tiggmtl (4548) - 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 (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.
bluevegie (3049) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly murky dull straw coloured body. Aroma of limes seems to jump out of the glass. Lots of citrus in the taste, grapefruit, lemon and lime, not as sour as I expected but that probably made it drink better.
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium amber and orange color. The aroma is slightly sweeter than I expected. Flowers, limes, a hint of vinegar and barnyard all all present. There is also some old musty cheese and leather. Interesting aroma that is more earthy than fruity. The taste is very leathery. Not nearly as sour as I expected. There are limes, and some light piney hops. This is dank and musty. Very interesting twist on the style. I prefer a little more tartness in a Cantillon.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml. bottle. Nice golden color with a medium white head. Aroma hit me from three feet away. Typical Cantillon aroma.
Musty, tart, slight metallic, wet leather. Very dry on first sip, sucking all the moisture from my mouth. Becomes less and less dry with each sip. Tart fruits abound, along with some straw and a touch of hops. Very nice.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a cloudy medium gold color. small head and just a little bit of lacing with a bitter and fruity aroma. Strong vinous notes in the aroma and palate. The flavor is very tart and warming with slightly musty hints in the aftertaste. Another great Cantillon!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001: Pour is murky orangey brown with a big off white dense head...smell is indeed tart with some funk and apples...quite sour up front, turning surprisingly bitter toward the finish...quite tasty...but a lot hoppier than I’d anticipated...
leaparsons (7934) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Year 2000 bottle. Orange/brown with a big rocky off-white foam. Aromas are typically Cantillon in its farmyard character - tart, musty with some cheesiness. Flavours are lemon with grapefruit bitterness (and lots of it). Lacks the mustiness of the aroma which has been replaced by a zestier citrus bite , a good level of sparkle and a crisp sharp pine bitterness. Not as jowl jangling as the true lambics but this is still another good Cantillon.