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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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 Dspohn
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Cantillon and my first unblended lambic. It did not disappoint.

2007 vintage, drank in a hotel room in Santa Fe. Served in a wine glass, reviewed from notes.

Poured a mild yellow with little head and lacing. Old cellar, subtle earth funk, some grassy and bitter notes imparted by the hops. White vinegar and tart green apples and lemon zest. Sour and slightly bitter white grapes. Overall quite sour and extremely enjoyable. Very complex, tart, funky, vinous, musty, fruity, floral, zesty, old wet oak, lively on the tongue, puckering and dry on the finish. One of my favorite beers to date. Highly drinkable, I tackled the bottle by myself with no trouble.

I need more Cantillon in my life.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh. It's not my everday beer by any means, but when I get the itch there's nothing like a super fresh super sour funky lambic from Cantillon. Had this one on tap at Sunset. Appears a golden color, with little to no head, and great clarity and shinyness. The best thing about a world class beer like this is the freshness. Everything about it screams fresh and wild. The scents coming off this one are like apple and pear skins, a hayfield, and a slight grassy and herbal hop quality. Taste, as expected, is quite sour, but not unpleasantly so. Complex, musty, funk after taste supports the ripe fruityness and sourness. I don't know if it's just the power of suggestion, but this beer has a really nice hop quality to it that makes it particularly unique. Once again, tastes how a big wild field smells in the fall. Excellent slick yet super dry mouthfeel. An incredibly natural and hedonistic beer.

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Photo of maximep
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

another fantastic beer from the masters of Lambic.

A- pours a hazy, almost unfiltered IPA color of a pale brown/amber, with a lager like head that settles quickly. nice lacing.

S- zesty, rotten egg, a bit sulfuric, fruity, floral, acidic

T- a bit disappointed here. not enough malt sweetness as i expected for an all malt unblended lambic. nonetheless delicious, however not the sweet tartness i expected. more tart, grassy notes of floral lemon.

M- very warm, lovely lightness of a worldclass Lambic. reminiscent of all great wild ales, thin yet not light, lovely small bubbles, a truly alive beer.

O- i tried this side by side with a 2005 Iris and the 2005 was much more subtle. this was review is of the recent bottle. had i reviewed the elder, it would have been near perfect. judgments are relative to the side by side comparison.

again, another smash home from Cantillon. I've only had two of their beers, can't wait to explore them all.

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

2005 vintage. Pours a dark hazy amber/orange color with a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Funky aroma with a decent amount of barnyard/horseblanket character as well as hints of earthy oak, tannins, vinegar, light fruit and earthy hops.

Medium bodied and puckering without being acidic at all. Sour/tart up front with a decent balance of musty/earthy oak along with subtle pale malt, earthy, bitter hops and crisp light fruit. Very complex and well balanced with a nice amount of citrus and other sweet, vinous fruits balancing out the sour funk. In addition, the hops used make this beer very unique for the style. The dry and cold hopping results in a earthier, slightly more bitter lambic than usual, but not to the detriment of the other characteristics. There's still plenty of funk but this is slightly better balanced and easier to drink than some other Belgian sours. Recommended.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on several occasions both were from 2007 and 750ml bottles

This beer pours a golden color with a nice amber hue to it and a decent one finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The smell is funky sour and there is a small but noticeable hop presence. The flavor is pretty similar

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007

A - Pours with some nice hazy strong golden color with a large billowy head that is about 1 inch and very dense but begins to recede quickly. There are some orange hues in there. In terms of appearance this beer is almost perfect. Very good stuff.

S - Slight hop sweetness? what? Yes surprisingly this beer has some similar notes to a DIPA. That hop character is mixed in with some musty and funky farmhouse aromas form the yeast that are very complementing. Could this be a Lambic IPA!? There are some nice meadow like earthy aromas mixed in with some nice tart vinous character.

