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Hanssens Experimental Cassis - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 16
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

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?

brystmar, Sep 03, 2012
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TheBishopco, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +9.3%

polishkaz, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%

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)

BostonHops, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

pokesbeerdude, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of kiki3drt292
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

kiki3drt292, May 31, 2012
Photo of DoctorB2B
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DoctorB2B, May 27, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

jmarsh123, May 25, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

ArrogantB, May 21, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

djrn2, May 03, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

chrispoint, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

brez8791, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

russwbeck, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of EROCK75
4/5  rDev +9.3%

EROCK75, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of KevdoggNasty
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of KnightRider
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

KnightRider, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

CelticAleMan, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

xnicknj, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of koko2315
3/5  rDev -18%

koko2315, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%

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!

DCon, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of dasmusik
4/5  rDev +9.3%

dasmusik, Feb 19, 2012
Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.