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.
Buongiorgio00 (83) - - DEC 3, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ennesimo high score per Cantillon. Assolutamente uno dei lambic più complessi ed eccentrici in circolazione, e anche uno dei più buoni. Acidità spettacolare e ampia, che abbraccia ogni angolo del palato, arricchita dal sapore erbaceo dei luppoli freschi. Il tutto bilanciato da un amaro leggero ma distinto. Merita una standing ovation!
teddybeer (1884) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 2012. Pale orange colour with an off white head with medium lasting. Aroma has notes of fruits. Flavor has hints of wood, fruits, good sourness with a decent acidic mouthfeel, fruity and flowery hints. The final has a decent sourness with good duration.
Bontus (586) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
75cl bottle, from Geers. Bottled in 2011 says the cork. Pours amber, beige head. Malty nose, no hops. Aroma is acid sourness with a pale ale malt backbone, had no luch in finding the hops. Way to sour for me.
Abijen (901) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Pours a beautiful orange unclear beer with a good white head. Smells sour, fruity. Tastes heavy sour and a lots more. Not the usual geuze taste. Thin body, watery texture and an average carbo.
Staffan47 (691) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Färsk på bryggeriet. Pigg humle i doften och låg i funk, vilket var lite otippat för mig. Gyllene och klar. Frisk och härlig. Grapefruktjuice. En klantig turist välter ut ett av glasen och skäms en aning.
kazin (162) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Notes from backlog. Less than I was expecting. Still a nice acidity, but lacking in overall feeling. Some nice floral notes however.
jbruner (1705) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden pinkish brown from the bottle with dissipating bubbly off-white head. Aroma is sour fruits and funky yeast, slight woody ending. Taste is tropical fruit, sour middle, funky grapes, hay and grass, then a lingering sour. Bubbly effervescence covers a little of the sour. Wow, awesome.
JorgeLee (962) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle, green glass makred simply as ’I’ in the brewery. Quite deep colour, bright brown amber with a hint of copper. Deep flavour, slightly more robust malty background given the predominance of barley. Hops add a lovely extra layer of complexity, some fruit maybe grapefruit and (as if needed) some woody character, spruce and pine. And of course a deep sourness, long prickly finish. Splendid.
Smurf2055 (1064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear deep blond, two finger white head.
Smell bitter and bretty.
Taste tart, bretty aftertaste. Hop presence is felt. Bit of fruit and a bit of bile
Lighter body, bit thicker than regular lambic
Interesting, experimental, decent
UDBeernut (1254) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy gold pour, big funk nose. Flowers upfront move to light tart. Body is slick and smooth.