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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: 25
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  rDev -7.8%

04-21-2014 14:07:48 | More by pisano
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the cap came off and foam started to force its way through or along the cork. hopefully the beer doesn't taste like cork

suuuper pungent. the glass and open bottle are filling the room with funk and sourness. truthfully, this aroma would be quite alarming in any other context (except perhaps a barn). i regret to say urine is in there, too. when i take a closer whiff fruit is much more evident: pear, kiwi. the color is a peachy amber with a slight haze and thin head

it's not as sour as the rose de gambrinus but much funkier. up front it's all citric acid and the finish is chalky, bitter horsiness. i can't help but think that the first of this variety was nothing more than an accident. the funkiness is quite multifarious; more so than othe lambics i've had

it's fairly hoppy, actually. bitter with a decent noble aroma. burps are hoppy

i like this beer, but i couldn't drink two in a row. as much as i enjoyed it, all i wanted afterward was the maltiness of a nice scottish ale

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 05:00:54 | More by bruachan
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Manitoba (Canada)

5/5  rDev +15.2%

09-22-2012 14:15:31 | More by kjyost
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on several occasions both were from 2007 and 750ml bottles

This beer pours a golden color with a nice amber hue to it and a decent one finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is funky sour and there is a small but noticeable hop presence. The flavor is pretty similar

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 13:25:20 | More by rowingbrewer
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

01-08-2013 14:42:03 | More by Hugonaut13
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Monk's tavern in Philadelphia, PA. I have sampled this one several times, recently tried 2005 and 2007 side-by-side, the 05 seemed to have brett in it; very odd.

Appearance: Pour is a very light honey-orange with a small white head.

Smell: Lots of citrus, vinegar (some cat piss), and barnyard funk. Also some white grapes and orange.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, vinegar, tart apples, citrus, orange, wheat/yeast, white pepper, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and dry; very sour

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, like any cantillon. Does not disappoint, but does not stand out either.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 20:01:27 | More by craytonic
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

01-27-2012 15:52:32 | More by Beertracker
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-22-2014 03:21:21 | More by mportnoy
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12.7oz bottle of this from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. $10. 2005 Vintage.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a stark white head which disappeared as soon as it arrived. No lacing to speak of from the lack of head. Really quite a beautiful beer. Simple yet nice, very appealing color.

S: Signature Cantillon, smells of spider webs, and piss, but in a wonderfully delightful way. Huge barnyard nastyness and an even stronger more potent raw sour power. Unmistakable Cantillon. Behind that is a relatively strong spicyness which I can only imagine would be from the fresh hops used, definitely has faded in the last five years, but still a hoppy note there. The smell makes my mouth water and the enamel on my teeth cringe for what is about to follow.

T: Intensely sour right up front, followed by the tastes of straight barley malt, the wheat is noticeably absent here, which is an interesting flavor when compared to other lambics. More pronounced bitterness, which is nice and helps cut the sour a little bit. Malty but not rich or sweet. As it continues to breathe and warm the bitterness starts to shine. Fantastic.

M: Pretty low on carbonation, incredibly tart and lactic, puckeringly sour, and incredibly dry. Awesome.

D: Very enjoyable, I don't think this could be a session though. Just a little too much everything, and entirely too complex to disrespect by drinking so many. This is a fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 02:15:57 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-24-2013 02:23:11 | More by jbertsch
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2.15/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is quite a shocker. Pour vinigar on a tatami mat and lick it and you will know what this beer tastes like. This was not even a novelty it was just sour (can be good) and bitter (usually a good thing), but together it foul. I kept looking for redeming qualities, but there are none. This is not refreshing, tasty or anything else.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 08:51:12 | More by Naerhu
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

01-31-2013 23:36:49 | More by CityofBals
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-19-2014 14:24:28 | More by CGMLS3
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy white yellowish with orange tint. Minimal white fizzy head dies down quickly, but a ring around the glass remains.

Nose is typical cantillon sour raping of the nostrils. Some flowery spice as well.

Taste is not as sour as alot of other cantillon, but still quite tart. Notes of spice and oak come into play. Fairly uncomplex, but i almost like that about it.

Mouthfeel is nice, where it should be, ample carbonation and good refreshing tartness.

Drinkability is solid. Nice and refreshing tart brew.

Overall another winner from Cantillon. Sort of a simple lambic by their standards, but a fine one, as they constantly seem to acheive.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 23:47:06 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-15-2011 13:37:03 | More by sideshowe
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my half-assed attempt to cut down on beer I've been really trying to stick to low abv beers. Lambic? Perfect!

This is a 2005 vintage (bottled 2007) lambic I bought @ Nikki's Liquors for $17.99/750ml.

Poured into standard pint. Cork was sticky, black and blue in parts, and split 3/4 of the way down. At least it was intact. Don't know if this could sit for much longer though.

A- Hazy nutmeg and faint orange, impressive head. Really impressive retention. Like a DIPA head, no joke. Cloudy beer, thick and lasting head, minimal lacing.

