Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by MJR:
4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Purchased in Boston the weekend of the AoBF...
Corked 750ml bottle...cork dated 2000...
I remove the bottle crown, pull the cork, and IT'S A GUSHER!! I loose around 1/4th of the bottle as it erupts like Mount St. Helens! I've always heard that Cantillon's beers can be unpredictable, but I've always been lucky...until now. Damn law of statistics...
After cleaning up the mess, I fill my Cantillon tumbler and watch as it's head quickly takes up over half the glass, then slowly shrinks to a tiny cap of big bubbles. The liquid is much darker than any other of their offerings, with a rich amber color. This brew doesn't follow the traditional guidelines of 35% wheat, but instead uses all pale malt.
Smell: The aroma has the standard Cantillon mustiness and funk, only it's not as strong. I detect a touch of fresh hops too, as 50% of the hops used are fresh.
Taste: Starts out with their trademark acidic, vinous notes. Lots of farmhouse, horse blanket...you know the terms... Underneath the funk is a firm bitterness that I'm not used to tasting, no doubt from the fresh hops used. Towards the end, there's a touch of caramel and burnt brown sugar. Finishes with a fantastic mouthpuckering dryness.
Mouthfeel: Dry, sharp, and acidic. Sucks the moisture right out of your mouth with a painfully dry, astringent finish.
Drinkability: Quite the change of pace for Cantillon, this is a very enjoyable brew. It's a surprising, and delicious experience...like all of their beers.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2003 23:36:48 | More by MJR
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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
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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