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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 608
Gots: 332 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

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 kawilliams81
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 2007 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy dark orange, with a 2' white head. Minimal lacing.

S- Sour peaches and grapefruit, barnyard, funk, vegetal and floral notes.

T- Tart/sour citrus, dandelions, bitter grassy notes.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Acidic with slight dry finish.

O- 8/10 sourness. Good sour, very different with the no fruit added and dandelion/floral notes.

kawilliams81, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up a bottle of this for 17.99 at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Using 50% fresh hops and no wheat in a lambic sounds really interesting, and this must be a first.

It pours a dark straw color with a wispy long lasting head that leaves a good smattering of lace on the glass. The aroma is magnificently funky and barnyardy, but without the yeast edge of other Cantillons. Hops arent really perceptable to me in the nose, the funk and acidity subsume them.

The taste is lambic perfection with an amazing twist. A huge amount of brett funk (you know, musty horse blanket, wet horse hair, a dung heap in a verdant meadow, sweaty gym socks, rotting straw, strong cheese, uric acid, all the good stuff!) and sharp sourness takeover the palate. The middle reveals a herbal, leafy hop aroma that sort of reminds me of a well hopped German Pilsner. The finish is mostly sour with some bitterness on the edges, and it lasts forever. I can definitely sense the absence of the wheat 'tartness'. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated.

This is one kick ass experimental lambic, one of the tastiest Cantillons Ive had the fortune of tasting. The fresh hops and sourness work better then I was expecting.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of kristougher
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

kristougher, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

stephenjmoore, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

samEBC, May 02, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Dactrius, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was rather impressed with this beer, although reading the commercial description I realize that I missed out on some of the flavors injected into the beer (lots of hops and iris). Nonetheless, this beer packs some intense and refreshing sourness that I found very pleasant. If you like gueuze or are into sour, I would definitely recommend this beer.

Appearance was a hazy orange with a head of tiny bubbles. Aroma was lots of great sourness and a candy-sugar sweetness. Flavor was full-on sourness, which reminded me (if memory serves - which it probably doesn't) of the Cantillon Grand Cru I've had before. I also got some sour apple flavor. I didn't taste the hops or iris included in the brew, but enjoyed the taste very much nonetheless. Mouthfeel was astringent (owing to the sourness) and good.

Definitely recommended for those into lambics/gueuze or sour flavors.

BeerBelcher, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

chickenm, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

funkel81, Nov 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

DarthGuitarHero, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cap & corked from Dilly Deli.

Poured hazy yellow color with an minimal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.

Moderate sour yeasty raw wet woody aroma.

Light to medium body with a tingly texture.

Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout beer for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in Colorado about a year ago now and have been thinking about it ever since. Well, I have been in the mood for a sour beer over the last few days and I decided to try Lindeman's Faro that I got locally... I am still in the mood for a sour beer, so I thought that a sour howitzer was in order. The fresh hops should be softening up in this beer by this point, so let's give it a shot. I am taking a bath in this beer tonight as I am drinking the whole 750mL bottle myself. Woo Hoo!!!!

Appearance: Pours a dark burnt orange color with a lasting 1/4" head of creamy white bubbles on top. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head. The beer looks to be somewhat clear if there weren't so many bubbles rising.

Aroma: My first impression was of the fresh hops adding some serious spicy complexity and the wild character of the yeast mixing together along with the very noticeable malt aromatics made me think that this was a wild Saison for a minute. I am anxious to see how it warms.

Taste: The beer itself is very dry with malt flavors and sourness being the dominant thing that your palate can get through on the first sip. The hops are there, but they are more noticeable late after the sip, once your taste buds stop "ringing". The second sip is much kinder on the palate. The beer has so much flavor at this point that it is impossible to pick out anything to pick on in particular. The sweet, sour, tart, bitter, acidity, wild character and everything that it needs is right there.

