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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,331 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 594
Gots: 318 | FT: 24
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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Soilworker

Idaho

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

Presentation: Vintage 2005 poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy opaque golden amber with a pinkish and orange tint. Half finger bone white head with minimal head retention.

S: Nice tart and sour aromas right up front with some musty yeastiness to go along with it. Predominate notes of woody oak, more predominate than I have previously experienced. There is some slight vinegar notes, (the cork was particularly vinegary). Little bit on the earthy side with notes of barnyard-like aromas.

T: Mouthpukeringly tart with an odd bitterness to go with it. The bitterness is a bit on the rough side. The sourness/tartness has a sour grapefruit character to it and there is some overtones of oak to go along with it...though its hard to pick up on. Finish is sour with some woody notes.

M: I want to say its moderately bodied but with the sourness its hard to pinpoint it.

D: Quite sour and tart so I find this to definitely be a sipping beer. I don't think I would drink this all night due to the intense tart and sourness.

Notes: This was one of my first few lambics I've tried so I'm not terribly experienced at tasting these but I did like this one for the most part. It was a bit on the overpowering side but I think this is just due to my inexperience. I would still but this again if the price was right :)

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 02:47:44 | More by Soilworker
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Brew33

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cantillon Iris. Corked and capped 750, 2007 Vintage.

I opened the bottle and pulled the cork. I smelled the end of the cork and it smelled like straight red wine vinegar.... I got scared but the fright wouldn't last long. It poured a reddish amber. Good clarity, light carbonation. The aroma was excellent. Big sour twang. Apple skin, slight hoppiness. The taste was more of the same. Big fruit flavor and a nice sour kick. Not too sour though. Definitely the least sour Cantillon product I've had thus far. Nice hop bitterness and tremendous balance. The malts and hops play very well with the sour yeast notes.

Absolutely delicious. Good mouthfeel and amazing drinkability. I usually get burned out on Guezue's and Lambics after 2 glasses but I could literally drink Iris all night long. An absolute winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 14:01:28 | More by Brew33
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dgilks

Australia

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an odd beer to say the least. The aroma is sour, citrussy, a little spicy and has a moderate touch of funky, barnyard.

Clear, golden colour with a small, tight, white head.

Really interesting flavour. The sourness in this 2007 Vintage is mild by Cantillon standards but the really surpirsing note is the complex fruit flavours that become evident over the funk. The hops impart a moderate bitterness. The whole thing is sort of like an infected pale ale, but in a good way.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. The crispness helps to cut the potentially astringent beer.

A good beer with lots going for it. Interesting, different and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 07:57:51 | More by dgilks
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

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

A: Poured a pretty dull orange, with some yellow highlights. Served to me without a head whatsoever. Bubbles building on the side of glass showed the carbonation, and an unclean glass sadly. No points off for the glass, just poured a bit flat looking.

S: Barnyard, red wine vinegar, lemon and a very tart aroma. Big earthiness and lemongrass. A bit of stinky sock, but in a good way somehow. Very pleasant and inviting aroma.

T: Oof! That's puckering. Lemon and vinegar, grass and dirt. Just a very earthy beer with an outstanding sour note.

M: Carbonation was actually very high and added to the astringency/puckering quality of this beer. It was strange drinking this after having a Batch 9000. Overly sweet to overly sour took my palate for a ride.

D: I'd say I could have two of these, the sourness and citrus seems like it would upset the stomach after 2-3 of these. 1 was enough for me, my gums and tongue were dry and puckered enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 03:20:48 | More by kiddynamite920
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

37.5cl corked & capped bottle poured into an oud beersel glass at Delirium Cafe in Brussels. 2005 vintage.

Pours a crisp clear amber with a thin white head that fades quickly to nothing, very little bubbles visible. Nose is light, tart an sweet.

Taste is very sharp and sour but super smooth and easy drinking given the style. Hints of flowers, honey and tart candy. Finish is tangy and fruity.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 13:36:57 | More by kingcrowing
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

REVIEW #799!! 2007 vintage. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is dark amber and completely hazy. Forms a surprisingly big head (the cork really popped out fast) and the carbonation is really high. Head is off white and made up of small bubbles. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Looks great (although I don't mind my unblended lambics to have almost no carbonation).

Strongly tart with mild fruit aromas in the nose. Apples, some apricots (I know these fruits aren't here, just saying what I can smell). Mild acetic acid notes, nice lactic notes. Smells good.

Beer is super sour and has a nice funk to it. Lots of carbonation in the mouth. This pushes the limits of what I think a sour can be. Very lactic / citric in the front and then oak and woodsy at the back with a lingering funk. Drinkability is good but its not my favorite lambic from them. Overall I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 23:02:17 | More by drabmuh
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capra12

New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed at sputen dyvel with hoppymcgee and jeff,

Appearance: poured a frothy white and powder pink head, with a cloudy peach, orange and earth color.

