Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-19-2010 18:09:50 | More by Thorpe429
3.35/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-10-2012 03:31:59 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
06-22-2011 17:19:26 | More by Phyl21ca
2.78/5 rDev -17%
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.
03-01-2011 19:42:22 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
08-21-2011 19:36:03 | More by Knapp85
3.95/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
10-14-2009 00:58:15 | More by emerge077
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-12-2010 06:15:43 | More by nickfl
3.79/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
02-02-2014 22:07:41 | More by StonedTrippin
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
11-13-2011 15:02:12 | More by mdfb79
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
11-08-2010 17:37:07 | More by Gueuzedude
3.48/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-17-2010 00:20:22 | More by Halcyondays
3.55/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-17-2013 02:43:33 | More by kojevergas
2.55/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
01-02-2010 06:03:14 | More by corby112
3.05/5 rDev -9%
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.
04-30-2012 17:27:34 | More by orangesol
3.35/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-05-2012 17:38:39 | More by stakem
Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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