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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:
#329
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
2,091
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 2,091 |  Reviews: 504
Photo of cyrenaica
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
6% ABV
2006 Vintage
I tried this beer on June 10, 2009 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I'm convinced that this brewery can do no wrong. The beer poured a relatively clear golden orange with a small amount of haze and a whole lot of effervescence. The aroma was sour apples, some earth and must. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and highly carbonated. The taste was both sour and bitter, and a great experience for the tongue.

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

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

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%

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

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 SteeleWright
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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 ArtZan
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mehinaman
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'05 375 for $10.

Pour a rich cedar brown and has a lacy light beige head. The nose has funky oak, tart fruits and a flowery herb presence. The taste is super complex and well balanced between musty funk, sour fruits, oak and again flowery hops. Crisp body goes down quite nicely. Another great brew from cantillon.

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Photo of Jon
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle dated 2001.

Pour exhibits a darker-than-usual, amber-orange pale ale hue. Different for Cantillon, but this is, to them, not a "true" lambic as it's brewed with 50% malted barley rather than the 35% unmalted wheat required of traditional lambic. Alas....

Nose features earthy, barnyard notes in addition to a touch of oak and stone that open up around mid-bottle. Deep, aromatic whaffs keep the nose lively and inviting throughout.

Lemon and grapefruit flesh, lime rind, flinty minerality and oaky notes are accompanied by the characteristically bracing Cantillon acidity that's omnipresent in this brew. The fresh hop character appears, too, imparting some earthy, but not bitter flavors. While it's not "lambic," this rendering is quite indicative of Oude Gueuze.

Lively mouthfeel with refreshing qualities and penetrating acidity keep this beer interesting, and in turn, highly drinkable. Would work quite well on a hot summer day, very slightly chilled (45-50 degrees), with a sampling of robustly flavorful cheeses. I drank this one at cellar temperature and was most pleased with the results. Another wonderful offering from Cantillon's portfolio.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. $26 at The Brick Store Pub. 375 mL bottle corked and capped poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

A: It pours a hazy amber color with vibrant carbonation and a billowing foamy head that rises unevenly and a quickly as ginger ale but falls just as quickly, leaving a thin film with average lacing.

S: The aroma is incredibly pungent and is noticable immediately upon opening. It features lots of grassy and earthy notes, sour pears, some floral notes, lemon peel, and some overall funk. It is considerably less sour in the nose than on the palate, however.

T: Strong, acidic, citric, and somewhat hoppy sour notes combined with pear and apple fruitiness, a little grass, and a touch of cherry. It is so complex and delicious.

M: The body is rather light and heavily carbonated while the flavors lasted long after my glass was dry.

O: The price was hard to swallow but the beer sure wasn't. After trying my first Cantillon brew, I definitely understand the hype.

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Photo of Chaney
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright orange with about a 1/2 inch head.

S: Belgian funkiness, and sour yeastiness which is very reminiscent of ground up Flintstone vitamins.

T: Jaw-lockingly sour with a very acidic afterbite. It has that fruity sourness than only fruits like Granny Smith apple can provide. The pucker factor is strong, but I like it.

M: Many have stated that this finishes somewhat dry. Frankly, I didn't get that at all.

D: Not the best Cantillon I've ever had, but that would be like comparing one Hall of Fame quarterback to another.

RE-REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2011

I had this brew at Huhzabendah's (Matt's) place about a year ago when I was fairly new to sours, but now that I've had many since, I feel compelled to give this one another look.

This is Iris 2007.... on tap at Churchkey at Zwanze Day 2011.

A: Pumpkin orange, with a substantial haze in the translucence category, and with no head whatsoever.

S: It had a very sour, yet fruity quality that also attached itself to a what seem like an entire peppercorn. I also got the signature Cantillon, milk-like aroma in spades.

T: On the taste, I got a mere sillouette of the sour (tempered sourness) beer I got on the aroma, along with the same lactose Catillon taste profile.

M: Mildly acidic, and very organic in its fruit sweetness. The fruit lingered more than the sourness. No lacing really....

O: It is amazing how one's tastes change over the course of a year. This one is world class!

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a draft of Cantillon's Iris 2007 at the 2011 Zwanze pouring party at ChurchKey. Personally, I enjoyed the Iris more than any of the other beers poured (Zwanze 2010/11). The nuances of the wildness integrated really well with the original crisp, sweet ale.

Unlike the two Zwanze's (especially the 2011), this beer doesn't knock you out. The 2007 vintage, after four years, has had considerable time to mellow out, and that it has. But in losing acute sourness, it's gained some pretty remarkable depth in the sourness's specific taste. And to have all of that among an ale that's otherwise so simple really let's it shine.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CanuckRover
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage.

Always a bit odd judging the appearance of lambics. She's not a looker, like sparkling iced tea, but on style. Spritzy carbonation off the pour seems to settle down fairly quickly. Thin head has no retention at all.

Apples immediately on the nose, like a nice French farmhouse cider. Tartness in abundance. Noticeable hops, verging on American citrus notes. This is lovely, seems a shame to drink it!

Up front it's remarkably crisp and refreshing. Serious sour profile registers in the back of the mouth after a couple seconds. This is very cider-like. Tart apples, lively carbonation, great dry finish. Everything infused with an appropriate level of funk. Lingering hop bitterness.

This is one of my favourite Cantillon brews. Very complex, but still incredibly approachable. Need to do a side-by-side to figure out just how the wheat registers in their regular offering.

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Photo of montrealbcr89
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on-tap at the Dieu du Ciel! brewpub.

A: Poured a beautiful dark-orange coppery colour with two fingers of bright white head with tiny bubbled that dissipated quite quickly.

S: So much going on here, especially as the beer warmed: tartness, slight vinegar, oak, slight hop (sweet hop as it warmed). Could smell it for a long time and continually pull out different notes.

T: Again, nice tartness, a slight white-wine vinegar. Sweeter hop notes as the beer warmed. Very dry finish with an herbal quality towards the back of the pallet.

M: Fairly dry with medium carbonation. Had a light to medium mouthfeel.

O: Just a great beer. Could drink a couple of these in one sitting. Very well balanced and TONS of things going on at 5%. I didn't think I'd have a chance to try this on tap, but I am glad I did, as I will be able to let my sole bottle of this sit for a while and really evolve.

Great beer. Thanks to my girlfriend who rushed to the downtown pub with me to get a pour before the keg kicked.

Cheers.

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Photo of klipper
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of controlfate
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This has a refreshing tart taste and a very strong and lovely fruity scent. The fruity taste comes through at first. A malty grape taste and some lemon/apple, but a good floral finish. A bit of a hoppy bite, but not much. Good, dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Sadly I didn’t think to look at the year on the bottle, but it was brought from Belgian by some friends of mine who live there. So this will be of whatever the local-bought variety would be and they purchased in December 2013 timeframe.

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

Photo of mlazzaro
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

vintage 2007 375 ml bottle. corked and capped.

orangy/light rose color. well carbonated. great head retention.

refreshing smell. pungent tart aroma.

sweet, tart and sour. so tart, I feel like it hurts my teeth. it's awesome. light brew sour candy. excellent aftertaste.

I wish this beer wasn't finite. or so expensive. great sour lambic though. one of my favorites.

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Photo of EuphonicHops
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,091 ratings
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