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Brewed by Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Dworp, Belgium

bottled
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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Experimental brew w/ black currants; Version 1-2008: only 10 special cases made; 6.0%
This listing is for BOTH the bottled version, as for the draught cassislambic, as they are essentialy the same beer!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6807) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
375 ml bottle shared by lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a cloudy ruby color with an off-white head. Notes of lactic acid, tart cherries, plums, balsamic vinegarette, oak, and a little pepper. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sour, acidic mouthfeel. Very cool beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of ultra dry leather and sharp lactic plums low carbonation. Heavy lactic sourness. Not overly complex, what one might expect, awesome

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
375ml bottle from Winooski shared with MartinT.
Appearance : Dark red with no head, only small "raisin juice" bubbles.
Aroma : Very sour with awesome barnyard and funky notes, nice fruits, notes of grapes. Very tannic.
Taste : Sour and tannic. A bit woody on the finish. Quite fruity. Finish is dry, sour and fruity. Nice barnyard also.
Overall : Carbonation is dead flat. Palate is surprisingly not so thin even if carbonation is non-existent. Still would be better with a bit more carbomation. Quite intense like the Hanssens Kriek but not as much. Still a bit too sour and a bit too tannic for my taste. Very enjoyable brew but half a bottle was enough.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2010
2008 vintage bottle thanks to David. Deep purple pour, no head. Aroma is big horseblanket, cheese, some currant, lemon. Taste is big tart with the black currants, lemon, touch of barnyard, touch of oak, very dry finish. While a bit one dimensional, it was big, tart, and tasty. My kind of sour!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
drowland (6155) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2010
10/9/10. Thanks, Coleman (I guess?)! Whoa. This smells like straight up shit. Baby poop to be specific. A road apple from a horse. Tastes like flat vinegar with horse poop and vomit. Nasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Thanks to David for bringing the bottle, 2008 vintage! Poured hazy, deeper garnet with very little going on for head. The aroma was very assertive with sour currants, lemon seeds, and wet, older oak leading.. a touch salty as it warmed.. on the back it reminded me of picking blackberries as a kid. The flavor found sour currants, lemon, and oak the whole way.. wet, funky, and delicious the whole way through.. balance was nearly perfect.. loved it! Tart and acidic on the palate, near-bracing.. almost no carbonation evident.. the berries provided interesting character.. not especially complex, but it was certainly engaging.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2010
2008 vintage. Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a murky maroon lipstick colored body with no head. The aroma is really nice. Lots of black currants. Deep cereal grain. The flavor is dominated by sour black currants with sour generic sour. The pH must be about 2. Really damned sour. This beer is right up my alley! Heck yeah! Thanks for a great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This flat Lambic develops plenty of barnyard humidity and grapey tartness for a juicy glass of another era.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is barely a head of foam to decorate the purplish dark red.
-This was much more interesting than the Experimental Raspberry.
-There is a sour twang in the end, but it is really not as gripping as their Kriek’s.
-The black currant character can be mistaken for some types of black grapes.
-The nose predicted a lot of funk, but the flavor profile showed restraint.

Bottle.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
375ml bottle from K&L Redwood City. Pours hazy reddish-purple with a small off-white head. Cassis and funk comprise the aroma for the most part. Not too much complexity. The flavor is also a little one-dimensional. Cassis, funk, metal, and tartness. Tannic. Mildly sour, with carbonation a little too low but good acidity. Average more or less overall for the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Pours a light purple-red with an extremely fine and thin blush-colored head) nearly nonexistent). Sweet-tart aroma with dark berry jam notes from the black currants. The flavor is full and sour with a dark berry fruit element that finishes remarkably clean and fresh. Excellent body--but I do enjoy a bit more carbonation usually. A cool, fun, interesting beer nonetheless. Highly-enjoyable.


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