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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 467
Hads: 1,863
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 706
Gots: 424 | FT: 28
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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Reviews: 467 | Hads: 1,863
Photo of Trizzle
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with minimal head. Hazy with some fine carbonation.

Delicious aroma of citrus peel, grape skin, old wet hay, subtle grassy fresh hops and tart apple cider.

Medium light mouthfeel, dry up front, some green apple tart develops with a decent malt body. Great bit of grassy hop action on the back palate. Mandarin peel, more green grape skin, dry orange liquor, good hit of brett barn funk with a long tart finish. Maybe the brett could be funkier but thats about it. Hugely complex. Something new on each sip.

Will definitely be going back to this one. (563 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

iPad review from sour tasting. 2007 sticker, December 2010 bottle date.

A- Cloudy dark apricot body with moderate yeast haze, bUbbly and foamy white head forms and falls to a cloud and ring fairly quickly, spotty lace patches.

S- Tart sour lemon and apples upfront with hints of oak, wine, vinegar, cheese funk barnyard (somewhat mild for Cantillon).

T- The hop addition adds a slight pine, floral aspect to the regular Cantillon flora, great and full flavor notes of sour lemon, apple, white grape wine,  oak barrel, pepper, lactic and acetic hints, hops add just enough.

MF- Silky and bubbly lighter overall body, slight spicy bitterness in the finish, great higher level of tart sours.

Drinkable sour and extremely flavorful Cantillon. Reminiscent of the gueuze but the differences are certainly there. (811 characters)

Photo of dln646
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled (75cl) February 2011, the beer pours hazy amber with a blond tint of dissipating head. The nose is clean and complex of floral jasmine, juniper berry perfume, citrus fruit, hops and wood. On the palate Iris liberates razor sharp acidity, a well structured medium body, slight bitterness and even a subtle sweetness. Characteristics of grapefruit, lemon peel and jasmine comes to mind followed by a long aftertaste of perfume and hops. Balanced and refreshing! http://quaffable.org/?p=11 (494 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1996 Vintage, enjoyed on 4/10/12 during Monk's Cafe Beers of the Cellar event.

Some of the bottles are really dusty, and the cork isn't the easiest to pull out. The beer itself pours out a hazy yellow with hints of pink and only a thin white head. It has held up beautifully in this department. 4.5

The aroma is really sour, but amazingly balanced with fruit. Musty and funky, the tart but sweet fruitiness is impressive. 4.5

This is the definition of an enamel ripper. Just out of this world sour, the rest of the taste is as tad watery, but the fruit is still there, I'm so impressed with how it has held up, but some fresher Lambics I’ve had I think were better. 4

The body is a little light, but the aftertaste is phenomenal. It just lingers forever. Hardly any carbonation left, but I don't miss it. 4.5

A truly amazing experience from popping the cork to the last drops. Can't wait for the rest of this. 5

2012 bottles enjoy on Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey.

A: Iris is as clear as it gets. Brown body that hints towards yellow at the edges. Absolutely no head or bubble activity. 3.5

S: Iris is tart, but fruity. The caramelized malt is noted with a little bit of must of well. 3

T: This beer is malty and the sour hides beneath some hops as well. The finish includes the hops, blended with only a slight amount of funk. This ber isn't as fruity as I expected, as the malt and hop are more in control. It's barely tart at all. 3

MF: Light and carbonated well. I found Iris to not be as drinkable as some of the other Cantillons available that day. 3.5

O: I just wanted this to be more sour. I guess I didn't appreciate this different take on the style this time around, as previously I didn't mind it at all. Still would try it again. 3 (1,755 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2007 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a tan head that fades to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some nice hoppy aromas. Taste is the same with an almost minty flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good lambic with a nice hop presence. (426 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of the CPJ!

