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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,334 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,334
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 598
Gots: 318 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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gmcfarre

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 15:48:18 | More by gmcfarre
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

06-23-2013 13:02:23 | More by Psychmusic
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Chipleton3

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

11-12-2013 06:34:01 | More by Chipleton3
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

11-15-2011 01:52:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

01-28-2013 17:15:40 | More by AngusOg
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blklabel

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

09-15-2013 15:11:59 | More by blklabel
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closisinthehouse

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

09-15-2013 16:16:14 | More by closisinthehouse
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

06-29-2014 05:21:36 | More by facesnorth
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Liondiscs

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

05-06-2014 10:30:22 | More by Liondiscs
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jaylib

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

02-22-2013 06:34:24 | More by jaylib
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adrienne

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

09-09-2013 12:39:53 | More by adrienne
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pest

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

12-15-2011 03:55:47 | More by pest
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crowellbw

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

07-30-2014 20:19:05 | More by crowellbw
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beerist

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

07-31-2013 01:15:38 | More by beerist
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Strelnikov

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

09-29-2013 21:04:29 | More by Strelnikov
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dragonWhale

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:35:03 | More by dragonWhale
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

01-22-2013 01:29:49 | More by jrallen34
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ajs4bd

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

05-15-2012 14:18:57 | More by ajs4bd
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Goliath

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 04:06:16 | More by Goliath
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 18:18:46 | More by PatandDavid
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walleye

Michigan

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

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 05:10:23 | More by walleye
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DannyS

New York

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in a wine glass, poured from a 12 oz. corked & capped bottle. Label dated 2005, cork dated 2007.

A - Looks like most pale ales actually; a deep cloudy orange with little head.

S - Sour fruit on the nose, reminds me of cherries and citrus. Also contains some yeast on the aroma.

T - Not very complex, but interesting. Fairly sour and slightly bitter. Also carries some dry floral notes.

M - If you sip it right, it feels amazing. Nice and bubbly but not harsh; the acid cutting through the softness.

D - You've really just gotta sip this one, it's a pretty strong taste. And I wouldn't recommend more than one; i shared this bottle with a friend.

Overall - This would be great as a before or after dinner drink, or one for casual sipping. Definitely not for drinking quickly. But I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:21:50 | More by DannyS
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nataku00

California

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass, 2007 batch. Beer poured a dark copper, hazy, with some thin wisps of head. Looks still, with little to no carbonation visible.

Nose is funky wet hay, earthy, herbal and woody, with some light white vinegar notes.

Follows the nose, some earthy and herbal hop notes, then some funky and woody flavor. Slight vinegar tang middle of the tongue leading to a dry finish with lingering earthy and woody flavors.

Light to medium body, no carbonation, but that is expected for an unblended lambic. Pretty interesting beer, but I'm not sure aging this one was idea as some of the dry hopping would have probably helped brighten up the flavorl.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 07:44:54 | More by nataku00
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Westsidethreat

California

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a champagne flute

A: Highly carbonated with a very spirited head on top of a hazy orange body.

S: Aroma is a bit funky with green apples and a touch of citrus

T: Sour like a standard lambic but somewhat rounded thanks to the pale malt. Had an earthiness opposed to pure general sourness. Finishes with a light was of bitterness. Different for sure.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated fitting to the style

D: At first I was taken back by this beer but it grew on me. I couldn't get used to the earthy bitterness but finally adjusted after a while. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 02:57:40 | More by Westsidethreat
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ballewblake

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Cap was rusted and cork and top of bottle were moldy. 2005 Vintage with cork saying bottled in 2007. Two finger head that dropped within a minute. Deep amber color in the body, opaque. Smell is funky, musty attic smell, earthy, sour, floral. Tastes like a battery, really not very appealing at first, gets better with more drinks, but then reverts back, there is something off here. Chemical like tastes, wow, its really off putting. I'm glad I shared this with a friend, I don't know if I could have drank the full 750. Mouth feel is good with carbonation, drinkabilty suffers from the weird off putting metallic/chemical flavors I'm getting. This might be my first unblended lambic.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 04:51:46 | More by ballewblake
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,334 ratings.