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 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 SpeedwayJim
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to schen9303 for this one. 2010 vintage. Poured from a 12.7oz. corked and caged bottle into a Brooklyn brewery snifter.

A: Cork opens without a sound. Standard pour yields a single layer of coarse, white bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a stunningly attractive clear red. No head retention and no lacing. I'd make this mark lower, but the color is just incredible.

S: Nose is funky as can be. Moldy cheese with significant wet straw, cobwebs, wood, and pure raspberry puree. Very pungent and aromatic. Possibly one of the most funkalicious fruit lambics I've smelt in a while.

T: Opens raspberry puree sweetness that turns sour very quickly. Increasingly sour towards the middle and intensifying further towards the end. A bit of vinegar peeks over right before the finish which is drying and seems to suck all the moisture from my mouth, cheeks, and teeth. Aftertaste is more of the same lingering, intensely sour raspberry fruit and seeds. An overwhelming beer to be sure but not the most complex

M: Light to medium bodied and a bit watery in the mouth. Completely still with absolutely no bubbles. Smooth going down and very dry and spicy towards the finish which is puckering. Aftertaste lingers. Feel is pretty on point given the style and although it doesn't serve the appearance well, I actually appreciate the flatness here.

D: A solid slightly better than middle-of-the-road fruit lambic here. There's not a whole lot of complexity and besides the color of the beer, its not much to actually look at. But the feel is impressive and it has potential to develop in my opinion. Worth revisiting at some point with some age on it.

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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 andrewinski1
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash chalice. Not much pop when taking out the cork leads me to believe there isn't much carbonation here. It is quite still when poured. Just a few tiny bubbles line up single file around the rim of the glass. The color is remarkably clear and ruby. So very good color, disappointing bubbles.

The aroma is oaky and sour. A hint of raspberry sweetness is detected after really sticking my nose in there. This is a pretty clean aroma; not much funk, just tartness.

The start is very lemony and sour. An ever-so-slightly sweet kiss of raspberry in the finish mixed with the wood flavor balances this one out (if you could call this type of beer balanced).

The mouthfeel is smooth and light. No carbonation is detected at all. A little bit would have been nice, but as mentioned before in some of my previous reviews, I don't really mind flatter beer.

This one was actually pretty enjoyable. A nice fruity one that gives a good relatively clean tartness.

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Photo of peabody
4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pink is spectacular here. The smallest bubbles I have ever seen. This appearance is def. a 5.
Smell is sour berry and berry skin with sugar cherry wafers. The malt is wonderful here.
Taste is cherry/raspberry and I mean a real strong sour berry flavor. Then the sugar comes in just barely coming into play.
Sour wins.
Mouthfeel is sticky for sure. As sour as this is, there is a lot of sugar making this very sticky.
Drinkability is only as good as the availability of this beer.

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Photo of TriGuy20
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 375ml bottle in tulip wine glass.

A: Very interesting color almost neon orange! The most accurate description I can come up with is starburst orange. Almost no head and no lace.

S: Very nice nose! Sour raspberry/ Vinegar/ Goat cheese/ Slight barnyard/ menthol/ clove

T: The sour raspberry hits you upfront with vinegar notes. On the mid palate the goat and barnyard hits you and the finish presents menthol and clove with a nice sour backbone. The finish of this beer is fairly long.

MF: Nothing really special on the mouth, a little thin and watery.

D: Pretty easy to drink this beer, however, one bottle seems about right.

Given the other reviews I was a little concerned about this beer and when I poured the beer I got really nervous, however, the smell and taste was quite good. There are many other beers of this style I enjoy more so I probably will not seek this beer out again, but it was a good one off.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pinkish bubbly brown in color with brown highlights that had a very thin head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass. There was definitely some raspberries in the aroma with bretty barrel oaky funk, lemony citrus, and faint vinegar notes however it did have acidic character. The raspberries were more apparent on the palate with mild tart flavors but did come with oaky brett funky accents and a touch of lemony citrus notes. The brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, funky, citrusy, fruity, tart, and dry finish. I really like my sour beers but this one was a little too sweet for me up front and was lacking the sour punch. It still drank good and was a decent fruit lambic.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a completely transparent rose hue-pours with no head.

