Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Fruit Lambic
Ranked #125
Ranked #23,422
3.74 | pDev: 16.84%
Friday at 03:51 PM
Aug 20, 2002
Notes: Two year old unblended lambic aged on wild strawberries.
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Ratings by bark:
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
The smell of strawberries spreads around the room when I opened the champagne-style cork.

The liquid is opaque. The colour is an odd semi-bright beige-red-orange one that I have never seen before. There is no head at all.

The smell is a blend of sweet strawberries (both wild and the usual ones) jam and earthy notes of vinegar/iodine. As one could have expected… Maybe a little bit too candy-like for me.

The taste got nothing to do with sweets or artificial flavouring! It is dominated by a powerful dry sourness with some gentle notes of red berries. There are also iodine and minerals, malt vinegar, malic acid and bitter herbs. Yes, it is very sour! The aftertaste is tenderer wit sour mineral notes and a fine, growing natural taste of matured strawberries.

The carbonation is mild with some gentle small bubbles. I had thought that it should have been much stronger.

A tricky fruit lambic; The fruit is all there, but the dominant sourness is just a little too much in this beer. Don’t get me wrong, I like lambics and geuezes, but this one just wasn’t balanced the way I like it.
Jul 21, 2006
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Opaque orange body, cream colored bubble collar. Smell and taste are clones: actually a really nice strawberry character through and through, some lacto and brett with bright oak. Thought the nose carried the funk more. But depth is so limited, especially in the feel where it is sour and acidic, light pungency some counter, too wet.
Friday at 03:51 PM
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Rated by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look - Bring orange syrup
Smell - tart strawberry
Taste - tart strawberry
Feel - syrup almost no carb
Overall - for being an old beer, pretty good
Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
$10.99/375ml bottle. Bottled 2014. Poured with no head; amber color. Nose was full-on strawberry jam. Amazing. Taste was the same with very nice lambic acidity balance. This was my first taste of Oudbeitje and I was incredibly impressed. I will be buying more.
Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Sep 12, 2021
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Rated by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Acetic garbage.
Jun 14, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by samEBC from Belgium

Mar 03, 2021
Rated: 3.76 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Apr 28, 2020
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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
Rated: 4.5 by edthehead from New York

Oct 08, 2019
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Rated by KensWorld from Florida

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2015 vintage. From bottle
Aug 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
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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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
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
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 4 by steverx8 from England

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 3.05 by crobinso from Colorado

Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jul 19, 2018
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Rated by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
For those that like lambics, most seem to find this a quality example. I am not one of those who like lambics. And I cannot get past this pucker.
Jul 11, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by emincems from Turkey

Jul 02, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Theogre83 from Kansas

May 08, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by mrcraft from California

Apr 01, 2018
Rated: 4 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Feb 20, 2018
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
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
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Dec 19, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by TheEffinpope from Oregon

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 3.64 by Jcbroome from Florida

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by mltobin from Connecticut

Sep 29, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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
Rated: 4.24 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Sep 18, 2017
Rated: 4.42 by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Aug 24, 2017
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

1.99/5  rDev -46.8%
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
Rated: 3.75 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts

Jul 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Cthulhusquid from Washington

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Reviewed by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.8%
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
Rated: 3.69 by Quafftastic from Virginia

May 16, 2017
Oudbeitje from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
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