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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ninecats (480) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2016
Color is hazy reddish orange with a near flat white head. Aroma is attacking your nose, with heavy funky notes, horse blanket, floral notes, ocean, algaes, kiwi, green apples. Taste is musty sour with a slight malty ground balanced with light bitterness, flowery feel, minerals, ends in a balanced sourness. Big body, low carbo. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawanna (3051) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 25, 2016
0,75 l bottle dough, barnyard, basement aromas, leaves, cereal, amber, slightly hazy, minimal head / No foam head. light sweetness, lightly bitter, heavily sour, medium body, slick feel, lively, long finish,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerGantzel (300) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Aroma of fresh fruits/berries with notes of hops. Semi-clear light reddish appearance with a small white head. Great Medium-high sour taste with a light bitterness. Average carbonation and medium-full body. Great indeed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3464) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is huge oak and herb, some lemon drop, leaves, and flowers. Tastes moderately sour. Big oak and lemon, lots of flowers, mild brett, mild funk, and a hint of vinegar. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (5796) - 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 (1103) - 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 (2477) - - 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 (781) - 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 didnít notice terribly much was any substantial hop presence from the "cold hopping". Instead, it tasted a lot like other Cantillon Iíve had before. Good, but not quite sure I got the hype. However, Iím 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 (643) - 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 (2273) - 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.

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