Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.51/5 rDev +3.7%
750 bottle. Served in white wine glass similar to those used for serving at Cantillon tasting room.
Ap: Orange/Amberish color. Big lasting off-white head. moderately hazzy, but not opaque.
Ar: Sour/Tart is the first thing you pick up. with fruit and some floral/citruisy hop presence as well. Maltiness also present. A wonderful tart/sour smell to it though. As soon as I cracked the bottle I get hit with it.
T: Not the predominant flavor, but worth mentioning first is the Hop bitterness. This beer differs from most other cantillon offerings in that they use fresh hops as opposed to aged hops which provides noticable hop bitterness on the palate. Also of note is the maltiness present. Again, not overwhelming, but it's there. These two flavors combine with the classic gueuze like flavors to create a truly unique Cantillon offering. Fruity sourn/tartness is really the dominant flavor, but the others stand out despite being reserved simply because they are so unique for a beer of this type.
O: A fantastic beer. Perhaps my new favorite Cantillon. Wish I had multiple bottles because I could sit around and drink this like a session beer all day.
05-24-2013 12:32:24 | More by backbaybrewer
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
4.15/5 rDev -4.6%
750ml bottled on 22nd November 2012. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass
Appearance: Dark burnt orange color with 2 fingers of a soapy light tan (with almost a yellowish hue) head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin coating and collar. Body is very hazy with a fair amount of fine carbonation streaming throughout the glass.
Smell: Sour lemon, peach/apricot, barnyard funk, herbal, with some floral hops.
Taste: Green apple, lemon, vinegar, fairly strong herbal quality, lactic acidity, with a floral hop character that becomes more noticeable in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Light lingering bitterness.
Overall: This is a really interesting beer. This is the first spontaneous fermentation I've had with a real noticeable hop presence, and I have to admit it works well. Not my favorite Cantillon beer, but still very good.
05-11-2013 02:49:22 | More by Jonada
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.