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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.4
pDev: 27.94%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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Photo of SStein
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice raspberry lambic. As it pours, the raspberry smell comes out. The raspberry blends well with the tart of the lambic. It is a "flat" lambic with little to no carbonation, but still quite good.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

375mL bottle with "Lotnr: C" marked on the side of label. Poured into a snifter glass with an aggressive pour. Pours an interesting pinkish color, moderate haze, and absolutely no head except for a ring of bubbles. Smell is pungent, sour vinegar and jammy raspberries, some underlying funk and a hint of alcohol. Taste is much more odd than I expected. It starts with a vinegar sour note which goes into the jam like sweet raspberries, finishes tart with some weird salt notes. Thin body that feels light in the stomach, too thin, no carb. The Experimental Cassis, while also not carbed, was much better than this one. I'd stick to the Oude Kriek from Hanssens if you want a fruit lambic.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass
(A)- Pours a pale blush pink color with minimal froth
(S)- Big tartness with tart raspberries. Not overly funky, but some light earthy hay that works well with the tartness and fruit
(T)- Big acidity meets soft raspberry fruits and subtle earthy hay. Finishes dry
(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. It has the right amount of acidity and fruit without being overpowering. Not overly funky but some good dryness
(O)- Quite good. Normally I find Hanssens to be big on the funk, but this has a great balance and fruit profile to it

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Photo of popery
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is light brown shaded over with a pinkish hue. It’s fairly hazy, could be bottle handling. No head formed when I poured my glass, just some bubbles, and it looked pretty much flat. The aroma has tons of jammy jam raspberry character. It’s very fruity. Farmer’s market stand in berry season fruity. Some acetic character. A little vinegar creep. Maybe, even a touch of nail polish remover. Little funk. Some oak. Taste is quite sour. Too much acidity for me. It blocks out all of the funk and most of the fruit. It just kills a lot of the delicacy that I like in lambics. That’s fairly harsh, and the beer is still enjoyable. It’s not as sour as many American hype monsters. Anywho, there’s a solid kick of oak. Fairly dry. Lots of pucker. Low carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Hunger and Thirst. Enjoyed chilled from the 375ml corked and caged bottle in a glass.

The color is blond with rosy shade amber in the light with non-existant head. The smell is very sour immediately with light tangy fruit and raspberry's stamp with fruity acidic aroma with floral odor. The feel is very acidic as the nose lets on with moderate carbonation and dry tannic almost vinegary puckering quality.

The taste is super tangy with raspberry flavor yet lots of acidity in the taste distracts from that with an almost vegetal flavor and vinegar-esque acetic harshness followed by light malt in the finish. Overall this was very tannic and semi-acidic, glad I shared this small bottle -not for the faint of heart or those who don't enjoy sour ...this borders on raspberry vinaigrette

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Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange, candy like color. No head nor lacing. Fine floating yeast adds a translucent depth.

Acidic, vinigarette aroma. Lots of fresh raspberries with a brilliantly blended wild yeast funk.

Flavor is pretty sour. Mouth is watering a bit. Raspberries compliment the acidic qualities perfectly and add just a hint of sweetness. Getting just a hint of wood. Funk in the end but not overbearing. Finishes with sweet raspberry alternating with mouthwatering acetic acid. Absolutely wonderful.

Medium bodied. Dry feel. Low carbonation. Clean finish leaves me thirsty.

Absolutely delicious lambic, probably the best I've had of the style. I love the intense acidity coupled with fruit flavors. Not sure why this got average reviews.

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Photo of BrentLepping
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is tolerable upon the first few sips....but towards the middle and end it's absolutely intolerable. Cheese funk (not the good kind you look for in a sour) and razor thin. Zero body. Certainly has the strong sour follow-through, but it's not enough to save this one. Too many off-putting flavors.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated March 2013 into a wine glass
A: Reddish-orange, completely still
S: Cheesy, funky, a hint of raspberry/sour cherry, earthy, barnyard. Complex but kinda weird
T: A bit more fruit-forward than the nose. Adds citrus and sour green apple. Also adds a touch of oak influence. Still a bit of that funky cheesy though not as much earth/barnyard
M: Light-bodied, no carbonation, extremely sour (but that makes it mouthwatering)
O: I like this though I can see why it has such a discrepancy in scores. Definitely not for everyone and given the price not sure how readily I'd get it again. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of GPHarris
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


A - poured flat into a tulip glass. The body was a bright amber color.
S - funky horse blanket with a hint of raspberry.
T - raspberry, oak, funk.
M - slick and thin.
O - slightly disappointed mainly from the carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in March of 2013. Thanks, notches on the label!

It's hazy, golden orange, small head of foam that shrinks ever so quickly. Yet, the lacing is decent.

Sour nose, to be sure. Mixed with the oak; I cannot say what the source of the sourness is from without reading the label. Raspberries, eh?

Very sour taste, noticeable oak flavour, fruit wise, again, I could not for the life of me, identify it. Tastes good though.

When it comes to Belgian sours, Hanssens is the only one to show up in Casper and I am thankful for that!!

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Photo of champ103
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazed/cloudy pink color. At first a tiny, bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a second with a noisy hiss. No lace, and none expected. Still lacking that great vibrant look of say a Rose De Gambrinus.
S: Cheesy funk and basement like must up front. Then the fruit takes over. Acidic raspberries dominate.
T: Like the nose, a big cheesy and musky funk up front. Supper tart and acidic raspberry. A bit vinegary, and the lingering acidic bite lasts forever.
M/D: Light to medium with almost no carbonation. Though smooth, and does not feel unweighty (if that is a word). A big, funky, sour bomb, so of coarse this is a bit of a slow sipper.

