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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with black currants and matured in oak barrels.

(Beer added by: JohnQVegas on 03-01-2009)
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Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

a77cj7, Yesterday at 06:45 AM
Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12.7 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a pinkish to reddish brown, mildly hazy, with a thin white head that fades quickly. Fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Some serious funk up front - barnyard, feet, musty basement and a bit of ripe cheese. Some tart underripe fruit provides some backbone.

T: Funky barnyard, tart currants and cherries up front. Then lactic lemony citric acid, musty hay, some cheese and feet, with a dry and tart/sour fruit at the end.

M: Medium body, average carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: I thought this was tasty, but big on the funk for sure. Nice tartness to the fruit profile. The funk and tartness has a nice complexity to it, but the sheer level of it may be a bit over the top.

macrosmatic, Nov 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SpasmWaiter, Nov 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

CSO, Nov 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

robbiepmelton, Oct 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Dicers, Oct 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Beervana, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

sweemzander, Sep 26, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

ubercrazy, Sep 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

ajevne, Sep 23, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

hopkrid, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Wobbly, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of sjccmd
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

sjccmd, Aug 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

GRG1313, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Griffith, Aug 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

thegerm87, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Jspriest, Aug 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

DerekMorgan, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

WillCarrera, Jul 22, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -38%

RyanCrawford, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

threedaggers, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

JKV96, Jul 05, 2014
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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
84 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.