Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 19.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | 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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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 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 StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking dark pink color with a very thin white head. It almost looks like a slightly carbonated blush wine. The smell of the beer is a super acidic with a little fruitiness in there as well. The taste of this is super tart, it's got the acidic bitterness like most gueze Lambics do. There is a semi sweet raspberry flavor in there. The mouthfeel is a little thin but is smooth and dry. Overall it's a pretty impressive brew, can't say I'd buy it again because it's not really much style but having tried it it was nice to try.

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 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 womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Found my old notes on this one. This review is from the first batch.

A: Pours a bright pink-red color with no head and no carbonation.

S: Definitely lots of raspberries here, but also a lot of just about every kind of vinegar and acid you can imagine. Intensely sour on the nose. I love sour beers, but this is making me scared to drink it.

T: This is the epitome of puckering. The sourest beer I'd had at the time and now only rivaled by Trinity Old Growth. Raspberry is still there, surprisingly, but the intense lactic acid along with an excess of white vinegar overshadow it completely.

M: Slick and flat on the tongue. Medium in body, I suppose.

D: I like sour beers, really sour beers, too. But this was a lot to ask of someone. I'm still afraid to try the new batch.

Photo of nickfl
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with no head, just a thin layer of fisheye bubbles. The body reddish-brown with excellent clarity. No lace.

S - Intense, funky sourness with some acetic character that, along with the cherry notes, is reminiscent of a Flemish red. The cherry is dry and strong with perfume-like intensity. Some oak notes in the background.

T - Strong acidity up front with lots of oak and balsamic vinegar character. As the acidity subsides, it leaves some dry, fruity raspberry notes. Finishes very dry with a hint of malt and lots of fruit.

M - Medium-light body, no carbonation, and a dry finish. Extreme sourness that actually burns my throat a bit on the way down.

D - This is, to say the least, not what I was expecting. The acidity is over the top and makes the beer pretty difficult to drink. I like sour beers, but this is the first one that ever burned my throat. The acidity is so intense that it makes it difficult to appreciate the complexity of the bugs and fruit. Nonetheless, the aroma is absolutely spectacular. It blends complex funk with fruit and a nice woody character that makes it reminiscent of Flemish beer or a good red wine. Sadly, it just doesn't work as a whole. While it is as deliciously aromatic as any wild beer I have ever had, the crushing acidity and lack of carbonation make it almost impossible to drink. I'm glad this was only a 375ml bottle, I couldn't have finished a 750; actually I'm not sure I can even finish this.

Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Photo of mdfb79
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 11/12/11 notes. Picked this up at Stateline a few weeks ago. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Gulden Draak Belga Cafe tulip. Bottle says Lot A on it; unsure of year but I'm guessing most recent batch.

a - Pours a bright orange color, with just a few white bubbles, and no real head or carbonation evident. Not the best looking lambic.

s - Smells of funk, raspberries, tart dark fruit, oak, vinegar, and some acidic notes.

t - Tastes of very tart raspberries and dark fruits, oak, funk, vinegar, and acidic notes. Very sour and a little odd; a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and no carbonation at all, which hurts it a bit.

o - Overall a decent lambic, but the lack of carbonation really hurts it in my opinion. Lots of raspberries in the nose as intended, but the taste seems a tiny bit muted and odd. Not as good as their normal kriek or gueuze and given the price, wouldn't seek it out again when those are cheaper.

Photo of orangesol
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time trying this one, served alongside the kriek and gueuze.

A - Pours murky pink with no head what so ever, it is dead from the start and never gets better.

S - Smells of raspberry jam and TONS of vinegar sourness. Some dry earth tries to cut through the sourness but it fails, this one is gonna be painful.

T - Starts off with a bit of pithy raspberry skin and some nice light sweetness quickly being enveloped by the intense lactic sourness that dominates the taste for the duration of the experience. Finish retains quite a bit of the sourness, leaving the pallet dry long after consumption.

M - Slick body with intensely sour flavors and no carbonation what so ever. When I gave it a swirl it got a tiny bit better but that faded all too quickly.

O - I heard that this one might be a bit of a letdown and boy was it. Dead from the start, way too much vinegar flavor. At $14 a 375ml, I won't be buying this one again.

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 mothman
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a taster pint glass.

Color is a rasperry red/pink. Very hazed over. No head.

Aroma: Very funky, super tart. A lot of raspberries, oak , and some cherries. Lots of sour funk.

Taste: Ultimate sour beer. Wow, this one is mouth puckering . Raspberries and oak dominated this beer. Some yeast and cherries. It is just too sour and normally I love sour.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, all that's to it. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is too f-ing sour and funky. It's alright, but not what I was expecting. I wouldn't want to get this again.

Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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 Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Marked Lotnr A; Sampled November 2010
Despite a hint of a pop when I pulled out the cork the beer pours quite flat, though it does manage to summon forth some larg bubbles. The beer is a pretty, almost brilliantly clear, light cranberry red color (my wife thinks this looks exactly like robitussin, and even smells something like it); I really like the color of this beer as it sits in my Lost Abbey Teku tulip. The beer smells of raspberry seeds (slightly tannic), secondarily raspberry pulp and a tart / sour finish. This is actually pretty clean smelling, and doesn't have enough acetic character to be noticed (unlike the first batch). There is a soft funkiness to this brew; a touch earthy, musty, perhaps a hint of acetone and a light musky, barnyard character towards the finish. Really the bright fruit character is the dominant note in the nose; it is quite nice, but without being so amped up as to seem fake or cloying.

