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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,687 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,687
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 688
Gots: 386 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cork date: 2009. Sampled 2012.

Pours a beautify orange/amber color with a 1.5 finger thick white foamy head. The smell is lemony with a bit of orange. The taste reflects the aroma with some grassiness to balance out the acidity a little. Still pretty acidic and has a hint of bitterness. Fairly sour and a little drying in the mouth and throat (not unusual for a sour). Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. The carbonation helps alleviate some of the excess acidity in the beer.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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

750 capped and corked bottle

A- pours a muddy honey color... fluffy white head.... dissolves to a thin ring around the glass...minimal lacing to the glass

S- acidic tartness dominates .... fresh cut green apples... lingering vinegar

T- huge acidic flavors, green apples... vinegar... a tad of malt backing making this a odd lambic ... but different in its own way

M- metallic mouth and tongue... medium bodied with decent carbonation .... lingering metal feel

O- my first cantillion .... probably not my last... very pleasing for all the hype behind this brewery and they definitely delivered the goods...

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the one I was waiting to try. I received Iris brett isolates from a guy who harvested yeast from the dregs of a 2007 bottle. I’ve got them on a lambic at home right now that I brewed and never having had this beer it was a must try so I had something to go by. It was much darker burnt orange than any of the other Cantillon offerings I had had the day of the tasting. Lots of floral notes in the nose, my guess would be from the late hop additions this beer receives. Had a really nice sweet, green apple tartness to it. This beer also had a more pronounced maltiness. I also noticed this beer had a much heavier mouth feel than the other traditional lambics that were tried. Overall I like to taste the difference of this beer with the different grain bill and hop additions against the traditional lambics.

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

A 750ml green glass bottle with a bottled-on date of Feb 20th 2012. ABV is stated as 6%. Purchased at the brewery back in May, while on a trip to Belgium/the Netherlands. I was able to try this at Moeder Lambic while I was in Brussels - it was great!

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). A bright orange-amber hue with medium carbonation; much hazier on the second pour. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before dissipating. A tart, dry aroma with notes of lemony acidity, musty barnyard funk, green apples, mild vinegar, hay, earthiness, yeast and faint hints of caramel and hop overtones. Complex and inviting.

The flavour is distinctly sour and dry, with layers of character and a slightly bitter finish. Notes of tart lemons, unripe apples, barnyard funkiness, subtle vinegar, musty yeast, hay/straw, faint citrus and a vanishing hint of caramel malt. Very faint aromatic hop overtones in the background. A mild hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is puckeringly acidic - bone dry and highly astringent. Quite light, with tingly carbonation and good body. Aftertaste of tart, dry mustiness with a hint of bitter hops. Incredible.

A fantastic beer. Not a true lambic, but superbly crafted nontheless. The spontaneous fermentation gives it a sour, funky character with amazing depth. My only (slight) complaint is that the hops are too subtle and attenuated - was hoping for more in the aroma. When I had this on tap in Brussels it seemed hoppier, but perhaps the time that has passed has allowed the hop notes to fade. I suspect this is a beer best consumed young. Anyway, another quality offering from Cantillon and well worth your time. Grab one if you come across it.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,687 ratings.