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. Didn’t 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 there’s something in there that I just don’t 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. There’s 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 it’s sweeter than the usual Cantillon. Features elements which are pretty reasonable in their own right but they don’t work too well together. More an interesting experiment than something I’d 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, I’m 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 (6122) - 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 (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 (10092) - 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 (3051) - 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.