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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Photo of bigfnjoe
1.7/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a light cherry shade of red with absolutely no head whatsoever. It looks like some sort of kid punch...yeah

S- raspberries, but they smell kind of rotten as opposed to ripe and fresh. Not exactly very pleasant

T- very vinegary, tart raspberries. The finish is a little sweet. The vinegar sourness is overpowering. It tastes like fire.

M- paper thin. Not appealing at all

O- had to drain pour this, as it nearly made me throw up. Back to the drawing board

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.71/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip.
No bottle date or batch number-- the label is neon pink, if that indicates anything. The other bottle I have has a more subdued pink color label and a lot number as well.

The sourness is strong with this one-- it is raping my tongue... In an occasionally-good way. The lactic and acetic acids are insanely strong-- partly reminding me of a very sour Flanders Red. Oak, vinegar, and a touch of nail polish remover... Huge raspberry purée action going on.

Very little carbonation on the feel, and NO bubbles show up as a head or in the legs. No lace by default. The body is light, like a white wine.

Overall, I'm not liking this one too much. Yeah, it's very sour, but that isn't everything! A litttle more flavor, less burning, and some carbonation would go a long way.

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Photo of brownbeer
1.81/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

No pop from the cork. Raspberry red color with a really hard pour for a thin, quickly dying head.

Smells of industrial cleaner(i'm pretty sure this would eat through paint), fingernail polish remover(the rose' kind), leather, cherry red fruit, animal musk.

Puckering raspberry vinegar acidity. Earthy, leathery, unicorn blood, cherub sweat, musky, cherry, with a peppery spice finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and without carbonation.

Drinkability? I wouldn't really recommend it. It's intensely sour and unforgiving, even for a sour lover. But if you try it, you won't forget it.

Edit: Upon trying this beer a second time i've had to update my score and note that this beer is actually painful to drink. It feels like it's eating my esophagus and trying to burn its way out of my stomach. Acidic isn't even a fair descriptor. This beer is a true lost soul.

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Photo of mwa423
1.82/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a hazy grapefruit pink. Little head and less lacing.

S - Smells like my garbage can if I leave fruit in the trash and leave town for a week. Perhaps also the crotch of one who hasn't showered recently.

T - I'm glad this is only an experiment...hopefully one that won't be repeated. There are some raspberry notes but the overreaching sourness that seemed to just be sour for sour's sake.

M/D - Mouthfeel is harsh and biting with nothing to really enjoy with little carbonation. You want to get it out of your mouth as fast as possible. Not very drinkable....

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Photo of ShanePB
2.01/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

375 ml bottle
Served into a snifter

A: Hazy orange/ruby red colored body without any bit of activity by looking at it. The cork made no sound and there's no head forming at all. Retention and lacing does not exist.

S: Big tart and acidic fruit notes; raspberry, strawberry and a medicinal quality to some of the fruitiness. Vinegary, oak and some nail polish remover? Oh boy, I think I know where this one is headed.

T: Yeah, more of the same. Big solvent, acidic notes with a subtle fruit component. The raspberry flavor is here but it's overwhelmed by how harsh the vinegary notes are. A completely unbalanced flavor profile, one-dimensional that leaves the fruit hanging out in the back.

M: Absolutely flat. Not surprising but surely is a disappointment. Enamel ripping, just a bad overall impression in this area.

Matt and I went into this beer with an open mind despite the less than stellar reviews. The lack of carbonation really destroyed what could have been an OK fruit lambic. I'm quite glad this was just an "experiment." Not recommended - drain poured!

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.11/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I love Hanssens but god, was this unpalatable.

The pour is flat, raspberry red with absolutely no head and no lace. The color is quite gorgeous, though. As for the nose - holy shit! Medicinal, hot and solventy with some sour raspberry character. Completely devoid of the funk I've come to expect from Hanssens, this is super aggressive and harsh. The palate is no better. Opening pleasant with some raspberry, but this is RAPIDLY overcome by a harsh, solventy medicinal character with some nail polish remover. Quite acetic, this is rather like raspberry vinaigrette. Finishing dry and sour, this burns a hole in my stomach. Medium in body with no carbonation, the feel is quite appropriate but the harshness is more than I can take. This is rather undrinkable.

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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 portia99
2.22/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

375ml bottle with no discernable date on it poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Bottle opens with hardly a sound...not a good sign for a lambic in my experience. A vigorous pour yields hardly a bubble...this baby looks still! Not a good start. Aside from that, pours the color of a rosé or maybe a Beringer's white zinfandel...maybe a touch pinker. Very clear with no head, no foam, no collar...nothing.

S - Aroma has a considerable amount of funk...earthy and woody. Raspberry is prominant, but it is morphed into an indeterminate berry character. Making me think wine cooler more than anything.

