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:
2,069
Reviews:
499
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
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712
Gots:
476
For Trade:
48
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Photo of ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Colored opaque orange, with a deeper color in the center. A tiny off-white head caps the liquid. Some musty sour yeast and slight hops make up the aroma. It is flavored slightly like apricot. Soon after, a good sour flavor kicks in. It isn't too puckering. Some yeast flavors linger. I find it very tasty. It has a medium body and low carbonation. As I said, very little puckering sensation--just enough to let you know its there. Not much coat, just what you would expect from this style. It's very drinkable. Not too sour and very refreshing. The low ABV keeps them coming.

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Photo of kevindp9
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DispyDnb
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jm1229
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4th review on BA. 2007 Vintage opened up on 8/4/11 into my Duvel tulip. My first Cantillon beer! Extremely excited. Let's get to it!

A- Lively carbonation on this one as expected. It pours a cloudy, murky rust-orange. Darker than I thought it would be for 5%, but looks ready to be enjoyed. No lacing on the glass.

S- Smells rather sour. Lots of sourness. Apples? Grapes? Can't quite put my finger on it, but I really want to taste it.

T- Sour. Funky. Oaky. I was right about the grapes and apples, they're there for sure. Really tasty and I can't find it in myself to put it down.

M- Carbonation is nice and coats the palate rather nicely. Really nice and light.

O- Nothing really overwhelming about this beer, but as a whole, it really comes together wonderfully. A great introduction to Cantillon and I can't wait to try the others when I get my hands on them.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled 20 February 2012 and drank 28 December 2012.

Poured into a Cantillon tulip presenting a slightly hazy orange beer with not much of an off white head that eventually forms a ring of foam around the edge.

The aroma brings forth lemon, flowers, grass, and a nice musty funk.

On the first sip is a jowl shocking punch of tartness. After the initial shock the sour level on this is actually not too great. It has a good body and carbonation level. Lemon and white wine vinousness abound in this. The funk and oak fall in right behind. Touch of bitterness at the end.

This is a nice lambic to relax and sip on. Highly enjoyable like all Cantillon beers tend to be.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007, cork states bottled in 2010. Poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall flute, thanks Brad via random guy at DLD!

Appearance
Not quite what I expected. It quite dark. A fully hazed bruised fruit orange. A nice big head rises up quickly but is short lived. A persistent, but thin, layer of foam rides on top. No lacing as the head is comprised of very coarse bubbles.

Aroma
Ahh, I love a funk bomb. This one combines a large funky character with a citrusy dry hopping, and it's working very nicely. Lots of orange and lemon pair nicely with stinky, veiny cheese aromas. It smells like a cheese and fruit plate. Someone get me a piece of crumbly bleu, STAT! The malt base is there, and perhaps a bit sturdier than in many lambics. This is 100% malted barley, so it lacks the unmalted wheat that a typical lambic has. This seems to create a breadier base. Really this smells a lot like orange juice that has turned.

Taste
Very tame sourness, there's hardly any at all. It does grip the sides of the tongue especially towards the end in a meek sourness though. Lots of orange rind and juice. In many respects this is like drinking orange juice right after brushing your teeth. At the core, this beer is oaky and funky.

Mouthfeel
Carbonation is very low and it swirls away very quickly. The finish is bone dry. This is a pretty heft weighted sour, at a full medium.

Overall
This is a really good, tame sour. If you like IPAs this will probably suit you. The dry hopping has given it a unique citrusy spin.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 75 cL corked and capped bottle.

A: The ale is an amber orange color, quite brilliant as light shines through. The head was large on pour and disappeared rather quickly.

S: The beer smells like a stable, full of funky wet hay elements. Some tart green apple and grape aromas round it out.

T: An intense bitterness, full of brettanomyces and other gamey natural vermin. That tartness masks a rather strong hop presence that is earthy and quite bitter. That bitterness nicely compliments the tartness of the body. Finally, some of the grape and apple tartness of the nose comes through, adding a certain sweetness that helps to offset the impressive tartness.

M: Tart, this beer will make you pucker up! The finish is quite dry, forcing you to reach for another sip.

D: This style is not my favorite, the acrid tartness is too intense for my likes. My wife though, she loves this stuff. Crazy!

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Photo of jsh420
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

vintage 2004

pours hazy golden orange with a 1 finger white head that fades to a film and left no lacing

smell - wow so funky i dont know what i smell but i like it

taste is tart funky wild yeast and sour fruit

mouthfeel is a medium body beer that stings your mouth - good carb

drinkability is good - it may not be a brew you drink very often but i enjoyed sipping this beer

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage is marked on the label. It pours with a nice foam, pretty good lacing but not the best retention. Has a hazy orange color to it.

Smells of that typical bbf (Belgian barnyard funk), sourness and citrus.

Tastes of tart fruits, funk, mouth puckering sourness and a bit of grass. Another well made beer from Cantillon.

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Photo of Soilworker
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Vintage 2005 poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy opaque golden amber with a pinkish and orange tint. Half finger bone white head with minimal head retention.

S: Nice tart and sour aromas right up front with some musty yeastiness to go along with it. Predominate notes of woody oak, more predominate than I have previously experienced. There is some slight vinegar notes, (the cork was particularly vinegary). Little bit on the earthy side with notes of barnyard-like aromas.

