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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1078   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Fantastic, slight reddish color medium carbonation. 75cl bottle. Really nice funk, sour, horse blanket. Lemon sourness and great wierd musty malt. Slight oak and woody barnwood through the nose when drinking. Just superb on the balance of all these funky flavors. Dry on finish and keeping you wanting more!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Draught Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2013 - Brown in colour. Fruity; sour/lemony/citric/hint of cherries. Tart/acidic/vinegary. Vinous/grapey. Malty. Yeasty. Earthy. Hoppy. Dry. Very refreshing. Liked ths. Lovely lambic!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (645) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Pours a murky amber colour. Nice hop bite in the aroma. Strong sour taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rbrazell (1454) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Birthday beer! One year old. Cloudy deep amber pour with a frothy white head. Dirty pizza shop sourdough funk, nice malt background, citrus, Brett and oak. Tart sourness, lactic acid, citrus, malt background, sharp cheddar, lemon pith and rind with oak smoothness and funky sourdough yeast and sweaty socks. Lively effervescence and medium bodied. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (903) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
750ml bottle 6%. Orangey amber colour, fluffy foam beige head that diminishes and aroma of sour yeast, barnyard, citrus rind. Taste is tart lemon rind, grapefruit, woody, yeasty, with light malt & caramel notes and some lingering bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry sour finish. Complex and tasty, very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1094) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2014
Overall: Mellow, balanced. Very young.
Note: Bottle 750 ml at a De Klomp tasting. (Vintage 2013) Reviewed 2014-01-04.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy orangeish pale amber with a short lived white head. Aroma is tart, brett funk, wild yeast. Flavor is a lot of fruits, wild yeast, flower petals, acetic, white wine. Finish is a boatload of tartness, very powerful, very dry and very refreshing. Lingering tartness and vinegar flavors. Medium to full body, very strong carbonation. Great product.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (1723) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle at Gainsbar. Darker than usual, small gold head. Aroma is interesting. Quite fruity, lots of sourness. Gaffer tape. Taste is funky, grapefruit at the front, lots of malt too, real body to it. Finish is biscuity. Nice stuff. Lots of drinks this day, so ratings are all over the place.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
GTAEgeek (1063) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Sample at First Sunday. Pours hazy orange, with a small, off-white head. The aroma is lemon juice, cardamom and cinnamon, hay, and some barnyard must. Surprisingly mellow sourness, and very sweet and citrusy. Light to medium body, acidic, and a little astringent. Overall, this is an excellent lambic. Balanced, approachable, and delicious. I wish I’d gotten a bigger pour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (701) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
750ml bottle shared at the brewery. pours a very lively pale yellow with the final glass poured having lots of sediment. aroma is dry wheat and farm yard. taste is again, very lively with lots of yeast, wheat etc. perhaps some pine? very different and perhaps my description is poor but i enjoyed it.


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