T - Yep, definitely still...no carbonation at all. This is a tremendous disappointment. Sour and tart which leads into the woodiness, strange berry flavor, barnyardy funk, vinegar. The flavor has potential and proper carbonation may propel this to a higher level. The total lack of carbonation is distracting and really makes this beer just taste "wrong".

M - I must reiterate...this beer is still. No life at all. Body is thin and watery. Unpassable for the style.

D - So disappointing...had high hopes and wanted to like this. Thought it might be a bad bottle, but scanning other reviews, it seems like they are all flat. Never had a lambic that was flat (or even less than extremely lively and highly carbonated). Hope I don't again either. Flavor isn't bad but would improve tremendously with some fizz to it.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
2.24/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle to Ommegang wine glass

A: It is a dark orange color with lots of red raspberry floaters which seems kind of excessive also it looks totally flat there is literally not a bubble, not really what I was expecting.

S: there is a hint of funk to it but not much and there is a little bit of raspberry smell but not much as the whole smell just is not that strong

T: yuck immediately regret spending $13 for this it tastes like horrible expirment gone wrong. The first taste you get is kind of a dull juicy taste that is definitely raspberries but not in a good way then the lambic kicks in and it becomes a mess of juicy and funk that is honestly hard to drink and tastes like viniger. Further the fact that this is completely flat makes it even harder to drink.

M: First of all this is completely flat there is no carbonation so there is that. Thin but not smooth so it doesn't go down well, one of the worst I've had.

O: I dont understand the kriek is so good idk what happened here total drain pour couldn't finish is one of the worst beers I've ever had a complete mess how they even released this and it has a $13 price tag it should come with a warning sign saying "tear your money up now" a little upset on this one DO NOT BUY

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Photo of suspect
2.24/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into an Ithaca Excelsior Tulip.

A: Clear light pink color. Aggressive pour leads to absolutely no head, zero bubbles rising to the top. Disappointing.

S: Okay funk smell to it, sour vinegar, light raspberry notes, wet straw and highly acidic. Not a terrible nose, not great either.

T: Tastes like a liquified package of sweet-tarts. Totally sour with a touch of sweet. Fruit is around there somewhere. Highly acidic - makes my mouth pucker crazily. Taste is the best part but it's totally killed by the complete lake of carbonation.

M: Blech. Flat. No carbonation...just awful.

O: I'm taking the kid gloves off here...this is a terrible beer. It's lacking carbonation, it's totally freaking overpriced at $17 per bottle. What a complete waste of money. Drain pour.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to dyan for opening this. Was this a practical joke? Consumed on 11/6/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is near still. Actually, it's just still. There's no carbonation. It's pinkish orange with good clarity.

The nose is sweet raspberry candy. It's very, very sweet. It's harsh and solventy with a lot of acetic character.

The flavor is tart, harsh, solventy, and acetic to the point of churning my stomach and doing permanent damage to my throat. So...much...vinegar. It's like candy vinegar. What have you done, Hanssens!?

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Photo of AgentZero
2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Alex after the GI takeover at Sheffield's.

A - Looks like cheap juice, minimal head. Just looks cheap and ugly, not like a quality lambic.

S - Smells like raspberry flavoring, with some slight vinous notes. A pretty healthy acetobacter note in there, but it's not really helping to cover up the crappy raspberry nose.

T - It's really sour, and tastes like it smells, which isn't good. Raspberry flavoring and really sour, that's about it.

M - Somewhat flat, a little bit lighter, not real good.

O - Not a good beer. Saw this on the shelf and thought about picking one up. Glad I didn't.

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Photo of blaheath
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labeled Experimental Raspberry but I believe that this is also known as Frambozenlambik.

Pour is a deep red with no head. Aroma is intense and complex with notes of raspberry, must, leather, horseblanket, and paint thinner. The taste is complex, highly acidic/acetic, ever changing, sweet raspberry, extremely sour, borderline undrinkable, with a spicy finish.

Edit: After trying this again, I think that this beer should be recalled and destroyed.

You will not forget this beer.

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Photo of teromous
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: It pours a very crystal clear pale amber. Once it's in the glass it becomes a rosy red...blood orange color. The bottom of the bottle has yeast in it. There is no head at all.

S: I don't even have to get near the glass to smell the sour yeasty scent. Smelling it though screams LAMBIC in capitol letters to your nose. Very sour, but no fruity raspberry scent. There's a bit of a musty barn smell to it.

T: This has a very, very powerful and sour tart flavor. It still doesn't taste like raspberries which I'm surprised. I'm not really impressed with the flavor and it really could have left the raspberry off the label. It really doesn't have that ripe aftertaste that you get from other beers fermented with raspberry.

M: It's very light-bodied and is not effervescent. It's very dry and puckery.

O: I wouldn't buy it again. I expected it to have some raspberry flavor, but instead it leans on the sour lambic style to pass itself off.

