oh6gdx (20670) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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. .
Oakes (12743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 Hanssensí 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 isnít 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 donít 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. Iíll definitely say that a 375ml bottle was not enough for me as my bottle is gone way too fast.
Dedollewaitor (14045) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at WoSF. Flat, deep dark purple. Intense jammy sweet aroma with sour fruits, prunes, and some wood. Slick palate. No carbonation. Lots of acetic acid in the flavors and a lot of complexity. Really sour with lactic sweetness in the middle. Too acidic but finishes pretty clean.
Christian (11219) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy ruby with basically no head. Aroma has a whiff of lacto, but is mostly black currants, other berries and delicate sweet flowers. Deceiving! The flavour is extremely sour (too much), although the berries are still there. Lasting aftertaste of complex funk and berries.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unclear red with a medium off white head, aroma had barnyard with leather and wood notes. Flavour was very sour with black currants, barnyard and wood. Finished sour.I love it.
JorisPPattyn (7983) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Dark deep burgundy; no head. Acetic acid, fruity aromas. Even more acids in the taste, with quite some aceitc again, plus the necessary fruitacids. Astringent and fiery acidburn. In the aftertaste, I get speculoos (hard gingerbread), which Iím linking more and more with sweetener. Still rewarding, but certainly not for the fainthearted. "Azijnsteek" is unmistakable.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours red color with pink head that whisps away very quickly. Aroma is very funky, sour notes with some fruit, and I just canít stop smelling this. Its real nice. Medium light mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is very tart, puckering, has some fruit, must, and is really tasty. Overall a nice brew. Very drinkable.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 fl oz bottle coaxed from behind the counter at Bierkraft in Brooklyn, NY. Label reads: "Hanssens Lambic Experimental Cassis, Ale brewed with black currents and matured in oak barrels". Pours red/purple kind of like Rote Grutze tea. Thereís virtually no head, but an attempt at carbonation along the glass is persistent to the last drop. Currants dominate the flavor, but their minimal sweetness is up against a sourness like rhubarb or young balsamic. The smell gushes with wild yeast funk, and is a lot more sour than the taste. It leaves a pucker from the tip of your tongue all the way to your stomach. But, itís still a relatively mild experimental lambic. Very drinkable. bottom of the bottle sediment is dark purple to black and very thick.