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Review by tavernjef on 09/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 12 16 4 8 2010
Color is a rusty deep golden clouded yellow, tall fluffy white head bursts up quickly becoming big bubbley and fizzy. Then lays flat to leave a fizzy collar. Lots of thin webby lacing.

Aroma is pungently strong, albiet a bit more pleasing then the vulgarly pleasing Vigneronne. This has a steady waft of the funky horse blanket - barnyard thing, without the canned tuna and arrogance that the Vigneronna has. Otherwise its nearly the same with citrusy notes of grapefruit, lime, and lemon, floral deepness with the roots and all, earthy and highly sweet.

Taste is quick and tart with citrus rinds of all kinds, moslty lime and grapefruit, dry and sour puckering sweet with nice floral notes creeping in. Lots of layers to the souring tartness, musk, fresh flowers, grasses, sour candies, citric acidicness, dirt, sour, sour, sour.

Whew, its packed. Full on tartness, sourness, and sweetness. Its actually not bad, it takes a few sips to get used to, but as you snap your senses around it and it warms, its pretty good. Still though, its a big time sipper with all that tongue drying, cheek puckering, lip tingling sour tartness.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
750ml
$13.99
Binny's, Orland

Vintage 2005

Iris fills up this here glorified flute with a russet red body and glowing orange highlights and a slight haziness. The orange grows when I hold this lambic up in front of a light and nearly takes over the body. A quick, fizzy white head grows to two fingers on the pour before fizzing down to a thin, swirling cap. A quick swirl of the glass brings the bubbly head back briefly.

The nose of Iris isn't near as funky or tart as other Cantillons I've had in the past. White vinegar acidity keeps it Cantillon while decaying wood, mousy and damp barnyard notes rise and fall with each aroma. The barnyard aromas are of the damp hay, grass, and wood variety as opposed to the animal aromas of others. There's a handful of fresh mint leaping from the glass that I'm sure comes from the dry hopping of this lambic. That spearmint characteristic bumps the aroma up a notch in my book. Each quick, hard swirl brings forward some white grapefruit.

The flavor follows the aroma with mild barnyard (more like forest floor) qualities and a quick flash of white vinegar that makes me pucker about half way through the mouth. The mint is more subdued but still in the flavor as well, I would have liked to see a bit more considering what the aroma led to. The acidity is moderate and much less than some of the other Cantillons. This is a very well put together beer and one of the easier drinking Cantillon. There's not a hop bitterness exactly but a tongue sapping nature that feels like it's been scrubbed by hoppy bitterness, it's oddly superb.

Iris has a great mouthfeel with a soft body and spritzy carbonation on the swallow. The carbonation, incredibly drying mouthfeel, and feeling of bitterness sap the mouth of all saliva and scrub the tongue dry; just how I like it.

I could handle a bottle of this easy with a little time. It's a sipping savoring beer but it's also quenching and easy to drink.

Iris isn't quite as bitingly sour as some of the other Cantillon lambics and could be considered good introduction to the Cantillon family. They never disappoint and Iris is another gem in their stellar lineup. I'm going to pick a few more of these up for cellaring; especially being that this is one of the cheaper Cantillon bottles out there.

Reviewed: 5/11/09

Price: $13.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 09/07/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 2002
Bottled 2002, Sampled February 2004
This beer pours a hazy amber-copper color, which is in stark contrast to the typical light gold color of a traditional Gueuze. It is reasonably well carbonated. The carbonation creates an off white head that is persistent but only 1/4 inch in my tulip glass. Wow, the aroma has as the strongest element definite notes of cat-piss, surely the most I have ever experienced in a Lambic beer. Other aromas of musty barns and of course some sour notes as well.

Upon my first taste I notes that there is lots of hop character for a Lambic type beer, which mixes quite interestingly with the traditional Lambic character. Don't get me wrong, the hop character is fairly subdued but it is here, even after 3 years of aging in the cask. This beer is of course sour (what else would you expect from a Cantillon product), with notes of citrus (a lemon & grapefruit mix) as well as a hint of vinegar. The barnyard musty-leather Brettanomyces character is quite prevalent in this bottle. This concoction showcases what this fickle funky yeast can do. This beer is quite fruity as well, what comes to mind as an apt description for this fruitiness is that of sour apples.

The lack of wheat in this beer seems to make this beer a bit fuller/ richer in the mouth than a typical Lambic product. This beer is not overly hard either, especially for a Cantillon Lambic. This was a wonderful first beer on a Superbowl Sunday afternoon. It paired wonderfully with the aged sharp cheddar, prosciutto, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and rustic bread. Cantillon definitely delivered once more with this beer. This is a world class beer, whose only flaw, given the specialty designation on this beer, is that perhaps it is not quite distinctive enough from a traditional Lambic, but how can I really complain since I do love Lambic.

Served In: Tulip

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 0
375ML bottle. 2004 vintage but bottled in 2006.
Served at cellar temp and poured into my Abbaye des Rocs chalice.

Appearance is good. Nice murky blood orange colored beer with absolutely no head at all. Lighter orange color around the edges.

Smell is very good. Strong and wonderful aromas of tart lemons, funky yeast, horse blanket and a mild hop presence as well.

Taste is good. Starts off with a sharp tart lemon bite with a big dose of sour funk. Acidic but not overly so. Hops are noticeable but are in the background and round out the finish with a nice bitterness. Crafted well and different than your typical lambic flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Mild dryness for a lambic. Below-average levels of carbonation. Salty and heavy on the palate. Finishes with a slight acidic harshness on the swallow.

Drinkability is very good. Like most good lambics, i can drink this all night.

Overall:
Nice change-of-pace lambic when I'm in the mood for funk but done differently. Not one of the best beers Cantillon makes but without a doubt a very good one. Recommended.

Served In: Other

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