T & M - Flowers, musty with some nice mild tartness on the back end. Woody white wine tart flavor that is very appealing. Grassy, almost like there are fresh flowers in the wort. This beer definitely seems to get more complex with age. Dry character and dry tart flavor that has some nice bitterness on the back end which is very surprising. The aging really mellows the tartness and allows it to "play well" with the other flavors. This might be the best Sour Beer I've tried to date. As it warms the flowery and slight woody flavors get even better and more pronounced. Crisp and delicious.

D - Very drinkable in terms of ABV but the palette needs to get used to the tartness. especially for the younger vintages.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with minimal head. Hazy with some fine carbonation.

Delicious aroma of citrus peel, grape skin, old wet hay, subtle grassy fresh hops and tart apple cider.

Medium light mouthfeel, dry up front, some green apple tart develops with a decent malt body. Great bit of grassy hop action on the back palate. Mandarin peel, more green grape skin, dry orange liquor, good hit of brett barn funk with a long tart finish. Maybe the brett could be funkier but thats about it. Hugely complex. Something new on each sip.

Will definitely be going back to this one.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Bottled Feb 20, 2012. I picked this one up at Cantillon earlier this year.

Appearance: Other folks who said this pours hazy either had old bottles, or drank it cold. There is initially some chill haze, but it clears almost completely. Pretty amber, very short lived head, no lacing.

Smell: Tart and funky. Lemon and musty old shed. Some pale malt sweetness.

Taste: As above. Pretty tart, but not overbearing. Very nice combination of malty sweetness, tart lemon, and funk. While I smelled no hops, there is a nice herbal/grassy hoppy flavor that extends though the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower carbonation than the gueuze, which I would change. Finishes dry and bitter.

Overall: Very nice twist on a normal lambic. The extra pale malt and hops add makes it different and interesting.

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Photo of pluppykatie
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking out of a mini Duvel glass.

Appearance - A slight hint of red to the brownish color.
Smell - Very to the point. I feel like it's a peak.
Taste - Very sour, very good.
Mouthfeel - Puts your mouth on an adventure. I feel like I'm quenching my jaw and pulling back my tongue as a reaction.
Overall - Very enjoyable. I wonder how many pours I'll be able to have until I've reached my limit.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage straight from the cellar...

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into my DFH Chalice, this beer is a very foamy, cloudy, reddish amber color. Even with an easy pour there was at least three solid inches of bubbly white head. The retention is pretty good, not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: A musty mix of sour, tart, and some fruity vinegar mixed with just a bit of funk. I was in the mood for something funky, I think this'll hit the spot.

Taste: Oh yea buddy. Big tart and sour funk going on here with a slight sort of woody characteristic to it. There's also a nice clean, dry finish to it that really rounds it off nicely. Classic Cantillon.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, a refreshing light to medium body. Spot on here.

Overall (Drinkability): I'm a big fan of Cantillon, and this brew is a perfect example of why. Great flavor, some nice sour funk, everything you could ask for. Definitely recommend!

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Photo of wl0307
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF06. Coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and capped, covered with black foil.. 2003 vintage, the cork states it's bottled in 2006. Served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass. BTW, the ingredients printed on the bottle seem to suggest this lambic has no wheat malt in it--an "all-malt lambic" then?

A: translucent dark orangey amber hue, little beer head comes with the beer, gentle carbonation.
S: fragrantly hoppy, mildly sour fruity and mildly sweet malty aromas all blended well upfront, like apples+nectarine added with a touch of lemon zest, plus the classic funky edge like damp blanket, etc... overall the smell is not as intrusive as Cantillon bio Geuze or Lambic, showing a rather pleasant hop fragrance and balanced aroma achieved with malts--maybe due to all malted barleys and colourful hops used in this beer?
T: a funky and quite assertive salty-sour flavour of musty/moulded wood, dried grapefruit peels, and mature cheddar cheese comes to mind... the mouthfeel turns quickly tannic, rusty, woody, semi-dryish, with plenty of mineral elements to rub the tongue, while the saltiness keeps the company of bitter-sour fruits at each step. The aftertaste has an extra length of hop bitterness, along with a superb woody aroma and flavour lingering down the tongue. Overall the flavour is not so much fruit-dominated nor as sour as any other lambic/geuze I've tried, incl. Cantillon's own range, yet the additional hop bitterness is really pleasant I must say, making it perhaps the hoppiest lambic I've ever tasted~~
M&D: very smooth, almost no fizziness is detected on the mouthfeel, while the texture is rusty and chewy as usual. The body is pretty balanced for a lambic, perhaps due to the amount of hops used at different stages in making this beer. Distinctive from Cantillon's other offerings, with a pronounced edge of hop bitterness and fragrant flavour to make this nice beer apart from other great ales by this traditional brewery. I'd love to try the draught version if it's ever available. A really nice hoppy one this is~~

