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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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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Thanks durhambeer. Pours a bright deep red with no head. The nose is tart and acidic, some fruit skins, mild bandaid phenol, estery, yeasty funk. Flavor has a rich fruity flavor, dark berries, tart and acidic, mildly phenolic. Palate is acidic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle from SL. Pour is flat out purple. No head. No nothing. Not a bubble. No fizz or pop at all on opening. The aroma was funky leather, sour lemon and acetic notes, faint wood, currants obviously. The flavor followed, strong acetic notes, funky and acidic. More wood / oak notes would have been welcomed, light flavor, a tad on the watery side, completely uncomplemented by a flat mouthfeel. Meh, this really isnít that newsworthy, experimental or not. Didnít do much for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Aroma is acedic, tart cherries, aluminum, and sweet oakiness. Pour is still. Dull ruby with no head. Taste is all acetic cherry with a dull stinging presence that slowly develops. Finish is oily and sour. Average...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 26, 2009
375mL Bottle "Hanssens Lambic Experimental Cassis" purchased at The Ginger Man - NYC. A very raw and green currant flavor, thatís aided by the kicking acidity of the lambic. Plenty of signature funk, and thankfully, not many overbearing acids. Pours a brilliant shining red sapphire and crimson, edging purplish. No head. No carbonation. The flavor is more revealing. A bright, citric heavy black currant skin dominates immediately, but quickly yields to a soft, lighlty sweet lambic acidity. A touch of lemon juice, a bit of alcohol, and an edge of spring grass. Ends with a tart smack. The balance in the fruit and lambic make it such that I somehow donít miss carbonation too much. A worthy fruit lambic, especially for a flavor thatís harder to come by.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Thanks to durhambeer for sharing the dankness. A lovely pour like old wine with tons of sediment, as from that bottle corked too long ago. Aroma is overpowering horsey funk, with just a hint of the cassis (but itís there, itís there). Oak gives it some balance, but itís unapologetically Dirt McGirtish. Just the ticket.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle from Bruisiní Ales in Asheville. Even with the $13 price tag for a 375ml bottle, I now wish I would have picked up more. Damn, this is good. Pours purple with reddish tint. Still. Lovely nose of currants, oak, dark berries, and funky barnyard awesomeness. Tart and sour and a bit vinegary, but it has lovely balance... not too fruity either, but just right. So freaking good. Dry as it can be.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Thanks to MrP00tz for sharing. Thanks! Still purple pour. Aroma is berries, horse- blanket and oak. Really sour and dry. Fruity

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13304) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Royal purple with not a single bubble seen for miles. Aroma of fresh fruit with must and dampness. Sour vinegary currant flavor but no acidity. Very nice example of a fruit lambic - would like to see this one blended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Intense fruitiness on the nose. Medium plus acidity for a lambic. Pure fruit flavor is preserved along with the funky undertones, both distinct yet harmonious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1501) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2009
375 mL caged and corked bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Opens without any pop once the cork is removed. Pours reddish-purple with no head at all. Sour fruit, vinegar, and oak aroma. Very sour flavor with a faint sweetness on the finish. Noted tart berry, vinegar, wood, and earthy flavors. This is really quite nice and with a little more carbonation it could have been outstanding.


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