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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 689
Gots: 387 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Been a LONG time since my last Iris. Was a total sour (and Cantillon) newbie last time, glad to re-visit! 2011 cork date.

A gorgeous looking lambic: hazy caramel body with plenty of white head and tons of sticky lace. Floral, funky yeast aroma. Sour fruit too, smells acidic.

Tart and acidic, bitter earthyness with some hops at the end. Yeasty as hell, crazy complex. Wish I bought more of these when they were abundant on the shelf :(

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 22/6/12

A slightly hazy amber with just a few slow tiny bubbles feeding a thumbs width of well retained light tan head that leaves no lace

S very earthy nose, wet wood, barnyard funk, there's some citric notes with some apple cider and just a little caramel apple to go with it, complex stuff that's working well for me

T more vinegary apple and heavy amount of oak compared to the nose, slightly herbal aspect that I don't quite understand and some rind, quite good but I preferred the nose

M its not turning my mouth inside out but it's tart and slightly sour, quite slick and it has some body too it. big aftertaste of woody funk lingers forever

O very interesting brew and the 750ml bottle wasn't big enough, not overly funky or sour like I expected and lots going on in all areas

2007 vintage and I'm curious to how a fresh bottle or a very old version would differ, not cheap in these parts so I may or may not find out

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4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into 3F stemware. 2007 sticker, bottled in 2010 (cork).

A: Pours a clear light honey-amber color with two fingers of fine bright white head that actually held great retentions. A fuzzy, rather thick, film lasted until the glass was drained. Beautiful.
S: Heaven in a glass. The nose is dry, lightly tart, earthy, musty, funky, barnyardish and contains notes of caramel malt. Woody and dry oak is heavy as well, and there is even a splash of golden fruits, white grapes, and citrus.
T: The first thing I thought when I tasted this was “distinctive.” This beer very vinous and dry as expected, but there is something bitter mixed in with the funk and sourness that is akin to citrus pith and rind, but not as harsh. Hops could be the culprit, I’m not smart enough. There is a leafy earthiness to the brew. Maybe a bit of green fruit as well. The finish is vinous and full of light malts and straw, and the aftertaste is dry, lightly tart, bitter and mildly acid and citrusy.
M: Clean and refreshing body, crips, dry and smooth mouthfeel, with soft and delicate carbonation.
O: Another awesome beer from the masters of the style. I could drink this every day. Perhaps I should move to Belgium… Cheers!

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 15 December 2011, best before 2015, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of white head, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Very funky nose, hay and must, also a bit of fruit, wood and acetic tartness.

T- Quite tart, although not as much as other Cantillons, has a light lemon and apple character, some white wine and vinegar, big funky hay, horseblanket and wood flavors.

M- Medium-bodied leaning towards light, very smooth and crisp, very dry with a bit of astringency.

O- A really interesting beer, highly drinkable, great stuff.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Dec 15 2011

A – Pours a ruddy golden brown with tinges of orange. One-half finger of off-white head dissipates quickly, but maintains a collar, No lacing.

S – Nice Brett-y funk aroma, with wet hay, some grapefruit rind , oak, and earthy hops.

T – Nice earthy funk tart up front, combined with a very nice herbal hop bitterness. A bit of lemon and grapefruit rind. Finish is earthy, tart and bitter at the same time, and lingers for awhile.

M – Medium mouthfeel that starts a bit puckering, but a nice hop bitterness throughout.

O – I really enjoyed this. Not as “clean” as some of the lambic blends, but I’m glad I tried a relatively fresh bottle, as the hop bitterness complements the lambic characteristics very nicely. Tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with minimal head. Hazy with some fine carbonation.

Delicious aroma of citrus peel, grape skin, old wet hay, subtle grassy fresh hops and tart apple cider.

Medium light mouthfeel, dry up front, some green apple tart develops with a decent malt body. Great bit of grassy hop action on the back palate. Mandarin peel, more green grape skin, dry orange liquor, good hit of brett barn funk with a long tart finish. Maybe the brett could be funkier but thats about it. Hugely complex. Something new on each sip.

Will definitely be going back to this one.

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1/5  rDev -77%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

iPad review from sour tasting. 2007 sticker, December 2010 bottle date.

A- Cloudy dark apricot body with moderate yeast haze, bUbbly and foamy white head forms and falls to a cloud and ring fairly quickly, spotty lace patches.

S- Tart sour lemon and apples upfront with hints of oak, wine, vinegar, cheese funk barnyard (somewhat mild for Cantillon).

T- The hop addition adds a slight pine, floral aspect to the regular Cantillon flora, great and full flavor notes of sour lemon, apple, white grape wine,  oak barrel, pepper, lactic and acetic hints, hops add just enough.

MF- Silky and bubbly lighter overall body, slight spicy bitterness in the finish, great higher level of tart sours.

Drinkable sour and extremely flavorful Cantillon. Reminiscent of the gueuze but the differences are certainly there.

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.