T: Mouthpukeringly tart with an odd bitterness to go with it. The bitterness is a bit on the rough side. The sourness/tartness has a sour grapefruit character to it and there is some overtones of oak to go along with it...though its hard to pick up on. Finish is sour with some woody notes.

M: I want to say its moderately bodied but with the sourness its hard to pinpoint it.

D: Quite sour and tart so I find this to definitely be a sipping beer. I don't think I would drink this all night due to the intense tart and sourness.

Notes: This was one of my first few lambics I've tried so I'm not terribly experienced at tasting these but I did like this one for the most part. It was a bit on the overpowering side but I think this is just due to my inexperience. I would still but this again if the price was right :)

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Photo of aglose45
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brown/dark apricot color. The large white head quickly recedes, giving way to a thin head that sticks around for awhile.

S: The first whiff is of sour vinegar, followed by both leathery and lemon notes. Backing this is a sweet malty scent, maybe even sweet cherries.

T: There is a quick hit of tart citrus, lemon and apricot, then the taste moves on to some funk. What I'm getting from this funkiness is a bit of soapiness. Following this is a lingering sourness that is pleasant. I'm also getting a bit of oakiness.

M: Light and smooth, with a higher level of carbonation. The sourness lingers in the mouth well after the beer is gone.

D: This beer is good and sour, and it lingers awhile. My only complaint is that there isn't the same hint of sweetness in the taste that there is in the nose.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up on a trip to the brewery last year; 2007 vintage

a: amber body with mild golden highlights, light foam head that fades leaving a light white ring around the glass and small columns moving briskly up to the top

s: warmer caramel/toffee w/ a very acidic sour grape scent to balance; light dust; sweeter apples; banana bread; definitely has sourness of wild yeasts but is still sweet

t: sour apples; yogurt; warm sweet apples up front with sour apples and tart yeasts on the back

m: very carbonated with a medium/light body; nice and lively like champagne

d: definitely worth a try; very good and unusual; nothing quite like it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, nice little white creamy head, white little sticky lacing. The nose is very upfront, sour, with some yeast, slightly grassy. The taste is big time sour, slightly yeasty. Medium body, very sour, slightly bitter. Drinkable, this is a tasty beer, but too much for my tastes.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light auburn. Thin head and spotty lacing.

Sweets, funk and strong citrus.

Sour at the forefront, cherries, lemon peel. Oak, dry grassy flavors, light acidity in the finish.

Mouthfeel is perfect - not too light or dense. A lot of depth for a beer with such a light ABV.

Great beer. Strong sourness but not overwhelming, complex and sexy.

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Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky burnt gold with a tight, very light tan head.

Smell is vinous and herbal, surprisingly hoppy.

Taste has a decent tartness, is rather vinous, with rubbery phenols and a wierd, dirty aftertaste at first, although it opened up nicely.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is good, a great wine bridge, with nice complexity without being overly sour...however, overly sour is what I look for from Cantillon!

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Photo of AmericaGWShark
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hawks10
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage - 375ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip...

Pours a hazy dark orange, bordering on light brown...even when poured carefully there was a large amount of light, puffy white head, like 5 fingers worth...

Smell is very tart as expected, vinegar, some sour citrus fruits with a bit of earthy Cantillon funk going on...

Taste is extremely puckering at first until you kind of get acclimated to the beer. Sour fruits, some barnyard and earthy qualities, a bit of oak...

Tart and dry, medium bodied with great carbonation levels. Good amount of malt makes this beer smooth in spite of the heavy drying character...

Have enjoyed every Cantillon beer I have sampled, as with the others, 375ml is a large enough serving for me. Would like to revisit this one in the future...

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Photo of Crosling
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive blended orange in color with a small, quickly diminishing and extrememly noisy head of white foam.

Whiffs of soaked oak, fish, fruits and leather along with another spicy element that may insinuate the dry hopping.

Extremely characterful, dry, vinous, woody taste that does in fact taste much different than other unblended lambics.

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Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Monk's tavern in Philadelphia, PA. I have sampled this one several times, recently tried 2005 and 2007 side-by-side, the 05 seemed to have brett in it; very odd.

Appearance: Pour is a very light honey-orange with a small white head.

Smell: Lots of citrus, vinegar (some cat piss), and barnyard funk. Also some white grapes and orange.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, vinegar, tart apples, citrus, orange, wheat/yeast, white pepper, and barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and dry; very sour

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, like any cantillon. Does not disappoint, but does not stand out either.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden orange in color and poured with a finger high white head. The head has good retention properties and never completely faded away, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is evident.
S: There are aromas of sourness and barnyard funk in the nose along with some hints of flowery hops.
T: The beer tastes very sour and tart. It also has a strong amount of acidity.
M: It feels light-bodied and vinous on the palate; the finish feels somewhat dry..
D: The intensity of the sour flavor in the taste makes this a beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

Note: Vintage 2007, bottled in 2010

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Photo of xdtfx
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of megahurts4
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Iris 2007

Appearance: dark orange, small head, and very good lacing.

Smell: oak and sourness.

Taste: mild sourness with a tad of skunkiness and spices.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:
This goes down as a very mild sour. The flavors are subtle, yet very nice.

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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,069 ratings.
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