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Cantillon Iris

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


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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The Cantillon brewery is closely linked to Brussels, a city which has the iris as its symbol. As the name indicates, the "marsh iris" is a plant growing in humid areas. The historical center of Brussels is built on swamps where this flower used to grow abundantly.
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (3250) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Murky golden-brown with a fine collar, tart, earthy-fruity and faintly medicinal aromas, lemony tartness over an earthy bitterness, dry and juicily sour,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1381) - sacramento, California, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle from capitol beer and taproom. Pours golden with tart head. Tart taste. Another great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thorongil2 (1770) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2015
(bottle) hazy, bright amber colour with a medium tall beige head; aroma of sourness, wet wood; rich, sour flavour with a long medium sour and light bitter finish

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Paigeturner (98) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Awesome unreal green apple sour tart and peach aroma. No real head but some little bubble fizz. Taste tart and acidic. Some sour be easiness and sour Chardonnay light oakiness and funk. Perfect example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sir__v (1124) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle shared @ De Heeren van Liedekercke, Denderleeuw - BE. Color: hazy golden amber blond beer with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: sour and aciditty domination. Notes of herbs and grass. Floral finish. Taste: good palate very sweet and sour. Nice beer. Astringent. Finish herbal. Aftertaste: good sour taste, notes of apple.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Perfect lambic. Lemon and barn nose. Tart fruity taste with equal funky cheesy and some oak walnut going on. Finishes tart crisp dry and sour. Could drink for ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2963) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2015
Bottle. Dark orange color, very small white head, opened with a bang. Aroma of pure barnyard, with tart, hay and a little hop. Taste is really sour, with dry hay, horseblanket and a dry tart finish. Good stuff, but more malty and less creative than the other Cantillons.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2015
Excessive head: a quarter bottle (12.7 oz) filled a 24 oz glass with foam. It settles quickly in a dome-like way, leaving nearly no lace. The brew is dark amber and fully cloudy. A softer second pour resulted in half foam, half liquor. Sweet and sour as one might expect. On the sweet side, thereís caramelized sugar and faint flowers. On the sour side, I detect mild citrus and some yeast. The flavor is overtly tart. Lip puckeringly strong. The finish is a dry bitterness--I donít think itís from any hops. No notable sweetness; this comes across like an unsweetened lemonade. The body is full while the carbonation is surprisingly light. If you like your lambics overly sour, then youíll love this one. Perhaps the sourest beer Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2999) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2015
0,75l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours cloudy orange with a low head. Aroma is sour malts. Flavor is sour malts and vinegar. Exquisite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anstei (343) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 6, 2015
75cl bottle from Beersínímore, bottling date 18 Dec 2014. Pours orange with a medium head that quickly dies without any lacing. Typical lambic nose, but also fruity. Intricate bitterness, lots of grapefruit, acidic, but somehow it doesnít fit together in my mouth.

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