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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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97
world-class

1,332 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,332
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 596
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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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-03-2012 00:52:25 | More by iL0VEbeer
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -8%

12-21-2012 04:49:05 | More by chippo33
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is a rusty deep golden clouded yellow, tall fluffy white head bursts up quickly becoming big bubbley and fizzy. Then lays flat to leave a fizzy collar. Lots of thin webby lacing. Aroma is pungently strong, albiet a bit more pleasing then the vulgarly pleasing Vigneronne. This has a steady waft of the funky horse blanket - barnyard thing, without the canned tuna and arrogance that the Vigneronna has. Otherwise its nearly the same with citrusy notes of grapefruit, lime, and lemon, floral deepness with the roots and all, earthy and highly sweet. Taste is quick and tart with citrus rinds of all kinds, moslty lime and grapefruit, dry and sour puckering sweet with nice floral notes creeping in. Lots of layers to the souring tartness, musk, fresh flowers, grasses, sour candies, citric acidicness, dirt, sour, sour, sour. Whew, its packed. Full on tartness, sourness, and sweetness. Its actually not bad, it takes a few sips to get used to, but as you snap your senses around it and it warms, its pretty good. Still though, its a big time sipper with all that tongue drying, cheek puckering, lip tingling sour tartness.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 20:02:36 | More by tavernjef
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

350 mL bottle with 2007 vintage on the label and a 2009 bottling on the cork. Pours a very hazed, dark orange color with a bubbly white head that fades pretty quick to a light collar.

Light peachy and strawberry fruitiness compliments a barnyard funk that most certainly includes brettomyces. Has some sour notes and even a bit of flowery hops. Kinda like a starburst candy. Superb smelling beverage here.

Incredibly tart with some sour layering and woody brett flavor in the middle. Finishes off very dry with some more tannic tartness. The oak is readily apparent as it warms, toasted with plenty of acidity. Very good complexity and balance. Sourness diminishes as you work the bottle, but plenty of other flavors come up to fill the void. Very drinkable and went exceptionally well with some chevre goat cheese. I think I could live in Cantillon's cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 15:14:36 | More by twiggamortis420
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

On tap at Max's last night

A: Reddish orange with a thin white head, decent retention,

S: Incredible combination of citrus hops and funk. It's not a combination I typically care for, but this time, it works. The citrus/orange character is just unbelievable. Not as funky as the bottle I had, and the acidity is milder. Slightly aspirin-like.

T: Opens up sour, tart and acidic with massive hop flavor. Very very tasty. Complex. Finishes mildly hoppy and bitter with sourness. Mild grape character.

M: Light, good acidity, great finish

D: Very drinkable.

Try this beer fresh. It's quite different than older vintages!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 13:47:16 | More by DefenCorps
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

06-28-2013 20:21:52 | More by WOLFGANG
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stcules

Italy

3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bronze color, very clean, with a beautiful compact almost white foam.
Malt in the smell, leather, slightly sour notes.
More delicate in the mouth, again some leather and malt feelings, but also some almost floral notes, delicate, anyway.
It is relatively sweet, with some honey note, too.
Less aggressive than other Cantillon products, still a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 12:33:21 | More by stcules
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-07-2013 23:09:16 | More by claspada
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dgilks

Australia

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

This is an odd beer to say the least. The aroma is sour, citrussy, a little spicy and has a moderate touch of funky, barnyard.

Clear, golden colour with a small, tight, white head.

Really interesting flavour. The sourness in this 2007 Vintage is mild by Cantillon standards but the really surpirsing note is the complex fruit flavours that become evident over the funk. The hops impart a moderate bitterness. The whole thing is sort of like an infected pale ale, but in a good way.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. The crispness helps to cut the potentially astringent beer.

A good beer with lots going for it. Interesting, different and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 07:57:51 | More by dgilks
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-24-2014 22:27:15 | More by Cynic-ale
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

06-20-2014 18:37:11 | More by Evil_Pidde
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2011 09:56:40 | More by bsuedekum
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-24-2013 01:38:23 | More by Duff27
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illidurit

California

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 00:34:21 | More by illidurit
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky burnt brownish orange with pale yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: huge citrus lemon aroma upfront with acidic, sour notes but had the signature bretty funky barnyard cantillon character with oaky barrel notes.

T: the taste was also big on the citrus lemon flavors as well alongside oaky barrel, bretty, funky, barnyard acdic accents but huge mouthpuckering sour character.

M: the brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, funky, bretty, oaky, and sour finish.

D: cantillon really knows how to brew these lambic beers and this one is no exception, really tasty and drinking fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:09:05 | More by Gobzilla
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: Tap version sampled at Redbones on a dinner stop home from Maine. Dark slightly hazy orange/sunflower with a nice small but tightly packed head of white/off white foam. Aromas of barnyard funk, and wild yeasts abound, with a nice actual malt base, and some real heavy handed hoping (for a Cantillon) making this one quite unique and different, for a brewery that prides itself on being unique and different. Taste is sharp and funky, sour, with all of the gueuze qualities we know and love. The hops add a slightly citric sharpness to the finish of this one, which is as dry as ever. Mouthfeel is refreshing and bubbly, making this brew totally drinkable. Another great brew from these master lambic makers...

