Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brownbeer on 09-24-2009

Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.
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Photo of ShanePB
2.01/5  rDev -40.2%
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! (1,070 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a Drie Fonteinen wine-style glass.

A: The cork comes out without the slightest sound, and hence I'm unsurprised when the beer pours completely flat. The lightly hazy orange body would be nice enough for an unblended Lambic, but when there's fruit involved I expect some carbonation. Disappointing.

S: Hugely acidic: tart raspberry, lemon, peach, vinegar, acetone (yes, solvent - I like it), oak. The various types of acids are all so powerful that there isn't much room for yeasty funk, but it's so complexly sour and fruity that I don't really mind. Some might legitimately fault it for the acetic acid and acetone, but I consider those part of the Hanssens charm. Beautifully offensive.

T: A little less crazy here, with deliciously puckering citric acid causing my mouth to pucker and my entire body to shiver. The raspberry is only faintly present, with lemon and unripe pear being the more prominent fruit flavors. A bit of acetic oak shows up on the finish, with the oak lending a bit of vanilla sweetness that offsets (slightly) the vinegary and fruity tartness. Long, dry, almost numbingly sour aftertaste. My mouth feels physically assaulted, like I just put one too many warheads in there at once on a dare. Wow.

M: Totally still, slightly oily, and medium-bodied. A bit of life would go a long way.

O: While this one was a bit more straightforward in its outrageous sourness than, say, Oudbeitje, and decidedly less fruit-forward than Scarenbecca Kriek, I liked it just as much as those. I'm not sure I'll be buying any more (it's more expensive than the regular Hanssens Oude Gueuze, and I like that beer every bit as much), but I'm certainly glad I decided to make the experiment.

Cheers! (1,725 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spilt a 375 bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazed bright pink. Absolutley no head a no lacing.

S: oak, witha. Touch if vinegar and sweet tarts... The oak seems to be the most dominant trait on tue nose.... Not as sour smelling as I had hoped.... An the oak mixed with the vinegar adds a slightly odd earthy aroma...

T: the taste is very similar to the nose. The vinegar is right up front... But the finish is what really stands out here.... Like raspberry sweet tarts... Puckering sour. The flavor also seems to be more well rounded te the nose... With everything working together nicley.

M: no carbonation, slick, works good with the sourness, had a light to medium body... With a nice sour aftertaste.

O: a nice sour... With a great tartness... I enjoyed this very much... Would be good on a nice summer day. (837 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours amber Orange with some pink highlights. No foam what so ever.

S - interesting aroma. Very funky. Barnyard and horse blanket notes really stick out. Underneath is very reminiscent of cider more like an unripened cider though. Sour Apples and raspberries give balance to the funk.

T - Bright lemony acidity from start to finish. Cider notes. Lots of tart fruit, apples, raspberries etc. Funky, barnyardy finish.

M - medium bodied. Slick texture on the crisper side.

O - nice sour ale. Not the most complex but very refreshing on a warm day. (555 characters)

Photo of mlazzaro
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml. that I cellaring for over a year now. I've heard of a few different labels. This one is a cottoncandy-purple-ish color border with purple writing. Lotnr: A. With a green cage. served cellar temp @ 58°F.

Mind carbonation. Strawberry-orange color - really beautiful. No head at any point. Smells intensely of brettanomyces and lactic acid. Hints of bright raspberry which come through more once the carbonation dies down. Oak doesn't come across in smell. My immediate reaction is to the bone dry and super tart mouthfeel. Wide range of flavors from diverse microbia. I get a hint of vinegar, but it doesn't bother me much. Raspberries balance out the intense acidity. Fruity aftertaste is great. At first it was a bit harsh on the mouthfeel, but it mellowed out after letting it sit for a moment. Most likely an older barrel, very flavorful yeast and bacteria character, with little wood flavor. I enjoy this beer. Embarrassingly expensive, but a pleasure to have tried.

*Lambics are traditionally uncarbonated. (1,021 characters)

Photo of suspect
2.24/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip.

A: Clear light pink color. Aggressive pour leads to absolutely no head, zero bubbles rising to the top. Disappointing.

S: Okay funk smell to it, sour vinegar, light raspberry notes, wet straw and highly acidic. Not a terrible nose, not great either.

T: Tastes like a liquified package of sweet-tarts. Totally sour with a touch of sweet. Fruit is around there somewhere. Highly acidic - makes my mouth pucker crazily. Taste is the best part but it's totally killed by the complete lake of carbonation.

M: Blech. Flat. No carbonation...just awful.

O: I'm taking the kid gloves off here...this is a terrible beer. It's lacking carbonation, it's totally freaking overpriced at $17 per bottle. What a complete waste of money. Drain pour. (813 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle.

Pours hazy orange with a pinkish hue and mostly flat. A fine thread of white rims the glass around a placid surface. Zero lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with fruit stones, wet hay, cheese rinds, soured apples and cider vinegar. A hint of raspberries and goats breath follow through.

Light bodied with a sharp, puckering mouthfeel.

Sour, jowel-watering fruit starts the palate. Peaches, raspberries, apples, and apricots with lemon-spritzed hay and grapefruit pith. A mild burn on the throat follows through along with lingering fruity sourness.

Finishes with juicy, sour fruits and a hint of raspberry.

Certainly quite a sour one this is. On par with Fou’ Foune sour and very fruity even though the raspberry character is almost nonexistent. Big ups to Matt for leaving this one behind! (825 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.44/5  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. (939 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3.74/5  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. (493 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,706 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
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! (1,135 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
1.7/5  rDev -49.4%
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 (523 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
1.71/5  rDev -49.1%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of ottovon
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.39/5  rDev +30.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (358 characters)

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