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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1742) - BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2014
Lambic made with only barley (unique as lambic is naturally a wheat beer) launced in 1998. The iris flower symbolizes the city of Brussels. This ’out of the box’ lambic is also partially hopped with fresh hops, which are normally taboo in lambic world. Thick, rocky, yellowish white head, brownish amber colour, darker than normal lambic or geuze, hazy. Aroma has all the ’agressive’ earthy, funky complexity of sulphur, hay, sweat, wood and fruity esters which are to be expected from Cantillon, along with a more caramel malt sweetness showing its pure barley character. Sour, very earthy and funky taste, very complex like any Cantillon product, but nuttier and more caramelly than usual and indeed hoppier in the finish. Very interesting, though I (conservatively, perhaps) prefer ’normal’ lambic or geuze with wheat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
supersournhops (21) - - AUG 21, 2014
Reallly great lambic....not too over powering in any sense. real balanced with green apple funk and wood. deep orange and mioslty flat...which is good for this type of beer...solid 4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (534) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle before dinner. Pour is deep orange peach colour - beautiful. Aroma is a little less complex than the average lambic - mild funk. Taste is up front tang then followed by quite a lemony citrus. Hop bitterness arrives then finally sour again. Finish is bitterness. Overall, good lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrJoller (62) - ITALY - AUG 20, 2014
Hazy orange pour with strong vinous and barnyard aroma, sour and slightly hoppy taste. Hops are subtle while a strong vinous character predominates this beer. For other lambics i will say they tasted like white whine or champagne while this one has more similarities with red wine. Barnyard taste is perfectly blended. Extremely satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (1389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
1996 vintage at Akkurat, august 12th. Aged very well. Soft funky notes with light floral and herbal hops, earthy cellar notes. Very smooth and rounded acidity. Bottle at Cantillon, june 20th.Pours hazy golden with a dense white head. Aroma is funky, floral, grassy and herbal hops, citrus and light barnyard. Taste is medium tart with a smooth malty, light sweet, backbone. Dry grassy hoppy finish with a lingering tart note. 7-4-7-4-15=3,7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tandembrauer (115) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle at home bought in Belgium. Pours hazy orange with thin head. Fruity grass aroma. Zesty taste, tart sourness with some hops. Surprisingly bitter and long lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (622) - Burlingame, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
On tap at Mikkeller SF. It pours a hazy orange-red with a tan head. It has a funky aroma with faint hops, but the flavor is tart fruit and funk up front with a hoppy backbone and dry, dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crlnts (302) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle at the source. First you get hit with the hop aroma. Noble hops. Then a cleaning sourness, sour dough. And the finish is dry bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (594) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Slightly hazy dark golden with medium white head. Strong aromatic hops on the nose at first. Taste is dough, sour bread, lemon, wood, funk, hay, pine. Really present aroma hops like a lambic IPA. Very dry and sour with deep bitter finish. Medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3588) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2010 bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong funk, yeast, citrus. Thin mouthfeel with nice tart floral hop and light spice with lingering dry finish. Easy to drink, wow really enjoyed this one.

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