Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, pink, fully diminishing.
Body is hazy medium to dark reddish-purple, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, manure), with light notes of black cherry, blackberry, rosemary.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Good but not great. Very horsey nose, as expected from Hanssens (and which I like), but the other aromas donít seem to mesh very well with it. Certainly sour, but limp and watery too. It doesnít help that I had a Drie Fonteinen Hommage a couple weeks ago, and that was on an entirely different level than this.
ne14sours (13) - North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Eulogy. Aroma of currants and funk, which is reflected in flavor. Lingering tartness at end. Currant flavor is nicely balanced by funk - dryness keeps it from being too sour. A favorite.
b3shine (7741) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks average (at best). Smell is intriguing. Not amazing, but it keeps you coming back (maybe to identify the scent - moldy cheese?). Tastes Like flavored water - which isnít a good thing. Flat as an Ethopian hooker. Mouthfeel sucks, just like this beer. I wouldnít pay $2.99 again, nevermind $10 more.
rejtable (2171) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Corked came off with no pop at all. Poured with pretty much no bubbles or head. Up front some Vicks Cough drops, tart cherry. Back end is all sour with maybe some mouldy cheese.
Very light in the mouth with zero carbonation.
Past itís best before time?? Says came from Lotnbr A.
Scopey (11528) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Churchillís, San Marcos. It pours deep purple, with a thin off-white head. The nose is chamomile, Granny Smith apple, raspberry, red grape, tart blackcurrant and lemon. The taste is tart raspberry, blackcurrant, red grape, grapefruit, grass, Granny Smith apple, lemon and lime, with a deliciously tart finish. Medium body and low carbonation. Utterly drinkable.
AdamChandler (4239) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Picked this up at Hunger Mountain Co-Op for about $12. Poured into an Ommegang glass. The beer was taken right out of the fridge. I purchased it a month ago. Bottle says Lotnr. B whatever that means.
A - ZERO cork pop at all. This is a bit scary. I expected a cork pop and didnít get one. Uh-Oh. Poured a beautiful ruby red / purple color. Exceptionally beautiful. The result is a nearly purple beer in the glass with minor black sediment flying around. The head was clear and about half a finger with extra large bubbles.
S - Extra tart / sweet lambic smell. The spontaneous fermenting yeast really flies out of the bottle even after opening just the cork. Lots of floral and earthy scent. The Blackcurrant scent is very strong and reminds me of a kid growing up with wild berries growing around.
T - Insanely bitter and almost spoiled. Itís not but the taste is very sour to the point of sour cheese or sour milk. Itís not very pleasant but itís not terrible either as the beer continues to taste great after each sip but I get an old cheese taste with spoiled blueberries.
M - Zero carbonation on a mouth swish. Extra tart linger and an explosion of sour after swallowing. Light bodied.
O - I just donít know how to place this. All of the aspects are there to make this great but maybe this 2008 bottled rare Hanssens that is very old and very rare has just been sitting around way too long and itís fallen off. The bottle is new to me but itís an old beer and possibly not kept well. The cork pop being the first sign followed by a solid black film of soot around the inside of the neck that has no smell or taste and followed then by the old cheese taste. Sigh. This beer had promise.
SanfordBrewer (1454) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy mahogany with a burgundy hue and no head. clingy medium body with very light carbonation.
aroma: sharp acidity, dark fruit (black cherry), and some caramel malt.
taste: wood, tart fruit (granny smith), toasted malt, and then lambic sourness.
the lambic acidity is not as overwhelming as it is in most other examples iíve had. if it had a more intense fruitiness, and even a hint of sweetness for balance, iíd like it even better.
JK (5592) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Where the Wild Beers Are, 2011. Typical of Hanssens, this beer is very sour. It is red in color, with a big barnyard aroma complimented by the fruit flavor. Palate is just a little heavier than most other Hanssens fruit lambics. It is very good, but I it is unlikely I will have it again at this price of $25 for 37cl.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cherry red with no head or lace. Arom is just cherry funk. Hard tart cherry dry and bitter/acidic. Medium body with no carbonation.
Jow (3229) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
i havenít had a lot of lambics and donít really no where to start so i picked up this bottle at beer store to give it a go. pours a flat rusty red, like a dull cranberry juice. Nose is nice of tart berries. tastes of sour berry. with some lemon and earth and tobacco. there is flavor but i have tough time with lack of carbonation and its a little too watery for me.