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:
2,063
Reviews:
498
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
711
Gots:
475
For Trade:
47
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Ratings: 2,063 |  Reviews: 498
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of hopdog
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared bottle provided by Eyedrinkale.

Poured a medium hazy amber color with a white head. Aromas of mustiness, peachy, with sour apples. Tastes of the same funky/mustiness, green apples, and citrus. Tart with a light sweet finish. I enjoyed this one.

Notes from: 12/11/04

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Photo of MattXT
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL glass poured into a stemless wine glass.

Starts with a creamy cream-colored head over a grapefruit juice colored-body. Has a similar texture and cloudiness to grapefruit juice. 5

Tart citrus again reminds me of grapefruit. Funk-heavy, orchard-like and peach and apricot. 4.5

Grapefruit juice with earthy, grassy hops. Orchard funk kind of blankets the flavors leaving its mark. Peach tart flavors linger. Excellent. 4.5

Tart, lightly acidic, funky, and earthy. 4.75

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Photo of Jamison85
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Furlinator
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haven Gastropub on 09/01/16.

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Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Photo of deapokid
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Craft Ale House in Limerick on 3/19. 2005 Vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Sparkling gold, like a glass of champagne. Very bubbly and topped with one faint lily pad of foam, a bit of white lacing and ring of head.

Aroma is slightly tart, boasting a potpourri of floral notes, a little lemon sourness, some grass and a mild dryness at the end.

Flavor is very acidic, packing in lemon, dandelion, chamomile and a concluding dryness. Taste seems to be a bit overwhelmed by the tea-like floral qualities present in the beer, making it a bit of a strong sipper.

Liquid is watery at first, followed by a very dry pucker. Bitter conclusion is a shade strong, but not unpleasant.

Although I enjoyed pick out the uncommon and unique flavors in this one, the "pissy" acidity and overly floral notes were a bit overwhelming. It was nice to try once, but I may not go back and it's certainly not one of Cantillon's best (those would be the Gueuze and Saint Lamvinus, in my opinion).

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 2007 vintage 750ml bottle it was an orange/amber color with a fresh 2 finger head smell was spice and hops with a malt and biscuit presence before the sour fruit like lemon and apples..taste was spice ,then some tart lemon with slight hops.malt and biscuit it ended with a nice sour .tart taste ..mouth feel was crisp and tart not as sour as other offerings..but it is not meant to be..this is unlike most cantillon offerings ive had not as sour but with a slight hops taste and malts,,still its outstanding and so drinkable..i loved this one will buy more

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cantillon Iris. Corked and capped 750, 2007 Vintage.

I opened the bottle and pulled the cork. I smelled the end of the cork and it smelled like straight red wine vinegar.... I got scared but the fright wouldn't last long. It poured a reddish amber. Good clarity, light carbonation. The aroma was excellent. Big sour twang. Apple skin, slight hoppiness. The taste was more of the same. Big fruit flavor and a nice sour kick. Not too sour though. Definitely the least sour Cantillon product I've had thus far. Nice hop bitterness and tremendous balance. The malts and hops play very well with the sour yeast notes.

Absolutely delicious. Good mouthfeel and amazing drinkability. I usually get burned out on Guezue's and Lambics after 2 glasses but I could literally drink Iris all night long. An absolute winner.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful bright orange/yellowish brew. Just a ring and light film of head, typical of the style.

The smell is amazing: a truly impressive amount of funk greets the nose in a few different ways. "Barnyard" or "horse blanket" as some would call it; I'm going with rustic, hay, almost a touch dirty, but in a delicious way.

The brew cannot truly deliver that incredible aroma to the palate perfectly, but it's a very funky, rustic brew. Straw, wheat, grainy malt; almost no sweetness; tart and lightly sour without being fruity.

Lively and very drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,063 ratings.
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