Cantillon Iris

Cantillon Iris

Rated 3.722 by BeerPals

Brewed by Brasserie Cantillon / Brouwerij Cantillon

Brussels, Belgium

Style:  Unblended Lambic

5% Alcohol by Volume

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In 1998, the Brussels Museum of the Gueuze celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Cantillon brewery decided to make a new spontaneous fermentation beer for this occasion, named after this symbolic flower. It is a completely original beer which, contrary to the other products of the Brewery, is not brewed with 35% of wheat. The Iris, which is only made with malt of the pale ale type (giving a more amber colour to the beer) conserves the typical flavour of the spontaneous fermentation, the complex aromas and the vinous taste. The hopping is different too. Lambic is made with 100% dried hops, for the Iris we use 50% of dried hops and 50% of fresh hops. The latter cause a superb acidity, the former, due to their tannins, enable to conserve the beer while preserving all its qualities. After two years in the barrel, the Iris undergoes a second fresh hopping two weeks before the bottling. A linen bag, filled with hops, is soaked in the beer for two weeks. This technique, called "cold hopping", gives the beer a more intense savour and makes the smell and the taste more bitter. Iris is brewed only once every season and all the beers come from the same brewing. This is why the beer is dated. The second fermentation is obtained by adding liquor. 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.

ID: 619 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

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Overall Rank920
Overall Percentile98.3
Style Rank2 of 33
Style Percentile93.9
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.781
Weighted Score3.722
Standard Deviation0.459

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.4 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Pours clearish topaz with a fair ivory head. Aroma features tart stonefruit, sweet floral and subtle tropical tones. Flavor yields tart stonefruit, sweetish tropical al and subtle floral notes. Texture presents OK body and fizz. Flowering.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 7

    Opaque orange without any foam head whatsoever. Aroma is vinager like, some sour fruits. You have to get used to this taste every time again, sourish, vinegar like, but still quite interesting. (Velp 201406)

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Amber hued go.den pour with loads of effervescent carbonation. Strong barnyard aromas of hay with a pleasant citrus/lemon undertone. Highly acidic yet cloyingly dry mouthfeel begs for small sips. Notes of wheat, hay, lemongrass and slightly bitter hops meld with a strongly sour finish, biting at the back of the jaw and drying the palate immensely. As it warms the hops play a bigger role, unique for a cantillon lambic, and play well off the strong orange/lemon notes. A phenomenal lambic, notably since its unblended.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours an attractive apricot color with airy, white head. Aroma and flavor boast tartness. Flavor also has citrus and solid yeast character. Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Fun beer to sample, I've had it exactly twice orr a decade of beer loving, though I'm certainly no expert in the style.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Reminiscent of a nice dry wine, I was pleased with how well this is put together without any blending. Golden yellow with a slight orange tint and a vibrant fizzy head. It sparkles in the glass. Fruity and pleasantly tart, not as assertive as other Lambics. A dry sourness adds to a crisp refreshing treat that helped cut through the heavier beers previously sampled. This would be a great bottle to accompany any fine meal.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The aroma is really lively, sour (duh), some resin and a funky moldyness. It's a hazy light goldish brown, very fizzy of course. Very dry in the mouth, clean and palate cleansing, can only imagine all the foods you could pare with this. Sipped slowly it really reminded me of a good wine.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    if only these were reasonably priced. i've liked just about every cantillon i've tried, this included, but they are so darn expensive...and this one's on the cheaper end of the spectrum. lots of tart funk, sour apple, high acidity. more complexity in the nose than flavor if only because the tartness overpowers a little. probably the best i've had in style.

  • SIGMUND 6904 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    750 ml corked and capped green bottle, vintage 2007, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6%. Deep golden to orange colour, moderate off-white head.Beguiling complex aroma, notes of farmhouse, rustic kitchen, oxidised apples, apple cider vinegar and hops. The flavour is sour but not extreme, hints of oxidised apples and spices, unlike other lambics it also has a distinct hoppy bite in the finish. ~

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Beer 11 of my 12 Beers of Christmas - and my first unblended lambic. Pours an orange-amber with a medium to thin head that maintains leaving some tight lacing. Tart apple aroma with a slight yeasty zing and some barnyard funk. Very carbonated. Zesty tart apples with a heavy yeasty funk and a distinct bitter. Big beer. Unusual, impressive, different, sour. Another one off the wish list - been on there along time. One more style to go...

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 4.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    750ml bottle
    6% ABV
    2006 Vintage
    The Beerbistro (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
    July 10, 2009
    The beer poured a relatively clear golden orange with a small amount of haze and a whole lot of effervescence. The aroma was sour apples, some earth and must. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and highly carbonated. The taste was both sour and bitter, and a great experience for the tongue.

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