jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2004 bottle... Pours an orangish amber... Aroma is subtle, not a kick in the face with the sour/tart notes that are about it hit you, with a certain slightly fruity hint... Flavor is tart/sour, overpowering for many first timers i enjoyed this with, never too sour for me... A bit acidic in the finish with more hints of fruityness... Amazing lambic
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2000 bottle shared by Mary. Poured a hazed gold. The aroma was dry and dusty overall but with a definite tartness. Light on the funk with some citrus on the base. The flavor was tart and acidic with notes of citrusy lemon. Funk was there but again leaning toward the softer side. Light-medium bodied.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz sample
This was my second sample. While I liked the Grand Cru slightly better I would not pass up this either. As I drink more of the Cantillon line up I come to appreciate them in small doses. It would be tough to knock off a 750ml alone but with a few friends it would be a fun evening.
Aroma / Appearance - The slightly carbonated body swirled lazily around the small sample glass. Rose, oak and strawberries made a fruity combination backed by cedar chips and a light tartness. A residual dryness reminded me of red wine.
Flavor / Palate - Much more sour than the first sample this was still not exceptionally aggressive. I was able to work my way through the sample without any difficulty. Raspberries, bark and vingery notes marked the blending of fruit and sourness. The acidic finish had that hallmark Cantillon intensity. I wouldnít have been able to drink much more than two more ounces in a sitting without my stomach giving me grief but it was a nice beer.
douglas88 (8457) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 edition bottle thanks to the Bayou, what a place. Pours a bright orange with a tiny head. The aroma pretty much said it all; very sour notes. The taste was very sour, some apple, wood, and floral hops come through, but the sourness dominated. I enjoyed this one, but it took me some time to drink it all. Interesting.
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle courtesy WeeHeavySD. Shared with my wife on a lazy Sunday and poured in champagne tulips. Cloudy orange amber pour with a thick white head. Big sour dry apple and dry oak aroma. Taste is more sour apple, very dry, lots of funk dryness like old sun dried wood. Light dry sour finish, but much smoother than I thought it would be (maybe the oak?). A very elegant brew and while this is not my normal taste, was excellent.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
hazy light orange pour with very little head that quickly left. aroma is big and inviting. musty, acidic and farmy. flavor was very enjoyable. crisp and tart with great dryness in the finish. lemon grass and vinegar. sour throughout with constant remnants of an old basement. very drinkable and refreshing. (old basement and refreshing? strange but true). great beer.
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 Bottle. Golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is sour/acidic with notes of wood, horse blanket, lemon, and light sweetness. The taste has balanced sourness, notes of funk, sour lemon, hop bitterness, wood, sour apples and tartness. Dry finish. Very good. Re-rated 090905.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage bottled in 2006. My first unblended, but let me preface by saying that I am not a lambic fan (with the exception of the single Faro that I have tried). Pours with a small, foamy, off-white head covering a chill hazed, sparkling golden body. Somee light lacing. Complex barnyard funk aroma with leather, damp horse blanket, some light wood, gooseberry, even lighter notes of honey and lemon. Taste is extremely tart with some citrus and light wood elements. Dry mouth with light bubbles. Call me a heretic, but this stuff makes an excellent (and for me, more drinkable) Lambic Kir.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
20080610 750ml bottle, cork says bottled in 2004. Itís hot in hrrr, so I thought it was a good time to bust this one out. Iím a bit surprised Iíve never rated it. Also a bit surprised to see that Paul never rated it until just a few days ago! hazy dark amber with light greenish motor oil tinge. Little to no head, whatdya expect? Aroma is musty, floral (clover), funk with light bit of dust and hints of wet wood. Palate is a bit on the full side for a lambic, but also unexpectly effy. The requisite Cantillon sourness is most apparent and yet itís not overly sour, more like a sharp funk that lasts. After the first few sips, this beer is nothing but refreshing and the finest choice I could have made from what was on hand tonight. the astringency is not at all overwhelming. Lingering bitterness, grassy (weeds, lemongrass), and woody sourness.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle 2000 vintage at Spuyten. Thanks to Meguire for sharing. This was one of my favorite beers of the day actually. It was in great condition, and had everything I like about Iris, but this one seemed more powerful and even more acidic than usual. Pours a typical slight shade darker than cantillon lambic or gueze, mostly golden copper with a fizzy head which dissipates, first pours clear, then hazy towards the end. Aroma is the typical iris funk, along with its hoppier nose (hops were still apparent despite its 8 year age), dull dusty hops as well, some light funky cheese, sweaty wet animal, goaty and more farmhouse funk with a nice citric and lacitc acidity. Flavor is musty and slightly copper- metalic with tons of nice powerful lemon rind-grapefruit rind acidity, earthy hops, tons of woody tannins- vinous as well with some nice sour notes and astringent woody character. This stuff never has failed me.