Cantillon Iris | Brasserie Cantillon

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4.36/5
Outstanding
2,102 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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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:
#334
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
2,102
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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713
Gots:
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Ratings: 2,102 |  Reviews: 504
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MattXT
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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 durlta
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of deapokid
3.3/5  rDev -24.3%
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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Photo of ScottP
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mrcraft
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Petegrieco
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Photo of hopley
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brew33
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Cantillon Iris from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 2,102 ratings
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