Hanssens Experimental Raspberry | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Experimental RaspberryHanssens Experimental Raspberry

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.

Added by brownbeer on 09-24-2009

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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 257
Photo of moose1980
2.11/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of kitch
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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.

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Photo of TitoPeixoto
2.89/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very orange with pale red, almost pink, lights.
The smell is very acidic, close to a white grape vinegar.
Taste is very acid and goes from white wine grapes to an aftertaste that resembles raspberries.
Its a very light beer with low to medium carbonation, and low drinkability.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

375 ml bottle, bottled April 2012. Served in a Prairie lambic tumbler glass, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with no head at all. No lacing, either. The brew smells like raspberries, grainy malt, earthiness and some vinegar. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there is also an acidic cheesy funkiness noticeable. It has more of a tart cheesy/funky/earthy flavor than a fruity one. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and has low carbonation. I wish the raspberry showed up more in the flavor of this brew. Maybe I should have drank this one fresher. However, I've only had the bottle since October 2015 so that's my fault. With that being said, I didn't have any problems finishing the bottle so it wasn't too bad!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Intense orange color with no head. Aroma is intense on the funk and tart fruit. Taste follows with sharp sourness, very acidic, farmhouse funk, intense house made wine notes, overripe fruit, musty cellar, hay, cabbage. Light, acidic and dry mouthfeel. It has intense lambic characteristics but it's way over the top, it lacks drinkability.

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Photo of zimm421
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light pink with touches of orange. The nose is extremely acetic, nearly vinegar, with touches of funk. The taste is overwhelmingly sour with the acetic acid dominating the profile. The raspberry is nearly undetectable because of the acetic presence. Hard to drink, and simply not an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of SStein
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice raspberry lambic. As it pours, the raspberry smell comes out. The raspberry blends well with the tart of the lambic. It is a "flat" lambic with little to no carbonation, but still quite good.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

375mL bottle with "Lotnr: C" marked on the side of label. Poured into a snifter glass with an aggressive pour. Pours an interesting pinkish color, moderate haze, and absolutely no head except for a ring of bubbles. Smell is pungent, sour vinegar and jammy raspberries, some underlying funk and a hint of alcohol. Taste is much more odd than I expected. It starts with a vinegar sour note which goes into the jam like sweet raspberries, finishes tart with some weird salt notes. Thin body that feels light in the stomach, too thin, no carb. The Experimental Cassis, while also not carbed, was much better than this one. I'd stick to the Oude Kriek from Hanssens if you want a fruit lambic.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass
(A)- Pours a pale blush pink color with minimal froth
(S)- Big tartness with tart raspberries. Not overly funky, but some light earthy hay that works well with the tartness and fruit
(T)- Big acidity meets soft raspberry fruits and subtle earthy hay. Finishes dry
(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. It has the right amount of acidity and fruit without being overpowering. Not overly funky but some good dryness
(O)- Quite good. Normally I find Hanssens to be big on the funk, but this has a great balance and fruit profile to it

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Photo of popery
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer is light brown shaded over with a pinkish hue. It’s fairly hazy, could be bottle handling. No head formed when I poured my glass, just some bubbles, and it looked pretty much flat. The aroma has tons of jammy jam raspberry character. It’s very fruity. Farmer’s market stand in berry season fruity. Some acetic character. A little vinegar creep. Maybe, even a touch of nail polish remover. Little funk. Some oak. Taste is quite sour. Too much acidity for me. It blocks out all of the funk and most of the fruit. It just kills a lot of the delicacy that I like in lambics. That’s fairly harsh, and the beer is still enjoyable. It’s not as sour as many American hype monsters. Anywho, there’s a solid kick of oak. Fairly dry. Lots of pucker. Low carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Hunger and Thirst. Enjoyed chilled from the 375ml corked and caged bottle in a glass.

