Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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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
Ratings:
2,073
Reviews:
500
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
712
Gots:
476
For Trade:
48
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Photo of philbe311
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's Black Friday event
Vintage: 2004

A - A medium orange color with honey highlights... Glowing and effervescent... Cheery... Loaded with carbonation with bubbles bursting throught the surface... Not much in the way of either head or lacing...

S - Salt water... Floral... Weak sweet citrus... A minor funkiness...

T - Tart pear... Salted grapefruit... Sour apple... Citrus acidity... Berries... Some faint yeasty notes... Ever so slight candied sugar finish...

M - On the light side of medium bodied... Bold carbonation... Crisp and assetive... A whopper of a tart puckering follow through... Oddly addictive...

D - A delicate sipper... Highly enjoyable... This 5 year old version is proof that this beer can be aged as those still possessed vigorous tartness and carbonation...

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Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Herky21
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004
Served to me at delirium cafe, brussels.

A: bottle has appeared to be in a place with lots of soil as I can rub the label and it feels like man hands at the end of a day of landscaping - rough and granular. The beer pours a turbid and hazy honey color. Having been poured with vigor, bubbles appeared at the surface, but transiently. No lacing.

S: tart lemons come thru with some interesting earthy and bell pepper tones. Some cider vinegar and also some anise seed at the tippy tip of the tail.

T: zinga! Sour beer! This is so sour it burns the roof of my mouth, gangster. Flavors of sweaty leather, lemons, potting soil, sheet grass.

M: thin and dry, nearly no carb left here. As mentioned, top of mouth was burning and at the end, my tongue was quite raw.

O: although this may be the sourest beer I've had, which is awesome, I don't think this beer was particularly great for cantillon. Although still very good, and I would drink again and again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to duffextracold for bringing this up from the cellar. 2007 bottle.

Dark gold with a pristine white head. Great retention for a sour. Smells like Sweet Tarts, yellow grapefruit and must. Tastes like it smells with a litte extra straw, hayloft in there.

It's Cantillion. You could open ferment a bucket of spit in that brewhouse and it would be great.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear amber golden with a tight white head which fell rapidly to the edges of the surface as it tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was stinky cheese when first poured (at least that was the thought that came to mind). After the head dropped the aroma became fruity with a distinct grape aroma like that of skins and seeds. A definite lambic horsey and barnyard aroma was present, but not overly so. A slight sweaty aroma was also present.

The flavor was acidic sourness, but never over the top. The fruit flavor in the aroma was similar in the flavor with grape skins and seeds but also a nice citrusy orange and slight pineapple flavor were present but never sweet. The sourness most likely tricked the tastebuds into sensing those flavors like an assault and your memory failing. The beer was incredibly tart.

The finish was very dry and very tart with lasting sensations of citrus and pineapple. The body was medium and the carbonation was fairly low. The beer was easy to drink and complex, but lead to some awful beer belches that drove the cat out of the room.

750 ml bottle, corked and capped. Bottled in 2004 on cork. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ScottP
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of doremite
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Danny1217
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Jas45678
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beervana
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 2015 bottle.

Pours a burnt orange, an extremely thin white head lines the outside of the glass. Some citrus fruit on the nose, mostly lemon, a definite oaky character as well, also some savoury blue cheese funk but nothing too crazy. Taste is much less fruity, maybe a slight vinous character. There is an old cellar funk flavour that comes on in the middle as well as a honey-like sweetness, a light dry-hopped bitterness does hit the palate as well but it's the huge dry oak flavour that really takes over and stays with you in the aftertaste. Feel is on the thicker side, almost syrupy, little in the way of carbonation.

Very complex but not necessarily the most delicious. Though not my absolute favourite from Cantillon, it is still well worth seeking out.

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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrook.

a - pours a bright golden color, very hazy, minimal white head with remnants around the edges

s - smells of sour grapes and wild flowers, some light vinegar, not as sour and tart smelling on the nose as many of Cantillon's other offerings,

t - like the nose, there are flavors of sweet then tart grapes up front, a little sour apple, quite earthy and woody with a less pungent sourness and tartness on the midpalate and finish, light vinegar notes, definitely isn't the palate encompassing sour-bomb that other Cantillons tend to be (and which I like), more reserved and subtle

m - I found this beer to have much less carbonation than other lambics, a bit too low, the lower carbonation made it kind of dull-feeling on the palate, I'd like to try this out of the bottle to see if there's more carbonation as other reviewers would seem to indicate, much gentler on the palate than many other lambics because of the more reserved sourness and tartness

d - as noted above, easier on the palate than many lambics, I enjoyed a large tulip no problem, I imagine a 750ml would be about right

Overall, another very nice sour ale from Cantillon. Definitely a different experience from the Kriek and Geueze, as this is more subtle and nuanced. Well worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,073 ratings.
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