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle cap & corked from Dilly Deli.

Poured hazy yellow color with an minimal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.

Moderate sour yeasty raw wet woody aroma.

Light to medium body with a tingly texture.

Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderated duration.

This is a standout beer for style.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into 3F stemware. 2007 sticker, bottled in 2010 (cork).

A: Pours a clear light honey-amber color with two fingers of fine bright white head that actually held great retentions. A fuzzy, rather thick, film lasted until the glass was drained. Beautiful.
S: Heaven in a glass. The nose is dry, lightly tart, earthy, musty, funky, barnyardish and contains notes of caramel malt. Woody and dry oak is heavy as well, and there is even a splash of golden fruits, white grapes, and citrus.
T: The first thing I thought when I tasted this was “distinctive.” This beer very vinous and dry as expected, but there is something bitter mixed in with the funk and sourness that is akin to citrus pith and rind, but not as harsh. Hops could be the culprit, I’m not smart enough. There is a leafy earthiness to the brew. Maybe a bit of green fruit as well. The finish is vinous and full of light malts and straw, and the aftertaste is dry, lightly tart, bitter and mildly acid and citrusy.
M: Clean and refreshing body, crips, dry and smooth mouthfeel, with soft and delicate carbonation.
O: Another awesome beer from the masters of the style. I could drink this every day. Perhaps I should move to Belgium… Cheers!

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My very first Cantillon!!! I practically trembled with the 6oz glass in my hand. I was very nervous about spilling it. Anyway, had it on tap at Norey's in Newport, RI as part of their "Sours and Lambics" tap takeover. This was a delightful beer. Floral, earthy, very tart. Bit of a citrus bite to it. What I enjoyed most was how delicate it was to the palate. Not cloying at all, not overly mouth puckering, and the back of my tongue didn't feel the burn certain sours provide. But these are masters of the art. Cantillon delivers!

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Photo of pagriley
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec. 2014 750ml into snifter

Pours slightly hazy amber gold with slight head and ring. Good cascade of carb
Funk, tart and a touch of sweet malt / caramel on the nose
Taste is classically funky Cantillon with a bit of bitterness to finish
A touch stickier and less dry than regular gueuze

Overall a delicious beer - something worth seeking out

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Photo of MarcWP
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of Pahn
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip. 2007 vintage, bottled in 2010. Stored in refrigerator and let sit about 30 minutes at room temperature before opening. There was a bit of sludge between the cap and the cork, but the cork came out with minimum effort and resulted not in any gushing, but just a gust of some very beautiful effervescent, lambic aroma.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, puffy and fizzy, just-offwhite head that dissipates steadily into a small, persistent foam ring around the surface of the glass. Pours a translucent amber and neither head nor beer leave any lacing besides the short-lived islands that pop up with every sip.

Smell: Slightly acetic, with some vaguely herbal hops, and a sort of soft, creamy funk. Fruity, like strawberries. With warmth the smell evens out into a kind of strawberries and creaminess. Doesn't much enrich the flavor, but it does smell good.

Taste: First sip: strong, immediate sourness and an almost dirt-like barnyard funk (not as off-putting as that sounds if at all), with a nice creaminess to the funk and some hop bitterness near the end. Strong, sharp sourness gives way to a more permeating tartness.

At this point, each sip follows a similar pattern: there's a very pronounced fruit flavor up front that's indistinct but reminiscent of strawberry and apricot, the entire flavor coated by the pervasive tartness but softened by the mild sweetness, giving way to a core of barnyard funk and hop bitterness. It's a great balance, and a very complex, satisfying flavor (evoking grand, perhaps ridiculous descriptions that employ words like 'coating' and 'core', as if the flavor were a landscape).