S- I like the nose of this brew. Slightly tart, acidic raspberry. Nose is a very good balance of sweet and tart with a very mild presence of wet oak barrel in the background.

T- Mild to Moderately sour at first with an acidic tartness and a highlight of both tart and sweet raspberry flavor and a very mild oak presence. The tartness intesnifies for the finish and a moderate amount of acidic tartness lingers.

M- Medium weight, slightly thin body that is completely flat.

D- This beer is a nice sour overall and highlights the raspberry well. Its not very complex and the fact that there is no carbonation really detracts from the otherwise well put together brew.

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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 Gosox8787
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12.7 oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle is labeled Lotnr. A.

Presentation: Pours a completely flat light pink. Reminds me of falt Cherry 7Up. Not really appealing at all.

Aroma: I get some light raspberries and sour lemon. A touch of oak but not a whole lot else. Some nice complexity here.

Taste: Some nice raspberries and acetic notes here. Not overly sour at all, but a pretty nice balance of raspberry and sourness. Not getting any oak here. I think the lack of carbonation really doesn't let this beer pop for me.

Mouthfeel: Completely flat, not even a hint of carbonation. By far the worst part of this beer.

Drinkability: I find this really easy to sip on and alsmost drink to easy with no carbonation and these light, balanced flavors. I took away points here for the price.

Overall, a really big disappointment for me. The carbonation really is the death knell. Not a bad beer otherwise, but something I'll avoid at this pricetag.

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Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly clear and brilliant ruby cranberry red

Smell: Incredible sourness full of raspberries, lemon juice, funk, vinegar, and vanilla

Taste: This one is just incredibly sour; perhaps one of the most sour beers I have ever tasted; loaded with lemon juice and vinegar acidic sourness with raspberries, vinegar, and maybe even some brown sugar in the background

Mouthfeel: light bodied; low carbonation

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one but you just can't overstate the sourness; this is the only sour beer to have ever given me slight heartburn.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Marked Lotnr A; Sampled November 2010
Despite a hint of a pop when I pulled out the cork the beer pours quite flat, though it does manage to summon forth some larg bubbles. The beer is a pretty, almost brilliantly clear, light cranberry red color (my wife thinks this looks exactly like robitussin, and even smells something like it); I really like the color of this beer as it sits in my Lost Abbey Teku tulip. The beer smells of raspberry seeds (slightly tannic), secondarily raspberry pulp and a tart / sour finish. This is actually pretty clean smelling, and doesn't have enough acetic character to be noticed (unlike the first batch). There is a soft funkiness to this brew; a touch earthy, musty, perhaps a hint of acetone and a light musky, barnyard character towards the finish. Really the bright fruit character is the dominant note in the nose; it is quite nice, but without being so amped up as to seem fake or cloying.

Very still and flat tasting as it first hits my palate, the beer finishes with a spicy sourness that I usually associate with a touch of acetic acid character. There is still a very soft sweetness to this beer that accentuates the raspberry fruit flavors that are found in this beer; the raspberry notes are noticeable aren't quite as complex as in the nose as the seed / tannic character seems to be a bit reduced in the flavor. Still there is a solid fruitiness to the flavor that has a bright berry character to it and there is some chewy raspberry skin character here too. Up front the raspberries and lactic acid contribute a soft tartness, the finish does get a touch more tart, but this is still not an aggressively sour Lambic by any means. Light textured and quaffable, this beer does have a touch of viscousness to it that keeps this from seeming overly flat on the palate

This is exceedingly quaffable, and the mid 50*F serving temperature was about perfect. I would like to see a carbonated Framboise version of this beer as I think the fizz would add a nice complimentary texture and would likely boost the aroma and flavor of this beer. This could certainly use some more funkiness, I do like the light touch of the acetic character (it is just barely there), but some more wild, funkiness would be much appreciate. Still, this is a beer that grows on me more as I work my way through my glass.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to MasterSki for hooking me up with this one. I've waited about a year to try this after hearing about it. 12.7oz into an unbranded tulip.

