Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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196 Ratings
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale brewed with black currants and matured in oak barrels.

(Beer added by: JohnQVegas on 03-01-2009)
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Etan
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of wd40
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of brystmar
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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?

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of BostonHops
2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
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)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.