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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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83
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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.39%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

mlklein27, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +15%
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 Unchi
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Unchi, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

LoveStout, Dec 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

tom10101, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

acurtis, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

MCImes, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was quite pleased to find bottles of this at Bier Station--they pulled out some of their cellared beers for a New Belgium Accumulation KC tapping party that also was offering bottles of Le Terroir and La Folie. So, sort of a sour beer theme, I suppose (albeit strange to connect the sour beers to a white IPA tapping). But i digress... Enjoyed out of a 375 mL green C&C bottle and poured into a narrow Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. No dating to be found, but the label is notched with "lotnr C". Based on the scant info that I could find online, this bottle is likely 2-3 years old. Or not--that's just a stab in the dark.

Appearance - Further suspicion of the age is confirmed when the pour reveals a line of dark sediment lengthwise down the bottle. Clearly has some age, as well as some time being stored on it's side. I had this one upright for a good two weeks before opening. Anyway, moving on to the appearance in the glass. The pour yields an apologetic half finger of bubbly froth at the top of the glass that further suggests a bit of age to this bottle. I hesitate to call it 'head'. It's the color of purple-twinged parchment. Body is very beautiful, however, a deep amethyst jewel color with hints of reddish purple.

Smell - Dominated by the woody characteristic of the oak barrels along with a lightly tart and acidic fruitiness from the black currant. There are some almost wine-like tannin characteristics, as well as notes of pinot and syrah grapes. The acidity is sufficient to give my olfactory nerves that exciting pinch of anticipation of a sour beer.

Taste - Almost delivering on the promise of the smell, this is predominantly oak and currant. There is a wonderfully puckering element, but it's faint, and then a dry finish. As it warms, it becomes a little more lactic and sour. But it never rises to that level of pucker that I really like in a nice fruit lambic. This one is more on the sweet side, but not as sweet as what I expected based on what I'd heard about Hanssens.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, I thought this was a quality fruit lambic and one that let the currant and barrel shine through. The only drawback is that I think I can find pretty comparable fruit lambics and sour beers for less than $15 for a single serving beer. Glad to have sampled it once.

LambicPentameter, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

IPAIsaac, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

stealth, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of kindacold
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review:

Pours beautiful red with murky brown colors, no head. Beautiful.

Smells very sour. Vinegar, oak, fruit. Outstanding!

Tastes very complex. Of course starts with vinegar and oak. Currants follow, with some pepper and spiciness. There is a distinct bitterness throughout, but it balances with the tartness and sour flavors. Subtle meat flavor at finish.

Feels very dry and light bodied.

Love this beer.

kindacold, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

LambicKing, Aug 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

MNBeer1017, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Zach136, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

ib21, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jkane101, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

WOLFGANG, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DonFrap, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jaxon53, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

cacostaj, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

thewimperoo, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

chinchill, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, from a basket into a Fantôme tulip. Thanks, Tony! I believe this is the only bottled Hanssens offering that I haven't already ticked. Very excited.

A: Opaque maroon body with a thin cap of light purple bubbles that settles into a persistent ring. Light lace. Ok, but nothing memorable.

S: Um...smells like nice, traditional cow manure. Once I get beyond the shit, it's got some lovely jammy currant notes as well as tons of straight lemony acidity. Crazy, and I'm rather ashamed to admit that in this context I actually love it. Only Hanssens, only Hanssens...

T: Tons of juicy currant up front, with bright acidity and some nice earthy funk behind. Cleanly sour finish. Beautiful, and (for better or worse) entirely devoid of the...interesting...aromatics. Great tasting fruit Lambic, plain and simple.

M: Quite flat, slick medium body. Not great, but acceptable.

O: What can I say? Hanssens consistently makes the most offensively delicious, the most delectably obnoxious beers I've ever had. There's something comforting about that, don't you think?

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

marct, May 25, 2013
Photo of jcurtis55
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this one for a few months and decided to pull it out today, as I was in the mood for a sour beer. And it's definitely sour. Drank it in my Sam Adams beer glass.

Appearance: A rich looking brown with just some red-plum tones. No head whatsover, as there is very little carbonation. Just a few bubbles on the side of the glass. Still, a very attractive beer.

Smell: Funk. No over the top vinegar, but primarily sour. The dark currants don't seem to be present in the aroma.

Taste: Still primarily sour, but the currants are there at the back. Definitely closer to a straight funky lambic, rather than a fruit lambic. I don't find this overly sour, but then again, I really like sours.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. Doesn't cling to the glass or your mouth.

Overall: A good but not great lambic. It's not going to convert any non-sour drinkers but pleasant enough if you enjoy your beer on the funky side. There is no date on the bottle, so I don't know the age of the beer. I would definitely drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it like I would a Cantillon.

jcurtis55, May 09, 2013
Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.