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


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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 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 (939) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bruxellover (19) - Dilbeek, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2014
A different unblinded lambic than most in my area. Nevertheless it is fantastic. Musty, cellar old wine barrel aroma and flavir. Green apple sours, and slight peach. Very full body, for a lambic. Nothing like this one, so much with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (1542) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2014
At the brewery pours a hazy amber color with a small light tan head. The smell is fruity malt, must, mild sour notes. The taste is initially must with a bit of sweetness then turning very sour and a bitter hoppy end. Light yet so bit oily in body with nice fine carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
milo91hd (100) - Lecce, ITALY - MAY 21, 2014
Bottiglia da 75 cl 2013, Cantillon non si smentisce mai, fantastico l’abbinamento tra acidità e l’erbaceo dei luppoli freschi. Capolavoro

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (665) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle share thanks to DrewFace. Aroma is sour, tart, floral. Taste is not as sour, almost malty, not nearly as sour as other can’t lions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrSquash (41) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
More malt on the nose than I expected. Still very sour in taste but not over bearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (771) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Very clear dark orange pour. Farmy fruity sweet tart. More apricot like fruit flavor, tart, lightly sweet,crisp. Yummm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (2748) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; burnished amber pour with a creamy beige head, nice funky aroma, taste has grape, citrus, quite vinous, sour, some orange, very good.

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