Opinion: I am thinking that I should wait and review this one some more as it warms up some. Right now I already know that it is an incredible beer, but I am thinking that it is too cold at this moment.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ckeegan04, May 10, 2013
Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bauermj, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007 Bottled Feb 17, 2010

A= The pour looks thick. The beer pours totally golden with a white head on it that is about a finger high. The retention and lacing are all about average. Pretty hazy looking.

S= Sour, Cheezy, and Hoppy I would say. Lots of hay in this one. There is a significant barnyard smell that I have always sort of found in Cantillon beers but the sourness seems to be toned down a little more with this one letting the funk really come through. Another supising thing is the hop character that comes through in this one. Most sours are just so sour that they don't really get as strong of highlights as this one has. Great smell.

T= Again with the soft sourness. Really plesant. The initial taste is a light lemon taste then the other flavors come through much more. A lot of hay and funk to it. There is a defined hop flavor to it as well. Not bitter hops or fruity hops but a nice earthy hop flavor. There seems to be a slight hop bitterness that lingers after the swallow. This is a funky earthy beer in the truest sense of the word. Sour without being crazy. Really unique to say the least.

M= A nice light spritzy carbonation. Not nearly as thick as the pour made me think it was.

D= This beer is really nice. A wow beer for me. This beer is sour without being dominating and really sort of letting some of the beers complexities come through and shine. It has a real "beer" taste as well as some of those sour notes I love so much. I'll be buying more of this.

jjanega08, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Flute glass.

Bottled in 19th of January 2010. By the way, a 6% ABV and not 5%, as described above.

A: Pours a deep orange to amber cloudy color forming a big fizzy bubbled aired beige head. Medium to low retention and many lacings and chunks of foam around

S: Sweet and fruity with the strong presence of the characteristic Lambic yeasts. Tart, but not aggressively

T: Really smooth and intense. Mild sweet caramel upfront. You can actually feel the caramel malts and hoppy bitterness. Fruity, with notes of white grapes and apples, mainly. Metallic. Excellent sweet-tart-bitter combination

M: Light to medium body. A bit creamy and heavier than her sisters. Upfront is mild sweet passing through the tartness and leaving a pleasant mild tart-bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable. One of the best Cantillons I've ever had

eduardolinhalis, Jul 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

bmur112, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

polishkaz, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says 2007 on the label. Cork says bottled 2009. Pours a murky, amber-reddish orange with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is very funky (it's Cantillon, what did you expect?). Floral hoppiness with some sweet stone fruits and green apple. A bit of grass along with intense sour aroma. Taste is very tart at first. Very sour in the middle, with a surprisingly bitter/hoppy finish. The most hoppy Cantillon I have ever had, but work really well as it remains extremely funky and sour. Slightly earthy and grassy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, somewhat fizzy, and highly carbonated. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is another great Cantillon. They never let down.

DovaliHops, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of dwagner003
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

dwagner003, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of brendan13
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from April 09.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a huge off white fluffy head that slowly falls away.
S - Earthy barnyard, sour lemon citrus notes and vinegar touches.
T - Earthy barnyard also in the taste with some sour citrus flavours and dirty, wet animal character.
M - Very high carbonation. Light bodied. Pretty damn sour.
D - Another interesting beer from Cantillon. Good for a treat every now & then.

brendan13, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage at Capones' Black Friday Event

A: Medium golden-orange-amber body. Not much of a head, but a nice tight ring maintains its form throughout. No lacing left behind.

S: Grape skins, lemon, light vinegar notes. Good sour/tart hints.

T: Similar to the nose with light, subtle notes of grape skins, apricot, and lemon. Green apple notes start to come out as the beer warmed.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Light, but sufficient carbonation. Nice sour twinge in the back end. Lightly puckering.

D: This tasty brew was a nice demonstration of some age mellowing the power of the sour/tart notes. Refined and somewhat delicate. Nice offering from Cantillon.

callmemickey, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of apasternak
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

apasternak, Jun 11, 2014
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,449 ratings.