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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 584
Gots: 305 | FT: 24
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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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 02:06:26 | More by pmarlowe
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-15-2012 06:44:15 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from April 09.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a huge off white fluffy head that slowly falls away.
S - Earthy barnyard, sour lemon citrus notes and vinegar touches.
T - Earthy barnyard also in the taste with some sour citrus flavours and dirty, wet animal character.
M - Very high carbonation. Light bodied. Pretty damn sour.
D - Another interesting beer from Cantillon. Good for a treat every now & then.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 11:05:02 | More by brendan13
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage at Capones' Black Friday Event

A: Medium golden-orange-amber body. Not much of a head, but a nice tight ring maintains its form throughout. No lacing left behind.

S: Grape skins, lemon, light vinegar notes. Good sour/tart hints.

T: Similar to the nose with light, subtle notes of grape skins, apricot, and lemon. Green apple notes start to come out as the beer warmed.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Light, but sufficient carbonation. Nice sour twinge in the back end. Lightly puckering.

D: This tasty brew was a nice demonstration of some age mellowing the power of the sour/tart notes. Refined and somewhat delicate. Nice offering from Cantillon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 00:25:59 | More by callmemickey
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-15-2011 04:39:36 | More by Lawnboy33
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-02-2014 11:02:30 | More by samEBC
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-10-2013 20:46:20 | More by ckeegan04
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-29-2014 01:44:04 | More by GJ40
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New York

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-25-2013 13:19:55 | More by campfirebrew
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

08-04-2013 21:19:01 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-23-2014 03:17:07 | More by polishkaz
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really cloudy yellow amber with 1/2 finger of white small suds. Not a lot of lacing here.
Smell is sour lemons and grapefruit rind with a strong yeast aroma. Very sharp and spicey.
Taste is grapefruit dry sour with a very bitter grassy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is a little dirty but leaves some nice oaky notes. The last sweet aftertaste is just wonderful.
Drinkability is good here. I like this beer from Cantillon. They can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 23:55:23 | More by peabody
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

01-06-2014 15:13:56 | More by ThatsThatDude
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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 100% barley malt, heavily hopped sour beer from Cantillon? Should be interesting. 750ml bottle into a Cantillon tulip. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours an amber body with a large white head. Already different from the usual light gold color of lambic.

S: Malt profile comes through in the aroma - it's slightly sweeter than expected. Mild caramel, lactic acidity, fresh hay, dry wood.

T: Puckering dried peach tartness, drying tannins, palpable yet subtle floral hop bitterness melds well with the acidity. Plenty of woody and cheesy funk, too.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very dry.

O: This beer is a bit of an oddity, but I really liked the way it worked.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 04:07:03 | More by Etan
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My notes say 1996, which means it was bottled in 1999 (right?) Anyway, this well aged beauty pours out murky apricot colored with a thin white head that remains as a thin ring. Quite ugly to look at as mote lambics are.

Aroma is a powerhouse of crushed grape skins and musty rotting orchard fruit. There are notions of festering cut grass and dead horses. Cherry pie laced with vomit. If this was an unfamiliar liquid you would turn away in revulsion but in this respect it's fantastic. Part of the lambic appeal is that you are drinking something foul and wonderful at the same time.

Flavor starts with decaying concord grape skins and vinegar barrel must. It has dark cherry and currant notes with a pit fruit astringency. The barn notes are overpowering as is the cadaverous notion of a body decaying in wood. Why is this good I do not know but it is.

Body is light but leeches into your palate like acid. Light carbonation and the supremely wierd and tart nature make the mouthfeel difficult to assess.

Overall one of the most deliciously strange things I have ever tasted. Masterfull complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 21:14:57 | More by AlexJ
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-08-2013 04:05:46 | More by funkel81
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in a flute at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, this beer arrives orangey and crystal-clear, with low carbonation and a thin, vanishing head. Smells sour, lactic, tart, and lemony acidic. The flavor adds to this a slight woodiness, medium bitterness, and a delicious, fresh mozzarella character. There is little, if any sweetness, which enhances the extreme dryness of its medium, mildly carbonated body. Very refreshing; assertive, but not overwhelming, and I think the cheesy element to the flavor is a tasty novelty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 21:02:21 | More by mmmbeer
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3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a champagne flute

A: Highly carbonated with a very spirited head on top of a hazy orange body.

S: Aroma is a bit funky with green apples and a touch of citrus

T: Sour like a standard lambic but somewhat rounded thanks to the pale malt. Had an earthiness opposed to pure general sourness. Finishes with a light was of bitterness. Different for sure.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated fitting to the style

D: At first I was taken back by this beer but it grew on me. I couldn't get used to the earthy bitterness but finally adjusted after a while. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 02:57:40 | More by Westsidethreat
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-01-2012 14:18:22 | More by CwrwAmByth
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-12-2013 05:14:38 | More by sirsteve42
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-24-2013 18:39:17 | More by mklisz
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-20-2013 13:33:06 | More by 22Blue
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-11-2013 00:57:29 | More by Jimmys
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-22-2014 14:26:35 | More by kristougher
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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