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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 656
Gots: 380 | 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 MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007, cork states bottled in 2010. Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall flute, thanks Brad via random guy at DLD!

Appearance
Not quite what I expected. It quite dark. A fully hazed bruised fruit orange. A nice big head rises up quickly but is short lived. A persistent, but thin, layer of foam rides on top. No lacing as the head is comprised of very coarse bubbles.

Aroma
Ahh, I love a funk bomb. This one combines a large funky character with a citrusy dry hopping, and it's working very nicely. Lots of orange and lemon pair nicely with stinky, veiny cheese aromas. It smells like a cheese and fruit plate. Someone get me a piece of crumbly bleu, STAT! The malt base is there, and perhaps a bit sturdier than in many lambics. This is 100% malted barley, so it lacks the unmalted wheat that a typical lambic has. This seems to create a breadier base. Really this smells a lot like orange juice that has turned.

Taste
Very tame sourness, there's hardly any at all. It does grip the sides of the tongue especially towards the end in a meek sourness though. Lots of orange rind and juice. In many respects this is like drinking orange juice right after brushing your teeth. At the core, this beer is oaky and funky.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation is very low and it swirls away very quickly. The finish is bone dry. This is a pretty heft weighted sour, at a full medium.

Overall
This is a really good, tame sour. If you like IPAs this will probably suit you. The dry hopping has given it a unique citrusy spin.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was rather impressed with this beer, although reading the commercial description I realize that I missed out on some of the flavors injected into the beer (lots of hops and iris). Nonetheless, this beer packs some intense and refreshing sourness that I found very pleasant. If you like gueuze or are into sour, I would definitely recommend this beer.

Appearance was a hazy orange with a head of tiny bubbles. Aroma was lots of great sourness and a candy-sugar sweetness. Flavor was full-on sourness, which reminded me (if memory serves - which it probably doesn't) of the Cantillon Grand Cru I've had before. I also got some sour apple flavor. I didn't taste the hops or iris included in the brew, but enjoyed the taste very much nonetheless. Mouthfeel was astringent (owing to the sourness) and good.

Definitely recommended for those into lambics/gueuze or sour flavors.

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Monk's tavern in Philadelphia, PA. I have sampled this one several times, recently tried 2005 and 2007 side-by-side, the 05 seemed to have brett in it; very odd.

Appearance: Pour is a very light honey-orange with a small white head.

Smell: Lots of citrus, vinegar (some cat piss), and barnyard funk. Also some white grapes and orange.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, vinegar, tart apples, citrus, orange, wheat/yeast, white pepper, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and dry; very sour

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, like any cantillon. Does not disappoint, but does not stand out either.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mondegreen
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into a Samichlaus Tulip.

2007 Vintage, according to the cork it was bottle in 2009.

A: Hazy golden/copper appearance. Tons of tiny bubbles rushing to the head , keeping a healthy froth above the beer.

S: Funky & Strong. My wife commented that she smelled in from about five feet away when I walked into the room. Tough for me to put a finger on exactly what I am smelling, as I'm still fairly new to the world of Lambics. This one smells nice, though.

T: Heavy pucker factor all the way through this one. Sour fruits are evident, and the aftertaste is unique. I like the taste, but this one needs to be enjoyed slowly, as the aftertaste lingers.

M: Nice carbonation, beer is just thick enough to be enjoyable.

D: I'm enjoying this one, but I think 12oz will be enough for one sitting. Of course, it will take me awhile to finish this since the flavors are quite potent. I'd be up to have it again at another time, for sure.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2005, served in a Bruery tulip

pours a nice dull hazy orange with slight brown and yellow tones. little to no head, very light retention.

light lemon and earthy notes. light oak and funk. scent was a bit faint.

i pick up lots of lemon and a hint of lime. not as tart and puckering as most cantillon i have had. an underlying sweetness and funk carry through out. i pick up a nice light pineapple flavor throughout the finish. I was going to say this was a 4.0, but i am really digging this pineapple flavor in the end.

moderate carbonation. light dryness. the oak comes alive the most in the mouthfeel.

great stuff, not sure why i waited so long on this but time treated it well. i will be buying more for sure.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: pours light coppery orange, hazy, with a light off-white head that dissipated quickly.

