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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
2,002
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 489 | Ratings: 2,002
Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My very first Cantillon experience. Had on tap at Torst. An amber color, light head, good lacing retention for a sour. Very tart taste with floral notes. Complex beer to taste, very happy I tried it.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My very first Cantillon!!! I practically trembled with the 6oz glass in my hand. I was very nervous about spilling it. Anyway, had it on tap at Norey's in Newport, RI as part of their "Sours and Lambics" tap takeover. This was a delightful beer. Floral, earthy, very tart. Bit of a citrus bite to it. What I enjoyed most was how delicate it was to the palate. Not cloying at all, not overly mouth puckering, and the back of my tongue didn't feel the burn certain sours provide. But these are masters of the art. Cantillon delivers!

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Photo of RollBounce
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a different take then expected. sour dry and floral. not the same nose you get from their other beers. I feel other companies have copied this flavor.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An incredible lambic. Absolutely on-the-nose with its sour flavor and aroma notes; a bright mix of citrus and fresh-cut grass that possesses just the right amount of bite. Feel is appropriately tart on the finish. Just a wonderful beer that does everything right for the style and then some.

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Photo of Zach136
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 17 2014, enjoyed June 27 2015.


Appearance: Sunburst orange, solid carb and head retention for a sour.

Aroma: Spicey and earthy, with light acidity, and the intriguing 'loon funk.

Flavor: Earthy with mild acidity.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, medium-low carb.

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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 LightnerLiquorKS
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very gorgeous lambic in glass. Not too much head but a wonderful hazy golden hue to this in a well-lit room.

The smell is almost Classic gueuze, with oak barrel abundance. Lambic yeast aroma is prevalent here. Barnyard funk, light fruit notes of citrus and grapefruit.

Taste is a lot like a Gueuze, with a bit more sweetness. There are citrus and other fruit notes in here that are incredibly deep, there are a ton of nuanced flavors all over this beer. Green apple acidic finish. Wine-like in overall taste, but definitely a Lambic.

Alcohol is not detectable. Light body, yet rustic at the same time. The tart bite on this beer should be classified as "high" but from all the sours and lambics i've tasted it is not overwhelming. This is a great intro beer for Cantillon.

Overall unique with the slight sweetness and amazing oak profile. If you do not read the ingredients you would really be bugged to understand what this is made of! You would swear this was slightly fruited at least!

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Photo of lowers87
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber, cloudy, very carbonated, decent head
Smell: Very strong sour, grapes, green apple, faint apricot
Taste: Extremely sour, apricot comes out, green grapes and apple in the background, strong alcohol
Feel: Slightly syrupy, strong alcohol
Overall: If you drink sours than this is your beer, not overly complex and almost drinks like a champagne.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light auburn. Thin head and spotty lacing.

Sweets, funk and strong citrus.

Sour at the forefront, cherries, lemon peel. Oak, dry grassy flavors, light acidity in the finish.

Mouthfeel is perfect - not too light or dense. A lot of depth for a beer with such a light ABV.

Great beer. Strong sourness but not overwhelming, complex and sexy.

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

Pours a frothy white head with great persistence. Sour aroma with soft floral notes. Umber color. Starts intensely sour and bitter; grapefruit hoppiness dominates. Malt comes through after this, and the finish is lingering bitterness over the malt.

This is amazing. The combination of sour and bitter is great (though I was skeptical). A surprisingly subdued aroma.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep goldish orange with minimal head. Nose is very aromatic with a strong presence of herbal hops paired with some acid and funk. The earthiness of the hop profile pairs nicely with the bacteria. There are also some notes of caramel and oak towards the end. Taste is acidic up front with a nice tart punch which quickly gives way to herbal/earthy/tea like hops. Notes of lemon, grass, and tart cherries all come through in the flavor. Overall, this is an interesting and complex beer. Definitely not my favorite from Cantillon, but that may be due more to personal preference.

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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 ONovoMexicano
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL glass poured into a stemless wine glass.

Starts with a creamy cream-colored head over a grapefruit juice colored-body. Has a similar texture and cloudiness to grapefruit juice. 5

Tart citrus again reminds me of grapefruit. Funk-heavy, orchard-like and peach and apricot. 4.5

Grapefruit juice with earthy, grassy hops. Orchard funk kind of blankets the flavors leaving its mark. Peach tart flavors linger. Excellent. 4.5

Tart, lightly acidic, funky, and earthy. 4.75

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Photo of aleigator
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful subtle, big head, with a vibrant amber orange, nearly brown color.

Zippy, sour, fruity aromas, with hints of malts, appleskin, leather and wet hay.

Intense sourness from the very beginning, but more complex than the usual lambic with the help of a well developed malt foundation. Creates a vivid, tart mouthfeel, driven by a dough, leathery funkiness. The taste inherits both, green apples and musty white grapes among a gentle amount of white citrus peel, accompanied by their earthier stonepits. Malts turn even more intense during the finish, calming the brews lactic acidity, while creating a very interessting counterpart to citrus peel and mild hops.

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Photo of 01001111
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt amber.

S: Tart, Cantillon yeast funk.

T: Peach, state bitter hops, an odd mixture of medicinal and rotten. Simultaneously delicious and mildly disgusting.

M: A slight prickly tartness. Crisp but full bodied.

