Hanssens Experimental Cassis | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Belgium

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with black currants and matured in oak barrels.

Added by JohnQVegas on 03-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
250
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
15.99%
 
 
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Photo of Quafftastic
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

There seems to be a dividing line between judging lambics. You have your shitty category of lambics that add sugar that you often are more likely to see on shelves than an other. Then, you have those that don't. They're usually, universally almost, better. Well, here is one that doesn't add sugar, but is also kind of at the bottom of the ladder in terms of good unsweetened lambics. I blame the currant. Fuck that thing. Shitty dark cranberry.

Anyways, pours a mixture of brown and purple, more dark than a bright purple for sure. Small head, lacks retention, kind of a brown, cherry cola impression from it. Sour and tart cranberry burnt nose.

Taste, ugh, exceedingly dried out from the currant, the oak further seems like it is sapping your mouth of all water content. Puckering and drying like a sweet tart infused hair dryer. Currant always seems to amp up acidity. Does contribute some barnyard horsey stuff. Does that nice if you're looking for it. Its really the "fruit" that clashes with everything else here. There's some real good aspects of it, but ultimately this would be better without currants.

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Photo of moose1980
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looks like the Experimental Raspberry; no head. Similar paint thinner-like aroma, and at the same time metallic. Taste is not as acidic, and the black currants are extreme, but it's still hard to get past the aroma. At least I can finish this one though.

Edit: couldn't finish this one either.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of KevBot89
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy red color with absolutely no head. Aroma has lots of dusty barrel and cellar notes with some fermented fruits in the back. Taste has medium sourness, quite acidic, fruity with slight pits and skin bitterness. Light body, no carbonation, quite dry. Overall it's really rustic with lots of cellar and damp wood notes.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375ml cork and caged bottle, bottled March 2015, served in a tumbler glass. Pours a dark ruby purple body, minimal head of any kind, zero retention, no lacing. Kind of weird for a fruited lambic of any kind. Smell is a cheesy funk, moderate acetic cidery acidity, black currant tartness, a bit of hay. Solid nose here. Flavour is similar, although it seems a bit more of a sweettarts sourness to me overall; a moderate-heavy acidity overlies the black currant fruit, musty hay, cheesy funk. It's not as complex or funky as the base Oude Geuze from the same blendery, not by a mile. Still, a tasty and acidic beverage. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, seems a bit undercarbonated for a fruited lambic. Slightly watery, but plenty of acidity on the backend. An overall interesting take on a fruit lambic, but the carbonation is low and the acidity a bit too overwhelming.

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Photo of Dope
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gasc0igne
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mattboyer182
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of parkeak0
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My fiancée smelled this and, without knowing that barnyard is a somewhat common wild beer flavor note, she goes "this smells like a horse."

One of the ripest, horsey-est lambics I've ever tasted. Huge sour fruit from the currants and a ton of hardcore barnyard funk. I loved it but this is an extreme beer -- even for the category --that will put some off.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brother_rebus
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Smitch
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kvgomps
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.69 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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