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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.6%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

cbgbslev, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

xnicknj, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of wchollif
3/5  rDev -10.4%

wchollif, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green cork and caged bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
Lotnr: A notched on the label.

A - Hazed-over pink amber in color, this Hanssen's pours as flat as tap water. Seems to me the carbonation is virtually forced from it. This could be one sour mother-cruncher! Loose bubbles cling around the edge.

S - Straight-up armpit funk with notes of goaty barnyard and wet straw, the sharp acid aroma is as biting and assaulting as they come. Hints of fresh raspberry and dried oak come though along the finish.

T - Wild yeast flavor with a hint of raspberry and oak but very little beyond that gives this Hanssen's a disappointing and thin flavor profile.

M - Expect a flailing kick to the face with sour power and big acidity. The lactic, tart finish is complete with super dryness that'll pucker even the tightest butthole.

O - Hey, it's no Riserva 2010, but damn is this beer sour. Acidic to the max, there's a good bacteria involvement and bold funk, but little beyond that to make the price tag worth it.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -10.4%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -10.4%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot A..the joint pops off without a hiss and a bit of tugging. A still one indeed. No head whatsoever, a few little chunks and otherwise a tawny amber color. Tawny Amber? I went to high school with her!
A little raspberry aroma, but it's a very real raspberry, delighting, enrapturing, definitely a bit of funk accompanying, musty old raspberry beer. I can get down with this.
Sour and puckering tartness with some barnyard aged raspberries. pretty delicious and drinkable if not otherworldly.

dragonWhale, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of drtth
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. 375 ml Bottle, Lotnr: A

Appearance: With a vigorous pour the beer is a clear pink tinged orange color with a 1/8” loose, large bubbled head that slowly recedes to expose the surface. Sipping leaves only a tiny collection of lacing ranging from a short thin line to some speckles, all of which slide back down into the ring. The head, bubbles and lacing are long gone before the beer is even ¼ finished.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle the aroma spreads into the room with an earthy, musty, vinegary fruitiness tinged with raspberry. There seems to be some oak in the background and what may be just a hint of the barnyard that only shows occasionally.

Taste: The flavor is a light, crisp raspberry vinaigrette with some hint of seeds, sweetness, and an earthy character that rounds it out. But the dominant flavor is the vinegar. There’s lots of pucker power here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with only the lightest hint of carbonation left by about midway through the beer. The finish is fairly long and vinegary as the roof of the mouth and back of the throat eventually lose track of any touches of sweetness and become bone dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Given the aggressive vinegar character of this beer it is a slow sipper and one to have with food or spend a good amount of time slowly sipping so as to pick up the raspberry and other flavors. My overall impression is of a take no prisoners fruit lambic which one will either like or intensely dislike. While I’d prefer a bit more of the raspberry to show up in both the aroma and the flavor I come down on the side of like.

drtth, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 12.7 FL.OZ. bottle of this w/ Chris F. from Grand Teton in St. Paul, MN (priced @ $15). Poured from the green bottle w/ the "map" having pink around it into a 12oz Wine Glass. Has Lotnr: B (stamped on the side).

Aroma- Strongest sour and barnyard aroma I've smelt in a while! Has a nice raspberry finish on the nose as well.

Appearance- Pours no head, so no retention.. duh. Has a nice White Zin colored body that is clear and doesn't leave any retention behind. Can tell the carbonation level was low from the pour.

Flavor- Very sweet but sour at the same time... Doesn't overpower you at the beginning but then wow! Intense! Has strong raspberry flavor throughout but the main character is the sour/acidity.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, No Carbonation at all, and then puckers the lips like nothing else! Actually, it starts on the tongue and then finds its way around your entire mouth until you can almost not handle it! Appreciate what this one involves.

Overall Impression- Great sour! This is my second brew from Hanssens and a big fan! Go for this one if available and you enjoy Lambics w/ fruit added in. Cheers!

