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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 VncentLIFE
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so i typed a review back in my early days of tasting Belgian lambics, and it was so off, I had to just start over.

It pours a year after bottling with no carbonation. Very tiny bubbles float to the surface. Bright amber body.

Smell is tart, sour, and lactic. All Brett everywhere. Hints of vinegar, sour green grapes, and apple cider vinegar. Its like a strong gueuze.

Ok the taste is extreme. I stand by the old statement that this is one flavorful beer. Strong apple cider vinegar notes just take over. Raspberries are second to the sour. Its a duet between super sour raspberries and Brett. Oak is everywhere, but different than others. I never thought Id see a beer more oaky than Cantillon, but here it is.

Leaves a strong flavor of lactic sourness and raspberries.

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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 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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Photo of ottovon
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to whiterascal.

no hiss or anything when the cork was popped. not a good sign. zero carb.

has a pinkish orange hue. doesnt look very nice.

the smell is nice though. there some nice lactic acid in the nose, and some raspberries and straw. a good aroma. the taste is also quite good. quite sour. nice raspberry flavor, straw, and some oak. hints of vanilla.

it has medium body, with no carb. overall this is a good beer, i just wish it had some carbonation. would definitely change the review.

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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 megahurts4
4.39/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry

From lot A

Appearance: rosé colored, no head, and almost no lacing.

Smell: raspberries, oak, and a barnyard lambic funkiness.

Taste: raspberries, faint oak, and an acidic sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium and no carbonation.

This is a nice experiment. I like the way the oak and raspberries mesh. The flavor is interesting and will appeal to sour lovers.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours an orange tinted amber color. No head to speak of just a bit of bubbles that form at the end of the pour. Very low fine soft carbonation.

S- Huge barnyard horseblanket funk aromas explode into the nose. Notes of wet hay and lactic acidity interwoven with a mellow oakiness. Finish is dry with a hint of iced tea and a kiss of raspberries with all the sugars fermented completely out.

T- big predomanatly oak and coating explosive funky flavors of horseblanket and musty wet hay with a hint of mint strikes your palate right ou of the gate. The raspberries are subtle and delicate but give a nice off set to the intense acidity. Finishs is oaky and funky.

MF- mouthfeel is slick and acidic with an imtensly dry finish. Low carbonation and a medium body.

D- not an incredibly drinkable lambic bit one that you will be glad to have tried.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a La Chouffe tulip.

A- very light amber, somewhat clear

S- barnyard funk, some tart fruits.

T- Sour/tart fruits, vinegar lasts throughout the beer

M- thin with some acidic finish, light but not real easy to drink

O- somewhat disappointing. Liked their oude kriek a lot. Has a lot of sour/tart notes but not a lot of distinguisable fruit notes.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle drank from my duvel tulip. bottle reads "lot a." thats all the bottling information that i can find.

A- the cork comes out with barely a pop. this is going to be a pretty still pour. sure enough, there is little to no head on top of the reddish pink colored body that is translucent. there is no head left behind.

S- the nose is alive with the scent of fresh raspberries. nothing artificial about this. very sweet with a sharp lactic sourness. a little bit of underlying barnyard like funk.

T- the taste starts out with more of the fresh raspberries that i could smell. very fresh, juicy, and real tasting. there is a sharp lactic sourness that hits after that. its not quite as powerful as the smell would indicate, but its stronger than your average framboise. the barnyard like funk that i could smell comes through a little bit in the taste as well.

M- the beer is still. no carbonation at all. the body is a solid medium. its puckering, but not overpowering. very dry finish.

O- this is something id like to try again, and i think ill grab a couple to age. this is probably the best raspberry lambic that i have had. check this one out.

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Photo of nhindian
4.09/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #4 from Khazadum, with the text: "I hope by now you've forgiven me. This should make up for it..."

Corked and caged bottle, snifter/flute/tulip glassware recommendation... I shudder and instinctively head to the sink to open this one. Luckily the cage has the consumer in mind and actually wants to come off, and the bottle doesn't do it's best baking soda volcano impression. Phew. Into the Cantillon wine glass again.

