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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,332 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 597
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2003 edition. The blonde of lambics. Iris, Iris, fair and graceful in your looks. The smell of the earth, a pleasant mouthfeel. The taste of sweet apple not harsh. And livable sourness. A work of art not to punch a hole through. Satisfying like a very good white wine, 5 for satisfaction.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 01:39:44 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -8%

08-29-2012 02:20:56 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 04:53:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

11-25-2011 14:10:42 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage generously shared by Huhzubendah to help me finish off both the top Belgian list and the top Unblended Lambic list. Served in a tulip.

Pours copper with a very, very large off-white head with really good retention. The nose is pretty interesting with some slight funk and a few floral notes. There's a bit of acidity there as well. Mild earth. The taste takes this to the next level. There is a light acidic presence with some notes of light stone fruits plus some damp earth and general musk. Body is fairly light and low in carbonation. Finish is tart, yet not too bracing. Quite drinkable. Thanks again, Matt!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 21:48:58 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 18:16:34 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-24-2012 01:17:26 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004 Vintage, capped and corked bottle, served right out of the fridge and poured into a chalice

A - Poured a very nice and very hazy orange colored amber. Some small bits of sediment floating through but not really too much at all. A nice amount of carbonation could be seen upon the poor, bubbling up from the bottom in the form of nice chains reaching toward the top. A nice and tight small head of white colored foam graced the top of the glass, perhaps being about one inch high, before finally sliding down and leaving nothing more then the tiniest of films across the top. The side glass presence was there, but very thing, and towards the end of the session, essentially non existent.

S - The aroma was hugely filled with sour yeast. Just an enormously big aroma here with lots of fruity esters floating around and mingling inside. The main player I found here had to be the yeast. Such a big presence you could almost pick it up from across the room. Lots of notes of sour grapes and apples, perhaps a cherry in there as well. There was a light and delicate presence of earthy grass notes which I was able to pick up in the background, as well as a light note of some yeast. Very intriguing and welcoming. But the big story here, by far was how sour this one was, really a very bitter exploration of the senses and very bright.

T - The flavor followed along with the aroma perfectly, keeping lock step with each little subtly I had found inside the aroma. There was a deep sour and tart flavor explosion right off the bat, as soon as the first sip hit your tongue, you new how it was going to be. Lots of yeast, giving it a very grape, prune, or peach like flavor. Very light though, in as much as the flavors themselves was not heavy, but rather quite welcoming and inviting. Huge fruit like flavors here coming from all angles, as each sip seemed to open the door to the next flavor coming through. There was some cherry like sweetness buried in here as well, with just the slightest notes of a grassy hoppy like flavor mingling in underneath everything. The base was solid with a good wheat like flavor, and some light cereal grains. The finish, was excellent, really letting the flavors bend around and explore. Long drawn out sour finish, that you could taste for a good few minutes after it was done.

M - The feel on this was excellent as well. A light to medium bodied ale, which really had a very nice little kick to it courtesy of the carbonation. Never really thin or slick, and not really dull in any way, this was simply a nice way to let the flavors speak for them selves and really start to explore.

D - Outstanding. Sometimes you will have something that is so sour that it is hard to take more then just the mildest of sips; however this was not the case here as this one was really very drinkable. Such a nice light profile mixed in with a solid carbonation, and very low ABV, made it a sipper, but only at of courtesy for the style. You could easily finish the bottle and come back and ask for some more later on.

Overall I would have to say that this one is an absolutely excellent selection. If you were just getting into sour beers this might be a good stepping stone as well, because it is not extremely mouth busting, but at the same time will give you a very clear picture of where the style can go. I would definitely have to recommend this one and will more then likely be trying it sometime in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 11:14:34 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (per label 2003 batch – per cork 2005 batch) drank in 2006: Poured a hazy orange color lambic with a quite big foamy white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of hops is clearly detectable and I thought it provided an interesting ‘’mariage’’ with the sour and brett character of the original lambic. It also seems to help balance the level of acid in the beer, which is a real, plus since I sometime find the Cantillon lambic to be too acid. Horse blanket and farmhouse quality are still apparent as well as the citrusy hops. Very nice experiment from the folks at Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 15:06:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Both intense and satisfying, the unblended Labics always gives an intimate view into an unadulturated flavor and process of brewing these magical beers.

