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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 Keith_R
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazy, a blend between yellow from the malts and purple from the raspberries. No head to be seen.

S- smells very sour, only the slightest hint of berries afterwards.

T- This may be one of the more sour beers I have have from Hanssens. First a slight hint of the raspberries, then the rush of the lactic acid as it goes to the back of the tongue. Honestly reminds me of the syrup from slushies I used to drink as a kid.

M- very thin, drinks like a white wine.

O- A very enjoyable lambic, the fruit is not as present as found in other Hanssens varieties such as their Kreiks, but holds it's own in the sour department.

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Photo of kojevergas
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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Photo of Chaney
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a really nice beer and wine store in Annapolis and served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: After a soft cork pop, the brew poured out a sort of hazy (wheat-esque) pink color without much of a head to speak of and with little visible carbonation.

S: Nice smell of sour raspberries, much more potent than I was expecting. I could tell already there was going to be a nice acetic bite on this.

T: Weird. Extremely sour without much milkiness to balance that out. I wouldn't call the berry's contribution cough syrup exactly, but it wasn't enjoyable either.

M: Mouth-puckeringly, jaw lockingly sour, very few bubbles or spritz to space that out, and odd fruit aftertaste that was slightly rotten in its disposition.

O: This one started out okay, but in the end, this was quite a misfire.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy orange with no head and minimal carbonation.

Aroma of raspberry, lacto, caramel malt and faint oak.

Taste is like the aroma with a salty sour acidic finish. The raspberry is dry and mild. The lacto is prominent. The texture is oily.

Overall, I'd like it much better with some bubbles and realize flat is appropriate for the style. It's quite pricey at $15 per 12oz. and not really worth it to me.

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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 SadMachine
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes from 8/8/12

A- Pours a deep golden/amber with no head or carbonation to speak of.

S- Funky aroma with vinegar and some mild raspberry coming through.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma almost perfectly. The raspberry isn't as prevalent as it could be.

M- Somewhat thin and very little carbonation.

O- A decent sour, but not exceptional.

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Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ed (eagles22) for sharing this brew. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a neon orange color that displays perfect polished clarity. A white ring of bubbles hangs around the edge of the glass.

The smell contains a hint of earthy pitty raspberry quality before getting all funke up with elements of earth, cheese and oak. There is some citrus fruit character towards the back that is somewhat reminescent of the citrus component of fresh raspberries.

The taste is shocking at first. Dare I say battery acid just got into my mouth along with vinegar and acetone. A little oak evolves as it warms along with citrus and notes if earthy raspberry. Vinegar becomes a fairly dominating character once it takes hold of your palate.

This is a medium to light bodies brew that is still. The color of this brew is borederline fake and surreal. The aroma is quite pleasant and while a bit harsh for me, the taste was pretty good as well. I am thankful for the opportunity to try it and appreciate that Ed. I would not be able to take a bottle of this down myself though.

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Photo of Etan
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

375ml botte into a Brooklyn snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark brass with a small head of big white bubbles. No lacing or retention.

S: Huge acidic raspberry aroma. Some wet hay as well.

T: Very sour. Slight vinegar, tart raspberry skin and seed. Some mild earthy funk. Puckering and intense.

M: Still, medium-bodied.

O: I liked the raspberry flavors going on here, but the sourness is just too intense, like drinking a bottle of the stuff they coat Warheads in. I can't call this a great lambic, but I enjoyed the bottle in a perverse way.

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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 russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The cork comes out of the bottle really easily without much of a pop. The beer pours out of the bottle a really interesting pinkish yellow color with absolutely not even a thought of head. The beer is see-through and very wine-like.

S: Impressively tart aroma with only feint hints of raspberry and maybe some oak. Vinegar is also making an appearance. Overall I'd say it's pretty one-dimensional.

T: Wow that's tart. Really aggressive acidity that invades the taste buds and lasts forever. Underneath is a little bit of watery raspberry, some vinegar, and oh look at that some more tartness! Not for the weak of heart, I wish there was something else for my mouth to hold on to.

MF: Light body without any carbonation. The acidity makes it a little tough to drink.

O: This was an interesting experiment, but it wasn't worth what I paid for the bottle. I'd say grab this if you like really sour beers, but if you like good ones you can steer clear.

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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 woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into a Drie Fonteinen wine-style glass.

A: The cork comes out without the slightest sound, and hence I'm unsurprised when the beer pours completely flat. The lightly hazy orange body would be nice enough for an unblended Lambic, but when there's fruit involved I expect some carbonation. Disappointing.

S: Hugely acidic: tart raspberry, lemon, peach, vinegar, acetone (yes, solvent - I like it), oak. The various types of acids are all so powerful that there isn't much room for yeasty funk, but it's so complexly sour and fruity that I don't really mind. Some might legitimately fault it for the acetic acid and acetone, but I consider those part of the Hanssens charm. Beautifully offensive.

