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


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RATINGS: 1078   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mathieuc (983) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
Pours a hazy copper with a small-ish white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of spicy hops, wet hay and light funk. The hops seem a lot fresher than other bottles I’ve had of this before. Taste is tart and refreshing, hoppy. Citrusy flavors ride over a juicy backbone. Finish is spicy and lightly bitter. Body is medium, mouthfeel lean. Carbonation is moderate. Overall a really, really nice lambic base and the hoppy aromas and flavors simply push it into the "awesome" territory. This is one to come back to again, and again, and again...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (594) - NYC, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
1998, Thank you Eric for sharing. Poured into a wine glass, murky orange with a thing layer of head. Floral and earthy with a citrus tartness that lingered. Really aged well and my preference over fresh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1523) - USA - MAR 6, 2014
Hazy tan orange in color... Aroma of caramel, oak, citrus tartness... Flavor is earthy malts, spices, oak, cherry on the palate... Funk on finish... Amazingly good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiammanghilla (421) - Genova, ITALY - MAR 6, 2014
Bottiglia 75cl, ordinata su birraland e bevuta a casa. Ambrata con schiuma fine e persistente. Meno acida di una lambic comune, molto amara e luppolata sul finale, equilibrio fantastico. Deliziosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2077) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Nice dirty musty moldy tart and lemony lambic here. I loved that it had carbonation which i wasnt expecting. Moldy cheese, lemon, light balsamic, and oak with maybe some light herbal hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
langeveld12 (191) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2014
This one is different from the 'regular' lambic based beers. The hops make the finish less aciding, making it not so tart. Quite good when you're in the mood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1059) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 18, 2014
Whoa, I’m not worthy. Amazingly complex, the closest beer I’ve had to this was from Hill Farmstead. At one time sour, then dry, then sweet, then bitter, crazy. Effervescent in the pour, saison like. Beautiful enticing color. The finish is palate cleansing, tickles the throat with the tight carbonation. Don’t know if it is something I would necessarily want on a daily basis, but for a treat once in awhile this is lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2007 bottle, huge flavors, tons of nuances, awesome flavors, I really like this, plus one for cantillon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (1602) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft at Max?s Belgian Beer Festival. Pours almost clear copper with no head. Tastes very tart and slightly sour, like strong grapefruit, yeast, and cheese. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like fermentation, wheat, and creamy cheese, with a light hint of floral citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobsch (366) - Cologne, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle 0.75l. Pours a hazy deep orange with medium white head. Aroma has vinegar, apples, funky. Taste is heavily sour, almost no sweetness, bitter notes, vinegary, green apples, hops. Aftertaste is tart with some good bitterness which makes the beer very well balanced. Excellent.

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