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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 608
Gots: 330 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the brewery's website: "Although it is a spontaneous fermentation beer, the Iris is very different from the Lambic. The amber colour and the bitter and slightly caramelized taste make it a complex beer."

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-05-2002)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

totally different stuff from cantillon here. all barley malt instead of some amount of wheat in here make it quite a bit more sturdy then their lambic types, and the hops are definitely more aggressive in flavor, although still really mild, especially by American standards. the beer has a darker caramel color to it, plenty of hazy as per usual with cantillon, and a tall and lasting dull muted whited head of tiny bubbles. the nose is more funk than sour, with some textured sweetness in there, and then of course the oaky mature lacto thing to finish. the taste is just like the nose, exactly like it, with the barley malt influencing this beer more in terms of body I think than flavor. the hops have an earthy dried herbal character to them than likes the bigger body, and carbonation is effervescently bright. I like the slightly richer feel to this, and the longer finish not usually there in their lambic. maybe a little less unique and distinct than some of their other beers, like say fou foune or the lou pepe fruit beers, but I think its quality is as good as any, and its definitely a new direction for them. stoked to have shared this bottle with my brother, who loves sours and wilds but until now has never had a beer from cantillon. we both really enjoyed it.

StonedTrippin, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%

KCBeerNerd, Friday at 10:09 PM
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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%

Had this one at the source: Cantillon Brewery itself. Pours golden, clear, with a nice fluffy white head on top and lots of floaties (got the bottom of the bottle here). Aroma is straw, a bit of tripel-like funky yeast, some vinegar, dryness. Flavor follows closely with funky yeast, straw hops notes, pears, apples, dryness on the finish with lingering grass and yeast funk together. Very light bodied, super crisp, and pretty refreshing. Unique brew with plenty of sour, but also an interesting note with the addition of the cold hopping. Liked this significantly more than I even expected. Good stuff.

BMMillsy, Friday at 06:19 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

cultclassic89, Sep 08, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

Gotti311, Sep 08, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Enjoyed out of a dark green 750 mL bottle with a wine-style cork and cap. The bottling vintage--2013--is stamped on the cork. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a beautiful hazy reddish orange with some lighter amber highlights where the light manage to penetrate the murkiness. Initially, the pour doesn't seem to generate much foam, but by the end of the pour, there is a two-and-a-half finger cap of tan head with an orangish twinge. Retention is slight-to-moderate and when it disappears, it leaves no lace and the faintest of ringlets on the edges

Smell (4.00) - I'm surprised that the smell is a little milder than expected. Musty oak and vinous characteristics are present alongside notes of wet hay and funk from the Brett. There is also a nice citrus element that I imagine is from the hops, but it's hard to tell--it could also be coming from the residual flavors imparted by the wine barrel aging.

Taste (4.25) - In a nice changeup from the smell, the taste on this is both subtle and complex. It's not face-meltingly sour--far from it. But there is a nice tartness from the wild yeast. I also get some subtle sweetness from the grain that, when combined with the sourness, gives off a sort of sour candy aftertaste, but in a good way--not artificial tasting. The finish also has a nice level of grapefruit-like bitterness from the dry hopping that gives this lambic a greater level of depth than your run-of-the-mill lambic.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a slightly puckering finish.

Overall (4.25), an really nice beer from Cantillon that stands out from their other beers for the higher presence of hop characteristics. Given that it's unblended, I can only imagine that the beer itself changes somewhat from year to year, with the fermentation being spontaneous. I would be curious to sample other vintages to see how different it actually gets.

LambicPentameter, Sep 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Sweet and sour tart right up front. A sense of sour funked out candied peaches and apricots that were left out in a damp basement for a few weeks. Tiny hint of some raspberries. Almost like a pollen filled spring day in a meadow. Fizzy carbonation (just right) leaves a perfect dryness to the finish. Almost champagne-like. Mild hop bitterness (as compared to American beers) dance well with the aforementioned flavors. A star! My first Cantillon- Enjoying in Le Maraise in Paris! Will go back and get more methinks.

JeffoC6, Sep 07, 2014
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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.