S- Tart, mild vinegar, white wine, funk, medicinal notes.

T- Wow. Puckering at first. A crash of flavor. Tart, like a lemon. Sweet, very floral, incredibly drinkable. Again like the nose white wine and a bitter, chalky funk/yeast comes through. Very tasty.

M- Incredibly complex. Lots of assault on the tongue, but in a good way. A joy going down, easier than some other lambics I've had.

D- Moderately high. 750 was done in pretty good time. Wow, a great beer. I'll buy it again, one of the most enjoyable Cantillons I've had. Wonderful.

Didn't notice until the end of the second pour. Bits of what look like charred something or other in the head. Looks like charcoal. Strange, but no matter. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:31:12 | More by ShogoKawada
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml bottle, cork stamped with “Brasserie Cantillon Bruxelles Botteld (sic) in 2.004” with a circled 1 below the date.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy hazy golden yellow. In a Cantillon Gueuze glass, it develops a medium sized head that quickly collapses. In a flute, a medium sized head develops that sticks around a while as a constant flow of small bubbles of carbonation feed it.

Aroma: Sour, farmyard, harsh overlying some apples, some malt.

Flavor: According to Cantillon’s web site, this beer has no wheat, and is hopped much more than their lambics. I don’t really note hops in this brew, but the predominant character is the sourness of lambics, but this is much softer, rounder than the Cantillon gueze. Dry, ok, tart is the only way to describe it.

Mouthfeel: Champagne-like, but heavier. The dryness definitely causes a pucker that asks to be paired with some cheese or other tasty foodstuffs. Filling mouth, not rich in the way of many big full beers, but there’s enough substance to be interesting.

Drinkability: I could drink this a lot, but as with all of this style of beer, it is an occasional beer for me.

Overall: I think I like this better than the gueuze- it has very similar characteristics (at least to my palate, which still has a lot to learn), but it isn’t quite as overpowering and over the top in sourness and musty farmyard aromas/flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 22:34:03 | More by Dukeofearl
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

06-11-2014 22:05:29 | More by apasternak
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Green glass cork and capped 375mL bottle. Cork says bottled in 2009.

Pours clear amber with thick white head and champagne-style tiny bubbles. Hugely carbonated compared to other Cantillons I've had. Nose has that wonderful mixture of sour citrus notes, lime, lemon, and grapefruit that make me start to salivate on cue. Apricot notes are mingled with some freshly cut pine board aromas. Palate is aggressively sour, immediately stealing everything up. As the shock subsides I get flavors of sour peach, sour apricot, lime zest, dates, and brine. The long long finish is dominated by a Castelvetrano olive flavor (large, dense green olives). Carbonation is crisp but not intrusive.


Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 02:28:57 | More by SFLpunk
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-14-2012 01:27:36 | More by BeerThursdays
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-25-2013 21:27:45 | More by SPRichard
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy ornage colour witha tight White head that laces and retains.

S - Plenaty of funk and tartness, a little citrus and wood as well.

T - Nice balance of citrus, and woodyness with some barnyard funky sourness. The balance is very good indeed.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation.

O - One of the most drinkable sours around

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 13:37:18 | More by eric5bellies
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage is marked on the label. It pours with a nice foam, pretty good lacing but not the best retention. Has a hazy orange color to it.

Smells of that typical bbf (Belgian barnyard funk), sourness and citrus.

Tastes of tart fruits, funk, mouth puckering sourness and a bit of grass. Another well made beer from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 17:36:53 | More by irishkyle21
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3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked bottle poured into a tulip.

Vintage 2005, bottled in 2007.

Pours a semi-clear sunset orange with a big 'ol two finger fluffy white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of fluff. Virtually nothing in terms of stickiness, if anything, a possible spot here or there. Good god this is a sour beast. Grass, lemon, and vinegar explode in the nose with some sour apple underneath. A very powerful aroma overall, but in a good way. Taste begins, well, pretty tart. Lip smaking grapefruit and white grapes with some crisp hay underneath. Vinegar and lemongrass midway with a hint of unripe cherries. Aftertaste is pretty earthy and dry with leather and dust flavors on the tongue. Light and dry body with a big puckering mouthfeel. Pretty strong carbonation but it fits very well with the style. The abv is pretty low, but the crazy tartness is a bit much for my tastebuds. Not bad, but the price tag is a bit of a turnoff.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 01:35:44 | More by BeerTruth
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3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burnt orange amber, with a thick haze through it. Two fingers of soapy white head saddles the beer.

S - Very fragrant. Apricot, spices and lemon peel. Some powerful floral and funky notes also.

T - Sour green apple and white grapes, brett, apricot, lemon and grapefruit.

M - Light bodied, sour and really tart. Nicely carbonated.

O - I haven't had a lot of lambics and can't say they have grabbed me as a style yet, but this grew on me as I made my way through it. I particularly admire the complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 14:22:11 | More by dansmcd
Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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