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%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (3299) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2006
Hazy orange color with a small head. Lots of fruit and acidity. A very nice lambic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Much needed re-rate, had this many times since, but had 2005 and 2004 Vintage bottles @ Ebenezer’s and damn this beer is sick!!! Beer 15 Summer 2006 trip in Europe. Drank on 7/1/06 from the bottle at Cantillon. I split a bottle of this beer with my brother after sampling the basics. This brew is very acidic and sweet, tart, and sour. It is very tasty and unique. I donít think I have ever tasted anything quite like this brew. My brother thought it tasted like Champagne.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
i didnít really write any notes on this beer, but i do remember i wasnít a big fan of it really because it is sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Horseblanket aroma, and is nice and sour. bit of lemon and grape. Taste is sour with a slight northwest hops note. Light alpha acids. Cantillon Light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Style 69/70 at Odeeds; Tart and dry, shows some citrus;orange with no head; sour citrus flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
(BOTTLE BY WAY OF IRSIHBOY)light yellow body with a average type head.sour aroma and flavor with a watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle at GBBF 06í: a great Gueuze, very dry but a bit less then the ordinary Gueuze, very sour, spicy, rich, refreshing, some hoppy bitterness, cirtusy, very fruity with some caramel like sweetness, earthy, hay, smooth and satisfing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
I figure Iíd save this for my 400th rating because I shared it with my two best buddies (thanks Bri & Mike!) Iíve known since I was a kid. The aroma of this beer is so unique because not only does it have the usualy notes of barnyard, cheese funk, and leather but thereís also some hops! Yes hops my friends! And while itís not on the level of an IPA itís there and the melding of the usual suspects and the hops is terrific. Appearance is a dark orange color, slightly hazy, small head. Mouthfeel is full and round, but not stripping like other lambics could be. Flavors are simply incredible with leather, horeseblanket, earthy, some funkiness but added to it is the grapefruit bitterness which is simply awesome. Iím glad I waited to have the Iris be my 400th review and to have it with the company I tried it in was near perfect. If only my brother could have been there...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25182) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottled. A bit hazy, orange colour with small white head. Sour fruits in aroma with some nutty hints. Flavour is quite the same. A quite wellbalanced Cantillon. Finally I managed to find an unblended lambic, this has been the final missing beer style for a while ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2006
Sampled at Cantillon. Lots of hops in the aroma alongside the trademark Cantillon funkiness. Seems to me that the use of 50% fresh hops has had a bigger impact than the use of all pale ale malts. This reminds me alot of Orval.

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