Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon IrisCantillon Iris
BA SCORE
96.5%
Liked This Beer
4.36 w/ 2,082 ratings
Cantillon IrisCantillon Iris
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
Ranking:
#335
Reviews:
503
Ratings:
2,082
Liked:
2,010
Avg:
4.36/5
pDev:
8.94%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
712
Gots:
482
Trade:
49
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4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dazka
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mollykats
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost fully opaque, the color of Iris is red grapefruit through and through. A loud, fizzy head dies to nothing except for a faint slick of white pond scum leftover on the surface.

Smell is malic and gummy apricot, acetic bright and vinous oak, peppery wood, dry lemon and grapefruit zests with smoky balsamic vinegar.

Taste starts ultra sour at first but only initially, bringing flavors of green apple, apricot, lemon, grapefruit, grassy and oniony hops and smoky balsamic vinegar with an oaky char. The hoppy bitterness and sour acidity decreases over time.

Feel is slick, slightly crisp with a semi-dry sharp chew.

2016 vintage

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Photo of SourFaceEric
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers from Cantillon, which may be the greatest brewery in the world (assuming you appreciate lambics). Very dry and complex, aromatic and with a lovely appearance.

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Photo of GDawgs34
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Orange/amber, clear, with thin head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Floral, earthy, funky, and caramel.
Taste: Funky, earthy, caramel, and a little hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium.
Overall: A good lambic from Cantillon. The malt made this my least favorite Cantillon offering.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2004 Iris; Shelton Brothers 8/19/17

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Photo of MTKATL
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage. Very complex. Super funky barnyard nose. Taste is almost wine-like. Earthy, rustic. I look forward to trying a younger bottle to compare.

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Photo of n2185
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange yellow with thin white head that quickly dissipates to a crown. Big floral aroma, some crackery malt with nice sourness behind. Weird sweetness mixes with the lambic beneath, the pilsner malts and florwery hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice, but not my favorite.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wc94wc
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rcjennings
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eifster82
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle at Cantillon Brewery in Brussels, Belgium.

Amber appearance with descent bit of foam head upon pour. Strong barnyard funk smell. Taste doesn't necessarily follow the aroma with this beer. It has this white grape and wine like flavor. The aftertaste is also a bit more bitter than I would expect from a Cantillon lambic so it is quite a bit different. Almost like it has more hops than other Lambics. For people that are transitioning from already liking IPAs to starting to like lambics and sours, I can see that crowd really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Virby44
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EamonnB
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Damian
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 75cl corked bottle at Bir & Fud, Rome, Italy
Bottled: 20 May 2016
Served from a lambic basket into a slim pint glass

Hazy, dark amber appearance. The nearly flat looking liquid was capped by a barely-there film of white bubbles that quickly fell to a thin collar. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was signature Cantillon. Loads of must, horse blanket and oaky barrel. Quite woodsy too. Hay notes were also apparent. Bit of lemon. Fairly tart and acidic, but definitely more funky than sour. On the later pours, the yeast lent the beer a dry, powdery quality.

The flavor profile was just as spectacular as the nose. Huge oaky barrel and cellar notes. The sourness kicked in mid palate. Big lemon and lemon rind presence. More oak and mustiness on the back end. The hops appeared here as well. The beer finished with more bitter lemon and grapefruit rind, and dry, oaky tannins. Earthy hops, lemon/grapefruit rind and oaky notes lingered long after the swallow.

Pretty typical mouthfeel for an unblended lambic. The beer was subtly effervescent and contained a fine yet spritzy carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

Cantillon beers are always quite interesting, but the addition of fresh hops in this one gave it another layer of complexity. Overall, a fantastic lambic and one of the most underrated offerings by this brewery.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 96.5% out of 100 with 2,082 ratings
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