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

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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Transparent grapefruit-red color, no bubbles even when I gave it the special "I’m buzzed" poured from 12 inches above the glass. Nose of manure, light dust and raspberry, refreshingly tart. Completely flat body following appearance, light paper and raspberry flavor with manure and a citric finish, also some very light acetic acid, all of it causing jaw pain at room temp. It’s tepid as hell and could use more CO2, but its still rather enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cpetrone84 (1660) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
A-pours a light ruby to deep orange color with little to no head at all. S-the nose has some nice barnyard funk to it, hints of leather, sweet raspberries and a nice bit of sour comes in behind. T-the taste has some funk to it, barnyard and a touch of dry leather. but this is overshadowed by a flat body that really thins out the beer. the raspberries are watery in the back with a fair bit of sourness. there is also notes of acetic acid detracting from the flavor in the back. M-lighter body, smooth on the palate. very dry finish with a faint hint of carbonation. lacking big time in the body and carbonation. D-this is watery and lacking any carbonation. the nose was alright but the flavor is much lacking.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear reddish pink with absolutely no carbonation or head. Moderately tart aroma, with lactic acid, oak, and raspberry. Wood and raspberry hit the palate first. Oak fades, the raspberry persists and is joined by lactic acid that builds towards the finish. Mild raspberry finish, with acidity lingering in the background. Medium body, with no carbonation. Tasty, but fairly mild and accessible.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2010
375ml via trade with xarmancarlox, drank from my troubador glass. Nose is big and punchy, tartness exudes even from a distance. Heavy sour flavor, with a vinegariness that is reminiscent of rodenbach grand cru. Raspberry comes through, but its not as present as I’d like.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours a bright, clear watermelon color with almost no head or lacing. Smell is raspberry and a good amount of lactic sourness. Taste brings good raspberry flavor; oddly sourness doesn’t come until the swallow. Leads to an odd mouthfeel. Strong drinkability given the fairly muted flavors. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-19-2010

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Deep clean red pour with no head. Lots of acetic acid and oak in the nose, with hints to oak and raspberry puree. Lots of vinegar like acidity in the flavor with juicy raspberry and light funk. Thin palate with puckering acidity and a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4861) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Where the Wild Beers Are, 2010. Pink color. Raspberry aroma and flavor, but the aroma promises sourness before the flavor. Flavor is sour with the fruit. A very nice raspberry lambic, but not as sour as I expect from Hanssens.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
375 ml bottle shared by lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a clear red color with no head or visible carbonation. Aroma of sour funk, ripe raspberries, oak, and balsamic vinegar. Flavor of sweet, tart raspberries, lemon juice, oak, lactic acid, and cherries. Light-bodied, with mild carbonation and a tart, sour mouthfeel. Really nice raspberry character and not overpowering sourness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3293) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
bottle! pours a clear pinkish ruby red hue with no head to speak of. looks like some kinda fruit juice. aroma of is pretty straight forward sharp raspberries and lactic sourness. touch of balsamic. one note. not a lot goin on, but tasty, nonetheless. dry. moderate to heavy acidity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Marked Lotnr A; Sampled November 2010
Despite a hint of a pop when I pulled out the cork the beer pours quite flat, though it does manage to summon forth some larg bubbles. The beer is a pretty, almost brilliantly clear, light cranberry red color (my wife thinks this looks exactly like robitussin, and even smells something like it); I really like the color of this beer as it sits in my Lost Abbey Teku tulip. The beer smells of raspberry seeds (slightly tannic), secondarily raspberry pulp and a tart / sour finish. This is actually pretty clean smelling, and doesn’t have enough acetic character to be noticed (unlike the first batch). There is a soft funkiness to this brew; a touch earthy, musty, perhaps a hint of acetone and a light musky, barnyard character towards the finish. Really the bright fruit character is the dominant note in the nose; it is quite nice, but without being so amped up as to seem fake or cloying.

Very still and flat tasting as it first hits my palate, the beer finishes with a spicy sourness that I usually associate with a touch of acetic acid character. There is still a very soft sweetness to this beer that accentuates the raspberry fruit flavors that are found in this beer; the raspberry notes are noticeable aren’t quite as complex as in the nose as the seed / tannic character seems to be a bit reduced in the flavor. Still there is a solid fruitiness to the flavor that has a bright berry character to it and there is some chewy raspberry skin character here too. Up front the raspberries and lactic acid contribute a soft tartness, the finish does get a touch more tart, but this is still not an aggressively sour Lambic by any means. Light textured and quaffable, this beer does have a touch of viscousness to it that keeps this from seeming overly flat on the palate.

This is exceedingly quaffable, and the mid 50*F serving temperature was about perfect. I would like to see a carbonated Framboise version of this beer as I think the fizz would add a nice complimentary texture and would likely boost the aroma and flavor of this beer. This could certainly use some more funkiness, I do like the light touch of the acetic character (it is just barely there), but some more wild, funkiness would be much appreciate. Still, this is a beer that grows on me more as I work my way through my glass.


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