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:
2,061
Reviews:
497
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
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Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml green glass bottle with a bottled-on date of Feb 20th 2012. ABV is stated as 6%. Purchased at the brewery back in May, while on a trip to Belgium/the Netherlands. I was able to try this at Moeder Lambic while I was in Brussels - it was great!

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). A bright orange-amber hue with medium carbonation; much hazier on the second pour. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before dissipating. A tart, dry aroma with notes of lemony acidity, musty barnyard funk, green apples, mild vinegar, hay, earthiness, yeast and faint hints of caramel and hop overtones. Complex and inviting.

The flavour is distinctly sour and dry, with layers of character and a slightly bitter finish. Notes of tart lemons, unripe apples, barnyard funkiness, subtle vinegar, musty yeast, hay/straw, faint citrus and a vanishing hint of caramel malt. Very faint aromatic hop overtones in the background. A mild hop bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is puckeringly acidic - bone dry and highly astringent. Quite light, with tingly carbonation and good body. Aftertaste of tart, dry mustiness with a hint of bitter hops. Incredible.

A fantastic beer. Not a true lambic, but superbly crafted nontheless. The spontaneous fermentation gives it a sour, funky character with amazing depth. My only (slight) complaint is that the hops are too subtle and attenuated - was hoping for more in the aroma. When I had this on tap in Brussels it seemed hoppier, but perhaps the time that has passed has allowed the hop notes to fade. I suspect this is a beer best consumed young. Anyway, another quality offering from Cantillon and well worth your time. Grab one if you come across it.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Offered at the 2008 Zeno's Belgian Beer Fest 4/26/08.

A-Honey goledn yellow with a thin white head that dissipates to nothing.

S-Sourness is pronounced and pungent. Very much like a glass of sour grapes...nice.

T-As one would expect this is a sour one! But while the sourness dominates it is amazing to me how balanced it is. Sure it is like a liquid sweet-tart but a totally enjoyable one!

M-Medium-light body. Somewhat thin a fairly unexciting. The carbonation helps keep it interesting.

D-I have some to expect nothing but good to great beers from Cantillon and this one does not disappoint. Gets better with each and every sip. This a a very nice example of style.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage into Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy/mirky copper orange with a fizzy off-white head. A decently aggressive pour yields about 2 fingers-worth of head. Some decent head retention leave a thin layer of head fizzy here and there.

S - Lots of funky, tart, and sour notes smacks you across the face right away. Barnyard, horse blanket, and some tart citrus notes as well but this is pretty much funk funky funkness.

T - Not quite as funky as the nose. Has tart orange-peel notes that stick out a lot and make the finish bitter. I don't know if I'm really digging that characteristic but it doesn't totally ruin this lambic. Citrus, tart/sour, some acidic notes in there as well.

M - Light and fizzy, just how I like 'em. Very champagne-esk dry finish.

D - There are other lambics I prefer over this one from Cantillon.

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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 halo3one
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devilfluff
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of homebrew311
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep goldish orange with minimal head. Nose is very aromatic with a strong presence of herbal hops paired with some acid and funk. The earthiness of the hop profile pairs nicely with the bacteria. There are also some notes of caramel and oak towards the end. Taste is acidic up front with a nice tart punch which quickly gives way to herbal/earthy/tea like hops. Notes of lemon, grass, and tart cherries all come through in the flavor. Overall, this is an interesting and complex beer. Definitely not my favorite from Cantillon, but that may be due more to personal preference.

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Photo of hopley
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Zwanze Day 2011

Hazy golden orange and yellow with a persistent white head. Spots and thin sheets of lacing mess the glass.

Bright aromas of barnyard funk and some tart yeast along with plenty of stinging sour notes. There's also a lingering sweetness throughout of mild citrus and some wood.

The flavor really shines far more than the aroma would initially indicate. A wonderful combination of bright citrus, earthy hay and grass, a bit of sour, and a warm blanket of barnyard, musty funk.

Medium bodied and ample carbonation. A joy to drink.

Incredibly drinkable and remarkably complex. Wonderful

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 cork date into an Iris glass. Shared with schen9303.

Not too carbonated. Nose is of oak, wet wood, tart lemon rind, hay, and old cheese. Moderately aromatic but the smell is incredible. Flavor is bready. Biscuit, tart lime and lemon, hay, peat and wet wood and cobwebs. Foam in the middle with a touch of band-aid and a light, tart cheesiness. Finishes dry and puckering. Light bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily on the palate with a bone dry finish that makes you come back for more.

Excellent complexity with the feel to match. This has a ton of potential and it'll only get better with age. Outstanding!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Photo of harrymel
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2004
Served to me at delirium cafe, brussels.

A: bottle has appeared to be in a place with lots of soil as I can rub the label and it feels like man hands at the end of a day of landscaping - rough and granular. The beer pours a turbid and hazy honey color. Having been poured with vigor, bubbles appeared at the surface, but transiently. No lacing.

S: tart lemons come thru with some interesting earthy and bell pepper tones. Some cider vinegar and also some anise seed at the tippy tip of the tail.

T: zinga! Sour beer! This is so sour it burns the roof of my mouth, gangster. Flavors of sweaty leather, lemons, potting soil, sheet grass.

M: thin and dry, nearly no carb left here. As mentioned, top of mouth was burning and at the end, my tongue was quite raw.

O: although this may be the sourest beer I've had, which is awesome, I don't think this beer was particularly great for cantillon. Although still very good, and I would drink again and again.

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Photo of philbe311
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's Black Friday event
Vintage: 2004

A - A medium orange color with honey highlights... Glowing and effervescent... Cheery... Loaded with carbonation with bubbles bursting throught the surface... Not much in the way of either head or lacing...

S - Salt water... Floral... Weak sweet citrus... A minor funkiness...

T - Tart pear... Salted grapefruit... Sour apple... Citrus acidity... Berries... Some faint yeasty notes... Ever so slight candied sugar finish...

M - On the light side of medium bodied... Bold carbonation... Crisp and assetive... A whopper of a tart puckering follow through... Oddly addictive...

D - A delicate sipper... Highly enjoyable... This 5 year old version is proof that this beer can be aged as those still possessed vigorous tartness and carbonation...

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

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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Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,061 ratings.
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