Appearance - Pours a dark orange with a dense, off-white head and very high level of carbonation.
Smell - Lovely aromas of signature Cantillon funk (wet hay and earth) with a heaping dose of citrusy hops and oak.
Taste - Follows the nose nicely, a lovely blend of bitter and funk, oak and tartness. More earthy, barnyard funk with a slightly tropical citrus hop profile and some green apple skin.
Mouthfeel - Crisp and highly carbonated, with a medium-thin body and a very dry, tannic finish.
Overall - A nice Cantillon, but far from my favorite of their offerings. (600 characters)

Photo of gbbass16
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle pouted into tumbler. Thanks baboiler for sharing.
Opened the morning of The Bruery member initiation party in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a bright orange with an off white head of about half an inch that stayed thought the first glass. The smell is nothing but sour ith just a hint of alcohol. Taste is crazy good. Sour, bitter, and slightly sweet all at the same time. Sour enough to give you the twinge in your jaw, but the the slightly sweet comes through to mellow the twinge. The mouthfeel is very light and foamy, just as it should be. Overall, another wonderful sour from Cantillion. (596 characters)

Photo of pluppykatie
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking out of a mini Duvel glass.

Appearance - A slight hint of red to the brownish color.
Smell - Very to the point. I feel like it's a peak.
Taste - Very sour, very good.
Mouthfeel - Puts your mouth on an adventure. I feel like I'm quenching my jaw and pulling back my tongue as a reaction.
Overall - Very enjoyable. I wonder how many pours I'll be able to have until I've reached my limit. (395 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006- Shared by Huhzubendah.. Thanks Matt!

Iris pours an auburn color, with an off white head. Good lacing on my tulip glass. The nose is wet hay, oak, grass, hops and funk. Really amazing/complex smell. Excellent. The taste is the same profile as the nose w/ some pepper added into the mix. The feel has a pepper bite, with good acidity, and mellowness around the edges. Overall, an amazing 6 year old beer- Really glad I got to try this one. Cheers. (460 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a handpump pull at Teresa's Next Door in a oversize wine glass.

Once the bright white frothy foam settled from the top of the glass about 10oz's of copper bronze shaded liquid graced the glass with a inch of settled layered foam that lasted, some splotches left behind.

This smells spectacular. A real nice hit of wet oak with some hay thrown in with light citrus. All together earthy with that Cantillon smell. Barnyard. damp basement.

This was just so flavorful from jump street. Im hit with that sourness up front with faded apple and hay. The oak is prominent yet not looming. This is sharp stuff. Earthy grass in the middle with an acidic nature, but not overkill.

After some time in the glass this settled down a bit. First sips off a loon are always mind bending, but after some time Iris comes into it's own. A small step up from light with alot of activity in the mouth. Strong aftertaste of sour apple and such.

I could have drank this all day. It really makes me appreciate the less sought after loons. This does the trick. I had some 5 years aged Iris on tap not to long ago and this blew it out of the water. I think this is a more recent vintage. Great stuff. (1,179 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip, bottled on 2/17/2010

Amber with marmalade highlights, a small white head upon the pour that dissipates into a ring.

Sour grapes and sweaty cheese, with nice barnyard funk on the nose. Horse blankets and haystacks with a bright, citrus fruity tingle. Even more funk behind that similar to gym socks.

Opens with a tart green apple fruityness then after a few seconds, moves into a sweaty cheeseyness. Aftertaste of gym sock and wet horseblanket.

Medium bodied and dry.

Great nose with plenty of funk. Another good beer from Cantillon. Wish it were more available. (586 characters)

Photo of kmatlack
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 750 ml bottle, surprise gift brought home by my dad.

A- Pours a hazy orange yellow. Aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip rendered a very small bubbly white head that rose up, and went right back down. Bummed there is no head.

S- Smells of strong lemons and vinegar. Getting some funk, grapefruit, grapes, green apple peels, unripe pears, sour malts. A small amount of spicy floral aroma present as well.

T- On the front of the palate it is moderately sweet, prickly carbonation intensifies the sourness. Mid palate, the carbonation dies down, and the funk kicks in. The green apple is strong in this one. Getting alot of lemons, sour fruits, oak. On the back end, there is a lingering bitterness and sourness reminiscent of grapefruits.

M- Surprisingly carbonated on the tongue for being flat looking in the glass. High drinkable, would be great on a spring/hot summer day.