Smell: Funk, this I get a hint of red hidden by a huge grainy, and almost briny mineral oyster like nose minus the sea and salt.

Taste: opens with a funk and tart red with a ton of earth with a dry and funk finish leaving my mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with ton of carbonation, and puckering.

Drinkability: I would def have this again and recommend this to those who enjoy a lambic with tons of sour and earth backbone.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 23:43:21 | More by capra12
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Xul

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage 375ml bottle

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber, capped by a frothy two finger white head. Head settles down to a half finger or so and lingers there for a while.

S: A good blend of acidity and funk. The acidity has a lot of citrus to it with strong lemon zest notes, along with some green apples. Funk is moderate in strength with a damp blanket character.

T: Strong tartness up front with even more lemon zest than in the nose, along with some very light green grapes. Funk comes in to balance the acidity, maintaining the damp blanket from the nose. Tartness comes back for the finish with a light fruity sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: Very easy drinking with strong but not overwhelming tartness.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:38:48 | More by Xul
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cpone

New York

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

A: Poured into a flute. A very hazy orange/straw body with tons of head. Not much lacing.

S: Great funky, old barn smell - damp hay. Very strong oak. Some citrus

T: Extremely sour. Lots of citrus - sour lemon. Get some of the oak there, or something earthy. Great finish.

M: Fairly light bodied, clean. Leaves with a clean, tart finish.

D: Perfect on a warm day. Could easily keep drinking this if my wallet were fatter.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 23:01:10 | More by cpone
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womencantsail

California

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one a few different times, all different vintages and ages. This review is from a 2009 bottle.

A: The pour is a really nice looking amber-orange in color with a light and fizzy white head.

S: Plenty of acidity and green fruit notes. I pick up apples and grapes with some lemon. A strong oak aroma with a somewhat subdued funk.

T: A nice tartness up front with some fresh sour apples and lemons. The back end is actually a bit bitter with lots of oak and tannins. A bit of must and leather finish things off.

M: The body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation, especially for a lambic that is so "young" in the bottle. A nice acidity and dry finish.

D: Not my favorite of the Cantillon beers, but still really nice and better than many American sours. A really pleasant beer to sip on after watching the Sharks beat the Wings.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 05:02:46 | More by womencantsail
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

A - Pours a rusty orange with no head.

S - Way tart aromatics; lactic, sour apples, briny olives.

T - Mostly lactic, somewhat underwhelming in relation to expectations. There are some generally sour, citric and tart flavors and some generally fruity nuances, perhaps apple-grape-pear, rounded out by a slight but pungent sulfur-wood-char flavor.

M - Fairly substantial weight, pretty dry in the mouth, somewhat undercarbonated (perhaps for the better in this case) with a drought-inducing dry finish.

D - This is very good stuff; it just isn't head and shoulders better than, say, the widely available Gueuze Boon or Girardin Black Label.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 07:56:16 | More by ktrillionaire
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

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

2006 Vintage. Courtesy of Steven Smith the chief beer geek at the Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Poured into 3 tulip glasses. Appears a ruby orange minimal head. Small globby lacing.

Sour greenhouse floral smell. Granny smith apples. Mild citrusy. Smells kind of like a rainy morning in a garden.

Taste is more of the same. The greenhouse thing is really what I am emphasizing here. Smells like the local garden center mixed with some sunshine and a tinge of citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, the green grassy taste lingers for quite a while.

Drinkability: Don't pass this beer up if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 05:01:11 | More by midnite2sixman
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, bottled in 2008.

750 poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Big, rocky, meringue-like head. Murky reddish, golden color. Head vanishes a little quicker than expected. Laces nicely.

S: Tart & sour as soon as the cork is pulled. So much going on it is difficult to pin it all down. Granny smith apples. Unidentified citrus. Some pear. Maybe even some mint hiding in there. Barnyard funk. Stellar.

T: Quite sour, but pleasantly so. All tartness up front. Very grassy and fresh. Delicate Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apple peal. Asian brown pear. Lots of funk. Faint oak and vanilla notes. Just a hint of tobacco. Slightly acetic in the finish. The complexity is impressive.

M: Light and spritzy. Lively carbonation that is very well suited to the style.

D: When it comes to drinkability I feel that true lambics and geuezes have a low threshold relative to other styles. However, based on style I would rate the drinkability as high.

My first venture into sour beer was a Cantillon Geueze several years back and I just wasn't ready for it at the time. I literally had no idea what I was getting into. Lately I've been making an attempt to try more wild/sour styles now that I have a better understanding of such beers. I really enjoyed Iris and I will continue to pick up different Cantillon beers (dispite the high price) as I have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 02:50:09 | More by AdamGarcia
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craytonic

District of Columbia

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

Bottle at Monk's tavern in Philadelphia, PA. I have sampled this one several times, recently tried 2005 and 2007 side-by-side, the 05 seemed to have brett in it; very odd.