A: Pours a pale pink color about the shade of cranberry juice and vodka mixed together, a few white bubbles cling to the edge of the glass. No real head ever developed. Decent transparency.

S: Big acetic acid notes here, followed by some pig-shit esque funk. It has a bit of a cough syrup sort of aroma to it as well. I wouldn't pin it down as raspberry, but its close. The fruit smell is a bit artificial, which hurts it a touch.

T: Quite sour and acidic, not quite as much as it was hyped up to be though. Nice flavors of lemon and funkiness, followed by a light dose of raspberries and then a little bit of medicinal syrup as well. On top of that there is some definite funk and bret going on. It is quite acidic, but nowhere near as bad as I had expected.

M: Completely flat, which is a bummer, I like my lambics to be a bit lower in carbonation, but this is completely flat. Other than that the overall feel of the beer is not bad as far as acidity and amount of "spit thickening" it has. Slightly warm, and is making me warm from the acidity. Hard to rate the mouth as it should be carbonated, but hits all the other notes alright.

D: One is enough. This is an intensely acidic beer, but not overly sour. The slightly artificial raspberry taste hurts this, which is a bummer, and the lack of carbonation drives it down a little more. Still, very glad to try this beer, and maybe its a good thing it isn't as bad as I thought, because my tongue isn't completely thrashed right now.

Thanks Alex!

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Photo of Thorpe429
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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Photo of domtronzero
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear ruby red color with no head and no bubbles.

S - Raspberry, funk, tart, sweet pils malts. Quite complex.

F/M - Again, raspberry, funky barnyard, tart and acidic. Not as complex as the aroma suggests and almost a little one-dimensional (for a lambic). Medium-lite body with no carbonation. Dry, tart, acidic finish.

D - A little hard to drink, being flat and all, but for the traditional still lambic style I think this is fairly average. Not quite a Boon Lambiek, but pretty good.

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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 timtim
4.47/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very still, so no head sits on top of the fairly clear raspberry red. nose is sour tart acid that comes off to me as lemon and raspberry with a touch of wild and a touch of wood. wish i could wait a few years to drink this one. the wild is just coming out, and the barn and funk aren't quite pronounced enough for me yet. taste is very tart with ripe-fruit sweetness (which i imagine would be eaten up with some aging?) holding it together and rounding it out. nice, slick, light, soft mouthfeel with a long finish and no unpleasant aftertastes. really not what i was expecting, but i think it's mind-blowingly good nonetheless. if only these beers were easier to come by... my favorite lambic producer right now.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with Oglmcdgl, a small bottle from NY after the captain.

A- Looks like watered down Hawian punch with no head. Very lifeless looking, not even swirls could bring up anything.

S- Raspberries and vinegar with a small amount of sugar and a jolly rancher red type scent. Not all that bold, simple.

T- Very tart, sour, with raspberries and berry taste with jolly rancher sweetness, it's pretty much all I taste. Minimal amounts of oak and a bit of vinegar which Im not a fan of.

M- This is pretty much flat beer, I guess it's unblended. Thin and flat, with a sour smack. Nothing complex here, but it is intriging, it just does not do it for me, I need some sign of life in this, it's dead.

D- Not so easy drinking even with the thin body. A little life might of spiked this up for me. It's good, just a bit one sided.

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

375 ml bottle, thanks to bobsy for sharing.

Pours a clear pinkish, a touch of light red, very thin light pink head forms and settles down to a very thin ring immediately, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is intense, very acidic and sour, lemon juice, vinegar, light raspberry fruitiness, some charred oak, barnyard funk, lightly balsamic, acetone, a bit nostril burning.

