Experimental Raspberry
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #130
Ranked #27,676
3.49 | pDev: 18.34%
Nov 30, 2021
Sep 24, 2009
Experimental RaspberryExperimental Raspberry
Notes: Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.
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3.96 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 30, 2021
3.81 by samEBC from Belgium on Jun 02, 2021
3.55 by cmrncrzy10 from Ohio on Oct 03, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by jltrovil from New York

3 year aged bottle
Appearance: Moderate haze, golden-amber color, very poor head retention, virtually no head although off-white in color.

Aroma: Raspberry dominant, barnyard, hay, subtle vanilla, slight oak leaning, virtually no malt profile although potentially bread leaning, no hop character

Mouthfeel: virtually no carbonation, medium-low viscosity, moderately astringent due to the yeast character, finishes moderately dry but not as typical for a lambic due to the fruit additions.

Flavor: Raspberry, barnyard, hay, subtle vanilla (I assume from the barrel), rhubarb, apple.

Overall: This is a classic example of a lambic. The little carbonation is true to traditional lambics, which this is aiming to be. I was surprised at the haziness, although I attribute this to the fruit additions. I particularly enjoyed the complex fruit characteristics due to age.

Jan 05, 2020
3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Oct 13, 2019
3.5 by heysuz from Indiana on Oct 13, 2019
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3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by FBarber from Illinois

(Bottled March 2014 so approximately 5 1/2 years old at this point.)

Pours a pink tinged light brown color. No head whatsoever at any point. In fact, the beer looks completely un-carbonated when poured. Some small bubbles are noted coursing from the center of the glass up the beer.

Aroma has notes of barnyard funk, some blue cheese notes, hints of raspberries, oak and some vinegary notes. The raspberry here is quite subtle in the nose, and what you do get is not a bright fruity note but more of an overly ripe, almost too much.

Taste is interesting - Up front its quite acidic, with a slight vinegary twinge. Some raspberry notes come through but again, very subtle with no sweetness - any sugars from the fruit have long since disappeared. That being said, as the palate adjusts to that acidity the background notes start to shine, especially towards the back end. unmistakable notes of wheat, oak, and some slight spicy black peppery notes. Almost astringent.

Feel is essentially flat - like there is an extremely light carbonation to this, but it might as well be non-carbonated. Somewhat astringent on the back end,

Overall this was interesting - Ive had this one fresh and now with some age to it, and frankly its not great either way. The acidity and vinegar character in this is too much for me, but its really the vinegary notes that detract from the beer overall. I wont drink this one again.

Sep 30, 2019
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3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a pink'ish ruby red coloration with no head whatsoever. Smell is quite sour and vinegary, with some tart raspberry, faint fruity esters, light funk and woody/musty oak notes as well. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by an extreme sourness that could strip paint and very strong, overdone notes of balsamic vinegar, as well as a lighter, but pleasant tart raspberry presence, quite musty funk and hints of hay, estery fruit notes and a slightly stronger woody/earthy oak presence as well. Finishes with a very strong sourness and some balsamic raspberry vinegar lingering in the aftertaste. Flat mouthfeel with a medium body and no carbonation.

Hanssens Lambic is so inconsistent it's ridiculous, really, but while this batch isn't quite as bad as the Framboose I had, the typical overdone sourness and strong vinegar presence is still there and not a good way, even though there is some nice tart raspberry and estery fruit notes shining through here in the background. What is conistent about it though is the terribly flat mouthfeel that seems to bve typical of Hanssens Lambic,

Aug 25, 2019
3.84 by mltobin from Connecticut on Aug 22, 2019
3.89 by RollBounce from New York on Nov 19, 2018
3.81 by JOBEERFB from Belgium on Nov 14, 2018
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Oct 01, 2018
4.12 by BerryKumquat from California on Sep 29, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: bright peach amber and is still

S: Raspberries lead the aromas with vanilla, citrus, fruit and mild funk adding dimension

T: flavors are complex, elegant and layered with raspberry most prominent followed up by traces of apple peel, over ripe fruit, tomato, citrus, fruit, mild funk and an oaky slightly astringent finish

F: medium light, uncarbonated, mildly astringent, and moderately acidic with lemon levels of tartness

O: elegant, tart and refreshing

Sep 10, 2018
3.8 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Jul 25, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, Lotnr: B. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with no head or lacing on the glass. Slight clinging bubbles on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of huge sour/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, orange, green apple, melon, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of pepper, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, orange, green apple, melon, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of pepper, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, orange, green apple, melon, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, pepper, leathery/musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance. Mildly increasing pucker through the glass, but not overwhelming. Moderate increasing dryness from sourness and tangy fruit. Flat carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a very nice fruit lambic. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite the flat and moderately acidic/tannic/drying finish. Extremely jammy raspberries with balanced Brett/Lacto complexity; nice malt backbone and oak presence. Would have preferred some carbonation, but this was a very enjoyable offering. Pretty impressive, and spot on style example.

May 05, 2018
3.47 by gshak from Texas on Feb 19, 2018
3.58 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bubseymour from Maryland

Extreme sour. Raspberry flavor and mild horseblancket.

Nov 19, 2017
4.31 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Nov 19, 2017
4.24 by vfgccp from New York on Sep 23, 2017
4.17 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2017
4.22 by Foley67 from Scotland on Aug 06, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee


Jul 03, 2017
3.67 by Quafftastic from Virginia on Apr 22, 2017
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2.11/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by moose1980 from Germany

Losing my Hanssens virginity. I have heard the horror stories about the acidity, so why not start off with their raspberry Lambic! :-)

No pop whatsoever from the cork, and the pour wields no head either. Clear as a good Pils with a light, reddish-brown color. Smell is best described as plastic raspberries soaked in vinegar. Additional aromas of band-aids, paint, and general chemical-likeness. Taste is all vinegar with the raspberries and oak lurking underneath. Acidic to the point of drowning out the depth and character generally associated with the style. Mouthfeel is, obviously, puckering. Overall, not enjoyable at all, and I hope it is the worst Hanssens has to offer.

Edit: Couldn't even finish it. It feels like I have an ulcer now.

Mar 24, 2017
2.48 by ORGrown from Colorado on Mar 17, 2017
4.1 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Feb 21, 2017
4.25 by Skellbop from New York on Feb 12, 2017
4.06 by junaman from New York on Jan 29, 2017
3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 29, 2017
4.18 by Eman17 from Illinois on Jan 07, 2017
4.05 by Antyk from Belgium on Dec 19, 2016
4.16 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Dec 05, 2016
4.06 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas on Nov 19, 2016
4.16 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts on Nov 12, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Glowing ruby pink - no head. 4
Every raspberry. 4.25
Juicy front, touch of cracker, blast of vinegar that burns, then cheese and hay. 4.25
Crisp, light, clean. 4

High wire balance between Brett + Lacto. Fruit still shows up, too. Some real Belgian expertise on display. 4.25

Nov 03, 2016
3.77 by desint from Belgium on Oct 28, 2016
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3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 12.7 fl.oz. bottle bottled in April 2016 (notched in label) and poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear cherry red colour with an orange pinkish hue, with no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Raspberry, strawberry, berry gummy candies, grape jelly and some light funkiness.

Taste: Sour, extremely sour, overly and harsh acidity, vinegar, funkiness and light fruity raspberry that is largely hidden in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, no carbonation and a short but sharp harsh acidic burn.

Overall: It smells great but beer with no carbonation is not my thing. In addition, it was harsh and overly acidic such that it was almost undrinkable.

Sep 20, 2016
4.35 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on Aug 21, 2016
Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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