Appearance: Pour is a very light honey-orange with a small white head.

Smell: Lots of citrus, vinegar (some cat piss), and barnyard funk. Also some white grapes and orange.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, vinegar, tart apples, citrus, orange, wheat/yeast, white pepper, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and dry; very sour

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, like any cantillon. Does not disappoint, but does not stand out either.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 20:01:27 | More by craytonic
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

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

Picked up a 12.7oz bottle of this from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. $10. 2005 Vintage.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a stark white head which disappeared as soon as it arrived. No lacing to speak of from the lack of head. Really quite a beautiful beer. Simple yet nice, very appealing color.

S: Signature Cantillon, smells of spider webs, and piss, but in a wonderfully delightful way. Huge barnyard nastyness and an even stronger more potent raw sour power. Unmistakable Cantillon. Behind that is a relatively strong spicyness which I can only imagine would be from the fresh hops used, definitely has faded in the last five years, but still a hoppy note there. The smell makes my mouth water and the enamel on my teeth cringe for what is about to follow.

T: Intensely sour right up front, followed by the tastes of straight barley malt, the wheat is noticeably absent here, which is an interesting flavor when compared to other lambics. More pronounced bitterness, which is nice and helps cut the sour a little bit. Malty but not rich or sweet. As it continues to breathe and warm the bitterness starts to shine. Fantastic.

M: Pretty low on carbonation, incredibly tart and lactic, puckeringly sour, and incredibly dry. Awesome.

D: Very enjoyable, I don't think this could be a session though. Just a little too much everything, and entirely too complex to disrespect by drinking so many. This is a fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 02:15:57 | More by pokesbeerdude
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with nice cap of stiff white bubbles, good retention and lacing. Smell gives hints of its sour and tart being with a decent background of earth and must. As scent dictated, the sourness and tartness hits the tounge first followd up by a light funkyness. Additional sips shead light to a multitude of flavors such as vinegar, sour grapes, apples, hay, bread hidden behind the tart/sour/funky flavors. The earthyness and mustyness present at the backend of each sip. Body is medium, active carbonation and dry finnish. A nice straight forward lambic. Dont expect any delicate softness here, pretty pourful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 15:08:25 | More by rfgetz
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 01:35:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a mountain of head. The aroma is of tart lemon and grapes, grass/earthiness, dusty funk, and sunflowers. Your typical (great) funky citrus Cantillon aroma.

The flavor is extremely tart and sour up front, with a big citrus body reminiscent of lemons and apples. Funk is present but not overwhelming. A bit cobwebby, and nicely integrated with the citrus profile and the earthy hoppiness.

The body is medium and carbonation is high but appropriate. Overall, another stellar beer from Cantillon. Can't say it really separates itself from the rest of their lineup, but is that really a critique? Speaks volumes for a brewery when an average beer by their standards is a solid A-

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 04:03:26 | More by alcstradamus
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Richardberg

New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 vintage in a pint glass.

A - rich hazy amber, lots of head (cork popped out explosively), lingers but doesn't stick to the glass.

S - big wild yeast aroma, almost funky like a saison at times, with substantial barley underneath. only slightly sour; at this point it's all about the complex yeast.

T - tart and malty at the same time. pear & green apple cider, but also plum and grape. almost too much fruit...I think a dry finish would suit it better, but it finishes borderline sweet.

M - lots of carbonation without being overbearing. big bubbles gives it zing on the tongue without the fizz that makes lagers & the like hard for me to drink.

D - perfect example of the style. only thing wrong with it is that it's gone already.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:01:49 | More by Richardberg
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, 2005 vintage, served into a tulip

Pours a hazy orange, sort of pumpkin colored or gourd colored. The white head is only about a half-finger at the most, even with a vigorous swirl. It laces pretty strongly in spite of that. The orange lightens to a honeyed amber when held to light.

Nothing much in particular stand out on the first whiff of this beer but you can parse things out as you acclimate to it. There is certainly some tartness to the aroma, much more lemon juice than vinegar. The smell of wild yeast is unmistakable-- a light horseblanket funk grounds the nose. There is a respectable spice aroma here. Nutmeg, I think, and perhaps thyme though I could be mistaking the leafy hops for thyme. This lambic is dry hopped and also wet hopped (crazy!), though you can't really tell too much; this vintage is close to five years old after all. A touch of cat urine highlights everything. If you're expecting the wheat that lambic beer has then the lack of wheat smell will surprise you. Iris is 100% barley and you can tell.

