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Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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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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Photo of Jimdrinksbeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an apricot juice (if such a thing exists) colour with nice white head which rather rapidly recedes.

Have had this one fresher and the hops were a lot more dominant. This one starts with classic Cantillon Brett funk, really potent. Then you get the hops coming through in a balanced, integrated fashion. Lots of dried apricot and also some malt.

Taste features more funky notes with some dried apricot.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here it is, the most weird of all 'loons. Thicker and murkier and more amber than other lambic, it is easier to spot among others of its kind. Funky, duh. Honestly, I did not detect much uniqueness in the aroma but taste is a whole different game --- much more malty but not sweet, I am having trouble finding the right adjective. And then there's the bitterness. In this layman's terms, it drinks like a blend of a lambic and an... IPA?

But finish is usual Cantillon --- sharp and dry! Interesting and unique but not necessarily my favorite.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of KensWorld
4.01/5  rDev -8%
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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4.01/5  rDev -8%
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 -7.8%
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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4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,092 ratings
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