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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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83
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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | 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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AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

03-15-2013 23:26:58 | More by AmitC
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-09-2013 22:41:42 | More by spycow
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JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

02-17-2013 22:53:18 | More by JohnQVD
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

375ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark magenta color with a tiny bit of light purple lacing.

S: Intensely funky aroma. Rotted wood, wet hay, lots of horseyness from the brett, light lactic notes and currant fruitiness.

T: Brett is equally as expressive in the taste. Very gamey, lactic and pedio acidity, very mild currant fruitiness (almost not there).

M: Medium-bodied, very light carbonation.

O: More carbonation would be good, as well as a little more balance in the bugs department. The brett is a bit overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:41:37 | More by Etan
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

02-13-2013 19:39:11 | More by xdefeatsy
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

01-24-2013 13:23:25 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-11-2013 20:00:41 | More by Thorpe429
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

12-02-2012 15:13:47 | More by Hugonaut13
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-01-2012 19:37:41 | More by mothman
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 16:53:45 | More by stakem
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shigg85

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-01-2012 15:38:48 | More by shigg85
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Myst

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-22-2012 22:27:01 | More by Myst
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wd40

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually refrained from reviewing this beer thinking that I had received a bad bottle with no carbonation. After reading a few reviews I realize that a lot of people had this problem! The beer was actually very good despite the lack of carbonation. I hope Hanssens will brew this again and fix whatever went wrong in the process that so many of us got bottles with little to no carbonation. It was a very nice and refreshing beer with some definite potential.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 04:06:58 | More by wd40
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage 375 ml pours a clear red color with little to no head and no collar.

Nose is cantillon sour with a serious raspberry notes. Wonderful and totally awesome!!

Taste is one-dimensionally good. Man, the berry tartness is unbelievable and the roundness of the flavors are super. The mouthfeel is great and the beer even better. This is one of the best sours I have had recently. Mouthfeel - great. Flavor-subtle. Sourness factor- medium. I don’t know if ageing had something to do with it, but it is a tasty beverage fo sho!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 03:31:04 | More by twiggamortis420
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-10-2012 03:17:10 | More by t0rin0
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

09-29-2012 03:49:23 | More by st9647v3
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RandyKemka

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

09-29-2012 03:49:09 | More by RandyKemka
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is basically still. Radiant orange hued and pretty hazy. The aroma offers tart raspberries, funk. Very acetic. Berry presence is there, with a bit of vinegar in the finish. Tartness gains intensity as I progress through the beer. Lacking the complexity and depth found in my favorite raspberry lambics. Light in body and devoid of carbonation. Overall, this was ok, but I don't see myself purchasing this again, especially with the high price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:32:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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brystmar

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot B, thanks Denise!

Deep purple body, minimal pinkish head. Aroma seems off: sulfuric fault is reminiscent of the scrambled eggs I had at brunch. Covers up almost everything else here, pretty lackluster so far.

Hearty currants dominate the taste; mild egg whites carry over from the aroma as well. Yeast imparts bitterness. Crisp tartness towards the end, and although the fruity character has depth it doesn't grab me the way other fruited lambics have in the past. Still, the taste is the best part of the experience -- and that's what *should* shine, right?

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 18:41:53 | More by brystmar
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-15-2012 14:34:43 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-13-2012 04:49:43 | More by TheBishopco
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polishkaz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9%

07-20-2012 01:16:50 | More by polishkaz
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Experimental Cassis
Style: Lambic - Fruit
ABV: 6.00 %

LOOK: Corked and caged. Opens with a decent pop. Pours a bright pinkish red color, just a ring of small bubbles around the glass other than that really no head. The final pour made the beer a bit cloudy.

SMELL: Funk, vinegar, shoe polish, feet, leather and berry are all there in full force. The scent is so strong when the bottle was opened it filled the room.

TASTE: Upfront straight acetic sour, and pretty much remains sour. It is wine like, with a small berry presence. Lemon, warheads candy, earthy oak, white wine vinegar, and a touch of alcohol that is more felt than tasted. Unripe berries in the finish with some funk that sticks to the palate.

FEEL: Light bodied, with a very soft, low carbonation level. Has enough life to it to carry the beer. Delicate carbonation like a very well aged sparkling wine. Soggy wood, berry wine and drying tannins round out the finish.

OVERALL: Hanssens Experimental Cassis is a traditional lambic beer with the intense sourness that is now coveted by extreme beer fans in the states. Has a good depth of flavor and a sharp dryness. Mellow feel but the flavors the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 15:12:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | 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, unfortunately, is a letdown. the funky and yeast are there with the currants, but just over the top tart/sour and vinegary; very dry. not enjoying this one. medium bodied mouthfeel with virtually zero carbonation.

the long and short of this one is it's just not for me... $14 down the drain, pretty literally. will not buy again.

(originally reviewed: 05-16-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:34:46 | More by BostonHops
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle from Wilburs in Ft. Collins, around $10. Into an old school NB Globe. Lot #B.

A: Pours a nice deep red verging on purple color. An aggressive pour yields a light pink head with practically no head retention. Nice clarity.

S: Straight up acetone, not much else going on. Slight amount of funk, and a little fruity, but for the most part this smells like fingernail polish remover.

T: Much better than the nose leads on, still a fair amount of acetone on the tongue but a lot more currant flavor. Tart berries, sour lemons, and a bit of oak barrel combine for a flavorful lambic, but it is a bit lacking. The sour is definitely there, would like a little more funk though.

M: Just a small amount of carbonation, nice amount of lacto to make the spit a little thicker. Finish is nice and dry. Not too bad.

O: If the acetone were knocked back a touch and the fruit flavor brought to the forefront, I think this would be a much more enjoyable beer. Still a good beer, I wish there were more cassis out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 22:10:50 | More by pokesbeerdude
Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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