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.
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Pikkulintu on 2008-06-04) Golden/orange colour. Hazy. Sour and slightly malty nose. Medium palate which dries. Some fizziness. Hops, wood and bread in sour taste. Interesting and nice.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Pale brown/amber colour. Fruity nose. Fullfilled sourness. Some lemon , toffee and butter in in the taste. Also some grapefruit and some peach in the finish. Also some cellar in the taste. A fine lambic from Cantillon.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright, almost glowing, cloudy orange, effervescent white head. Aroma is funky, sweaty, sour, cheese rind, and lemon. Flavor is acidic sour, lemon juice, not overpoweringly sour, very pleasant. Dry on the palate, slightly watery. Wonderful.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle. Orangey-amber with a slight haze. A thin layer of foam covering the surface. Fresh tartness to the nose. Notes of sour apples and lemon. Tart fruitiness from lemon and grapefruit in the flavor, blended with some rather surprisingly, sweet fruity notes. Noticeable hop presence, earthy and quite sharp. Fruity, astringent end. Utterly refreshing.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2008: Dark old gold with a few stray bubbles. Aroma... hops! Hops in a lambic! Maybe not the freshest hop aroma with a hint of cheese and some horse-sweat... but it is a nice change. There is also a nice summer fruit quality to the nose. Hops come in in the flavor too with a good deep tartness coming from the back. The hops are somewhat metallic and fused to pale malt. The hops are most noticeable in the back of the throat. Long metallic horsey finish with hops in the back.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle: pours an orange bloosom hney colour witha huge white foamy head. the aroma is great with good apple adn pear awesome sourness that i cant wait to taste. just simply a great aroma. the flavour is just unbelievable sour great astringent wood. the sour is perfect. alot of wood and very earthy.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 thanks mcbackus
nice golden blond color really nice thick head sweet floral aromas nice wooody crisp dry and mildly tart flavor you can taste the brett but it has a nice mild flavor overall