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 (3082) - 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 (2304) - 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.
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from thewineandcheeseplace.com WHOOOOOAAH! Now THAT is SOUR! The nose didnít give it away- smelled like a rasperry lambic that was a bit more vinuous than normal but nothing too over the top. But even the beginning of the taste on the tip of the tongue had sourness. Thatís not to say there wasnít sweetness from the raspberries, it was definitely present but everything about this beer is dominated by sour. Even the palate is taken over by tart acidity. My mouth and throat feel like iíve been drinking lemon juice. I do wish there had been more carbonation. There is more going on than just sour including some deep grape flavors and decent complexity. Iím really into sours and have had quite a few lately. This was one of the most unique beverage experiences iíve had and was very enjoyable even if my throat was a bit sore afterward (that could have been because i split two other bottles of lambic with another guy during this session). I would highly recommend splitting a bottle with someone at least once if you can find some.
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle at Redlight. Experimental Raspberry. This is vile. One of the worst things I have ever put in my mouth, and I used to eat glue. Astringent berry flavors, acetone and vinegar. It is disgusting.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
labeled Experimental Raspberry. Vinegary nose with raspberries, light cherries, and strawberries. Pours a dark pink with no head and little to no carbonation. Acetone, vinegar, sour raspberry, not sure about this one. Too acidic.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Blush wine color. White carbonation. Holy acetic. All acid with a hint of raspberry in the nose. Same flavors with some funk and tartness. Not my thing. Juicy and lightly carbonated. Too much acetic for me.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Bottle: The aroma consists of lots of fresh sweet raspberries with a hint of tartness, vinegar, and oak. It pours a slightly hazy orangish-red with a small soapy ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor instantly hits you with some extreme lemony sourness. There is some light sweet raspberry flavors throughout. The finish is very acidic and has some hints of vinegar. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Split another bottle with northernbrews and the aroma was loaded with acetone and the flavor wasnít nearly as sour. Iíve got a few more bottles and if the rest taste like this one, this rating will be dropping significantly.
Iíve had 4 bottles of this now and itís 50/50 hit or miss. The best of them are incredibly sour with a nice fresh raspberry flavor and a hint of vinegar. The others are almost as sour, but loaded with acetone and the vinegar flavor is stronger than the raspberry. I have no clue what causes the variation as all my bottles were purchased from the same case. Obviously my rating is for the good bottles Iíve had.
blaheath (16) - Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Labeled Experimental Raspberry.
Pour is a deep red with no head. Aroma is intense and complex with notes of raspberry, must, leather, horseblanket, and paint thinner. The taste is complex, highly acidic/acetic, ever changing, sweet raspberry, and borderline undrinkable. You will not forget this beer.
beernbourbon (1214) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with label "Hanssens Lambic Experimental Raspberry." If this rating is in the wrong place, please let me know. Pour is hazy reddish purple color with no head or carbonation. Aroma is cranberry juice, barnyard, sourness, leather, wood, and notes of glue. Flavor has two simultaneous layers. The most potent is a funky sourness that hits hard at the back of the tongue and the soft palate. A little puckering, almost coughed. The other layer is a velvety, softly sweet, and subtly sour component that flows over the front of the tongue. This component also has a soft oakiness and notes of glue. The flavors become more cohesive as the beer warms and as my palate adjusts. Tasty.