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

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RATINGS: 1174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoret (119) - Badalona, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2014
Aromes fruitats de poma i pera, el llúpol aporta herba i citrics i el malt quelcom dolç. Caràcter de Bretta com de corral i làctic. En boca comença mes acida que amarga tot i que l’amargor augmenta en cada glop i es queda fins al final. Boníssima!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1051) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2014
2013 bottle pours dark yellow orange with low head and carb. Aroma is funky cheese and dusty socks. Taste is funky tart with a bitter dry finish, enjoyable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeKeller (899) - Kemi, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
Draught @ Ranzani 13, Bologna. Orange beer with a bubbly white head. Aroma and flavour are tart and sour with green apples. Sour and so tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2014
750 2013 bottle. Thanks to Robertdale. Cloudy amber orange. More bitter than sour. Floral hops. Bitter finish. Similar to st gill and mamouche, but this was the most bitter/floral/hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours hazy golden, nose is funky, floral, taste is dry, sour, funky, fruity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (551) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Draft at Zwanze day 2014, birch bar norfolk VA. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with an off white head. Mild dry tart aroma, citrus, sour grapes. Very tart flavor, sour grapes, funk. Oily palate with an intense lingering sour in the finish. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2481) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
9/20/2014. On tap at The Birch. Cloudy orange with a white head. Funky yeast aromas, oak, spices. Tart and refreshing, bitter, fruity with a long dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1076) - Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Tap. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is fruity, wild, citrus, wheat. Taste is wheaty, sour, fruit on the finish. Light bodied, crisp. Very good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Perfection, dry yeast funk straw aroma with a pungent lemon grape thing going on. Flavor is sour lemon and slight red wine vinegar. Pretty different hop thing going on, yet made it better. A MUST

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
darrennelson12 (431) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
At brewery on tap; this wasn’t for me. I little weird, though I am not a true lambik drinker. Aroma color; somewhat floral with a vinegar note .. I would not buy this again myself


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