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

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RATINGS: 1278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McTapps (6341) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle from Rudat in Dortmund. The Lambic has got a cloudy light dirty strawy colour with a medium body and good carbonation. Aroma of acid, vinegar and barn. Taste of wine vinegar, acid, sour and unripe gooseberries, straw, hay and plaster. Very sour finish. Interesting beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (490) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 9, 2016
Hazy yellow colour with thin head and steady round froth. Hay, flowers, vinegar in the aroma. Barnyard, vinegar at first. Oak, wine in the middle. Sourness of the citruses and mingeling on tongue. Really nice and interesting lambic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (2334) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2015
December 31, 2015 - bottle from Brett via his trip to Belgium. Dark orange pour with limited head. Aroma was hoppy, woody, tart and citrus/light fruit. Taste was very woody with tart fruit and bitterness in the background and finish. Bottled March 2015. I have wanted to try this for a long time and made this my last beer of 2015 and first of 2016. Thanks, Brett!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1031) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Murky burnt orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is dry citrus zest, slight tropical fruit and a touch of funk. Taste is very dry, some tartness and sourness, kind of funky, almost no sweetness. Not the most balanced but quite tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mister_Li (683) - GERMANY - DEC 31, 2015
Leicht trübes Bernstein mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Dezent säuerlich, leicht fruchtig, Zitronen, Äpfel, Eichenholz, spritzig, sehr gut ausbalanciert.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bonnie628 (50) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Perfect sour, probably because these guys are the litmus test for it. Tart wine sour white wine grapes. Oak like and barnnnnn. Horse blanket Brett. Flat head with tingle of carbonation. Great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mesjasz (748) - Lodz, POLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Dark and hazy orange color, nice tan head. Aroma is barnyard, wet leather, lemon, grapes, gooseberry, lactic acid, hint of wine vinegar, light caramel note. Taste is medium sour, very dry, tart, light bitter and hint of vinegar sweetness. Flavor of lactic acid, funky, barnyard, herbs, orange zest, lemon, gooseberry, sour green apple, young grapes, small note of wine vinegar. Aftertaste is long, dry and tart, flavor of oak, lemon. Body is quite full, smooth texture for the limbic, light carbonation. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (1306) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
0.75 l bottle from ’Bierkompass’, 6% abv, bottled in December 2014 (1 year old). Clear, golden amber with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, tan to white head. Slightly funky, sourish-fruity aroma of lemon, fermented apples, rhubarb and oak. Slightly funky, sourish-fruity taste of lemon, fermented apples, gooseberry and oak, followed by a medium long, medium tart, woody finish. Thin to medium body, spritzy and astringent mouthfeel, very soft carbonation, almost flat. Very nice stuff, not too wild, well-balanced, but also not overly complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3253) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2015
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2015. 5oz pour into copita glass ($10). I have not had Iris for years, not since the lambic craze has started and the work to acquire it is too much. Additionally, I have never seen Iris on tap. Menu says this is the 2015 batch. With those factors it felt ok to pay so much for the beer. Comes to me with no head, a thick golden body that one cannot see through. Looks still. Once tasting it there is just a little bit of bubbliness to it. Otherwise, surprisingly un-acidic, un-Cantillion. A funky, bretty beer that is missing the Cantillon signature assertiveness. The floral aspect stands out because its rare for the style but I would not say that one could guess its actually flowers. I did not find this particularly more hopped but Fun stuff for an unblended lambic but definitely not worth all the insane-level hype people go through for this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1678) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2015
5oz taster pours a hazy brown color with a bit of head. Mild sourness. Bitterness overpowers a little and gives it a sharper flavor.


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