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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 10
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 09-24-2009)
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Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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
1.75/5  rDev -48.2%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Janis_Hoplin
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JasonSiedman
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
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
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Keith_R
4.06/5  rDev +20.1%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sunofneurot
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of trappistlover
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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 wesley14
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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
2.3/5  rDev -32%
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 mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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 cbgbslev
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of musicforairports
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
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
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
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
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
78 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.