Taste is similar, very acidic and sour up front, almost puckering, raspberry and a decent amount of fruitiness, oaky, a touch of vanilla, big vinegar acidity going down.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Not too bad, a touch overly acidic but the raspberry is nice. Thanks Rob!

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Photo of bobsy
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pink pour with the thinnest of filmy heads. Appears to be completely flat. Funky raspberry nose with one hell of a lot of vinegar. You can tell this ones gonna bruise. Acetone, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar and mega-tart raspberries assault the taste buds and burn the throat on the way down. Hanssens make the most intense sour beers I've ever come across and this one may even be the most extreme of the bunch. Medium-light body with essentially no carbonation is style-appropriate.

I wouldn't say the flavour is unpleasant, but its certainly only consumable in small quantities and could do with a bit more depth as the overwhelming sourness overshadows all other aspects.


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Photo of Patrick999
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork comes out with a whimper, not surprising as this is a still lambic. Pours like rose wine, but a little more pink. Not *entirely* uncarbonated, but any bubbles to be had are of very minor effect. Not going to knock a still lambic on appearance, though.

Smell is of raspberry, and quite funky at that, with an undercurrent of dog poop and anaerobic muck soil at times. Gets more funky-smelling as it warms, adding plenty of musky barnyard to the mix. Smells gloriously natural, unadulterated. Really funk'd out...I think this is coming through much more now than in some of the earlier reviews of this beer.

It actually tastes just a little sweeter than I thought it would. Not sweet as in artificial fruit syrup added, but a very nice ripe-fruit sweetness that balances well with the considerable acidity you find here. I get a lot of raspberry here, probably more than I've gotten in more-highly-rated framboise examples. OK, it's not tremendously complicated - it's tart raspberry through and through with a little natural fruit sweetness to balance. It's just that the tart/sweet raspberry character here is so pleasant.

Limp body, not surprising for a lightly-carbed beer.

I'm a fan, but it would be hard to drink too much more of than this one bottle.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle split with friends.

A- no head from this unblended lambic. Crystal clear bright pink in color.

S- huge sour rasberries and funky oak. Lemon juice and zest.

T- super tart and sour with under ripe raspberries and lemon juice. Really one of the most sour beers I've ever had. very mild oak character and a hint of sweet wheat.

M- on the thinner side of body and not a bubble to be seen. Long lasting pucker that's so powerful your asshole will hurt.

D- well a few onces is plenty to get the idea and a few more will change your life. Wild stuff and a hell of an experience.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375mL green glass cork and cage bottle. "Lotnr A." Tasted with sleepnbballrlife.

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish pink with orange hues and a watery rim. No carbonation visible.

Nose: Smells like fresh raspberries, strawberries, white flowers/blossoms, watermelon, spun sugar (cotton candy), tree bark, sweet tarts/smarties (powdery tart). Something meat-y too.

Palate: Holy acidity! Red wine vinegar, sour orange (acetic acid, props), wild strawberries, raspberry and razz seeds (nuttiness). Flavors are similar to a rose from Provence, plus bracing acidity. No carbonation at all. Finish leads to some nice white oak flavors and leaves my mouth salivating.

Notes: A solidly crafted framboise that's SUPER acidic. This is lively despite its lack of CO2. Like unsweetened lemonade, refreshing but intense.

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Photo of wnh
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a thin, clear pink-ish bronze, still with just a faint touch of carbonation.

Fruity paint thinner on the nose, mild at first but quickly becoming assertive and off-putting. Light, clean citrus notes underneath, alongside a touch of raspberry and quite light barnyard funk. But oh, that paint thinner is potent.

Sweet and sour raspberry up front on the palate. Throat-burning on the way down. Lingering burn, though clearly from something other than the alcohol -- the beer is only 6%. Funny thing is, only every second or third sip actually burns my throat; the sips in between are quite pleasant, showing nice fruit and appropriate funk.

This is easily the worst lambic I've ever had, but it's not as bad as some of my fellow BA's present at the tasting think it is. Worth drinking, if only to allow oneself to better appreciate the really good lambics.

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