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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%


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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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:42:41 | More by metter98
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jsanford

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

375ml bottle poured into a Tumbler.

Pours a still burgundy-red with some very slight bubbles around the edges. Big, funky aromas of tart berry, jam, funky cheese, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Tart and funky flavors follow over from the nose, lots of currant, oak, and cheese. Gnarly sour, but surprisingly not as intense as I expected. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a fairly thin body, borderline watery really, with zero carbonation and a puckering, mouth-drying finish. I know it's supposed to be flat, but I'd kill for a few bubbles in the Hanssens beers. Overall it delivers on the "Sour" promise, but not like I expected. Underwhelming, watery, and a bit bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:29:05 | More by jsanford
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 23:11:11 | More by MasterSki
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ehammond1


2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:50:36 | More by ehammond1
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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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Lindemans lambic glass (not the ideal way of sampling this one). Experimental Cassis pours a dark maroon topped with a thin wisp of salmon.

S: Great complexity on the nose. I detected aromas of cream, vanilla, currants, blackberries, and raspberries.

T: A surprisingly delicate entry gives way to flavors of elderberries, currants, blackberries, black raspberries, must, cream, pomegranate, and vinegar. Finish is rounded and layered with notes of dark fruit, must, salty brine, and vinegar.

M: Full-bodied compared to most Belgian lambics. Surpringly smooth, almost creamy feeling with some weight to it.

O: This is probably the most authentic cassis lambic I've run across. It's exactly what I have come to expect from Hanssens-an honest, authentic lambic that does not try in the least to appeal to anyone who is not a serious enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 15:49:46 | More by mrfrancis
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle.

No pop from the cork and a stretch-pour kicked up only a few large bubbles on the surface. Ugh, a $14 flat beer. Dark purple, murky body with a placid surface and zero lacework for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with soured dark fruits and heavy barnyard. Currants, goats breath, horse blanket, fecal matter, and diaper.

Light bodied with a flat mouthfeel and a bit watery. Thinnish and dull.

Tart currants with lemon-spritzed hay start the palate. A moderate amount of bright acid pulls through along with hints of raspberries and grapeskins.

Finishes with lingering sour fruit, oaky tannins, and a crisp tartness.

Very tasty beer. The currants are more subdued than I had hoped but I'm sure the lack of any carbonation doesn't help.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:53:22 | More by brewandbbq
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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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metal850

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: No head even with a strong pour, color is deep red with pink highlights.

S: It reeks in a good way, horse sweat and damp basement a bit of acetic sourness, along with a great wine barrel smell from the combination of oak and grapes.

T: Taste like a sweeter fruitier version of what it smells, although not as strong.

M: No carb and a little thin, disappointing.

O: Would be a good lambic if it had any carb.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 22:13:17 | More by metal850
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zaphodchak

Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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?

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:19:09 | More by zaphodchak
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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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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 20:30:33 | More by tempest
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DosBeerigos

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 14:29:56 | More by DosBeerigos
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mwa423

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 00:15:01 | More by Urbancaver
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beachbum1975

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a midly cloudy blood red with grapefruit mixed. Head retention doesn't last long.

Smells like dog shit. Sorry, I wish I had finer words to describe this beer, but I really don't. Nasty like a basement with mustiness and mold and old growth. Astringency.

Flat mouthfeel. Taste reflects the nose.

Hated the body on this one, but I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 00:14:46 | More by beachbum1975
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brew3crew

Ohio

1.3/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 00:14:36 | More by brew3crew
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Patrick999

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lambic pours still, and looks as mysteriously purple as acai juice. Opaque purple. A sinister-looking "beer" that could hold its own appearance-wise with some wines.

Holy crap, that *smells* sour. I know Experimental Raspberry was incredibly sour and funky, so this isn't that surprising to me. This seems to smell less funky than the framboise, though - it just has that nose-curling sour aroma and a lot of currant. Almost a little aroma I can only describe as flowery, as it warms.

Yup, the level of sour is high here, but not as much so as the Raspberry. The sour currant flavors and wood are still very puckering. Some vinegar, but mostly sour currants. Unlike some fruit lambics, the fruit actually does come through loud and clear here. It's not so austere dry/sour/funky that you can't really distinguish the fruit, this is certainly cassis you're tasting.

Limp, smooth mouthfeel, what you'd expect from a still lambic.

Less complicated than the Experimental Raspberry, but still one that requires some contemplation and patience. If anything, I'm slightly disappointed that this doesn't seem to have as much of the crazy signature Hanssens funk. Still, this brewery is known for its uncompromising balls-to-the-wall lambics, and this isn't an exception. I am enjoying it, though I am doing so slowly.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:31:05 | More by Patrick999
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olympuszymurgus

California

1.35/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

1.73/5  rDev -53%
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
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Beerenauslese

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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
Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.