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

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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Pours a dark hazy golden-yellow color with a bit of bubbles forming in a ring on the surface. Funky sour citrusy aroma with a bit of an earthy hoppy grassiness, lemon peel, a woodiness, but overall not too much sourness in the aroma compared. Flavors were an intense explosion of sourness and an earthy, "dirty", woodiness. Really sour stuff. But the extra hops produce an interesting semi-bitterness (which canít really compete with the super sourness) and some nice green piney resinousness. Pretty lightly carbonated, super sour dry finish. Very interesting stuff, a bit expensive, but worth having again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2007
750mL bottle, 2004 vintage. Poured a dark golden brown with just a ring of a head that dissipated quickly. Strong, pungent aromas of skunky hops, stinky cheese, with a little bit of caramel. Taste is very organic, and predominately tart and harsh, with some red wine notes. This one burned going down.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Bottle. Cloudy dark orange, the color of fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice. Aroma of intense barnyard funk with leather, pine, citrus zest, and an apple-like sweetness in the background adding enormous complexity. The funk enhances everything and even has a dash of spice and old furniture worn in from happy memories. Intense grapefruit skin and citrus complexity. Long fruit skin finish. Highly carbonated, effervescent. Super dry and almost tannic as if from tea steeped too long. Bitterness coats the tongue but itís pleasant. The start is all grapefruit, the finish all herbal leafiness as if sucking on a hop bud. Some green olive and gooseberry in here too. Olive pits. Pink grapefruit and green olive are predominating in this for me. Ends up tasting very natural. The bitterness is like that found in fruits, flowers and leaves. The slightest sweetness enhances the palate. A lovely experience.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Tranquillity (1450) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2007
Bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. 1996 bottle (!!). Beautiful sunsett colour. Could be that this is too old, but the strong woody flavour is a bit too winegary for me. Extremely sour. Iíd like to taste a younger sample.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle. Deep lemon, golden color. Ringed sudsy head. Sour, tart, wine-like scent. Oak, citrusy, tangy in flavoring. Flavoring improved greatly as it warmed. Sampled @ BCTC 2007

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
estoves2 (98) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2007
This was my first lambic and i probably dont like the style. 2005 Bottle poured in a tumbler. Light hazy brown body with a smal fast disapearing head. A sour aroma of fruit and flowers, and some wood. Sour flavor of citrus wood little earthy and flowery notes. A bitter aftertaste. Palate was dry and woody. Hate to say that i couldnt drink it all feeled that i had to throw up after a while and had to pour it out:(, but there were som parts i liked about it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer4000 (4981) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2010 750 ml bottle. Sampled 2000 vintage at brewery and 2003 vintage @ Kristiansand Lambic festival 2007. Aged version was best. Cloudy orange body with a very small white head. Aroma has a fruity citrus impression with a pleasant cellar note. Flavor is rather sour and bitter. This beer is much better than my description indicates.

re-rated 30.06.2010 Sampled at Patricks. Hazy orange body with a thin white head. Aroma is Fruity and acidic. Flavour is fruity and pleasant acidic with light malt and a hint of bitterness. A nice lambic thatís more balanced compared with other unblended lambics I have sampled.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6364) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2007
Bottle bought at the brewery. Strong citrus smell. The fresh hops give an added dimension, adding bitterness and grassiness to complement the sourness. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours orange hazy cider with white head that doesnít stick. Aroma is funky musty, tangy sour fruit. Flavor is the same, and meaty/smoky/salty, yet a bit on the delicate side, if that makes any sense.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Pours a cloudy gold with a medium white, bubbly head. Smells of big acidity and sour fruits. Just what you wouldexpect from these guys. The taste was much the same, very acidic and sour on the palate, but with a nice dry finish. Lemons and other citrus were detectable. Maybe a little bit of some floral flavors, but what was there was masked by the huge sourness. I love these guys brews.


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