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


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RATINGS: 1190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LucaM (3) - - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Gold, orangish colour, delightfully cloudy. Kiwi fruit, tamarindo, loads of umami which is the only constant in an everchanging train of flavours: more kiwi, apple vinegar, tamarillo, the typical Cantillon skunk...an amazing brew, with the roundness that only a 10yr old bottle has. Yes, an amazing Cantillon Iris bottled in 2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RumRunner101 (855) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Hazy deep amber pour with white head. Aromas of red wine barrels, Apple cider vinegar. Vinous and tart. Not super intensely sour or brett-y, good balance. Great. Some similarities to Flanders red style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (121) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Excellent lambic, slightly different than traditional, orange dark orange hue. Great apple barnyard aroma, cellar taste of oak and wine with huge tartness in the dry finish. Live this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
750ml bottle from BD ShepBush, bottled Mar 2014. Clear orange, small head fades quickly. Nose of fresh herbal hop, cheese, citric acidity, funk. Medium acidity, lemon, cheese, funk, very dry, moderate bitter, fresh herbal hop. Medium light body, oily feel, softish carb, loooong sour finish with all that cheese and lemon and a touch of hop. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (7907) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2015
375 ml bottle. 2007 vintage. BBE 12/2020. From some webshop some years ago.
Cloudy bright amber colour with a small off-white head. Tartness, sourness, red berries, acidity, floral hops, some sweet notes and mild maltiness in a wonderful aroma. Absolutely divine aroma. The flavour is much more sour with some tartness, red berries, mild hops, mild bitterness, vinegar, acidity and mild maltiness. Tasty and rather complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2507) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Straw colored pour. Big white head that falls quickly. Lacing. Sweet sour aroma. Hoppy and funky. Taste is a tart bitterness with funk and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (313) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Vintage 2013, vieillit un an. Bon goût de chêne et très acidulée. Longue amertume florale qui doit venir des iris. Pas ma préférée de Cantillon mais tout de même très buvable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (475) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a medium and slightly offwhite head. Aromas of some funk, some hops, slight vinegar, some barnyard and slight leathery notes. Some sour grapey notes in there aswell. Taste is pretty funky aswell, some sour grapey notes, green apples, hops are very present, slight leathery notes aswell alongside of some very barnyard-like notes. Delicious, ’simple’ sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
King_Alex_II (338) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 The typical sour smell. The taste combines a certain hoppy bitterness with an insane sourness. This beer is just awesome. Very lively carbonation that fits perfectly well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SinH4 (645) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
2014 vintage. Orange color with small but beautiful and stable head. Funk and hops in the aroma. The hops are very present. Cantillon funkiness. Taste is lambic, sour finish and with a lingering bitterness. Dry feeling, and with just the right small amount of carbonation to make it not boring. Amazing. A hoppy lambic, damn! A true masterpiece. And a great beer for my 200th rating!

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