Hanssens Experimental Cassis | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Hanssens Experimental CassisHanssens Experimental Cassis
BA SCORE
60.5%
Liked This Beer
3.7 w/ 253 ratings
Hanssens Experimental CassisHanssens Experimental Cassis
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
Ranking:
#27,498
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
253
Liked:
153
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
15.95%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
31
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of brew3crew
1.29/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- looks like cherry koolaid. No head whatsoever
S-wow. I have to say this is one of the worse/funkiest smells I have ever had. I don't even want to drink this. And yet, I solider on...
T-wow. This is like rotten cherries only sour. How the f is this rated so high. This HAS to be a bad bottle
M-medium bodied and undrinkable.
D- zero. Poured taste out.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.34/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cork slid out easily with no noise, no carbonation. Not low carbonation, bit completely still.

Smell is of rotting fruit(good) and acetone(bad). It really is dominated by the acetone, nothing enjoyable about it.

The taste is a little tart fruit, a sweetness and amazing amounts of, you guessed it, acetone.

I let the glass sit for about an hour, tried it again. I'm having a hard time powering though this, and end up dumping the last bit out. I will have a hard time drinking, let alone buying, another one of these again.

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Photo of Summerteeth
1.57/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like something you would give as an April Fool's gag.

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Photo of JBIII
1.79/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This was one of the worst lambic beers I have ever had. It's tastes of composting fruit, rotting wood and sandalwood. It's very tart and acidic.

Definitely exhibits qualities of wild yeast. Which although, common for this type of beer, yields too many inferior flavor and aroma profiles.

Maturing in oak barrels seems to have only added notes of inferior wood and seems inappropriate for this beer style.

At 13+ dollars for a 12.7 fl oz bottle, you'd be wasting your money. Unless you are looking for a cheap way to punish yourself without showing signs of bruising.

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Photo of SkiBum22
2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of zaphodchak
2.14/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lot number A

Garnet body, no head, no lacing, no nothing.

Smells... bad. Bretty and sour, sure... but uriney. For a lambic, offensive smells dominate the currant.

Taste is not much better. After several sips, I can reconcile that it has a red currant base, but it's waterier (which is just as well because they're so sour to begin with). There's some dull, musty taste on it as well that I can't quite place, sort of bitter.

Mouthfeel is flat, thin, doesn't help it at all.

This is kinda like red currant juice that someone left out (or in this case, in bretty oak barrels) for too long. One of the most expensive beers I've bought recently by volume, but probably the worst. If this was an experiment, I would tentatively call it a failure. I can't help but wonder if I got a skunked one somehow. Did the currant juice kill the yeast, maybe?

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Photo of RyanCrawford
2.28/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of Urbancaver
2.31/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very Pretty pinkish red. No head to speak of. Cmpletely flat. Smells like ass. Total garbage. Smells so so bad. Tastes funky and fruity. Really unimpressive. Other than having no carbonation it has a decent mouthfeel. Okay drinkability but overall really unimpressive

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Photo of BostonHops
2.42/5  rDev -34.6%
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)

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Photo of perrymarcus
2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | 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 is a letdown. the funky and yeast are there with the currants, but just over the top tart/sour; very dry. not enjoying this one.

medium bodied mouthfeel with virtually zero carbonation.

overall this was $14 down the drain, pretty literally. will not buy again.

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Photo of waddellc2
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of lpotter
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of thegerm87
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of Wayne17
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Funkier than James Brown. No carb at all which isn't necessarily a bad thing. the smell is muted, not getting much but maybe a little funk and no fruit. The taste is something like putting an old band-aid you dropped in the zebra pen at the zoo into your mouth. I wondered if maybe mine was super old or hadn't been cellared properly before my acquisition but I've read similar reviews. I also consulted a friend in Belgium who drinks lambics regularly and he said, "I poured this in the drain."

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lotnr B.

Pours a murky dark cranberry juice color with no head and no lace. There is some sediment floating around in the beer after the pour into the glass. Smell is of balsalmic vinegar and a sour/tart black currants. Taste is of watery balsalmic vinegar, watery and mildly sour black currant juice, and an off cork-like flavor on the finish. This beer has no carbonation with a super flat mouthfeel. I was expecting this when the cork came out without even the slightest pop. Overall, this just isn't a very good beer for many reasons but it is definitely much better than the Oudbeitje Lambic of theirs. That isn't saying much however.

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Photo of mlklein27
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of mwa423
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dark and slightly hazy ruby red with little head.

S - Yeasty and funky with a strong fruity aroma there is a sour bite even in the aroma.

T - The taste is far more understated than the aroma would suggest. There is lots of fruity flavors but also some band aide with a bit of tart and sour notes.

M/D - Mouthfeel was dead flat, had the same mouthfeel as water, so quite unpleasant. This again an experiment...that probably shouldn't be repeated.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

This beer pours a dark magenta and purple with very little carbonation. There's no head to speak of and very little cling to the glass. A pretty color, but a disappointing pour.

A very muted aroma; there simply isn't a lot here. That being said, what is here is nice. There's sweet and tart aromas of currants and a bit of tart sourness, but everything is all very faraway. As the beer warms, a mild funky yeast becomes present, the fruit becomes a bit stronger, and overall the aroma succeeds admirably.

A watery flavor with muted flavors of currants and a very mild sourness. Fruity, but also very watery. Disappointing, especially because I've had such fine examples from Hanssens.

Medium bodied with nearly no carbonation.

A very disappointing lambic mainly because I've had such fine beers from this brewery.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of moose1980
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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 DosBeerigos
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C: Cloudy
H: Pink/Purple
N: HOLY DIAPER SHIT

Well again big thanks to The Cerveza Chica for snagging this bottle for me on her last trip to Chicago.

This is a hard beer to drink, not because it is sour, but because it smells like straight up dirty diaper shit. Nasty, Funky, Just Down Right GROSS. Get past the smell, let it breathe a bit, and this is a damn fine Lambic. I prefer more acidic qualities, but this was a nice blend of sweet and sour.

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Photo of Onibubba
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little to no pop of the cork. Pours a grape juice still body with the faintest of lacing. OK...I have never noticed the "diaper" aroma before on a lambic or wild beer, but this has it going in spades. This smells like pure feces, quite literally. Yeah, there is some rotten fruit, but the prevailing aroma is pure undadulterated shit. Dare I take a sip? For fifteen bucks, the answer is yes. Musty and sour, with an almost crisp fruit follow up - blueberry pancakes and syrup. Nice, but that smell. Honestly, this is borderline putrid. Body is painfully thin and still, with absoutely no carbonation. Drinkabilty is passible...If you hold your nose. Consider this purchase carefully...

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of koko2315
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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