Experimental Cassis
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #157
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #32,440
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 15.38%
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
263
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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  18
Gots
  33
SCORE
87
Very Good
Experimental CassisExperimental Cassis
Notes: Ale brewed with black currants and matured in oak barrels.
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Reviews by woosterbill:
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, from a basket into a Fantôme tulip. Thanks, Tony! I believe this is the only bottled Hanssens offering that I haven't already ticked. Very excited.

A: Opaque maroon body with a thin cap of light purple bubbles that settles into a persistent ring. Light lace. Ok, but nothing memorable.

S: Um...smells like nice, traditional cow manure. Once I get beyond the shit, it's got some lovely jammy currant notes as well as tons of straight lemony acidity. Crazy, and I'm rather ashamed to admit that in this context I actually love it. Only Hanssens, only Hanssens...

T: Tons of juicy currant up front, with bright acidity and some nice earthy funk behind. Cleanly sour finish. Beautiful, and (for better or worse) entirely devoid of the...interesting...aromatics. Great tasting fruit Lambic, plain and simple.

M: Quite flat, slick medium body. Not great, but acceptable.

O: What can I say? Hanssens consistently makes the most offensively delicious, the most delectably obnoxious beers I've ever had. There's something comforting about that, don't you think?

Cheers!

Jun 01, 2013
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was quite pleased to find bottles of this at Bier Station--they pulled out some of their cellared beers for a New Belgium Accumulation KC tapping party that also was offering bottles of Le Terroir and La Folie. So, sort of a sour beer theme, I suppose (albeit strange to connect the sour beers to a white IPA tapping). But i digress... Enjoyed out of a 375 mL green C&C bottle and poured into a narrow Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. No dating to be found, but the label is notched with "lotnr C". Based on the scant info that I could find online, this bottle is likely 2-3 years old. Or not--that's just a stab in the dark.

Appearance - Further suspicion of the age is confirmed when the pour reveals a line of dark sediment lengthwise down the bottle. Clearly has some age, as well as some time being stored on it's side. I had this one upright for a good two weeks before opening. Anyway, moving on to the appearance in the glass. The pour yields an apologetic half finger of bubbly froth at the top of the glass that further suggests a bit of age to this bottle. I hesitate to call it 'head'. It's the color of purple-twinged parchment. Body is very beautiful, however, a deep amethyst jewel color with hints of reddish purple.

Smell - Dominated by the woody characteristic of the oak barrels along with a lightly tart and acidic fruitiness from the black currant. There are some almost wine-like tannin characteristics, as well as notes of pinot and syrah grapes. The acidity is sufficient to give my olfactory nerves that exciting pinch of anticipation of a sour beer.

Taste - Almost delivering on the promise of the smell, this is predominantly oak and currant. There is a wonderfully puckering element, but it's faint, and then a dry finish. As it warms, it becomes a little more lactic and sour. But it never rises to that level of pucker that I really like in a nice fruit lambic. This one is more on the sweet side, but not as sweet as what I expected based on what I'd heard about Hanssens.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light body with low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, I thought this was a quality fruit lambic and one that let the currant and barrel shine through. The only drawback is that I think I can find pretty comparable fruit lambics and sour beers for less than $15 for a single serving beer. Glad to have sampled it once.

Nov 22, 2013
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Dreizhen from District of Columbia

4.56/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this with a messed up label on clearance at Kroger. Wonderful surprise. Beautiful aroma really stands out. Taste isn't quite as good, but still comes out really strong. Black current taste was subtle, but enough to catch your attention. This was better than a handful of Cantillons I've had. Great with a cheese plate.

Mar 12, 2015
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty lightly carbonated; a careful pour only summons forth a wispy, pale pink head that only covers a third of the top of my beer. The beer is a darkish, red-plum color that shows a hazy, bright red color when held up to the light. Ah, this has that signature Hanssens funk, dirty as they come without becoming truly nasty. This smells of woody, moldy mushrooms, musty cellar notes, funky enteric notes, butyric barnyard notes, phenolic and sweat soaked dried leather, musky animal notes are the up front note, but there is a nice berry-like, fruity currant note that sort of ties the back end together. Other notes of spicy, woody oak and puffed wheat cereal notes that are actually quite strong. A lactic induced tartness is here, a touch of urea as well, and the fruit character also adds a tannic, berry skin note that helps to boost the currant character.