The color is blond with rosy shade amber in the light with non-existant head. The smell is very sour immediately with light tangy fruit and raspberry's stamp with fruity acidic aroma with floral odor. The feel is very acidic as the nose lets on with moderate carbonation and dry tannic almost vinegary puckering quality.

The taste is super tangy with raspberry flavor yet lots of acidity in the taste distracts from that with an almost vegetal flavor and vinegar-esque acetic harshness followed by light malt in the finish. Overall this was very tannic and semi-acidic, glad I shared this small bottle -not for the faint of heart or those who don't enjoy sour ...this borders on raspberry vinaigrette

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Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange, candy like color. No head nor lacing. Fine floating yeast adds a translucent depth.

Acidic, vinigarette aroma. Lots of fresh raspberries with a brilliantly blended wild yeast funk.

Flavor is pretty sour. Mouth is watering a bit. Raspberries compliment the acidic qualities perfectly and add just a hint of sweetness. Getting just a hint of wood. Funk in the end but not overbearing. Finishes with sweet raspberry alternating with mouthwatering acetic acid. Absolutely wonderful.

Medium bodied. Dry feel. Low carbonation. Clean finish leaves me thirsty.

Absolutely delicious lambic, probably the best I've had of the style. I love the intense acidity coupled with fruit flavors. Not sure why this got average reviews.

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Photo of BrentLepping
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is tolerable upon the first few sips....but towards the middle and end it's absolutely intolerable. Cheese funk (not the good kind you look for in a sour) and razor thin. Zero body. Certainly has the strong sour follow-through, but it's not enough to save this one. Too many off-putting flavors.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle dated March 2013 into a wine glass
A: Reddish-orange, completely still
S: Cheesy, funky, a hint of raspberry/sour cherry, earthy, barnyard. Complex but kinda weird
T: A bit more fruit-forward than the nose. Adds citrus and sour green apple. Also adds a touch of oak influence. Still a bit of that funky cheesy though not as much earth/barnyard
M: Light-bodied, no carbonation, extremely sour (but that makes it mouthwatering)
O: I like this though I can see why it has such a discrepancy in scores. Definitely not for everyone and given the price not sure how readily I'd get it again. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of GPHarris
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


A - poured flat into a tulip glass. The body was a bright amber color.
S - funky horse blanket with a hint of raspberry.
T - raspberry, oak, funk.
M - slick and thin.
O - slightly disappointed mainly from the carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in March of 2013. Thanks, notches on the label!

It's hazy, golden orange, small head of foam that shrinks ever so quickly. Yet, the lacing is decent.

Sour nose, to be sure. Mixed with the oak; I cannot say what the source of the sourness is from without reading the label. Raspberries, eh?

Very sour taste, noticeable oak flavour, fruit wise, again, I could not for the life of me, identify it. Tastes good though.

When it comes to Belgian sours, Hanssens is the only one to show up in Casper and I am thankful for that!!

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Photo of champ103
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazed/cloudy pink color. At first a tiny, bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a second with a noisy hiss. No lace, and none expected. Still lacking that great vibrant look of say a Rose De Gambrinus.
S: Cheesy funk and basement like must up front. Then the fruit takes over. Acidic raspberries dominate.
T: Like the nose, a big cheesy and musky funk up front. Supper tart and acidic raspberry. A bit vinegary, and the lingering acidic bite lasts forever.
M/D: Light to medium with almost no carbonation. Though smooth, and does not feel unweighty (if that is a word). A big, funky, sour bomb, so of coarse this is a bit of a slow sipper.

I always enjoy Hanssens, but at the same time always feel they are not in the same league as some of the other true Lambic makers. They certainly are incredibly funky and cheesy. More so than I recall with examples from other breweries. Still something I do enjoy. A solid, if not exceptional take on the style.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pink tinged orange body. Looks sort of like a rosé. A bit of soapy bubbles clings for life on top.

Nose is kind of like a sweet tart.

