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Hanssens Experimental Cassis | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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3.7/5
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253 Ratings
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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:
#28,641
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
253
pDev:
15.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, but "Lot B" is notched
Glass: Girardin degustation glass

Hanssens' experimental currant lambic is a very tart, but vinous and berry-like fruit beer that is complex and satisfying when in the mood for the style. A bit on the expensive side, but locally available, which makes this a probably go-to when looking for a fruit-influenced lambic.

Pours a 1cm light purple to pink colored head of small to medium-sized bubbles, which fizzle fairly quickly to a thick ring around the center of the glass and some ghostly ripples of wispy foam atop the body of the beer. Body is an amber purple color, with light bringing out brighter amber red hues with a touch of purple and orange. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, fairly minimal though rather active.

Aroma is quite pungent and sour, of very strong lemons combined with acetic and lactic acids with noticeable hints of strong red wine that are undoubtedly contributed by the red currants. There's a bit of light brettanomyces-influenced composting farm hay in the background, and with time, a bit of oak and graham-cracker crust peek through as well.

Overall flavor is quite sour, puckering, but berry-like and delicious. The tongue tingles from the tartness even some time after the sip is swallowed. Opens with light tartness, slight vinous characters, and berrylike fruit esters, particularly red and blackberries. Mid-palate finds tart Meyer lemons, oak, acidic and berry-like wine, fruit esters as from dark blackberries and raspberries. Back of palate is strongly tart with very flavorful berry-like esters and some oak and light funk. Aftertaste of oak, residual tartness from acids, and lingering dark raspberry and blackberry flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a faint effervescence that goes well with the sourness and tart fruit of the beer. While the carbonation could be stronger and aid this beer, the tartness effortlessly moves this across the palate. Closes quite dry, as one would expect, with little residual stickiness on the tongue and long-lingering mild astringency. In general, this doesn't feel poorly, but just average.

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Photo of MystikCelt
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Psychmusic
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of AmitC
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Etan
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hugonaut13
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of stakem
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to eagles22 for hooking me up with a bottle of this. Thanks again Ed! The brew pours from a 375ml bottle into a snifter, a clear ruby red color that is reminescent of cool aide. A few bubbles collect around the edge when swirled.

The smell is earthy with funk and lactic hints. Mild vinegar and its overall well.. a bit poopy. There is a wet wood character blending into some suggestions of berry and cheese and more funk. As it warms up, it give off a hint of plastic.

The flavor is dry with plenty of oak and tannin-like astringency. Funky wild character and hints of yogurt, cheese and vinegar are present before the onset of a mild fruity berry taste/alcohol ester. As it warms up some plastic and phenolics emerge mingling with minerals that almost leaves a meaty aftertaste inside the mouth.

This is a light bodied, still brew with a little booze impact. It is overall kind of nice and unique with a pleasant berry inclusion but with a big funk impact that isnt exactly clean. Its worth a try if you havent had it but its also not something I would see myself returning to considering the other options available.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of wd40
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually refrained from reviewing this beer thinking that I had received a bad bottle with no carbonation. After reading a few reviews I realize that a lot of people had this problem! The beer was actually very good despite the lack of carbonation. I hope Hanssens will brew this again and fix whatever went wrong in the process that so many of us got bottles with little to no carbonation. It was a very nice and refreshing beer with some definite potential.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage 375 ml pours a clear red color with little to no head and no collar.

Nose is cantillon sour with a serious raspberry notes. Wonderful and totally awesome!!

Taste is one-dimensionally good. Man, the berry tartness is unbelievable and the roundness of the flavors are super. The mouthfeel is great and the beer even better. This is one of the best sours I have had recently. Mouthfeel - great. Flavor-subtle. Sourness factor- medium. I don’t know if ageing had something to do with it, but it is a tasty beverage fo sho!

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is basically still. Radiant orange hued and pretty hazy. The aroma offers tart raspberries, funk. Very acetic. Berry presence is there, with a bit of vinegar in the finish. Tartness gains intensity as I progress through the beer. Lacking the complexity and depth found in my favorite raspberry lambics. Light in body and devoid of carbonation. Overall, this was ok, but I don't see myself purchasing this again, especially with the high price tag.

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Photo of brystmar
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lot B, thanks Denise!

Deep purple body, minimal pinkish head. Aroma seems off: sulfuric fault is reminiscent of the scrambled eggs I had at brunch. Covers up almost everything else here, pretty lackluster so far.

Hearty currants dominate the taste; mild egg whites carry over from the aroma as well. Yeast imparts bitterness. Crisp tartness towards the end, and although the fruity character has depth it doesn't grab me the way other fruited lambics have in the past. Still, the taste is the best part of the experience -- and that's what *should* shine, right?

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Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 253 ratings
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