Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 465
Hads: 1,852
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
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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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Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 2015 bottle.

Pours a burnt orange, an extremely thin white head lines the outside of the glass. Some citrus fruit on the nose, mostly lemon, a definite oaky character as well, also some savoury blue cheese funk but nothing too crazy. Taste is much less fruity, maybe a slight vinous character. There is an old cellar funk flavour that comes on in the middle as well as a honey-like sweetness, a light dry-hopped bitterness does hit the palate as well but it's the huge dry oak flavour that really takes over and stays with you in the aftertaste. Feel is on the thicker side, almost syrupy, little in the way of carbonation.

Very complex but not necessarily the most delicious. Though not my absolute favourite from Cantillon, it is still well worth seeking out. (765 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In celebration of my new baby girl. Bottled March 19, 2013, served in a tulip glass

A- pours a clear, deep golden-amber color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving only a few carbonation bubbles shooting to the top

S- vinous aromas up front of white wine, lemon peel, earthy must & apple cider vinegar. Some woodsy aromas mesh with old leather and some horse aroma, sweet floral notes, with an oaky and slight phenolic finish

T- lots of tart apple cider vinegar flavors up front quickly followed by bitter lemon and lime rind, leather and sandalwood flavors mesh with white wine grape flavor, earthy and herbal forrest floor, dried hay, leading to a slightly citric hop finish with lingers of apples & phenolic notes

M- medium body with light foamy carbonation leads to a foamy, slick mouthfeel and a dry and tart puckering finish

O- my first Cantillon beer, I'm very impressed with the complexity of flavors and aromas that seem to keep coming out. A great choice for the birth of my first child! (1,028 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(Bottled 19 March 2013. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, light amber color with fine, bright white head. Very good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Bouquet of flowers, grass, and herbs, with some funkiness and lacto sourness coming through, with cherry and fruity malt. Delicate.

T: Some stone fruit mixed with herbal notes, a little honey, with a moderate but well balanced and well integrated (if that makes sense) lacto sourness which builds through the finish. Finishes quite dry and a bit of tannins, with a decent amount of bitterness especially as it warms.

M: Medium-light body and medium-light carbonation.

O: A tasty, lighter, easy drinking tart beer. Nice floral flavors and integrated tartness. (711 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at pizza paradiso on 5/8/14

A-Pours unclear orange with a lasting and lacing medium off-white head.

S-Aroma is leather, fresh flowers, sour fruit, grass, and apple.

T-Taste is light+ sweet, bitter and tart.

M-Mouthfeel has a light/medium body, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes dry and bitter with a nice bite.

O-another great lambic way to go cantillon (389 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon tuilp glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI. 2013 vintage bottled January 28, 2013.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber body with a thick fluffy white head that reduces slowly.. leaves some lacing. The head sticks around for a while.

Smell - Very unique.. I've never got hop notes from a Belgian sour but this one emanates aromas of pine and resin, combined with some more traditional Lambic aromas of funk, sour lemons, white wine, citrus, and earthyness.

T- Pretty sour upfront, lemon juice and lactic acid, some spiciness and funky yeast. This gives way to a piney, resinous, floral flavor reminiscent of faded hops in an old IPA. The finish is both slightly bitter and citrusy, citrus rind.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation. Easy drinker.

Was sitting on this for over a year and it delivered. Very unique, complex, and flavorful. Another great from Cantillon. (927 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into tulip glass

A- a murky brownish tan. Nothing impressive. Lots of foam that lasts and lasts.

S- this is the best part. Lots of fruitiness with a funkyness that makes your cheeks pucker before the first sip.

T- it starts off delicious. Again lots of fruit and a sourness that that wasn't as puckering as i expected it to be. It remembered me of a cider a little bit. Then there is this strange taste on the back. It's bitter and funky, and completely ruined the taste for me.

M- full bodied. Tenses up your cheeks. Very nice mouthfeel.

O- that weird bitterness on the back end of the beer completely ruined it for me. If it wasn't for that then this beer would have been amazing. (707 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has a refreshing tart taste and a very strong and lovely fruity scent. The fruity taste comes through at first. A malty grape taste and some lemon/apple, but a good floral finish. A bit of a hoppy bite, but not much. Good, dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Sadly I didn’t think to look at the year on the bottle, but it was brought from Belgian by some friends of mine who live there. So this will be of whatever the local-bought variety would be and they purchased in December 2013 timeframe. (495 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised to not see a review here for this one, prob buried in a notebook somewhere, none the less, 2012 out of a batch 1 iris glass.

Brew pours a murky orange thin fizzy head. Golden, minimal lace.

Floral grassy hay a bit of lemon and nice sweetness on the back end

Taste is real nice, very earthy grass with some lemon tartness

Funky tart puckers feel

Real nice. Earthy dryness. Tart. Lemon. Grassy. Enjoyable. (418 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

pours a hazy dark orange with a nice head. smell is quite dry hopped and funky. taste is extremely dry and funky. traditional cantillon farmhouse flavor. slight sourness but much more funk. mild body with mild carbonation.

overall just a superb dry hopped lambic. YESSIR. (302 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The aroma hits of that signature Cantillon funk of wet hay and slight brine. A good amount of tart.

