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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 3
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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 JBIII


1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 03:47:45 | More by JBIII
Photo of Beerenauslese


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Body is a hazy dark red. No pop when the cork was removed, carbonation is very low, producing just a ring of bubbles and no lacing.

Has a good lambic aroma, with malt with a little wild yeat funkiness and concentrated fresh cassis fruit flavor.

Taste is lightly malty, tart, with a nice fresh cassis berry flavor. There is a little wild yeast funkiness, but not extreme. Very dry and a little spiciness in the long finish.

Body is light and with no carbonation, the mouthfeel is flat. Since many lambics are that way--but generally not the fruit lambics--I'll just rate this as average.

This has a good taste and the ABV is low, both of which make it more drinkable. While tart, that is a welcome change from the many cloyingly sweet fruit beers that have been produced in Belgium in recent years. However, I find the lack of carbonation a disappointment that reduces its appearance and drinkability. Nevertheless, it is a beer that might start a session or be pared with food.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 00:53:21 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of muttyd


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with a bubbly pinkish white head. Little to no lacing and appears rather still. Funky (barnyard, yeast, and wet wood), fruity (blueberries, raspberries), and oaky. The aroma is absolutely amazing. Never having a black currant before, this beer has a strong blueberry flavor. Flavor is also full of funk, wood, and some earthy notes. I rarely like to compare beers to other beers in my reviews, but this beer was very reminiscent of Blabaer from Cantillon. Very sour throughout with a mouthwatering astringent finish. Leaves a slightly metallic feeling on the palate as well. Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:19:17 | More by muttyd
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:28:37 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Near-still pour, a bit darker than I expected, like a date or dried fig.

Smell: Nice fruits and must, light vinegar and french oak

Taste: Dates, currants and figs, barnyard funk, rich leather and oak. There is a cheap red wine element to it as well, almost sangria. Not that sour either.

Mouthfeel: Near flat and very dry, I wish it had a bit of carbonation. A big negative here, I like certain still beers but not this one.

Drinkability: I finished it rather quickly, but honestly it was because I wanted to move onto something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:39:22 | More by craytonic
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3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 375 ml bottle with cork. No carbonation whatsoever. Murky purple grapejuice color with no head. The beer is still as can be. Smell is of barnyard, dirty diaper and some rotten grape. Very sour up front. Fruity character that quickly dissipates as the sourness takes over. Very funky. Tart and mouth puckering. I understand the beer is intentionally still, but i cant help but think that some lively carbonation would make this outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 14:49:28 | More by nniicckkww
Photo of Onibubba


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little to no pop of the cork. Pours a grape juice still body with the faintest of lacing. OK...I have never noticed the "diaper" aroma before on a lambic or wild beer, but this has it going in spades. This smells like pure feces, quite literally. Yeah, there is some rotten fruit, but the prevailing aroma is pure undadulterated shit. Dare I take a sip? For fifteen bucks, the answer is yes. Musty and sour, with an almost crisp fruit follow up - blueberry pancakes and syrup. Nice, but that smell. Honestly, this is borderline putrid. Body is painfully thin and still, with absoutely no carbonation. Drinkabilty is passible...If you hold your nose. Consider this purchase carefully...

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 02:06:26 | More by Onibubba
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (lot A) pure into a flute, Experimental Cassis is near still, with only a few big bubbles when I poured the second half aggressively, with only a hint of an off-white collar. Beer is murky purple.

Smell is super funky, maybe the dirtiest lambic I've ever smelled, this one is massive dirty diaper, sour, a hint of lemon zest, but really just strait feces. Whoa. I'm, uh, impressed? After some air, I get a hint of berry.

Taste is also super funky, dirty ass brett, moderate tartness, little to no fruit flavor, super bracing mineraliity. This one is so acidic that it's giving me acid reflux. I'd never thought I'd had beer that was too funky, but this one...wow!

Mouthfeel is bone dry, acidic, light bodied.

Drinkability is not to high. This is a really funky beer, and while it has a characteristic that begets another sip for quenching, and is incredibly expressive, I'm not sure I can have more then one at a time, and due to rarity and price, wouldn't anyways.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 03:58:47 | More by ccrida
Photo of Neffbeer


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:05:04 | More by Neffbeer
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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
Photo of berkey


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle reviewed from a tulip glass 12/03/10. Cork is released with exactly zero 'pop'.

Pours a muddy dark reddish purple color reminiscent of sangria. Forms absolutely no head and good share of sediment found it's way into the glass even with a careful pour. Appears flat at first but some active fine carbonation can be seen upon close inspection.

Aroma consists mostly oak and wine but altogether less fruity than I expected. Actually this is not far off the aroma I remember from the Oude Gueuze bottled by the same blender.

Based on my experience with the Kriek and the previously mentioned Oude Gueuze from Hanssen's the flavor isn't as intense as I was expecting. Dry, woody, sour, funky and acid on the entry but relatively mellow after that. Fruity currant flavors are buried in the aftertaste but linger well after each sip and become more obvious toward the end of the tasting. Surprisingly balanced and easy to drink.

Very nice lambic but not personally it's probably not worth a second bottle; especially with the high price tag. Next time I go Hanssen's I'll likely stick with the Oude Gueueze.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 18:13:16 | More by berkey
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4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours blood red with no head.

S-Super funky. This is the very definition of "horse blanket."

T/M-Thin, no carbonation. Very funky up front, thinning into moderate sour berry flavors. The finish is light and earthy, with a slightly metallic taste.

