notes that are actually quite strong. A lactic induced tartness is here, a touch of urea as well, and the fruit character also adds a tannic, berry skin note that helps to boost the currant character.

Only very lightly carbonate, and the beer is very dry and nicely tart. Subsequent sips see the chewy, fruitiness actually seems to suggest a very light sweetness that might not actually be here. The lactic sourness definitely is nicely aggressive with a bracing tartness that provides a nice puckering note. The currants and oak character provides a bit of a tannic structure that helps to also boost the body of this beer; it actually has a light viscousness to it that provides a touch of heft as it moves across the tongue. The currants also evoke thoughts of a light, fruity, but oaky red wine underneath the more dominant tartness. There is a fair amount of funkiness here, but it is not at the same level it is in the aroma, nor is it as funky as Hanssens' Lambics can sometimes get. Woody mushroom notes, musty earthy flavors, a touch of urea, with some enteric notes in the finish and a solid Brettanomyces character that provides some muskiness and some sweat dried blanket notes. A touch of puffed wheat flavor adds some grain notes towards the finish

The currants provide some nice character here, evocative of a berry-focused, oaked red wine at times, but still with a solid currant character that melds quite well with the funky base Lambic beer. I am definitely finding the puffed wheat cereal note in this beer quite interesting, it isn't very strong, but nicely accents the finish of both the nose and flavor of this beer. Some more carbonation and effervescence would make this more lively and would like make the flavors pop a bit more, but I honestly don't miss the carbonation that much. I hope they are making this a more regular item as I would love to see what they can do with this once they dial this beer in. I'll definitely say that a 375ml bottle was not enough for me as my bottle is gone way too fast.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 15:39:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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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dogfishandi

New York

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, from a basket into a Fantôme tulip. Thanks, Tony! I believe this is the only bottled Hanssens offering that I haven't already ticked. Very excited.

A: Opaque maroon body with a thin cap of light purple bubbles that settles into a persistent ring. Light lace. Ok, but nothing memorable.

S: Um...smells like nice, traditional cow manure. Once I get beyond the shit, it's got some lovely jammy currant notes as well as tons of straight lemony acidity. Crazy, and I'm rather ashamed to admit that in this context I actually love it. Only Hanssens, only Hanssens...

T: Tons of juicy currant up front, with bright acidity and some nice earthy funk behind. Cleanly sour finish. Beautiful, and (for better or worse) entirely devoid of the...interesting...aromatics. Great tasting fruit Lambic, plain and simple.

M: Quite flat, slick medium body. Not great, but acceptable.

O: What can I say? Hanssens consistently makes the most offensively delicious, the most delectably obnoxious beers I've ever had. There's something comforting about that, don't you think?

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 14:12:59 | More by woosterbill
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Experimental Cassis
Style: Lambic - Fruit
ABV: 6.00 %

LOOK: Corked and caged. Opens with a decent pop. Pours a bright pinkish red color, just a ring of small bubbles around the glass other than that really no head. The final pour made the beer a bit cloudy.

SMELL: Funk, vinegar, shoe polish, feet, leather and berry are all there in full force. The scent is so strong when the bottle was opened it filled the room.

TASTE: Upfront straight acetic sour, and pretty much remains sour. It is wine like, with a small berry presence. Lemon, warheads candy, earthy oak, white wine vinegar, and a touch of alcohol that is more felt than tasted. Unripe berries in the finish with some funk that sticks to the palate.

FEEL: Light bodied, with a very soft, low carbonation level. Has enough life to it to carry the beer. Delicate carbonation like a very well aged sparkling wine. Soggy wood, berry wine and drying tannins round out the finish.

OVERALL: Hanssens Experimental Cassis is a traditional lambic beer with the intense sourness that is now coveted by extreme beer fans in the states. Has a good depth of flavor and a sharp dryness. Mellow feel but the flavors the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 15:12:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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gford217

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle.

Pours completely flat out of the bottle with nary a bubble to be found. The body is as a fairly murky ruby red.

The aroma is seriously funky with tons of barnyard aromas in addition to some vinegar. There is more than just the funk though as the sweetness of the fruit successfully fights through the funk.

The taste has a completely lip-puckering vinegar sourness up front with the earthy funk holding off until the finish. Honestly, there's more fruit than I was expecting from the aroma and the brown sugar and currants form a solid backbone under the brett.

The mouthfeel is extremely wine-like with a very dry and refreshing finish and almost no carbonation.

A very good lambic with a serious funk and acidic punch on tongue but with enough fruit to pull it off. Good stuff and extremely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 21:49:31 | More by gford217
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from Lotnr A.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a deep reddish purple color with virtually no head, just an island of relatively large bubbles that rapidly recede to a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge of the liquid.

Smell: The aroma definitely has traces of dark fruit, the currents, all intertwingled with traces of barnyard, old used leather, and some woody, musty notes. What is remarkable is both how well they blend together and the fact that aroma is so complex and subtle.

Taste: The flavor is both tart and dry with a definite presence of both berry and oak. While there almost seems to be a trace of sweetness from the fruit the sourness over rides that impression. Almost hidden in the background there are traces of the old leather and the horseblanket.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth but with a total absence of carbonation. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. The finish is relatively long and dry with tartness fading into the faintest traces of berry made more prominent by the fact that they are made most notable by the effect of the dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’m finding this one interestingly drinkable and something I’ll be happy to have again in the future if I find more of it. My overall impression is that this is a no-holds barred fruit lambic lover’s beer and I’m more impressed with it than I expected to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:58:19 | More by drtth
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

A: The cork made a quiet "puh" sound as it just about fell out of the bottle. Pours a dark, rosy pink with some purple tinting. I poured vigorously and only got a thin pink ring of small bubbles that disappeared quickly and left no lace in the glass.

S: Yikes! Vinegar and olives with a current aroma that intensifies as it warms. Also noted were saddle leather, damp oak barrel, bark, twigs, dirt, and tart tart fruit.

T: More of the same as above. Where I could really notice a difference was particularly in the middle where a dirt flavor popped up and segued into flavors of plant clippings and playground wood chips in a vinegar reduction.

M: Surprisingly full and coating considering the tart, acidic qualities of this. Opens with a full on blast of tart fruit and olives that leads into more earthy, "barny" areas. The finish is briefly peppery and then drops off leaving just a faint fruity tang on the tongue.

D: Easily enjoyable. The 12.7oz bottle is the perfect serving size for Lambics. It gives you a glass full of tart pungeant goodness and then it's done, never overstaying its' welcome.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 23:51:03 | More by GbVDave
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 00:18:33 | More by mikey711
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this one for a while and finally got one via trade thanks to PALEJ1. Thanks man!

Pours from a 375ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Pours a very deep dark ruby/plum dark purple color that is completely opaque and still with only the faintest bubble or two of carbonation.

Sweet fruity berry aroma with some earthy oak and funky barnyard horseblanket. These aromas blend together very well without any of them overpowering the other. The berries are more prominent than expected but the band aid funkiness are strong as well. Very vinous.

Vinegary tart and extremely puckering mouthfeel that is surprisingly not very acidic. There is a good bit of vinous fruit up front that provides a pleasant sweetness that is immediately taken over by a very funky tart and sour dry puckering flavor. Nice earthy oaky tannis followed again by more sweetness from the currants. Its nice to see the fruit resurfacing after the funky sourness kicks in. All to often the sourness of these beers can kill the fruit presence. Not the case here however. This is a very refreshing well balanced drinkable fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 04:04:58 | More by corby112
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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