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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 689
Gots: 385 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

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 HopsintheSack
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Pours an apricot juice (if such a thing exists) colour with nice white head which rather rapidly recedes.

Have had this one fresher and the hops were a lot more dominant. This one starts with classic Cantillon Brett funk, really potent. Then you get the hops coming through in a balanced, integrated fashion. Lots of dried apricot and also some malt.

Taste features more funky notes with some dried apricot.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall a nice beer.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cork dated 2001 vintage. Pours a glowing orangey-gold color with a frothy off-white colored head. Rich barnyard funk with a bit of honey, oak barrel and pale malts in the aroma. Initially tart, but a honeyed sweetness does shine through, sometimes reminiscent of sour apricot or peach. Ooh, there's some hops in there, too, they interact with the tartness very nicely. Oak barrel aging is evident in the taste, as well. Delicate carbonation is good for this ale. Probably one of the best lambics I've tried.

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.
slightly hazy gold/orange, seems to have a head when first poured, but it quickly fades to a ring.
quite musty smelling, with hay and hosey smells, tart citric and earthy apple skin aromas. i get a piney sort of aroma too, like cedar or something. that may not be a good description though.
the taste has a variety of fruity flavors in it. i find peach, apricot, lots of lemon, apple (like crabapple actually). pineapple show up at the finish. i can't say that i really taste any oak, but i ge the feeling that the oak smoothed things out a bit. the same vaguely piney flavor is here as in the aroma. there is something slightly sweet underneath all the sourness, but i cannot pick out what it might be at all. the entire experience has a very earthy edge to it.
the body is medium with very delicate carbonation.
good drinkability. smoother than it intitially appears, probably one of the most easily quaffable cantillon beers.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had 2007 Cattallion Iris at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle Washington DC. It was a delicious sour beer with some subtle fruit character. Not too much vinegar flavour.

A: Orange color and 4mm head that fades leaving decent lacing. 4.5

S: Sour aroma with some fruit character. 4

T: Tart and slightly bitter with a little metallic flavour. Fresh bitter aftertaste. A little vinegar at the end but not as much as most wild ales. 4

M: Foamy 4.5

O: Yum Yum. So tart. 4

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KAP1356
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle dated February 17, 2010 into my new Lindeman's flute glass...

A - Pours a light copper/amberish color with a nice 1.5 finger eggshell whit head that recedes to a nice .5 finger head. Bubbles are going crazy! Tons of them screaming to the top of this beer.

S - Smell is funky sour barnyard scent mostly. Some nice light fruit scents as well; peaches and nectarines mostly. There is a hop presence though. Nothing that overpowers the aforementioned scent, but a very noticable one; much different than other lambics I have had.

T - Great light fruity flavors with a nice sourness, but not too sour that it takes over; like other Cantillon's I have tried. A great funkiy, barnyard taste is present here and it is tremendous. The oak is noticable and there is a slight musty, "old book" like flavor going on as well. The hops add a great variation to this style and adds a great balance as well.

M - Very light touch with a great carbonation. Very nice and soft on the palate.

D - VERY drinkable at 5.00% and for how great it tastes, this one could be drunk for quite a while. I would like to see how this tastes with a more subdued hop profile. Might have to age a few.

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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of klewis
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bubbly caramel color with a huge, porous head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Lots of funktastic complexity with a slight minty aroma.

T: Sour, tart, and funky with citrus and a strong floral taste. Full-flavored and complex.

M: Medium-bodied with high carbonation. Lingering tartness.

D: For sour lovers, you can't go wrong with this one.

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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Colored opaque orange, with a deeper color in the center. A tiny off-white head caps the liquid. Some musty sour yeast and slight hops make up the aroma. It is flavored slightly like apricot. Soon after, a good sour flavor kicks in. It isn't too puckering. Some yeast flavors linger. I find it very tasty. It has a medium body and low carbonation. As I said, very little puckering sensation--just enough to let you know its there. Not much coat, just what you would expect from this style. It's very drinkable. Not too sour and very refreshing. The low ABV keeps them coming.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.