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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 09-24-2009

Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.
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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 105
Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #4 from Khazadum, with the text: "I hope by now you've forgiven me. This should make up for it..."

Corked and caged bottle, snifter/flute/tulip glassware recommendation... I shudder and instinctively head to the sink to open this one. Luckily the cage has the consumer in mind and actually wants to come off, and the bottle doesn't do it's best baking soda volcano impression. Phew. Into the Cantillon wine glass again.

A - I can't really say I've had a beer this color before. It's a dark, deep red, but has a cool sunburst of orange and brown to it as well. It's absolutely and completely still; I didn't get even the faintest hint of a head here. Likewise, no lacing here as a result. It sort of looks like apple cider with more red to it. Based on the appearance alone I'm narrowing this down to a lambic or gueuze (not really a bold statement.) (3.5/5)

S - I take a half-whiff and immediately change my guess to a gueuze. This is really damn sour and funky. Like, if you rode your horse 15 miles to visit your closest neighbor, that wouldn't come close to the barnyard farmhouse country I'm getting here. Lots of lemon and tart cherry and raspberries, and that sort of weird feet smell you somehow think of. My nose is puckering much like I anticipate my mouth will be. (4.5/5)

T - Yep, that's pretty damn sour. Surprisingly I'm getting a little bit of malt as well, but there's a good amount of Bretty yeast ready to take over soon thereafter. The lemon, citrus, and cherries bring a lot of the flavor, along with the souring bugs that made themselves at home in this beer. Again, very musty and has a damp characteristic to it. (4/5)

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with almost no carbonation. I can see some bubbles sticking to the glass, but am not getting much in the mouth. Not incredibly dry, but has a crisp finish that's somewhat smooth. I can definitely feel the sides and corners of my mouth pucker long after this is gone. (4/5)

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I find it hard to rate the drinkability of lambics and gueuzes as a little bit goes a long way, but I really enjoyed drinking this one. The flavors are balanced but it still gives off a strong sour vibe. I'm digging this. (4/5)

I'm going to stick with my gut and pick gueuze for this. No idea on the brewery.

The reveal: Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry. Again I'm surprised here. I did mention the slight raspberry in the taste but wouldn't have pegged this for a framboise.

Both of the lambics I had today totally eluded me on their 'primary' fruit components, so either they are more faint than I would've expected or I need to drink more lambics...

It seems Khazadum picked up on the fact that I'm slowly trying to break into sours, and he kicked my ass off the cliff in that regard so far!

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
1.81/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

No pop from the cork. Raspberry red color with a really hard pour for a thin, quickly dying head.

Smells of industrial cleaner(i'm pretty sure this would eat through paint), fingernail polish remover(the rose' kind), leather, cherry red fruit, animal musk.

Puckering raspberry vinegar acidity. Earthy, leathery, unicorn blood, cherub sweat, musky, cherry, with a peppery spice finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and without carbonation.

Drinkability? I wouldn't really recommend it. It's intensely sour and unforgiving, even for a sour lover. But if you try it, you won't forget it.

Edit: Upon trying this beer a second time i've had to update my score and note that this beer is actually painful to drink. It feels like it's eating my esophagus and trying to burn its way out of my stomach. Acidic isn't even a fair descriptor. This beer is a true lost soul.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for sharing this one!

A: No pop on the cork at all, a sign of things to come for sure. Pours a hazy red with some orange highlights, no head or lacing.

S: Very acidic and tart, there is some raspberry and strawberry mixed in. Slightly medicinal, but extremely tart and vinegary.

T: Again, extremely tart and acidic. The fruit comes through a bit, a blend of raspberry and strawberry, but lots of vinegar, probably the most I have encountered in a beer so far.

M: No carbonation. I really like tart/sour beers, but this one is a struggle.

O: I liked it more than Shane who dumped his glass, but it was a struggle to get through. Would try it again if Hanssens bottles weren't so expensive.

Photo of augustgarage
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a caged-and-corked 375mL green-glass bottle into my Drie de Fonteinen tumbler.

Despite a vigorous pour, there is no real head formation let alone retention. No lacing, no legs. Hazy coquelicot liquid is very pretty.

Potent wild yeast - the nose is full of funk. Vinuous oaky aromatics with fermenting (rather than fresh) raspberries. Attics, cellars, and badger sweat.

Red-wine vinegar, berry coulis, faint honey, goat-buttermilk, and lemon zest on the palate. More oak comes out in the finish, suggesting the ghosts of zinfandel, toast, and rainwater. Vinegar comes to the front as the beer warms.

A bit too slick, and quite astringent, though the low levels of carbonation work well here.