DCon, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
1.65/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a light cherry shade of red with absolutely no head whatsoever. It looks like some sort of kid punch...yeah

S- raspberries, but they smell kind of rotten as opposed to ripe and fresh. Not exactly very pleasant

T- very vinegary, tart raspberries. The finish is a little sweet. The vinegar sourness is overpowering. It tastes like fire.

M- paper thin. Not appealing at all

O- had to drain pour this, as it nearly made me throw up. Back to the drawing board

bigfnjoe, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so i typed a review back in my early days of tasting Belgian lambics, and it was so off, I had to just start over.

It pours a year after bottling with no carbonation. Very tiny bubbles float to the surface. Bright amber body.

Smell is tart, sour, and lactic. All Brett everywhere. Hints of vinegar, sour green grapes, and apple cider vinegar. Its like a strong gueuze.

Ok the taste is extreme. I stand by the old statement that this is one flavorful beer. Strong apple cider vinegar notes just take over. Raspberries are second to the sour. Its a duet between super sour raspberries and Brett. Oak is everywhere, but different than others. I never thought Id see a beer more oaky than Cantillon, but here it is.

Leaves a strong flavor of lactic sourness and raspberries.

VncentLIFE, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip.
No bottle date or batch number-- the label is neon pink, if that indicates anything. The other bottle I have has a more subdued pink color label and a lot number as well.

The sourness is strong with this one-- it is raping my tongue... In an occasionally-good way. The lactic and acetic acids are insanely strong-- partly reminding me of a very sour Flanders Red. Oak, vinegar, and a touch of nail polish remover... Huge raspberry purée action going on.

Very little carbonation on the feel, and NO bubbles show up as a head or in the legs. No lace by default. The body is light, like a white wine.

Overall, I'm not liking this one too much. Yeah, it's very sour, but that isn't everything! A litttle more flavor, less burning, and some carbonation would go a long way.

AleWatcher, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Knapp85, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of ottovon
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to whiterascal.

no hiss or anything when the cork was popped. not a good sign. zero carb.

has a pinkish orange hue. doesnt look very nice.

the smell is nice though. there some nice lactic acid in the nose, and some raspberries and straw. a good aroma. the taste is also quite good. quite sour. nice raspberry flavor, straw, and some oak. hints of vanilla.

it has medium body, with no carb. overall this is a good beer, i just wish it had some carbonation. would definitely change the review.

ottovon, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
2.28/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Alex after the GI takeover at Sheffield's.

A - Looks like cheap juice, minimal head. Just looks cheap and ugly, not like a quality lambic.

S - Smells like raspberry flavoring, with some slight vinous notes. A pretty healthy acetobacter note in there, but it's not really helping to cover up the crappy raspberry nose.

T - It's really sour, and tastes like it smells, which isn't good. Raspberry flavoring and really sour, that's about it.

M - Somewhat flat, a little bit lighter, not real good.

O - Not a good beer. Saw this on the shelf and thought about picking one up. Glad I didn't.

AgentZero, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry

From lot A

Appearance: rosé colored, no head, and almost no lacing.

Smell: raspberries, oak, and a barnyard lambic funkiness.

Taste: raspberries, faint oak, and an acidic sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium and no carbonation.

This is a nice experiment. I like the way the oak and raspberries mesh. The flavor is interesting and will appeal to sour lovers.

megahurts4, Jul 27, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an orange tinted amber color. No head to speak of just a bit of bubbles that form at the end of the pour. Very low fine soft carbonation.

S- Huge barnyard horseblanket funk aromas explode into the nose. Notes of wet hay and lactic acidity interwoven with a mellow oakiness. Finish is dry with a hint of iced tea and a kiss of raspberries with all the sugars fermented completely out.

T- big predomanatly oak and coating explosive funky flavors of horseblanket and musty wet hay with a hint of mint strikes your palate right ou of the gate. The raspberries are subtle and delicate but give a nice off set to the intense acidity. Finishs is oaky and funky.

MF- mouthfeel is slick and acidic with an imtensly dry finish. Low carbonation and a medium body.

