Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours a garnet red body with thin bubbles for a lacing. Balsamic and food grade vinegar. Salad dressing, lactic acid, malt vinegar and dam near undrinkable vinegar and acidity. Wow it might take the finish off your teeth. I could not finish a bottle of this.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice bright red, low carbonation- and no head. Aroma is extremely acetic- vinegar, salad dressing, rasp vinaigrette but way more sour, decent raps fruitiness but obviously the acetobacter is dominant. Flavor is again extremely acidic- acetic acid, vinegar, red wine vinegar, extremely sharp and prickly, acetone, solvent- reminded me a bit of my Flemish red, although not as prickly- also kind of like Dieu Du Ciel lambics with a bit less solvent but even more aceto in this one! Crazy sour- unfortunately it is an unpleasant way- hurts my throat on almost every sip.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark ruby/blood red color and is completely still except for the occasional bubble or two surfacing.
Very funky vinous aroma with lots of earthy barnyard/horseblanket notes along with a healthy dose of raspberry, vinegar, oak, band aid and cobweb. One of the funkiest smelling beers Iíve come across yet. Very similar to Hommage.
Very harsh, extremely tart/sour mouth puckering vinegary mouthfeel. Itís sweet at the same time with a crazy funky earthy burnt wood flavor. This beer has so many extreme flavors whether it be tart, chemical, burnt wood, acidic, sweet raspberry. A bit too much and over the top. I really like Hanssens but this beer is too much. I can feel my esophagus burning from the acidity and it really hurts the scoring. The dry tart, extremely mouth puckering aftertaste is actually pretty good and is the best characteristic of this beer. The sourness is kind of mouthwatering leaving me intrigued for another sip. Unfortunately, when I take that next sip all of the unpleasantness comes back.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red tinted pour with little carbonation. Intense funk and vinegar aroma. Extremely sour and acidic. This is a serious lambic. I woke up with heartburn the following morning. Raspberry flavor does poke through the sourness.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2009
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
In short: Vinegar, raspberries and funkiness. Unfortunately in that order. Just too much.
How: Bottle 375ml. Sold as ďHanssens Experimental RaspberryĒ. At Gingerman NYC
The look: Cherry red body with no head to speak of
In long: The intense nose blends funkiness, barnyard, red fruits (not just raspberries) and A LOT of acidity. Smells like a fruity funky vinegar. Taste has way too much acetic acid. The wildness of the beer is totally crushed by its over the top vinegary character. Might just be the most vinegary beer Iíve had, and yes I had the full lineup of DDC Lambecs. Extreme sourness. So sour that the raspberries taste like sour cherries. Very low carbonation, although not quite as flat as the Experimental Cassis I had. Iím a sour-head and very much a Hanssens-freak but I could only take little tiny sips and wait 1 minute between each sip. I finally gave up and ordered other stuff to alternate. I drank 4 pints before I could finish my little 375ml bottle. Could pass in a tasting session as a palette cleanser, this is the type of bottle that you want to share with 10 friends or serve to one enemy.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Experimental raspberry. There are 3 main aroma and flavor components here, so its a straightforward review, in order: acetic acid, raspberry, and oak. Not hardly any funk to speak of. The combo of acetic acid and oak gives a profile similar to balsamic vinegar. Hard to finish the little bottle, not that I wanted to dump it but it was a very slow sipper.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
375ml corked and caged bottle labeled Experimental Raspberry. Opens with a pop and pours a mostly clear, blood red hue. Thereís absolutely zero head or lacing. Let me preface by saying I like acetic beers, I really do. This one takes the cake though. The terms "vinegar" and "nail polish" that others have thrown out are not far off base. The aroma is freaking intense, nay, harsh even. Sour raspberries do little to save the solvent-like, acetone burn that comes through. The nose shows far too much chemical nature, and the flavors arenít much of an improvement. Intensely vinegary and sour as can be, the berries are there, but just fall way short when trying to counter the acetic harshness. The palate is astringent and abrasive, burning on the way down and finishing dry as the Sahara. Poor effort here. I mean, this stuff should not conscionably be sold at itís asking price. Itís better suited for cooking, for sure.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay, I love vinegar, balsamic vinegar, even.
This is balsamic vinegar, not beer.
Dress this up with a bit of oil, and pour this bitch over a salad.
Aroma is tart raspberry vinegar, wood, and barn.
Taste is pure vinegar harshness with raspberries and oak.
Hanssens, you really shit the bed with this one.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 25, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
375mL Bottle "Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry," purchased at The Ginger Man - NYC. Into the glass and out of my mind. That is a raucous aroma. Heavy on the acetic acid, acetone, and dry erase markers. Thereís some faint red fruit. Pours a very clear, even bright cherry red, with little head and carbonation. Flavor is sweet and strong. Acetic, acetic, acetic, with a chaser of acetone. Lingering sweetness is tough to get through with no carbonation. Holy battery acid, Batman! This tough to sip on. Really bracing and unpalatable acidity in my opinion. I really donít understand why this wasnít bottled with an "Aigre de Framboise" label. Even if you like searing acidity, thereís not really much to dig into her, everything is pretty shallow, with little fruit or funk depth, once one gets past the blinding acids. This is going back in the fridge with the cork, to be used for cooking.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Premier. Pours absolutely still with a light red/pink body. Nose is predominently raspberry, wood & dry balsamic vinegar. Fruit is super juicy & bright. Behind the most prominent aromas grape pop sweetness comes out along with some honey notes. Flavor is general berry & SUPER acidic. Its good but damn, its been a while since Iíve percieved something as this acidic. The only beers I can compare it to are the first, aged bottle of Cantillion Fou Fone I had & an aged bottle of Oudbeitje. Its REALLY acidic. Beyond that is some nice woodiness, a bit of cherry pie brett funk, dried strawberries. This is good stuff but extreme. Iím kind of glad that it is completely flat - I would imagine that carbonation would just make this burn my throat. Long lingering berry finish.