Has the funk of a well aged lambic without sacrificing the fruit (which usually fades tremendously after age sufficient to bring out the wild notes present here) - though the oak introduces further vinuous qualities which interfere with the pure flavors of a more traditional framboise. Not cheap, but worth trying.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to schen9303 for this one. 2010 vintage. Poured from a 12.7oz. corked and caged bottle into a Brooklyn brewery snifter.

A: Cork opens without a sound. Standard pour yields a single layer of coarse, white bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a stunningly attractive clear red. No head retention and no lacing. I'd make this mark lower, but the color is just incredible.

S: Nose is funky as can be. Moldy cheese with significant wet straw, cobwebs, wood, and pure raspberry puree. Very pungent and aromatic. Possibly one of the most funkalicious fruit lambics I've smelt in a while.

T: Opens raspberry puree sweetness that turns sour very quickly. Increasingly sour towards the middle and intensifying further towards the end. A bit of vinegar peeks over right before the finish which is drying and seems to suck all the moisture from my mouth, cheeks, and teeth. Aftertaste is more of the same lingering, intensely sour raspberry fruit and seeds. An overwhelming beer to be sure but not the most complex

M: Light to medium bodied and a bit watery in the mouth. Completely still with absolutely no bubbles. Smooth going down and very dry and spicy towards the finish which is puckering. Aftertaste lingers. Feel is pretty on point given the style and although it doesn't serve the appearance well, I actually appreciate the flatness here.

D: A solid slightly better than middle-of-the-road fruit lambic here. There's not a whole lot of complexity and besides the color of the beer, its not much to actually look at. But the feel is impressive and it has potential to develop in my opinion. Worth revisiting at some point with some age on it.

Photo of Keith_R
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazy, a blend between yellow from the malts and purple from the raspberries. No head to be seen.

S- smells very sour, only the slightest hint of berries afterwards.

T- This may be one of the more sour beers I have have from Hanssens. First a slight hint of the raspberries, then the rush of the lactic acid as it goes to the back of the tongue. Honestly reminds me of the syrup from slushies I used to drink as a kid.

M- very thin, drinks like a white wine.

O- A very enjoyable lambic, the fruit is not as present as found in other Hanssens varieties such as their Kreiks, but holds it's own in the sour department.

Photo of trappistlover
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(375ml bottle). Pours a hazy red/pink color with no head. Looks almost like juice. Aroma is raspberry, some funk and wood. Taste follows suit, but with a little more sweetness and as the beer warms becomes much more sour and quite vinegary.. Thin to medium bodied. Finish is dry. Not quite the beer I expected, but it is tasty

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weak pop from the cork, no bubbles in the bottle. Poured from a height of six inches to generate some foam. Large juice-like bubbles formed and dissipated after a couple minutes, leaving a minimal ring at the edge and a ghostly wisp of cobweb shaped skim across the surface. Sitting in the glass it looks like blood red cherry juice.

Holy acetobacter! Super acetic vinegary nose. Perceptible from a few feet away. Definite seedy raspberry aroma too, almost like a raspberry vinaigrette. Musty oak as it warms to room temperature. Traditional Hanssens lambic funk is lurking at the edges. Odd yet appealing.

Vinous, also very tart and vinegary, it puckers the cheeks and is felt on the sides of the tongue. Raspberry and a tidal wave of vinegar sourness. The drinkability takes a slight hit, and it could definitely use a few bubbles (though unblended lambic is traditionally flat, which this is). Otherwise it's interesting to try, and i'll be looking for future incarnations down the road.

Photo of blaheath
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled Experimental Raspberry but I believe that this is also known as Frambozenlambik.

Pour is a deep red with no head. Aroma is intense and complex with notes of raspberry, must, leather, horseblanket, and paint thinner. The taste is complex, highly acidic/acetic, ever changing, sweet raspberry, extremely sour, borderline undrinkable, with a spicy finish.

Edit: After trying this again, I think that this beer should be recalled and destroyed.

You will not forget this beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a reddish color lambic with almost no carbonation or foamy head. Aroma of sour raspberry with light notes of sweetness with medium barnyard notes is interesting and not as extreme as the cassis version. Taste is a refreshing mix between some tart raspberry notes with balanced sourness and some barnyard notes. Body is about average with almost no carbonation which was expected. This one is drinking very nice with a lot more balanced then the cassis version.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green cork and caged bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
Lotnr: A notched on the label.

A - Hazed-over pink amber in color, this Hanssen's pours as flat as tap water. Seems to me the carbonation is virtually forced from it. This could be one sour mother-cruncher! Loose bubbles cling around the edge.

