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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atheist_Peace (928) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
Amber leaning towards copper pour, nearly clear, with a thin off-white head. Very funky nose, featuring a lot of horse blanket and some lactic notes with some woodiness and herbal notes. Thereís a certain light hoppiness as well with faint citrus notes. Iím getting a recently rained upon forest floor sort of notion from the nose as well. Quite sour across the palate with lots of wood and lactic flavours. Lacking some of the complexity shown on the nose but still very interesting. Incredibly dry as well which detracts from the mouthfeel for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1028) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4 ounces on draft at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont. Pours a dark caramel brown color with off-white head. Aromas of vinegar, wine, tart fruit. Tasting notes of vinegar, wine, tart fruit, floral notes, herbs. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pentaz (1222) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle @Theis. Pours unclear orange with a lasting and lacing medium off-white head. Aroma is leather, fresh flowers, sour fruit, grass, apple, wood and horse blanket. Taste is light+ sweet, bitter and tart. Body is light+, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes dry and bitter with a nice bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maarten1993 (272) - - MAY 4, 2014
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. Very sour, more sour tha the hommage. Bitter, as well. Not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gn0sis (48) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Opened a batch two bottling of Iris (offset label/2000 cork) at the JF Vonck tasting in NYC, 2/14. The beer has held up extremely well, the age hasnít detracted much if at all from the overall essence of what the beer was meant to be. Having had nearly all of the other available Iris vintages (Including a batch one shared with Steve K in 2010- Thanks Todd!), it was evident in the 2000 vintage that age can make things a bit murkier, a bit darker in color and perhaps more full bodied, while still retaining funk and developing more earthiness for well over a decade. The older examples of Iris, all the way up to 2003 375ml, seem to exhibit a sort of profound stoic funkiness with a firm acidity- though not bracing or bright by any means. A subdued, hazy treat to enjoy with your thinking cap on, this certainly stretches the definition of what dark, unblended lambic can be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ST247 (361) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle sample @Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Pours cloudy orange/amber with white head. Spicy aroma. Taste is sour and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (994) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2014
Absolutely awesome to get a couple splashes of this. Sure didnít take any notes, but this was dry, refreshing, the right amount of tart, with nice fruity and floral notes. So drinkable yet plenty of things to ruminate over with each sip. Hope to revisit sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (988) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2014
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium amber, with a medium-large off-white head, which lasts well and leaves reasonable lacing. Earthy, oaky notes and worn leather mix with mild sourness and floral hops to create the aroma. Potent citric sourness and mild floral hops up front give way to oak, leather and a savoury touch in the mid-palate. The finish is like biting straight into a piece of ruby grapefruit, with powerful sourness and acidity. This is certainly one of the most sour lambics I have had, yet still very complex and highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
Iíve become rather fond of lambic beer over the last few years. And this beer is pretty much the reason why. I donít think I can say anything that hasnít been said before, other than I think it is experiences like this beer which fuels ones life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syndicate (74) - Idaho, USA - APR 25, 2014
Thanks for this buckeye boy. Pours a light orange hue with a small white head. Nose gives hints of oak and cork. Taste is apricot and coriander with some spice. Super funky like only a Cantillon. Amazing beer

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