Cantillon Iris

Style #102 out of #103 reviewed on BA. Also, BA review #2000.
Black foiled neck, capped and corked. 2004 vintage, cork reads 2.006. Exactly the same bottle that I bought as a thank you for mikesgroove, and (from notes) the same beer that I have tried on more than one occasion in Belgium. Anyway, back to this bottle…
Poured into the Brasseries l’Abbaye des Rocs chalice the beer sits fairly still in the glass with a hazed, orange pour and some spotty lace and a decent white collar. No lace.
Mild acidity and moderate funk in the nose. Nothing out of the ordinary, but solid.
Dry and extremely potent grapefruit meet the tongue. Yes it’s acidic, but for me it never gets to the ethanoic acid, vinegar situation. Unsurprisingly the grapefruit lingers and the funk (horse) manifests itself again in the aftertaste. Too me this is one of the more drinkable Cantillon beers. It does NOT lack acidity, on the contrary, but it seems to balance things nicely and the citrus notes temper the potentially harsh notes.
Definitely a citric note, and the lemon and grapefruit peel and pith seem to temper the vinegar potential.
Tasty, and this might be a good beer to show people what a REAL lambic is without scaring the living crap out of them!

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07/19/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 5.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.95
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