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


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RATINGS: 1221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (554) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 12, 2015
Tap. Hazy, orange, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, medium sourness, lightly bitter, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1053) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUN 7, 2015
750 ml, bottled 17/3/14, from a trade with Orson0368, thanks! Shared at Bratislava Slovak-Austrian RB Tasting.
Deep orange, hazy body, with a big, unstable, frothy, yellowish head.
Complex, sour, tart aroma of barnyard, sour apples, sour berries, some overripe fruits, barrel notes, slight candy.
Taste isn’t as tart, but as complex, very fruity, with sweet-sour apples, sour berries, sour citrus, sweet barrel notes, some ripe fruits, barnyard, some candy.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with an average carbonation
Finishes sour, but smooth, fruity, wooden, citric.

Very tasty! Extremely well balanced, sour, complex, but so smooth to drink. Very fruity, also some citric hops noticeable. One of the very best Lambic beers I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moravius (839) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2015
Flasche (75 cl, abgefüllt Jan. 2013). - Orangerot, trüb. - Nase streng herb-säuerlich mit muffigen Noten und einer Anmutung von Pferdestall. - Antrunk enorm holzig herb und krachsauer (Zitronensaft) mit Pampelmusenschale, abgerundet mit modrigen, schwach fauligen Noten. Herbe Bittere von altem Hopfen. Mild rezent, schlank, sehr trocken. Heftig herb-saurer Abgang mit reichlich Tannin. Langer Nachtrunk. - Noch extremer als gewöhnliche Gueuze, aber von Cantillon hatte ich nichts anderes erwartet ... Zweifellos ein faszinierendes Bier, aber ich muß es nicht noch einmal trinken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dohny (312) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle. Hazy, orange color, small white head. Sour in aroma with woody notes. Flavor is very sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (3022) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. Aroma bubblegum, fruity, orange, promising. Hazy deep orange colour. Taste is citrusy, orange, boldly sour, bubblegum. Refreshing, drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 30, 2015
bottle kindly shared by Saeglopur at Slovak Austrian RB Tasting, many thanks. orange quite hazy color, small off-white head. smells sour, funk, some fruit notes, cherries, damp grass, light wood. light body, medium carbonation, soft mouthfeel. tastes sour, wood, fruit notes, citrus, sour cherries, apples, some wet damp grass. finishes light sour / wooden and fruity. quite nice and complex, a bit too sour for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MisoW (2294) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle at Shared Slovak and Austrian RB crew tasting 05/2015. Pours hazy orange color, beige head. Aroma is sourish, orange, alcohol, hints of solvent. Taste is sour, orange, lemon, wood, apples, hints of solvent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Sour apple oak and jelly fruit sourness in nose. Flat no head. Flavor of cellar and sour wine grapes. Finishes perfectly dry. Iris is best unblinded I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tarmok (425) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 24, 2015
Hazy amber liquid with small head. Aroma: rotten wood. Taste: medium bitterness, heavily sour, balsamico vinegar, oak. Palate: medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkvoika (156) - ESTONIA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle 0,75l. Pours hazy amber color with small white head. Aroma sour, fruity. Taste sour, balsamico vinegar. Not my taste.

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