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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


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2009
Draft at P-ville. Pours turbid magenta with deep pink head. Nose is tart cherry, raspberry, earthy notes. Tastes full-palated, complex, rich, with heavy raspberry and chery flavor matched with a solid earthy cobwebby basement tone that was outstanding. This one tasted 10 years old, even though it was only 3-4 years old. Truly one of the best beers I have ever had.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Bottle from hopdog opened at the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Thanks Steve. Drank during a wonderful sunset. What a great beer. The best of the fest. Cloudy purple color. Lightly sour. Super easy to drink. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2008
750ml bottle - I brought this one out to San Diego to share at the Strong Ale Festival. It was nice to have it watching the sunset from the beach. Poured a pinkish tinged reddish amberish color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of currants, funky, wood-oak, vanilla, and bretty. Tastes of vanilla, oak, funky, cherries, and currants. Nice tart finish. I really enjoyed this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 15, 2009
Poured a cloudy purple color with small head. Aroma was crazy barnyard citrus. Flavor was much like that malts came out as I let it sit. This beer was very different but really good, currants in the flavor as well. Thanks eagle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 Poured a murky, purple red color with a small, pinkish white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, oak, vanilla, black currant, hay, and leather. Taste of black cherry, currants, vanilla, oak, and wild yeast, with a nicely sour finish Totally deserving of the GABF medal.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2008
750ml bottle via hopdog, shared on the beach during sunset strong ale 08. Thanks Steve. Pours reddish with a pink head. Nose is sweet, rich with tons and tons of currant. Taste is sweet, very nice and big, currant and wow, all kinds of awesome!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pour was burgundy to purpleish, some haze, thin head that is continually replenished with carbonation, thin though. The aroma was funky barnyard, citrus, currants. The flavor followed, very nice tart touches, highly drinkable and refreshing on this warmer winter night, while watching the Birdies whoop up - hopefully - on the Browns. Could have benefited from some strong malt flavors, but this thing was quite excellent and worth the wait. Actually with warmer temperatures this thing got bolder malty and then at the bottom of the bottle, tons of sedimentation filled out the mouthfeel - with plenty of tingly and stimulating carbonation. Original rating - not scored, read on - Bottle shared by GMCC2181, leaving me enough for a sampling in a recorked (for weeks) bottle. Surprisingly, this held out ok in storage after opening, slight notes of oxidation showing up but in a minor way under a beer that featured a lot more going on. Pour was violet in color, near nil head. The aroma was blackberries, blueberries, slight off funk. Flavor followed, not nearly as tart as I was expecting, somewhere between Lindemans and Cantillon in a pretty nice way. Mouthfeel was pretty full bodied for a lambic, definitely some depth there. Thanks, Gabe!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
750mL bottle, from Iron Hill Wilmington. Pours a translucent plum color, capped with a small off white head. Black current is the primary aroma, with oak, hay, vanilla, blueberry, and some wild yeast. Flavor is oak, vanilla, currants, leather, and barnyard, and black cherry. Finish is fairly acidic, with black currant flavor lingering on the palate. Really nice lambic; this is my favorite of the bottled Iron Hill fruit lambics.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 C&C 750 mL bottle courtesy of kramer. Thanks! Pours a thick, murky pinkish raspberry color with a thick, thick, very solid head. Lots of particles. It’s really more like sludge. Other pours from the same bottle seem fine. I got the second pour but the first after it started gushing. Big blast of currants and berries in the aroma. Lots of dry, musty funk as well. Also some notes of oak, sawdust and something vegetal. Taste is berries, currants, leafy vegetal notes, citrus and funk. Very smooth. Full bodied.

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.


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