Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

Cantillon IrisCantillon Iris
BA SCORE
4.36/5
2,088 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:
#334
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
2,088
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
712
Gots:
482
Trade:
50
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,088 |  Reviews: 504
Photo of deapokid
3.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Craft Ale House in Limerick on 3/19. 2005 Vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Sparkling gold, like a glass of champagne. Very bubbly and topped with one faint lily pad of foam, a bit of white lacing and ring of head.

Aroma is slightly tart, boasting a potpourri of floral notes, a little lemon sourness, some grass and a mild dryness at the end.

Flavor is very acidic, packing in lemon, dandelion, chamomile and a concluding dryness. Taste seems to be a bit overwhelmed by the tea-like floral qualities present in the beer, making it a bit of a strong sipper.

Liquid is watery at first, followed by a very dry pucker. Bitter conclusion is a shade strong, but not unpleasant.

Although I enjoyed pick out the uncommon and unique flavors in this one, the "pissy" acidity and overly floral notes were a bit overwhelming. It was nice to try once, but I may not go back and it's certainly not one of Cantillon's best (those would be the Gueuze and Saint Lamvinus, in my opinion).

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Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Photo of Petegrieco
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brew33
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cantillon Iris. Corked and capped 750, 2007 Vintage.

I opened the bottle and pulled the cork. I smelled the end of the cork and it smelled like straight red wine vinegar.... I got scared but the fright wouldn't last long. It poured a reddish amber. Good clarity, light carbonation. The aroma was excellent. Big sour twang. Apple skin, slight hoppiness. The taste was more of the same. Big fruit flavor and a nice sour kick. Not too sour though. Definitely the least sour Cantillon product I've had thus far. Nice hop bitterness and tremendous balance. The malts and hops play very well with the sour yeast notes.

Absolutely delicious. Good mouthfeel and amazing drinkability. I usually get burned out on Guezue's and Lambics after 2 glasses but I could literally drink Iris all night long. An absolute winner.

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Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of tbone1384
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of hopley
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of halo3one
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 cork date into an Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

Not too carbonated. Nose is of oak, wet wood, tart lemon rind, hay, and old cheese. Moderately aromatic but the smell is incredible. Flavor is bready. Biscuit, tart lime and lemon, hay, peat and wet wood and cobwebs. Foam in the middle with a touch of band-aid and a light, tart cheesiness. Finishes dry and puckering. Light bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily on the palate with a bone dry finish that makes you come back for more.

Excellent complexity with the feel to match. This has a ton of potential and it'll only get better with age. Outstanding!

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Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Offered at the 2008 Zeno's Belgian Beer Fest 4/26/08.

A-Honey goledn yellow with a thin white head that dissipates to nothing.

S-Sourness is pronounced and pungent. Very much like a glass of sour grapes...nice.

T-As one would expect this is a sour one! But while the sourness dominates it is amazing to me how balanced it is. Sure it is like a liquid sweet-tart but a totally enjoyable one!

M-Medium-light body. Somewhat thin a fairly unexciting. The carbonation helps keep it interesting.

D-I have some to expect nothing but good to great beers from Cantillon and this one does not disappoint. Gets better with each and every sip. This a a very nice example of style.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,088 ratings
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