Very Special Old Red (VSOR)
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Very Special Old Red (VSOR)Very Special Old Red (VSOR)
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From:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
 
Belgium
Style:
Fruit Lambic
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
Needs more ratings
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
3
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 30, 2020
Added:
May 06, 2019
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Very Special Old Red (VSOR)Very Special Old Red (VSOR)
Notes: Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and sour cherries macerated 7 months in lambic in oak barrels.
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
A 375ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 16th November 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark red colour with an orange hue, with a thin off white head that left no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, acetone, with musty, damp and balsamic notes.

Taste: Sour, intense sour, cherry, raspberry, oak, acidic, balsamic vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, acidic, medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: A few bottlings of Hanssens have had strong sourness and harsh acidity, and after the first sip I thought that this was going down that similar route. But thankfully things improved somewhat after that first sip, and I think that the berries somehow toned down the acidity to a slightly more acceptable level.
Jul 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by desint from Belgium

Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.05 by acurtis from New Jersey

Sep 05, 2019
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle sample from the source at Hanssens Artisanaal, Toer De Geuze 2019.

Dark scarlet red, thin ring of loose bubbles, light to no carb.
Huge red fruit aroma, strawberry, cherry, and raspberry.
Very acidic, sour and juicy. Strawberry, raspberry, and cherry flavors, light lemony vinaigrette sourness. Vinous and still, a lot like a fruity natural wine. Unique fruit character, light oak in the aftertaste. Overall it’s pretty extreme and distinctive, like most of Hanssens output. Best shared due to the high acidity, but it’s nice stuff.

Side note: Still unblended lambic is intentional and traditional. Anyone can force carbonate beer. This is done the traditional way, straight from the barrel without CO2 added, which has become nearly extinct in our modern/filtered/sterilized world. This is often lost on international consumers. Go to Belgium and drink unblended lambic at the source, it will change your life and obliterate any misperceptions.
May 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.85 by steverx8 from England

May 06, 2019
Very Special Old Red (VSOR) from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 5 ratings