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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,688 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 689
Gots: 387 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: The pour is a golden caramel color with a delicate white head. A few spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: Lilac, some hay, and a good amount of barnyard funk provide the base of the aroma. An omnipresent sour aroma is there as well.

Taste: The taste is both fairly sour and also brashly bitter. These two sensations together are not very pleasant. There is a lemon zest sour flavor to go with the light malts, but as the flavor transitions to bitterness I feel like I am chewing on flowers. Overall it is a tart, funky, and flowery taste.

Mouthfeel: The body has dried out a fair amount while retaining a light oiliness. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: This combination of flavors really did not do it for me. I prefer their other sours.

Photo of beerhandy
3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cork 2004 chimay chalice

Orange hued haziness , a light beige head which stood 2" very frothy and lingering

Aromas... musty oak ,fresh mushrooms,honey , vinegar,green apple and moldy hay

taste..tart and tannic chenin blanc and vinegar but it works
the dryness helps the sourness and rounds out the intensity
of this lambic.

Very effervescent

Intense beer probably over the top for the uniniciated definitely something to be drank with fellow lambic lovers

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.44/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date November 22, 2012
Consumed November 24, 2012

Beer pours a cloudy light brown color with a nice white head. The carbonation level is high compared to most of the Cantillon beers that I have had.

Aroma is earthy and acidic. I can pick up a lot of acetic acid in the nose.

Wow. Sour. Very very sour. Makes your lips pucker. It is hard to pick up anything else the beer is so sour.

Mouthfell is full and acidic. It makes you run your toungue across the top of your mouth. Very nice.

Overall this beer is a giant war head. It is so sour that my lips pucker with every sip. It is suprising that there is almost no barnyard or goat in the aroma of taste. It was good but I would not call it one of the best beers that I have ever had, even in its catagory, it is just too sour.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of Goliath
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an amber color and is cloudy. A thin white head sits on top. Aroma is subtle for a lambic. Typical oak characteristics giving a sour nose. Also a little yeasty. Taste is extremely bitter. Essence of fruit, yeast and wheat is also present. Makes your mouth pucker and water for more. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with a low level of carbonation. Drinkability is fairly low as the tartness will eventually overwhelm the drinker. A nice bottle to share.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked bottle poured into New Belgian chalice
Cork dated 2005

A - Pours a very cloudy orange/gold color with 1 inch frothy head. Lacing is moderate.

S - Pungeant funky yeast with a tart cider-like scent. A good touch of earthy sourness accompanies.

T & M - Weel carbonated sourness with a light to medium body. Apple cider taste with strong acidity. Kindof weak in the middle, which is disappointing. Funky and interesting with its wild yeast.

D - A bit cloying overall. The kind of beer I want to like, but really have a hard time doing so. Not my favorite lambic, and not too easy to drink or even savor. Alcohol is not a factor.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.