The flavor follows with that tart quality up front, then straight into that wet hay funk. The beer continues to a floral and honey sweet quality.

Pleasantly impressed. A subtle, delicate, yet still a complex delicious Cantillon. (370 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'13 750ml into a CS snifter.

A- Beautiful golden/cider color. Minimal head with pretty large lacing for this style.

S- Acetone, granny smith apple, gueuze funk (I know, unblended...), barnyard funk/horseblanket (never smelled one, but going with the flow)

T- Such a light and delightful lambic. As for straight lambic unblended, I can't imagine it gets better than this. Glorious. So happy I pulled the trigger to open this one!

M- Medium to medium/light body for the style. Nice amount of carb follows down throat.

O- What a treat. This is one of Cantillon's least hard to acquire lambics, but I believe it is one of the purest beers/lambic that I have ever had. (671 characters)

Photo of bcp5296d
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The only thing I can say about this beer that is not absolutely perfect is the fact that there are one or two cantillons that are even better than this one. Its a fantastic sour and its pretty tart but not too bad. The balance is on par with most of Cantillons stuff so you really can't go wrong. Thinking about ordering this from belgiuminabox (344 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date November 22, 2012
Consumed November 24, 2012

Beer pours a cloudy light brown color with a nice white head. The carbonation level is high compared to most of the Cantillon beers that I have had.

Aroma is earthy and acidic. I can pick up a lot of acetic acid in the nose.

Wow. Sour. Very very sour. Makes your lips pucker. It is hard to pick up anything else the beer is so sour.

Mouthfell is full and acidic. It makes you run your toungue across the top of your mouth. Very nice.

Overall this beer is a giant war head. It is so sour that my lips pucker with every sip. It is suprising that there is almost no barnyard or goat in the aroma of taste. It was good but I would not call it one of the best beers that I have ever had, even in its catagory, it is just too sour. (781 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A kind of ruby gold... or amber orange? The head from my bottle fizzles up to about a finger then sizzled away to lacing pretty quickly.

S: Funky, earthy, lemon citrus, and woody. Tart apple skins?

T: That old funk taste - the oak barrel is noticable and combines with the earthiness of the hops. Its age is obvious, in a good way. Lemon bitterness and apple cider vinegar. The additional dry hopping makes this a unique Cantillon despite its familiarity in many senses.

M: Gentle and fine carbonation, light, crisp and dry.

O: Familiar yet different, I really enjoyed this beer. My girlfriend took a sip and had a puzzled look while stating "kind of tastes like an IPA?"... the hops really makes this interesting and I'm glad for the variety, though it doesn't make it necessarily better than other Cantillons. I really enjoyed it, but I'd go for a Rose or Kriek first. (880 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75cl bottle, bottled 19 March 2013, poured into a Cantillon sherry glass today, 10/4/2013. Thanks for opening this one up, Shawn. Split 4 ways.

Review #276.

Pours a dark amber, almost an orange-brown body with a fairly solid white head with decent retention.

Smells hoppy.. hard to pinpoint a particular hop varietal, but it is definitely a fairly dank beer that suggests a bitterness.. Comes with the requisite Cantillon brewery bug population that gives off a nice earthy funk, with a small contingent of delicious vinegar acidity.

Very different palate than the nose. Barnyard funk and barrel wood is present throughout, and this is actually a fairly acidic beer compared to Mamouche, Classic Geuze/LPG. Its got a nice earthy bitterness to it; it's probably the most bitter Cantillon I've ever had. Sour quotient is above average Cantillon. It is quite complex and a somewhat intense lambic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation. Bitterness is actually a little off-putting in the sense that it doesn't make this one as drinkable as the other Cantillons we had tonight.

Interesting sour that is quite different from the others I've had. Tasty, sour with a nice complexity. Might be a little too bitter for me in comparison to the lambics I'm used to. Glad I tried this one though; don't know if I'll go after this one again as I would the more well-known Cantillon lambics. (1,394 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best beer I had on Zwanze Day,(although I actually liked Zwanze more than many people). I'd been waiting for this for quite some time, and it did not disappoint. Perfect blending of sourness and citrus flavors, super smooth, and very complex despite the low abv. I'm sure it's great in a bottle, but it's just amazing on tap. Loved it. (348 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange/red, one finger head of the same color.

S-Oaky, cherries, grapes and mild funk.

T-Mild funk. Grapes, wheat, tad bit of hops and slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a dry finish.

O-The dry hopping was an interesting addition to this beer, yummy but a tad different than the others. (323 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bloodred brown (if that makes any sense) with practically no head or lace. Very sour and tart aroma, but thankfully the beer isn't as sour/tart/unbalanced as the somewhat wineline aroma. There is some funky spice and there's a touch of sweetness and oakiness that balances the sour, tart flavors of mostly cherry and touch of grape. Not a big red wine drinker but this reminded me of some light reds (no heavy merlots or cabs). Wish I could describe it better but it is a must try and enjoyable sipper. (511 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at DDC`s anniversary party/Zwanze Day.

