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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,451 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 608
Gots: 332 | FT: 22
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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Photo of ccrida
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky burnt gold with a tight, very light tan head.

Smell is vinous and herbal, surprisingly hoppy.

Taste has a decent tartness, is rather vinous, with rubbery phenols and a wierd, dirty aftertaste at first, although it opened up nicely.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, a great wine bridge, with nice complexity without being overly sour...however, overly sour is what I look for from Cantillon!

ccrida, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

jrallen34, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BeerFMAndy, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Cynic-ale, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of KAF
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

KAF, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -8%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

atrocity, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Evil_Pidde, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
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.

tavernjef, Jan 18, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

claspada, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
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!

DefenCorps, Jun 26, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

WOLFGANG, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of dgilks
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.

dgilks, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of stcules
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.

stcules, Dec 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Duff27, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

pours a hazy dark orange with a nice head. smell is quite dry hopped and funky. taste is extremely dry and funky. traditional cantillon farmhouse flavor. slight sourness but much more funk. mild body with mild carbonation.

overall just a superb dry hopped lambic. YESSIR.

Axnjxn, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Lare453, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
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.

tbeckett, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Gobzilla, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
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.

cjgator3, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Jul 18, 2007
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.