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2005 08:27:01 | More by francisweizen
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-16-2013 13:22:37 | More by mrfrancis
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Iris 2000. A 1 Pint 9.40 fl.oz green glass bottle, the front of which contains a small label containing a picture of a Marsh Iris (symbol of Brussels) painted by Julie Van Roy. Iris is different to all the other Cantillon beers, it is not brewed with the stipulated 35% wheat required of trad. lambics, but made only with pale ale malt. This is partly responsible for it’s amber color, which is quite a bit darker than the other offerings from the Brewery. Neither are 100% dried-aged hops used, Iris utilises 50% fresh-young hops. After 2 yrs in the Barrel, it is then “cold-hopped” with fresh hops before being bottled. Wow.
With this in mind I eagerly removed the thick black foil, the crown cap & cork and I poured the whole bottle in one go, first into a large Glass Jug & the remainder into a Cantillon Tumbler. I avoided pouring any yeast into the bulk of the beer that way. I served it at 55 Deg.F. It pours with a medium effervescence & a rich white short lived head which settles to a very tight 1/8” collar. Lines of bubbles slowly stream upwards throughout the experience. The body of the beer is a lovely deep amber-orange color that has ‘peachy’ twinkles when held to the light. Quite a bit darker than other Cantillon offerings I noted.
The beer in my Glass exhibited a slight haze as I finished the pour. I wanted every drop of this beer & picking up some of the yeast as a side-effect was perfectly acceptable to me in doing so. As I topped up from the Jug the clarity returned. A Gorgeous sexy amber-peach color. I wanted this beer so much.
Nose is vinous, sharp & acrid, but not as acidic as other offerings from the Brewery. Breath in deeply over this beer & you get the aroma from the 50% fresh hops used against a background of mustiness. As with all Cantillon beers, it does not pussy-foot around in the taste stakes – it is not for the feint-of-heart. Tastes are robust without apology. The first taste is dominated by the sensational mouthfeel, velvety, spritzy and lively – I am sure it reacts with the saliva in your mouth. Acidity is there & to a seasoned geuze-drinker, it may seem somewhat restrained, for it is neatly balanced by a bitterness (no doubt from the fresh hops) & a mild taste of burnt brown sugar & caramel which linger in the finish, culminating in an astringent shock finish, the trademark “Cantillon Mouth-Pucker”.
A truly unique beer, that is pseudo-lambic, rare for Cantillon the Masters of Tradition. Another excellent, high quality, offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 21:55:34 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 21:52:23 | More by tbeckett
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cjgator3

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1996 vintage
750ml bottle
Bottle 382 of 1000

1996 vintage! Wow! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have this at a small beer tasting. The aroma is very sour with some oak and funk. The taste like the aroma is very sour with a vinegar-like flavor, oak and touches of citrus. Extremely interesting beer, and I am very amazed at how well this beer has held up after 12 years considering it's low ABV. It was quite an experience for sure, really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 03:02:20 | More by cjgator3
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-27-2013 08:01:06 | More by popery
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DmanGTR

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-28-2013 21:49:35 | More by DmanGTR
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001.
Pours to a lightly foggy amber cherry juice, stacked with a snowy, alpine peak.
Perfumed of brushed suede, cedar, spanish moss, lime leaves, and rose petals. Oh, and oak-rested urine too.
A brief bicuit maltiness splashes across the mouth, ceded immediately by a cutting lime juice sourness. This is as tart as any of Cantillon's "real" lambics, as it serves as a canvas for all that is about to unfold. Peach skins and pear, and pinot gris, cherry stones, bile, and rusted tin. Lilacs and bleu cheese. Turns woodier on the close, with moss-filmed fallen maple, dry cedar, and screeching oak.
Bountifully carbonated, but far from spritzy. This is a down pillow. Soft, supple, and form fitting in the mouth. Despite its moments of aggression and sharpness, this is a comfortable sip..err..gulp.
Another jewel in the Cantillon crown. Perhaps my favorite thus far.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 21:40:39 | More by cokes
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KAF

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-28-2013 22:43:56 | More by KAF
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz. bottle served in my Allagash Goblet. 2007 vintage bottled in 2009. Poured a golden-caramel with a loose, half inch, off-white head that crackled and sizzled as it receded. Nose is tart, acidic, grapefruity with a touch of cork. Taste is lemony/grapefruity, tart, dry and corky/earthy. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an aggressive carbonation level that cleanses the palate between quaffs. Not my favorite offering from this brewery, but quite good nonetheless. The bottle could probably have used a little bit more age on it though.

Thanks to jedwards:
2002 vintage bottled in 2004.
A: 4.5 - Poured a golden orange with a bright white, quarter inch head that dissipates into a consistent skim. The color on this is exquisite.
N: 4.0-4.5 - Citrus, must, horseblanket, a little salty and some cork
T: 4.0 - Sour, tart, vinegary and acidic. Good, but it's lost some of the subtle nuances I recall from younger vintages.
M: 4.0 - Light-medium in body, easy carbonation and a dry, slightly puckering finish.
D: 4.0-4.5 - This has quite a different character than the younger vintages and the qualities of each are both quite respectable; however, they are different enough to require some forethought in choosing how "sour" you want to go.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 23:52:21 | More by Jwale73
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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