As the beer warms, a lot more citrus comes out, with the fruit flavor up front veering strongly towards red grapefruit. The funky character also develops and expands, getting tangier and fuller rather than appearing as the kind of harsh, dirt-reminiscent note from earlier. The flavor never gets stagnant; different fruit notes come up, the Brett flavors continue to change, and it always remains decidedly palatable and balanced.

I have to give this beer a 5.0 for taste; it's just too good at being what it's supposed to be. The strong influence of hops (there's an oily, resiny character to the taste and feel that's reminiscent of some of the danker American IPAs), along with the interplay between hop bitterness and tartness is excellent.

I cynically expected the brewery's talk of "cold-hopping" (dry hopping, i.e. steeping hops in the already fermented beer rather than during the pre-fermentation boil) to be simple ad copy about fancy ingredients and techniques--"how could dry hopping not be overwhelmed by the giant, sour influence of spontaneous fermentation?" It's not a mere marketing gimmick though; what the hops are doing in this beer exceeds what you could even want them to do. The execution proves the idea to be genius.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Creamy and juicy feel, with a lingering tartness and bitterness. Doesn't feel nearly as carbonated as it looks, but there's a moderate amount of carbonation. Some slick, oily texture that is actually quite pleasant despite how it might sound.

Drinkability: This beer scores points all over your palate, and delivers more complexity and delicious flavor at 5% ABV than your average 11%+ beer. I'm savoring this beer over the course of hours, and would happily get another bottle and do it again.

After being a bit disappointed with Rosé de Gambrinus (my bottle of which, I think, I drank too young), I was a little afraid of trying another Cantillon beer, thinking that perhaps my expectations had become too raised and my preferences had perhaps moved away from lambics. However, these doubts were unfounded. Iris is, *exactly*, the kind of refinement and complexity I signed on for when I paid those extra dollars for a bottle of Cantillon at a store full of world class beer.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at pizza paradiso on 5/8/14

A-Pours unclear orange with a lasting and lacing medium off-white head.

S-Aroma is leather, fresh flowers, sour fruit, grass, and apple.

T-Taste is light+ sweet, bitter and tart.

M-Mouthfeel has a light/medium body, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes dry and bitter with a nice bite.

O-another great lambic way to go cantillon

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Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: a 12 ounce heavy bottle with foil cork and cap.

Allowed to warm and served in a Flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a soft orange amber color with a think white head in my Brooklyn Flute glass. When the head fades there is no notable lacing.

Smell: Musty sour lemon aroma with strong suggestion of old wood barrels, and hints of the yeast and Lambic funk.

Taste: Wow! I Love it!! I was expecting much more intense than this. It is tart yes but somehow it seems even less intense than the Cantillon Kriek. This is smooth and easy sour. With an apple cider acidity and dark dryness. but there it also a level of depth, with Muscat grapes and woodiness (vinous) and a sweetness that came out long after the beer is swallowed and the sour fades the aftertaste continues to shine.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly dry with just the right acidity and sour to make me smack my lips and salivate for more long after each swallow.

Drinkability: As a sour beer fan, I loved this one. It is up there with, if not even better than Vigneronne. WOW. I need to get more of this stuff. If only the 750s were less than $17.99 I'd be drinking this beer every night. That said, this style is not a transition beer. This is an acquired taste, I love.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to duffextracold for bringing this up from the cellar. 2007 bottle.

Dark gold with a pristine white head. Great retention for a sour. Smells like Sweet Tarts, yellow grapefruit and must. Tastes like it smells with a litte extra straw, hayloft in there.

It's Cantillion. You could open ferment a bucket of spit in that brewhouse and it would be great.

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Photo of onefalsemove711
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007, Bottled 15 December, 2010.

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - Deep golden copper with a one finger head that dissipates relatively quickly to a silky white lace that lingers about for quite awhile.

S - Sour cherries and yeast with subtle citrus and floral notes.

