Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #160
Ranked #25,869
3.82 | pDev: 16.49%
Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle. 2008? Bottle

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a chill haze golden hue with no real head or wisps.

S - Aromas of plastic and strawberry chapstick, flashes of burnt rubber and unhappy microbes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more big jammy red berries, good tart acidity and big cereal grains. The strawberry flashes out to a more waxy element.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, little flemmy.

O - Overall this was a rather lackluster beer with flashes of berries.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 27, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and very sour, you've got a lot of strawberry jam notes on the nose.

Completely still, it's quite thick for a lambic.

Nice stuff, the natural sweetness balances the big acidity

Nov 06, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy, deep, dark golden amber coloration with no head whatsoever. Smell is dominated by white vinegar, overripe, mouldy strawberry and strong blue cheese funk, with hints of doughy malt and estery fruit notes as well. Taste follows the nose, with the rotten strawberry, blue cheese funk and especially white vinegar presence, that turns quite acidic in the aftertaste, being quite overpowering. There are also some notes of hay and estery fruit/spice, like green apple and clove there, as well as lighter citrus and oak. Finishes with a strong acidity and some funk and vinegar burn lingering in the aftertaste. Completely flat mouthfeel with a medium body and no carbonation.

This is just a poorly balanced and quite possibly spoiled mess, to be honest, with the strong, acidic white vinegar and blue cheese funk presence overpowering any other flavors. The total lack carbonation does not help at all here, really making this more reminiscent of vinegar than a lambic. I don't think I can finish this, actually, quite poor.

Jul 11, 2019
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

2.3/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

L- A bit lifeless with just a few bubbles hugging the sides. Some slight carbonation deeper in the glass, a lot of yeasty floaters. The color is slight brown with a bit of strawberry red. Murky for sure.
S- There's a typical Lambic sour aroma with a sweet funky brett-like quality that follows it. Not too bad. Slight aroma of strawberry is there for sure.
T- Ehh.. This beer tastes a little spoiled. I get that it's a Belgian Lambic, but it just doesn't taste very palatable. Sour and funky off the bat with maybe a slight hint of strawberries, and definitely a good amount of apple cider vinegar. That is just about all I taste that isn't off putting. The funk that I want is less lambic and more strong paint and chemical. I also get a weird metallic flavor and an unpleasant and unwanted burn at the back of my throat as well. Too acidic with nothing to offer other than a few silver linings and a spoiled quality that just isn't wanted.
F- Watery.
O- A botched beer to say the least. The funk seems to be the only redeeming quality. Couldn't finish it at all. A waste of money to me. They're trying too hard to make it weird and forgot to make it enjoyable in any way honestly.

May 18, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours hazy, blonde in color with minimal head. Taste is strawberries, both the rind and the berry, funk, sour mix, and lemon. Really sour, light bodied, moderate carbonation. A treat. One of the better sour strawberry beers I have had in a while. Unique. It is like you are eating whole fresh strawberries right out of the patch. Well worth seeking out.

Feb 20, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with minimal head retention or lacing. Some slight clinging bubbles on the side of the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, peach, apricot, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, leathery/musty funk, wheat, cracker, slight white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, strawberries, oak, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, peach, apricot, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, leathery/musty funk, wheat, cracker, slight white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness and light oak spice/fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, peach, apricot, white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, leathery/musty funk, wheat, cracker, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, strawberries, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/sourness balance. Increasingly puckering and drying, but not overly astringent on sourness. Minimal carbonation and light-medium body; with a smooth, acidic/grainy, and lightly tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a very nice fruit lambic. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, strawberries, oak, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite the increasingly lactic/drying finish and minimal carbonation. Classic Hanssens wild funk with a nice helping of juicy strawberries and oak; with a solid malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Sep 23, 2017
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janubio from Spain

1.99/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Golden colour, no head at all and of course no lace.
Aroma is funk, strawberries, wood, spiderweb, vinegar.
Watery body, olily, no carbonation.
Taste of acetone, vinegar, faint strawberries.
Freshnes date is 2027, but sure seems to be in bad state, the acetones notes speaks louder than words. And completely flat. Guess I could use it for cooking something of as salad dressing.

Aug 01, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage.

Look: No head, orange hazy body.

Smell: Strawberry, barnyard funk, lemon, orange.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Little to no carbonation, medium-light body, not that sour upfront by really acidic finish.

