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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle forom Alus Celle (tnx for keeping us). Pours hazy orange/amber with white head. Aroma is sour, fruity, raw apples, vinegar, some yaest, malty, slight wheat. Taste is sour, woody, oak, settiment of apple juice, medium bitterness in aftertaste,tobacco, balsamico vinegar. Long bitter-sourish finish. Medium to full body. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angelkostvo (904) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 22, 2015
Dark ambar colour, white head. Aroma of vinegar, apricot, honey, citrus and cheese. Taste is medium to heavy sour, slightly sweet, a bit bitter, dry and tart finish; medium body, thin to slick texture, flat to soft carbonation. Very interesting and nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unde (579) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2015
Hazy orange beer with nice head on top and smallish lacing. Bitter and sour aroma, green apples. Earthy notes. Taste is really sour. Green zesty apples, lemon. A bit bitter but also quite fresh. Surprisingly full body and high carbonation. This has a lot of edge which is missing in the gueuze. Excellent and challenging, but so rewarding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3969) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2015
Tap@Mikkeller & Friends during CBC beer week - pours a golden amber colour with white head. Aroma and taste is sour fruity, grape, some lemony notes, light grass and floral nuances going on, tartness on the palate, and a dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ysok02 (375) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2015
Un très beau Lambic puissant et complexe, avec un nez très complexe et une bouche alliant fine acidité, longueur et équilibre. Un délice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (1578) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (1805) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
huineman (417) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggsbowler (539) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Punkero (74) - 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.

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