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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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

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4.26
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Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF06. Coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and capped, covered with black foil.. 2003 vintage, the cork states it's bottled in 2006. Served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass. BTW, the ingredients printed on the bottle seem to suggest this lambic has no wheat malt in it--an "all-malt lambic" then?

A: translucent dark orangey amber hue, little beer head comes with the beer, gentle carbonation.
S: fragrantly hoppy, mildly sour fruity and mildly sweet malty aromas all blended well upfront, like apples+nectarine added with a touch of lemon zest, plus the classic funky edge like damp blanket, etc... overall the smell is not as intrusive as Cantillon bio Geuze or Lambic, showing a rather pleasant hop fragrance and balanced aroma achieved with malts--maybe due to all malted barleys and colourful hops used in this beer?
T: a funky and quite assertive salty-sour flavour of musty/moulded wood, dried grapefruit peels, and mature cheddar cheese comes to mind... the mouthfeel turns quickly tannic, rusty, woody, semi-dryish, with plenty of mineral elements to rub the tongue, while the saltiness keeps the company of bitter-sour fruits at each step. The aftertaste has an extra length of hop bitterness, along with a superb woody aroma and flavour lingering down the tongue. Overall the flavour is not so much fruit-dominated nor as sour as any other lambic/geuze I've tried, incl. Cantillon's own range, yet the additional hop bitterness is really pleasant I must say, making it perhaps the hoppiest lambic I've ever tasted~~
M&D: very smooth, almost no fizziness is detected on the mouthfeel, while the texture is rusty and chewy as usual. The body is pretty balanced for a lambic, perhaps due to the amount of hops used at different stages in making this beer. Distinctive from Cantillon's other offerings, with a pronounced edge of hop bitterness and fragrant flavour to make this nice beer apart from other great ales by this traditional brewery. I'd love to try the draught version if it's ever available. A really nice hoppy one this is~~

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a murky straw yellow, a little of orange, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

This one smells pretty damn sour, with lemon sweet tarts, and some sour grapefruit. Smells really nice and inviting.

This is interesting, I've never tasted an unblended lambic before. There is a bit of bitterness on the end, most likely from the dry-hopping. This has a good amount of citrus flavor, mainly sour and bitter grapefruit and lemon rind, with a pretty intense sweet tart candied flavor. There's some old woody flavors as well. This is pretty fantastically earthy, and just tasty.

This is light bodied, with a lively level of carbonation. Super super drinkable.

A pretty unique sour from Cantillon, and also a pretty delicious one.

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Photo of rudzud
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 2012 vintage enjoyed at Tree House Brewery. Reviewed from notes:

A - Poured in to my Tree House glass a nice golden hue with a quarter inch head that faded to leave light wisps. Solid lambic appearance.

S - Yeah, unreal. Goddamn to I love Cantillon. This is musty with nice sour funk. Faint herbal notes too with nice sour/tart fruits.

T - Sour, mouth puckering sour. Nice floral notes along with good fruits with lemon and grapefruit jumping out. Just delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is basically fluid awesomeness. Very good body and carbonation that works so incredibly well with flavor profile.

O - Overall, yeah, you know what you're getting with Cantillon. Just an excellent beer and so well crafted.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice) 2007 vintage bottled in 2009
A- This beer has a hazy deep copper body with an effervescent carbonation. There is a creamy head that fades to a few big bubbles of off-white.
S- The lactic acid tartness gives way to a barnyard nose that is perfumed with some faint apple pulp notes in the finish. There is a soft spicy wood note and some musty cellar notes aswell. The cheese rind note of brett comes through also.
T- The big sharp tartness fades to wet wood and grapefruit flavors with a stone fruit flavor to follow. The dry tartness in the finish lingers just a moment.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp dryness from the carbonation and no real astringency just a good pucker.
D- This beer has a nice crisp tartness with some good depth of funk and fruit.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orangey amber color, fluffy foam beige head that diminishes and aroma of sour yeast, barnyard, citrus rind. Taste is tart lemon rind, grapefruit, woody, yeasty, with light malt & caramel notes and some lingering bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry sour finish. Complex and tasty, very drinkable.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 75 cL corked and capped bottle.

A: The ale is an amber orange color, quite brilliant as light shines through. The head was large on pour and disappeared rather quickly.

S: The beer smells like a stable, full of funky wet hay elements. Some tart green apple and grape aromas round it out.

T: An intense bitterness, full of brettanomyces and other gamey natural vermin. That tartness masks a rather strong hop presence that is earthy and quite bitter. That bitterness nicely compliments the tartness of the body. Finally, some of the grape and apple tartness of the nose comes through, adding a certain sweetness that helps to offset the impressive tartness.

M: Tart, this beer will make you pucker up! The finish is quite dry, forcing you to reach for another sip.