S: slight vinegar, but very sour aroma with a little underlying malt.

T: starts with a lemon-like sour flavor, which eventually gives way to a malt sweetness. The finish is a long, dry lingering sour note. upon exploring the sourness a bit more, it is mostly lemon but with a very slight cherry. not a lot of funkiness detected in this which made for a very pleasant and drinkable beer.

M: average to light body, the sourness can be somewhat puckering to the mouth. Carbonation average and maybe slightly low for a Belgian.

D: What a drinkable beer this is. It is very much on the sour side, but makes for a very refreshing drink. Try pairing this with Port Salut cheese. Pure. Heaven.

Photo of megahurts4
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Iris 2007

Appearance: dark orange, small head, and very good lacing.

Smell: oak and sourness.

Taste: mild sourness with a tad of skunkiness and spices.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:
This goes down as a very mild sour. The flavors are subtle, yet very nice.

Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.
slightly hazy gold/orange, seems to have a head when first poured, but it quickly fades to a ring.
quite musty smelling, with hay and hosey smells, tart citric and earthy apple skin aromas. i get a piney sort of aroma too, like cedar or something. that may not be a good description though.
the taste has a variety of fruity flavors in it. i find peach, apricot, lots of lemon, apple (like crabapple actually). pineapple show up at the finish. i can't say that i really taste any oak, but i ge the feeling that the oak smoothed things out a bit. the same vaguely piney flavor is here as in the aroma. there is something slightly sweet underneath all the sourness, but i cannot pick out what it might be at all. the entire experience has a very earthy edge to it.
the body is medium with very delicate carbonation.
good drinkability. smoother than it intitially appears, probably one of the most easily quaffable cantillon beers.

Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange color. 1/2" head lingers a bit before falling to some surface bubbles. No lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, barnyard funk, sour fruits and overall muskiness fills the nasal passage.

Taste: the flavors follow the nose as yeast, muskiness, sour green apples, honey sweetness, hints of oak woodiness, and some light alcohol tones make up an interesting dry lambic.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth and dry throughout. Brief bold aftertaste sticking towards muskiness and sour apples.

Drinkability: a pleasant slow sipping lambic that some may be turned off by, but this grow on you. Pretty easy to quaff.

Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a LONG time since my last Iris. Was a total sour (and Cantillon) newbie last time, glad to re-visit! 2011 cork date.

A gorgeous looking lambic: hazy caramel body with plenty of white head and tons of sticky lace. Floral, funky yeast aroma. Sour fruit too, smells acidic.

Tart and acidic, bitter earthyness with some hops at the end. Yeasty as hell, crazy complex. Wish I bought more of these when they were abundant on the shelf :(

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- superb acid, bitter and carmelized taste

color- amber

clarity- clear

smell- citrusy hop character, spice, earth, bitter, complex aromas

body- very tart, astringent, mouthwatering, medium-body and length finish

appearance- nice orange-amber color with white, active carbonation and nice lace

glassware: tulip

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle of the 2007 vintage (bottled in 2010) into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to my friends Jim and Michelle for getting this to me.

A: Pours an initially clear, orange-brown body that becomes slightly hazed when I willingly allow a bit of yeast to sneak in at the tail end of the pour. It's certainly darker than any other non-fruited Cantillon, and is topped by a lively inch of fine white foam. The loud head settles slowly into a solid cap, but leaves nary a speck of lacing. Weird, and beautiful.

S: Fascinating. Dry, sour funk is the first thing to jump out of the glass - plenty of lemon, tannic oak, and grape must. A more intent sniff yields hints of caramel malt, herbal hops, and white wine vinegar. It smells impressively sour for having been bottled just last year, but I'm not entirely convinced that fresh hops are a necessary or welcome addition to a Cantillon...

