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


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RATINGS: 1179   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fedexs (21) - ITALY - OCT 6, 2014
At the apparence this beer is light red with really light foam tipic of those beers. Its aroma recall wood and citrus and its sour taste it is persistant. You can feel the add of fresh hop drinking it at the end leaving a bit of bitter on the palate. This is a great sour beligan beer with which Cantillon perfectly mix old and fresh hop for a unique taste beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukasmh (255) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a beateful hazy orange with a tiny but stainable white head. Aroma has loads of cantillon funk along with flowery hops. Tart citrusy notes. Taste is sour with mellow flowers. Finish is long and tart with a very simple but clean dry bitterness in the finish. Body is tickling delicious on the tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jaksmart (449) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Beautiful luminescent orange of a cloudy countenance with a charming little white head. Aroma is extremely fresh, floral and cleanly funky with citrus: absolutely delicious with a balanced sour texture on the nose. Taste has some bitterness, but is mainly ticklingly sour with a crisp funky baseline enhanced by a mild hoppy presence. Extremely good, simple as that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alexanderdahl (24) - DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
Bottled 70 Cl. Pours a hazy orange. Looks amazing! Aroma is citrus fruits, orange, white grapes. Medium-body, with lots of orange taste, smooth sourness with quite a bit of hoppyness to it. Rating number 10... Not a bad start!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"if only these were reasonably priced. i’ve liked just about every cantillon i’ve tried, this included, but they are so darn expensive...and this one’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum. lots of tart funk, sour apple, high acidity. more complexity in the nose than flavor if only because the tartness overpowers a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoret (120) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1100) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeKeller (900) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1581) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (4136) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours hazy golden, nose is funky, floral, taste is dry, sour, funky, fruity.

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