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

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RATINGS: 1216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (1464) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 15, 2015
0,75L bottle (from beerExpress, Tallinn), bottled 2015. Pours amber, the head doesn’t stay. Aroma is very fruity, citrus, lemon, some sweetness and vinegar. Flavor is sour and bitter, fruity, citrus, grapefruit, and acidic notes. Finish is dry bitter. Overall: great brew, complex stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (1741) - ESTONIA - MAY 12, 2015
Amber beer, small white head. Nose is hops, tart and fruity notes, yeast, peppery notes, complex stuff. Flavor is also very complex with tart fruitiness, oak, acidity. Finishes with oaky dryness and hops, citric acidity. Gorgeous balance. Definitely not a quaffer, lots of flavor here. Beautiful.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
huineman (395) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2015
Pours hazy white golden. Aroma is intense yeast, white pepper, honey, mustard, white flowers. Taste is sheer sour, very oily and dense, full-bodied. Bitterish medium finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (520) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2015
bottle - pours light Amber. Nose is slight hoppy, tart, acidic and grassy. Taste is lemon zest, bitter, acidic, lemons.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Punkero (73) - FINLAND - MAY 7, 2015
Fancy bottle. Hazy look. Taste turns my face inside out. Banana. Earthy, but brutal gueuze. Don’t let the lovely picture of a flower misguide you.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Very dominant lactic and sour lemon acid. Taste green apple and lemon with hints of stone fruit. The goaty and barnyard really balance out the acidity so well, generally better than the US counterparts. Finishes with a wet oak and hay.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrenchieK (20) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
Cloudy brown orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Fruity citrusy aroma with an interesting blend of grapefruit. Citrusy alcohol continues in flavour. Light-medium body.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stevencon (508) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2015
500th rating! Long time want. Hazy orange with strong white head. Powerful aroma: floral beyond belief, fresh flowers spring meadows grass honey. This aroma is just so fantastic. Dry malt with dry grassy floral bitterness. Notes of cheese and oak. Beyond the aromas and tastes this beer has so much complexity. The also has a natural character that is just simply lovely.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Renobob (1167) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 16, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Pas mon style de bière à la base. Trop acide pour moi, amertume présente. Pas mon truc quoi

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1212) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
Bottle at Nuetnigenough, Brussels 14th April 15. Pours fairly clear, aroma is funk, oak barrel, musty, mysterious. Taste is sour, complex, oak, funk fruity hops. Carbonation medium to high. Nice complex Cantillon, not my favourite of the day though


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