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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
manuelMTL (164) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
From tap at Vices & Versa in Montreal. Pour is hazy orange with dense head. Nose is sour and funky. Green apples and citrus. Punchy sourness like all Cantillon beers. A long light bitterness stays on the tongue. Very fruity with unripe green apples. Tart and funk all along. Another great one from Cantillon!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hipsterchick (21) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Hipster OG, for sure this one is the OG if Bronsons. Unreal killer sour oak cedar cellar mold basement cheese... You can’t do this in US as it take 4 ever to jones this one. Bucket list to go there and drink from the brewery!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
electrotype (254) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
En bouteille au Saint-Bock. D’un doré prèsque translucide, la Iris est surmontée d’une belle mousse d’une durée de vie juste assez longue pour bien se faire apprécier. Le nez est riche, funky et envoutant. On y décèle des notes complexes telles que le cuir. En bouche, c’est sûre et ici aussi funky et complexe. Une surprenante amertûme se fraie une place dans le mix! La bière est bien carbonnatée et le corps est agréable. Finalement, les choses ne vont qu’en s’améliorant alors que la bière se réchauffe un peu... Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (4097) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14
This is a really tasty one. Tart and funky. Barnyard and cheese notes are present as well. Some fruity (acidic) flavor too. Pretty excellent mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2029) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2014
Pours amber with a large head. Nose shows spicy notes, lemon rind, elderflower, peaches, some funk and a hint of catnip. Very acidic flavours. Some lemon pith in addition to the rind providing some astringency along with some more peach and floral notes. Nice high carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fedexs (20) - ITALY - OCT 6, 2014
At the apparence this beer is light red with really light foam tipic of those beers. Its aroma recall wood and citrus and its sour taste it is persistant. You can feel the add of fresh hop drinking it at the end leaving a bit of bitter on the palate. This is a great sour beligan beer with which Cantillon perfectly mix old and fresh hop for a unique taste beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukasmh (249) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a beateful hazy orange with a tiny but stainable white head. Aroma has loads of cantillon funk along with flowery hops. Tart citrusy notes. Taste is sour with mellow flowers. Finish is long and tart with a very simple but clean dry bitterness in the finish. Body is tickling delicious on the tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jaksmart (447) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Beautiful luminescent orange of a cloudy countenance with a charming little white head. Aroma is extremely fresh, floral and cleanly funky with citrus: absolutely delicious with a balanced sour texture on the nose. Taste has some bitterness, but is mainly ticklingly sour with a crisp funky baseline enhanced by a mild hoppy presence. Extremely good, simple as that.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alexanderdahl (24) - DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
Bottled 70 Cl. Pours a hazy orange. Looks amazing! Aroma is citrus fruits, orange, white grapes. Medium-body, with lots of orange taste, smooth sourness with quite a bit of hoppyness to it. Rating number 10... Not a bad start!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"if only these were reasonably priced. i’ve liked just about every cantillon i’ve tried, this included, but they are so darn expensive...and this one’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum. lots of tart funk, sour apple, high acidity. more complexity in the nose than flavor if only because the tartness overpowers a little.


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