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


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RATINGS: 1278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 17/20
Strife21 (315) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Smell is sour funk and white wine. Taste is prune, sour yeast, funk. Light body, medium carb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HopfenWeisse (1440) - - NOV 23, 2015
77/77 beer style. Hazy amber brown color with small head. Aroma is yeast, some hops. Flavor is sour, acid, bit berries. Not really my thing....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ShelbyGrey (191) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 15, 2015
Just brilliant one the best lambics in the world, unique taste , fantastic balance cantillon cest bon!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonKromann (96) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2015 Clear in colour. Tastes of both sweet red, and sour green apple. Powerful sesame aroma, and a bit "acetony". Overall a nice lambic, but maybe the sesame is too overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rekvium (397) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2015
From bottle. Pours hazy amber with almost no head. Aroma of sesame seeds, funk, weird acid/tart aroma. Taste is sesame seeds, lots of funk, dry, tart and sour. Not on par with what I normally taste from cantillon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (1937) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep hazy amber with no head. Aroma light seasam, tart, earthy, green apples, barn, funk. Taste is sour, lactic, light vinegar, green apples, fresh and bitter, light hops. Quite creamy texture. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (584) - South Gate, California, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Pours a murky orange amber with a thin head. Smelled of wood, with a hint of hay, very earthy beer, barnyard funk, dusty basement, rotten tomatoes, and a bit of sweat. Complex smell, difficult to nail down. Taste is earthy and lime like. A hint of rotten fruit, and pineapple in the finish. M: Thin and puckery with minimal carbonation. O: Great beer, somewhat hoppy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
simont1 (529) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2015
Fresh aroma of citrus, floral, and earthy barnyard. A bit woody and oak goes through, and its very complex with a nutty layer of flavour aswell. Taste has big brett flavors, passionfruit, overripe apricot with some hay feel to it, a bit nuttiness, and more barrel character than the other unfruited offerings of cantillon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (3739) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
75cl bottle all to myself. Pours amber with a slight haze. Foamy off-white head. Aroma is brett and floral summer meadow. Taste presents a fresh bitter vibe with woody barnyard and floral, nettle-y brett notes on the finish. Glad to have tried this but not too into the prickly dry bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Light brown murky pour light carbonation. Sweet tart flavor with loads of wood and funk. Very well aged very wine like with some acidity. Finished slightly tart.

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