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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 20.96%
Wants: 8
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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4/5  rDev +19.8%

02-25-2013 01:08:28 | More by duff247
Photo of Pinknuggets


2.15/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle to Ommegang wine glass

A: It is a dark orange color with lots of red raspberry floaters which seems kind of excessive also it looks totally flat there is literally not a bubble, not really what I was expecting.

S: there is a hint of funk to it but not much and there is a little bit of raspberry smell but not much as the whole smell just is not that strong

T: yuck immediately regret spending $13 for this it tastes like horrible expirment gone wrong. The first taste you get is kind of a dull juicy taste that is definitely raspberries but not in a good way then the lambic kicks in and it becomes a mess of juicy and funk that is honestly hard to drink and tastes like viniger. Further the fact that this is completely flat makes it even harder to drink.

M: First of all this is completely flat there is no carbonation so there is that. Thin but not smooth so it doesn't go down well, one of the worst I've had.

O: I dont understand the kriek is so good idk what happened here total drain pour couldn't finish is one of the worst beers I've ever had a complete mess how they even released this and it has a $13 price tag it should come with a warning sign saying "tear your money up now" a little upset on this one DO NOT BUY

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:52:48 | More by Pinknuggets
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New York

4/5  rDev +19.8%

02-04-2013 18:47:25 | More by DmanGTR
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

01-20-2013 22:45:25 | More by ucsbmullet
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-27-2012 03:27:52 | More by BeerBum
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

12-11-2012 22:26:19 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes from 8/8/12

A- Pours a deep golden/amber with no head or carbonation to speak of.

S- Funky aroma with vinegar and some mild raspberry coming through.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma almost perfectly. The raspberry isn't as prevalent as it could be.

M- Somewhat thin and very little carbonation.

O- A decent sour, but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 17:42:10 | More by SadMachine
Photo of stakem


3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 17:38:39 | More by stakem
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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

10-15-2012 01:49:39 | More by freduardo
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

10-10-2012 03:17:40 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Etan


3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml botte into a Brooklyn snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark brass with a small head of big white bubbles. No lacing or retention.

S: Huge acidic raspberry aroma. Some wet hay as well.

T: Very sour. Slight vinegar, tart raspberry skin and seed. Some mild earthy funk. Puckering and intense.

M: Still, medium-bodied.

O: I liked the raspberry flavors going on here, but the sourness is just too intense, like drinking a bottle of the stuff they coat Warheads in. I can't call this a great lambic, but I enjoyed the bottle in a perverse way.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 05:42:28 | More by Etan
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4.75/5  rDev +42.2%

09-22-2012 14:17:47 | More by stealth
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

09-20-2012 02:54:13 | More by CraftedBlackout


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-15-2012 14:34:28 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-07-2012 12:06:37 | More by DaveHack
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

07-29-2012 17:13:01 | More by wesley14
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1.75/5  rDev -47.6%

07-29-2012 14:41:06 | More by MaineMike
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2.55/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for sharing this one!

A: No pop on the cork at all, a sign of things to come for sure. Pours a hazy red with some orange highlights, no head or lacing.

S: Very acidic and tart, there is some raspberry and strawberry mixed in. Slightly medicinal, but extremely tart and vinegary.

T: Again, extremely tart and acidic. The fruit comes through a bit, a blend of raspberry and strawberry, but lots of vinegar, probably the most I have encountered in a beer so far.

M: No carbonation. I really like tart/sour beers, but this one is a struggle.

O: I liked it more than Shane who dumped his glass, but it was a struggle to get through. Would try it again if Hanssens bottles weren't so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 19:53:22 | More by mdaschaf
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3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The cork comes out of the bottle really easily without much of a pop. The beer pours out of the bottle a really interesting pinkish yellow color with absolutely not even a thought of head. The beer is see-through and very wine-like.

S: Impressively tart aroma with only feint hints of raspberry and maybe some oak. Vinegar is also making an appearance. Overall I'd say it's pretty one-dimensional.

T: Wow that's tart. Really aggressive acidity that invades the taste buds and lasts forever. Underneath is a little bit of watery raspberry, some vinegar, and oh look at that some more tartness! Not for the weak of heart, I wish there was something else for my mouth to hold on to.

MF: Light body without any carbonation. The acidity makes it a little tough to drink.

O: This was an interesting experiment, but it wasn't worth what I paid for the bottle. I'd say grab this if you like really sour beers, but if you like good ones you can steer clear.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:52:43 | More by russwbeck
Photo of ShanePB


1.98/5  rDev -40.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 15:22:33 | More by ShanePB
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

07-04-2012 16:20:45 | More by Soneast
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

06-06-2012 22:00:43 | More by JebediahScooter
Photo of woosterbill


4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
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.


Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:12:37 | More by woosterbill
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

05-19-2012 15:01:35 | More by MaChiNe
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

05-08-2012 22:13:20 | More by kiki3drt292
Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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