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Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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4.36/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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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:
#330
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
2,089
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
713
Gots:
482
Trade:
49
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Ratings: 2,089 |  Reviews: 504
Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, nice little white creamy head, white little sticky lacing. The nose is very upfront, sour, with some yeast, slightly grassy. The taste is big time sour, slightly yeasty. Medium body, very sour, slightly bitter. Drinkable, this is a tasty beer, but too much for my tastes.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Hayley_86
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gavage
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange color. 1/2" head lingers a bit before falling to some surface bubbles. No lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, barnyard funk, sour fruits and overall muskiness fills the nasal passage.

Taste: the flavors follow the nose as yeast, muskiness, sour green apples, honey sweetness, hints of oak woodiness, and some light alcohol tones make up an interesting dry lambic.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth and dry throughout. Brief bold aftertaste sticking towards muskiness and sour apples.

Drinkability: a pleasant slow sipping lambic that some may be turned off by, but this grow on you. Pretty easy to quaff.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky burnt brownish orange with pale yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: huge citrus lemon aroma upfront with acidic, sour notes but had the signature bretty funky barnyard cantillon character with oaky barrel notes.

T: the taste was also big on the citrus lemon flavors as well alongside oaky barrel, bretty, funky, barnyard acdic accents but huge mouthpuckering sour character.

M: the brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, funky, bretty, oaky, and sour finish.

D: cantillon really knows how to brew these lambic beers and this one is no exception, really tasty and drinking fabulous.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

REVIEW #799!! 2007 vintage. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is dark amber and completely hazy. Forms a surprisingly big head (the cork really popped out fast) and the carbonation is really high. Head is off white and made up of small bubbles. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. Looks great (although I don't mind my unblended lambics to have almost no carbonation).

Strongly tart with mild fruit aromas in the nose. Apples, some apricots (I know these fruits aren't here, just saying what I can smell). Mild acetic acid notes, nice lactic notes. Smells good.

Beer is super sour and has a nice funk to it. Lots of carbonation in the mouth. This pushes the limits of what I think a sour can be. Very lactic / citric in the front and then oak and woodsy at the back with a lingering funk. Drinkability is good but its not my favorite lambic from them. Overall I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage.
Bottled 2007.

Picked up a short green bottle for about $8. This lambic is a bit unusual for it hop character and all-malt grain bill, but it's a nice change of pace. The aroma begins the drink with a mix of musty leather and orange blossom, and the flavor is dominated by a pleasant lemon-lime juice. Tangy sour candy notes dot the edges of the palate, while orange rind and grapefruit hops provide a mild bitterness. This is an excellent lambic and a bit wine-like for white-wine lovers. Highly recommended and worth the money every once and a while.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of flagmantho
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2007 vintage of Iris.

Appearance: rich golden-orange hue with tons of haze. Head is two dense fingers of creamy ivory foam. Looks very nice.

Smell: the aroma of a fresh, grassy meadow dotted with wildflowers and graced with a cool, free-flowing spring. On top of this is a light tartness which really seals the deal. I've had a lot of beers which were very autumnal in their aroma, but Iris is extremely vernal in nature. Very, very good.

Taste: matches the aroma in every characteristic, though it is quite a bit more tart than the aroma suggests. Fresh grass and cool spring water yield to a yeasty, bready after-flavor with an extremely clean, tart and slightly bitter finish. Magnificent.

Mouthfeel: body is on the light side of medium and creaminess is deliciously Belgian. I quite like it, but it's not as extremely well-done as the aroma and flavor.

Drinkability: this is my first Cantillon, so you might chalk it up to shock. I was really expecting to like this beer, and boy, was I right in doing so. Call it confirmation bias. I just call it damn tasty.

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Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Eziel
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,089 ratings
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