Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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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
Ratings:
2,056
Reviews:
496
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
710
Gots:
471
For Trade:
46
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed Teku glass
2014 Vintage; thanks to KeKeKumba for the bottle!

A: Poured a orange-hued amber color, clear, with two plus fingers of white head that settles nicely to a thin collar and no lacing.

S: The nose is brilliant, big and sour with some pleasant funk, lemon, white pepper and some floral notes. It smelled so good, that I kept smelling the glass after the beer was gone!

T: The very first sip was a shock to my palate, very dry and sour. After the first sip and my palate relaxed, all the subtleties started to come out. There is a lot of sour and dry hop bitterness, but also nice funkiness, barnyard, lemon rind, white pepper. The finish is very dry and bitter.

M: It has a medium body and nice carbonation keeping it light and refreshing.

O: This is the driest of all the Cantillons I have tried (which is not that many!). This was a real treat, a beer to be sipped and enjoy over a long period of time.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage into Iris balloon.

Pours dark burnt bronze with tiny, fizzy head that dissipates quickly to nothing. A dark lambic that's for sure.

Aroma is musty, horse coat, wet earth, orange rind, pungent field flowers, and subtle malt vinegar. A little less citric than standard Gueuze most likely due to the maltier base and hopping.

Taste is apple peel, lemon zest, old Pinot Grigio, flowers and dry prairie grass, with a resounding yogurt culture acidity. Again, maltier than regular Gueuze and slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light with soft carbonation around the 30 percent mark. Slicker mouthfeel than typical Gueuze which is related to the heavier malt base. Dry throughout with a touch of malt sugar coming through

Overall a nice lambic slightly maltier than the norm with a noble hop bitterness throughout. Delicious now but only gets better with age :).

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,056 ratings.
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