T - Sour cherry, bitter orange and spicy hops.

M - Great carbonation and body really adding to a very enjoyable mouthfeel.

O - A very intriguing and complex ale that really kept me on my toes from the word go. My first Cantillon experience and I really enjoyed! I will definitely be seeking out Iris and any other Cantillon offerings that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Both intense and satisfying, the unblended Labics always gives an intimate view into an unadulturated flavor and process of brewing these magical beers.

Initial vinous aromas speak of super dry white wines, lemon rinds, must, and a mild cidery/vinegar note. Supportive dusty note take the shape of old woods, leather, and mildly horsey notes. Still, the lemon acidity and vinous oaky notes dominate the nose and give a tickle to the nose. Only a mild phenolic scent (band-aid) distracts from the clean lactic/malty nose.

Surprisingly, the beer pours with a light carbonation that fuels a very froathy whie head. Lacing well and retaining better yet, this lambic is much less 'still' than straight lambics should. Deep golden or strong-straw in color, the beer carries a mystic and foggy glow.

Initial flavors of citrus lemons and limes (and the rinds thereof) very much lead the way. Tart apple cider flavors are mixed with light vinegar, white wines (young white grapes), and an aged wood character more reminescent of sandlewood than oak. Leathery, musty, and savory- this beer leads to a long and transitioning bitter and acidic finish. Though it is easy to confuse the acidic sharpness with the pang of hop bitterness, the two are different and are displayed well with the early citrus flavor and the late bitterenss.

Medium at best, to start, the beer tries to become somewhat malty early on. But the beer lets go of that notion quickly and the pursues a lactic sourness, pleasant astringency, and late bitter dryness in the throat.

This beer has dramatic impacts from the split second that it hits the lips until extremely deep in the finish. For a light and thirst quenching beer, this beer has an impressive range that keeps the complexity going and going.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03/28/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle sealed in foil, capped and corked. Vintage 2005 on the cork. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep orange colored pour. Maybe a bit rust like. Clouded yeasty pour. Minor rim of a head upon pour. Light spots of lace remain and drip down the sides of the glass.

Smell- Not as much funk as would like, but a nice tart and sour grassy and fruity nose. Can't really pick up what fruit though. Maybe lemon?

Taste- Tart, but not outrageously tart as some of the other Cantillon brews I have had. A nice mixture of lemon, orange and grapefruit sour medly.

Mouthfeel- Makes you salivate for more. Good tartness and next to no carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent output from Cantillon. Maybe my favorite of the bunch to date.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a handpump pull at Teresa's Next Door in a oversize wine glass.

Once the bright white frothy foam settled from the top of the glass about 10oz's of copper bronze shaded liquid graced the glass with a inch of settled layered foam that lasted, some splotches left behind.

This smells spectacular. A real nice hit of wet oak with some hay thrown in with light citrus. All together earthy with that Cantillon smell. Barnyard. damp basement.

This was just so flavorful from jump street. Im hit with that sourness up front with faded apple and hay. The oak is prominent yet not looming. This is sharp stuff. Earthy grass in the middle with an acidic nature, but not overkill.

After some time in the glass this settled down a bit. First sips off a loon are always mind bending, but after some time Iris comes into it's own. A small step up from light with alot of activity in the mouth. Strong aftertaste of sour apple and such.

I could have drank this all day. It really makes me appreciate the less sought after loons. This does the trick. I had some 5 years aged Iris on tap not to long ago and this blew it out of the water. I think this is a more recent vintage. Great stuff.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage. Courtesy of Steven Smith the chief beer geek at the Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Poured into 3 tulip glasses. Appears a ruby orange minimal head. Small globby lacing.

Sour greenhouse floral smell. Granny smith apples. Mild citrusy. Smells kind of like a rainy morning in a garden.

Taste is more of the same. The greenhouse thing is really what I am emphasizing here. Smells like the local garden center mixed with some sunshine and a tinge of citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, the green grassy taste lingers for quite a while.

Drinkability: Don't pass this beer up if you have the chance.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
95 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.
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