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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,399
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 604
Gots: 327 | FT: 24
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 Parrotshake


4.22/5  rDev -3%

Had this once before and happy to have it again. Hard to say what kind of beer this is - the brewery doesn't consider it a lambic and it's a world away from the Grand Cru Bruocsella I had yesterday.

Pours an opaque dark orange with a healthy 2 fingers of head. This is already different to any lambic I have ever seen, slight but noticeable lacing and all. Very earthy and slightly funky nose at first with wet wood and an enticing underlying floral note which is not present in other Cantillon beers I have had.

Notably hoppy. Quite flowery and grassy at first, but it's only a split-second before a tart green apple flavor makes itself known. After that, grapefruit followed by a little medicinal herb/cheese rind twang and... is that a hint of malt sweetness or am I imagining things? The finish is almost confusing; bitter and tart with the funk outlasting the hops. Oak rounds it out.

Well carbonated with a slightly lighter than medium body. Feels fine in the mouth... without food, your stomach might suffer though. Hard to not want more of.

10-16-2010 16:21:47 | More by Parrotshake
Photo of cpetrone84


4.22/5  rDev -3%

2007 Bottle

A-pours a beautiful deep hazy golden amber color with a dense thinner off white head.

S-very nice nose, fresh damp wood, lots of peaches and tangeriness with hints of sourness to it, faint touch of musky cellar funk in the back.

T-soft subtle peach, notes of oaky wood, a little leather, funk subtle but does seem to be there, a good acidity in the back.

M-a little grainy, strong carbonation, light body, dry in the back.

D-pretty solid brew, nice oak aging with a good level of acidity to it, nice balance and not too sweet at all but still a good flavor and some earthy characteristics. Very good!

06-29-2010 01:00:42 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of DrJay


4.22/5  rDev -3%

2004 vintage.
This one poured very clear and a beautiful gold colour. There was a bit of fizzy, short-lived off-white foam, a bit of a ring supported by constant bubbling. The aroma was very floral with a nice tartness, a bit of acetic acid and light funk. The flavour was quite tart with berry notes, a bit of vinegar and a light sweetness. Dry, fruity sourness lingered. Apple/cider character developed as it warmed. Light bodied with some residual sugar present, ample carbonation and some dryness. A tasty, mouthwatering beer with restrained sourness that wasn't overpowering. Good stuff!

01-26-2008 01:35:39 | More by DrJay
Photo of JAXSON


4.22/5  rDev -3%

2009 rate.

750ml 2006 bottle. Darker orange pour with a large beige head. Shows much of the typical Cantillon brashness on the nose. Lemon, grapefruit, and some really funky herbal note. Not too bracing in the mouth. Very soft, in fact. Full-bodied for a lambic. Extraordinary balance, finish is long and beautiful. I prefer this to the harder Cantillons, it may be the best lambic I've tried in fact.

Had this since a couple times, was never as good as that first 2006 bottle.

11-24-2010 05:08:40 | More by JAXSON
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -3%

The beer poured into the chalice clear amber golden with a tight white head which fell rapidly to the edges of the surface as it tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was stinky cheese when first poured (at least that was the thought that came to mind). After the head dropped the aroma became fruity with a distinct grape aroma like that of skins and seeds. A definite lambic horsey and barnyard aroma was present, but not overly so. A slight sweaty aroma was also present.

The flavor was acidic sourness, but never over the top. The fruit flavor in the aroma was similar in the flavor with grape skins and seeds but also a nice citrusy orange and slight pineapple flavor were present but never sweet. The sourness most likely tricked the tastebuds into sensing those flavors like an assault and your memory failing. The beer was incredibly tart.

The finish was very dry and very tart with lasting sensations of citrus and pineapple. The body was medium and the carbonation was fairly low. The beer was easy to drink and complex, but lead to some awful beer belches that drove the cat out of the room.

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Bottled in 2004 on cork. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA.

05-24-2005 21:08:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN


4.22/5  rDev -3%

On-tap, Zwanze Day @ Stone.
Pours a hazy dark yllowish orange with a decent white head the clings to the glass. The nose is stong of sour citrus oranges, apricot, apple and a funkiness. The tast is sour lemons and sweet orang with a earthy funk. Its got a medium feel that is well carbonated. A very tasty beer.

09-27-2011 14:25:01 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
Photo of drewba


4.22/5  rDev -3%

A - murky, blood orange. Super small bubbles, one finger head.

S - huge vinegar, apple, lemon, lime, pear cider vinegar.

T - high cider vinegar, huge funk, lemon-lime citrus. Biting sour with a slight sweetness. I think I can detect a little dry hopping.

M - So crisp, so clean. This would overpower any beer previously drank.

D - quite sour; not sure how long I could sustain without my taste buds melting, but I'm going to try because this is delicious.

12-08-2010 08:00:23 | More by drewba
Photo of Sephiroth


4.22/5  rDev -3%

Bottled in 2005: There was standing beer on top of the cork. It pulled from the bottle with seemingly no carbonation. The pour alleviates my fears, however. Body is light orange, with a decent head. Smell is dirty, funky, citric, and acidic.

Taste is a little tart, and possesses all the characteristics of the smell. This must be sipped to fully appreciate the compexity. Mouthfeel is full, but not thick. Drinkability isn't the best, and I do like this beer.

