JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful sticking yeast. Peach coloured beer, no head.
Sulphur compounds in the nose, a little "horseblanket" and oak, but dominated by a fine fruitaroma, hesitating between raspberry and strawberry.
Taste is strawberry -yes- but maybe because I know. Along with a lemony aroma, it results in an exotic fruit flavour, not readily touchable. Very subdued acids, but there is some acetic with warming up. Some sulphur back in the mouth and a retronasal flavour of blue cheese first, warming into less pleasing solvent.
Mouthfeel is rather refreshing like carbonation would give, but due to something else as virtually no saturation.
Nice (oak)wood finish; tart but not acid.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2000: Sweet berry and tropical fruits lie beneath the pungent vinegary cider and smoked gouda aroma. Brief initial sweetness is striking but quickly surpassed by the sourness. Flavors of rose petals within a puckering dry sourness. Mild acidity and cheesiness in the finish with sour lingering aftertaste and a fruit candy sweetness that you know is there but never really pulls through.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I thought about not rating this because I am by no means a expert in lambics. However I thought some other novices may benefit from a layman perspective. I have tried a few other lambics and while I always enjoyed the second half of each bottle I had to force down the first half to "train" my taste buds to not run and hide from the sourness. This was much easier to acclimate myself to however. There is still sourness but it is balanced by a gentle sweet strawberry taste. Very nice to just sit and relax with. I think it would be interesting to cook with.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 2000: Pale golden yellow hue. Smells resinous and sour. Rubber bands sound good to me, maybe band-aids. Big carbonation, white head. Strawberries are evident only for a quick second, sweet and sour, cheddar is a good one. Extremely dry and acidic, sour and all lambic, and its all good...
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 musty apricot orange with a thin ring of white suds..aroma of powdered sugar, barns and sweet leather..very powdery and sweet smelling with hints of strawberry..flavor was tart, musty, leathery and sugary..with the real taste of strawberries in the background covered in tartness..lots of musty dusty berry loveliness...
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious! Hanssenís woody character throughout - lip-smacking delicious. Strawberry, cherry sourness, fair body, nearly zero head in both my samples. Very yeasty. A delicious fruit labic or kriek or whatever the hell you call it. One for sour beer freaks.
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour and tart. Tart and sour. I thought this was a good complex lambic. Strawberries of course dominate everything, and there is a heavy sour aftertaste.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hanssens can do no wrong! Another lambic that can be easily passed as a gueuze mix! Some musty hints and tiny farm hints in the nose along with super fresh strawberries. I expected strawberry seeds to be floating on top! This was a 2000 vintage, and already the complexity could be tasted. Much more than just a strawberry lambic in the vein of de Troch, this one has a bit of champaign like dryness, and old gueuze sourness. A great one!
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale orange and slightly hazy. Acidic nose with just a hint of over ripe strawberries. Very fresh mouthfeel, balanced acidity and delicious strawberry flavour all the way through to the finish. A remarkable thirst quencher.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I hate to be the only guy who didnít taste rubber bands, but I canít lie! I feel like a loser, but all I tasted was SOUR, followed by sour notes, with a sour aftertaste. Even the aroma was sour. I realize this is how itís supposed to be, so taking that into consideration, you should be warned that this beer is...uh, sour. Despite the depiction of strawberries on the label, the strawberry truck apparently overturned on the way to the Hanssens Brewery, because seemingly few of them actually made it into this gueuze-like beer. A quality brew that Iím simply unable to appreciate. For the seasoned connoisseur of gueuzes only!