Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 1,640
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 643
Gots: 363 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  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

a handpump pull at Teresa's Next Door in a oversize wine glass.

Once the bright white frothy foam settled from the top of the glass about 10oz's of copper bronze shaded liquid graced the glass with a inch of settled layered foam that lasted, some splotches left behind.

This smells spectacular. A real nice hit of wet oak with some hay thrown in with light citrus. All together earthy with that Cantillon smell. Barnyard. damp basement.

This was just so flavorful from jump street. Im hit with that sourness up front with faded apple and hay. The oak is prominent yet not looming. This is sharp stuff. Earthy grass in the middle with an acidic nature, but not overkill.

After some time in the glass this settled down a bit. First sips off a loon are always mind bending, but after some time Iris comes into it's own. A small step up from light with alot of activity in the mouth. Strong aftertaste of sour apple and such.

I could have drank this all day. It really makes me appreciate the less sought after loons. This does the trick. I had some 5 years aged Iris on tap not to long ago and this blew it out of the water. I think this is a more recent vintage. Great stuff.

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3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass, 2007 batch. Beer poured a dark copper, hazy, with some thin wisps of head. Looks still, with little to no carbonation visible.

Nose is funky wet hay, earthy, herbal and woody, with some light white vinegar notes.

Follows the nose, some earthy and herbal hop notes, then some funky and woody flavor. Slight vinegar tang middle of the tongue leading to a dry finish with lingering earthy and woody flavors.

Light to medium body, no carbonation, but that is expected for an unblended lambic. Pretty interesting beer, but I'm not sure aging this one was idea as some of the dry hopping would have probably helped brighten up the flavorl.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip, bottled on 2/17/2010

Amber with marmalade highlights, a small white head upon the pour that dissipates into a ring.

Sour grapes and sweaty cheese, with nice barnyard funk on the nose. Horse blankets and haystacks with a bright, citrus fruity tingle. Even more funk behind that similar to gym socks.

Opens with a tart green apple fruityness then after a few seconds, moves into a sweaty cheeseyness. Aftertaste of gym sock and wet horseblanket.

Medium bodied and dry.

Great nose with plenty of funk. Another good beer from Cantillon. Wish it were more available.

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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 750 ml bottle, surprise gift brought home by my dad.

A- Pours a hazy orange yellow. Aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip rendered a very small bubbly white head that rose up, and went right back down. Bummed there is no head.

S- Smells of strong lemons and vinegar. Getting some funk, grapefruit, grapes, green apple peels, unripe pears, sour malts. A small amount of spicy floral aroma present as well.

T- On the front of the palate it is moderately sweet, prickly carbonation intensifies the sourness. Mid palate, the carbonation dies down, and the funk kicks in. The green apple is strong in this one. Getting alot of lemons, sour fruits, oak. On the back end, there is a lingering bitterness and sourness reminiscent of grapefruits.

M- Surprisingly carbonated on the tongue for being flat looking in the glass. High drinkable, would be great on a spring/hot summer day.

O- Another great beer from Cantillon. Really look forward to all the offerings from them. Wish this shit wasn't so friggin expensive though.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,640 ratings.