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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry - Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.9%

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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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Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pink pour with the thinnest of filmy heads. Appears to be completely flat. Funky raspberry nose with one hell of a lot of vinegar. You can tell this ones gonna bruise. Acetone, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar and mega-tart raspberries assault the taste buds and burn the throat on the way down. Hanssens make the most intense sour beers I've ever come across and this one may even be the most extreme of the bunch. Medium-light body with essentially no carbonation is style-appropriate.

I wouldn't say the flavour is unpleasant, but its certainly only consumable in small quantities and could do with a bit more depth as the overwhelming sourness overshadows all other aspects.


Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 13:48:24 | More by bobsy
Photo of Patrick999


4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork comes out with a whimper, not surprising as this is a still lambic. Pours like rose wine, but a little more pink. Not *entirely* uncarbonated, but any bubbles to be had are of very minor effect. Not going to knock a still lambic on appearance, though.

Smell is of raspberry, and quite funky at that, with an undercurrent of dog poop and anaerobic muck soil at times. Gets more funky-smelling as it warms, adding plenty of musky barnyard to the mix. Smells gloriously natural, unadulterated. Really funk'd out...I think this is coming through much more now than in some of the earlier reviews of this beer.

It actually tastes just a little sweeter than I thought it would. Not sweet as in artificial fruit syrup added, but a very nice ripe-fruit sweetness that balances well with the considerable acidity you find here. I get a lot of raspberry here, probably more than I've gotten in more-highly-rated framboise examples. OK, it's not tremendously complicated - it's tart raspberry through and through with a little natural fruit sweetness to balance. It's just that the tart/sweet raspberry character here is so pleasant.

Limp body, not surprising for a lightly-carbed beer.

I'm a fan, but it would be hard to drink too much more of than this one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 16:55:48 | More by Patrick999
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle split with friends.

A- no head from this unblended lambic. Crystal clear bright pink in color.

S- huge sour rasberries and funky oak. Lemon juice and zest.

T- super tart and sour with under ripe raspberries and lemon juice. Really one of the most sour beers I've ever had. very mild oak character and a hint of sweet wheat.

M- on the thinner side of body and not a bubble to be seen. Long lasting pucker that's so powerful your asshole will hurt.

D- well a few onces is plenty to get the idea and a few more will change your life. Wild stuff and a hell of an experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 00:45:28 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of SFLpunk


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375mL green glass cork and cage bottle. "Lotnr A." Tasted with sleepnbballrlife.

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish pink with orange hues and a watery rim. No carbonation visible.

Nose: Smells like fresh raspberries, strawberries, white flowers/blossoms, watermelon, spun sugar (cotton candy), tree bark, sweet tarts/smarties (powdery tart). Something meat-y too.

Palate: Holy acidity! Red wine vinegar, sour orange (acetic acid, props), wild strawberries, raspberry and razz seeds (nuttiness). Flavors are similar to a rose from Provence, plus bracing acidity. No carbonation at all. Finish leads to some nice white oak flavors and leaves my mouth salivating.

Notes: A solidly crafted framboise that's SUPER acidic. This is lively despite its lack of CO2. Like unsweetened lemonade, refreshing but intense.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 04:42:51 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of wnh


3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a thin, clear pink-ish bronze, still with just a faint touch of carbonation.

Fruity paint thinner on the nose, mild at first but quickly becoming assertive and off-putting. Light, clean citrus notes underneath, alongside a touch of raspberry and quite light barnyard funk. But oh, that paint thinner is potent.

Sweet and sour raspberry up front on the palate. Throat-burning on the way down. Lingering burn, though clearly from something other than the alcohol -- the beer is only 6%. Funny thing is, only every second or third sip actually burns my throat; the sips in between are quite pleasant, showing nice fruit and appropriate funk.

This is easily the worst lambic I've ever had, but it's not as bad as some of my fellow BA's present at the tasting think it is. Worth drinking, if only to allow oneself to better appreciate the really good lambics.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 00:55:52 | More by wnh
Photo of nickfl


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with no head, just a thin layer of fisheye bubbles. The body reddish-brown with excellent clarity. No lace.

S - Intense, funky sourness with some acetic character that, along with the cherry notes, is reminiscent of a Flemish red. The cherry is dry and strong with perfume-like intensity. Some oak notes in the background.

