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

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RATINGS: 1185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 A very interesting brew. POursa gloden hue with a small white head. Aromas of citrus, light hops, and some funk and oak. Flavors of the same with a nice dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2005
Bottle. Golden-amber with a fine small head. Grapefruit flavor and acidity, hops, almost resinous, sweet and musty notes. Dry, slightly harsh finish. Medium body, fuller than many other examples, lending an almost creamy mouthfeel when the initial fizzyness subsides. The harshness was only disturbing in the first few mouthfulls - the rest of the bottle was rounded lambic glory.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2005
Bottled 2001, amber hue, with a light foamy head, the beer is so winey and tart, with some oaky and cork notes, with a traditional lambic nose. Very sour with a rhubarb acidity and a humid wood note on the palate, flirting with a small malted accent through a bitterness within a long dry, winey finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2005
Vintage 2002. Pours golden, with a frothy disappearing white head. Aroma is Very much cantillon, with the addition of a slightly hop component. Taste is a litle sweet, sour, and acidic, with quite a lot of hops. Another great beer from Cantillon

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Another Cantillon I have tasted several times but at last I have a 750 mL all to myself to critique, analyze and enjoy. Attractive blended orange in color with a small, quickly diminishing and extrememly noisy head of white foam. Whiffs of soaked oak, fish, fruits and leather along with another spicy element that may insinuate the dry hopping. Extremely characterful, dry, vinous, woody taste that does in fact taste much different than other unblended lambics.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2005
poured a golden color with a small head. Had horse hair aroma with a bit of hops. Flavor was like drinking a wine. Very dry and bitter. Flavor also resembled vinegar to a certain extent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2005
Very interesting. You can smell the hops over the usual cantillon lemon tartness. Dry and astringent, again with bitter astringent hops in the finish as well as the lemony tartness. I’ve never tasted anything resembling this in my life, but I do like it very much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Pours a lite yellow with an extremely lively carbonation and a champagne-like head. Mild horse aroma with some funkiness and hop sack aromas. Earthy and not on the level of say limburger, but close. An extremely lite and dry, yet soft palate. Oh so sour and dry to the bone. Almonds and vanilla are also present but are very hard to find under all that bretta. If this is too dry try the rose de gambrinus.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Bright hazy amber body, off-white head and sour aroma. Cheesy sour lemon taste. Really acidic that makes it hard to get all the flavor... but good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 Bottle: Aroma was of starfruit. Sour. Appearance was a copper color. Cloudy. Nice looking head. Palate was a moderate body with soft carbonation. Flavor was sour and good. 7, 4, 8, 4, 14 = 3.7

On tap at Palm Tavern. 2006 vintage. Much better than I remember. Tart but not overly so. I had a couple 10 oz. glasses.


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