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


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RATINGS: 1248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (3298) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2015
0,75l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours cloudy orange with a low head. Aroma is sour malts. Flavor is sour malts and vinegar. Exquisite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anstei (526) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 6, 2015
75cl bottle from Beers’n’more, bottling date 18 Dec 2014. Pours orange with a medium head that quickly dies without any lacing. Typical lambic nose, but also fruity. Intricate bitterness, lots of grapefruit, acidic, but somehow it doesn’t fit together in my mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (882) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2015
(750ml March 2015 bottle @ Brewberry Cave, Paris, June 17 2015) Pours hazy orange with a moderate head of small white bubbles. Aroma notable for its presence of malt and fresh hops. Orange, herbs, dried grass, lots of wood, sweaty funk, very lightly tart, with a bit of malty sweetness. Palate is fairly dry, with a hint of malt sweetness but also light acidity building in the middle. Lemon, a bit of orange juice, aged oak woodiness, musty, a bit of caramel, lots of grassy, even pine notes. Finish is quite dry and light to medium bitter with the woody older lambic feel quite prominent and even a touch of grain, along with persistent hops. Medium body with fairly light and effervescent carb. The barley malt and dry hopping really come through in this beer, I like that it wears its non-traditional lambic characters on its sleeve but still drinks as very Cantillon. Preferable to many average gueuzes for me, though it does not match Cantillon’s best fruit lambics or LP gueuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (539) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle. Deep orange. The head builds as I pour it. Ends up with a pretty decent creamy colored head. Murky body. Hoppy with a citrus acidity. Equal quantities of maltiness and acidity. Lemony sourness, but nothing like other Cantillons. Malt replaces grain and hay. Hoppy flavor throughout blends nicely with the sourness. Malt flavor dominates the finish. Medium bodied, but less spritzy than other lambics. Medium carbonation. At first, I wondered why they messed with the malt profile of a lambic, because it initially doesn’t work as well. After a while, though, you stop worrying that it isn’t wheat and realize that it’s a delicious and maybe more balanced sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (2085) - Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Tap @ BierCab, Barcelona, 16/06/15. Pours a hazy, pale orange with a small, white head. Aroma is sour, some fruitiness, vinegar. Taste is sour, vinegar, some fruitiness, light cherry. Appleskin. Just magnificent and splendind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1536) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle, 5 months old. Opaque orange body, medium head. Aroma has mild funk and some leathery notes. Taste is medium tart at first with mildly rotting apples and some leathery notes. Later the fresh hops come in, adding a certain bitter dimension. Now it really tastes like an apple that was left to rot inside a leather boot. The bitterness/sourness combination feels like bile. I think I would have liked it more without the "cold hopping". However, the base is still a very good Lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (534) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2015
0.75 l bottle @ Bier Bier, Helsinki. Nice dark orange colour. This is not as extremely sour as the unblended lambic at Cantillon’s tap, but still very dry. All malt base and cold hopping gives a hint of an ordinary beer. Not recommended for your first lambic, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ngejo (567) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 12, 2015
Tap. Hazy, orange, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, medium sourness, lightly bitter, medium body, thin feel, average carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1335) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUN 7, 2015
750 ml, bottled 17/3/14, from a trade with Orson0368, thanks! Shared at Bratislava Slovak-Austrian RB Tasting.
Deep orange, hazy body, with a big, unstable, frothy, yellowish head.
Complex, sour, tart aroma of barnyard, sour apples, sour berries, some overripe fruits, barrel notes, slight candy.
Taste isn’t as tart, but as complex, very fruity, with sweet-sour apples, sour berries, sour citrus, sweet barrel notes, some ripe fruits, barnyard, some candy.
Medium, slick mouthfeel, with an average carbonation
Finishes sour, but smooth, fruity, wooden, citric.

Very tasty! Extremely well balanced, sour, complex, but so smooth to drink. Very fruity, also some citric hops noticeable. One of the very best Lambic beers I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moravius (906) - Beijing, CHINA - JUN 6, 2015
Flasche (75 cl, abgefüllt Jan. 2013). - Orangerot, trüb. - Nase streng herb-säuerlich mit muffigen Noten und einer Anmutung von Pferdestall. - Antrunk enorm holzig herb und krachsauer (Zitronensaft) mit Pampelmusenschale, abgerundet mit modrigen, schwach fauligen Noten. Herbe Bittere von altem Hopfen. Mild rezent, schlank, sehr trocken. Heftig herb-saurer Abgang mit reichlich Tannin. Langer Nachtrunk. - Noch extremer als gewöhnliche Gueuze, aber von Cantillon hatte ich nichts anderes erwartet ... Zweifellos ein faszinierendes Bier, aber ich muß es nicht noch einmal trinken.

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