Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Anderlecht, Belgium
Style: Lambic – Unblended
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.0%
First Brewed: TBA
Price: $0.00 (Shared this with our buddy David Rojo.)
Light amber color. Lambic character very present in the nose, with fresh and cheesy old hops, plus fruity notes and hard exotic wood. Fruity taste with subdued bitterness, ending in a very outspoken dry finish. This has a complexity not found in other Cantillon lambics.
When I invited David over to drink a bottle of Mexican Cake, he wanted to bring a bottle to share as well. He looked at “the list” and brought over a bottle from Cantillon. I hadn’t had a bottle from them before, and I know they are hard to come by. I did a little research on Iris, and was excited to try it. This is not your typical lambic as it is unblended. That means there is NO fruit added. They still use the same fermentation process, but they don’t add fruit.
The bottle was capped and corked, and the cork actually told a story. The bottling date is on the cork. I was so impressed with the cork, I took a picture of it! It was great meeting David, the Mexican Cake was awesome, but now is time to drink a bottle of Iris. Cheers!
In the Glass: It looks like apple juice. There is a nice thin head and it appears to be quite carbonated… But that’s OK. David said this is a true definition of the style, without fruit. It’s also not a geuze; a style that can sometimes be easily confused. If you want to know more about that style just ask Ian Harwell. He pretty much loves the style and knows more about it than anyone I know. Oh, and we share a birthday. He’s older than me, though.
Nose: That is unreal. David said it was “funky”… And he was right! This smells SO sour and has an insane amount of funk. I’m talking spoiled rotten funky awesome sauce. I could literally sit here and smell this all night long. I don’t want to drink it. I just want to smell it. Man, that is a fantastic aroma.
Speaking of the aroma, why don’t they make air fresheners that smell like beer? Imagine getting into your car and smelling this. Oh, it’s incredible! I can’t wait to drink it.
Flavor: I just want to smell this all day. I hope the flavor stacks up. Here we go. Oh, and Sheryl said this beer tastes like Warheads. I used to eat those all the time, so here we go!!!
That’s not as sour as I expected it to be, but that is a GREAT example of the style. I also love the fermentation process. I don’t even want them to add fruit to this. This is great without the fruit.
The funk is sticking around, too. It’s not as present as I swallow, but it’s still there. I did swish some around in my mouth, and the sour really comes forward. This is a beer style that you have to appreciate to enjoy, and I do appreciate this style. I could drink this all day long.
Oh, and before I forget, David wants you to know about his mustache. Basically this review was influenced by his mustache.
Mouthfeel: There is a ton of carbonation here. It doesn’t really look like it, but it has a Champagne consistency. In a beer like this I do like a lot going on with the mouthfeel. As you swallow the bubbles are quite muted, but they are obvious as you sip. I doubt this beer will get better as it heats up. It’s too good to let it!
Aftertaste: The same funk that I smell… The same funk that I taste… Is still there in the finish. As I continue to swallow the flavor begins to dry out a little bit. If this is a sign for things to come with Cantillon, I can’t wait to find/drink the other bottles on our list.
David, thank you for making this bottle possible. This review is dedicated to you. Well, to you and your mustache. Cheers!
Iris – The bottle says: “NA” (There is something on the back of the label, but I can’t read it. It’s not in English!”
Well, this is a bit different. Tonight we are trying a beer that a new friend brought over in exchange for us sharing our Mexican Cake beer with him. (He just said something about us making sure to mention his mustache, so here is me mentioning his mustache… it’s curly at the end!) Anyway, this beer is called Cantillon. It’s VERY sour. If you like sour beers, this is one for you. Let me go back to what it looks like.
This beer is kind of an orange-yellow color in the glass. I say orange first because it is more orange than yellow, but it is not a really dark orange. It doesn’t have a lot of head, but there sure is a lot of smell. It smells very sour. I’m gonna guess that it tastes very sour as well. Let’s find out.
Hmm. This beer actually makes me think of a WarHead. You remember those sour candies you used to eat as a kid that had a pucker face on the wrapper? Yeah, those. Google it. That’s what this beer makes me think of. It’s SO sour. I’m not sure what else to say about it besides that. You can’t really get much flavor past the sour. Which is not necessarily a bad thing… but yeah. This is a beer for people that like this style. But it doesn’t really differentiate itself from other sour beers, in my opinion. It’s just… really sour. So there’s that. But not much else.