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Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 11 17 4 8 0
West Lakeview

The cork comes free with zero pop, similar to the Experimental Cassis, and a hard pour produces a few wispy bubbles that disappear as quickly as they came. I’m left with a glass full of ruby red liquid and a razor thin wisp of a collar. The collar leaves behind some slippery particles of lacing that slide right back into the body.

As soon as I jam my nose in the glass I’m hit with nostril tingling raspberry vinegarette, heavy on the balsamic. The raspberry is explosive and each deep pull I take I notice melon undertones in line with cantaloupe and honeydew. The evident sourness in the nose gets my salivary glands working immediately. Underneath are slight notes of funkiness with some mild blue cheese and plastic being evident. The comparison to raspberry vinegarette is mind boggling and invades the nose.

The flavor is bursting with raspberry goodness as well. As a matter of fact the flavor profile mimics the nose to a tee. Ripe raspberry hits on the tip of the tongue before sliding into the vinegarette. Mid palate the vinegarette turns into sour, mouth puckering white vinegar. The finish smoothes out with the berry notes, raspberry, and the mild funkiness I mentioned in the aroma, minus the plastic. This is a pretty intensely sour, interesting lambic.

Although this beer is nearly still the mouthfeel still seems to hold up well. The body is fairly light and slightly oily with a prickly sourness that really bites on the back of the tongue. The sourness will make you pucker without a doubt. This is one of the more intensely sour beers I’ve had in a little while.

After the first few sips when my tastebuds adjust to the sourness this morphs into a pretty refreshing lambic. The light body and puckering tartness keep the glass tilted while the expressive raspberry and melon qualities keep me coming back for more.

Hanssen’s Experimental lambics are both of good quality. The raspberry is super expressive with the fruitiness and has a strong backbone of balsamic vinegar. I could easily see myself picking more of these up in the future if they make it back to Chicago.

Reviewed: 11/3/09

Price: $12.49 Served In: Tulip