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Cantillon Iris - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 604
Gots: 321 | FT: 22
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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Photo of Proteus93


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

2005 vintage, picked up in New York and held onto for a special night. Split with dkachur and CrellMoset. Cap had a fair bit of rust under the wrappe, which I don't believe to have been caused by

A: A deep orangish-amber... rich and deep. Can't see through it, but it's not due to fog or haziness. A big, foamy white head. Retention is decent, not much for lacing.

S: A tartness, but not the standard fruitiness that is often found in sours. The funk is definitely there, and a fair bit of barnyard aroma. There are some citrus hints in there. Quite delicate and nice.

T: Grapefruit, but not sweetened at all. Quite a big horsey flavour going on. Some hints of sour apple and the like, but just not very fruity. Quite an intriguingly tart beer, without the sweet edge I'm used to.

M + D: A mellow carbonation, no real bite or sting at all. A bit of a tingly foaminess, giving way to a moderate body that finishes remarkably dry. Quite an interesting brew... I'm quite glad to have tried it and would be more than happy to go about having it again were it to cross my path.

01-06-2009 00:16:13 | More by Proteus93
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-09-2014 03:12:30 | More by Sludgeman
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-23-2013 01:34:01 | More by savagepm
Photo of bostonryan


4/5  rDev -8%

04-18-2014 06:05:01 | More by bostonryan
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New York

4/5  rDev -8%

11-25-2013 13:19:55 | More by campfirebrew
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4/5  rDev -8%

04-23-2012 20:54:50 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of DCon


5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-25-2013 19:18:56 | More by DCon
Photo of kawilliams81


4.29/5  rDev -1.4%

Reviewed from notes. 2007 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy dark orange, with a 2' white head. Minimal lacing.

S- Sour peaches and grapefruit, barnyard, funk, vegetal and floral notes.

T- Tart/sour citrus, dandelions, bitter grassy notes.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Acidic with slight dry finish.

O- 8/10 sourness. Good sour, very different with the no fruit added and dandelion/floral notes.

03-06-2013 20:50:18 | More by kawilliams81
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-10-2014 02:41:28 | More by iatethecloudsfor
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%

I picked up a bottle of this for 17.99 at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Using 50% fresh hops and no wheat in a lambic sounds really interesting, and this must be a first.

It pours a dark straw color with a wispy long lasting head that leaves a good smattering of lace on the glass. The aroma is magnificently funky and barnyardy, but without the yeast edge of other Cantillons. Hops arent really perceptable to me in the nose, the funk and acidity subsume them.

The taste is lambic perfection with an amazing twist. A huge amount of brett funk (you know, musty horse blanket, wet horse hair, a dung heap in a verdant meadow, sweaty gym socks, rotting straw, strong cheese, uric acid, all the good stuff!) and sharp sourness takeover the palate. The middle reveals a herbal, leafy hop aroma that sort of reminds me of a well hopped German Pilsner. The finish is mostly sour with some bitterness on the edges, and it lasts forever. I can definitely sense the absence of the wheat 'tartness'. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated.

This is one kick ass experimental lambic, one of the tastiest Cantillons Ive had the fortune of tasting. The fresh hops and sourness work better then I was expecting.

12-30-2006 03:04:30 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-12-2013 21:01:05 | More by Danny1217
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-20-2013 13:33:06 | More by 22Blue
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-15-2012 06:44:15 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-29-2014 01:44:04 | More by GJ40
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

(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.

05-12-2014 02:06:26 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of BeerBelcher


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

I was rather impressed with this beer, although reading the commercial description I realize that I missed out on some of the flavors injected into the beer (lots of hops and iris). Nonetheless, this beer packs some intense and refreshing sourness that I found very pleasant. If you like gueuze or are into sour, I would definitely recommend this beer.

Appearance was a hazy orange with a head of tiny bubbles. Aroma was lots of great sourness and a candy-sugar sweetness. Flavor was full-on sourness, which reminded me (if memory serves - which it probably doesn't) of the Cantillon Grand Cru I've had before. I also got some sour apple flavor. I didn't taste the hops or iris included in the brew, but enjoyed the taste very much nonetheless. Mouthfeel was astringent (owing to the sourness) and good.

Definitely recommended for those into lambics/gueuze or sour flavors.

11-07-2007 14:12:39 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Resuin


4.24/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden/brown color leaving maybe a finger of head.

Smell: Plenty of funk up front, definitely has a sour aroma to it. Some herbal notes to it as well. Pleasant to the nose.

Taste: Big time funk, and it is definitely sour but not overbearing which is nice. The acidic tartness quality in this beer is very nice. Some fruity apple, peach notes along with an herbal quality. Quite tasty.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated to a nice degree. A pretty light body and finishes quite dry.

Overall: Definitely a well done beer. I enjoyed sipping this one over an hour or two (it's a big bottle). A real funky beer that I definitely enjoyed.

01-14-2013 03:40:31 | More by Resuin
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-14-2014 20:31:23 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle cap & corked from Dilly Deli.

Poured hazy yellow color with an minimal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.

Moderate sour yeasty raw wet woody aroma.

Light to medium body with a tingly texture.

Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout beer for style.

01-20-2009 14:06:41 | More by tmoneyba
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

I got this bottle in Colorado about a year ago now and have been thinking about it ever since. Well, I have been in the mood for a sour beer over the last few days and I decided to try Lindeman's Faro that I got locally... I am still in the mood for a sour beer, so I thought that a sour howitzer was in order. The fresh hops should be softening up in this beer by this point, so let's give it a shot. I am taking a bath in this beer tonight as I am drinking the whole 750mL bottle myself. Woo Hoo!!!!

Appearance: Pours a dark burnt orange color with a lasting 1/4" head of creamy white bubbles on top. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head. The beer looks to be somewhat clear if there weren't so many bubbles rising.

Aroma: My first impression was of the fresh hops adding some serious spicy complexity and the wild character of the yeast mixing together along with the very noticeable malt aromatics made me think that this was a wild Saison for a minute. I am anxious to see how it warms.

Taste: The beer itself is very dry with malt flavors and sourness being the dominant thing that your palate can get through on the first sip. The hops are there, but they are more noticeable late after the sip, once your taste buds stop "ringing". The second sip is much kinder on the palate. The beer has so much flavor at this point that it is impossible to pick out anything to pick on in particular. The sweet, sour, tart, bitter, acidity, wild character and everything that it needs is right there.

Opinion: I am thinking that I should wait and review this one some more as it warms up some. Right now I already know that it is an incredible beer, but I am thinking that it is too cold at this moment.

04-19-2010 01:35:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-19-2014 02:15:45 | More by chickenm
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-02-2014 11:02:30 | More by samEBC
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-14-2011 13:56:54 | More by bauermj
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-05-2013 04:23:00 | More by Dactrius
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-10-2013 20:46:20 | More by ckeegan04
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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