O- Another great beer from Cantillon. Really look forward to all the offerings from them. Wish this shit wasn't so friggin expensive though. (1,033 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

As I popped the bottle cap I noticed the cork was wet and leaking a black watery substance that smelled like garbage in the summer heat. I wiped the bottle off and slowed extracted the cork and wiped the inside of the bottle down. The room smelled like ripe garbage but luckily it appeared none got inside the beer or affected it. Very strange.

A - Hazy amber with 2 fingers of off white, rocky foam. Settles to a thin layer of foam.

S - Strong acidity and funk with ripe green apple, lemon, wet hay, white grapes and wheat malt.

T - Slightly biting sourness, earthy, wet hay, musty farmhouse, lemon and grapefruit. As the sourness fades off the tongue I get slightly bitter herbal hops that cleanse the palette.

M - Light side of medium with medium to low carbonation. Nice.

D - A little worried by the cap issue but since i have had this before it is safe to say it did not affect the beer. Becomes more restrained as it warms. Very enjoyable. (964 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burnt orange amber, with a thick haze through it. Two fingers of soapy white head saddles the beer.

S - Very fragrant. Apricot, spices and lemon peel. Some powerful floral and funky notes also.

T - Sour green apple and white grapes, brett, apricot, lemon and grapefruit.

M - Light bodied, sour and really tart. Nicely carbonated.

O - I haven't had a lot of lambics and can't say they have grabbed me as a style yet, but this grew on me as I made my way through it. I particularly admire the complexity. (511 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot juice (if such a thing exists) colour with nice white head which rather rapidly recedes.

Have had this one fresher and the hops were a lot more dominant. This one starts with classic Cantillon Brett funk, really potent. Then you get the hops coming through in a balanced, integrated fashion. Lots of dried apricot and also some malt.

Taste features more funky notes with some dried apricot.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall a nice beer. (457 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on several occasions both were from 2007 and 750ml bottles

This beer pours a golden color with a nice amber hue to it and a decent one finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is funky sour and there is a small but noticeable hop presence. The flavor is pretty similar (309 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stakem for sharing this 2007 version bottled in 09 with kegatron and me. Enjoyed chilled from a cantillon tulip and allowed to gently warm.

The color is deep golden bordering on amber with a thick cap of light beige with ultra tight bead. Spots of lace stick with translucent clarity in general. The smell of wood, like a humidor with toasted oak and tobacco and mild hop accents with a herbal and light hint of earthy and sweet malt with light stone fruit presence w/ other dried fruit notes. The feel is highly acidic and bitter with tannic elements dominating, slight woody dry texture and dry earthy feel with tart fruit aspect and mild vinegar-like tinge giving an acidic edge to the toasted element w/ dry and warming w/ slight bitter feel in the mostly sharp finish.

The dry sharp flavor with lots of acidity is in the taste right off the bat with hops and oak that give a mild cedar like aromatic wood element w/ mellow bark and almost grapefruit like sour fruit in the tertiary. The woody and citrus combo is intense with both sour and bitter blending to give a bitter herbal and lemon rind taste which also has a gentle oak accent. The hops seem to come out more toward the finish as the woody sour flavors are all over the entry to middle taste. The taste is so puckering w/ light bitter leafy edge it seems at times like a juxtaposition and others like a wierd tug of war. The drinkability is not that high for me, it is interesting and intense, but overall seems like an assault on the palate without any where to retreat, this stirs the acid in the stomach and is a bit overwhelming mixed with other lambics enjoyed, it just comes off too sharp ...it would be difficult to have multiple samples in my opinion. (1,738 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Zwanze Day/DDC 15h anniversary party at DDC. I brought a bottle of this home the first time I went to Belgiu so this will be sort of an aggregate of those two tastings. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy yellowish orange with one finger of white head. Minimal spotty lace with a film and ring of retention. The colour was quite striking. Sort of what you expect from lambic with better head.

S - Tons of grapes. Lot's of tart aromatics, lemon, acidic.

T - Lemon candy, quite sour, musty, nice lemon candy note. Not a sweet lemon candy note, but the puckering sourness is there. Definite acidity too.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, dry in the finish but not overly so.