T: Bracing acidity opens things up, but the lemony, vinegary tartness quickly gives way to slightly sweet, bready malt. The funk reasserts itself on the tail end, with brett, must, and apple skin providing extreme dryness. Some hoppy bitterness adds to
this dryness, closing things out with a rather harsh astringency. The longer the aftertaste goes, though, the better it becomes - the astringency softens out into a softer dry fruitiness. Very tasty indeed, but kind of second tier for this particular brewery.

M: Soft, effervescent medium body. Very lively, and yet also substantial. Amazing.

O: I rather like the all-malt grain bill, but the hoppiness really doesn't add much - it was plenty dry already, and the hop flavor doesn't ever compete with the intense funk. I can see how someone unfamiliar with Lambics might find Iris more relatable to "normal" beer than other Cantillons, but I for one don't see the need. Still, I'm really, really enjoying this beer.

Cheers!

Photo of brendan13
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from April 09.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a huge off white fluffy head that slowly falls away.
S - Earthy barnyard, sour lemon citrus notes and vinegar touches.
T - Earthy barnyard also in the taste with some sour citrus flavours and dirty, wet animal character.
M - Very high carbonation. Light bodied. Pretty damn sour.
D - Another interesting beer from Cantillon. Good for a treat every now & then.

Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75cl bottle, bottled 19 March 2013, poured into a Cantillon sherry glass today, 10/4/2013. Thanks for opening this one up, Shawn. Split 4 ways.

Review #276.

Pours a dark amber, almost an orange-brown body with a fairly solid white head with decent retention.

Smells hoppy.. hard to pinpoint a particular hop varietal, but it is definitely a fairly dank beer that suggests a bitterness.. Comes with the requisite Cantillon brewery bug population that gives off a nice earthy funk, with a small contingent of delicious vinegar acidity.

Very different palate than the nose. Barnyard funk and barrel wood is present throughout, and this is actually a fairly acidic beer compared to Mamouche, Classic Geuze/LPG. Its got a nice earthy bitterness to it; it's probably the most bitter Cantillon I've ever had. Sour quotient is above average Cantillon. It is quite complex and a somewhat intense lambic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation. Bitterness is actually a little off-putting in the sense that it doesn't make this one as drinkable as the other Cantillons we had tonight.

Interesting sour that is quite different from the others I've had. Tasty, sour with a nice complexity. Might be a little too bitter for me in comparison to the lambics I'm used to. Glad I tried this one though; don't know if I'll go after this one again as I would the more well-known Cantillon lambics.

Photo of clayrock81
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bloodred brown (if that makes any sense) with practically no head or lace. Very sour and tart aroma, but thankfully the beer isn't as sour/tart/unbalanced as the somewhat wineline aroma. There is some funky spice and there's a touch of sweetness and oakiness that balances the sour, tart flavors of mostly cherry and touch of grape. Not a big red wine drinker but this reminded me of some light reds (no heavy merlots or cabs). Wish I could describe it better but it is a must try and enjoyable sipper.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 750mL

Decanted into wine glasses from a lambic basket. There was quite a bit of sediment in the bottle, at least the last 1/2 inch left in the bottle. Color was darker amber, glowing orange in the light. Nice puffy head with a sticky collar, though it didn't stick around for the whole glass. First pour had bright clarity, the others had some haze.

Signature Cantillon citric aroma with lemon, wet wood, leather, and grassy hay (hops?). After cellaring so long, any clear indication of hops have vanished.

The pale malt unique to the Iris blend come through in the taste, slightly sweet with a mild staleness. Luckily the strong citric lemony sourness steamrolls it, leaving nothing but dry oakiness in the end. Some tannic astringency. It's slightly slippery with medium to low carbonation.