A - I can't really say I've had a beer this color before. It's a dark, deep red, but has a cool sunburst of orange and brown to it as well. It's absolutely and completely still; I didn't get even the faintest hint of a head here. Likewise, no lacing here as a result. It sort of looks like apple cider with more red to it. Based on the appearance alone I'm narrowing this down to a lambic or gueuze (not really a bold statement.) (3.5/5)

S - I take a half-whiff and immediately change my guess to a gueuze. This is really damn sour and funky. Like, if you rode your horse 15 miles to visit your closest neighbor, that wouldn't come close to the barnyard farmhouse country I'm getting here. Lots of lemon and tart cherry and raspberries, and that sort of weird feet smell you somehow think of. My nose is puckering much like I anticipate my mouth will be. (4.5/5)

T - Yep, that's pretty damn sour. Surprisingly I'm getting a little bit of malt as well, but there's a good amount of Bretty yeast ready to take over soon thereafter. The lemon, citrus, and cherries bring a lot of the flavor, along with the souring bugs that made themselves at home in this beer. Again, very musty and has a damp characteristic to it. (4/5)

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with almost no carbonation. I can see some bubbles sticking to the glass, but am not getting much in the mouth. Not incredibly dry, but has a crisp finish that's somewhat smooth. I can definitely feel the sides and corners of my mouth pucker long after this is gone. (4/5)

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I find it hard to rate the drinkability of lambics and gueuzes as a little bit goes a long way, but I really enjoyed drinking this one. The flavors are balanced but it still gives off a strong sour vibe. I'm digging this. (4/5)

I'm going to stick with my gut and pick gueuze for this. No idea on the brewery.

The reveal: Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry. Again I'm surprised here. I did mention the slight raspberry in the taste but wouldn't have pegged this for a framboise.

Both of the lambics I had today totally eluded me on their 'primary' fruit components, so either they are more faint than I would've expected or I need to drink more lambics...

It seems Khazadum picked up on the fact that I'm slowly trying to break into sours, and he kicked my ass off the cliff in that regard so far!

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Photo of roadhouse
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Not sure on the year, it just says Lot B.

Appearance is orange-amber in color with a tinge of redness to it, not much of a head showing up so the carbonation is obviously very low. This is not to knock it though as some would - at least according to the BJCP, real lambics are supposed to be uncarbonated.

Aroma is definitely acidic mainly with a strong oak note and an even stronger musty, dusty character. It is however lacking any real raspberry character to me. A bit one dimensional I'd say, but seems quite appropriate for a lambic.

Taste is quite interesting. Initially it is a sweet/sour sensation and upon swallowing an odd funky musty character blasts the tongue, in a good way. Leaves me feeling like a just licked a dusty wooden plank in the brewery, again in a good way.

Mouthfeel is not bad despite the low carbonation, it actually makes it quite soft and I think it really brings the brewery character right to the forefront.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's very unique and it will be quite hard for some to appreciate these wonderful characteristics.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body is orange-gold. Pours with little carbonation, produces no head or lace.

Smell is wild, with notes of tobacco, vinegar, vanilla, and raspberry.

Tastes of fresh raspberries, but this is quite sour and wild funky. It has an acetic acid, vinegary punch. A dry finish. A bit too acidic for my taste.

Body is light and no carbonation gives this a flat mouthfeel, but that is typical for most lambics.

Overall, if this is an "experiment" it is more interesting than the various other commercial fruit lambics that are sweet and use fruit syrups, but it is not up to par with other artisanal versions, being too acidic--bordering on vinegar, actually.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to wisconsinality for crack this bottle recently. Split into tulips.

A: Cork pops without a sound. Cloudy pink orange hue. No head no lace. Looks flat as tap water.

S: Sharp sour acidic aroma is the first thing that grabs your nose. Mild raspberries, pool toys, modest wet straw and moldy funk. Seems to lack any real depth of a typical lambic.

T: The flavor is much less sour than the nose had led me to believe. Mild sweet raspberry flavor with a hint of lactic sour. Some new plastic and bit of barnyard funkiness.

