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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 591
Gots: 314 | FT: 25
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-04-2012 15:02:57 | More by fo1ksguitar
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply beautiful. Had a 2010 Iris on tap tonight at Hair of the Dog on Washington Ave. in St. Louis. Pours a yellowish, golden hue, with a terrific head that retains and laces the best I've seen. Smell is of sour notes intermingled with slight hints of lemon and citrus as well as the tiniest bit of hops.

Taste is superbly balanced. Sour up front with lots of lactics. As it progresses towards the back of your mouth and warms a little the citrus and lemon flavors ring through. Slight hops bite towards the end, but not bitter by any means. Great balance throughout, with a creamy smoothness going down, yet still light and refreshing for a sour.

Definitely among the best beers I've ever had, as evidenced by the straight 5's. I think this being aged a couple years and on tap puts it over the top. If you get the chance, try it; you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 05:48:54 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-03-2012 13:27:25 | More by beerwolf77
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.9%

08-02-2012 04:51:23 | More by patm1986
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-30-2012 16:36:29 | More by oldp0rt
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

07-28-2012 02:34:53 | More by envinoveri
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-27-2012 01:54:11 | More by enelson
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Flute glass.

Bottled in 19th of January 2010. By the way, a 6% ABV and not 5%, as described above.

A: Pours a deep orange to amber cloudy color forming a big fizzy bubbled aired beige head. Medium to low retention and many lacings and chunks of foam around

S: Sweet and fruity with the strong presence of the characteristic Lambic yeasts. Tart, but not aggressively

T: Really smooth and intense. Mild sweet caramel upfront. You can actually feel the caramel malts and hoppy bitterness. Fruity, with notes of white grapes and apples, mainly. Metallic. Excellent sweet-tart-bitter combination

M: Light to medium body. A bit creamy and heavier than her sisters. Upfront is mild sweet passing through the tartness and leaving a pleasant mild tart-bitter aftertaste

O: Absolutely drinkable. One of the best Cantillons I've ever had

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 20:14:33 | More by eduardolinhalis
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-22-2012 12:55:15 | More by Stinger80OH
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Iris 2007. Bottled January 21 2010.

Beer is amber in colour with a moderately sized and very fizzy off-white head. Head dissipates very quickly, fizzing away to nothing.

Smell is seriously funky. Horse blanket, yeast, lemon, grass. A deep fruit smell accompanies it, apple sticks out. Wood. Clearly sour from the scent. Quite complex. Outstanding.

Taste is similar to the nose. Very funky, with lemon and yeast playing a big role. Sour, but not as intensely as expected from the nose. Apple. Vinous, some grape and cherry. A slight bitterness in the finish, but generally very dry. Aftertaste is barnyard funk.

Medium bodied, very low carbonation- almost none. Quite puckering.

Overall, a very complex and interesting beer. Body is limp but I suppose that is how it is supposed to be. Smell and taste are great. Pretty remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 01:32:07 | More by jrenihan
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good beer. Opended the bottle to find a little liquid beer on top of the cork and a little gas fizzing out thru it. Poured at good temperature with huge, fluffy, thick, cream-colored head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is a clear amber with a single lazy bubble trail. Aroma is tart sweet with a barest hint of hop. Flavor's like nose and again hop is in the background, more bitter. Body is a little soft as a result of low carbonation. Does have a few high point from the bitter/yeast combination, but it's not offensive. Finish is like flavor and relatively long.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 02:02:39 | More by drpimento
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says 2007 on the label. Cork says bottled 2009. Pours a murky, amber-reddish orange with a large white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is very funky (it's Cantillon, what did you expect?). Floral hoppiness with some sweet stone fruits and green apple. A bit of grass along with intense sour aroma. Taste is very tart at first. Very sour in the middle, with a surprisingly bitter/hoppy finish. The most hoppy Cantillon I have ever had, but work really well as it remains extremely funky and sour. Slightly earthy and grassy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, somewhat fizzy, and highly carbonated. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is another great Cantillon. They never let down.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 05:57:20 | More by DovaliHops
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-16-2012 03:21:51 | More by Paramecium
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-10-2012 11:55:59 | More by hanlonrn
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4/5  rDev -8%

07-06-2012 22:40:27 | More by durwoodx
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-03-2012 00:52:25 | More by iL0VEbeer
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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 :(

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 00:03:17 | More by brystmar
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

06-27-2012 14:16:50 | More by pohldogg356
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:11:18 | More by wordemupg
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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!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 02:56:30 | More by scottfrie
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

06-15-2012 14:12:39 | More by johnbjaeger
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 07:44:09 | More by WillCarrera
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4/5  rDev -8%

06-14-2012 01:27:36 | More by BeerThursdays
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 13:16:52 | More by warnerry
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-03-2012 20:25:50 | More by SilvioDV
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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