I have to say i've enjoyed this more when it was fresher (clear hop flavor and bitterness). Cellaring at length seems to deplete what makes Iris unique, the dry hopping and pale malt. Will try it again fresh and update this review.

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty pale blond color with nice clarity. The head rises to the height of two fingers, but dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Tons of barnyard funk and little else. Washed rind cheese, wet dog, dirty socks. Basically like taking a walk through a farm. Wonderfully funky stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lemon rind and apple cidar vinegar. Very sour but not especially harsh. This is supposedly a hoppy Cantillon beer, but I'm not really getting any hop flavors. Very dry stuff through and through.

Notes: Excellent stuff, I'm going to have to revisit this soon.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden orange in color and poured with a finger high white head. The head has good retention properties and never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is evident.
S: There are aromas of sourness and barnyard funk in the nose along with some hints of flowery hops.
T: The beer tastes very sour and tart. It also has a strong amount of acidity.
M: It feels light-bodied and vinous on the palate; the finish feels somewhat dry..
D: The intensity of the sour flavor in the taste makes this a beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

Note: Vintage 2007, bottled in 2010

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005, poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very sour and vinegary with apples, grapes and a little spice, but it's pretty pleasant and exactly what you expect from this type of beer.

T: The taste is likewise very sour up front with flavors of tart apples and grapes. Then there's a little bit of sweetness that comes in to provide some balance. After the first sip, the sourness and complementary flavors come together quite well.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this isn't the type of beer that I normally drink but this a very nice sour beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one a few different times, all different vintages and ages. This review is from a 2009 bottle.

A: The pour is a really nice looking amber-orange in color with a light and fizzy white head.

S: Plenty of acidity and green fruit notes. I pick up apples and grapes with some lemon. A strong oak aroma with a somewhat subdued funk.

T: A nice tartness up front with some fresh sour apples and lemons. The back end is actually a bit bitter with lots of oak and tannins. A bit of must and leather finish things off.

M: The body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation, especially for a lambic that is so "young" in the bottle. A nice acidity and dry finish.

D: Not my favorite of the Cantillon beers, but still really nice and better than many American sours. A really pleasant beer to sip on after watching the Sharks beat the Wings.

Photo of cps98
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the one I was waiting to try. I received Iris brett isolates from a guy who harvested yeast from the dregs of a 2007 bottle. I’ve got them on a lambic at home right now that I brewed and never having had this beer it was a must try so I had something to go by. It was much darker burnt orange than any of the other Cantillon offerings I had had the day of the tasting. Lots of floral notes in the nose, my guess would be from the late hop additions this beer receives. Had a really nice sweet, green apple tartness to it. This beer also had a more pronounced maltiness. I also noticed this beer had a much heavier mouth feel than the other traditional lambics that were tried. Overall I like to taste the difference of this beer with the different grain bill and hop additions against the traditional lambics.

Photo of illidurit
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage.

A: Somewhere between orange and brown, this beer is hazy and forms a 2 finger off white head. No lacing, ok retention. Expected for a lambic.

S: Vinous grapiness, some apple, overtly tart.

T: Funkier than James Brown. Sour, lactic, acidic, but oh so good. Crabapple comes through strong. Kind of winey.

M: Though the head dissipates pretty fast, the carbonation is alive in well in the liquid, though maybe a little subdued from the 3 years it has been aged. As is the norm for gueuzes and lambics, the tart finish begs you to have another sip.

D: 750 mL bottle is easily finished, great refresher for summer.

Photo of alexgrahamlv
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Cloudy honey orange/amber color. Nice size creamy white head.

Aroma- Lemon, hay, reminds me a bit of a eucalyptus cough drop. Tad of honey and orange.

Taste- Not overly sour but has a nice tartness of lemon, honey and grapefruit. Quite refreshing actually.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body, high carbonation, long lasting finish.

Overall- Very refreshing and would definitely love to try again.

Photo of MrDave
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

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