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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Bottled in 2001. Pours a reddish orange. Very effervescent with a bubbly orange head. Aroma is very leathery and flowery. Itís sour but there are sweet notes hiding in there. The taste is sour-sweet. Definite sour fruit, more leather and some cardboard along with some lighter earthy notes. Very carbonated mouthfeel and not nearly as sour or acidic as the Fou Foune. Rather smooth lambic, actually, but this may be due to the fact itís at least 3 years old. Nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2004
Aroma: strong sourness, some mint, honey, pine, rose hips and other flowers, as well as a very sweet smell.
Appearance: murky brown in color, cream colored head.
Flavor: very sour with large minty bite (similar to the toothpaste they give you at the dentist). Some limes, lemons, and floral flavors, as well as, a certain chalkiness. Not as sour as their other beers.
Palate: very smooth, slightly chalky, full-bodied, sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 12, 2004
750, snifter. Hay, light bread malt (M); herb hop aroma (L); horseblanket, cobweb yeast aroma (M); some lemon notes with hints of wine, oak, and vanilla. One of the less aromatic Cantillons I have had. Deep golden body with a tall, foamy white head that is quickly diminishing. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a lightly bitter, heavily acidic finish. Strikingly less sour than other Cantillon brews. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: quite different from it's brothers and sisters, but in a pleasantly suprising sort of way...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2004
Light brown/orange color.Small off white head that had a decent hang time.Nice fruity aroma with a fairly sweet/sour aroma coming through quite well.Whoa,this baby really starts out sour with a mild fruit taste and a mild bitterness that slowly comes on as it passes through the pallate.By far this has to be the most spur brew i've ever had,with a good hop presence.Very unique and well done.but since this my first unblended i don't have a refrence for a bad one,but this i like.Thanks to Nexxus for sending this fine brew my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Dark yellow gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and sweet. Medium bodied. Malts are fruity and sweet. Tart and sour flavors with touches of barnyard, must and leather as well as oak and wood. Light and refreshing. Very smooth. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
This brew pours with a golden orange body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is very tart and vinious with a touch of wood and some musty notes. The flavor is also very tart and vinious with oakey wood notes and a slight mustiness. Medium to full bodied and very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3612) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2004
Bottle conditioned, 750ml 2002 bottling. Amber, good white head and spritzy condition. Lemony citrus nose with a slightly perfumed edge and low barnyard lambic notes. Sweet in the mouth with a trace of caramel and a polished citric tartness that somehow remains smooth. Quite a moderate level of dryness in the mouth with more citric notes and a long lingering funky barnyard note that hides behind your teeth for hours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jerohen (1997) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2004
Cloudy dark orange coloured, small head. Nice gueuze aroma. Flavour is very soft though. Quite bitter finish, very unusaul for a lambic-brew. I prefer a regular gueuze i think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (5131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 Cloudy orange color, short head. Quite normal gueuze aroma, the usual stuff i would say, nicely balanced. For a cantillon it has a quite soft tartness in the taste, but the palate is very extraordinary: very hoppy and bitter and not the lingering tartness. I like the lingering tartness more...

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2004
2001 bottle. The head was average sized, off-white with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The nose was rank...it reminded me of animal urine. The body was carbonated and hazy with a yellow-gold hue. The flavor was sour and fruity and there was no lacing. This is by far THE WORSE lambic I have had so far.

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