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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5589) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Obvious aour and tart aromas with some barnyard, but I also get an unusual creaminess hiding in the background. Pours a cloudy dull orange with a big white head with decent retention. Donít recall ever having a Cantillon with this big of a head. I find that unusual creaminess ever so slightly up front with the usual sour and tart finish and a touch of woodiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Much better than the 1900 Bruscela.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 (Draught@Pikkulintu) Hazy amber with no head. Tart aroma with cherry and dried fruit. Malty, very nicely tart flavor with slight oakiness and oud bruin style. Also a bit orvalish. Almost medium body with flat carbonation. An enjoyable mix of Belgian ale, Sour Ale and Lambic. (Bottled, was 7-4-7-3-14=3.5) Very hazy, orange color with a small, tight head. Somewhat tart, fruity and earthy aroma with some hops. Tart, quite acidic flavor with a strong lactic acid finish and somewhat bitter hopping. Medium-bodied, sour and acidic palate with soft carbonation. A nice, earthy brew, but with quite much acidity. Interesting, but not as good, as the regular gueuze or lambic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HildigŲltur (5104) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange coloured. Classic lambic aroma with notes of wood and horseblanket. Grassy and hoppy notes in the flavour and even some bitterness in the finish underneath the sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belgo (154) - KÝge, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle. Orange golden colour with a poorly lasting head. Aromas of grapefruit and horseblankett mixed with earthy hop notes. On the palate there is loads of acidity but also more bitterness than usual for a lambic. Very complex. As allways a superb brew by Cantillon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (23375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Bottle. Hazy amber coloured with a small white ehad. Fruity aroma of hops, pine needles and brett. Fruity flavour of hops, apricots, pine needles and brett with acidic notes, Tart and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 the aroma was a sour smoke, but seemingly not acidic. it poured a cloudy dark apricot color with no head. the taste was undescribable, since i didnít know what any of it was. i should remember not to inhale when i drink this beer. it grows on you as it warms up. but not a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Labeled 2003, bottled 2005.
Pours hazy orange golden under a fine white head. Some sourness in the aroma, but differently from the common Cantillon, a dry hoppy bitterness dominates. Tones of hay and herb also. Tart sour flavor, again with obvious hop notes. Quite dry and woody with lots of grapefruit. Different and interesting though not my favorite Cantillon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bb (7401) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bottle. After reading reviews of this Iím sure I got a bad bottle. Hazy orange-amber beer with a big white head. Sour aroma with floral and earthy tones. Very sour flavor - green apples, some spice, and lots and lots of lemons. Iíve had lambics/gueze, but this was close to undrinkable. Incredibly acidic and sour - and I was expecting it to be somewhat acidic/sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Hazy dark golden, no head. Sour aroma, light funkiness with herbal spicy notes. Champagne like effervescence and medium to light bodied. Complex flavor is lightly sour, funky and spicy. Light acidity and dry finish. Overall different from other Cantillons Iíve had but an interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2005
2000 vintage. I donít know whether Iím becoming too familiar with Lambics, but this one seemed quite soft for a Cantillon. Not as funky and musty as some, majoring on lemony citrus and sharp apples (farmhouse cider character comes to mind) with a touch of woodiness. More sharp than sour. Very clean and crisp. Never thought Iíd describe a Cantillon as refined, but Iím tempted. It may not be one of the more demanding Cantillons Iíve tried, lacking the sheer impact of some of the more traditional Cantillon offerings, but still very appealing. 750ml bottle from beersofeurope.co.uk

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