O: Unique. Oddly compelling. Cantillon are certainly the kings of funk.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows spicy notes, lemon rind, elderflower, peaches, some funk and a hint of catnip.
Very acidic flavours. Some lemon pith in addition to the rind providing some astringency along with some more peach and floral notes.
Nice high carbonation.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%

Had this one at the source: Cantillon Brewery itself. Pours golden, clear, with a nice fluffy white head on top and lots of floaties (got the bottom of the bottle here). Aroma is straw, a bit of tripel-like funky yeast, some vinegar, dryness. Flavor follows closely with funky yeast, straw hops notes, pears, apples, dryness on the finish with lingering grass and yeast funk together. Very light bodied, super crisp, and pretty refreshing. Unique brew with plenty of sour, but also an interesting note with the addition of the cold hopping. Liked this significantly more than I even expected. Good stuff.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have had Iris a few times. Last bottle I had was good but not great, but most bottles are great. Gives a nice hoppy twist on the profile of their regular gueuze, although it isn't a gueuze. Hops are grassy and slightly spicy.

Plenty of detailed reviews so I'll skip.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a dark green 750 mL bottle with a wine-style cork and cap. The bottling vintage--2013--is stamped on the cork. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a beautiful hazy reddish orange with some lighter amber highlights where the light manage to penetrate the murkiness. Initially, the pour doesn't seem to generate much foam, but by the end of the pour, there is a two-and-a-half finger cap of tan head with an orangish twinge. Retention is slight-to-moderate and when it disappears, it leaves no lace and the faintest of ringlets on the edges

Smell (4.00) - I'm surprised that the smell is a little milder than expected. Musty oak and vinous characteristics are present alongside notes of wet hay and funk from the Brett. There is also a nice citrus element that I imagine is from the hops, but it's hard to tell--it could also be coming from the residual flavors imparted by the wine barrel aging.

Taste (4.25) - In a nice changeup from the smell, the taste on this is both subtle and complex. It's not face-meltingly sour--far from it. But there is a nice tartness from the wild yeast. I also get some subtle sweetness from the grain that, when combined with the sourness, gives off a sort of sour candy aftertaste, but in a good way--not artificial tasting. The finish also has a nice level of grapefruit-like bitterness from the dry hopping that gives this lambic a greater level of depth than your run-of-the-mill lambic.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a slightly puckering finish.

Overall (4.25), an really nice beer from Cantillon that stands out from their other beers for the higher presence of hop characteristics. Given that it's unblended, I can only imagine that the beer itself changes somewhat from year to year, with the fermentation being spontaneous. I would be curious to sample other vintages to see how different it actually gets.

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Photo of JeffoC6
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Sweet and sour tart right up front. A sense of sour funked out candied peaches and apricots that were left out in a damp basement for a few weeks. Tiny hint of some raspberries. Almost like a pollen filled spring day in a meadow. Fizzy carbonation (just right) leaves a perfect dryness to the finish. Almost champagne-like. Mild hop bitterness (as compared to American beers) dance well with the aforementioned flavors. A star! My first Cantillon- Enjoying in Le Maraise in Paris! Will go back and get more methinks.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.6/5  rDev +8%

totally different stuff from cantillon here. all barley malt instead of some amount of wheat in here make it quite a bit more sturdy then their lambic types, and the hops are definitely more aggressive in flavor, although still really mild, especially by American standards. the beer has a darker caramel color to it, plenty of hazy as per usual with cantillon, and a tall and lasting dull muted whited head of tiny bubbles. the nose is more funk than sour, with some textured sweetness in there, and then of course the oaky mature lacto thing to finish. the taste is just like the nose, exactly like it, with the barley malt influencing this beer more in terms of body I think than flavor. the hops have an earthy dried herbal character to them than likes the bigger body, and carbonation is effervescently bright. I like the slightly richer feel to this, and the longer finish not usually there in their lambic. maybe a little less unique and distinct than some of their other beers, like say fou foune or the lou pepe fruit beers, but I think its quality is as good as any, and its definitely a new direction for them. stoked to have shared this bottle with my brother, who loves sours and wilds but until now has never had a beer from cantillon. we both really enjoyed it.

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Photo of amano_h
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

75cl bottle from the Brewery.

Sharp citrusy sour notes of lemon and citron tickle the nose first, followed by hints of wood, flowers, and earthy hops. There's also a discernible amount of pale and caramel malts toward the back end. Barnyard funk is present in the back end, but isn't as dominant as it is with the Classic Gueze.

Lip puckering sourness leads the charge. Lemon drops and white grapes come into mind, but before the thought has time to settle, earthier flavors of french vanilla and oak shine through. Floral hops also makes a brief entrance before it's washed away by the Cantillon funk.

Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, with a dry dry finish.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light brown/amber, with a pretty generous head.

Smell is dominated by funk. Smells sour. Sour grapes.

Taste is sour. Vinegar upfront, fades to some funky flavor, not sure how to describe it. There's not a huge aftertaste. Starts big and ends pretty quickly. Interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little carbonated, nice and bubbly and coats the mouth pretty well. Best feature of this beer.

Overall, underwhelming for me. My least favorite Cantillon to date, although it's still pretty tasty.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Pours a hazy orange color with an almost one finger off white head which fades quickly, leaving no lacing. The aroma has tart green apples, grapes, lemon, Belgian yeast, and barnyard funk.

Tastes both tart and somewhat sweet with sour apples. grapes, lemon, oak, tannins, and light caramel. Acidic and dry.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Has a tart green apple and lemon aftertaste. A very nice Lambic, worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark brown golden beer with small head to it.

S - Floral with juniper and iris. Lots of Bretty presence to it that gives it blue cheese and farmhouse funk

T - Floral up front with juniper and flowers before a slight vinegar comes through. The finish has some slight oak and and sweettarts near the finish

M - Light and effervescent. Finish is slight dry

O - Good sour with a nice floral presence that is well as balanced with the tartness

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
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