Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 218
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnQVegas on 03-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with black currants and matured in oak barrels.
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Photo of mwa423
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
2.31/5  rDev -37.6%
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 (275 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
1.29/5  rDev -65.1%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,321 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.34/5  rDev -63.8%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of JBIII
1.79/5  rDev -51.6%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of muttyd
4.12/5  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. (617 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.42/5  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. (550 characters)

Photo of nniicckkww
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
2.96/5  rDev -20%
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... (685 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of berkey
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of nas5755
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010:375ml

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. (813 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  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. (809 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (886 characters)

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