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


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RATINGS: 1282   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (5479) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2016
750ml bottle pours out a hazy gold topped with a small head. nose is great a big barrel buggy lots of complex notes the hops have faded from this one. Taste is more of the heavy buggy notes a big barrel and a touch of fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (1053) - ESTONIA - MAR 27, 2016
Pours hazy orange, decent foam that even stays for a short while. Aroma is full, fruits still intact, opening as a flower. Some sour and vinegary feel inside. Soapy horseblanket. Taste is also appropriate. Fruits there, sourness is adding to the enjoyment, musty and acidic, vinegar coming out in the finish. Very balanced sour that is filling all nooks and crunches I look for in case of a sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biirusaikou (2332) - - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle shared, thanks Jon. Wow, this is damn amazing, leaves me pretty much speechless. Very deep and complex blend of fruity flavors with a funky edge and a nicely dry finish. Out of this world!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (679) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle (2015) from trade with Alex (Beermack) -- cheers, buddy! This is distinctly a Cantillon: from the first whiff I got the classic yeast aroma and apple-grape smell. What I didn’t notice terribly much was any substantial hop presence from the "cold hopping". Instead, it tasted a lot like other Cantillon I’ve had before. Good, but not quite sure I got the hype. However, I’m giving it an extra one point for having a cool illustration on the label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (566) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 10, 2016
2014 Vintage poured into a taster showing honeyed amber with a finger of tanned foam. The nose shows a big of pine and bretty funk. The palate is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Pineapple forward with a moderate tartness and citric flavors of lime here and there. Same sparkling Cantillon tartness throughout with a slight bittered hop finish. A lot of flavors that all come together really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (2126) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle shared at Ratebeer Tokyo W & CB Tasting. Thanks for the bottle Jon! 2014 vintage. Apricot, oak, some almond and floral, grassy notes with some woodiness. Above average carbonation. Very well-balanced but with good sourness and high drinkability. Light hoppy bitterness on the finish. Fantastically complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Baramba (760) - ITALY - JAN 28, 2016
bottle. Pours amber with thin white head. Wet hay, floral, sour lemon, chesse aroma. Acidic flavour, lemongrass, floral, butterscotch, grapes with hoppy bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (15231) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2016
Leicht trübes orange goldenes Bier mit mittelgroßen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch säuerlich fruchtig, spritzig, Obst. Geschmack angenehm säuerlich fruchtig, tropische Früchte, leicht holzig, lecker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1845) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2016
March ’14 bottle in 1/16. Could have aged much longer. Light caramel brown color. Nose is stinky French cheese (Morbier), fading to caramel malts, old and floral hops. Taste is fairly malty for the style, with quite a lot of earthy tannins. Sour, but balanced and after initial tartness, becomes quite smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (502) - ITALY - JAN 17, 2016
Color arancio velato con riflessi dorati, schiuma bianca poco persistente che svanisce del tutto. Aroma acidulo, leggermente lattica, leggero stallatico, legno umido, leggera polvere, mela verde leggera mista a susina acerba. Al palato prevalentemente acidula, lievemente lattica, legno umido e polvere, mela verde, susina acerba, bell'amaro finale dato dai luppoli, presenti anche freschi nella ricetta oltre che essiccati, misto alla sua componente acidula che risulta molto persistente. Nella sua coda fa capolino anche una lieve nota che ricorda il pompelmo. La mancanza di frumento, unita ai luppoli freschi, a differenza di un Lambic classico, crea un taglio netto tra l'attacco acidulo ed il finale amaro. Corpo medio-pieno, mediamente carbonata, oleosa ed astringente.

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