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
Ranking:
#346
Reviews:
505
Ratings:
2,109
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,109 |  Reviews: 505
Photo of alos31
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PJHOY
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dazka
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mollykats
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost fully opaque, the color of Iris is red grapefruit through and through. A loud, fizzy head dies to nothing except for a faint slick of white pond scum leftover on the surface.

Smell is malic and gummy apricot, acetic bright and vinous oak, peppery wood, dry lemon and grapefruit zests with smoky balsamic vinegar.

Taste starts ultra sour at first but only initially, bringing flavors of green apple, apricot, lemon, grapefruit, grassy and oniony hops and smoky balsamic vinegar with an oaky char. The hoppy bitterness and sour acidity decreases over time.

Feel is slick, slightly crisp with a semi-dry sharp chew.

2016 vintage

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Photo of SourFaceEric
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers from Cantillon, which may be the greatest brewery in the world (assuming you appreciate lambics). Very dry and complex, aromatic and with a lovely appearance.

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Photo of GDawgs34
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Orange/amber, clear, with thin head that recedes quickly.
Smell: Floral, earthy, funky, and caramel.
Taste: Funky, earthy, caramel, and a little hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium.
Overall: A good lambic from Cantillon. The malt made this my least favorite Cantillon offering.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2004 Iris; Shelton Brothers 8/19/17

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

2004 Vintage. Very complex. Super funky barnyard nose. Taste is almost wine-like. Earthy, rustic. I look forward to trying a younger bottle to compare.

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Photo of n2185
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange yellow with thin white head that quickly dissipates to a crown. Big floral aroma, some crackery malt with nice sourness behind. Weird sweetness mixes with the lambic beneath, the pilsner malts and florwery hops. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice, but not my favorite.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wc94wc
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rcjennings
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle at Cantillon Brewery in Brussels, Belgium.

Amber appearance with descent bit of foam head upon pour. Strong barnyard funk smell. Taste doesn't necessarily follow the aroma with this beer. It has this white grape and wine like flavor. The aftertaste is also a bit more bitter than I would expect from a Cantillon lambic so it is quite a bit different. Almost like it has more hops than other Lambics. For people that are transitioning from already liking IPAs to starting to like lambics and sours, I can see that crowd really enjoying this beer.

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Photo of Virby44
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EamonnB
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,109 ratings