Smooth yet lactic feel, aroma is of wood and cherries flavor is much the same but with some sour strawberries thrown in. Tiny bit of sweetness, not really tart, well balanced. This is some serious good stuff. (256 characters)

Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a local bar in Southern Maine after giving away a bottle of it while I was in line at a local store to a guy and his girlfriend that had never had it before...so when I saw it listed on the menu I had to get a bottle.

Appearance is Hazy due to the sediment and the bar having to store these on their side...but I'm not one to complain. I love how this beer smells, it's funky, there's a barnyard, forest floor, citrus acid thing going on that is hard to pin down...but I could smell this for hours if I wasn't drinking it so fast.

This seems more sour than some of the normal Geuze that I've had...and it seems to get more sour with age. Buy it if you can find it! (682 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a HUGE head, I'm not sure if there is some wheat in the malt bill or what, but its very pretty. The beer itself is almost entirely opaque, quite hazy, and is a light to medium brown color.

The nose here is very barn-yard funky. Its not nearly as "in your face" sour and acidic as the Cantillon Gueuze, but its got a good dosage of bitterness going on.

This beer starts with an almost malty sweetness as it first hits your palate, but that quickly subsides as the sour acidity literally EXPLODES into your mouth. I would put the sourness here at 6/10, its pretty sour, but not crazy sour. As the flavor rests on the palate its acidity really lingers for a long time. This beer is crazy complex, with the sweet, then bitter, then acidic; its Cantillon at its best.

I'll probably never see this beer on the shelves in Portland again, but by god it was worth $20.

PS. Big thanks to the guy at the store who was in line immediatly ahead of me, he gave the last bottle to my GF and I as we were the first in line not to get any. (1,048 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to TheLostGringo for the bottle. Cantillon is always appreciated! Iris pours the color of a bruised tangerine, completely opaque and full of haze; top to bottom, left to right. The little, light beige head piles up quickly, then dissipates just as quick as it settles to a meek film atop the beer and a small ring that outlines the glass.

Lots of that signature, lovely Cantillon critter funk in the aroma; barnyard, sweaty funk, horsey, and a bit of soaking wet hay. There's a nice, soft wheat background and even a very mild bit of grassy and floral hops mixed in, too. Looks like the 50% dry hopping really did come through; the bottle is relatively fresh, too, so I'm sure that helps.

Other than the bludgeoning of funk, the rest of the aroma is filled out with notes of tart lemons, mild white wine and vinous oak notes, and a touch of acid and vinegar that reach out and give your nostrils and saliva glands a nice stroking. It doesn't smell as tart as many of the other Cantillons I've had, but it's easily as funky and definitely one of the most unique.

Well, well, well... tartness may not have been the king of the aroma, but it's the first thing that hits my tastebuds with the initial sip. Very nice sour introduction, with sour apples, lemon zest, mild lactic acid, and faint white wine vinegar leading the way. Funk abound, per usual; like licking a musty barnyard floor with a sweaty horse standing nearby.

Iris contains a nice woody character throughout its entire profile, too, that really stands out and sets this brew apart. Woody, bitch-like, and grassy, with a vinous, aged-oak kind of finish that scrapes the moisture from your palate and leaves your mouth bone dry. Beautifully crisp, fluid, and even a bit creamy on the palate; thin-medium bodied with high carbonation.

Another winner from Cantillon. Heavy funk, heavy tartness, and a good meshing of fruits, bugs, and vinous flavors. The dry hopping with fresh hops is surprisingly more noticeable than I thought it would be. Certainly there would be consequences in the form of acid reflux and stomach ulcers if you decide to tackle a 750 mL bottle solo, but believe me, when you try it, you're not gonna want to share. (2,212 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (663 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 750 into a wine glass
Bottled 29 Jan 2013

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, fizzy, looser looking, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a wisp. Cloudy burnt orange with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Tart lemon on the nose, with flowery aromas and some acidic vinegar as well. Nice, but not quite as forthcoming as hoped.

TASTE: Much more forthcoming than the nose, and very sour and acidic. Lemon sourness with flowery hops, bitterness and grapefruit flavors at the swallow. Bold finish is acidic with vinegar, sour grapefruit, lemon and a touch of floral bitterness. Quite sour and interestingly balanced with the hoppy bitterness. Very enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Light and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry and puckering. Good stuff.

OVERALL: Really nice and very well balanced. The nose could be a little more present, but the flavor really delivered. A good dose of acidic sourness that's balanced really well with the hoppy bitterness this one provides. Even though my overall score might not suggest it, this one is well worth the effort. Highly recommended. (1,277 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the Mikkeller bar in SF. 2004 vintage. Bottles in 2006.

A: Clear orange. Light lace. No bubbles.

S: Weird and funky and pleasant. Beautiful bright fruit and sweaty horses.

T: Huh. Initially very tart. It develops into something fruity and wild and barnyardy and floral and confusing. The finish is clean and full of Brett.

M: Dry-tart. Crisp? Nice.

O: I guess(?) I'm glad I tried it, but never would again -- especially for this price. I'm not sure I 'get' it. Something is going on, but what? Paired with Fiscali cheddar. (536 characters)

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.