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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 610
Gots: 332 | 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 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

beerhandy, May 26, 2005
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

LeeryLeprechaun, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of gmcfarre
3.48/5  rDev -20%
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.

gmcfarre, Aug 02, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Psychmusic, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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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%

AngusOg, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

blklabel, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

closisinthehouse, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

facesnorth, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Liondiscs, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

jaylib, Feb 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

adrienne, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

pest, Dec 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

crowellbw, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

beerist, Jul 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Strelnikov, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of dragonWhale
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second time that I've had this hard to find beverage, and, so, was not so disappointed this time. Pours orange, good carbonation with some lace. Funk and flowers in the aroma, a little barnyard and rosewater. Very interesting. Not super tart, only a little sour, but definitely is dominated by the funk. While the smell is quite interesting, the taste once again falls short for me of the excitement I crave. Probably I will try this again in the future and reexamine my world.

dragonWhale, May 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

jrallen34, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

ajs4bd, May 15, 2012
Photo of Goliath
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Goliath, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of PatandDavid
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if I am just not totally bowled over by lambics...while I enjoy them, they are not getting tremendous marks, I think it could be the mouthfeel..anyway, this was a light peach when poured. Again with the barnyard/horse aroma that could be off-putting to some, I'm just always pleasantly surprised when the beer doesn't taste like it smells. A dry crisp fruityness when tasted. The carbonation is not overwhelming. While not overwhelmingly tart, I can see that this would not be as much as a session beer as others. An interesting beer to drink and enjoy, maybe not one to drink a lot of at one setting. Pat

PatandDavid, Dec 20, 2003
Photo of walleye
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle shared with bieristgut. poured a orangish with a off white head. aroma sour, musty, malts, and some nice hops come out, and hints of fruits. flavor not as sour as the aroma, pears, grapefruit, and malts. this is not one of the styles that I care for that much, but I did like this and glad I got to sample it

walleye, Mar 27, 2005
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.