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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 19.76%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | 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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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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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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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
78 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.