Jun 11, 2017
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I spent $14 for this 375 ml bottle, and the beer is completely flat. I'm usually a pretty easy grader, but I hate buying flat beer, and I really hate spending this much money on flat beer. If this beer was even lightly carbonated, it might actually be OK, but it sucked because it was flat.

May 30, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A 375ml corked and caged bottle with a notched Lotnr of H (not sure what this means). Then there are two dates. The first I translated from Dutch to: “to consume preferably before” 7th August 2027. The second I translated from French to: “best before” 7th August 2034. Not sure why there are two different dates for different languages. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy dark golden orange colour with no head and no lacing.

Aroma: Oak, vinegar, acidity, strawberry and funky.

Taste: Sour, tart and acidic with notes of vinegar and berries.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with extremely low to no carbonation and quite a harsh acidic feel.

Overall: For me, this could use more carbonation. In addition, I wasn’t really getting much strawberries in the flavour, and any berry flavour I did get was quite light. The main thing though was the quite harsh acidity as each swallow felt a light burn on my throat.

Apr 17, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold, no head, slightly hazy. 3.75
Strawberry, natch, but also vanilla, earth, cheese, and perfume, plus a bit of booze. 4.25
Slight cracker, hit of vinegar, hay, cheese rind, yellow plum, and grassy end. 3.75
Strawberry seed comeback.
Halfway to medium, clean, sharp. 3.75

Berry big on the nose, gone on the tongue. That lets the acetic plus some acetone come out. Being served too warm isn’t helping. Average lambic underneath, I suspect. Just falls short. 3.75

Apr 03, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: smells like funky strawberries and old socks. There is a moderate sour aroma with no hops, no enteric, no cigar, and no cheesy aromas.

L: amber with a slight red tint. There is a very slight haze and a thin, white, ephemeral foam cap.

T: big, tart fruity start on the palate dominated by strawberries and supported by a moderate lemony sourness. It finishes dry with a slight carbonic bite.

F: The carbonation is medium to medium low and the body is medium low.

O: This is a very refreshing beer with the tartness level of unsweetened lemonade.

Mar 30, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ON tap at The Dog Street Pub in Williamsburg, VA. Hazy and a deep yellow gold in color. Lots of funkiness in the aromas, horsehide, barnyard, wet hay and more. Taste is nicely tart and sour with touches of overripened fruit. Delicious if this is your thing. Will hunt this one out again !

Jan 04, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Cigar City Humidor tulip glass.

Up front - there's no "pffft" at all after the cork is removed. This might not bode well...

A: Hazy gold. No head at all, no visible carbonation at all.

S: Moderately funky, barnyard and a touch of feet. Some strawberry fruity, tangy and sour.

T: Strawberries up front. Funky and barnyard and horseblanket with a moderate amount of lactic tartness. Cracker malt body in the background. A very dry and berry-tangy finish.

M: Has a light body, minimal alcohol presence. A very low amount of carbonation sensation, but this isn't completely flat.

O: A tasty offering from these guys, but not their best nor anything approaching best-in-class.

Nov 20, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color with no head. Aroma is fruity, kind of sweet with a slight chemical note. Taste is sour and fruity, slightly acidic with a nice strawberry note on the finish. Flat, slightly acidic body. Not bad but the mouthfeel could be better, it really needs some carbonation.

Sep 11, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan 2011, 375ml bottle.

Slight hiss when I pulled the cork, it pours orange with small then disappearing head of foam.

The smell is very tart, fruity>, perhaps, kind of vinegar like with a healthy Brett presence.

The taste has notes of vinegar, sour fruit ie pear and apple. and a quite funky character.

Light body with very very light carbonation.

I like it and the $11 price tag didn't hurt too much.

Jul 30, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz poured on tap into snifter

A: gold burnished amber in color clarity is pretty good a little haze very little head but looks like big carbonation

S: vinegar, grapes, light hay and sourness

T: lots of light biscuity malts and a little grape and a little hay

M: not very sour super low carbonation almost none

O: surprisingly approachable lambic not face seeringly sour. Nice light notes of hay and grapes very easy to drink.

Jun 01, 2016
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce caged and corked bottle, bottled in May 2013. Served in a Prairie lambic glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a small white head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing, either. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like funk, strawberries, vinegar, oak and earthiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like funk, sweet and unripe strawberries, vinegar, earthiness, green apples, lemon and cheese. The tartness lingers around for a while in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink. The Hanssens brews I've tried in the past have been hit or miss, but I thought this was good and I enjoyed the tartness. I'd like to try this again in the future.

