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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,700 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,700
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 689
Gots: 388 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stakem for sharing this 2007 version bottled in 09 with kegatron and me. Enjoyed chilled from a cantillon tulip and allowed to gently warm.

The color is deep golden bordering on amber with a thick cap of light beige with ultra tight bead. Spots of lace stick with translucent clarity in general. The smell of wood, like a humidor with toasted oak and tobacco and mild hop accents with a herbal and light hint of earthy and sweet malt with light stone fruit presence w/ other dried fruit notes. The feel is highly acidic and bitter with tannic elements dominating, slight woody dry texture and dry earthy feel with tart fruit aspect and mild vinegar-like tinge giving an acidic edge to the toasted element w/ dry and warming w/ slight bitter feel in the mostly sharp finish.

The dry sharp flavor with lots of acidity is in the taste right off the bat with hops and oak that give a mild cedar like aromatic wood element w/ mellow bark and almost grapefruit like sour fruit in the tertiary. The woody and citrus combo is intense with both sour and bitter blending to give a bitter herbal and lemon rind taste which also has a gentle oak accent. The hops seem to come out more toward the finish as the woody sour flavors are all over the entry to middle taste. The taste is so puckering w/ light bitter leafy edge it seems at times like a juxtaposition and others like a wierd tug of war. The drinkability is not that high for me, it is interesting and intense, but overall seems like an assault on the palate without any where to retreat, this stirs the acid in the stomach and is a bit overwhelming mixed with other lambics enjoyed, it just comes off too sharp ...it would be difficult to have multiple samples in my opinion.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Zwanze Day/DDC 15h anniversary party at DDC. I brought a bottle of this home the first time I went to Belgiu so this will be sort of an aggregate of those two tastings. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy yellowish orange with one finger of white head. Minimal spotty lace with a film and ring of retention. The colour was quite striking. Sort of what you expect from lambic with better head.

S - Tons of grapes. Lot's of tart aromatics, lemon, acidic.

T - Lemon candy, quite sour, musty, nice lemon candy note. Not a sweet lemon candy note, but the puckering sourness is there. Definite acidity too.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, dry in the finish but not overly so.

O/D - Wish I had a bigger pour and more time to contemplate this one. I remember it being very good the first time I tried it and it being quite an eye opening experience. A pleasure to revisit.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.