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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Brewed in February 2005; racked to oak barrels in May 2005. Fruited with black currants in August 2007. Bottled 2/2008


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
She settled in my taster glass a luxurious hue of purple and violet with a kiss of rose petal for good measure. Little head to speak of, she sports a delicate necklace of purple. A few swirls later, she releases a gentle aura of black currant (cassis) followed by sweet and sour and tannic thanks in part I am sure to currant skins and wood. My eyes water in joy from the sour kiss currently tickling my nose. Mingling with the pervasive currant are grape and plum skins. My first sup is not as tart as I was expecting. That aside, her mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and soft as silk which I was not expecting that but am thoroughly enjoying. Currants with their skins still intact tickle the back of my throat with tannic acidity which also lingers long on the back of my tongue. A few more quaffs and I am reveling in currant sorbet partnered with raspberry and grape sorbet thanks in a large part to her uber creamy smooth mouthfeel. Joining the dry currant skin tannins on the top of my tongue are barrel tannins for extra thirst-inducing pleasure. A few more quaffs and I somehow find my glass empty.

Once more Iron Hill impresses. They tend to skirt the norm and go for the unordinary, and with beers such as the Cassis de Hill, that is quite fine with me. May I have another, please.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2010
By far, my favorite of the Iron Hill lambics I have tried. Aroma has some volatile acidity to it, notes of geraniums, and a good dose of cassis. Flavor is tart black currents with a light creaminess in the aftertaste. Big globs of black currants in my bottle as you get down to the bottom - gentle pouring a must.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep reddish colour with a copper tint and a small white head head. Strong aroma of sour oak wood and currants. Very tarty flavour of sour oak, fruity currants and not much else. Pretty boring.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2353) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep rusty coppery mahogany color with a medium sized light beige head. Aroma of sour notes, oak wood, zinfandel and currants. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Quite tart.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Thanks cloudskipper. Poured hazy milky reddish purple, tart berries, malty, little wood, little earthy, little floral.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
750ml bottle, aged at least 1.5 years, probably more like 2. The pour yields a clear reddish-amber body with a very thin, glassy, white surface film. Wet, sudsy micro-spots briefly show on the glass, only to quickly rejoin the body. The aroma on this one is downright strange. Not only is it exceedingly acetic and sour, loaded with tannic grape skins and seeds, hinting at grappa or ouzo, but it is also surprisingly herbal, showing strong notes of cilantro and parsley. Say what!? Yep, cilantro and parsley notes. With the vinegary, acetic nature of this one, the earthy herbs make this brew smell more like a salad than a beer, truth be told. Flavors show more of the same, again aggressively acetic and vinegary, giving notes of sour mixed grapes, underripe currants, harsh, tannic skins, and green, leafy herbs. Wow, this stuff just canít get much more out there. The palate, like the others in the series, is under carbonated and mouth stripping with a parching astringency. Overall, a pretty poor product. Rounding out the series, the Framboise is the only one Iíd even like to try again, and even that is a stretch. Major disappointment.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Aroma has fruit but on this one it didnít scream cassis. Had a lot of wood and some earthy wooden flavors. A bit lighter, not that sour but has some tartness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2010
2008 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours a clear ruby with a small off white head...aroma is massive funk, acid, earthy, very defined currant aroma, tart oak and tons more fruit...flavour is vanilla and cassis liqueor matched with massive upfront acidity, fruit skins...sour is fleeting, and finishes lighter and thinner with a slightly herbal note...really enjoyed this one!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neepsntatties (1207) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Got to try this at a recent BA/RB tasting in Portland, OR. Colour... cloudy, ruby-orange with no head. Nose... funky, highly acetic with aromas of cleanser and... well... glue! Palate... sweet, yet acetic, cassis is faint and overwhelmed by what I can only characterise as polystyrene and epoxy!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Enjoyed at a recent BA/RB tasting... Bottle poured a murky, foggy, muddy, purple-ish with a grey-ish, off-white head. Aroma of grapes and tart horse blanket. Acidic, a little like acetone, dry, tart, with complex fruits that fitted in nicely.


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