Hanssens Experimental Raspberry | Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

Hanssens Experimental RaspberryHanssens Experimental Raspberry
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Hanssens Experimental RaspberryHanssens Experimental Raspberry

Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pink tinged orange body. Looks sort of like a rosé. A bit of soapy bubbles clings for life on top.

Nose is kind of like a sweet tart.

Raspberries are there with a nice pop of citrus. Fairly tart with a light souring. Doesn't seem like much funk behind it. More of a showcase of tart and fruit.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.4/5  rDev -2%

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4.9/5  rDev +41.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

This is from a bottle that is true years old and I think the quality has been compromised. Poured with no head nor lace And a clear amber. Aroma is yeast tart raspberries. Flavors like aroma acid is strong raspberries come in slightly dry. With missing carbonation can't really give a fair judgment on body. Actually not too bad for its condition

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: None, "Lot B" notched on label
Glass: Girardin degustation glass

Of the three raspberry lambics I've tasted recently, Hanssens is above the Girardin in interest, as the latter was too sweet, but still a world apart from the masterful Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. Good, but not great, Hanssens' gueuze is by far their best offering. Not sure if I would pay $14 for another 375ml bottle of this or not.

The cork is removed with a gentle pop, and the beer pours with no head, as is correct for all true unblended lambics. The raspberries in this case apparently did not provide enough sugar, or the sugars were consumed already before being blended and bottled, for carbonation to form in the bottle. There are a few large bubbles from a vigorous pour, but these soon fall. There is also no lacing, as to be expected from the lack of foam. The body is a fairly bright, pale pink-orange color, with light bringing out brighter orange hues. Beer is transparent, but there is no carbonation to be observed.

Aroma is of soured, tart raspberries, and some slightly "funky" musty farmhouse and/or composting hay with slight ethyl acetate and plastic-like phenols. Somewhat interesting and appealing, the sourness building anticipation for the taste.

Overall flavor is of quite tart raspberry and lemon flavors, with light vinegar, ethyl acetate, mustiness, and composting hay; complex, but not overly so. Front of palate tastes very tart raspberries, watered-down vinegar-like acidity, and light basement mustiness. Mid-palate of raspberry, vinegar-like acidity, "funky" musty farmhouse and/or composting hay, and modestly plastic-like phenols. Back of palate experiences bracing acidity with tart lemon and raspberry flavors, slight ethyl acetate, and mild basement mustiness. Aftertaste is of tart raspberries, lingering lemon and vinegar-like tartness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with no carbonation, leading to a completely smooth mouthfeel that would be strongly benefitted by some modest foam helping to move this along the palate. Closes very dry, as expected, with light stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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Hanssens Experimental Raspberry from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 261 ratings
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