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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
Ranking:
#329
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
2,091
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty pale blond color with nice clarity. The head rises to the height of two fingers, but dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Tons of barnyard funk and little else. Washed rind cheese, wet dog, dirty socks. Basically like taking a walk through a farm. Wonderfully funky stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel: Lemon rind and apple cidar vinegar. Very sour but not especially harsh. This is supposedly a hoppy Cantillon beer, but I'm not really getting any hop flavors. Very dry stuff through and through.

Notes: Excellent stuff, I'm going to have to revisit this soon.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottled in 2010. Consumed August 2012.

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head that fades to a ring. Some active carbonation in the glass. Color is a clear dark orange gold.

Aroma: A decent amount of citrus with herbal flavors. Lemons and pears stick out a bit. It has a decent amount of funk to it with a touch of oak. I also get a bit of sweetness from it, along the lines of honey. Normally I can't detect hops in sours, but there seems to be a bit of floral hops showing.

Taste: First thing I notice is that there is a lot more oak showing here than other sours I have had. Second, the hops show a lot here. It has some acidic citrus here, mainly lemons. Also has some sour yeasty flavors. Pretty funky with some hay and horseblanket showing. The fruit flavors are a little more subdue here, but are in the background.

Mouthfeel: Herbal feeling with a sweet, yet tart feel to it. A light to medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and oaky with the slightest medicinal aftertaste to it.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable sour. It has a lot of nice flavors to it and very unique from some of the other lambics I have had. More oak and more hops show from this one. A very solid offering.
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Bottled May 20, 2016. Consumed December 2016. One of the freshest Iris bottles I have had.

White head. Golden hazy orange.

Herbal and floral. Earthy and citrusy. Very bright. Lemon and grapefruit. Sour and tart, but not over the top. Very faint funk.

Low to medium carbonation. Ends with a bit of bitterness and floral hops.

A very nice and enjoyable bottle. Was great to try very fresh.
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Bottled Dec 15, 2011 consumed 3/2017

This vintage was very floral. The hops show a lot here, much more than normal. Earthy and zesty. A bit bitter. Caramel malts. This was one of my least favorite vintages or Iris.
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Bottled December 26, 2016, consumed August 2017.

This bottle is a bit young to me. It is very floral, earthy, and herbal. A bit of sweetness. Some funk but overall, it lacks depths and finish. It has a light grape/white wine flavor. This one will hopefully benefit with a few years.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005, poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very sour and vinegary with apples, grapes and a little spice, but it's pretty pleasant and exactly what you expect from this type of beer.

T: The taste is likewise very sour up front with flavors of tart apples and grapes. Then there's a little bit of sweetness that comes in to provide some balance. After the first sip, the sourness and complementary flavors come together quite well.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this isn't the type of beer that I normally drink but this a very nice sour beer to drink for a long time.

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy, light copper colored body, topped by a thin layer of light tan head. The foam recedes quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Floral funk with notes of coriander, pepper and perhaps some chamomile. Lots of musty funk and a bit of toffee and toasted malt.

T - Soft, smooth lactic sourness with fruity flavors of pineapple up front. Some acetic sourness in the middle along with toffee malt and sweet, candied citrus that creates a sweet/sour contrast that is a little reminiscent of a Flemish red. More citrus sourness in the finish with some vanilla malt notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is an exceptionally complex and drinkable lambic. The wild character is intense and complex, but the sourness is rounded and never overwhelms the palate. There is a lot of fruity complexity that works with the funk to create a sweet and sour character that reminds me a bit of a Flemish red. All of this is backed up by a nice malt character that is quite a bit more complex than that of most lambics. A great beer that deserves a place in any collection of sour beers.

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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage generously shared by Huhzubendah to help me finish off both the top Belgian list and the top Unblended Lambic list. Served in a tulip.

Pours copper with a very, very large off-white head with really good retention. The nose is pretty interesting with some slight funk and a few floral notes. There's a bit of acidity there as well. Mild earth. The taste takes this to the next level. There is a light acidic presence with some notes of light stone fruits plus some damp earth and general musk. Body is fairly light and low in carbonation. Finish is tart, yet not too bracing. Quite drinkable. Thanks again, Matt!

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4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle. Hazy dark peach color with off-white head. Aroma has some fermented fruits, damp cellar, some vinegar acidity. Taste starts tart but also quite bitter and earthy upfront. Hay, barnyard, really rustic. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. It's a really interesting lambic but quite acidic with harsh bitterness.
2006 bottle. More balanced and funky. Dry, barnyard funk, not so harsh bitterness, long dry and sour finish.

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3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.32/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: ? (probably on tap at Monk's). This review is from a recent tasting.

Pardon my lower rating, but when it comes to Cantillon, I try to be as objective as possible and ignore the overhypage. Not sure what year this bottle was--I think it was 2011 or 2012--and it had some of that gnarly sediment on top of the cork. Hazy orange-yellow pour, effervescent, with a small, fizzy, white head; moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma had a funky sourness to it, wet grass, citric acid and floral notes, some woodiness. There was a rather subdued sourness up front in the taste, lemon pith and grass, horseblanket, notable (and somewhat unpleasant) hop bitterness, floral and somewhat vegetal notes, raw celery, bitter and a bit medicinal in the finish. Dry mouthfeel, light-medium to medium in body. It's decent, but not really my thing.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excessive head: a quarter bottle (12.7 oz) filled a 24 oz glass with foam. It settles quickly in a dome-like way, leaving nearly no lace. The brew is dark amber and fully cloudy. A softer second pour resulted in half foam, half liquor.

Sweet and sour as one might expect. On the sweet side, there's caramelized sugar and faint flowers. On the sour side, I detect mild citrus and some yeast.

The flavor is overtly tart. Lip puckeringly strong. The finish is a dry bitterness--I don't think it's from any hops. No notable sweetness; this comes across like an unsweetened lemonade. The body is full while the carbonation is surprisingly light. If you like your lambics overly sour, then you'll love this one. Perhaps the sourest beer I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Effervescent apricot with 1 finger of beige head. Good head retention & great lacing

S: Sourness, some horse blanket & a touch of leather

T: Puckery sourness, green, green apples, leather & tartness up front. Leather & cherry/green apple tartness dominate as this warms. Finishes crisp & puckery

MF: Dry, medium bodied & super puckery

Great example of the style, but 2 glasses max for me

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