Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by FernMaster:
3.93/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
2007 vintage, poured from the bottle into a white wine glass.
Some people may have read that first line and cringed a little, you do what you can with what you can. However, it wasn't a bad fit pouring it into a white wine glass and it's a perfect segue-way into my thoughts on this beer. I've often thought, as others have I know, that the perfect beer to help the transition of wine drinkers into the scary world of beer is a lambic. But has anyone ever said that the perfect beer to transition beer drinkers into wine drinkers is a lambic? If not, allow me to be the first to say it.
I brought this over to my newlywed friends apartment as well as a cabernet sauvignon called "Josh," which I bought for the sheer novelty that the wine and I share names. My buddy likes beer (sort of, I need to get him away from macros) and he doesn't like wine. She likes beer and is starting to get into wine, something I'm doing now as well. I introduced him to the lambic as a hopes of opening him up to the possibilities of liking wine, the thinner mouthfeel and more fruity components I thought would aid in this. I even served it at red wine temperature.
Pouring this into a white wine glass may seem weird, but the pour was incredible. There was so much head on this beer, an amount that seemed unnatural to lambics. It was quite awesome. There was also some decent lacing on the glass as well. Also wow, is it gorgeous looking.
There's some nice funky earthiness to the nose. There was definitely some fruit in the nose as well, some sort of cherry, floral, grape scent.
The taste wasn't as tart as I'd expect, maybe because of the temperature I served it at and if so that's the temperature I'm serving all lambics from here on out at. It was still tart and funky but the fruit flavors of citrus, lemony and kind of grape flavors with the earthy strange funkiness was a true joy. I was most interested in how my friend was going to go to this. I think he enjoyed it, but I think he may have skewed his thoughts a little to make it seem like he wouldn't disappoint me. Bah. So maybe my theory on using this to get beer people into wine is a little thin, but that doesn't mean it should be abandoned on one case study.
The mouthfeel is very big and frothy, it sits very well in the mouth and isn't as thin as it's look may make you believe. There's also some nice carbonation in the beer so that really adds to the apperciation of the drink. It's very drinkable, especially at that 50-55 degree temperature range. It's a little pricey, which keeps me from regularly buying something like this, but if I feel like I want to indulge, I will purchase this again. I may also purchase it again in getting either wine or beer people into the drink they're not into yet.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2011 00:31:36 | More by FernMaster
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4.24/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Surprised to not see a review here for this one, prob buried in a notebook somewhere, none the less, 2012 out of a batch 1 iris glass.
Brew pours a murky orange thin fizzy head. Golden, minimal lace.
Floral grassy hay a bit of lemon and nice sweetness on the back end
Taste is real nice, very earthy grass with some lemon tartness
Funky tart puckers feel
Real nice. Earthy dryness. Tart. Lemon. Grassy. Enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 02:22:47 | More by cosmicevan
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle into a tulip.
pours a hazy dark orange with a nice head. smell is quite dry hopped and funky. taste is extremely dry and funky. traditional cantillon farmhouse flavor. slight sourness but much more funk. mild body with mild carbonation.
overall just a superb dry hopped lambic. YESSIR.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 02:15:41 | More by Axnjxn
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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