Only very lightly carbonate, and the beer is very dry and nicely tart. Subsequent sips see the chewy, fruitiness actually seems to suggest a very light sweetness that might not actually be here. The lactic sourness definitely is nicely aggressive with a bracing tartness that provides a nice puckering note. The currants and oak character provides a bit of a tannic structure that helps to also boost the body of this beer; it actually has a light viscousness to it that provides a touch of heft as it moves across the tongue. The currants also evoke thoughts of a light, fruity, but oaky red wine underneath the more dominant tartness. There is a fair amount of funkiness here, but it is not at the same level it is in the aroma, nor is it as funky as Hanssens' Lambics can sometimes get. Woody mushroom notes, musty earthy flavors, a touch of urea, with some enteric notes in the finish and a solid Brettanomyces character that provides some muskiness and some sweat dried blanket notes. A touch of puffed wheat flavor adds some grain notes towards the finish

The currants provide some nice character here, evocative of a berry-focused, oaked red wine at times, but still with a solid currant character that melds quite well with the funky base Lambic beer. I am definitely finding the puffed wheat cereal note in this beer quite interesting, it isn't very strong, but nicely accents the finish of both the nose and flavor of this beer. Some more carbonation and effervescence would make this more lively and would like make the flavors pop a bit more, but I honestly don't miss the carbonation that much. I hope they are making this a more regular item as I would love to see what they can do with this once they dial this beer in. I'll definitely say that a 375ml bottle was not enough for me as my bottle is gone way too fast.

Jun 20, 2009
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spointon from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this one from a corked and caged green bottle into a small stemmed tulip.

A= beautiful deep reddish purple in color, with decent clarity. There was very little head to speak of and zero retention as can be expected from the style.

S= Smelled like it should, with lots of acetic sourness, some jammy cassis notes, and a kiss of bretty funk.

T= Started off with a big punch of sourness that slowly yields to the fruit character. Later in the swallow the oakiness and the Brett come through, before a bone dry and well flavored fruity finish.

MF= very thin body, as is appropriate to the style. This was nearly devoid of carbonation, and could have used some more.

D= Not quite the acid bomb that I find many of the Hanssens lambics to be, and the cassis fruit is well integrated and quite pleasant. I would drink this again for sure, but hope for a bit more carbonation next time.

Apr 19, 2014
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parkeak0 from District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +18%
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.

Apr 10, 2016
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this beer from a wine glass yesterday. It's retired on here but I just picked it up at the store last week, label says "Lotnr: C" on the side. Pours a beautiful red with ruddish, ruby highlights. Opaque in its cloudiness and with an almost non-existent head.

Smell is sweet fruit, super tart, hints of funk.

First sip reveals this is a doozy. Initial blast of ultra tart, middle is sweet with the currant fruit dominating, hints of funk at the end with some fleshy fruit and a residual tartness. Feels light in the stomach but difficult to drink fast due to the acidity. Overall flavor experience like chewing into a raw lemon.

A brilliant beer from Hanssens, but judging by the reviews on here, a bit too extreme for some not used to ultra-tart lambics. If this is truly from 2013 then it has benefited from the added time in bottle. Otherwise this is still really great.

Sep 07, 2015
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

375ml into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark magenta color with a tiny bit of light purple lacing.

S: Intensely funky aroma. Rotted wood, wet hay, lots of horseyness from the brett, light lactic notes and currant fruitiness.

T: Brett is equally as expressive in the taste. Very gamey, lactic and pedio acidity, very mild currant fruitiness (almost not there).

M: Medium-bodied, very light carbonation.

O: More carbonation would be good, as well as a little more balance in the bugs department. The brett is a bit overwhelming.

Feb 17, 2013
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Danny1217 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This seems to have mixed reviews. I don't really get any off notes here, just huge sourness with some funky brett, tannic dryness, and jammy fruit. It's flat but that's just how Hanssens rolls.

Mar 14, 2015
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thegerm87 from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Aug 23, 2014
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redfox405 from California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 01, 2019
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12.7 corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.
no freshness info. (ABV 6%)

pours a murky dark purple shade wth the complete absence of a head. lackluster pop from the cork hinted at that. nose is decent; very tart smelling with strong notes of funk and yeast. my mouth is puckering just from the aroma.

flavor, unfortunately, is a letdown. the funky and yeast are there with the currants, but just over the top tart/sour and vinegary; very dry. not enjoying this one. medium bodied mouthfeel with virtually zero carbonation.

the long and short of this one is it's just not for me... $14 down the drain, pretty literally. will not buy again.

(originally reviewed: 05-16-2011)

Jun 14, 2012
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dasmusik from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Feb 19, 2012
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Unchi from California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Jan 14, 2014
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logicalparadox from New York

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Apr 06, 2014
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RandyKemka from New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Sep 29, 2012
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Myst from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Oct 22, 2012
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stealth from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Oct 07, 2013
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st9647v3 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Sep 29, 2012
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jwat from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 31, 2016
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jfcaa193 from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Feb 18, 2012
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shigg85 from Japan

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Nov 01, 2012
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gshak from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun 06, 2020
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Quafftastic from Virginia

3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

May 16, 2017
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Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Apr 07, 2016
Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 263 ratings