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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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-31-2012 20:27:17 | More by kiki3drt292
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-27-2012 04:06:28 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of jmarsh123


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky purple with no head or lacing.

Smells of grapes and sour musty brett. Pretty good aroma.

Lots of wine like flavors. Tannins, tart berries and a little bit of bretty mustiness. Finishes with a dry tartness. Tart, but not overly sour.

As with everything else Hanssens almost completely lacking carbonation although mouthfeel is good.

Some good flavors here. I just wish Hanssens would have some semblance of carbonation. Probably the best of theirs I've had although it could still be better.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 23:53:24 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of ArrogantB


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

375ml bottle that I paid the outrageous sum of $16 for the pleasure of sampling this crazy lambic. I normally wouldn't pay so much but I really wanted to try this one. Dark reddish-purple color, minimal bubbles. Smell is funky like manure and fruit.Flavor is slightly sour and has a pretty robust fruit flavor that almost reminds me of blackberries. I have no experience with black currants so this is the closest thing I can reference. Overall this is a good fruit lambic but given the cost this will be my only bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 03:19:21 | More by ArrogantB
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-03-2012 18:09:51 | More by djrn2
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-11-2012 05:25:34 | More by chrispoint
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-08-2012 23:14:08 | More by brez8791
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours out of the bottle a deep red with an amazing lack of head. No bubbles foam up, nothing. The color is really nice, but there's nothing else there.

S: Pretty focused on the sour, funky side of the Lambic style. The Black Currants are definitely noted where I typically like the cherries to be, but don't do enough to balance the aroma. Oak barrel aging is also noted without a doubt. Nice and tart, but not a whole lot else.

T: The taste is certainly much more balanced than I expected, but is still a bit light. A really nice tart sour character with the fruitiness to back it up and curb the oakiness I was expecting. It's goes down tart, with a fruity albeit watered down middle, and a dry oaky finish.

MF: Very light body completely void of carbonation. The finish is pretty clean, but I wish it had some bit of carbonation. The drinkability is not hit, however, which is a true testament to how well this was crafted.

O: I really liked this, but I wanted it to be a little better. Nice Lambic, but probably not worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:03:57 | More by russwbeck
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4/5  rDev +9%

04-02-2012 15:34:31 | More by EROCK75
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-28-2012 05:38:24 | More by KevdoggNasty
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-28-2012 03:20:53 | More by KnightRider
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-17-2012 06:00:00 | More by CelticAleMan
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2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lotnr B.

Pours a murky dark cranberry juice color with no head and no lace. There is some sediment floating around in the beer after the pour into the glass. Smell is of balsalmic vinegar and a sour/tart black currants. Taste is of watery balsalmic vinegar, watery and mildly sour black currant juice, and an off cork-like flavor on the finish. This beer has no carbonation with a super flat mouthfeel. I was expecting this when the cork came out without even the slightest pop. Overall, this just isn't a very good beer for many reasons but it is definitely much better than the Oudbeitje Lambic of theirs. That isn't saying much however.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 04:06:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to cjo

Pours a hazy bright cherry color with some pinkish hues. Head is pretty nonexistent, minus a few wisps of bubbled film around the collar.

Fairly sour and acidic in the nose with some oaky tannins. Tart cherries are prevalent with some wet funkiness.

Pretty intensely sour up front with a load of liquid sour cherry flavor. Some funkiness lurks underneath the lactic sourness. Finishes with a lingering, intense dry sourness that grips the tongue for a while after swallowing.

Medium body, nearly completely flat, lingering and dry on the tongue. This has a nice sour cherry flavor going on but I don't get why these Hanssens lambics are flat so often.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 00:42:53 | More by xnicknj
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-11-2012 01:20:09 | More by koko2315
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4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12.7 FL OZ bottle of this @ The Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $14. Poured from the Scroll looking label w/ Pink writing & outlining into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has lotnr: H stamped off on the side.

Aroma- Has a big time "stinky" aroma including big time barnyard and a "horse blanket" attribute I've found in many of these. An unknown fruit aroma is blended but definitely compliments all of the sour notes nicely. Well planned out aroma!

Appearance- Pours almost no head at all and same goes for the non-lace finish. Has the darkest red/light-medium brown colored body that has good clarity but deep.

Flavor- Black currants are the main attraction here! A very ripe and dark cherry/sour berry flavor comes in next. Most acidic brew I may have ever tasted! High barnyard level and has a bit of oak in the finish. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, HIGHEST carbonation level, Puckers the mouth big time, and finishes tart with berries and a taste never enjoyed before. You have to have this yourself!

Overall Impression- While finding that after each drink, it made my mouth water and pucker up, I would have to say they did a fantastic job of aging and making this one of their most complexed brews! May be one of my favorite sours this month so far! Pick up a 12.7oz bottle and share if your not brave enough to take on this type of brew. For me, this was spot on!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:13:24 | More by DCon
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4/5  rDev +9%

02-19-2012 16:52:32 | More by dasmusik
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4/5  rDev +9%

02-18-2012 23:18:29 | More by jfcaa193
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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A No head as its poured into a Hill Farmstead Wine glass. Red hazy raspberry colored body.

S acidic and sweet nose. Sweet and tart berries are hiding behind the acidity

T Sweet and tart off the bat with the tartness really comming through in the middle to the finish. Mainly getting acidic tastes with some sweetness. The currents can be tasted, but muted.

M Unfortunately this is flat as a pancake. Medium bodied feel that otherwise feels pretty nice, but lack of carbonation isn't helping at all.

O Decent tasting stuff but the carbonation really killed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:49:54 | More by Gushue3
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear ruby red with absolutely no head whatsoever. There is no visible carbonation and no lacing present on the glass.

S: The aroma of this beer is very offputting, pungent, and slightly unpleasant. There is a certain sour mustiness to aroma which is very intense but not altogether enjoyable.

T: The flavors of this beer are also slightly unpleasant with hints of vinegar, sour, musty, and slightly metallic.

M: Light bodied with very little carbonation and a little bit of tongue puckering caused by the flavors.

O: This beer reminds me of aromatic cheeses which are something that I really enjoy but this is not a beer that I would want to sample again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:35:54 | More by dbrauneis
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

01-29-2012 02:11:12 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-28-2012 17:56:27 | More by pperez38
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-22-2012 16:47:25 | More by lpotter
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3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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
Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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