Very still and flat tasting as it first hits my palate, the beer finishes with a spicy sourness that I usually associate with a touch of acetic acid character. There is still a very soft sweetness to this beer that accentuates the raspberry fruit flavors that are found in this beer; the raspberry notes are noticeable aren't quite as complex as in the nose as the seed / tannic character seems to be a bit reduced in the flavor. Still there is a solid fruitiness to the flavor that has a bright berry character to it and there is some chewy raspberry skin character here too. Up front the raspberries and lactic acid contribute a soft tartness, the finish does get a touch more tart, but this is still not an aggressively sour Lambic by any means. Light textured and quaffable, this beer does have a touch of viscousness to it that keeps this from seeming overly flat on the palate

This is exceedingly quaffable, and the mid 50*F serving temperature was about perfect. I would like to see a carbonated Framboise version of this beer as I think the fizz would add a nice complimentary texture and would likely boost the aroma and flavor of this beer. This could certainly use some more funkiness, I do like the light touch of the acetic character (it is just barely there), but some more wild, funkiness would be much appreciate. Still, this is a beer that grows on me more as I work my way through my glass.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with Oglmcdgl, a small bottle from NY after the captain.

A- Looks like watered down Hawian punch with no head. Very lifeless looking, not even swirls could bring up anything.

S- Raspberries and vinegar with a small amount of sugar and a jolly rancher red type scent. Not all that bold, simple.

T- Very tart, sour, with raspberries and berry taste with jolly rancher sweetness, it's pretty much all I taste. Minimal amounts of oak and a bit of vinegar which Im not a fan of.

M- This is pretty much flat beer, I guess it's unblended. Thin and flat, with a sour smack. Nothing complex here, but it is intriging, it just does not do it for me, I need some sign of life in this, it's dead.

D- Not so easy drinking even with the thin body. A little life might of spiked this up for me. It's good, just a bit one sided.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pretty rose/fuschia, no head, with a smattering of bubbles.

S: Raspberry, heavy on the acid which takes over.

T: This beer is extremely acidic, you have been warned, it is the most acidic beer I've ever had. That being said if you are patient and can get past the acidity, the raspberry fruit on the back end is pure, beautiful and delicious. There are no Brett notes in this as opposed to the Cassis which was heavy on the Brett.

M: Extremely strong acid, akin to drinking raw apple cider vinegar straight. No carbonation, but the acidity makes the body of this beer.

D: The acid is so over the top in this beer that it can really be no more than a sipper. This is basically the Bizarro Lindeman's Framboise, its complete opposite. Expensive, but split it between 3 people because 4-6 oz. is really all you need. I could feel it in my chest for a while after drinking the 375 and I'm an acid hound, I'm used to this. While I wouldn't say its brother the Cassis is a truly better beer, it's certainly the more drinkable of the two. This beer is an experience and will test you, so it's definitely worth a try once.

Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a dark ruby/blood red color and is completely still except for the occasional bubble or two surfacing.

Very funky vinous aroma with lots of earthy barnyard/horseblanket notes along with a healthy dose of raspberry, vinegar, oak, band aid and cobweb. One of the funkiest smelling beers I've come across yet. Very similar to Hommage.

Very harsh, extremely tart/sour mouth puckering vinegary mouthfeel. It's sweet at the same time with a crazy funky earthy burnt wood flavor. This beer has so many extreme flavors whether it be tart, chemical, burnt wood, acidic, sweet raspberry. A bit too much and over the top. I really like Hanssens but this beer is too much. I can feel my esophagus burning from the acidity and it really hurts the scoring. The dry tart, extremely mouth puckering aftertaste is actually pretty good and is the best characteristic of this beer. The sourness is kind of mouthwatering leaving me intrigued for another sip. Unfortunately, when I take that next sip all of the unpleasantness comes back.

Photo of HopHead84
2.28/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to dyan for opening this. Was this a practical joke? Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is near still. Actually, it's just still. There's no carbonation. It's pinkish orange with good clarity.

The nose is sweet raspberry candy. It's very, very sweet. It's harsh and solventy with a lot of acetic character.

The flavor is tart, harsh, solventy, and acetic to the point of churning my stomach and doing permanent damage to my throat. So...much...vinegar. It's like candy vinegar. What have you done, Hanssens!?

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 Derek
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Rosee/zinfandel, thin ring of head, no retention or lace.

S: Raspberry with plenty of funk, cider, vinegar, cotton candy fruity esters.

T: Huge lactic sourness, more sour than tart. Vinegar, cider and a hint of brett. Underlying earthy yeastyness & hints of fruit.

M: Flat & VERY acidic.

D: A quarter pint turned my stomach.

Way too much sour funk acidity for me.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pinkish bubbly brown in color with brown highlights that had a very thin head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass. There was definitely some raspberries in the aroma with bretty barrel oaky funk, lemony citrus, and faint vinegar notes however it did have acidic character. The raspberries were more apparent on the palate with mild tart flavors but did come with oaky brett funky accents and a touch of lemony citrus notes. The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, funky, citrusy, fruity, tart, and dry finish. I really like my sour beers but this one was a little too sweet for me up front and was lacking the sour punch. It still drank good and was a decent fruit lambic.

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

375 ml bottle, thanks to bobsy for sharing.

Pours a clear pinkish, a touch of light red, very thin light pink head forms and settles down to a very thin ring immediately, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is intense, very acidic and sour, lemon juice, vinegar, light raspberry fruitiness, some charred oak, barnyard funk, lightly balsamic, acetone, a bit nostril burning.

Taste is similar, very acidic and sour up front, almost puckering, raspberry and a decent amount of fruitiness, oaky, a touch of vanilla, big vinegar acidity going down.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Not too bad, a touch overly acidic but the raspberry is nice. Thanks Rob!

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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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