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Hanssens Artisanaal bvba

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #128
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,457
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 14.43%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
225
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89
Very Good
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Notes: Lambic brewed with wild Belgian Schaerbeek sour cherries.
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Reviews by rowingbrewer:
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rowingbrewer from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jan 14, 2015
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
As expected this beer pours quite flat, though it does manage to scare up a bubble or two. The beer is a deep purple color that shows a lightly hazed, deep cranberry hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells musky, has a sort of musty foot note to it that hasn't quite gotten to rank levels, there are some definite plastic phenolic notes that mix in with a rustic animal like muskiness and it surprisingly doesn't really smell like cherries; there is a touch of tartness here, perhaps some cherry skin-like notes, but it doesn't have the bright cherry fruit character of 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek. It does have a touch of the floral character that the latter has with a touch of carnation and perhaps a touch of something like roses. As the beer warms up it becomes a bit more funky

The flavor is tart up front and it gets more tart with the cherry contribution as it rolls across the palate. It is near bone dry, but has a palate fullness to it from a certain viscous quality. The finish has a cherry flavor to it that reminds me of roses and cedar (of all things); the beer is definitely woody from the oak and it hints of a slight tannin character and astringency (which is likely muted by the lack of carbonation). The beer is very dry, yet it manages to have a cherry fruit character that comes through despite the lack of sweetness; flavors of cherry as well as a rich, though somehow not actually, fruitiness that is more floral than anything. As the beer warms up it picks up a hint of sweetness, which accentuates some more of the cherry flavors. The tartness here is contributed by a nice lactic note as well as a tartness from the cherries; it is not aggressive but just bracing and I definitely like it. I really like that this doesn't have the harsh acetic acidity that the two experimental Lambics had. The funkiness that is here provides some balance and complexity, which is really what this beer is all about; especially considering how integrated and soft the cherry character is. I am really enjoying this in the end, it is far better than the experimental Lambics from Hanssens.

Mar 26, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.1%

Dec 07, 2011
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zestar from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Aug 22, 2014
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mtbdonn from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Aug 01, 2014
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ktrillionaire from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed with beersack in honor of his good grades in law school.

A - The pour is near-still, and is a deep red hue, akin to pomegranate juice or red wine. The look is menacing, at any rate, which is appropriate given the malicious level of sourness which is wrought upon the palate.

S - The aroma is much more faint than the taste, offering mostly fresh tart cherry notes, some oak, and a big dose of minerals (vitamins, actually.)

T - The taste first washes across the palate and expresses intense notes of cherry fruitiness; this appreciation is quickly obliterated by Hanssens' hallmark face-crushing sourness. Not that its a bad thing. If I wanted mellow, I wouldn't be grabbing Hanssens. I cannot say what kind of acidity it is, but it doesn't strike me as acetic or lactic, instead more likely tartaric, fumaric, citric, or malic acid; something akin to War Heads candy, though it retains a high degree of real fruit flavor. Oak is not particularly notable here for me, except for in a drying tannic sense, and the focus is generally split between the vibrancy of the cherries and the puckering pungency of the tart flavor.

M - Much more lively of a mouthfeel than the appearance might suggest. Good stuff, replete with a dry long dry finish.

O - Quite sour. Expensive, too. Overall, this is a very good beer that does not reach the highest of heights, but is not terribly far off either. I can see people being thrown off by 1. pricetag 2. pungency 3. low/no carbonation. I am not bothered by any of those things.

Jun 21, 2011
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smithj4 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dec 26, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. This has got to be at least 5 years old. Pours flat and dark red. Like a really concentrated Shirley Temple. Aroma is of earthy funk, sweet red fruit, and tart cherry. Flavor doesn't add much complexity but it is fairly yummy. Unfortunately, this is flat as hell. 4-6 years was too much for this cork. Tastes decent but it needs some bubbly pick-me-up.

Apr 27, 2016
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jsanford from Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

375ml bottle poured into a Geuze glass.

A - Pours a completely still burgundy. No bubbles at all. I know many of the Hanssens offerings have low carbonation, but geez...
S - Big aromas of high-quality cherry, oak, brown sugar, and vanilla. Very nice, not quite as "bright" as the Cantillion or Boon offerings. Funk is definitely there, slightly cheesy.
T - Lots of tart cherry pie flavors, with a touch of that cheese funk, brown sugar, leather, and oak. Very smooth and drinkable, this is missing much of that acid burn finish I get from a lot of other Krieks (my reflux certainly is happy about this!).
M - The flat carbonation certainly hurts this for me. I'm well aware that not all Lambics need sharp, "spritzy" carbonation, but a little would have went a long ways for me here. Medium-bodied with a pretty slick mouth-feel.
O - Glad I tried it but definitely not worth the $25 I paid, especially when the 3F Schaerbeek Lambic runs about 7 bucks more for a 750. Just sayin.

Aug 01, 2011
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IrishColonial from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Feb 17, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a murky dark red with a foamy reddish-tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, earth, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, earth, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the smell has slightly better sour cherry aspects in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

Sep 01, 2014
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valianes from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 07, 2015
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mdaschaf from Indiana

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

Review from notes. Thanks to Bo for opening this one.

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with no head or lacing whatsoever.

S: Nice aromas of cherry and raspberry, a bit of sourness and some funk/barnyard aroma.

