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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Unblended
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Main differences with the regular Iris:
- Three years in the barrel
- No cold hopping during the last two weeks
- No priming


HonusWagner's rating

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HonusWagner (1519) - Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2013
I generally dislike still alcoholic beverages. This is no exception, with a completely flat mouthfeel that lets the vinegary character of the lambic come through a bit too much. Another Cantillon I could take or leave.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajax25g (62) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2014
On tap at churchkey. Dark copper color. A bit of lemon and some oak. A bit undercarbonated. sour component is a bit toned down for cantillon. Great stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5083) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4oz pour at Churchkey pours a clear copper amber with some soapy white head. Nose has a ton of grapefruit, both juice and rind, wood pulp, soapy, very medicinal, vegetal too. Flavor has loads of grapefruit, some buttery oak notes, some band aid, medicine cabinet, grass, straw. Full, tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (894) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Served on-tap at Monk’s during Zwanze Day 2014

A - Pours murky brown with a very small white head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever on the glass.

S - Smells of typical Cantillon must, sweet grain, some light funk, oak and some light fruitiness. Not as bright of an aroma as I was expecting it to have but still nice.

T - Starts off with the sweet bready grains quickly being joined by a nice lemony lactic sour kick, barnyard funk, musty basement, woody oak, dash of grassy hop bitterness and some earthen minerals. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, flat feel from start to finish. The dryness is pretty tiring on the palate, doubt I could drink a whole bottle of this.

O - An interesting experimental lambic to say the least. I would love to have this again once it has some years to develop, I think it could really improve with some time on it. As it is a nice thing to try but with so many other great Cantillon beers out there I doubt I would revisit it anytime soon, if given the chance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2964) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Copper-amber body, medium sized off white head, streaky lacing. Wood, deep must, funk, light grainy toffee. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, assertive acidity, slightly muddled finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (848) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Draught for Zwanze Day 2014. Pours a hazy reddish brown with little to no head or lacing. Aroma is lactic sourness, fruity sweetness, and a nice funky straw finish. Taste follows, lots of nice balance, sweet up front, malty middle, sour ending. Very nice, dry and refreshing finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2221) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
Draught at Akkurat during Zwanze day. Very light aroma of tart beer. Spicy and herbal, smooth mouthfeel with a green hop bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirLimpsalot (2313) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
@ Akkurat 14-9-20: fantastisk syrlig doft och smak med tydeliga vindruvor och hemlig beska. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Have had the regular Iris several times before in both bottles and on draft. Now managing to get the very last bit of a keg (a half tulip) of the Grand Cru at a sour event at Khyber Pass in Philly. Poured a hazy orange copper with no head. Tons of aged oak flavor. Still some nicy juiciness underneath. Quite sour and quite dry. Wonderfully complex!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20821) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Draught@Tuulensuu, Tampere. Deep golden colour, no head. Aroma is sour wood, some quite sweet notes along with some meertse like notes as well. Flavour is tart wood, some slight sweetness along with mild wood as well as some mild resiny and sweet notes. Balanced, and somewhat different from the typical Cantillons.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1467) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
On tap for Zwanze Day. Pour is dark copper amber with thin bubbly white ring. Nose has a strong oak presence, dusty and a hint of vanilla. Light cellar musk but faint. I hint of apricot in the back. Taste is heavily sour, virtually no carbonation on a tight creamy body. Lots of vanilla and oak, some notes of toffee and and caramel. Interesting beer, heavily sour with an interesting malt complexity. Faint earthy lambic notes but not much. More dusty wood and sour notes with an unusual malt presence that is enjoyable.


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