D: This style is not my favorite, the acrid tartness is too intense for my likes. My wife though, she loves this stuff. Crazy!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a bloodred brown (if that makes any sense) with practically no head or lace. Very sour and tart aroma, but thankfully the beer isn't as sour/tart/unbalanced as the somewhat wineline aroma. There is some funky spice and there's a touch of sweetness and oakiness that balances the sour, tart flavors of mostly cherry and touch of grape. Not a big red wine drinker but this reminded me of some light reds (no heavy merlots or cabs). Wish I could describe it better but it is a must try and enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1996 vintage
750ml bottle
Bottle 382 of 1000

1996 vintage! Wow! I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have this at a small beer tasting. The aroma is very sour with some oak and funk. The taste like the aroma is very sour with a vinegar-like flavor, oak and touches of citrus. Extremely interesting beer, and I am very amazed at how well this beer has held up after 12 years considering it's low ABV. It was quite an experience for sure, really nice beer.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tulip.

pours a hazy dark orange with a nice head. smell is quite dry hopped and funky. taste is extremely dry and funky. traditional cantillon farmhouse flavor. slight sourness but much more funk. mild body with mild carbonation.

overall just a superb dry hopped lambic. YESSIR.

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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 wordemupg
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 22/6/12

A slightly hazy amber with just a few slow tiny bubbles feeding a thumbs width of well retained light tan head that leaves no lace

S very earthy nose, wet wood, barnyard funk, there's some citric notes with some apple cider and just a little caramel apple to go with it, complex stuff that's working well for me

T more vinegary apple and heavy amount of oak compared to the nose, slightly herbal aspect that I don't quite understand and some rind, quite good but I preferred the nose

M its not turning my mouth inside out but it's tart and slightly sour, quite slick and it has some body too it. big aftertaste of woody funk lingers forever

O very interesting brew and the 750ml bottle wasn't big enough, not overly funky or sour like I expected and lots going on in all areas

2007 vintage and I'm curious to how a fresh bottle or a very old version would differ, not cheap in these parts so I may or may not find out

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an energetic ruby tinged amber with incredible, very fine carbonation. The head rises to about one to one and a half fingers and then quickly recedes. It is very unusual to find such fine, champagne-like carbonation with the light beer body to hold the bubbles together and produce such a fine mouthfeel. The aromas include some fruit and citrus – maybe grapefruit punctuated by a little barnyard. There are so many tastes, they are so well blended and balanced and they create such a flow of flavor in your mouth that it is hard to identify them all. There is a little fruit, malt, and a couple of different hop aspects. You can taste both the old lambic hops (dull, stale with a lot of tannins) with the fresher hop character (spicy and bitterer). The beer also has a wine-like quality to it as well as the kind of oak you would get with an oaky chardonnay. The tartness balances well with the different varieties of the hop. The tannins from the old hops and the bitterness and spiciness from the newer hops, the lemony/grapefruity tartness, and the barnyard funkiness all blend together in a very amazing way.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007, 375ML

A-Pours hazy, super carbonated rich orange/amber. Huge fluffy head recedes slowly. Looks the part.

S-Funky and sour. Tart fruits. Vinegary. Acidic. Maybe some hoppyness as well.

T-Super tart. Woody. Tastes of wine. Some floral aspects as well. Tastes like it was brewed in a barrel in my backyard, covered in leaves. Hop bitterness. Very dry. Very delicious. Very unique.

M-Light and crisp. Very bubbly, lots of carbonation. Refreshing and earthy.

D-Lots of wacky flavor. But I find it super drinkable and delicious.

My third Cantillon, all have been superb.

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Photo of DrJay
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage.
This one poured very clear and a beautiful gold colour. There was a bit of fizzy, short-lived off-white foam, a bit of a ring supported by constant bubbling. The aroma was very floral with a nice tartness, a bit of acetic acid and light funk. The flavour was quite tart with berry notes, a bit of vinegar and a light sweetness. Dry, fruity sourness lingered. Apple/cider character developed as it warmed. Light bodied with some residual sugar present, ample carbonation and some dryness. A tasty, mouthwatering beer with restrained sourness that wasn't overpowering. Good stuff!

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Photo of bark
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2005, bottled 2007.

The smell is sour with some malty sweetness, beach and seaweed, some stable. Smooth and matured flavours. Some honey and flowers, kiwi and green bananas.

The liquid is all clear; the colour is orange with a tint of red (20 EBC). Low white head, some lacing.

The taste is elegant sweet-dry with a moderate sourness. Elegant notes of fresh/wet hops, some honey and minerals. The aftertaste is mellow and rich in minerals with notes of honeydew melon, rosewater and flowers. The finish got a pleasant sourness.

The carbonation is mild, yet the small bubbles are fresh, almost sharp. The liquid is a little sticky.

One of the most elegant lambics I ever had: Great stuff!

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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 rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with nice cap of stiff white bubbles, good retention and lacing. Smell gives hints of its sour and tart being with a decent background of earth and must. As scent dictated, the sourness and tartness hits the tounge first followd up by a light funkyness. Additional sips shead light to a multitude of flavors such as vinegar, sour grapes, apples, hay, bread hidden behind the tart/sour/funky flavors. The earthyness and mustyness present at the backend of each sip. Body is medium, active carbonation and dry finnish. A nice straight forward lambic. Dont expect any delicate softness here, pretty pourful stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's last night

A: Reddish orange with a thin white head, decent retention,

S: Incredible combination of citrus hops and funk. It's not a combination I typically care for, but this time, it works. The citrus/orange character is just unbelievable. Not as funky as the bottle I had, and the acidity is milder. Slightly aspirin-like.

