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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,638 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,638
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 639
Gots: 362 | FT: 21
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is the first unblended lambic I've had. Not sure what to expect. This bottle has exactly 6 months on it. I should also mention that the ABV listed on the bottle is 6%... must be specific to the batch? Anyway...

Poured from 750 to tulip. Gorgeous peach gold body with a lively, short-lived finger of white head. Nice lacing too.

The nose is pretty damn tart but tame at the same time... fresh pear, sour grains, very well balanced I think.

Ooo... that's tasty. Tart berry character, white grapes, smooth as can be. It finishes very dry, begging for another sip. Wonderful stuff.

Very impressed by this. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for others of this style.

Highly recommended.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Poured into a Cantillon stemmed glass.

Pours a great honey amber color, very cloudy, hues of copper and orange rind. A slightly off white head rises quickly, but recedes into nothing, barely a hint of film with no lacing to speak of. The aroma is very nice, a bit soft, but start with great fruit character, tart apple, citrus and white grapes. Lemongrass bridges the barnyard funk, hay and a bit of vinegar that come out so nicely behind the fruit, fantastic balance and integration, I just wish it was a bit more pungent. The flavors are wonderful, the fruit character really pops. The addition of the fresh hops really gives this beer something unique and special, great earthiness and grassiness plays with the tart fruits, lemons, apples, sweet oak acts as the bridge here and leads so well to the mild funk, straw, and yeast. Great body, nice and lively, but not overly carbonated, great drinkability that finishes smoothly, yet very dry.

Verdict: Absolutely wonderful lambic from Cantillon and I feel like a broken record saying that. The hops really make this a unique treat, it adds a great fruit component that goes so well with the milder funk character.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply beautiful. Had a 2010 Iris on tap tonight at Hair of the Dog on Washington Ave. in St. Louis. Pours a yellowish, golden hue, with a terrific head that retains and laces the best I've seen. Smell is of sour notes intermingled with slight hints of lemon and citrus as well as the tiniest bit of hops.

Taste is superbly balanced. Sour up front with lots of lactics. As it progresses towards the back of your mouth and warms a little the citrus and lemon flavors ring through. Slight hops bite towards the end, but not bitter by any means. Great balance throughout, with a creamy smoothness going down, yet still light and refreshing for a sour.

Definitely among the best beers I've ever had, as evidenced by the straight 5's. I think this being aged a couple years and on tap puts it over the top. If you get the chance, try it; you won't be disappointed.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Iris 2007. Bottled January 21 2010.

Beer is amber in colour with a moderately sized and very fizzy off-white head. Head dissipates very quickly, fizzing away to nothing.

Smell is seriously funky. Horse blanket, yeast, lemon, grass. A deep fruit smell accompanies it, apple sticks out. Wood. Clearly sour from the scent. Quite complex. Outstanding.

Taste is similar to the nose. Very funky, with lemon and yeast playing a big role. Sour, but not as intensely as expected from the nose. Apple. Vinous, some grape and cherry. A slight bitterness in the finish, but generally very dry. Aftertaste is barnyard funk.

Medium bodied, very low carbonation- almost none. Quite puckering.

Overall, a very complex and interesting beer. Body is limp but I suppose that is how it is supposed to be. Smell and taste are great. Pretty remarkable.

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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good beer. Opended the bottle to find a little liquid beer on top of the cork and a little gas fizzing out thru it. Poured at good temperature with huge, fluffy, thick, cream-colored head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear amber with a single lazy bubble trail. Aroma is tart sweet with a barest hint of hop. Flavor's like nose and again hop is in the background, more bitter. Body is a little soft as a result of low carbonation. Does have a few high point from the bitter/yeast combination, but it's not offensive. Finish is like flavor and relatively long.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.