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Photo of musicforairports
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours red/brown, hazy, zero bubbles or head of any kind.

Smells like vinegar, with some deeper, non-sweet berry flavors beneath.

Taste is similar--very tart and sour, with a sour fruitiness that is almost too tart and past-ripe. It's like old berries decayed in this beer. The complete lack of carbonation makes this taste like a juice/vinegar combo.

Mouthfeel is fine, though a bit of carbonation would be nice.

I'm not super well versed in lambics, but I've had a few and I find this one really tough to drink.

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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 mdaschaf
2.57/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for sharing this one!

A: No pop on the cork at all, a sign of things to come for sure. Pours a hazy red with some orange highlights, no head or lacing.

S: Very acidic and tart, there is some raspberry and strawberry mixed in. Slightly medicinal, but extremely tart and vinegary.

T: Again, extremely tart and acidic. The fruit comes through a bit, a blend of raspberry and strawberry, but lots of vinegar, probably the most I have encountered in a beer so far.

M: No carbonation. I really like tart/sour beers, but this one is a struggle.

O: I liked it more than Shane who dumped his glass, but it was a struggle to get through. Would try it again if Hanssens bottles weren't so expensive.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.57/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A bottle shared by Alex...Pours an ugly watery light raspberry, not very appleaing but maybe the best quality of this beer...The taste is light raspberries(generic), a little sourness, and a little vinegar, just not much to excite me...This taste is god awful, its super generic sweet raspberries that is flat. This beer is terrible, an experiment gone way awry.

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Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a dark ruby/blood red color and is completely still except for the occasional bubble or two surfacing.

Very funky vinous aroma with lots of earthy barnyard/horseblanket notes along with a healthy dose of raspberry, vinegar, oak, band aid and cobweb. One of the funkiest smelling beers I've come across yet. Very similar to Hommage.

Very harsh, extremely tart/sour mouth puckering vinegary mouthfeel. It's sweet at the same time with a crazy funky earthy burnt wood flavor. This beer has so many extreme flavors whether it be tart, chemical, burnt wood, acidic, sweet raspberry. A bit too much and over the top. I really like Hanssens but this beer is too much. I can feel my esophagus burning from the acidity and it really hurts the scoring. The dry tart, extremely mouth puckering aftertaste is actually pretty good and is the best characteristic of this beer. The sourness is kind of mouthwatering leaving me intrigued for another sip. Unfortunately, when I take that next sip all of the unpleasantness comes back.

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Photo of Kenny411
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On the side of the 375 ml bottle it has the A marked. The first smell of this is: musky, tart, and a slit raspberry.
It Indeed tasted very very tart. I wish there was more raspberry taste to this. This could be very young and not ready to drink. Not a fan of this and would want to try this again if it was aged for a little while.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a light ruby to deep orange color with little to no head at all.

S-the nose has some nice barnyard funk to it, hints of leather, sweet raspberries and a nice bit of sour comes in behind.

T-the taste has some funk to it, barnyard and a touch of dry leather. but this is overshadowed by a flat body that really thins out the beer. the raspberries are watery in the back with a fair bit of sourness. there is also notes of acetic acid detracting from the flavor in the back.

M-lighter body, smooth on the palate. very dry finish with a faint hint of carbonation. lacking big time in the body and carbonation.

D-this is watery and lacking any carbonation. the nose was alright but the flavor is much lacking.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Found my old notes on this one. This review is from the first batch.

A: Pours a bright pink-red color with no head and no carbonation.

S: Definitely lots of raspberries here, but also a lot of just about every kind of vinegar and acid you can imagine. Intensely sour on the nose. I love sour beers, but this is making me scared to drink it.

T: This is the epitome of puckering. The sourest beer I'd had at the time and now only rivaled by Trinity Old Growth. Raspberry is still there, surprisingly, but the intense lactic acid along with an excess of white vinegar overshadow it completely.

M: Slick and flat on the tongue. Medium in body, I suppose.

D: I like sour beers, really sour beers, too. But this was a lot to ask of someone. I'm still afraid to try the new batch.

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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 kbutler1
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Cork comes off with a very muted pop, sign of things to come? Poured into a Great Lakes tulip glass a rosy pink color with absolutely no head, booo. Slightly sweet raspberry in the nose along with some underlying barnyard funk. Light mouthfeel. Hmm, the carbonation level is a serious downfall on this one. Mildly sour with some underlying raspberry notes. Vinegar ending.

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Photo of Derek
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Rosee/zinfandel, thin ring of head, no retention or lace.

S: Raspberry with plenty of funk, cider, vinegar, cotton candy fruity esters.

T: Huge lactic sourness, more sour than tart. Vinegar, cider and a hint of brett. Underlying earthy yeastyness & hints of fruit.

M: Flat & VERY acidic.

D: A quarter pint turned my stomach.

Way too much sour funk acidity for me.

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