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

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RATINGS: 1078   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamTheBarrel (321) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 750ml capped and corked green bottle, 2013 years vintage labelled 6% ABV, with a classy looking label with a painting of an Iris flower. Poured into a stem glass., the appearance is opaque persimmon colored with a medium sized beige head that reduced fast but left a lasting thick small head. Aroma of overripe apples, table grapes and vinegar. Flavour of overripe apples, lemon peels, table grapes and vinegar. Taste is light sweet, light bitter, and heavy on sourness. Palate is light-medium bodied, smooth texture and soft carbonation. Excellent, full of flavour despite the relatively low ABV, one of the best Lambic style beers I have tasted.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5lickv1c (106) - DENMARK - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle 75 ml. One of the best sours I have had. Very complex with a lot going in. Hard to explain, especially when you are a bit tipsy, so all I can do is to recommend it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stefannilssons (1319) - SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2014
En vän till mig sa att det här var ett hajpat bryggeri, jag vet inte riktigt om jag håller med. Visst snackas det en hel del om Cantillon och hur bra öl de gör men å andra sidan så gör de faktiskt riktigt bra öl! Hajpat eller inte så var det här en riktigt bra och välbalanserad öl med friska och syrliga inslag.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1118) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2014
2011 vintage bottle from Japan. Pours a dirty orange-brown with tons of (short lived) head. Murky, ugly color thereafter.

Nose of funky lambic and aged hops. Unique profile among other Loons; the hops really take it in a different direction. So dry, plenty of funk. Hearty sourness kept in check by the hops. Interesting, though not my preference.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (3437) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2014
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of sourness/tartness, barnyard and musky notes, caramel and pale malts, some light fruits, and light spices. Flavor a great blend of the sour and funky notes and a Belgian beer. Average texture. A good beer from Cantillon, obviously.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (2974) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 4, 2014
Bottled in January 2011. Przepiekne i stylistycznie klasowe piwo. Ciezkie tresciwe i cierpkie. Goryczkowe i aromatyczne, przypominal zapach makow na lace. Wiosenne skojarzenia i z czysta natura kojarzyl mi sie ten artystyczny lambick. Niefiltrowany i niepasteryzowany, surowy i metny, ze spora piana ale ustepujaca dosc szybko jak to w szampanach. Stylistyczna i artystyczna etykieta. 2 lata dojrzewania w browaze w beczkach zrobily swoje, a ja jeszcze dolozylem 3 lata w mojej piwniczce. Smak cierpkisci i kwasowosci dlugo nam towarzyszy i w ustach przez bardzo dlugi czas pozostaje. Klasa, ale zarezerwowana tylko dla zawodowcow piwnych, amatorzy niech sie trzymaja z daleka bo nie docenia tego piwa wogole.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (997) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2014
[1 Feb-tripp till Mikkeller] Eufori i flaska på en hypad plattform av tellus grönskande säd?! Aromen är frisk och fruktig. Cantillon må vara ett av de mest hype:ade bryggerierna men det här är bra bryggt med balansen på de syrliga och fruktiga tonerna

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hayseo (24) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On tap at The Holy Grale, Louisville Ky. Dark amber. Small head. Low carbonation. Sour. Light texture, thin, clean finish . I am a IPA guy maybe you should take my review with a grain of salt but I don’t like this beer. I tried it because of the reputation of Cantillon. I know it was sour but sour is really it’s only notable Quality.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (800) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a light amber with fizzy off white head. Nose shows sour tartness, lemon and a barnyard type funk. Taste is much the same, sour acidity with citrus upfront with a dry refreshing finish. Very quaffable!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (102) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from P&M-Getränke. Beautiful subtle, big head, with an ember orange, nearly brown color. Zippy, sour, fruity aromas, with hints of malt, also smells a bit funky. Intense sourness from the very beginning, but more complex than the usual lambic with the help of malt flavors in it. Malt gets even more intense in the end, makes the beer less bitter, and creates a very interessting taste. Creates a vivid, tart mouthfeel. Sour notes get stronger in the the end, with a long aftertaste, but is at no point too intense, saves some space on my palate for hints of malt, which turns more bready in the end. Carbonation is rather low, but stays in perfect balance with the complex body of the beer, due to the malts in it. All in all, this is a great beer.


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