Experimental Raspberry
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #142
Ranked #28,033
3.5 | pDev: 18.29%
Jan 13, 2023
Sep 24, 2009
Experimental RaspberryExperimental Raspberry
Notes: Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Murky burnt orange body, no head save a small bunch of bubbles here and there. Sour raspberry lemonade tone runs through the sourness with light seediness, lacto, and balsamic vinegar, bright oak backs all. Smell is more pure raspberry with oak, hay, and balsamic vinegar supporting. Feel is pretty tart, slightly acidic, medium-light bodied, decently smooth with a touch of funk.
Jan 13, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Shared 375 ml green bottle at local tasting. Colour somewhere between pink and red, no head. Strong and intense aroma of ripe and over-ripe raspberries, also brettanomyces / farmhouse notes. Minimal carbonation. Lovely sour flavour, notes of raspberries and lemons.
Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by samEBC from Belgium

Jun 02, 2021
Rated: 3.55 by cmrncrzy10 from Ohio

Oct 03, 2020
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Reviewed by jltrovil from New York

4.48/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Oct 13, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by heysuz from Indiana

Oct 13, 2019
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
(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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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3
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
Rated: 3.84 by mltobin from Connecticut

Aug 22, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by RollBounce from New York

Nov 19, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by JOBEERFB from Belgium

Nov 14, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Oct 01, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by BerryKumquat from California

Sep 29, 2018
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.8 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Jul 25, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.47 by gshak from Texas

Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Nov 23, 2017
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Rated by bubseymour from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Extreme sour. Raspberry flavor and mild horseblancket.
Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by vfgccp from New York

Sep 23, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by Foley67 from Scotland

Aug 06, 2017
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
Jul 03, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by Quafftastic from Virginia

Apr 22, 2017
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Reviewed by moose1980 from Germany

2.11/5  rDev -39.7%
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.
Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 2.48 by ORGrown from Colorado

Mar 17, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Feb 21, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Skellbop from New York

Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by junaman from New York

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by Antyk from Belgium

Dec 19, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Dec 05, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas

Nov 19, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Hootie159 from Massachusetts

Nov 12, 2016
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
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
Nov 03, 2016
Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 283 ratings