O/D - Wish I had a bigger pour and more time to contemplate this one. I remember it being very good the first time I tried it and it being quite an eye opening experience. A pleasure to revisit. (886 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, '07 vintage bottled in '09 shared with some friends and poured into a matching Cantillon long stemmed tulip. The brew appears amber in color with an off-white to tan cap that maintains pretty solid retention for the style from a constant stream of carbonation rising to the surface. A light swirl revives the tan cap once it fades.

The smell of this brew is bold with damp woody character upfront. More smells reveal a bit of herbal hop character that blends into a fruity aspect. A tangy lactic component is throughout with a very pronounced earthy, damp mildew-like character somewhat similar to moist cork. It smells quite enjoyable but individually the scents of this brew are a bit contrasting and unexpected when mixed together.

The taste is tangy initially with an equally bold flavor of damp old wood and must just like the aroma indicates. It is both herbal with hoppy bitterness and earthy with a bit of dark fruited aspect. It is quite tangy and drying on the palate yet brings forth some salivation factor. As the brew warms up, there is a toasty flavor that seems to be like a toffee sort of grain indication or perhaps more reasonably a toasty depth of character imparted by the barrel aging. If possible, I would give this a 4.25 for taste, so I'll round up to a 4.5.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively level of modest to high carbonation. There is not much abv impact but the combination of sourness and herbal bitterness is very trying on the palate. I enjoyed this but the combination of bitterness and sourness overall degraded this brews drinkability for me. Even though this brew was split equally between 4 people, I had a hard time finishing my ~5-6 oz. To this brews credit it was very unique with bold enjoyable barrel character. I wouldn't mind having a fresh one of these for comparison. (1,839 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer in a massive trade with thagr81us, thanks Calton! This bottle is the 2007 vintage.

Upon popping the cap the cork was instantly saturated with lambic. The beer pours a light bodied amber in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It appears that it may be slightly oxidized. The aromas consist of perfume like qualities, floral acid, and moderate vinegar. It tastes quite acidic and has a particular spiced bite to it. It does have some floral and tea components as well. It's interesting to say the least. It drinks light in body and dries out your palate, yet not as much as other Cantillons. Overall it's an interesting beer and worth a try. I'm curious to know why they named the beer Iris. (726 characters)

Photo of rarbring
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is hazy dark yellow with a small off-white head, little lacing and curtains.

Smelling of stable, vinegar, lemons, rhubarbs and flowers.

Starting with a dextrose sweetness, then much acidity, pears, lemon, white vinegar and some perfume, finishing with some lemon zest.

Medium low carbonation, a very perky and fresh feeling, a medium low body with a sour dryness.

A very yummy, well balanced, thirst quenching lambic. (430 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy ornage colour witha tight White head that laces and retains.

S - Plenaty of funk and tartness, a little citrus and wood as well.

T - Nice balance of citrus, and woodyness with some barnyard funky sourness. The balance is very good indeed.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation.

O - One of the most drinkable sours around (351 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sweemzander for cracking this one open!

Vintage 2007

(A) Clean orange color, almost like it was electric. Adequate white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer.

(S) Smells sour and tart. Lemon and limes with a touch of orange. Bit of funk present.

(T) Taste had a decent amount of funk in it. Citric acid and a bit of vinegar. Sourness is big.

(M) Tart but very smooth. Light body.

(O) It's always tough for me to review sours like these as the taste is so simple and delicious and refreshing. There isn't a whole lot going on in the taste and it's not a very complex beer, but it sure is quite amazing. (632 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage on the label
Bottled in Jan 2011.
Served in an RR -ation glass.
Shared by Whitemomba.

I've had this one before a few times, but it seems I never reviewed it... Well, here we go!

Glowing orangey colored body with a fluffy creamy tannish head of two fingers. Nice thick oily legs with sticky sheets of bubbles clinging hard.
Smells flowery... Candy sugar and tartness with a huge funky sourness. A biting acidity tries to cleanse the palate, but the sugary sweetness won't be cut out entirely.
The finish dries out a bit, but not entirely. Some gritty sugary sweetness lingers amidst a huge sour note that pulls in my cheeks and numbs my tongue.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Very nice.

This is another great beer from Cantillon. The oaky funk is dirty and yet refreshing. Tons of flavor and huge sourness helps keep this quite enjoyable. (870 characters)

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.