Lemon, lemon, lemon. That is the predominant flavor here. It isn't overwhelmingly tart, which may be a bad or good thing depending on how much of a sourhead you are. It even begins to become sweet if you hold the drink in your mouth; the malted barley flavors really show. Upon the finish this beer changes dramatically. Dry tartness develops on the back of the tongue. A musty, Brett flavor fills the mouth like a cloud. The tartness and funk combine to achieve a flavor somewhat reminiscent of a whole-grain mustard. As the beer warms it becomes increasingly astringent.

This bottle is old. It has no carbonation that you can detect on the tongue. I feel that carbonation would take this beer to an even higher level. As is, this smooth (nicespeak for flat) drinker is medium-bodied and doesn't upset the lemon cart in any way. As far as unblended lambic beer goes, Iris is very drinkable. The malt characteristic and the hopping take away some of the impact of the sourness without taking away the depth of flavor.

I'm now curious to see how a fresher, 2007 vintage compares to the 2005 I just had. The hop character is likely to be entirely different, perhaps the carbonation level too. The 2005 is drinking fine though for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:22:14 | More by Reaper16
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage

A: Hazy orange, huge gushing head that fades rapidly, leaving minimal trace

S: Barnyard funk, hay, citrus fruits

T: Tart, as expected. Complex, intriguing, and certainly different from the other Cantillon brews I have had. Subtle citrus fruits with straw/hay flavors, wine-like tannins and a biting acidity, but not harsh. Iris is done so well (like all Cantillon brews), I find it quite enjoyable.

M: Dry and acetic finish

D: I would drink Iris anytime. It's always a good day when you're drinking Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 16:25:15 | More by Huhzubendah
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ibbjamin

California

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

Paid $13.99 for a 12.7oz bottle from Healthy Spirits. Poured into a wine glass to review. This is Vintage 2007 and I am tasting about 3 years after bottling.

Massive off white head consistent of very large carbonation bubbles. Very light and fizzy. Very cloudy orange in color. Nice layer of retention. No lacing.

Aroma is light and fine. Wild yeasts, white grape, lemon citrus and a minor touch of horseblanket and vinegar.

The first taste certainly heightens my senses. Quite tart with an abundance of wild yeast taste. A nice bit of funk thrown in the mix along with the sour lemon notes I detected in the nose.

Mouth is full of tannins; rather dry and astringent. Lighter bodied with prickly carbonation that is immediately killed by the extreme dryness. Dry was what they were going for and oh boy, they did succeed.

A fine beer that I will get again as soon as I see it. This sour habit I'm forming is so pleasant yet getting to be pricey.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 04:53:08 | More by ibbjamin
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007
Poured beautiful light copper color with a nice white head. Surpringly carbonated I believe the extended aging allowed this enough time to become carbonated.
Aroma is lots of dry brett and a nice dry malt almost like white bread. Very clean and not as bretty as 100% brett beers tend to be.
The flavor begins with a nice sharp carbonic bite and it then moves onto a sharp acidic bite from the acid. Very dry and the brett is the dominant flavor yet everything is remarkably balanced. In some cases lambics can get out of hand yet Iris is very drinkable. I wish more lambics tasted like this, yet I am glad that such a rare beer exists and that I got to have some. Due to the nature of seasonal production and the changes that occur this beer might never be replecated exactly. This is the best lambic that i have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 06:08:04 | More by RenoZymurgist
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Green glass cork and capped 375mL bottle. Cork says bottled in 2009.

Pours clear amber with thick white head and champagne-style tiny bubbles. Hugely carbonated compared to other Cantillons I've had. Nose has that wonderful mixture of sour citrus notes, lime, lemon, and grapefruit that make me start to salivate on cue. Apricot notes are mingled with some freshly cut pine board aromas. Palate is aggressively sour, immediately stealing everything up. As the shock subsides I get flavors of sour peach, sour apricot, lime zest, dates, and brine. The long long finish is dominated by a Castelvetrano olive flavor (large, dense green olives). Carbonation is crisp but not intrusive.

Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:28:57 | More by SFLpunk
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hawks10

Illinois

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

2007 Vintage - 375ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip...

Pours a hazy dark orange, bordering on light brown...even when poured carefully there was a large amount of light, puffy white head, like 5 fingers worth...

Smell is very tart as expected, vinegar, some sour citrus fruits with a bit of earthy Cantillon funk going on...

Taste is extremely puckering at first until you kind of get acclimated to the beer. Sour fruits, some barnyard and earthy qualities, a bit of oak...

Tart and dry, medium bodied with great carbonation levels. Good amount of malt makes this beer smooth in spite of the heavy drying character...

Have enjoyed every Cantillon beer I have sampled, as with the others, 375ml is a large enough serving for me. Would like to revisit this one in the future...

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 07:51:30 | More by hawks10
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.