M: Light thin body. No carbonation.

O: Nothing horrible but not really exciting either. Hanssens makes an incredible gueuze and kriek. So it's surprising this falls so flat.

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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 alenonbeeradv
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured 375 into a russian river snifter.

a - no pop with the cork whatsoever. a lovely slightly peachy-pink color with no head at all. what a nice color! but is it flat!?

s - woah definitely fruity and funky. it smells sweet but challenging. kinda has some of the cough-syrupy tangy odor some lambics have that i dont really like but we'll see..

t - fruity vinegar with the tartness of the ripest raspberries you could find. whew!! luckily a lot of the smells i didnt like disapear in the taste but damn is this sour! basically flat, if anything a slight carbonation. no intense aftertaste, just a kick in the face of gnarly fruit madness.

m - very wine-like, slightly buttery/oily mouthfeel. the tartness perks up the pallet before it even has a chance to kick in to let you know that somethings up.

o - you know, i didnt like the flat strawberry lambic but this one is better in my opinion. before i popped the cork i told myself id run to grab another one tomorrow to leave it in my fridge for a while but i dont know thats gonna happen. nonetheless, i certainly enjoyed the experience as i do with most sour beers.

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Photo of LazFTW
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this beer since I had heard very good things about Hanssen's Oude Gueuze and have a bottle of that which I'm looking forward to opening this weekend.

The smell is certainly strong and lets you know off the bat that you're going to be drinking something sour. Its almost like a the smell of wine mixed with vinegar.

The color is a pinkish orange. I was excited due to the lack of head and lacing which I have read is indicative of a long aged lambic.

The first sip was quite shocking and the sourness hit hard, but subsequent sips were far smoother. Once the initial sourness was gone, I found it somewhat hard to detect the taste of raspberries, just a lingering tartness without much in terms of flavor. Once its down though the taste did not linger.

I have to say, this wasn't too bad of a lambic but I'd have to say I enjoyed something like St Loius Fond Tradition Gueuze quite a bit more.

Update: I have since tried Hanssen's Oude Gueuze which I have found to be the best Lambic I have ever tried.

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

Poured from a caged-and-corked 375mL green-glass bottle into my Drie de Fonteinen tumbler.

Despite a vigorous pour, there is no real head formation let alone retention. No lacing, no legs. Hazy coquelicot liquid is very pretty.

Potent wild yeast - the nose is full of funk. Vinuous oaky aromatics with fermenting (rather than fresh) raspberries. Attics, cellars, and badger sweat.

Red-wine vinegar, berry coulis, faint honey, goat-buttermilk, and lemon zest on the palate. More oak comes out in the finish, suggesting the ghosts of zinfandel, toast, and rainwater. Vinegar comes to the front as the beer warms.

A bit too slick, and quite astringent, though the low levels of carbonation work well here.

Has the funk of a well aged lambic without sacrificing the fruit (which usually fades tremendously after age sufficient to bring out the wild notes present here) - though the oak introduces further vinuous qualities which interfere with the pure flavors of a more traditional framboise. Not cheap, but worth trying.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(375ml bottle). Pours a hazy red/pink color with no head. Looks almost like juice. Aroma is raspberry, some funk and wood. Taste follows suit, but with a little more sweetness and as the beer warms becomes much more sour and quite vinegary.. Thin to medium bodied. Finish is dry. Not quite the beer I expected, but it is tasty

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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 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 brew3crew
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-clear red color with zero head
S-OK smelling. Raspberries are there for sure but very sour and old.
T-terrible to start out but pretty decent finish. Cherries thoughout and goes from bad to decent.
M-light bodied and crisp. Uncarbonated
D-very drinkable. Taste was gone in no time

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a flat, reddish apple juice with no head an no pop from the cork.

Smells like rotten bleu cheese and garbage (thanks for the reference, Mark!). Wow, this is crazy. Lemon, sour fruits of some kind.

The taste is flat. Mild raspberry essence in the mouthfeel (though no in the nose). I actually didn't mind this beer.

Quite intense and interesting.

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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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