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:
#27,535
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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lateral cassis tasting, with Kuhnenn to smooth the tongue. This one is vinegary and woody, the cassis is there, its a sipper but very good for what it is. Pours dark berry colour, with no head whatsoever. Nice winter night beer.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

shocked these are rated so low here. this is delicious limbic with just the right amount of fruit. beautiful pink color to this and much more carbonation than some of their other beers, which i am thankful for in this context. a pucker nose so sour i can feel it in my jaw line and my whole palate begins to water. so tempting and alluring. a little sweetness on the nose, ripe fruit, but its hard to decipher black currant specifically. the taste starts lean and sharp, lots of lactic character not overshadowed by the fruit, which comes on slow and mellow, picking it up with a little sugar but not too much. mouth watering after the swallow, this is a beauty of a fruited sour. currants are an interesting choice, giving color and body, and a jammy property. i like that we have some real carbonation here, and the light body is a nice canvass for the flavors and textures to paint. prohibitively expensive, but absolutely delicious.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear red in color and poured with only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are very strong and pungent musty and sour aromas in the nose, similar to what you would expect from a very aromatic cheese.
T: The taste is very sour and has hints of black currants. It is a lot more palatable compared to the smell and isn’t nearly quite as funky.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with little if any carbonation.
O: The strong funky aroma of this beer is not for the faint of heart, but the drinkability isn’t that bad if you can get past the smell.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weak pop as the cork is pulled, the cork itself is stained magenta on the bottle end. Served at 52º in a Hanssens tumbler glass. An aggressive pour yielded a thin layer of larger bubbles. After a few minutes they are reduced to a threaded strand of white foam at the edge. The color is a very saturated and vivid burgundy tone, it looks like cherry juice or the grape "communion wine" of my youth.

Traditional lambic funk of hay and barn stalls, musty old leather with some light acidic sweetness from the currants. Swirling brings out some wood and uric notes against the sweet fruit. A definite "house character" funk that runs through all of the Hanssens Lambics, hard to pin down but noticeable after trying their lineup.

Wet topsoil, cheese rind, dark berries, the flavor is literally earthy in the gardening sense. More and more it has the taste of currants, stems, leaves, roots and all. Dirty I guess. Some horsiness, rose petal, and minor sterile gauze (Brett) in the aftertaste. Very unique flavor with good complexity.

Very little to no carbonation, quite vinous, acidic and puckering with a drying finish. Really stimulates the salivary glands like none other. It's slick and a little briny, much like an unblended Lambic and Oudbeitje.

Definitely one to sip slowly and savor, strictly for the hardcore Lambic fans.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep red color lambic with a tiny bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of barnyard and funky notes is quite powerful. Taste is also dominated by loads of barnyard and wet leather notes with nice tart cassis and some sour and light acid notes. Body is about average with no carbonation. Very complex beer with no sugar notes and loads of lambic really coming through even though cassis are still discernable.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Kyle.

No head, hazy semi clear rosy ruby color.

Nose big tart funk, sour berry funk, vinous grape and musty dank concord grape, little sweet candy sour fruit, acidic.

Taste quite tart, fair acidic bite, grape wine vinegar notes, with nice tart sour fruit, sour reddish grape vinous dank, tart funk, sour funk, bready notes. Dry bready notes, tart sticky grape, sour funk.

Mouth a bit thin, lighter carb, light flemmy, decent acidic.

Overall decent but not nearly as good as many others out there.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear ruby red with absolutely no head whatsoever. There is no visible carbonation and no lacing present on the glass.

S: The aroma of this beer is very offputting, pungent, and slightly unpleasant. There is a certain sour mustiness to aroma which is very intense but not altogether enjoyable.

T: The flavors of this beer are also slightly unpleasant with hints of vinegar, sour, musty, and slightly metallic.

M: Light bodied with very little carbonation and a little bit of tongue puckering caused by the flavors.

O: This beer reminds me of aromatic cheeses which are something that I really enjoy but this is not a beer that I would want to sample again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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 wethorseblanket
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 60.5% out of 100 with 253 ratings
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