Hanssens Experimental Raspberry | 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 fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.

Added by brownbeer on 09-24-2009

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Ratings:
258
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
18.82%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking dark pink color with a very thin white head. It almost looks like a slightly carbonated blush wine. The smell of the beer is a super acidic with a little fruitiness in there as well. The taste of this is super tart, it's got the acidic bitterness like most gueze Lambics do. There is a semi sweet raspberry flavor in there. The mouthfeel is a little thin but is smooth and dry. Overall it's a pretty impressive brew, can't say I'd buy it again because it's not really much style but having tried it it was nice to try.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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

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3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a kaleidoscope of light colored yellow, orange and reddish hues and poured with no head. It is slightly hazy and has very slight hints of carbonation.
S: There are pungent aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: This beer is an assault on your tongue because it is so sour and acidic—the strength of the acidity is akin to that in the juice in a jar of pickles. Flavors of vinegar, oak and yeast are also present, but the raspberry flavors are barely perceptible. The finish resembles a sweaty locker room.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very interesting but the sourness is a big punch in your face. If you’re not sure if you’ll like sour beers, this is definitely not an entry-level beer to start with. Pairing this with salty food such as pretzels helps to cut through the acidity.

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3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

6% ABV confirmed. Lotnr: B. 12.7 fl oz green glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork acquired at Lukas Liquor in Colorado and served into a Lost Abbey teku glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high given the brewery and style.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Wire was easily untwisted. Cork yields an unsatisfying weak "plip" upon its removal.

A: Pours no head whatsoever; appears undercarbonated. I'm a bit concerned.

Body colour is a transparent translucent peach of above average glowing vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty standard for the style. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Raspberry, peach. No real tartness, unfortunately. Light sourness. Lambic yeast. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. Lightly redolent of fruit syrup. Munich malts.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Definite lambic sourness with a great puckering yeasty tartness. Munich malts and pils malts comprise the foundation. No real oak. Definitely spontaneously fermented; bacterial notes are obvious. Balanced. Great depth and intensity of flavour. Quite a sour brew. Good complexity and subtlety. I like it. Sourness dominates, as it should. Raspberry and peach notes are subsidiary to the sourness.

Above average duration of flavour.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, acidic. Somewhat thin. Undercarbonated. Decent body. Complements the flavour profile nicely.

Dr: An admittedly one-dimensional sour, but it satisfies the demands of the style quite well. I'd get it again. Another solid brew from Hanssens. Tasty stuff, but perhaps not worth its pricetag in the USA. Very drinkable.

Low B

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weak pop from the cork, no bubbles in the bottle. Poured from a height of six inches to generate some foam. Large juice-like bubbles formed and dissipated after a couple minutes, leaving a minimal ring at the edge and a ghostly wisp of cobweb shaped skim across the surface. Sitting in the glass it looks like blood red cherry juice.

Holy acetobacter! Super acetic vinegary nose. Perceptible from a few feet away. Definite seedy raspberry aroma too, almost like a raspberry vinaigrette. Musty oak as it warms to room temperature. Traditional Hanssens lambic funk is lurking at the edges. Odd yet appealing.

Vinous, also very tart and vinegary, it puckers the cheeks and is felt on the sides of the tongue. Raspberry and a tidal wave of sharp sourness. The drinkability takes a slight hit, and it could definitely use a few bubbles (though unblended lambic is traditionally flat, which this is). Otherwise it's interesting to try, and i'll be looking for future incarnations down the road.

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3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a reddish color lambic with almost no carbonation or foamy head. Aroma of sour raspberry with light notes of sweetness with medium barnyard notes is interesting and not as extreme as the cassis version. Taste is a refreshing mix between some tart raspberry notes with balanced sourness and some barnyard notes. Body is about average with almost no carbonation which was expected. This one is drinking very nice with a lot more balanced then the cassis version.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a taster pint glass.

Color is a rasperry red/pink. Very hazed over. No head.

Aroma: Very funky, super tart. A lot of raspberries, oak , and some cherries. Lots of sour funk.

Taste: Ultimate sour beer. Wow, this one is mouth puckering . Raspberries and oak dominated this beer. Some yeast and cherries. It is just too sour and normally I love sour.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, all that's to it. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is too f-ing sour and funky. It's alright, but not what I was expecting. I wouldn't want to get this again.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear watermelon color with almost no head or lacing. Smell is raspberry and a good amount of lactic sourness. Taste brings good raspberry flavor; oddly sourness doesn't come until the swallow. Leads to an odd mouthfeel. Strong drinkability given the fairly muted flavors.

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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with no head, just a thin layer of fisheye bubbles. The body reddish-brown with excellent clarity. No lace.

S - Intense, funky sourness with some acetic character that, along with the cherry notes, is reminiscent of a Flemish red. The cherry is dry and strong with perfume-like intensity. Some oak notes in the background.

T - Strong acidity up front with lots of oak and balsamic vinegar character. As the acidity subsides, it leaves some dry, fruity raspberry notes. Finishes very dry with a hint of malt and lots of fruit.

M - Medium-light body, no carbonation, and a dry finish. Extreme sourness that actually burns my throat a bit on the way down.

D - This is, to say the least, not what I was expecting. The acidity is over the top and makes the beer pretty difficult to drink. I like sour beers, but this is the first one that ever burned my throat. The acidity is so intense that it makes it difficult to appreciate the complexity of the bugs and fruit. Nonetheless, the aroma is absolutely spectacular. It blends complex funk with fruit and a nice woody character that makes it reminiscent of Flemish beer or a good red wine. Sadly, it just doesn't work as a whole. While it is as deliciously aromatic as any wild beer I have ever had, the crushing acidity and lack of carbonation make it almost impossible to drink. I'm glad this was only a 375ml bottle, I couldn't have finished a 750; actually I'm not sure I can even finish this.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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