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Hanssens Experimental Cassis | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Brewed by:
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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

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Photo of nobodyhadthis
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of DCon
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12.7 FL OZ bottle of this @ The Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $14. Poured from the Scroll looking label w/ Pink writing & outlining into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has lotnr: H stamped off on the side.

Aroma- Has a big time "stinky" aroma including big time barnyard and a "horse blanket" attribute I've found in many of these. An unknown fruit aroma is blended but definitely compliments all of the sour notes nicely. Well planned out aroma!

Appearance- Pours almost no head at all and same goes for the non-lace finish. Has the darkest red/light-medium brown colored body that has good clarity but deep.

Flavor- Black currants are the main attraction here! A very ripe and dark cherry/sour berry flavor comes in next. Most acidic brew I may have ever tasted! High barnyard level and has a bit of oak in the finish. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, HIGHEST carbonation level, Puckers the mouth big time, and finishes tart with berries and a taste never enjoyed before. You have to have this yourself!

Overall Impression- While finding that after each drink, it made my mouth water and pucker up, I would have to say they did a fantastic job of aging and making this one of their most complexed brews! May be one of my favorite sours this month so far! Pick up a 12.7oz bottle and share if your not brave enough to take on this type of brew. For me, this was spot on!

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Photo of blisscent
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SFLpunk
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Beautiful red burgundy. No carbonation to speak of. Looks like a Zweigelt.

Nose: Earthy, meaty, oaky, rocks and gravel, black currant (of course). Aromas are more closely associated with a fine Bourgogne rouge than any other beer I've ever had. Golden raisins (props). Some funk, but not overwhelming.

Palate: Crisp and tart. Medium-light bodied and juicy. Flavors are centered around black raspberry and cassis, some meaty-earthiness, gravel or granite, tanned leather and something dense and green (like snow peas or green beans or sugar snap peas or fiddleheads). Finish is long and round and evolving. Not the most sour lambic, tart really.

Notes: If your are a fan of fine French bourgogne rouge, this is your beer. I draw more comparisons to pinot noir from a rocky vineyard than anything else.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.56/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bit of a translucent ruby color with barely any carbonation but it still manages to leave a bit of lacing.

S: Mmmm. Funky dark currants and cherry. Great bouquet for the nose.

T: Big mouth of funk with the dark fruits following right behind. Nice ripe cherry taste left on my tongue.

M: Light to medium body with light carbonation and a pleasant dry feeling left behind.

D: Beautiful beer here that I'm glad I had the pleasure of trying!

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Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of MCImes
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of ajevne
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robbiepmelton
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mesmerizing purplish red with no head, which is pretty much like all hanssens beers i've had, so i won't give it a 5, but i think rating it low since it doesn't have a pretty head and lots of lace is absurd. anyways... i get wet rock and funk (wet wool, manure, barn) first in the nose. sort of surprising because i expected a super tart and fruity nose. the fruit and acid are there, but they are pleasantly subdued, divinely juicy and wrapped up in a nice oaky package. taste is just joyously balanced with signature hanssens funk and juicy, fruity flavor wound up and amped up by an awesome woody acid tartness. clean flavor with an acidic finish and fruity (almost grape-like) aftertaste. pure. defined flavors. soft and silky medium body with no tingle to it. underrated for sure. amazing. a must for lambic/wild ale fans imho. thank you hanssens for keeping this wonderful tradition alive.

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Photo of Zerga
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good tasting beer. Not a usual beer: different flavor, very nice exception on the range. Smooth beer, wide pallet.

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Photo of Ego
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

no real pop from the cork but a nice must tart waft of lambic goodness does entice the nose...

lowly carbonated, like flat grape soda, the color reminds me of a cloudy-er version of rose de gambrinus, so boring and lambic looking, but of course that is cue on for the style. reddish clay with just a few archipelagos of bubbles inhabiting the globe of water as viewed from an eagle eye atop, utterly sublime...

definite musty odor but the fruit holds well in defiant tartness, a touch grassy with metallic/mineral notes, the currants form a nice pillow in the back to rest all the confluence of odor here, it's like smelling rotten bubble gum... as a lambic fan, I dig it. nothing seems so "experimental" so far...

taste etc...
thin and very tart to start, the tartness is quite acceptable compared to some cantillon stock but it is a nice refresher, the currants for me lay some where up front and blend throughout the sip, the tartness just gives it a crazy mouthwatering feel that supplants the actual lack of feel to the beer itself, although this drinks thin it is a touch thicker than most lambics, which is nice...
there is no sense of carbonation whatsoever, and that doesn't detract whatsoever.

verdict ?
why experiment ? this is a really nice lambic more towards the tart end of things but I like that (and there's nothing wrong with that). Worth seeking out...

music: minus the bear "...gigantic"

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic sour beer, worth seeking out.

