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


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RATINGS: 1185   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dansac (107) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2014
2004 vintage: Well, yeah, this is one of the greatest beers I have ever had. Huge funk on the nose: typical lambic notes: barnyard funk, lots of wet hay. But also that smooth cantillon character that makes the minerality seem less abrasive. In the mouth the thing is just divine: tart, has a strange flowery subtlety underlying the funk which is just insanely well integrated to the tartness. At a loss for words: a total stunner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1180) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Poured 2014 from bottle to glass. Copper honey hue with light white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is earthy, peppercorn, lemon, grapefruit, funk, pineapple. Mouthfeel is nice with a light body and almost no carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with a bitter finish. Overall this is a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (455) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2014
2014 Looks.. Orange amber, sml head Smells.. Fighting the barnyard dank are fruity hops, sweet orange citrus marmalade. Tastes. Orange fruits and sour orange citrus, green apple sours, some hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigda83 (326) - Jamestown, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
At the brewery after the tour. Pours copper hazy with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus, floral, funk. Felt a little like an IPA to me in a way. Taste followed the nose with lots of floral in there and a nice bitter funk bite to it. Really enjoyed this one as my first Cantillon offering of many.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2060) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
Thanks northopfrye for this gem. Pours a dark amber. Aromas are sweet and floral...I get a touch of paint in this too. Beautiful. Beautiful balanced sour flavors. Some nice sweetness, woody bitterness, and great sourness. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2395) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2014 2009 bottle. Peach body thin white head. Aroma of flowers and funk some cherries and vanilla. Taste is funky sour with a touch of dryness and sweet floral notes as well. A touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Fabulous Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fellebag (1036) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle 75cl. White egg like foamy head. Color is hazy tea fruit color. Aroma is urine, bark, gooseberries. Taste is sour, wine, lemon, leaves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (910) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle 0,75l at Delirium Bar, Bruxelles, Belgium. Pours amber colour with a large head. Aroma of 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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fishonmyplane (494) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Complex beer with medium sourness, mild flower flavor, & tons and tons of barnyard funk. The flavor and palate are enriched by the hops, which are used more judiciously than in most Belgians, yet without becoming the focal point of the beer. Smooth. Perfect in the palate, with an incredibly long, sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (998) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 750ml bottle served in a Flute glass. Bottled in 19th of January 2010. By the way, a 6% ABV and not 5%, as described above. A: Pours a deep orange to amber cloudy color forming a big fizzy bubbled aired beige head. Medium to low retention and many lacings and chunks of foam around S: Sweet and fruity with the strong presence of the characteristic Lambic yeasts. Tart, but not aggressively T: Really smooth and intense. Mild sweet caramel upfront. You can actually feel the caramel malts and hoppy bitterness. Fruity, with notes of white grapes and apples, mainly. Metallic. Excellent sweet-tart-bitter combination M: Light to medium body. A bit creamy and heavier than her sisters. Upfront is mild sweet passing through the tartness and leaving a pleasant mild tart-bitter aftertaste O: Absolutely drinkable. One of the best Cantillons I’ve ever had [ BA Review @ 7/22/2012 ]

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