Hanssens Experimental Cassis | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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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
Ratings:
250
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
15.99%
 
 
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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sirsteve42
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitterbill
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2013.

Pours a brown/rusty cloudy with almost no foam. Lacing? Nah.

The smell is 2 fold. Sour fruit and oak. Oak may be the bigger presence.

The taste is also 2 fold. Sour fruit with vinegar sourness, and that oak that for me, makes this brew more drinkable.

Light side of medium bodied, low carbonation.

My first for anything labelled Cassis. I quite like it.

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Photo of Wayne17
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
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 diamondlie
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of JamFuel
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of M-girard
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The color is an amber brown with a red hue shining through. A moderately agitated poor only yielded slight head and little lacing.

Smell: At first, acidic tartness with notes of dark fruits and notes of barnyard, horse blanked Bretty funk.

Taste: The acidity hits the palate immediately, but the sour fruitiness of the black currants is felt all the way to the bottom of the palate. Bretty funk, comes and rounds out the almost overwhelming acidity.

Mouthfeel: The low carbonation makes the beer smooth and leaves you with a complete flavor spectrum despite the high acidity.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer to share, half way through to bottle the acidity overwhelms the palate, hard to finish a bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12.7 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Pours a pinkish to reddish brown, mildly hazy, with a thin white head that fades quickly. Fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Some serious funk up front - barnyard, feet, musty basement and a bit of ripe cheese. Some tart underripe fruit provides some backbone.

T: Funky barnyard, tart currants and cherries up front. Then lactic lemony citric acid, musty hay, some cheese and feet, with a dry and tart/sour fruit at the end.

M: Medium body, average carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: I thought this was tasty, but big on the funk for sure. Nice tartness to the fruit profile. The funk and tartness has a nice complexity to it, but the sheer level of it may be a bit over the top.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of CSO
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of robbiepmelton
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ubercrazy
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ajevne
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of hopkrid
3.8/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of sjccmd
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours burnt light ruby with some haze and a tiny ring of head. More bubbles than I expected though.

Smell is definitely funk forward. Cheesy, farmy brett. Musty basement. Currants find their way through. Lemon rind. Old hops and oak. Pleasant wet dog aroma...as pleasant as that gets. Oxidation provides a nice red wine character.

Sour cherries, lactic, and some acetic acid. Very sour. Earthy brett mingles with oak. Acetic acid begins to build in the back of the throat. Dryness and tannins keep it from being overwhelming.

Slick mouthfeel, super dry, and very tannic. Very little carbonation, but not thin and watery on the palette.

Not quite as interesting as the Scarrenbecca Kriek, but still very nice. A touch less acetic acid would be nice.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of thegerm87
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Hanssens Experimental Cassis from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
3.69 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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