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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,670 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 658
Gots: 380 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-05-2002

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."
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of MarcWP
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage into Iris balloon.

Pours dark burnt bronze with tiny, fizzy head that dissipates quickly to nothing. A dark lambic that's for sure.

Aroma is musty, horse coat, wet earth, orange rind, pungent field flowers, and subtle malt vinegar. A little less citric than standard Gueuze most likely due to the maltier base and hopping.

Taste is apple peel, lemon zest, old Pinot Grigio, flowers and dry prairie grass, with a resounding yogurt culture acidity. Again, maltier than regular Gueuze and slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light with soft carbonation around the 30 percent mark. Slicker mouthfeel than typical Gueuze which is related to the heavier malt base. Dry throughout with a touch of malt sugar coming through

Overall a nice lambic slightly maltier than the norm with a noble hop bitterness throughout. Delicious now but only gets better with age :).

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -31.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle poured into a tulip glass. A murky ruddy orange-amber hue with almost no head once everything settles out, just a speckling of white bubbles floating there. There is a neat effect where a sip leaves some lacing composed of tiny bubbles that evaporate almost instantly. Sublime aroma, decidedly funky and sour with assertive lime, lemon, horse blanket, aspirin, flower shop, root cellar, and white wine all vying for one's attention but with nothing sticking out in an unpleasant fashion. Palate is similarly complex yet dominated by dry and sour hop and wild yeast elements with pretty minimal sweetness aside from a faint tinge of caramel, discernible in the finish if you concentrate. I get apple cider vinegar, lemon and lime peel/rind, baby aspirin, champagne, tannic grape skins, horse blanket or dry canvas sheet (seems like an apt descriptor, sorry!), and a general forest floor earthiness from start to finish. Supremely tasty sour and more pungent than some other common examples I've tried from Petrus and Rodenbach. No sugar in this sucker. The label is careful to state that this is not a lambic, which is interesting, probably on the basis of the lack of wheat and hopping regime. Very low carbonation but not flat, airy light body and a massively sour finish that manages to hit woody, hard candy, and hay elements before descending into a super-tannic green apple and white wine vinegar finale. What a beer. For some reason my ratings seem high but shall stand. I agree with Jeff Sparrow in "Wild Brews", this bridges the gap between lambic and American sours nicely.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am pretty sure this is my favorite beer on the planet. I just simply cannot bring myself to give anything a perfect score because what is perfect? Call me jaded, call me what you will, but there is always room for improvement, no matter how subtle.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.