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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-23-2013 22:19:22 | More by bcm75
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 03:40:31 | More by Resuin
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-05-2013 04:23:00 | More by Dactrius
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4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage courtesy of sweemzander. Lots of nice black mold around the cap and cork. 750 ml bottle served in a mini snifter.

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some sticky lace around the glass.

S: Really sweet smelling with a mix of flowery hops and light acidity. Very surprised at how hoppy it still is after 6 years. Slightly sweet mix of wheat and malt with a lactic lemon like quality to it.

T: Same as the nose with a little more barrel character. The smell of flowery hops is distinct and it has a fruity sweetness to it. Slightly lactic lemon character with some oak barrel and a mild hint of vanilla.

M: Light and airy with a spritzy carbonation. Smooth and lactic on the backend with a slight drying quality.

O: Not overtly sour and still very hoppy. This was an interesting take on a lambic and I really enjoyed it. I'd like to revisit some later and early vintages to have a comparison since my first experience is with this beer being 6 years old.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:54:03 | More by Treebs
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

5/5  rDev +15.2%

06-02-2013 21:19:48 | More by sliverX
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

02-14-2014 20:31:23 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-12-2013 21:01:05 | More by Danny1217
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-24-2013 22:19:39 | More by Paccamacca
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

04-01-2012 01:39:37 | More by monitorpop
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

12-03-2012 15:41:30 | More by bmur112
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-10-2013 23:34:49 | More by nrs207
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3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:59:07 | More by match1112
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


i've now had this numerous times during the week of april 20-25, 2009, during the craft brewers conference when jean van roy visited boston.

i had this a year ago when i was only just getting to like sours, and didn't understand the nuances of this particular beer.

this is actually technically NOT even a lambic, because it DOESN'T use the traditional proportion of malted barley and unmalted wheat. instead it is ALL pale ale malt. and instead of 100% dried, aged hops, this has 50% fresh hops. an additional "cold hopping" of fresh hops takes place before bottling as well.

i had previously attributed the floral and barn characteristics to some weird and possibly undesired result of fermentation. now i know it is probably the fresh hopping.

m. van roy jokingly calls this his "ipa" or "extreme beer". fair enough.

appearance 3.5 -> 4.0
smell 3.5 -> 4.5
taste 3.5 -> 4.0
drinkability 4.0 -> 4.5

OLD REVIEW 7-22-08

vintage 2005. cork says bottled 2007. poured into tulip.

hazy, deep honey color, slightly orange. nice head, but soon fades to just a very thin ring. no lacing.

smells of fresh cut hay and flowers, mixed with horse blanket and weak phenols. faint yeast and whiff of oak.

tart and tannic, hints of esters, phenolic with horse blanket and barn flavors again. moderate bitterness with acidity. semi-dry finish. faint hints of wood here and there.

not watery, some acidic texture. gentle carbonation.

looks like i prefer blends and gueuzes. this one just seems a bit too straightforward with the tartness and barn flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 12:58:46 | More by tai4ji2x
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

06-25-2014 00:20:18 | More by leftoverburrito
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-02-2012 17:57:47 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2005 vintage.

Pours orange with just a bit of haziness, fizzy off-white head that disappears post haste.

Aroma is a bit of sharp sourness, fruity - I got strawberries, just a bit musty. didn't get any hops, which I found surprising.

Taste is sour, sharp but not overwhelming, softened by the musty, earthy quality that comes in after the initial carbonation burst passes. Finish is a bit of citric, lemony sourness and a bit of a grassy, floral note that emerges from the sourness.

Crisply carbonated, light body.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 12:48:59 | More by JohnQVegas
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-14-2011 21:36:40 | More by starrdogg
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4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale, hazy, one finger head.

S - tart, vinegar

T - funky, straw, a little wheat, also some wine notes.

M - zesty, lively, refreshing.

O - ok, Cantillons are difficult to rate.... They, to a large extent, are all a celebration of barnyard funk, vinegar, sour, tart, and refreshing. However, it's just by the end of a shared bottle you find yourself thinking, jeez this is just great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:10:58 | More by heygeebee
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-29-2013 19:06:59 | More by vinny21bal
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

07-06-2013 00:54:01 | More by Phillyz
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to try... 2007 Vintage.. bottled Feb., 17th, 2010

- Nice semi-cloudy copper color... orange glow... fizzy fingers of white head.. down to a nice consistent thin pillow on top.

- Amazing tart floral aroma... what a fantastic aroma.. slight funk, candy sweetness... slight bittering... amazing.

- Wonderful slightly funky tart.. light oaky woody flavor.. slight candy sweetness.. big bitter dry punch to the palate to finish...

- Thin and bubbly.... dry, yet mouth watering.

- Overall this an A grade sour... and the lightest one I have tried.. and I love it... great hot weather sour. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 22:06:24 | More by Docer
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

07-06-2013 00:39:46 | More by jwat
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1996 Vintage, enjoyed on 4/10/12 during Monk's Cafe Beers of the Cellar event.

Some of the bottles are really dusty, and the cork isn't the easiest to pull out. The beer itself pours out a hazy yellow with hints of pink and only a thin white head. It has held up beautifully in this department. 4.5

The aroma is really sour, but amazingly balanced with fruit. Musty and funky, the tart but sweet fruitiness is impressive. 4.5

This is the definition of an enamel ripper. Just out of this world sour, the rest of the taste is as tad watery, but the fruit is still there, I'm so impressed with how it has held up, but some fresher Lambics I’ve had I think were better. 4

The body is a little light, but the aftertaste is phenomenal. It just lingers forever. Hardly any carbonation left, but I don't miss it. 4.5

A truly amazing experience from popping the cork to the last drops. Can't wait for the rest of this. 5

2012 bottles enjoy on Zwanze Day 2012 at Churchkey.

A: Iris is as clear as it gets. Brown body that hints towards yellow at the edges. Absolutely no head or bubble activity. 3.5

S: Iris is tart, but fruity. The caramelized malt is noted with a little bit of must of well. 3

T: This beer is malty and the sour hides beneath some hops as well. The finish includes the hops, blended with only a slight amount of funk. This ber isn't as fruity as I expected, as the malt and hop are more in control. It's barely tart at all. 3

MF: Light and carbonated well. I found Iris to not be as drinkable as some of the other Cantillons available that day. 3.5

O: I just wanted this to be more sour. I guess I didn't appreciate this different take on the style this time around, as previously I didn't mind it at all. Still would try it again. 3

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 22:36:39 | More by russwbeck
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3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: The pour is a golden caramel color with a delicate white head. A few spots of lace stick to the glass.

Smell: Lilac, some hay, and a good amount of barnyard funk provide the base of the aroma. An omnipresent sour aroma is there as well.

Taste: The taste is both fairly sour and also brashly bitter. These two sensations together are not very pleasant. There is a lemon zest sour flavor to go with the light malts, but as the flavor transitions to bitterness I feel like I am chewing on flowers. Overall it is a tart, funky, and flowery taste.

Mouthfeel: The body has dried out a fair amount while retaining a light oiliness. Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: This combination of flavors really did not do it for me. I prefer their other sours.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 19:36:10 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-27-2013 03:54:11 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.