Experimental Cassis
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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From:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #121
ABV:
6%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,729
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 15.9%
Ratings:
265
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 25, 2022
Added:
Mar 01, 2009
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  33
SCORE
84
Good
Experimental CassisExperimental Cassis
Notes: Ale brewed with black currants and matured in oak barrels.
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Photo of damndirtyape
2.59/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12.7 fluid oz bottle (corked and caged), served in a Lindeman's flute glass.

Appearance: Popping the cork was anti-climatic - there was no noise at all, and yet the cork was firmly in place and took some effort to remove. The beer had no head, seems mostly flat other than a little bit of bubbles noted on the sides of the glass and at the top. Clear/bright red-purple color.

Smell: Black currants and the classic lambic tart/funk aroma.

Taste: Quite tart. There is some black currant in here, but it's more vinegary and sour than anything else. Very overbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Thin, flat, a little slick.

Overall / Drinkability: Either something is very very wrong with this bottle, or this beer is not at all what I was going to expect. I've had a Cassis lambic before, and it was a delight - sour/tart, but not overwhelming. This is just too much tart and not enough flavor for balance. I feel like I'm drinking flavored vinegar. Quite the disappointment and I could not finish it. Nice color and smell, and that's about all I can say about it.

Mar 25, 2022
 
4.04 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 30, 2021
 
3.84 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Nov 19, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by officerbill from New York

so far as I can tell this was bottled in February of 2016 (4 years, 10 months ago)

The, difficult to remove, cork came out without any poof or pop. An easy pour (to avoid sediment) resulted in a deep purple ruby with no head.
Immediately hit with the aroma of black currant jam and hay
currants, almost ripe blackberries, green grapes, hay, straw, barnyard funkiness with a little apple cider
No carbonation, a "thick" feel on the tongue with a dry leathery oak mildly tart finish
This is very good. The black currant (cassis) is front with moderate tartness and natural funkiness filling it all out. An excellent fruit lambic.

Oct 31, 2020
 
3.73 by gshak from Texas on Jun 06, 2020
 
4.12 by warnerry from Michigan on May 03, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Hanssens Artisanaal bvba "Hanssens Lambic Experimental Cassis"
12. 7 fl. oz. green glass bottle, corked & caged.
$11.09 on clearance @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The cork came out with some difficulty, but also without any "pop". The first pour was then completely clear but lacking any head. It's ruby in color. I can see it has some carbonation to it though as there are some very fine bubbles, but only a few. The aroma is funky with brett and lactic acid. It's got the usual "barnyard" as well as leather and must, and a bit of fruit to it. I know that it's cassis but I wouldn't know that from smelling it. On to the flavor... it's sour but somewhat rounded. It's certainly got some sharpness to it but it's not nearly as cutting as some. The funk remains heavy and I appreciate that - sour and funky is what I want from a lambic, and the fruit here adds a third dimension that's great. I'm still not particularly getting cassis, but at the same time I'm certainly not getting any other specific fruit as well. If I didn't know that there was cassis here I'd probably suspect blackberry or elderberry, or maybe a mix with some black raspberry thrown in. There's some oak to it, and a dusting of mineral character as well, and I guess I don't need to point out that it's got a dry and acidic finish. It's bone-dry and oaky with a touch of crushed granite-like mineral lingering. It's also a bit astringent, like chewing on a grape, but that's to be expected and not a fault. It's vinous, but really more like red grape juice that's been thinned with white vinegar and water. Ohhhhh, that sounds horrible! It's really not bad at all, and so much more. I could easily see sitting at a table and relaxing in an old brown café in Antwerp while slowly working my way through one of these - and maybe more! It's a sipper. Even a nipper! But I'm constantly drawn back to it, and its aroma and flavor do not let me down. In fact, the further I go, the further I become accustomed to its acidity, and the more it opens up to me. Now, there is the issue of the cassis and so let me address that. It's unique. Cherry and raspberry are common, but the cassis lends it something special. That mineralish note that I found is most likely from the skin of the cassis. There's a kind of bitterness to it that's different, and not from hops. That's the cassis. In the mouth it's acidic, and thus zesty, but also fairly light in body. Ah, this is interesting. Now that I've poured the last of it I notice that it must have been laid on its side before I bought it. One side of the bottle is black with sediment while the other remains green. There's still a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle though. The label suggests that it's from March of 2013 which would make it almost 7 years old now, which makes sense. I wonder how much that has changed it. In the end I find it really well done, and somewhat unique. It's everything I'm looking for in a fruited lambic with the geueze base showing itself clearly and the fruit not becoming sweet, or falling back too far in overall flavor. I'd suggest that this is well worth seeking out but I'm pretty sure that time has passed.
Review #6,869

Dec 28, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

It is good but I am not sure black currants are great in a Lambik. Different but not my favorite Lambic.

Look: dark red and somewhat purple with a very thin white head

Aroma: black currants, red wine.

Taste: It is tart, some Brett funk, lots of black currants, some oak tannins and red wine flavor.

Body/Overall: light to medium body.

Nov 11, 2019
 
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Aug 06, 2019
 
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Aug 06, 2019
 
4 by redfox405 from California on May 01, 2019
 
3.77 by ajdemma from New York on Apr 04, 2019
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Sep 29, 2018
 
4.3 by desint from Belgium on Sep 05, 2018
 
4.22 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2017
 
4.06 by Foley67 from Scotland on Aug 26, 2017
 
3.27 by Quafftastic from Virginia on May 16, 2017
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3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Mar 27, 2017
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2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by moose1980 from Germany

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.

Mar 26, 2017
 
3.68 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Feb 20, 2017
 
3.13 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 29, 2017
 
3.72 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2017
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Nov 14, 2016
 
3.62 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Nov 11, 2016
 
4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Aug 31, 2016
 
3.75 by aztraz from Sweden on Aug 21, 2016
Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Stevedore from Oregon

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.

Aug 11, 2016
 
3.48 by Dope from Massachusetts on Jul 08, 2016
 
3.88 by ChrisMyhre from Massachusetts on May 23, 2016
 
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on May 13, 2016
 
2.87 by Gasc0igne from Australia on Apr 22, 2016
 
4.26 by mattboyer182 from Indiana on Apr 10, 2016
Photo of parkeak0
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by parkeak0 from District of Columbia

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.

Apr 10, 2016
 
3.17 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania on Apr 07, 2016
 
3.75 by Matt141 from Texas on Apr 02, 2016
 
3.85 by brother_rebus from Maine on Feb 21, 2016
 
4.03 by IrishColonial from Texas on Feb 14, 2016
 
3.94 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Feb 14, 2016
 
3.83 by Smitch from Wisconsin on Jan 31, 2016
 
3.95 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania on Jan 24, 2016
Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 265 ratings