Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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."

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,056
Reviews:
496
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
710
Gots:
471
For Trade:
46
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Photo of Foley67
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imyourhero21
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kristinc
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rjp217
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sweffin
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of toothirsty
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Iguana
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this tonight on-tap at Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR. Was served in snifter glass. Came a golden orange with no head but some carbonation fizzling up. Smell is some tartness and white wine grapes. Taste was simply amazing, tart, hints of honey and chardonnay. Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and tart and really pleasant. Drinkability may not be great for some people, but i was amazed at how great this was. I could have drank this stuff all night.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...purchased this bottle at avenue pub in New Orleans-bottled May 5, 2012. So pumped about this purchase.
Poured from 750L into Lindemans geuze glass. nice hazy orange color with a thin rim of foam that lingers.
Aroma is just fantastic. So sour and funky and tart with a subtle floral and lemon hint. Wow...
Flavor is floral tart lemony lambic. Its so nice. Some slight hop presence is barely there but im thinking thats where the lemon comes from.
Its so tart and just puckers the mouth but is so pleasant.
Such an awesome and nearly pefect, but unique, beverage. As nearly all cantillon brews, this is more than worth it.

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Photo of Flip4beers
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MattGrimley
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Kvannost802
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of exl_90
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of pmccallum86
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a magnificent golden amber color with a light frothy bubbly head. Very nice.

Smell is incredible, such great tart aromas and earthy notes. Slight hops are detectable as well. Amazing.

Taste is amazing, great tart funky notes with a bitter hop finish. Some barnyard funk and dry leather finish.

The drinkability here is amazing, such a terrific beer. Good carbonation, super refreshing on a hot summer day.

Extremely drinkable, I doubt it gets more drinkable then this.

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Photo of Rubenjr
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fetusonfire
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zoober911
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date January 18, 2015 -

A - A rigorous pour yields a small head. Retains for a moderate length of time but fades into the glass. Pours a darker shade of amber, a brick color. Generally cloudy with some transparency.

S - The smell of beautiful funk. Slight hop presence from the dry hop but mostly masked by funk some fruit characteristics and oak vanillas.

T - Pleasant tartness, soft sourness. Plums. French oak vanillas. Blended together they linger, dancing I your mouth. Slight sour puckering on the back of your tongue, makes your mouth water thinking about it. Very well balanced.

F - Soft mouthfeel. Light carb level as expected. Crisp.

O - Overall, this is another great option from Cantillon. Very well balanced. Tart - sour - funky - delicious - refreshing.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sweemzander
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750mL corked and capped bottle poured into a tulip. 2005 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a clear yet hazy orange caramel color that produced a rather large bubbly; almost effervescent off-white head that sure is staying around for awhile. Some solid retention behind it.

(S)- A bone dry funk house of grass-like notes, hay, straw, and barnyard - style lactic acid/vinegar. Behind all that is a nice crisp and tart-like lemon and orange peel.

(T)- Wow, a big tart-like sourness on the forefront. Bits of a tart lemon grass profile and cider-like finish. Very dry throughout.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level with a good balance. The bigger hop addition this apparently has really comes through in the grassy bitterness. Nice tart lemon on the end.

(D)- An interesting take on the style. Also, very interesting how this has progressed age-wise after a few years on it. Rather crisp and tart and overall a solid example of the style. Further age will probably even make this better. Cantillon, you make way too many good beers; leaving me broke.
**To update, after having this much more (particularly with more time on the bottle), this might be one of the best beers from Cantillon to age, it gets so nicely rounded, balanced, and drinkable, that it definitely makes me wish I had more of this to sit on. **

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Photo of Daddymlarf
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Zerric14
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cyrenaica
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
6% ABV
2006 Vintage
I tried this beer on June 10, 2009 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I'm convinced that this brewery can do no wrong. The beer poured a relatively clear golden orange with a small amount of haze and a whole lot of effervescence. The aroma was sour apples, some earth and must. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and highly carbonated. The taste was both sour and bitter, and a great experience for the tongue.

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Photo of HookerBrews
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of desint
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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Photo of MisterMike
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,056 ratings.
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