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Photo of parkeak0
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
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 nathanmiller
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nas5755
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark red lambic that borders and battles purple for the distinction of color. The nose is funkified, with layers of horseblanket, mud, sourness, berries and currants, this is dirty. Hanssens is the champion when it comes to dirty barnyard funk. Again, really dirty and I mean that as a compliment, lots of funk, barnyard, musty with red currants and tart berries, oak tannins. Carbonation is absent and would improve the fruit aspects, but I dont think I can complain. The stillness just supplies ideas to original state of lambic a few hundred years ago. Overall, this is a pretty outstanding beer, the barnyard characters are outstanding.

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Photo of kindacold
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quick review:

Pours beautiful red with murky brown colors, no head. Beautiful.

Smells very sour. Vinegar, oak, fruit. Outstanding!

Tastes very complex. Of course starts with vinegar and oak. Currants follow, with some pepper and spiciness. There is a distinct bitterness throughout, but it balances with the tartness and sour flavors. Subtle meat flavor at finish.

Feels very dry and light bodied.

Love this beer.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml cork and cage "lotnr a" labeled as being 6%ABV. raspberry colored trim on label.

no carbonation. pours a murky plum color. No head. Actually my first still lambic - which is historically accurate for the style. I'm under the impression that the Geuze was the only traditionally carbonated Belgian sour.

smells sour, seriously complex Brettanomyces character. A dark musky Brett which is not what I am used to. -Actually smells acidic. Slight dark fruit finish. Really interesting. I'm surprised it has so much of an aroma even though it isn't carbonated.

Taste is similar to smell. Tastes very well aged. Can't perceive any malt flavor. Initial flavor goes straight into sour funk - wild yeast. (Fruit->Sour->Oak->Brett). Black Currant is tannic and sharp enough of a flavor to compete against intense wild yeast character. Tannins leave a coating mouthfeel (which I think is a good thing). Moderate fruit aftertaste.

Thin body as expected. Highly acidic, really packs a punch. Sourness lingers a bit. Better as I sip on and my palate adjusts bit.

I was really worried after reading some of the reviews. But this is awesome lambic. It might have been a good bottle, or properly aged and stored. I noticed many of the more positive reviews were from my immediate area.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)
Lotar: A
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy dense glowing deep cranberry body with a few little bubbles turning into a wisp of microscopic bubbles attempting a head.

S- The tart musty note has a bright wet wood note to it and a very clean currant hint.

T- The sharp bright tartness has a rhubarb vegital tartness and a wet wood with some black currant notes that grow as the beer warms. There is a tartness in the finish that sticks to the tongue as it lingers. Some white cheese rind and brett character comes through in the finish aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a soft astringent pucker that coats the mouth and a slippery texture.

O- The tart character and musty fruit notes blend with a really old barrel quality. There is a full bright tartness but lots of other character comes through in layers underneath it.

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky purplish red. Brightly plum colored when held to the light. If plums had some red in them. Just a few wisps of carbonation. A nearly flat beer, which is my only real gripe against it.

Smells like a blistering assault of sour berry, sour oak, sour funky funk, some barnyard mustiness, and a bit of vinegar-ish mold.

Taste is very, very sour. Nevertheless, a surprising light berry sweetness if you let it linger on your tongue. Kind of like a sour berry pie that's gone overboard on the sour. Some nice oak, a dash of musty cobwebbed funk, and overlaying it all is an unholy/delicious bracing acid berry avalanche. Funky sour FTW.

Shocked I haven't had a chance to try it before, and underrated, IMHO.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by floydster on 10/31/2009. Thanks Kyle. The beer pours near still and burgundy. The few bubbles that materialize are from the result of a hard pour.

The nose is a Brett assault with musty and musky barnyard, goaty, wet leather, and horse blanket. This is unbridled funk. Currant and dark berry notes are strong, and I get a moderate amount of acetic acid. The nose is outstanding.

The flavor opens funky and stays funky throughout. Lactic notes are present in the flavor, though I didn't detect them in the nose. The flavor is every bit as funky as the aroma, with notes of musty barnyard and horse blanket. The cassis is ripe and ready for picking. Though, it's sour, so maybe it's not quite ripe. It could probably use a few more weeks, but it's damn good in this beer. The beer has a moderate acidity and a low level of vinegar with wood notes. The beer could use a little more carbonation, but that's my only complaint. This is delicious stuff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle at Beachwood, 6% ABV, great Old World label,

A: Pours burgundy, wine like colour, red-purple with a smattering of bubbles, beautiful fruit shades.

S: Great Brett/horse blanket funk hits immediately, with notes of black currant and dark fruit.

T: A funky yeasty beer upfront with heavy fruit, but not sweet. Left Bank Bordeaux type cassis flavours mid-palate, ending with a heavy apple cider/dark vinegar flavour which is quite enjoyable. Classic Brett undertone.

M: Flat pretty much in the carbonation department, but that's the deal with a lot of lambics. The acidity is strong and the beer has a real tart/tannic finish which I really liked. Some carbonation would have improved this aspect, but it's not all bad. Very mild residual sweetness, off-dry I'd say.

D: I've never seen this available in stores, and frankly I don't know how old it is. But this a true treat for the lambic fan, I certainly enjoyed delving into this beauty on a so far uneventful Valentine's Day.

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