T - Strong acidity up front with lots of oak and balsamic vinegar character. As the acidity subsides, it leaves some dry, fruity raspberry notes. Finishes very dry with a hint of malt and lots of fruit.

M - Medium-light body, no carbonation, and a dry finish. Extreme sourness that actually burns my throat a bit on the way down.

D - This is, to say the least, not what I was expecting. The acidity is over the top and makes the beer pretty difficult to drink. I like sour beers, but this is the first one that ever burned my throat. The acidity is so intense that it makes it difficult to appreciate the complexity of the bugs and fruit. Nonetheless, the aroma is absolutely spectacular. It blends complex funk with fruit and a nice woody character that makes it reminiscent of Flemish beer or a good red wine. Sadly, it just doesn't work as a whole. While it is as deliciously aromatic as any wild beer I have ever had, the crushing acidity and lack of carbonation make it almost impossible to drink. I'm glad this was only a 375ml bottle, I couldn't have finished a 750; actually I'm not sure I can even finish this.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 06:15:43 | More by nickfl
Photo of Halcyondays


3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pretty rose/fuschia, no head, with a smattering of bubbles.

S: Raspberry, heavy on the acid which takes over.

T: This beer is extremely acidic, you have been warned, it is the most acidic beer I've ever had. That being said if you are patient and can get past the acidity, the raspberry fruit on the back end is pure, beautiful and delicious. There are no Brett notes in this as opposed to the Cassis which was heavy on the Brett.

M: Extremely strong acid, akin to drinking raw apple cider vinegar straight. No carbonation, but the acidity makes the body of this beer.

D: The acid is so over the top in this beer that it can really be no more than a sipper. This is basically the Bizarro Lindeman's Framboise, its complete opposite. Expensive, but split it between 3 people because 4-6 oz. is really all you need. I could feel it in my chest for a while after drinking the 375 and I'm an acid hound, I'm used to this. While I wouldn't say its brother the Cassis is a truly better beer, it's certainly the more drinkable of the two. This beer is an experience and will test you, so it's definitely worth a try once.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 00:20:22 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Rosee/zinfandel, thin ring of head, no retention or lace.

S: Raspberry with plenty of funk, cider, vinegar, cotton candy fruity esters.

T: Huge lactic sourness, more sour than tart. Vinegar, cider and a hint of brett. Underlying earthy yeastyness & hints of fruit.

M: Flat & VERY acidic.

D: A quarter pint turned my stomach.

Way too much sour funk acidity for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 23:23:16 | More by Derek
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7oz from a generous trader.. thanks! Into goblet.

A- Rosy pink/brown, some bubbles but no lasting head.

S- Holy shit.. vinegar. Sour, tart, fruity as well.. Way beyond what one thinks they're getting into. This thing is potent. Acidic.

T- Abrasive. Scouring. Tart, sour, puckering, very extreme. Fruity after the first initial shock.

M- Wow... heart-burn in a bottle... so acidic. Almost caustic. Burns the back of my throat. Not particularly pleasant, yet I keep drinking it..

D- Um.. I really liked it. Not easy to drink, but enjoyable nevertheless. Really interesting.. strap yourself in though. Not for everyone, hell, not for most. I'm diggin' it though.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 02:06:06 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of corby112


2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a dark ruby/blood red color and is completely still except for the occasional bubble or two surfacing.

Very funky vinous aroma with lots of earthy barnyard/horseblanket notes along with a healthy dose of raspberry, vinegar, oak, band aid and cobweb. One of the funkiest smelling beers I've come across yet. Very similar to Hommage.

Very harsh, extremely tart/sour mouth puckering vinegary mouthfeel. It's sweet at the same time with a crazy funky earthy burnt wood flavor. This beer has so many extreme flavors whether it be tart, chemical, burnt wood, acidic, sweet raspberry. A bit too much and over the top. I really like Hanssens but this beer is too much. I can feel my esophagus burning from the acidity and it really hurts the scoring. The dry tart, extremely mouth puckering aftertaste is actually pretty good and is the best characteristic of this beer. The sourness is kind of mouthwatering leaving me intrigued for another sip. Unfortunately, when I take that next sip all of the unpleasantness comes back.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 06:03:14 | More by corby112
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a taster pint glass.

Color is a rasperry red/pink. Very hazed over. No head.

Aroma: Very funky, super tart. A lot of raspberries, oak , and some cherries. Lots of sour funk.

