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

bottled
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RATINGS: 273   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2009
A Mes rate. Barrel at the Weekend of Tarts.
A very clean blood red colour. Cassis syrup, slight nail polish, great fruit just slightly astringent. Again, a little too acid to really get excited about. A very clean finish with plenty of length. Really good but cassis is not usually my thing.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1603) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2009
Draught at Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation
Deep red, clear body. Acidic aroma of cherries, red wine, port, black currant, strawberries, ... Acetic heavily sour, lightly sweet flavour. Quite well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2009
deep red, small white head. aroma is mouldy, slight berryiesh, flavor is based in sourness, some acidity, some fruits, actually very nice, the fruits does not appear fresh, but the flavor is very good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20545) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle. Clear red coloured with a small white head. Light acidic aroma of barnyard and berries. Light acidic flavour of barnyard and berries. Tart finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2009
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin reddish head. The aroma has notes of black currant, acetone, wood, and brettanomyces. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of black currant juice and brettanomyces, and with an acidity hitting late and burning in the top of the throat. Huge thanks to KimJohansen for sharing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUN 24, 2009
Tap @ W.O.S.F. Deep red with no head. Aromas of black currant, almonds, balsamic vinegar and some wood. The flavour is very sour and with notes of berries, peppery spice, dry, woody and tart.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2009
Bottled@Fonefan. Ruby red colour with basically no head. Aroma is sour blackberries with some sour wood. Flavour is brutally dry black berries. Extremely nice. I am out of words. .

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
Draught cassislambik. Purple colour. Flat. Slightly balsamic with lots of fruit. Bold, curranty taste bursts with fruit. Slightly phenolic as well. A big, fruity, dry finish with a light wood accent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
This beer is pretty lightly carbonated; a careful pour only summons forth a wispy, pale pink head that only covers a third of the top of my beer. The beer is a darkish, red-plum color that shows a hazy, bright red color when held up to the light. Ah, this has that signature Hanssens funk, dirty as they come without becoming truly nasty. This smells of woody, moldy mushrooms, musty cellar notes, funky enteric notes, butyric barnyard notes, phenolic and sweat soaked dried leather, musky animal notes are the up front note, but there is a nice berry-like, fruity currant note that sort of ties the back end together. Other notes of spicy, woody oak and puffed wheat cereal notes that are actually quite strong. A lactic induced tartness is here, a touch of urea as well, and the fruit character also adds a tannic, berry skin note that helps to boost the currant character.

Only very lightly carbonate, and the beer is very dry and nicely tart. Subsequent sips see the chewy, fruitiness actually seems to suggest a very light sweetness that might not actually be here. The lactic sourness definitely is nicely aggressive with a bracing tartness that provides a nice puckering note. The currants and oak character provides a bit of a tannic structure that helps to also boost the body of this beer; it actually has a light viscousness to it that provides a touch of heft as it moves across the tongue. The currants also evoke thoughts of a light, fruity, but oaky red wine underneath the more dominant tartness. There is a fair amount of funkiness here, but it is not at the same level it is in the aroma, nor is it as funky as Hanssens’ Lambics can sometimes get. Woody mushroom notes, musty earthy flavors, a touch of urea, with some enteric notes in the finish and a solid Brettanomyces character that provides some muskiness and some sweat dried blanket notes. A touch of puffed wheat flavor adds some grain notes towards the finish.

The currants provide some nice character here, evocative of a berry-focused, oaked red wine at times, but still with a solid currant character that melds quite well with the funky base Lambic beer. I am definitely finding the puffed wheat cereal note in this beer quite interesting, it isn’t very strong, but nicely accents the finish of both the nose and flavor of this beer. Some more carbonation and effervescence would make this more lively and would like make the flavors pop a bit more, but I honestly don’t miss the carbonation that much. I hope they are making this a more regular item as I would love to see what they can do with this once they dial this beer in. I’ll definitely say that a 375ml bottle was not enough for me as my bottle is gone way too fast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2009
Tap @ WSF. Pours bloody reddish/pink with no head. Acetone, vinegar, blackcurrant and almond in the nose. Taste is very tart, fruity, woody and dry. Complex and fresh. Very nice.


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