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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,671
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 660
Gots: 379 | FT: 24
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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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Opened on 8.27.12
Bottled Feb 20, 2012

A - Pours a medium to dark cloudy orange with a fizzy one inch yellowish-tan head that fades quickly.

S - Lots of barnyard funk and some wild flowers.

T - Lots of funk, tart red apple, dandelions, earthy.

D - Good carbonation, light body, very lively.

O - Very tasty, lively and tart. Try it if you can, you will enjoy it.

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 22/6/12

A slightly hazy amber with just a few slow tiny bubbles feeding a thumbs width of well retained light tan head that leaves no lace

S very earthy nose, wet wood, barnyard funk, there's some citric notes with some apple cider and just a little caramel apple to go with it, complex stuff that's working well for me

T more vinegary apple and heavy amount of oak compared to the nose, slightly herbal aspect that I don't quite understand and some rind, quite good but I preferred the nose

M its not turning my mouth inside out but it's tart and slightly sour, quite slick and it has some body too it. big aftertaste of woody funk lingers forever

O very interesting brew and the 750ml bottle wasn't big enough, not overly funky or sour like I expected and lots going on in all areas

2007 vintage and I'm curious to how a fresh bottle or a very old version would differ, not cheap in these parts so I may or may not find out

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle, corked and capped, vintage 2005. The beer is clear with a touch of haze, copper colored with almost no head. The aroma is sour and barnyardy, kind of musty and a little metallic. The taste is just perfection, Cantillon makes the best lambics I've tried. I get a lot of sour citrus like lemon or puckering grapefruit juice, funkiness from the wild yeast, tart and delicious. Full bodied for a lambic (meaning light in body versus many other beer styles), I found the bottle disappearing quickly. I'll get the big bottle next time.

Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the pour a pearlescent orange color, the head Brobdingnagian in size, creamy in its texture, the color a magnificent light tan, the lace a satin sheet to drape the glass. Fruit sweetness followed closely by the vinous aromas tart, clean and quite appealing. Start lightly sweet but the stinging acidity and tartness hits your palate immediately, hops are mild and unassuming, also quite dry and lingering aftertaste, in my humble opinion a quintessential “Old Style Lambic”!

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of kscaldef
2.75/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of bark
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2005, bottled 2007.

The smell is sour with some malty sweetness, beach and seaweed, some stable. Smooth and matured flavours. Some honey and flowers, kiwi and green bananas.

The liquid is all clear; the colour is orange with a tint of red (20 EBC). Low white head, some lacing.

The taste is elegant sweet-dry with a moderate sourness. Elegant notes of fresh/wet hops, some honey and minerals. The aftertaste is mellow and rich in minerals with notes of honeydew melon, rosewater and flowers. The finish got a pleasant sourness.

The carbonation is mild, yet the small bubbles are fresh, almost sharp. The liquid is a little sticky.

One of the most elegant lambics I ever had: Great stuff!

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

750ml bottle, 2/17/10 - 2007 Vintage

appearance: split and served in new glarus flutes - classic label. cork crumbles and reveals a hazy copper body, active carbonation, pillowy white foam head

smell: raw lambic, hay, funky straw and grass, green hops, tart green apple

taste: another great sour lambic from cantillon -sometimes its nice to strip away all the fruit and have a nice unblended lambic. hay, straw, funky yeast, tart apple, great balance provided by the oak

mouthfeel: acidic, tart and light

drinkability: good

Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at monks during the cantillon mad monday - I tried both 04 and 07 vintages

Pours a mostly clear deep reddish color with some cherry hues. A thin head dissolves into a halo of retained film around the glass, leaving little lacing.

A pleasant smack of tartness in the nose with unripe grape skin and some noticeable bitterness. Damp funkiness and some acidity as well.

Bitter and sour up front with a dark fruit presence. Damp funk and hay with some citrus. Soft sweetness and faint red wine tones. Finishes tart, dry, oaky, and bitter.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, lingers on the tongue for a bit. This was another tasty beer, although the combination of bitter and sour didn't completely fit my palate (unlike Cuvee des Champions).

Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.