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

bottled
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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Ale fermented with raspberries and matured in oak barrels.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5888) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
BCTC 2010, thanks to Dennis from Stone. very flat pour. Cherry colored water look. Just re typing what i wrote?? Big acidic fruit burn immediately hits the palate. almost ridicously tart. ACIDIC!! lip puckering tartness. god but mind shattering tartness

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
why is hanssens always flat? Wait, they’re not always flat...when they arent, they blow my mind...when they are, tthey usually fall flat...get it? Flat red liquid sits in my glass now. There aren’t any bubbles on top. Sad, really. Nose is robustly sour, like raspberry fingernails scraping down a blackboard. Flavors are surprisingly more balanced, however, and the utter, complete flatness of the body doesn’t even seem to bother me much here. Very balanced between sourness and raspberry essence, with just enough sweetness to pull everything together....its a bit syrupy in the fruitiness...but not in a sweet way...just in a way. It’s got that hanssens character (besides the flatness), and that hanssens character is cool. Not sure why people are finding this overly acetic though...this is actually surprisingly balanced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pure acid nose, piles of acetic acid. Extremely sour, lots of vinegar, sweating forehead at this point, some fruit under that. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Bright pink pour with no head. Lots of lacto sour and brett funk in the aroma with strong damp oak and a balance of sweet raspberries. The flavor is fairly sour with lots of oak, very tannic, vinegar, some sweet raspberries, lots of horse blanket funk and some peppery phenols. The body is a little aqueous, low carbonation, and very dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2227) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Enjoyed with sflpunk. Clear dark pink and red pour with orange hues in there as well. No head to speak of. Aroma is excellent- big raspberry and funk as the prevailing characteristics, with further notes of cotton candy, powdered tart sugar, citrus, a touch of cider vinegar, bark mulch, and Smarties. Flavor is bracingly sour- bombs the tongue with acetic acid, then shifts to the sweet raspberry seeds and black cherry notes. Also hints of oak, hay, earth, and red wine vinegar. Mouthfeel has zero carbonation, and the tartness really controls and enslaves your tongue-- you are a prisoner of sourness, but I love it. The sweetness adds something to this beer-- it’s not just puckering on the sour level, but the sweetness is heavy and palpable as well. Incredibly aggressive, but I dig it. I could absolutely understand a lower rating if this isn’t up your alley, but I personally think this is a damn good lambic.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bottle labeled as Lambic Experimental Raspberry. Crimson color and pours with no head at all. A few lone bubbles surface but that’s it. The aroma shows strong whiffs of vinegar with tart raspberries, oak, musty funk. Damn, this is sour. Big sour and puckery raspberry flavors but it comes across as a bit artificial. Lots of acidic burn here but perhaps too much vinegar and not enough funky/barrel comes through while drinking this for my liking. Can’t question the intensity of this and I really like the Hanssens Gueuze so I thought I’d like this a little more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2010
WoSF ’10. Wow, was this stuff good! Last year it was way too acidic but they sure got it right this time. Pink with an orangey hue, nose of raspberries with lambic notes and a nice balancing sweetness. Taste is much the same, fresh raspberries, slight sweetness and just a hint of Hanssens sourness in the finish. One of the best beers on the day!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13404) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2010
Plastic jug at WSF.  Clear reddish - no head. Lots of raspberries. Nice light sweetness. Nice sgaro sourness. Tartness. High dryness. Wooden. Very pleasant. 

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7602) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Tap at WOSF’10. Fresh tart raspberry malt aroma. Pale ruby color with no head. Smooth, lightly sweet raspberry flavor up front with a sharp tart finish. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle purchased from Oaktree Buyrite. Appearance: Pours a deep raspberry red with no crown or lacing. No pop when the cork is taken out either. Smell: Loads of tart raspberries and sour acidic lambic notes. Quite pucker inducing but comes off kind of medicinal and unnatural if that makes any sense. Taste: Now this is a BIG sour lambic. Tart and puckering, sour and acidic, with just a touch of funk. Not as extremely enjoyable as some other raspberry lambics (hommage comes to mind) but an intense experience none the less. Mouthfeel: Way under carbonated. Drinkability: The mouthfeel and boldness of this sour keeps it from scoring higher. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-26-2009


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