D- not an incredibly drinkable lambic bit one that you will be glad to have tried.

Viciousknishs, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a La Chouffe tulip.

A- very light amber, somewhat clear

S- barnyard funk, some tart fruits.

T- Sour/tart fruits, vinegar lasts throughout the beer

M- thin with some acidic finish, light but not real easy to drink

O- somewhat disappointing. Liked their oude kriek a lot. Has a lot of sour/tart notes but not a lot of distinguisable fruit notes.

kawilliams81, May 31, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle drank from my duvel tulip. bottle reads "lot a." thats all the bottling information that i can find.

A- the cork comes out with barely a pop. this is going to be a pretty still pour. sure enough, there is little to no head on top of the reddish pink colored body that is translucent. there is no head left behind.

S- the nose is alive with the scent of fresh raspberries. nothing artificial about this. very sweet with a sharp lactic sourness. a little bit of underlying barnyard like funk.

T- the taste starts out with more of the fresh raspberries that i could smell. very fresh, juicy, and real tasting. there is a sharp lactic sourness that hits after that. its not quite as powerful as the smell would indicate, but its stronger than your average framboise. the barnyard like funk that i could smell comes through a little bit in the taste as well.

M- the beer is still. no carbonation at all. the body is a solid medium. its puckering, but not overpowering. very dry finish.

O- this is something id like to try again, and i think ill grab a couple to age. this is probably the best raspberry lambic that i have had. check this one out.

jwinship83, May 27, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #4 from Khazadum, with the text: "I hope by now you've forgiven me. This should make up for it..."

Corked and caged bottle, snifter/flute/tulip glassware recommendation... I shudder and instinctively head to the sink to open this one. Luckily the cage has the consumer in mind and actually wants to come off, and the bottle doesn't do it's best baking soda volcano impression. Phew. Into the Cantillon wine glass again.

A - I can't really say I've had a beer this color before. It's a dark, deep red, but has a cool sunburst of orange and brown to it as well. It's absolutely and completely still; I didn't get even the faintest hint of a head here. Likewise, no lacing here as a result. It sort of looks like apple cider with more red to it. Based on the appearance alone I'm narrowing this down to a lambic or gueuze (not really a bold statement.) (3.5/5)

S - I take a half-whiff and immediately change my guess to a gueuze. This is really damn sour and funky. Like, if you rode your horse 15 miles to visit your closest neighbor, that wouldn't come close to the barnyard farmhouse country I'm getting here. Lots of lemon and tart cherry and raspberries, and that sort of weird feet smell you somehow think of. My nose is puckering much like I anticipate my mouth will be. (4.5/5)

T - Yep, that's pretty damn sour. Surprisingly I'm getting a little bit of malt as well, but there's a good amount of Bretty yeast ready to take over soon thereafter. The lemon, citrus, and cherries bring a lot of the flavor, along with the souring bugs that made themselves at home in this beer. Again, very musty and has a damp characteristic to it. (4/5)

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with almost no carbonation. I can see some bubbles sticking to the glass, but am not getting much in the mouth. Not incredibly dry, but has a crisp finish that's somewhat smooth. I can definitely feel the sides and corners of my mouth pucker long after this is gone. (4/5)

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I find it hard to rate the drinkability of lambics and gueuzes as a little bit goes a long way, but I really enjoyed drinking this one. The flavors are balanced but it still gives off a strong sour vibe. I'm digging this. (4/5)

I'm going to stick with my gut and pick gueuze for this. No idea on the brewery.

The reveal: Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry. Again I'm surprised here. I did mention the slight raspberry in the taste but wouldn't have pegged this for a framboise.

Both of the lambics I had today totally eluded me on their 'primary' fruit components, so either they are more faint than I would've expected or I need to drink more lambics...

It seems Khazadum picked up on the fact that I'm slowly trying to break into sours, and he kicked my ass off the cliff in that regard so far!

nhindian, May 21, 2011
Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
77 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.