Raspberries are there with a nice pop of citrus. Fairly tart with a light souring. Doesn't seem like much funk behind it. More of a showcase of tart and fruit.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -11.8%

This is from a bottle that is true years old and I think the quality has been compromised. Poured with no head nor lace And a clear amber. Aroma is yeast tart raspberries. Flavors like aroma acid is strong raspberries come in slightly dry. With missing carbonation can't really give a fair judgment on body. Actually not too bad for its condition

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Of the three raspberry lambics I've tasted recently, Hanssens is above the Girardin in interest, as the latter was too sweet, but still a world apart from the masterful Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. Good, but not great, Hanssens' gueuze is by far their best offering. Not sure if I would pay $14 for another 375ml bottle of this or not.

The cork is removed with a gentle pop, and the beer pours with no head, as is correct for all true unblended lambics. The raspberries in this case apparently did not provide enough sugar, or the sugars were consumed already before being blended and bottled, for carbonation to form in the bottle. There are a few large bubbles from a vigorous pour, but these soon fall. There is also no lacing, as to be expected from the lack of foam. The body is a fairly bright, pale pink-orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues. Beer is transparent, but there is no carbonation to be observed.

Aroma is of soured, tart raspberries, and some slightly "funky" musty farmhouse and/or composting hay with slight ethyl acetate and plastic-like phenols. Somewhat interesting and appealing, the sourness building anticipation for the taste.

Overall flavor is of quite tart raspberry and lemon flavors, with light vinegar, ethyl acetate, mustiness, and composting hay; complex, but not overly so. Front of palate tastes very tart raspberries, watered-down vinegar-like acidity, and light basement mustiness. Mid-palate of raspberry, vinegar-like acidity, "funky" musty farmhouse and/or composting hay, and modestly plastic-like phenols. Back of palate experiences bracing acidity with tart lemon and raspberry flavors, slight ethyl acetate, and mild basement mustiness. Aftertaste is of tart raspberries, lingering lemon and vinegar-like tartness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with no carbonation, leading to a completely smooth mouthfeel that would be strongly benefitted by some modest foam helping to move this along the palate. Closes very dry, as expected, with light stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

lovely lambic here and an expert use of raspberry, although its not as forward or nearly as clean as some of their other fruited beers. lots of residual sugar in this one, but the fruit profile is very forward, crashing into the lambic tartness at full speed creating a unique drinking experience that is both summery and sweet, but also sour as anything but finishing a little longer than its brothers. the nose is the best part, as the berries fade out a little towards the end. the carbonation is less than it could be here, and the body is a little fuller than the others as well. the berries also don't stain this very much red, so its smell and taste come from nowhere the looks could foreshadow. like all beers from hanssens, this is well made, i just like it a little less than the black currant version. if it wasn't for the cost i would drink these a lot more frequently.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Hmmm, poured with literally no carbonation. Looks more like juice than beer. Smells of raspberries and tartness. Sadly, this was a letdown. With no carbonation, this drinks like tart raspberry juice. Not sure what happened here, but it is a huge disappointment. Not worth the 15 bucks for the 375ml carbonationless bottle.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml, Lotnr C
White wine glass

A: No head. Shocked that no carbonation. Murky pinkish orange. No lacing.

S: Funky barnyard funk. Sweet berries still there. Yeast.

T: Nice punch of crazy sour upfront. Fruit comes in later. Raspberries are still there. Finish is dry as hell and sticks with you.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours orange-pink in Cantillon wine glass. Completely still. Can't even shake many bubbles out of it.

Smell is powerfully acidic. Smells like it is going to put a stranglehold on my salivary glands. Bit of funk in the mix, as well as some hints of sulfur. No raspberries, but frankly I can't remember what a raspberry smells like anyway.

Taste is mouth puckering from the start. This is the most sour beer I have ever had. Like sucking a lemon. I get no raspberry or any other fruit. No bitterness. Just incredibly sour.

Mouthfeel is light with a slight prickle.

Overall this was interesting. Fun to try but just overpoweringly tart.

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