Taste: Ultimate sour beer. Wow, this one is mouth puckering . Raspberries and oak dominated this beer. Some yeast and cherries. It is just too sour and normally I love sour.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, all that's to it. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is too f-ing sour and funky. It's alright, but not what I was expecting. I wouldn't want to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 01:27:40 | More by mothman
Photo of HopHead84


2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to dyan for opening this. Was this a practical joke? Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is near still. Actually, it's just still. There's no carbonation. It's pinkish orange with good clarity.

The nose is sweet raspberry candy. It's very, very sweet. It's harsh and solventy with a lot of acetic character.

The flavor is tart, harsh, solventy, and acetic to the point of churning my stomach and doing permanent damage to my throat. So...much...vinegar. It's like candy vinegar. What have you done, Hanssens!?

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 07:39:44 | More by HopHead84
Photo of DefenCorps


2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I love Hanssens but god, was this unpalatable.

The pour is flat, raspberry red with absolutely no head and no lace. The color is quite gorgeous, though. As for the nose - holy shit! Medicinal, hot and solventy with some sour raspberry character. Completely devoid of the funk I've come to expect from Hanssens, this is super aggressive and harsh. The palate is no better. Opening pleasant with some raspberry, but this is RAPIDLY overcome by a harsh, solventy medicinal character with some nail polish remover. Quite acetic, this is rather like raspberry vinaigrette. Finishing dry and sour, this burns a hole in my stomach. Medium in body with no carbonation, the feel is quite appropriate but the harshness is more than I can take. This is rather undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 13:35:34 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of joe1510


4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Lakeview

The cork comes free with zero pop, similar to the Experimental Cassis, and a hard pour produces a few wispy bubbles that disappear as quickly as they came. I'm left with a glass full of ruby red liquid and a razor thin wisp of a collar. The collar leaves behind some slippery particles of lacing that slide right back into the body.

As soon as I jam my nose in the glass I'm hit with nostril tingling raspberry vinegarette, heavy on the balsamic. The raspberry is explosive and each deep pull I take I notice melon undertones in line with cantaloupe and honeydew. The evident sourness in the nose gets my salivary glands working immediately. Underneath are slight notes of funkiness with some mild blue cheese and plastic being evident. The comparison to raspberry vinegarette is mind boggling and invades the nose.

The flavor is bursting with raspberry goodness as well. As a matter of fact the flavor profile mimics the nose to a tee. Ripe raspberry hits on the tip of the tongue before sliding into the vinegarette. Mid palate the vinegarette turns into sour, mouth puckering white vinegar. The finish smoothes out with the berry notes, raspberry, and the mild funkiness I mentioned in the aroma, minus the plastic. This is a pretty intensely sour, interesting lambic.

Although this beer is nearly still the mouthfeel still seems to hold up well. The body is fairly light and slightly oily with a prickly sourness that really bites on the back of the tongue. The sourness will make you pucker without a doubt. This is one of the more intensely sour beers I've had in a little while.

After the first few sips when my tastebuds adjust to the sourness this morphs into a pretty refreshing lambic. The light body and puckering tartness keep the glass tilted while the expressive raspberry and melon qualities keep me coming back for more.

Hanssen's Experimental lambics are both of good quality. The raspberry is super expressive with the fruitiness and has a strong backbone of balsamic vinegar. I could easily see myself picking more of these up in the future if they make it back to Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:25:22 | More by joe1510
Photo of GbVDave


3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

A: The cork slid out quickly and silently. An angry pour netted not one bubble or hint of foam. Absolutely still. Clear, rosey-red with no hint of sediment.

S: Blast of red wine vinegar, sour raspberries, a touch of wood, and, like someone already mentioned, raspberry vinagrette.

T: Just as above with the additions of sour/puckery lemon, tart cherry, acetone, and as it comes to temp, a bit of funk and/or dirt.

M: Very prickly and acidic. Strips the tongue and leaves it feeling pretty raw. The finish hides a fleeting sense of sweetness right before another acidic wave.

D: A rather bracing lambic, for sure. If you like sour and acidic, then this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 01:37:24 | More by GbVDave
Photo of emerge077


3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 00:58:15 | More by emerge077
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 20:34:05 | More by koopa
Photo of blaheath


2.3/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 16:25:06 | More by blaheath
Photo of brownbeer


1.75/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 02:56:36 | More by brownbeer
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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
77 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.