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Cantillon Iris

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

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RATINGS: 1286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (1986) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
Rating #1790 - 2015.06.28 - Farmhouse Festival at UBC - Draught - #babysfirstL00N - Pours a clear golden with a few bubbles at the top, not much carbonation to speak of. Aroma is Brett, floral, lime leaf, wildflower honey. Palate is quite tart, but refreshingly so, light-medium body, mouthfeel is like fruit juice. A depth of sweet and sour flavours intermingling. Exquisite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (694) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2016
750ml bottle. Bottled March 25, 2015. Tasting at Brian’s. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Medium carbonation. Aroma is fruity, floral, hoppy. Same notes very bitter taste with lemon notes. Very interesting.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (349) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2016
Fles zelf meegebracht naar IPA/Sour proeverij in de Vinotake, uitgeschonken in Struise BD proefglazen. Donker goud amber/oranjeachtig van kleur, met een opvallend volle witte schuimkraag die stabiel is. Zeer complexe aroma’s, typisch Cantillon, maar dan met meer hop dan gebruikelijk. Florale aroma’s, door de toegevoegde hop krijgt men een extra dimensie in deze frisse en complexe Lambic. Zachte, zurige en complexe aroma’s van eikenhout, gras/hooi, paardendeken, bierkelder, veldbloemen, dennenhars, en lichte citrus invloeden. Het smaakpallet is absoluut zuur te noemen, met een verfijnde subtiele hopsmaak. Met tonen van eikenhout, limoen, witte droge wijn, groene appels, appelazijn, alsook de bekende elementen van boerderij (farmhouse) en paardendeken. De afdronk is droog met een zacht bittere finish. De Cantillon Iris is een mooi elegant bier, prachtig in balans. Voor de liefhebber van de Lambic stijl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
witthatsbier (508) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2016
75cl bottle Aroma is nice acidic sourish fruity citric Taste is sour bitter fruity dry long dry bitter finish good body ,another really nice beer from cantillon

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Belgianloner (40) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle from 9/3/16. AROMA: The usual Cantillon funk with a musty, dusty, oaky, woodsy, wet, hay and sweet effervescence. APPEARANCE: Deep amber, sappy and inviting rusty look. Nice tight foam and very oily look about it. TASTE: Oaky, sweet candy without being overbearingly sweet. PALATE: Very dry, oaky, woodsy, bitter, sour, sweet residing lingering tannins. Complex as hell. OVERALL: Triumphant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrei79 (32) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2016 The sourness of lambic with a definite malt taste and slightly stronger hops bitterness than your usual lambic. Good carbonation, slightest of citrus and funk and a nice oak tone. Bottled 09.03.2016, temp 5C, bought at brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
digitalviking (93) - - JUN 12, 2016
At the brewery. Pale ale malt evident at first in taste, followed by lambic sourness. Bit of a detergent aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (483) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Clear deep golden color, white lacing. Muted aroma of funk, bittering hops, and lemon citrus. Taste is bitter with minimal tartness. Lively carb, light to medium body, and a smooth texture. The bitterness lingers in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Hazy orange color with moderate head. The nose is fruit and berries with a bit of hops. Mildly tart. A great beer and enjoyable to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2447) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2016
Quintessence 2016. Almost clear pale amber/dark gold with almost no head. Sweet malts and full floweriness with a light sour vinegar touch, fresh hoppiness. Seeds. Light sweet, medium sour, light bitter. Medium body, light minerals, oily fattiness, but less than others. Low carbonation almost none. Nice.


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