bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you to my friend Tobey for bringing this fine souvenir from Copenhagen. Vintage 2011, 750 ML, poured into Three Floyds Teku glasses to split with my wife.
The aroma is classic Cantillon. Enticingly sweet and remarkably sour in the nose. Barnyard and fresh cut, wet hay meld with green apple, honey, and lemon zest.
Color and appearance are both notable given the beer’s amber hue, which is a clear contrast to the usual golden straw of Gueuze or Cuvée St. Gilloise. Clarity is nearly perfect, and the beautiful pure white ring of carbonation provides another fine contrast in appearance.
First sip at 45 degrees is full on sour. Sour apple, white grape, citric acid dominate. As the beer warms past 55 degrees, lightly floral notes become present in the finish, likely a function of the growingoy present hopping. The tartness begins to linger in full funk as I continue sipping. This isn’t as pleasant as Cuvée St. Gilloise, but it’s close.
The lambic has a greter body than most of its siblings, which I enjoy immensely. The lingering funk and tannins keep the taste buds at attention. Also interesting is a lactose-like creaminess that lingers on the back of the tongue. Definitely unique in Cantillon’s already impressive oeuvre
Overall, Iris is not my favorite from this brewery. However, it is enjoyable, delicious, and is worth seeking out again. I’d love to try it weeks old as well as perhaps 5-10 years old to taste the evolution of the hop presence.
slowrunner77 (3635) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"if only these were reasonably priced. i’ve liked just about every cantillon i’ve tried, this included, but they are so darn expensive...and this one’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum. lots of tart funk, sour apple, high acidity. more complexity in the nose than flavor if only because the tartness overpowers a little.
Zoret (85) - Badalona, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromes fruitats de poma i pera, el llúpol aporta herba i citrics i el malt quelcom dolç. Caràcter de Bretta com de corral i làctic. En boca comença mes acida que amarga tot i que l’amargor augmenta en cada glop i es queda fins al final. Boníssima!
devman171 (976) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle pours dark yellow orange with low head and carb. Aroma is funky cheese and dusty socks. Taste is funky tart with a bitter dry finish, enjoyable
MikeKeller (873) - Kemi, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Ranzani 13, Bologna. Orange beer with a bubbly white head. Aroma and flavour are tart and sour with green apples. Sour and so tasty!
rxeight (1334) - Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 2013 bottle. Thanks to Robertdale. Cloudy amber orange. More bitter than sour. Floral hops. Bitter finish. Similar to st gill and mamouche, but this was the most bitter/floral/hoppy.
Stuu666 (2324) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours hazy golden, nose is funky, floral, taste is dry, sour, funky, fruity.
Dr_Fellini (430) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Zwanze day 2014, birch bar norfolk VA. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with an off white head. Mild dry tart aroma, citrus, sour grapes. Very tart flavor, sour grapes, funk. Oily palate with an intense lingering sour in the finish. Wonderful.
Beergeek23322 (2283) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/20/2014. On tap at The Birch. Cloudy orange with a white head. Funky yeast aromas, oak, spices. Tart and refreshing, bitter, fruity with a long dry finish.
Danyel (784) - Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is fruity, wild, citrus, wheat. Taste is wheaty, sour, fruit on the finish. Light bodied, crisp. Very good.
Artistdave (26) - Austin, USA - SEP 16, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfection, dry yeast funk straw aroma with a pungent lemon grape thing going on. Flavor is sour lemon and slight red wine vinegar. Pretty different hop thing going on, yet made it better. A MUST