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.
Maakun (517) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy dark golden with medium white head. Strong aromatic hops on the nose at first. Taste is dough, sour bread, lemon, wood, funk, hay, pine. Really present aroma hops like a lambic IPA. Very dry and sour with deep bitter finish. Medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Great stuff.
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong funk, yeast, citrus. Thin mouthfeel with nice tart floral hop and light spice with lingering dry finish. Easy to drink, wow really enjoyed this one.
Garlic_of_Doom (443) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber with a small white head.
Slightly tart aroma with fresh herbal hops and some light malt.
Taste is light, fresh, tart, slightly fruity hops.
Thin body, soft carbonation, dry.
Woody after taste with some bitterness.
jspronck (25) - BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy and dark orange color with tan head, fruity (plums), woody and malty aromas. Typical complex flavour of spontaneous fermentation. Wine-like taste and acidity. Clear sour finish.
Peacehammer (617) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, hazy orangish color. Fruity tart on the nose. Almost wheaty
Mouthfeel, with perfect fruity tart notes. Just excellent.
Erzengel (2397) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 17 March 2014. Thanks to Rian for bringing this bottle from Brussels. Funky horse-blanket in the nose, together with floral hops. The beer starts smooth, fresh. The bitterness and sourness turn in very fast, the bitterness is very intense and remains as a layer below all other aroma. There is a funky horse-blanket sourness, intense and sour with the smooth woody character. The aftertaste is bitter, fruity horse-blanket, woody-sourness and has hints of fermented hay. Very intense and complex, tastes like a wet horse-farm. 13/12/12/13
Sarpa (786) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl @ home. Pours clear golden, white head. Tart fruity aroma. Tart fruity flavor. Hmmmm.
Ventanas83 (11) - - JUL 6, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
<perPerfection...dark orange almost no carbonation but just enoughg. Tart apple pear.Wonderful. A perfect example. hard to find true unblened lambics...this one pretty available. going down the list of the ones i can find
Harkyto (15) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cerveza lambic con muy buena presencia, sabores a sidra, sin apunas gas o espuma, ideal para acompañar quesos y pesados. Una excelente cerveza de una excelente fabrica unica en el mundo.
VDuquerroux (227) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 75cL. Home. A sparkling orange beer with brown hues. Medium white head, poor persistence. Thin bubbles. Fruity aroma (acid ones), wood, vanilla, smoke. Medium lasting sourness, refreshing. Light body, medium texture, average carbonation, herbal sour finish. Overall, nice beer, good sourness unusually "wet" : other Cantillon beer are dryer.