S - Straight-up armpit funk with notes of goaty barnyard and wet straw, the sharp acid aroma is as biting and assaulting as they come. Hints of fresh raspberry and dried oak come though along the finish.

T - Wild yeast flavor with a hint of raspberry and oak but very little beyond that gives this Hanssen's a disappointing and thin flavor profile.

M - Expect a flailing kick to the face with sour power and big acidity. The lactic, tart finish is complete with super dryness that'll pucker even the tightest butthole.

O - Hey, it's no Riserva 2010, but damn is this beer sour. Acidic to the max, there's a good bacteria involvement and bold funk, but little beyond that to make the price tag worth it.

Photo of musicforairports
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours red/brown, hazy, zero bubbles or head of any kind.

Smells like vinegar, with some deeper, non-sweet berry flavors beneath.

Taste is similar--very tart and sour, with a sour fruitiness that is almost too tart and past-ripe. It's like old berries decayed in this beer. The complete lack of carbonation makes this taste like a juice/vinegar combo.

Mouthfeel is fine, though a bit of carbonation would be nice.

I'm not super well versed in lambics, but I've had a few and I find this one really tough to drink.

Photo of peabody
4.48/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pink is spectacular here. The smallest bubbles I have ever seen. This appearance is def. a 5.
Smell is sour berry and berry skin with sugar cherry wafers. The malt is wonderful here.
Taste is cherry/raspberry and I mean a real strong sour berry flavor. Then the sugar comes in just barely coming into play.
Sour wins.
Mouthfeel is sticky for sure. As sour as this is, there is a lot of sugar making this very sticky.
Drinkability is only as good as the availability of this beer.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute. Pours a bright orange amber. Absolutely no carbonation or head. Aroma of sour fruit and light vinegar. Taste follows, sour raspberry juice and mild funk, finishes sour and acidic. Thin to moderate body and slight mouthfeel due to lack of carbonation. Not very complex; a straightforward sour fruit lambic.

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a kaleidoscope of light colored yellow, orange and reddish hues and poured with no head. It is slightly hazy and has very slight hints of carbonation.
S: There are pungent aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: This beer is an assault on your tongue because it is so sour and acidic—the strength of the acidity is akin to that in the juice in a jar of pickles. Flavors of vinegar, oak and yeast are also present, but the raspberry flavors are barely perceptible. The finish resembles a sweaty locker room.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very interesting but the sourness is a big punch in your face. If you’re not sure if you’ll like sour beers, this is definitely not an entry-level beer to start with. Pairing this with salty food such as pretzels helps to cut through the acidity.

Photo of ShanePB
2.01/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

375 ml bottle
Served into a snifter

A: Hazy orange/ruby red colored body without any bit of activity by looking at it. The cork made no sound and there's no head forming at all. Retention and lacing does not exist.

S: Big tart and acidic fruit notes; raspberry, strawberry and a medicinal quality to some of the fruitiness. Vinegary, oak and some nail polish remover? Oh boy, I think I know where this one is headed.

T: Yeah, more of the same. Big solvent, acidic notes with a subtle fruit component. The raspberry flavor is here but it's overwhelmed by how harsh the vinegary notes are. A completely unbalanced flavor profile, one-dimensional that leaves the fruit hanging out in the back.

M: Absolutely flat. Not surprising but surely is a disappointment. Enamel ripping, just a bad overall impression in this area.

Matt and I went into this beer with an open mind despite the less than stellar reviews. The lack of carbonation really destroyed what could have been an OK fruit lambic. I'm quite glad this was just an "experiment." Not recommended - drain poured!

Photo of megahurts4
4.39/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry

From lot A

Appearance: rosé colored, no head, and almost no lacing.

Smell: raspberries, oak, and a barnyard lambic funkiness.

Taste: raspberries, faint oak, and an acidic sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium and no carbonation.

Overall:
This is a nice experiment. I like the way the oak and raspberries mesh. The flavor is interesting and will appeal to sour lovers.

Photo of Etan
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml botte into a Brooklyn snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark brass with a small head of big white bubbles. No lacing or retention.

S: Huge acidic raspberry aroma. Some wet hay as well.

T: Very sour. Slight vinegar, tart raspberry skin and seed. Some mild earthy funk. Puckering and intense.

M: Still, medium-bodied.

O: I liked the raspberry flavors going on here, but the sourness is just too intense, like drinking a bottle of the stuff they coat Warheads in. I can't call this a great lambic, but I enjoyed the bottle in a perverse way.

Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. 375 ml Bottle, Lotnr: A

Appearance: With a vigorous pour the beer is a clear pink tinged orange color with a 1/8” loose, large bubbled head that slowly recedes to expose the surface. Sipping leaves only a tiny collection of lacing ranging from a short thin line to some speckles, all of which slide back down into the ring. The head, bubbles and lacing are long gone before the beer is even ¼ finished.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle the aroma spreads into the room with an earthy, musty, vinegary fruitiness tinged with raspberry. There seems to be some oak in the background and what may be just a hint of the barnyard that only shows occasionally.

Taste: The flavor is a light, crisp raspberry vinaigrette with some hint of seeds, sweetness, and an earthy character that rounds it out. But the dominant flavor is the vinegar. There’s lots of pucker power here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with only the lightest hint of carbonation left by about midway through the beer. The finish is fairly long and vinegary as the roof of the mouth and back of the throat eventually lose track of any touches of sweetness and become bone dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Given the aggressive vinegar character of this beer it is a slow sipper and one to have with food or spend a good amount of time slowly sipping so as to pick up the raspberry and other flavors. My overall impression is of a take no prisoners fruit lambic which one will either like or intensely dislike. While I’d prefer a bit more of the raspberry to show up in both the aroma and the flavor I come down on the side of like.

Photo of GbVDave
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

A: The cork slid out quickly and silently. An angry pour netted not one bubble or hint of foam. Absolutely still. Clear, rosey-red with no hint of sediment.

S: Blast of red wine vinegar, sour raspberries, a touch of wood, and, like someone already mentioned, raspberry vinagrette.

T: Just as above with the additions of sour/puckery lemon, tart cherry, acetone, and as it comes to temp, a bit of funk and/or dirt.

M: Very prickly and acidic. Strips the tongue and leaves it feeling pretty raw. The finish hides a fleeting sense of sweetness right before another acidic wave.

D: A rather bracing lambic, for sure. If you like sour and acidic, then this is for you.

Photo of SadMachine
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes from 8/8/12

A- Pours a deep golden/amber with no head or carbonation to speak of.

S- Funky aroma with vinegar and some mild raspberry coming through.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma almost perfectly. The raspberry isn't as prevalent as it could be.

M- Somewhat thin and very little carbonation.

O- A decent sour, but not exceptional.

Photo of bigfnjoe
1.7/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a light cherry shade of red with absolutely no head whatsoever. It looks like some sort of kid punch...yeah

S- raspberries, but they smell kind of rotten as opposed to ripe and fresh. Not exactly very pleasant

T- very vinegary, tart raspberries. The finish is a little sweet. The vinegar sourness is overpowering. It tastes like fire.

M- paper thin. Not appealing at all

O- had to drain pour this, as it nearly made me throw up. Back to the drawing board

Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured 375 into a russian river snifter.

a - no pop with the cork whatsoever. a lovely slightly peachy-pink color with no head at all. what a nice color! but is it flat!?

s - woah definitely fruity and funky. it smells sweet but challenging. kinda has some of the cough-syrupy tangy odor some lambics have that i dont really like but we'll see..

t - fruity vinegar with the tartness of the ripest raspberries you could find. whew!! luckily a lot of the smells i didnt like disapear in the taste but damn is this sour! basically flat, if anything a slight carbonation. no intense aftertaste, just a kick in the face of gnarly fruit madness.

m - very wine-like, slightly buttery/oily mouthfeel. the tartness perks up the pallet before it even has a chance to kick in to let you know that somethings up.

o - you know, i didnt like the flat strawberry lambic but this one is better in my opinion. before i popped the cork i told myself id run to grab another one tomorrow to leave it in my fridge for a while but i dont know thats gonna happen. nonetheless, i certainly enjoyed the experience as i do with most sour beers.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear watermelon color with almost no head or lacing. Smell is raspberry and a good amount of lactic sourness. Taste brings good raspberry flavor; oddly sourness doesn't come until the swallow. Leads to an odd mouthfeel. Strong drinkability given the fairly muted flavors.

Photo of AgentZero
2.3/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Alex after the GI takeover at Sheffield's.

A - Looks like cheap juice, minimal head. Just looks cheap and ugly, not like a quality lambic.

S - Smells like raspberry flavoring, with some slight vinous notes. A pretty healthy acetobacter note in there, but it's not really helping to cover up the crappy raspberry nose.

T - It's really sour, and tastes like it smells, which isn't good. Raspberry flavoring and really sour, that's about it.

M - Somewhat flat, a little bit lighter, not real good.

O - Not a good beer. Saw this on the shelf and thought about picking one up. Glad I didn't.

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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
78 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.