brokensail (16440) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
A: The pour is a nice dark pink-purple-red sort of color with a minimal pink-white head forming that quickly dies away.
S: A fairly funky as well as fruity nose. Good currant notes along with some sweet blueberries. A bit of musty funk and a strong aroma of funky blue cheese (good call on that, Javi). Some slightly spicy oak notes and a mild acetic character.
T: The flavor is not quite as full and rich as I was expecting from the nose. Still plenty of fruitiness, though, mainly currants with a fair amount of sweet berries. The sourness is subdued here, and is mainly acetic, with a soft mustiness.
M: The body is medium with a soft, smooth carbonation that is definitely appropriate for a lambic.
D: Better than I recall the other Iron Hill lambics being (especially the fruited varities). Really nice nose, but the flavor does fall a bit short. That said, still easy to drink and enjoy. 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.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2010
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.
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. Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 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. adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, 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.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Thanks cloudskipper. Poured hazy milky reddish purple, tart berries, malty, little wood, little earthy, little floral. 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 can’t 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 I’d even like to try again, and even that is a stretch. Major disappointment. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Aroma has fruit but on this one it didn’t scream cassis. Had a lot of wood and some earthy wooden flavors. A bit lighter, not that sour but has some tartness. 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! neepsntatties (1975) - 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!