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


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RATINGS: 1136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (707) - Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Pours a murky orange copper with an off white head that settles to a film. Aroma of grapes and apples with some grassy hop character and some earthy and funky flavors. Taste has a tart, fruity flavor with some tannic and oaky character. Has a cheesy flavor and some earthy and grassy hop taste. Finishes dry with some cheesy and slightly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is crisp with a light/medium body and high carbonation. Wonderfully balanced and complex flavors. Very refreshing and drinkable. Not your typical Geueze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (385) - USA - JUN 15, 2014
Muddy murky copper color with a swirling of white head on surface. Smells of skunky funk, perm, spiciness of the Belgian yeast, soured fruit, banana, bubble gum, caramel malt. Taste is dry cheese like taste with a medium sour bite that dissipates quickly, some sour hop bitter at the end, citrus, some spice, a little vanilla and caramel malt. Maybe some wheat like flavors, rye. Good geuze. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Thanks to OldMrCrow for sharing these bottles of Iris with me on a lovely spring day. From notes.

2004 (bottled 2006): Orange pour almost no head after first few drops. Aroma is delicious - grape must, citrus, horse blanket cantillon funky feet. Taste: some breadiness, a bit of leather, super super tart. No real carbonation, slick lemony coating -- a lot of lemon/apple. Some sweet tarts if I leave it swirling in my mouth for a long, long time, which ultimately ends with a huge lemon citrus tart wave that makes me almost want to cry. Pears, cheese. Some sediment. Really musty, pear, funky and citrusy. After OldMrCrow mentions it, there’s an undercurrent of a sulphuric old rubber. Really fantastic.

Fresh(ish) batch (bottled 2013): Well this is totally different. Appearance: Creamy white head with fine lacing. Sediment in there. Somewhat darker orange-amber. Aroma: dandelion (think pissenlet), soap - herbal hops dominate the aroma here. Taste: Way less tart, but still finishes all nice and funky. Not as "extreme" on the funk side as the old bottle, but more interesting with the hops -- to the extent hop presence indicate freshness, this is clearly the fresher of the 2. There’s an element of freshly cut hay in the aroma that I can’t get enough of. Also sweeter than the 2004.

I can see the appeal to having a deep lambic cellar. Sometimes you want to be outside in the field, and sometimes you want to sit your ass inside with some musty old books. Beautiful beer at either age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
vipinvelp (2176) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2014
Opaque orange without any foam head whatsoever. Aroma is vinager like, some sour fruits. You have to get used to this taste every time again, sourish, vinegar like, but still quite interesting. (Velp 201406)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2150) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
I ve been wanting this beer for years and the day finally came at WWBA! pours orange with nose of vinegar and barnyard. Tastes of flowers, pine, horseblanket, yeast, wood, and vinegar. its tart and dry. very nice. mission accomplished

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLADT (625) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle pour. Murky, light brown. Super funky nose. Sweet. Orange notes. Taste is more strait forward. Very tart. Makes you pucker. Some oak. Lightens I just a bit at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (2715) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
750ml bottle at 6%. Pours dark orange with no head. Aroma is sweet candy sugars and light barnyard notes. Taste has toffee to start, with a sour cheesiness throughout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
VieiraF (6) - BRAZIL - JUN 2, 2014 does not count
Sour/acid taste, a little bit amber color, a little carbonation also. Flavor remainds cheese combined with a dubbel beer. Some fruitness can be felt in the aroma. Peachy color.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Celest (126) - - JUN 1, 2014
Amazing gueuze lambic, very complex and full of different tastes, so enjoyable, very sour, grains, cereals, wild fruity and flowery notes. Lots of flowers. Niceee

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (959) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
shared bottle. poured verry viscous! amber orange coloured with a white head. funk, grapes, green apples, hop bitternes!, earth, not the best cantillon for me. should try it again with some age on it

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