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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Experimental RaspberryHanssens Experimental Raspberry

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BA SCORE
77
okay

104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased from Oaktree Buyrite.

Appearance: Pours a deep raspberry red with no crown or lacing. No pop when the cork is taken out either.

Smell: Loads of tart raspberries and sour acidic lambic notes. Quite pucker inducing but comes off kind of medicinal and unnatural if that makes any sense.

Taste: Now this is a BIG sour lambic. Tart and puckering, sour and acidic, with just a touch of funk. Not as extremely enjoyable as some other raspberry lambics (hommage comes to mind) but an intense experience none the less.

Mouthfeel: Way under carbonated.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and boldness of this sour keeps it from scoring higher. (648 characters)

Photo of blaheath
2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
1.81/5  rDev -46.1%
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. (855 characters)

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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
77 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.