T: Quite tasty with heavy fruit flavors. They cherry dominates, but there is a bit of raspberry and stone fruit underneath. The funk is a bit more present as well, mustier than the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but sort of on the thick side of medium bodied.

O: It was good, but not worth the hefty price tag slapped on the bottle.

Nov 03, 2012
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Aug 26, 2013
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nataku00 from California

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

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Vigorous pour, but I couldn't form a head. Just a line of off white bubbles right at the edge of the glass along the surface. Beer is a dark red, purplish, and cloudy, with very minimal and fine carbonation visible at the glass. Some light lacing that quickly slides right back to the surface.

Nose is pungent red wine vinegar, some sour cherry, but more the skins than the fruit. Fairly strong oak presence on the nose, mingling with some light earthy barn yard funk.

Taking a sip, flavors are a bit surprising. It's not as tart as I was hoping for, more fruity cherries with just a bit of tartness similar to eating a bit of the skin. Sweeter than I was expecting, lots of juicy red cherries and red berries. A light oak tannin and cherry seed flavor on the tongue after swallowing.

Medium bodied and slight syrupy from being almost flat. Fairly easy to drink since this kriek isn't very sour. Perhaps this bottle is too fresh and it needs a few more years since I believe this beer was just released.

Feb 21, 2011
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mlazzaro from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle. No date indicated.

Absolutely beautiful bright red color. Little pink head that dissipates to the rim of the glass. Slightly hazed beer. Head laces glass on every sip.

Smells of raw wood and tart cherries. Mixed with piercing wild yeast character. Vinegar in the smell but it really doesn't bother me. Very enticing.

I honestly didn't know what to think about this beer at first. My palate took several sips to adjust to the flavors.

Intense tart cherries and oak. Slightly sweet tasting, but still maintaining desired dry mouthfeel. Very mildly carbonation. Wood barrel flavor is blended in perfectly. Tame presence of wheat left over. Tartness is puckering but not scorching or unpleasant. Leaves a wonderful cherry essence and coating of tannin after the sip. Wild yeast and bacteria flavors are chameleon like and change as I sip on.

Amazingly balanced. I enjoyed every sip. Everyone enjoyed every sip and desired more. Super good lambic.

Apr 25, 2012
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cosmonick from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Mar 31, 2013
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warnerry from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - No pop when the cork comes out. Yep, completely still, but a still a beautiful ruby color.

S - Cherry is definitely the dominant aroma. Both sweet cherry and some nice tart notes. There is some slight funk, but it is definitely subdued for the style, especially for Hanssens. Maybe not that complex, but I thought it smelled delicious.

T - More tart than the nose would suggest. Very tart, in fact. Also a bit more funk in the taste that the aroma. There is a small amount of sweet cherry, but sour cherry definitely steals the show. Quite tasty and refreshing.

M - Completely flat, but pretty smooth and quite dry.

O - Despite the lack of carbonation, I thought this was very tasty, even more so than the regular Hanssens Kriek. Luckily for me, both the cashier and I were naive as to what this was supposed to cost, so I got it for the same price as a regular Hanssens offering. I don't know that I would pay the regular price for this, but it was pretty enjoyable.

Jun 30, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured blood red with a very very minimal slight pink head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, slight sour, and slight tart. It had a light feel on the palate with no real carbonation to speak of. Overall this one might have been flat when I had it, but the flavor on it was still quite nice. In my opinion, the flavor was nicer than the aroma for sure. This one is worth trying if you are a lambic/gueze fan, but I wouldn't make this one my first of the style.

Jan 17, 2011
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superspak from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was recently released locally. No pop on the cork upon opening. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with no head or lacing to speak of. Some light bubbles do appear on the sides of the glass eventually. Aromas of sour cherry, lemon, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of sour cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, lemon, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of acidic/tannic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, lemon, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, brown sugar, toasted oak, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and malt flavors; with a good malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Zero carbonation and medium bodied; with an acidic and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice kriek lambic style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of sour cherry, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak, and malt flavors; and smooth to sip on with the moderately balanced acidity. Would have liked to see some carbonation to lighten up the mouthfeel a bit; but was still a very enjoyable offering.

Jul 25, 2015
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Nov 22, 2014
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barkingelectron from Indiana

1/5  rDev -74.7%

Feb 01, 2012
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ThirstyHerf from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jan 10, 2012
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Aug 08, 2013
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UnknownKoger from California

2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Like one of the reviewers down below, this is an odd review since it ranks high in a couple of categories, but low in others. I was really looking forward to this beer since I'm a fan of Hanssens Oude Gueuze. Also, this wasn't the cheapest bottle.

Uncaged and uncorked it, and there's no pop. Uhoh. Upon pouring, there is absolutely zero carbonation. Great. As a result, there was no head on this beer, but it seems there generally isn't according to the other reviews. The color is absolutely beautiful though. It looks like cherry juice.

Smell is interesting. You can definitely smell the tartness of the cherries and a little bit of sweet funk. And the taste? To me it was disappointing. It tasted like flat, over fermented cherry juice. I really tried to enjoy this beer but ultimately could not. Maybe if this was carbonated I might enjoy it some more, but there really wasn't much there to win me over.

I didn't feel like finishing the bottle, and it broke my heart to drainpour the last couple of ounces, but I really could not see myself finishing the bottle. Similarly, I can't see myself buying this beer again. Maybe I just had a bad bottle? I don't know

Mar 13, 2011
Scarenbecca Kriek from Hanssens Artisanaal bvba
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 225 ratings