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95
58
style
Brewed by Hanssens Artisanaal
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Dworp, Belgium

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Experimental brew w/ black currants; Version 1-2008: only 10 special cases made; 6.0%
This listing is for BOTH the bottled version, as for the draught cassislambic, as they are essentialy the same beer!

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3.1
rejtable (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2012
Corked came off with no pop at all. Poured with pretty much no bubbles or head. Up front some Vicks Cough drops, tart cherry. Back end is all sour with maybe some mouldy cheese. Very light in the mouth with zero carbonation. Past it’s best before time?? Says came from Lotnbr A.

4.1
Scopey (16262) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle at Churchill’s, San Marcos. It pours deep purple, with a thin off-white head. The nose is chamomile, Granny Smith apple, raspberry, red grape, tart blackcurrant and lemon. The taste is tart raspberry, blackcurrant, red grape, grapefruit, grass, Granny Smith apple, lemon and lime, with a deliciously tart finish. Medium body and low carbonation. Utterly drinkable.

3.2
AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Picked this up at Hunger Mountain Co-Op for about $12. Poured into an Ommegang glass. The beer was taken right out of the fridge. I purchased it a month ago. Bottle says Lotnr. B whatever that means.

A - ZERO cork pop at all. This is a bit scary. I expected a cork pop and didn’t get one. Uh-Oh. Poured a beautiful ruby red / purple color. Exceptionally beautiful. The result is a nearly purple beer in the glass with minor black sediment flying around. The head was clear and about half a finger with extra large bubbles.

S - Extra tart / sweet lambic smell. The spontaneous fermenting yeast really flies out of the bottle even after opening just the cork. Lots of floral and earthy scent. The Blackcurrant scent is very strong and reminds me of a kid growing up with wild berries growing around.

T - Insanely bitter and almost spoiled. It’s not but the taste is very sour to the point of sour cheese or sour milk. It’s not very pleasant but it’s not terrible either as the beer continues to taste great after each sip but I get an old cheese taste with spoiled blueberries.

M - Zero carbonation on a mouth swish. Extra tart linger and an explosion of sour after swallowing. Light bodied.

O - I just don’t know how to place this. All of the aspects are there to make this great but maybe this 2008 bottled rare Hanssens that is very old and very rare has just been sitting around way too long and it’s fallen off. The bottle is new to me but it’s an old beer and possibly not kept well. The cork pop being the first sign followed by a solid black film of soot around the inside of the neck that has no smell or taste and followed then by the old cheese taste. Sigh. This beer had promise.


3.2
SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2012
hazy mahogany with a burgundy hue and no head. clingy medium body with very light carbonation.

aroma: sharp acidity, dark fruit (black cherry), and some caramel malt.

taste: wood, tart fruit (granny smith), toasted malt, and then lambic sourness.

the lambic acidity is not as overwhelming as it is in most other examples i’ve had. if it had a more intense fruitiness, and even a hint of sweetness for balance, i’d like it even better.

4.3
JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Where the Wild Beers Are, 2011. Typical of Hanssens, this beer is very sour. It is red in color, with a big barnyard aroma complimented by the fruit flavor. Palate is just a little heavier than most other Hanssens fruit lambics. It is very good, but I it is unlikely I will have it again at this price of $25 for 37cl.

3.2
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Cherry red with no head or lace. Arom is just cherry funk. Hard tart cherry dry and bitter/acidic. Medium body with no carbonation.

3.4
Jow (4166) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2012
i haven’t had a lot of lambics and don’t really no where to start so i picked up this bottle at beer store to give it a go. pours a flat rusty red, like a dull cranberry juice. Nose is nice of tart berries. tastes of sour berry. with some lemon and earth and tobacco. there is flavor but i have tough time with lack of carbonation and its a little too watery for me.

3
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
I got this from Knightly a while back. No pop at all when opening so it’s not a big surprise that this pours nearly flat. Just a few bubbles surface and get pushed to the sides. Reddish color. The aroma is a bit funky with horse blanket, raspberry, blackberry, and a touch of old cheese. This is sweet but also quite sour with lots of berry fruit flavors. Tastes like a mixed wild berry puree; a cherry, raspberry, blackberry mash. But the lack of carbonation really detracts from the flavor. Sour, yeah, but it lacks crisp tartness. There are enough good things to prevent me from pouring it, and I could see how this might be good, but without carbonation I wasn’t a fan. Hanssens Oude Geuze is much better.

3.6
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Deep red pour with no head. Low carbonation all around. Nose of tart cranberries and raspberries, with a touch of wood aromas too. Flavor is wonderfully sour, with the same flavors as the aroma.

3.7
minch25 (576) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Completely flat. Iced tea / pomegranate orange-brown body. Very sharp aggressive lambic aroma, also some fruit. Completely flat. Sharp sourness. I have to say, on the whole, uncarbonated lambic just really doesn’t do it for me. Second half of the bottle is tastier.


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