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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | 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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brew3crew

Ohio

1.3/5  rDev -64.6%

A- looks like cherry koolaid. No head whatsoever
S-wow. I have to say this is one of the worse/funkiest smells I have ever had. I don't even want to drink this. And yet, I solider on...
T-wow. This is like rotten cherries only sour. How the f is this rated so high. This HAS to be a bad bottle
M-medium bodied and undrinkable.
D- zero. Poured taste out.

03-12-2011 00:14:36 | More by brew3crew
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olympuszymurgus

California

1.35/5  rDev -63.2%

Cork slid out easily with no noise, no carbonation. Not low carbonation, bit completely still.

Smell is of rotting fruit(good) and acetone(bad). It really is dominated by the acetone, nothing enjoyable about it.

The taste is a little tart fruit, a sweetness and amazing amounts of, you guessed it, acetone.

I let the glass sit for about an hour, tried it again. I'm having a hard time powering though this, and end up dumping the last bit out. I will have a hard time drinking, let alone buying, another one of these again.

02-13-2011 17:20:48 | More by olympuszymurgus
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JBIII

Georgia

1.73/5  rDev -52.9%

This was one of the worst lambic beers I have ever had. It's tastes of composting fruit, rotting wood and sandalwood. It's very tart and acidic.

Definitely exhibits qualities of wild yeast. Which although, common for this type of beer, yields too many inferior flavor and aroma profiles.

Maturing in oak barrels seems to have only added notes of inferior wood and seems inappropriate for this beer style.

At 13+ dollars for a 12.7 fl oz bottle, you'd be wasting your money. Unless you are looking for a cheap way to punish yourself without showing signs of bruising.

02-07-2011 03:47:45 | More by JBIII
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -45.5%

11-26-2011 00:43:02 | More by Rochefort10nh
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zaphodchak

Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -40.9%

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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BostonHops

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -36%

12.7 corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.
no freshness info. (ABV 6%)

pours a murky dark purple shade wth the complete absence of a head. lackluster pop from the cork hinted at that. nose is decent; very tart smelling with strong notes of funk and yeast. my mouth is puckering just from the aroma.

flavor, unfortunately, is a letdown. the funky and yeast are there with the currants, but just over the top tart/sour and vinegary; very dry. not enjoying this one. medium bodied mouthfeel with virtually zero carbonation.

the long and short of this one is it's just not for me... $14 down the drain, pretty literally. will not buy again.

(originally reviewed: 05-16-2011)

06-14-2012 04:34:46 | More by BostonHops
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Urbancaver

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -36%

Pours a very Pretty pinkish red. No head to speak of. Cmpletely flat. Smells like ass. Total garbage. Smells so so bad. Tastes funky and fruity. Really unimpressive. Other than having no carbonation it has a decent mouthfeel. Okay drinkability but overall really unimpressive

03-12-2011 00:15:01 | More by Urbancaver
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -35.1%

12.7 corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.
no freshness info. (ABV 6%)

pours a murky dark purple shade wth the complete absence of a head. lackluster pop from the cork hinted at that.

nose is decent. very tart smelling with strong notes of funk and yeast. my mouth is puckering just from the aroma.

flavor is a letdown. the funky and yeast are there with the currants, but just over the top tart/sour; very dry. not enjoying this one.

medium bodied mouthfeel with virtually zero carbonation.

overall this was $14 down the drain, pretty literally. will not buy again.

05-16-2011 01:14:11 | More by perrymarcus
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-22-2012 16:47:25 | More by lpotter
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%

Lotnr B.

Pours a murky dark cranberry juice color with no head and no lace. There is some sediment floating around in the beer after the pour into the glass. Smell is of balsalmic vinegar and a sour/tart black currants. Taste is of watery balsalmic vinegar, watery and mildly sour black currant juice, and an off cork-like flavor on the finish. This beer has no carbonation with a super flat mouthfeel. I was expecting this when the cork came out without even the slightest pop. Overall, this just isn't a very good beer for many reasons but it is definitely much better than the Oudbeitje Lambic of theirs. That isn't saying much however.

03-15-2012 04:06:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mwa423

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%

A - Pours a dark and slightly hazy ruby red with little head.

S - Yeasty and funky with a strong fruity aroma there is a sour bite even in the aroma.

T - The taste is far more understated than the aroma would suggest. There is lots of fruity flavors but also some band aide with a bit of tart and sour notes.

M/D - Mouthfeel was dead flat, had the same mouthfeel as water, so quite unpleasant. This again an experiment...that probably shouldn't be repeated.

03-12-2011 00:16:22 | More by mwa423
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mlklein27

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

02-21-2014 01:19:51 | More by mlklein27
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ehammond1


2.78/5  rDev -24.3%

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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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-11-2012 01:20:09 | More by koko2315
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jlb502

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-27-2011 07:11:35 | More by jlb502
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logicalparadox

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-17-2013 22:53:18 | More by JohnQVD
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MystikCelt

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-31-2013 07:10:44 | More by MystikCelt
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-15-2011 21:16:02 | More by HopStoopid120
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RyanCrawford

Colorado

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Indiana

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-23-2013 15:00:16 | More by mynie
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DosBeerigos

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

C: Cloudy
H: Pink/Purple
N: HOLY DIAPER SHIT

Well again big thanks to The Cerveza Chica for snagging this bottle for me on her last trip to Chicago.

This is a hard beer to drink, not because it is sour, but because it smells like straight up dirty diaper shit. Nasty, Funky, Just Down Right GROSS. Get past the smell, let it breathe a bit, and this is a damn fine Lambic. I prefer more acidic qualities, but this was a nice blend of sweet and sour.

04-29-2011 14:29:56 | More by DosBeerigos
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

A-pours a dark purple colro with barely no head, of what comes up it is a light pink color.

S-the nose hits with a lot of funk, cheesy barnyard funk, notes of acetic acid, sweet fruits, currants, vinous oak, winey oak aromas.

T-the taste has much less funk but the cheese is there, light barnyard notes, quite acidic with notes of metal, sweet currants.

M-light body, not thin, soft smooth feel, barely any carbonation and a little dry in the finish.

D-this is funky but not great, a little metallic, lots of acetic acid and quite cheesy.

07-29-2010 02:18:19 | More by cpetrone84
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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.