T: A little less crazy here, with deliciously puckering citric acid causing my mouth to pucker and my entire body to shiver. The raspberry is only faintly present, with lemon and unripe pear being the more prominent fruit flavors. A bit of acetic oak shows up on the finish, with the oak lending a bit of vanilla sweetness that offsets (slightly) the vinegary and fruity tartness. Long, dry, almost numbingly sour aftertaste. My mouth feels physically assaulted, like I just put one too many warheads in there at once on a dare. Wow.

M: Totally still, slightly oily, and medium-bodied. A bit of life would go a long way.

O: While this one was a bit more straightforward in its outrageous sourness than, say, Oudbeitje, and decidedly less fruit-forward than Scarenbecca Kriek, I liked it just as much as those. I'm not sure I'll be buying any more (it's more expensive than the regular Hanssens Oude Gueuze, and I like that beer every bit as much), but I'm certainly glad I decided to make the experiment.


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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spilt a 375 bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a slightly hazed bright pink. Absolutley no head a no lacing.

S: oak, witha. Touch if vinegar and sweet tarts... The oak seems to be the most dominant trait on tue nose.... Not as sour smelling as I had hoped.... An the oak mixed with the vinegar adds a slightly odd earthy aroma...

T: the taste is very similar to the nose. The vinegar is right up front... But the finish is what really stands out here.... Like raspberry sweet tarts... Puckering sour. The flavor also seems to be more well rounded te the nose... With everything working together nicley.

M: no carbonation, slick, works good with the sourness, had a light to medium body... With a nice sour aftertaste.

O: a nice sour... With a great tartness... I enjoyed this very much... Would be good on a nice summer day.

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Photo of orangesol
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First time trying this one, served alongside the kriek and gueuze.

A - Pours murky pink with no head what so ever, it is dead from the start and never gets better.

S - Smells of raspberry jam and TONS of vinegar sourness. Some dry earth tries to cut through the sourness but it fails, this one is gonna be painful.

T - Starts off with a bit of pithy raspberry skin and some nice light sweetness quickly being enveloped by the intense lactic sourness that dominates the taste for the duration of the experience. Finish retains quite a bit of the sourness, leaving the pallet dry long after consumption.

M - Slick body with intensely sour flavors and no carbonation what so ever. When I gave it a swirl it got a tiny bit better but that faded all too quickly.

O - I heard that this one might be a bit of a letdown and boy was it. Dead from the start, way too much vinegar flavor. At $14 a 375ml, I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours amber Orange with some pink highlights. No foam what so ever.

S - interesting aroma. Very funky. Barnyard and horse blanket notes really stick out. Underneath is very reminiscent of cider more like an unripened cider though. Sour Apples and raspberries give balance to the funk.

T - Bright lemony acidity from start to finish. Cider notes. Lots of tart fruit, apples, raspberries etc. Funky, barnyardy finish.

M - medium bodied. Slick texture on the crisper side.

O - nice sour ale. Not the most complex but very refreshing on a warm day.

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml. that I cellaring for over a year now. I've heard of a few different labels. This one is a cottoncandy-purple-ish color border with purple writing. Lotnr: A. With a green cage. served cellar temp @ 58°F.

Mind carbonation. Strawberry-orange color - really beautiful. No head at any point. Smells intensely of brettanomyces and lactic acid. Hints of bright raspberry which come through more once the carbonation dies down. Oak doesn't come across in smell. My immediate reaction is to the bone dry and super tart mouthfeel. Wide range of flavors from diverse microbia. I get a hint of vinegar, but it doesn't bother me much. Raspberries balance out the intense acidity. Fruity aftertaste is great. At first it was a bit harsh on the mouthfeel, but it mellowed out after letting it sit for a moment. Most likely an older barrel, very flavorful yeast and bacteria character, with little wood flavor. I enjoy this beer. Embarrassingly expensive, but a pleasure to have tried.

*Lambics are traditionally uncarbonated.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute. Pours a bright orange amber. Absolutely no carbonation or head. Aroma of sour fruit and light vinegar. Taste follows, sour raspberry juice and mild funk, finishes sour and acidic. Thin to moderate body and slight mouthfeel due to lack of carbonation. Not very complex; a straightforward sour fruit lambic.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle.

Pours hazy orange with a pinkish hue and mostly flat. A fine thread of white rims the glass around a placid surface. Zero lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with fruit stones, wet hay, cheese rinds, soured apples and cider vinegar. A hint of raspberries and goats breath follow through.

Light bodied with a sharp, puckering mouthfeel.

Sour, jowel-watering fruit starts the palate. Peaches, raspberries, apples, and apricots with lemon-spritzed hay and grapefruit pith. A mild burn on the throat follows through along with lingering fruity sourness.

Finishes with juicy, sour fruits and a hint of raspberry.