I always enjoy Hanssens, but at the same time always feel they are not in the same league as some of the other true Lambic makers. They certainly are incredibly funky and cheesy. More so than I recall with examples from other breweries. Still something I do enjoy. A solid, if not exceptional take on the style.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pink tinged orange body. Looks sort of like a rosé. A bit of soapy bubbles clings for life on top.

Nose is kind of like a sweet tart.

Raspberries are there with a nice pop of citrus. Fairly tart with a light souring. Doesn't seem like much funk behind it. More of a showcase of tart and fruit.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -11.8%

This is from a bottle that is true years old and I think the quality has been compromised. Poured with no head nor lace And a clear amber. Aroma is yeast tart raspberries. Flavors like aroma acid is strong raspberries come in slightly dry. With missing carbonation can't really give a fair judgment on body. Actually not too bad for its condition

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of taylor714914
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml, Lotnr C
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.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Mouthfeel is light with a slight prickle.

Overall this was interesting. Fun to try but just overpoweringly tart.

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Photo of Keith_R
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

6% ABV confirmed. Lotnr: B. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at Lukas Liquor in Colorado and served into a Lost Abbey teku glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and style.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Wire was easily untwisted. Cork yields an unsatisfying weak "plip" upon its removal.

A: Pours no head whatsoever; appears undercarbonated. I'm a bit concerned.

Body colour is a transparent translucent peach of above average glowing vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Raspberry, peach. No real tartness, unfortunately. Light sourness. Lambic yeast. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Lightly redolent of fruit syrup. Munich malts.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Definite lambic sourness with a great puckering yeasty tartness. Munich malts and pils malts comprise the foundation. No real oak. Definitely spontaneously fermented; bacterial notes are obvious. Balanced. Great depth and intensity of flavour. Quite a sour brew. Good complexity and subtlety. I like it. Sourness dominates, as it should. Raspberry and peach notes are subsidiary to the sourness.

Above average duration of flavour.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, acidic. Somewhat thin. Undercarbonated. Decent body. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: An admittedly one-dimensional sour, but it satisfies the demands of the style quite well. I'd get it again. Another solid brew from Hanssens. Tasty stuff, but perhaps not worth its pricetag in the USA. Very drinkable.

Low B

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Photo of Chaney
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a really nice beer and wine store in Annapolis and served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: After a soft cork pop, the brew poured out a sort of hazy (wheat-esque) pink color without much of a head to speak of and with little visible carbonation.

S: Nice smell of sour raspberries, much more potent than I was expecting. I could tell already there was going to be a nice acetic bite on this.

T: Weird. Extremely sour without much milkiness to balance that out. I wouldn't call the berry's contribution cough syrup exactly, but it wasn't enjoyable either.

M: Mouth-puckeringly, jaw lockingly sour, very few bubbles or spritz to space that out, and odd fruit aftertaste that was slightly rotten in its disposition.

O: This one started out okay, but in the end, this was quite a misfire.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy orange with no head and minimal carbonation.

Aroma of raspberry, lacto, caramel malt and faint oak.

Taste is like the aroma with a salty sour acidic finish. The raspberry is dry and mild. The lacto is prominent. The texture is oily.

Overall, I'd like it much better with some bubbles and realize flat is appropriate for the style. It's quite pricey at $15 per 12oz. and not really worth it to me.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
2.24/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle to Ommegang wine glass

A: It is a dark orange color with lots of red raspberry floaters which seems kind of excessive also it looks totally flat there is literally not a bubble, not really what I was expecting.

S: there is a hint of funk to it but not much and there is a little bit of raspberry smell but not much as the whole smell just is not that strong

T: yuck immediately regret spending $13 for this it tastes like horrible expirment gone wrong. The first taste you get is kind of a dull juicy taste that is definitely raspberries but not in a good way then the lambic kicks in and it becomes a mess of juicy and funk that is honestly hard to drink and tastes like viniger. Further the fact that this is completely flat makes it even harder to drink.

M: First of all this is completely flat there is no carbonation so there is that. Thin but not smooth so it doesn't go down well, one of the worst I've had.

O: I dont understand the kriek is so good idk what happened here total drain pour couldn't finish is one of the worst beers I've ever had a complete mess how they even released this and it has a $13 price tag it should come with a warning sign saying "tear your money up now" a little upset on this one DO NOT BUY

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Photo of SadMachine
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ed (eagles22) for sharing this brew. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a neon orange color that displays perfect polished clarity. A white ring of bubbles hangs around the edge of the glass.

The smell contains a hint of earthy pitty raspberry quality before getting all funke up with elements of earth, cheese and oak. There is some citrus fruit character towards the back that is somewhat reminescent of the citrus component of fresh raspberries.

The taste is shocking at first. Dare I say battery acid just got into my mouth along with vinegar and acetone. A little oak evolves as it warms along with citrus and notes if earthy raspberry. Vinegar becomes a fairly dominating character once it takes hold of your palate.

This is a medium to light bodies brew that is still. The color of this brew is borederline fake and surreal. The aroma is quite pleasant and while a bit harsh for me, the taste was pretty good as well. I am thankful for the opportunity to try it and appreciate that Ed. I would not be able to take a bottle of this down myself though.

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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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