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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,544
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 614
Gots: 347 | FT: 20
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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5/5  rDev +14.9%

rob133, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

starrdogg, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

jmhart, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

volta, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

beerdweeb, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

kungpao, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

ej285701, Nov 14, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, '07 vintage bottled in '09 shared with some friends and poured into a matching Cantillon long stemmed tulip. The brew appears amber in color with an off-white to tan cap that maintains pretty solid retention for the style from a constant stream of carbonation rising to the surface. A light swirl revives the tan cap once it fades.

The smell of this brew is bold with damp woody character upfront. More smells reveal a bit of herbal hop character that blends into a fruity aspect. A tangy lactic component is throughout with a very pronounced earthy, damp mildew-like character somewhat similar to moist cork. It smells quite enjoyable but individually the scents of this brew are a bit contrasting and unexpected when mixed together.

The taste is tangy initially with an equally bold flavor of damp old wood and must just like the aroma indicates. It is both herbal with hoppy bitterness and earthy with a bit of dark fruited aspect. It is quite tangy and drying on the palate yet brings forth some salivation factor. As the brew warms up, there is a toasty flavor that seems to be like a toffee sort of grain indication or perhaps more reasonably a toasty depth of character imparted by the barrel aging. If possible, I would give this a 4.25 for taste, so I'll round up to a 4.5.

This is a medium bodied brew with a lively level of modest to high carbonation. There is not much abv impact but the combination of sourness and herbal bitterness is very trying on the palate. I enjoyed this but the combination of bitterness and sourness overall degraded this brews drinkability for me. Even though this brew was split equally between 4 people, I had a hard time finishing my ~5-6 oz. To this brews credit it was very unique with bold enjoyable barrel character. I wouldn't mind having a fresh one of these for comparison.

stakem, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

FluffyMcTingle, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Kaydogg, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

mikecharley, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bauermj, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

mulder1010, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

Agold, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer in a massive trade with thagr81us, thanks Calton! This bottle is the 2007 vintage.

Upon popping the cap the cork was instantly saturated with lambic. The beer pours a light bodied amber in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It appears that it may be slightly oxidized. The aromas consist of perfume like qualities, floral acid, and moderate vinegar. It tastes quite acidic and has a particular spiced bite to it. It does have some floral and tea components as well. It's interesting to say the least. It drinks light in body and dries out your palate, yet not as much as other Cantillons. Overall it's an interesting beer and worth a try. I'm curious to know why they named the beer Iris.

aasher, Nov 05, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is hazy dark yellow with a small off-white head, little lacing and curtains.

Smelling of stable, vinegar, lemons, rhubarbs and flowers.

Starting with a dextrose sweetness, then much acidity, pears, lemon, white vinegar and some perfume, finishing with some lemon zest.

Medium low carbonation, a very perky and fresh feeling, a medium low body with a sour dryness.

A very yummy, well balanced, thirst quenching lambic.

rarbring, Oct 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy ornage colour witha tight White head that laces and retains.

S - Plenaty of funk and tartness, a little citrus and wood as well.

T - Nice balance of citrus, and woodyness with some barnyard funky sourness. The balance is very good indeed.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation.

O - One of the most drinkable sours around

eric5bellies, Oct 23, 2011
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.