D-I think this is a very fresh lambic. I wouldn't open one of these again until it's had significant time in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 23:50:20 | More by DaveHS
Photo of Overlord


4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a rather big dent in the wallet but always something i wanted to try. when pop it was as if i was removing the cork on wine... the second time. no pressure either in or out of the bottle. the only bottle i've ever popped without a hiss what so ever. pour is the color of black currant juice... a dark dark reddish blue. although it was quite translucent. nose was wood the wonderful blending of currant. an herbal note of something meaty in the nose. funk like that of brie cheese skin and a bloody fruit. i can't believe i'm saying this but black forest ham or sorts. the taste of asparagus but in the small... if that even makes sense. palate falls short. it was very much so just an intense amount of tart and black currant flavor. there was some mineral wood interaction with the fruit that gives it a food palatable quality, but it was quite subtle. overall i would only have this if you're eating some sort of exquisitely cooked fish. seems like it would go well with a lemon butter sauce and aspargus.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 07:00:30 | More by rtepiak
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A: Beautiful, deep reddish-purple body. Only the slightest ring of bubbles which appears to have been more from the turbulence of the pour rather than from its actual carbonation. No lacing. Has the appearance of a nice shiraz.

S: Delicious sweet and tart currants. Nice vinous qualities as well as some oak. Nice musty funk.

T: Like the nose this one definitely has a nice funkiness to it. The currants are a little more subdued and the vinous qualities are a little more expressive here. Nice tartness.

M: Basically still. Has the feel of a nice bold wine, which while pleasant, isn't quite what I'd like here. Nice tartness in the finish.

D: A very nice, and different lambic with the use of the currants. Not something I'd revisit regularly, but certainly worth a taste every few months or so.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 19:13:45 | More by callmemickey
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:41:35 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Docer


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle snagged by a buddy of mine at the beermongers... cork removed without much of a sound...

- Cloudy currants... like a pinot... light fizz... bit of a ring... low carbonation....

- Funky horse blanket.. sour tart currants... oak, earthy... meaty....

- Slight earthy funk... horse blanket, leather... rawhide.. little dirt and farm manure... slight currants... oaky woody notes for sure.. but way funky. A little more funky than I like.

- Thin, and dry like gin....

- Overall not a big fan... a little more funk than sour... certainly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 23:10:42 | More by Docer
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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from TJ's Everyday split with Oglmcdgl and Scott.

A- Plum red with some dark berries in between. Out of the bottle and into the tulip, it was pretty apparent that this was flat or dead if you will. Just some large bubbles from the journey that faded into a dead calm. No lacing.

S- A very sour and berry forward beer. Oak in the back of a sour bomb basically. Not picking up any vanilla from the oak which is nice.

T- These guys really know how to work their barrels. My god this is sour, in a good way, I likes em like that. Curants and berry juice with a sour twang with oak in the middle finishing tart, not very malty, not really sweet.

M- Dead on the mouth and sour on the tounge.

D- I could use a few bubbles but most of what I had from this brewery has been like that so I guess that's what they are going for. For me though it kind of kills the need to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 13:50:53 | More by BARFLYB
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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle split with oni1agr, and scott for tj's. Thanks scott for the hook up.

A- pour still water flat and deep red purple in color.

S- tart and funky with a lead on the funk. Sour fruits and a mild sweetness.

T- super sour and funky. Loads of tart fruit, currants and lemon zest. Lots oak old wet wood and hay.

M- flat as marla the first girl I ever made out with. Less then medium in body with a huge pucker.

D- this is an interesting brew and I do mean it. Not a beer for everyone but if you like em sour you might get down on this funky jive.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 04:13:30 | More by oglmcdgl
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3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:18:19 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of hooliganlife


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 01:08:39 | More by hooliganlife
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4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
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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4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Ruby, bordering on purple. No head whatsoever (ok for a lambic). and slightly murky.

S-wet oak. Barnyard, some stomach acid. light currant aroma. No hops.

T-TART! Between the brett, bacteria, and fruit this is heartburn in a glass. Nice fruit flavor. Slight oak astringency. Some fruit pit nuttiness.

M-Bone dry. No carbonation. Tart! No alcohol burn. Slight astringency from the oak

D-Great for the super hot, muggy day that it is. It is on the tart/sour side of lamibics but that's ok. Just know that going in.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:22:06 | More by organicbrewer
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ditmier cracked this gem at his house over the weekend... Thanks again Buddy!! I doubted I would ever have a chance to try this one.

Pours deep red with a definite orange hue.. No real head at all...

Tons of fruit and funk... smells pretty tannic.. currants run pretty deep and thick and a hefty blast of oak is there too... an acetic string runs through the nose throughout.

Flavor is a very tannic blast of bitter fruit skins and oak .... currants and hints of good balsamic add an illusion of sweetness, but really this is dry all the way through and then lactic notes suck the saliva from your cheeks on the finish .. dark cherries show on later pours... with warmth a perceived sweetness does really deliver and helps tie some of the stripping astringency together... also some bretty dank barnyard hay also shows.

Bubbles are few and far between... but they are there... more carbonation may have helped me wrap my palate around this one. A real thinker and a definite sipper... I had more than my fair share just out of the 375.

Man... I would love to score one of these to lay down for a year or two... Damn... on to the wants list you go.

Very interesting brew... you're a cool cat amigo... appreciated.


Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 08:17:18 | More by JohnGalt1
Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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