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


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RATINGS: 1221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
721Lance (82) - Oceanside Ca, California, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Very dominant lactic and sour lemon acid. Taste green apple and lemon with hints of stone fruit. The goaty and barnyard really balance out the acidity so well, generally better than the US counterparts. Finishes with a wet oak and hay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrenchieK (20) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
Cloudy brown orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Fruity citrusy aroma with an interesting blend of grapefruit. Citrusy alcohol continues in flavour. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stevencon (510) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2015
500th rating! Long time want. Hazy orange with strong white head. Powerful aroma: floral beyond belief, fresh flowers spring meadows grass honey. This aroma is just so fantastic. Dry malt with dry grassy floral bitterness. Notes of cheese and oak. Beyond the aromas and tastes this beer has so much complexity. The also has a natural character that is just simply lovely.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Renobob (1186) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 16, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Pas mon style de bière à la base. Trop acide pour moi, amertume présente. Pas mon truc quoi

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1258) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
Bottle at Nuetnigenough, Brussels 14th April 15. Pours fairly clear, aroma is funk, oak barrel, musty, mysterious. Taste is sour, complex, oak, funk fruity hops. Carbonation medium to high. Nice complex Cantillon, not my favourite of the day though

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsandman (618) - New York, USA - APR 8, 2015
Pours hazy golden Amber, thin white head no lacing. Aroma is acidic, grape, cellar must/funk, apples and berries, light mold / maneure. Flavor is tart, lactic, fruity, light sweet. Light easy drinking, sour fruits and funk. Lovely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with a nice, small head. Sour, fruity aroma, very pleasant. Taste is moderately sour, barnyard, not very acidic. Light body, medium carbonation. Very good lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (590) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Pours a slightly peachy yellow with a minimal white head. Aroma is barnyard, white grapes. Taste is green apples, slightly tart with a hint green grape dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle, thanks GT2, gold pour, white head, nose is lemon, taste is tart, funky, barnyard, citrus

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2540) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2015
75 cl. bottle, bottled in March 2014, poured in to a Flute. Hazy, golden colour with an amber tint. Big, fluffy white head. Sour, fruity aroma with lemons, wheat malts, wooden notes, floral hops, some grasses, barnyard and sour apples. Lovely. Taste is light sour. Medium body with a creamy texture and a lively, fine bubbly carbonation. Finishes dry and tart with lemons and grasses. Lovely, easy drinking Lambic.

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