Certainly quite a sour one this is. On par with Fou’ Foune sour and very fruity even though the raspberry character is almost nonexistent. Big ups to Matt for leaving this one behind!

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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz green cork and caged bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
Lotnr: A notched on the label.

A - Hazed-over pink amber in color, this Hanssen's pours as flat as tap water. Seems to me the carbonation is virtually forced from it. This could be one sour mother-cruncher! Loose bubbles cling around the edge.

S - Straight-up armpit funk with notes of goaty barnyard and wet straw, the sharp acid aroma is as biting and assaulting as they come. Hints of fresh raspberry and dried oak come though along the finish.

T - Wild yeast flavor with a hint of raspberry and oak but very little beyond that gives this Hanssen's a disappointing and thin flavor profile.

M - Expect a flailing kick to the face with sour power and big acidity. The lactic, tart finish is complete with super dryness that'll pucker even the tightest butthole.

O - Hey, it's no Riserva 2010, but damn is this beer sour. Acidic to the max, there's a good bacteria involvement and bold funk, but little beyond that to make the price tag worth it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 11/12/11 notes. Picked this up at Stateline a few weeks ago. Poured from a 375ml bottle into my Gulden Draak Belga Cafe tulip. Bottle says Lot A on it; unsure of year but I'm guessing most recent batch.

a - Pours a bright orange color, with just a few white bubbles, and no real head or carbonation evident. Not the best looking lambic.

s - Smells of funk, raspberries, tart dark fruit, oak, vinegar, and some acidic notes.

t - Tastes of very tart raspberries and dark fruits, oak, funk, vinegar, and acidic notes. Very sour and a little odd; a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and no carbonation at all, which hurts it a bit.

o - Overall a decent lambic, but the lack of carbonation really hurts it in my opinion. Lots of raspberries in the nose as intended, but the taste seems a tiny bit muted and odd. Not as good as their normal kriek or gueuze and given the price, wouldn't seek it out again when those are cheaper.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot A..the joint pops off without a hiss and a bit of tugging. A still one indeed. No head whatsoever, a few little chunks and otherwise a tawny amber color. Tawny Amber? I went to high school with her!
A little raspberry aroma, but it's a very real raspberry, delighting, enrapturing, definitely a bit of funk accompanying, musty old raspberry beer. I can get down with this.
Sour and puckering tartness with some barnyard aged raspberries. pretty delicious and drinkable if not otherworldly.

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Photo of drtth
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. 375 ml Bottle, Lotnr: A

Appearance: With a vigorous pour the beer is a clear pink tinged orange color with a 1/8” loose, large bubbled head that slowly recedes to expose the surface. Sipping leaves only a tiny collection of lacing ranging from a short thin line to some speckles, all of which slide back down into the ring. The head, bubbles and lacing are long gone before the beer is even ¼ finished.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle the aroma spreads into the room with an earthy, musty, vinegary fruitiness tinged with raspberry. There seems to be some oak in the background and what may be just a hint of the barnyard that only shows occasionally.

Taste: The flavor is a light, crisp raspberry vinaigrette with some hint of seeds, sweetness, and an earthy character that rounds it out. But the dominant flavor is the vinegar. There’s lots of pucker power here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with only the lightest hint of carbonation left by about midway through the beer. The finish is fairly long and vinegary as the roof of the mouth and back of the throat eventually lose track of any touches of sweetness and become bone dry.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Given the aggressive vinegar character of this beer it is a slow sipper and one to have with food or spend a good amount of time slowly sipping so as to pick up the raspberry and other flavors. My overall impression is of a take no prisoners fruit lambic which one will either like or intensely dislike. While I’d prefer a bit more of the raspberry to show up in both the aroma and the flavor I come down on the side of like.

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

Enjoyed a 12.7 FL.OZ. bottle of this w/ Chris F. from Grand Teton in St. Paul, MN (priced @ $15). Poured from the green bottle w/ the "map" having pink around it into a 12oz Wine Glass. Has Lotnr: B (stamped on the side).

Aroma- Strongest sour and barnyard aroma I've smelt in a while! Has a nice raspberry finish on the nose as well.

Appearance- Pours no head, so no retention.. duh. Has a nice White Zin colored body that is clear and doesn't leave any retention behind. Can tell the carbonation level was low from the pour.

Flavor- Very sweet but sour at the same time... Doesn't overpower you at the beginning but then wow! Intense! Has strong raspberry flavor throughout but the main character is the sour/acidity.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, No Carbonation at all, and then puckers the lips like nothing else! Actually, it starts on the tongue and then finds its way around your entire mouth until you can almost not handle it! Appreciate what this one involves.

Overall Impression- Great sour! This is my second brew from Hanssens and a big fan! Go for this one if available and you enjoy Lambics w/ fruit added in. Cheers!

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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
3.4 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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