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

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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2007
I was rather impressed with this beer, although reading the commercial description I realize that I missed out on some of the flavors injected into the beer (lots of hops and iris). Nonetheless, this beer packs some intense and refreshing sourness that I found very pleasant. If you like gueuze or are into sour, I would definitely recommend this beer. Appearance was a hazy orange with a head of tiny bubbles. Aroma was lots of great sourness and a candy-sugar sweetness. Flavor was full-on sourness, which reminded me (if memory serves - which it probably doesnít) of the Cantillon Grand Cru Iíve had before. I also got some sour apple flavor. I didnít taste the hops or iris included in the brew, but enjoyed the taste very much nonetheless. Mouthfeel was astringent (owing to the sourness) and good. Definitely recommended for those into lambics/gueuze or sour flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2007
Hazy beer with the color of old gold. A small fine laced white head. Typical sourish aromaís of the better lambic and geuzes. Mild sour flavor. Wood. A bit of citrus.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2007
[bottle, 2004 vintage] Intriguing aroma, classic Cantillon, with some nice funky bacteria and earthy wood character. Amber, almost copper in color, with a ring of coarse bubbles. The flavor is quite acidic and funky along with some herbal hops-- grapefruit, mostly. The hops contribute a really interesting character to the finish of this lambic-- almost adding to the puckering abilities of beers like this. I really like the interplay of hops and wild bacteria.. an outstanding beer, overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
2004, 750 ml bottle, from Fin. Thanks so much for this mate! Under the foil wrapper, a dusty layer of grime. The cork, under the cap, responds to the lightest touch of the corkscrew with a hiss. Excellent--I love a hostile beer! Clean white head on an warm orange pour, the malty orange color I associate with octoberfest beers. A nice touch of haze. A first sniff is funk--lovely peppery wool and dry red earth smell, a grape skin tannin touch. But around all that is an unusual sweet note--not sweet like candy, but sweet like spring air, etherial and soul-stirring. And I know this sounds nutty, but I feel like deep underneath there is a trace of gentle biscuit malt. Initial bracing grapefruit sour flavor gives way to herbal, peppery notes. The sourness blends very cleverly with an earthy bitterness that lingers into the finish. A subtle, elegant variation of the classic lambic formula. So refreshing. Mmmmm. Iím very happy this is the big bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 This is a really strange brew. An experiment at Cantillon. No unmalteds. Fresh hops. Bitter and sour struggle a lot but overall the result is quite agreeable. Not my favourite Cantillon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2007
7/18/05 750ml. bottled 2000. Hazy amber with small off white head. Sour vinegary aroma. Nice tart taste but much less acidic than other Cantillons. Mellowed and I think better balanced than some of the other basic Cantillons.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12589) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
375 ml. bottle; 2004 vintage bottled in 2006. Earthy sour aroma. Hazy orange apricot color with a white head that really left rapidly. Thin to medium bodied with very mild carbonation. The flavor is lambic sour. A bit like earthy green apple. Pineapple? The finish is dry and sour and bitter. Changes from sip to sip. The finish is lactic, and fruity. Something like sucking on a lime peel. Problem: It is what it is, and coming up with what it is not to describe it doesnít work. Good stuff. Very good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9685) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
The blonde of lambics. Iris, Iris, fair and graceful in your looks. The smell of the earth, a pleasant mouthfeel. The taste of sweet apple not harsh. A work of art not to punch a hole through.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10396) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2007
Light orange with small white head. Sour aroma with wood, hay and apple. Not that sour flavor for a Cantillon. Lacks bite but nice balance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
2004 vintage. Rich orange color. Massive sour nose with a healthy dose of funk. The sourness of the body did not disappoint after such a wonderful nose. Slightly bitter finish. A wonderful beer.


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