witt (95) - Elsinore, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2017 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.
Pours dark amber almost like apple juice, very small head.
Aroma has green apples, funk, bitter hops, lemon, wet wood.
Taste is lemon, grapefruit, oak, little green apple, not as funky as the aroma, wet cellar, dry bitter finish. Soft to none carbonation. Piotrek4 (275) - Lublin, POLAND - OCT 9, 2017
Dużo skórzanego paska w aromacie, jest też derka, może nawet trochę szalet. Generalnie mocno dzikie co mi pasuje. W smaku poza dzikością są też fajne kwiatowe nuty, zielony orzech włoski, albedo grejpfruta i lekko zaznaczona goryczka. Bardzo dzikie i bardzo smaczne. Rubin77 (2488) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2017
F: medium size, egg-white, not long lasting.
C: deep gold to light amber, hazy.
A: barnyard, brett, woody, cellar, sour fruitiness, horse blanket,
T: cheese brett, woody, bit sour fruity, basement, bit nutty, bit lemon, woody tanins with earthy tones, quite complex, medium to full body, medium carbonation, I like more body and not so sour, very nice, fully enjoyed, 75cl bottle from the brewery, bottled 25/12/16, 6,5% ABV.
beskid (271) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle share at Mon Petit Cafe, Stuttgart. Aroma is funk, lemon zest, but also strong plant notes. In the taste you have lemon seeds, barnyard, pine, garden plants, tart finish. Mariox (295) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Pite w browarze. Ocena wystawiona na podstawie wspomnień z degustacji. Bardzo aromatyczny i świetny w smaku lambik.
bigtaster (1016) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2017
From the brewery in a small tulip. Gold color, cloudy, small white head. Very musty, grapes, apricot. Low carbonation, acidic, slightly sour, hint of bitterness. Long lingering finish of acid with some floral notes. Mishnok (377) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2017
Lucky enough to sample this at the brewery itself. Darker than most lambics I've seen with a bit of carbonation. Quite a resinous bitter edge given by the hops. Interesting, complex taste. beer-yum (1866) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2017
Restrained aroma in an amber pour. Laid back sour with a a hint of wood with the hops. Superbly subtle. Dazka (146) - Milan, ITALY - SEP 18, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2017 S: sour, barnyard, apple cider A: dark orange, hazy T: med sourness, dry finish with med bitterness P: light body, med tartness, low carb walkerrater (16) - ARGENTINA - SEP 11, 2017
Tasty. Aroma is floral, citrus and funky. Pours amber and slightly hazy. Taste is tart, floral, citrus, dry and funky with light carbonation.