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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,389 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 605
Gots: 323 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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roodie

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-12-2013 02:27:06 | More by roodie
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dksl16

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-08-2013 05:54:19 | More by dksl16
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AndrewSmith

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

10-31-2013 16:50:05 | More by AndrewSmith
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bigwebguy

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-27-2014 21:52:45 | More by bigwebguy
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Morpheus

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-06-2013 06:35:03 | More by Morpheus
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-23-2013 01:19:22 | More by KeKeKumba
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backpackeraaron

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Went on a weekend trip to Belgium and this was one of the beers I bought.

Poured from bottle to fluted glass

A- Pours a nice golden color with no noticable head. (poured into 2 glasses) 1st was very clear and second contained some yeast and was a bit hazy which is not a bad thing.

S- Barnyard Funk, Citrus almost like I can tell what taste is coming, fruity herbal, not lemon, but hard to explain.

T- On the front end I taste some sweetness, in the middle perhaps some old wet grass and at the backend I taste loads of SOURNESS.

M- Carbonation level about what I expect. Probably around 2.5-3 volumes. The beer flows across the palate fairly easily till the sourness comes..

D- Not my favorite style of beer, but great for what it is. I can drink about 1 bottle, but thats about all. Not someting I would tell my friends they have to try, unless I just want to see the look on their faces.

09-02-2010 18:50:22 | More by backpackeraaron
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-22-2013 04:01:36 | More by seeswo
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-31-2013 23:36:49 | More by CityofBals
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lupercmda

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-09-2014 01:05:48 | More by lupercmda
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weaksauce

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-22-2014 01:24:32 | More by weaksauce
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-23-2013 05:56:27 | More by Kelp
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dwagner003

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-14-2013 18:27:31 | More by dwagner003
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Quackus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

06-21-2013 00:29:15 | More by Quackus
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

11-18-2013 19:54:44 | More by kdb150
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-14-2014 20:31:23 | More by stephenjmoore
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-02-2013 01:17:45 | More by cwelsh55
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LSUPT

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-08-2013 05:11:44 | More by LSUPT
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Cantillon Iris, Vintage 2005, courtesy of proteus93 - thanks! Split three ways w/ proteus and dkachur, w/ my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours an incredibly hazy, turgid golden yellow, dirty and gross, with no head of which to speak and only a very thin, fine-bubbled collar of off-white bubbles. Not unreasonable for the style, but I can't say it's pleasant to look at.

Aroma: Fruity and funky as hell, though only slightly sour. Cherry notes and apple skins, tossed around in a barn. The earthy funky horseblanket is intense in this one, and the sourness - though delicate and well-blended - has a slight acidic, vinegary quality. Pretty good, nonetheless.

Taste: Sour funk. 'Nuff said. There are very few notes here other than that. Acidic, only slightly-fruity tartness, all-encompassing, though not really overpowering. That is, it's not as flavorful as I'd like, either up front or any other way. Slightly disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, due to the sourness, but in a thick blanket. Overall, it's a little less lively than I'd expected or would like, though not bad, as it is incredibly soft and delicate.

Drinkability: If you like the aforementioned sour funk, it's quite possible that you'll enjoy this brew immensely - I just didn't find it too terribly complex, unfortunately. I can appreciate what it was and what it was trying to be however, and that, coupled with the low alcohol, makes me think that it must be pretty drinkable.

01-16-2009 07:38:49 | More by CrellMoset
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-13-2014 20:44:36 | More by jjheinrichs
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nicole309

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-18-2014 17:45:45 | More by nicole309
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -13.6%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled March 19, 2013.

Appearance - Deep orange. The head builds as I pour it. Ends up with a pretty decent creamy colored head. Murky body. Dark for a "lambic."

Smell - Quite hoppy. Hoppy with a citrus acidity. Equal quantities of maltiness and acidity.

Taste - Lemony sourness, but nothing like other Cantillons. Malt replaces grain and hay. Hoppy flavor throughout blends nicely with the sourness. Slightly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, but less spritzy than other lambics. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Interesting experiment, but I prefer regular lambics over this. A lot of complexity is lost.

07-28-2013 01:06:20 | More by Alieniloquium
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev -13.1%

Kind of strange really, very sour yeasty aroma, with hints of parsley, lemongrass and flowers. Quite sour and then bitter, with a grassy earthy flavour, complex and different. I don't think this quite worked, that green stemmy, flowery quality, didn't seem to fit alongside the sour yeastyness. Still, hardcore.

06-25-2003 06:05:26 | More by rastaman
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -13.1%

375ml bottle, vintage 2005 (corked 2007)...served in an Ommegang chalice

A - one solid finger of bubbly off-white foam, falls to a thin layer within a few minutes. the beer is very hazy, and slightly dark gold in color.

S - very crisp and tart lemons, apples and pears. fruityness comes off incredibly fresh despite its age with green apples taking the forefront. light layers of funky grass and crackery malt underneath. very mouth watering and enticing.

T - tartness comes to the front very quickly before a massive dose of vinegary acidity takes over. overly ripened apples and white grapes struggle to find their way through.

M - light bodied wit sharp but not overly aggressive carbonation. finishes massively dry with lingering lemony tartness.

D - i've heard a few times that Iris is best fresh, perhaps this is a little past its prime as the acidity is pretty dominating. still good, especially if you're in the mood for it. would seek this out again, and drink it on the spot.

07-05-2010 00:44:08 | More by Stigs
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match1112

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -13.1%

a: cloudy yellowish orange in color with a full finger head that quickly disappears.

s: fruits and yeast with a touch of vinegar.

t: enough tart fruits to make you pucker. with an overly vinegar finish.

m: tart and crisp with a tongue tingling vinegary acidic finish.

o: an alright beer, not my favorite wild ale. probably wont buy again unless someone wants one in a trade.

08-28-2011 00:59:07 | More by match1112
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
97 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.