Initial vinous aromas speak of super dry white wines, lemon rinds, must, and a mild cidery/vinegar note. Supportive dusty note take the shape of old woods, leather, and mildly horsey notes. Still, the lemon acidity and vinous oaky notes dominate the nose and give a tickle to the nose. Only a mild phenolic scent (band-aid) distracts from the clean lactic/malty nose.

Surprisingly, the beer pours with a light carbonation that fuels a very froathy whie head. Lacing well and retaining better yet, this lambic is much less 'still' than straight lambics should. Deep golden or strong-straw in color, the beer carries a mystic and foggy glow.

Initial flavors of citrus lemons and limes (and the rinds thereof) very much lead the way. Tart apple cider flavors are mixed with light vinegar, white wines (young white grapes), and an aged wood character more reminescent of sandlewood than oak. Leathery, musty, and savory- this beer leads to a long and transitioning bitter and acidic finish. Though it is easy to confuse the acidic sharpness with the pang of hop bitterness, the two are different and are displayed well with the early citrus flavor and the late bitterenss.

Medium at best, to start, the beer tries to become somewhat malty early on. But the beer lets go of that notion quickly and the pursues a lactic sourness, pleasant astringency, and late bitter dryness in the throat.

This beer has dramatic impacts from the split second that it hits the lips until extremely deep in the finish. For a light and thirst quenching beer, this beer has an impressive range that keeps the complexity going and going.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 03:53:48 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

California

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 05:02:46 | More by womencantsail
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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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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -8%

03-21-2012 14:14:10 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-21-2012 14:30:40 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-16-2013 00:02:11 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-07-2011 04:52:25 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-20-2012 06:52:03 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep golden color with a light haziness to it. There are plenty of bubbles rising to the top of the beer that forms a generous white head on top. The retention is pretty strong but the lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is funky, it's slightly acidic and has a bit of oak on the nose too. The taste of the beer is tart at first, it settles down as you drink it and the sweetness comes through a little more. There is plenty of fruity acidic elements in the flavor with the malt balancing it out a little. The mouthfeel of the beer was much thicker than I expected, I was surprised by it's thickness. Good amount of carbonation as well making this beer come to life. Overall it's a pretty good brew, it had some surprising elements to it which made this really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 17:28:24 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 05:06:13 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-14-2011 17:56:56 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, at BeerBistro in DT T-dot. 2006 vintage, the cork says it was bottled in 2008.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, yet thinly foamy, soapy dirty white head, which leaves little beyond a low ebbing lace wake around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sour lemon candies, mild earthy funk, a touch of brewers' sugar, pale cereal grain, white vinegar, American virgin oak, and faint noble hops. The taste kicks off rather abruptly with a lip-puckeringly sour lemon and apple fruitiness, followed by some further nondescript funky vinegary tartness, a decently supportive, and relatively sweet musty white graininess, and some weirdly plucky earthy, leafy hops, somehow not lost in the multivalent acrid morass.

The carbonation is averagely peppy, which is obviously difficult to discern beyond the sourly funky hit one takes in each and every sip, the body coming across as duly light and somewhat oily in its gay attempt at smoothness. It finishes rather dry, with that same tart, edgy, and funky fruitiness we've all come to accept and, er, love.

Nice to see what happens when things go 'unblended' in the Senne Valley - like this is all that different from this one's blended ilk - except maybe for any specific fruit's neutered contribution to the matter, and perhaps a heavier leaning on the wood vinegar way of things. At any rate, a heady, uncompromising affair of a beer, worthy, I suppose of the $30-plus price tag in tony King Street beerdom.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 20:08:31 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 18:56:48 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 13:53:36 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy, light copper colored body, topped by a thin layer of light tan head. The foam recedes quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Floral funk with notes of coriander, pepper and perhaps some chamomile. Lots of musty funk and a bit of toffee and toasted malt.

T - Soft, smooth lactic sourness with fruity flavors of pineapple up front. Some acetic sourness in the middle along with toffee malt and sweet, candied citrus that creates a sweet/sour contrast that is a little reminiscent of a Flemish red. More citrus sourness in the finish with some vanilla malt notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an exceptionally complex and drinkable lambic. The wild character is intense and complex, but the sourness is rounded and never overwhelms the palate. There is a lot of fruity complexity that works with the funk to create a sweet and sour character that reminds me a bit of a Flemish red. All of this is backed up by a nice malt character that is quite a bit more complex than that of most lambics. A great beer that deserves a place in any collection of sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 07:27:51 | More by nickfl
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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.