Mar 25, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in Feb 2015

A: Pours with a slight chilled haze at first. That clears up in a bit, with a pale orange/apple cider like color. At first a tiny bubbly white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. Though, like everything they do the color is stunning.
S: Jam like strawberries pop up front. Then that amazing funky, cheesy Hanssens kicks in, though the wonderful fruity strawberries are wonderful throughout.
T: Like the nose, strawberries absolutely pop here. Jam like, with a hint of sweetness up front. Substantial acidic puckering, but not overwhelming in that regard. Maybe vanilla sweetness from the oak. Though the funk and cheese cut through immediately. Followed by more fruit in the finish.
M/O: A light to medium body. Almost no carbonation, but that is alright. With the amount of cheesy funk I am amazed at how clean this feels. After the initial and quick sweetness, this finishes beautifully dry. So the lack of carbonation is forgiven. Not as intensely sour as their offerings tend to be, so I find this much easier to drink.

Not the most refined Lambic there is, especially considering the carbonation. That just adds to the curiosity for me, and I keep coming back. Hanssens is always unique, and this is a perfect show case for that. It might not be for everyone, but it s drinking fine for me.

Jan 30, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pale, apple juice appearing ale with absolutely no head or carbonation at all.

Aroma of mild vinegar and fresh, tart strawberries.

Flavor is much of the same. Not overly sour as many reviews would suggest and much less so then their Experimental Raspberry. Slightest touch of wood. Sea salt and subtle funk. No hop character.

As for the mouthfeel, again, I just can't get over the lack of carbonation. I understand this can be common for lambics but its just not appealing to me. The flatness just makes it feel like something is lacking, bores my palate and fails to bring out some desired flavors. Light body with a slick texture. Finishes on the drier, cleaner side.

Overall, a nice lambic with good use of its base fruit. Could have used a little more depth.

Jan 03, 2016
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JFear from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a bracingly acidic, somewhat bitter beer. Not for the faint of heart. I was able to enjoy it somewhat, but the tongue-prickling acidity was a bit much. The strawberry flavor was a bit obscured by the more extreme flavors in this beer. Kind of a letdown at $12.99. I'm glad I split the bottle, because I'm not totally sure I would have been able to drink the whole thing myself.

Dec 08, 2015
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JackAaron from California

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:gold, slightly hazy
S:funky, acidic
T:extreme tartness, unripe strawberries
M:flat, dry, zings the salivary glands, almost makes me cough when hitting the throat, coats mouth in lasting sour flavor
O:lots of different experiences going on in this - not boring, would buy again

Nov 01, 2015
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pagriley from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden, not a ton of color from the fruit. Sharply sour on the nose with a solid whiff of banyard. Taste less funk, and more straight up lactic sour. A touch syrupy and sweet in the mouth even though this is unsweetened.

Overall an interesting beer, but nothing I would try again

Oct 25, 2015
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw gold with a foamy bubbly head- less from carbonation than the agitation whole pouring. Smells like straight fruit vinegar, a bit off-putting. Taste is punishingly sour green apple notes at first, rounded out by sweet light grain, kiwi, lime, and then a burst of fresh strawberry essence hangs on the palate for quite some time. Feels abrasive from the acidity at first, but then pleasantly creamy. Solid fruit lambic.

Sep 23, 2015
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Brenden from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very dark orange, almost red, with barely a touch od translucency to the body. The head is a mix of spritzy and foamy that actually holds up pretty well and leaves just a bit of spotting behind.
This has some funk, and plenty of sourness, but the main element is vinegar. I don't get much strawberry at all, though it does peek through. It's mainly sharp, particularly in the flavor. A bit of must underlies this brew before it gets a bit salty along with the sting. The fruity note that does come through is that of just-ripening strawberries. It does have an astringency that, strangely, remains without building up.
There's just a lot more apple cider vinegar than strawberry, and it doesn't integrate as well as a truly great lambic.
There's some movement to this beer, but it's also quite harsh. The vinegar stringency definitely stings in the feel as well as the taste. It's crisp, and consistently so, and while not exactly smooth certainly more than I would expect. It's the very opposite of cloying, going so dry as to almost take moisture away. It's interesting, for sure.

Apr 02, 2015
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