Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon IrisCantillon Iris

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Zaplt
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split three ways again with Hobojon and DaveJanssen in Tulip glasses.

Appearance - Light orange, *coppery/reddish tints. Light head with complete lack of lacing.

Smell - Complex funk, initially thought body odor (not in an unpleasant manner) - sour with hints of citrus.

Taste - Has a prominently earthy sour funk. Floral taste is apparent and mixes extremely well with the funk to the point that it's hard to differentiate if the floral character is coming from the hops or yeast - most likely a complementary mix of both. Sweet candy near the end of the taste. *Extremely acidic

Mouthfeel - Smooth and lightly carbonated - a dry feel in general *especially in relation to the low carbonation

Drinkability - Very drinkable to those interested in lambics. Enjoyed it thoroughly but couldn't have enjoyed it as much a year ago, due to undeveloped palate but not extraordinary.

*Strongly influenced by fellow tasters.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Photo of KensWorld
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Zwanze Day 2016, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla.

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Photo of Onslow
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark sunset orange, with a low eggshell head, sparse foam puddle after it settles .. . I love the aroma, from sour white grapes, zest, vinegar, all kinds of delicious wrong flavours that are just so right!! ..Man Utd Forever!.. . quite a bitter mouth to it, with a tanglicious refreshing bite.. quite complex in the mouth lemon to sherbet to aspirin to other sour animals .. . Its got something to it, i like it, it hates me: word.. . I like everything about it except the braising bitterness in the aftertaste.. . ..

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

07/14/10- Had a 750 mL bottle from 2007.
A: Cloudy, amber and burnt orange, it poured a medium white head that died to a nice head.
S: Gentle musty apple, reisling white wine, a slight cheese, musty and earthy hops; very nice.
T: Starts off as mildy musty with a nutty characteristics, apple comes on tart and ends quickly with a parmesan cheese finish and bitterness. It is nicely tart with a lingering apple core bitterness.
M: Frothy and spritzy with a mildy syrupy body.
D: Good.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is a cloudy, gold orange beer without much head (my bottle is six years old). It has a powerful aroma of vinegar-- almost mustardy-- plus apple, lemon, nutmeg maybe, and something a little tropical, but mostly just that sour smell. When you taste this beer, the sourness keeps coming and coming until your cheeks hurt and your eyes water. What does it actually taste like? Sour. Green apple, grapefruit, funky, wood resin, and sour sour sour. Yum.

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Photo of Tony_D
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of neenerzig
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes seeing as how I drank this 8 days ago now.

Served to me in a goblet. This beer is a sort of hazy medium copper/amber color that reminds me of apple juice, only this one is a bit darker. No head or lacing at all here. The nose has a tarty, floral hop presence along with some oak. Was this beer aged in oak barrels? Has a very sour flavor with some green apple and tart along with the floral hops. Has a crisp, smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation and a light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Fairly easy to drink. Never had a lambic like this one before and I liked this one quite a bit.


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

2006 vintage, bottled in 2008.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Medium russet body, translucent -- pretty sure some sediment got in there, as it was transparent earlier in the pour. Head has a mind of its own: Fast-rising & aggressive, but sinks ot a thick & porous coating. Head's an intersting color, splotches of light tan & beige. Can see around the edges some nucleation.

Smell is wicked complex: Green apple, semi-dry champagne, there's an "open field" smell that halfway between barnyard funk & bright, airy, grassy. Some mild orange & grapefruit. There's a kind of "hidden" sweetness, too -- not sure if I'd call it vanilla or sweet grapes or just plain sugar, but it's just subtly peeking out from behind the tart, funky notes. Strongly tart, I'm really liking the aroma. There's some leather, rawhide too.

Taste is -- whoa! Formidable is an understatement. First few sips are highly acidic, with citric & fruit peel tartness. Some oak shows up. Ends puckeringly sour & very dry. Whew.

This one makes me salivate, big time. Medium-bodied, with sharp acidity. Dry, yessir.

This is an engaging & complex brew. I can't say I have any other straight lambics to compare it to, but found it very satisfying. That said, it's also intense & I don't think I could take more than a glass of this.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,059 ratings.
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