auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 2007 Bottle. Cottony, plant bed aroma. Again, in honey, clouded with real foamy white opaline soap. Flavors is so bright, fresh and luxurious. Cotton, silk, and lots of refined wheat. Itís so fresh and bubbly. Iím having trouble wrapping my head around the depth of this beer. Good dryness amalgamates both the sourness and the hop character in good harmony. Palate backs out in a clean, scrubbed pear way. Bold in the middle fruits. Delicious and delicate. Thanks for sharing Scott!
2004 Bottle. Pours a gushing honey orange hazy pour, with copious off-white head. Sour, acerbic aroma of brandied pears, olives and some green grapes. Also a little Parmesan cheese and some cask aroma. Sour dry flavor of olives, oak and more cheese, all very funky. I donít have much experience with true Lambics, so I never know what to expect or garner from the situation, but even since my run in with NG Sour Brown, Iím more interested in wild fermented beers. This is wildly funky beer. In a way, I feel like Iím drinking green olive juice. Very much pimento in this beer. Thereís a nice subtle, floral sweetness in the background thatís lifting and airy, and really brings a lot to the table. This is much more quaffable than my previous experiences with past lambics. Palate is some how dry at first, then finishes sweet and supple. A softness and smoothness to this beer. My bottle keeps gushing. Interesting and woody, a lot of tooth and chewiness. Enjoyable. Tastes old, which I appreciate.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-orange with white head.
Aroma of wax, wood, hops, cellar, fruits, mint and alcohol. Nice acid touch.
Acidic flavour. Cellar flavour, cookie. Hoppy dry. Bitter finish. Ooooh this is good and it cellars beautyfully.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle: 2000 bottling sampled 11/15/05. Pours to a murky dark browish yellow with a huge, well retained light beige head. Initially this one appears almost muddy, but when held to the light it really glows warm amber with some red highlights. The aroma is bitter with light wet grass, earth, barnyard with herbs, mild cheese curds, mild lemon zest, and a hint of sweaty malt. If you smell it while cold, immediately after being poured, the fresh hops are just detectable. The taste has that initial sour kick, though it doesnít quite hit with the intensity of some other Cantillon lambics. Thereís some sour lemon, medium acidic grapefruit, vinous grass, light wheat, barnyard, and at times thereís almost chardonney flavors. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, finishes dry and lightly sour, with mild acidity. It seems slightly sweeter with more body than usual for a lambic from Cantillon. Excellent beer.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brewed 2003. Didnít really get into this the last time I had it - in fact I poured most of it out, though in fairness I was drinking it warm in a Brussels hostel. Nice clear amber-gold, with a nice thin head which lasts. The initial aroma is difficult to describe, but thereís something in there that I just donít like. Quite herbal, cheesy hops, with a fair whack of pineappley esters, cream cheese and lots of plasticy, sweaty phenols. After a while it improves with that heathery Styrian character and more of the musty Cantillon imprint. Thereís a smooth, biscuity, vanilla milkshake malt flavour, with a mild, vinous (Riesling) acidity and a ferrous bitterness with a rasping aftertaste which kind of mimics the feeling in the back of your throat after vomiting. Some apricot juice character, and itís sweeter than the usual Cantillon. Features elements which are pretty reasonable in their own right but they donít work too well together. More an interesting experiment than something Iíd like to drink regularly, though towards the end of the bottle I began to like it a whole lot more - like an old Orval or something (and yes, Iím aware I compare every second beer I drink to Orval.)
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy copper/orange. Big, bubbly, white head. Wild yeast, strong malt, and subtle hops-aroma. The sour yeast predominates the flavor, underneath the malt and hops are well balanced, more so than in the aroma. Dry finish, sour aftertaste. Some wine like character in the texture. Medium body. Excellent.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 edition. Smelly grassy, floral hops ponctuate the tart, highly woody, vinous and cidery bouquet. The pour is almost headless, of a rusty golden tone. A fair bitterness adds a dimension to the already interesting beer, pushing the dryness even further. I imagine the sour, but not agressively so, nature contributes to the overall balance with the aromatic hops. Medium bodied, tart, moderately high carbonation. The result is a pleasant experiment with powerful wood flavors and magical unexplainable moments.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong sandalwood, spicy, floral, aroma is quite hoppy and grassy. Opaque, orange-tan body is topped by a low but lasting, off white head that leaves some nice lacing. Fruity, apricot, pear flavour offers fair bitterness, grassy, herbal hop notes and undertones of vanilla and oak. Not a lot of barnyard or brett character but wood, wax and leather make up for it nicely. Medium light body with moderate to lively carbonation. Bottle (2000 vintage) sampled at Den Tatorverede Enke in Copenhagen.
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Bottle 2001. This is our 6th bottle of Cantillon Iris, so we obviously like it. Our first three bottles were from the original 1998 brewing and came in hand numbered bottles - cool touch. Every single bottle has had a grotty, rusty bottle top - some with liquid bleeding through the cork. Never mind, beer is fine. You are wise to remove the metal top and wash the bottle top with cool water before removing the cork. The aroma is wonderful and immediately announces that Cantillon lambics are no ordinary beer - huge citrus, lime skin and light hints of flowers and spruce. Pours with a nice head that diminishes. The color is an absolutely gorgeous amber - very appealing to the eye. The initial flavor is huge sour citrus with a long, astringent, bitter finish - think GRAPEFRUIT. The bottom of the bottle, with increasing yeast, really changes the character. Not for everyone, but I like it.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange beer with a firm white head. Peach and citrus aroma with a little sweetness. Sourness and cidery apple blend in the taste and there is a sharp, dry finish. I think this would be a good introduction to the Cantillon range, being more familiar in its taste than some of the others.
rlgk (8445) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow nice white head. Quite mild sourish aroma with some leather and some rubber.Flavor from sulpherleather, grape and citrus. Sourish and quite fresh.