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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%


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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 russwbeck:
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The cork comes out of the bottle really easily without much of a pop. The beer pours out of the bottle a really interesting pinkish yellow color with absolutely not even a thought of head. The beer is see-through and very wine-like.

S: Impressively tart aroma with only feint hints of raspberry and maybe some oak. Vinegar is also making an appearance. Overall I'd say it's pretty one-dimensional.

T: Wow that's tart. Really aggressive acidity that invades the taste buds and lasts forever. Underneath is a little bit of watery raspberry, some vinegar, and oh look at that some more tartness! Not for the weak of heart, I wish there was something else for my mouth to hold on to.

MF: Light body without any carbonation. The acidity makes it a little tough to drink.

O: This was an interesting experiment, but it wasn't worth what I paid for the bottle. I'd say grab this if you like really sour beers, but if you like good ones you can steer clear.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:52:43 | More by russwbeck
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3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, "Lot B" notched on label
Glass: Girardin degustation glass

Of the three raspberry lambics I've tasted recently, Hanssens is above the Girardin in interest, as the latter was too sweet, but still a world apart from the masterful Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. Good, but not great, Hanssens' gueuze is by far their best offering. Not sure if I would pay $14 for another 375ml bottle of this or not.

The cork is removed with a gentle pop, and the beer pours with no head, as is correct for all true unblended lambics. The raspberries in this case apparently did not provide enough sugar, or the sugars were consumed already before being blended and bottled, for carbonation to form in the bottle. There are a few large bubbles from a vigorous pour, but these soon fall. There is also no lacing, as to be expected from the lack of foam. The body is a fairly bright, pale pink-orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues. Beer is transparent, but there is no carbonation to be observed.

Aroma is of soured, tart raspberries, and some slightly "funky" musty farmhouse and/or composting hay with slight ethyl acetate and plastic-like phenols. Somewhat interesting and appealing, the sourness building anticipation for the taste.

Overall flavor is of quite tart raspberry and lemon flavors, with light vinegar, ethyl acetate, mustiness, and composting hay; complex, but not overly so. Front of palate tastes very tart raspberries, watered-down vinegar-like acidity, and light basement mustiness. Mid-palate of raspberry, vinegar-like acidity, "funky" musty farmhouse and/or composting hay, and modestly plastic-like phenols. Back of palate experiences bracing acidity with tart lemon and raspberry flavors, slight ethyl acetate, and mild basement mustiness. Aftertaste is of tart raspberries, lingering lemon and vinegar-like tartness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with no carbonation, leading to a completely smooth mouthfeel that would be strongly benefitted by some modest foam helping to move this along the palate. Closes very dry, as expected, with light stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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lovely lambic here and an expert use of raspberry, although its not as forward or nearly as clean as some of their other fruited beers. lots of residual sugar in this one, but the fruit profile is very forward, crashing into the lambic tartness at full speed creating a unique drinking experience that is both summery and sweet, but also sour as anything but finishing a little longer than its brothers. the nose is the best part, as the berries fade out a little towards the end. the carbonation is less than it could be here, and the body is a little fuller than the others as well. the berries also don't stain this very much red, so its smell and taste come from nowhere the looks could foreshadow. like all beers from hanssens, this is well made, i just like it a little less than the black currant version. if it wasn't for the cost i would drink these a lot more frequently.

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Hmmm, poured with literally no carbonation. Looks more like juice than beer. Smells of raspberries and tartness. Sadly, this was a letdown. With no carbonation, this drinks like tart raspberry juice. Not sure what happened here, but it is a huge disappointment. Not worth the 15 bucks for the 375ml carbonationless bottle.

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White wine glass

A: No head. Shocked that no carbonation. Murky pinkish orange. No lacing.

S: Funky barnyard funk. Sweet berries still there. Yeast.

T: Nice punch of crazy sour upfront. Fruit comes in later. Raspberries are still there. Finish is dry as hell and sticks with you.

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Pours orange-pink in Cantillon wine glass. Completely still. Can't even shake many bubbles out of it.

Smell is powerfully acidic. Smells like it is going to put a stranglehold on my salivary glands. Bit of funk in the mix, as well as some hints of sulfur. No raspberries, but frankly I can't remember what a raspberry smells like anyway.

Taste is mouth puckering from the start. This is the most sour beer I have ever had. Like sucking a lemon. I get no raspberry or any other fruit. No bitterness. Just incredibly sour.

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Keith_R

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4.06/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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08-27-2013 00:55:05 | More by Keith_R
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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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