T: Opens up sour, tart and acidic with massive hop flavor. Very very tasty. Complex. Finishes mildly hoppy and bitter with sourness. Mild grape character.

M: Light, good acidity, great finish

D: Very drinkable.

Try this beer fresh. It's quite different than older vintages!

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

Sampled at Goldoraks Post-Mondial tasting 2007, courtesy of Goldorak himself! 2003 vintage!!!

Pours a hazy orange/red, thin white head forms, nice layer, lacing, looks great. Smell is sweet, sour, very acidic, lots of fruits, funky, trademark Cantillon, but more malt in the aroma. Taste is caramel, sourness, very funky and acidic, almost pungent on the tongue, clean bitter finish with more acidity. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, medium carbonation, nice bitterness, malty, more backbone than most Cantillon, nicely done. Thanks Martin!!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Zwanze Day/DDC 15h anniversary party at DDC. I brought a bottle of this home the first time I went to Belgiu so this will be sort of an aggregate of those two tastings. From notes.

A - Poured a cloudy yellowish orange with one finger of white head. Minimal spotty lace with a film and ring of retention. The colour was quite striking. Sort of what you expect from lambic with better head.

S - Tons of grapes. Lot's of tart aromatics, lemon, acidic.

T - Lemon candy, quite sour, musty, nice lemon candy note. Not a sweet lemon candy note, but the puckering sourness is there. Definite acidity too.

M - Mild carbonation, medium body, dry in the finish but not overly so.

O/D - Wish I had a bigger pour and more time to contemplate this one. I remember it being very good the first time I tried it and it being quite an eye opening experience. A pleasure to revisit.

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

Cork says 2000.

This lambic is actually copper in color. Gas bubbles rise quickly and steadily. Head is creamy and tan. And also long lasting. Aroma is yeasty, lemony, musty and funky. Pretty cool. The mouthpuckering quotient is pretty high for this one. (Higher than the Cantillon Gueuze I just had the other day.) Tart as hell. Acidic. Lemon Juice. Grassy. A little of that funky barnyard stuff going on. It's almost like sucking on one of those sour gobstoppers. Interesting to say the least. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Maybe medium body at best. Yet again, Cantillon does not disappoint. The masters of the authentic lambic.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Opened on 8.27.12
Bottled Feb 20, 2012

A - Pours a medium to dark cloudy orange with a fizzy one inch yellowish-tan head that fades quickly.

S - Lots of barnyard funk and some wild flowers.

T - Lots of funk, tart red apple, dandelions, earthy.

D - Good carbonation, light body, very lively.

O - Very tasty, lively and tart. Try it if you can, you will enjoy it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looked like a west coast ipa, that vibrant orange and yellow appearance, great white head, lace and retention, perfect.

Aroma was heavy lemon, floral, grapefruit situation with funkal overtones.

Taste, quite sour, green apples, white wine, you seem to be able to appreciate a slight hop existence. Tiny amount of oak mouthfeel accompanying the little dry hopping. Extremely dry. Solid tart product from Cantillon, as usual

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Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75cl bottle, bottled 19 March 2013, poured into a Cantillon sherry glass today, 10/4/2013. Thanks for opening this one up, Shawn. Split 4 ways.

Review #276.

Pours a dark amber, almost an orange-brown body with a fairly solid white head with decent retention.

Smells hoppy.. hard to pinpoint a particular hop varietal, but it is definitely a fairly dank beer that suggests a bitterness.. Comes with the requisite Cantillon brewery bug population that gives off a nice earthy funk, with a small contingent of delicious vinegar acidity.

Very different palate than the nose. Barnyard funk and barrel wood is present throughout, and this is actually a fairly acidic beer compared to Mamouche, Classic Geuze/LPG. Its got a nice earthy bitterness to it; it's probably the most bitter Cantillon I've ever had. Sour quotient is above average Cantillon. It is quite complex and a somewhat intense lambic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation. Bitterness is actually a little off-putting in the sense that it doesn't make this one as drinkable as the other Cantillons we had tonight.

Interesting sour that is quite different from the others I've had. Tasty, sour with a nice complexity. Might be a little too bitter for me in comparison to the lambics I'm used to. Glad I tried this one though; don't know if I'll go after this one again as I would the more well-known Cantillon lambics.

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Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle picked up at a small store, 2007 vintage.

Appearance is a nice orange tone, bright, with quite a bit of cloudiness. There was an off-white head, that did not sit atop for too long. Upon sipping Iris, right away the sour element hits your palate. Some of the specific flavors are vinegar, tart lemon, straw. MF is low-med with good carbonation. This offering from Cantillon is quite nice... well worth your time and money.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.
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