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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 16
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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, May 03, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Thorpe429, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

acurtis, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear red in color and poured with only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very strong and pungent musty and sour aromas in the nose, similar to what you would expect from a very aromatic cheese.
T: The taste is very sour and has hints of black currants. It is a lot more palatable compared to the smell and isn’t nearly quite as funky.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with little if any carbonation.
O: The strong funky aroma of this beer is not for the faint of heart, but the drinkability isn’t that bad if you can get past the smell.

metter98, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

GRG1313, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the new release of this fine lambic product.

A: The pour is a really fantastic looking dark purple color with a small ring of bubbles from a somewhat aggressive pour. The beer is quite flat, however.

S: The nose is of wood and dark fruit. The currants aren't overly expressive and somewhat sweet, despite the way Hanssens lambics usually are. A nice funk to this one of hay and barnyard.

T: A lightly acetic sourness accompanied by a decent lactic sourness, too. Overall, though, not overly sour. Quite woody and dry with some very nice currant flavor and some hints of blackberries.

M: The beer is slightly slick on the tongue, with a medium body and complete lack of carbonation.

D: This is certainly not overly tart or aggressive in any manor, and it's quite easy to drink because of that.

womencantsail, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light burgundy-hued body with, despite a heavy, hearty pour no real head formation.

Smell: Fairly funky. Rotted, molded, decayed oak wood barrels filled with skins-on black currents and pickling salt. A tad phenolic and sweaty.

Taste: A true, albeit mild taste of black currants, skins and all. Tiny pinch of sea salt. A small handful of compost soaked in vinegar. A rattling jolt of lactic sourness that instantly puckers the mouth, followed by an uppercut of astringent oaken tannins. Flat, acidic finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Sans carbonation. The typical puckering mouthfeel one would expect.

Drinkability: Well, it could've certainly benefited from some carbonation. My second Hanssens lambic and, again, I just didn't really dig it. Such is the way with beers and experiments, I suppose.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

emerge077, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors a while back. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Still. Body is moderately hazy purplish-brown color, with a nice fiery glow to it. There are a few tiny spots of lace left behind as the beer is consumed. I'm not particularly bothered by lack of carbonation in a beer like this.

S - The funk is somewhat rancid and bilious, with notes of diaper and barnyard present as well. Tart currants, vinous oak, and nostril-tingling acetic sourness round things out. The sulfur and manure notes dissipate quite a bit as the beer warms up, revealing some musty attic and hay flavors I didn't initially perceive.

T - The taste is largely puckering tart currants and medium-high levels of acetic acid. There's some dry oak, earth, and mushroom in the finish. The complexity and depth suffers quite a bit compared compared to the aroma, and the acidity is somewhat excessive. Still, fairly enjoyable.

M - Intensely dry, medium body, with plenty of barrel tannins lingering well into the finish. Texture is vinous and slightly oily. No alcohol present, but the acidity incites some stomach churning after nary a few ounces.

D - Some bubbles might have brightened up the flavors a bit, but as is this is a pretty enjoyable cassis lambic - particularly if you like them sour. I prefer Spontancassis as the fruit and lambic flavors are a little better balanced. Much better than the barbaric Experimental Raspberry - I had no problem slowly working through 375ml on my own.

MasterSki, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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 Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

corby112, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to eagles22 for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Thanks again Ed! The brew pours from a 375ml bottle into a snifter, a clear ruby red color that is reminescent of cool aide. A few bubbles collect around the edge when swirled.

The smell is earthy with funk and lactic hints. Mild vinegar and its overall well.. a bit poopy. There is a wet wood character blending into some suggestions of berry and cheese and more funk. As it warms up, it give off a hint of plastic.

The flavor is dry with plenty of oak and tannin-like astringency. Funky wild character and hints of yogurt, cheese and vinegar are present before the onset of a mild fruity berry taste/alcohol ester. As it warms up some plastic and phenolics emerge mingling with minerals that almost leaves a meaty aftertaste inside the mouth.

This is a light bodied, still brew with a little booze impact. It is overall kind of nice and unique with a pleasant berry inclusion but with a big funk impact that isnt exactly clean. Its worth a try if you havent had it but its also not something I would see myself returning to considering the other options available.

stakem, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear ruby red with absolutely no head whatsoever. There is no visible carbonation and no lacing present on the glass.

S: The aroma of this beer is very offputting, pungent, and slightly unpleasant. There is a certain sour mustiness to aroma which is very intense but not altogether enjoyable.

T: The flavors of this beer are also slightly unpleasant with hints of vinegar, sour, musty, and slightly metallic.

M: Light bodied with very little carbonation and a little bit of tongue puckering caused by the flavors.

O: This beer reminds me of aromatic cheeses which are something that I really enjoy but this is not a beer that I would want to sample again.

dbrauneis, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tempest, May 07, 2011
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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.