01-10-2006 03:02:22 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of treehugger02010


4.22/5  rDev -3%

I had this beer from a bottle at TJ's Everyday is Paoli, PA where it came is a tulip glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy yellow color. The head is a couple fingers of white fluffiness that has poor retention and leaves the sides dry.
Smell: The aroma is kind of wheaty but makes your nose pucker.
Taste: This is very tart and as it is unblended I couldn't get many other flavors out of it.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp and dry.
Drinkability: This is awesome.
Don't drink and review.

01-26-2009 01:18:12 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of adamette


4.22/5  rDev -3%

The following printed on the back label: An absolutely unique brew. Made from 100% pure barley malt, fermented by wild yeasts and aged for three years in oak casks, in the style of a lambic. From Cantillon, Belgium's foremost brewer of real lambics.

Live review. This is my 900th review. Poured from the corked, capped and black foil covered bottle that I purchased about 6 months ago from Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, Ohio but I do not recall the price. "Vintage 2005" written on the bottom of the front label, the same year as the birth of my son Benjamin Owen. Poured into rather tall Petrus goblet. After opening, the cork stated "Bottled in 2007" which is probably because it was aged in Oak casks as stated on the label. Interesting side note: I chose this as my 900th review since I recall being at Brasserie Cantillon this past June and seeing hundreds of bottles with no label on them stacked on their sides and a small sign next to them stating "Iris" and it just really made an impression on me I guess. Those bottles were not ready to be consumed (hence the no labels).

A Light brown meringue like fluffy head of about 6 inches when first poured, bubbling down to within an inch after about 3 minutes. Body is a pumpkin like orange, translucent and it glows in front of direct light. 4.0

S Almost flowery tart lambic sweetness (could it be flowery like an Iris?) dominates without too much else to the nose for me. That classic Cantillon smell that I really like. 4.0

T That great lambic fruit/flowery/tart/sweetness along with an oaken softness. The almost dry tartness (if that is possible?) is certainly primary in the taste. Taste dissipates quickly but not completely as there is a long, thin aftertaste of the lambic goodness. 4.5

M As mentioned, first sensation is the tart/sweet lambic taste but then that kind of dissapears in the "dry" effect that I was trying to describe. 4.0

D With a manageable ABV, interesting and pungeant tastes balanced by the oak casks, this is a good, drinkable beer. I finished the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle within 15 minutes. 4.0

Notes: Well, there it is, #900!

02-23-2010 14:35:52 | More by adamette
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%

Enjoyed while attending Cantillon Zwanze Day 2012 at Avenue Pub! Served from bottle into a wine glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet mat, funk, sour, earth, floral, and pepper. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, sour, tart, funk, fruit, spice, and pepper. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Surprisingly I had never had this beer before grace my palate. I have quite a few set aside, but had no comparison about how it tasted fresh and how it will be aged. At least now I can answer the first part of that. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. The pepper aspect was definitely a nice touch as it mixed really well with the funkiness going on here. Another solid offering from Cantillon.

12-31-2012 13:17:09 | More by thagr81us
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%

Surprised to not see a review here for this one, prob buried in a notebook somewhere, none the less, 2012 out of a batch 1 iris glass.

Brew pours a murky orange thin fizzy head. Golden, minimal lace.

Floral grassy hay a bit of lemon and nice sweetness on the back end

Taste is real nice, very earthy grass with some lemon tartness

Funky tart puckers feel

Real nice. Earthy dryness. Tart. Lemon. Grassy. Enjoyable.

03-03-2014 02:22:47 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Resuin


4.24/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden/brown color leaving maybe a finger of head.

Smell: Plenty of funk up front, definitely has a sour aroma to it. Some herbal notes to it as well. Pleasant to the nose.

Taste: Big time funk, and it is definitely sour but not overbearing which is nice. The acidic tartness quality in this beer is very nice. Some fruity apple, peach notes along with an herbal quality. Quite tasty.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated to a nice degree. A pretty light body and finishes quite dry.

Overall: Definitely a well done beer. I enjoyed sipping this one over an hour or two (it's a big bottle). A real funky beer that I definitely enjoyed.

01-14-2013 03:40:31 | More by Resuin
Photo of Treebs


4.24/5  rDev -2.5%

2007 vintage courtesy of sweemzander. Lots of nice black mold around the cap and cork. 750 ml bottle served in a mini snifter.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some sticky lace around the glass.

S: Really sweet smelling with a mix of flowery hops and light acidity. Very surprised at how hoppy it still is after 6 years. Slightly sweet mix of wheat and malt with a lactic lemon like quality to it.

T: Same as the nose with a little more barrel character. The smell of flowery hops is distinct and it has a fruity sweetness to it. Slightly lactic lemon character with some oak barrel and a mild hint of vanilla.

M: Light and airy with a spritzy carbonation. Smooth and lactic on the backend with a slight drying quality.

O: Not overtly sour and still very hoppy. This was an interesting take on a lambic and I really enjoyed it. I'd like to revisit some later and early vintages to have a comparison since my first experience is with this beer being 6 years old.

05-23-2013 01:54:03 | More by Treebs
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-12-2014 19:09:49 | More by joel66
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-23-2013 17:03:23 | More by bishopdc0
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-15-2014 05:14:30 | More by Prospero
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-27-2013 23:39:29 | More by standardcherry
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-19-2014 04:39:28 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-29-2014 06:37:59 | More by sourdog
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-24-2014 22:27:15 | More by Cynic-ale
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-19-2014 02:15:45 | More by chickenm
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-23-2014 01:00:47 | More by TKEbeerman
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-26-2013 04:53:00 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-22-2012 06:37:41 | More by JasonSiedman
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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