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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2007
2004 bottle. Pours orange with a fast fading white head. The acidity and sourness are there, but seem more muted in this one, maybe it was the few years of aging that mellowed them, but then again i’ve had cantillon beers that are much older that didn’t seem muted. Light citrus and woody flavor to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
Édition 2004. Robe orange claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes de poussières, d’oranges sucrées et de houblon. Saveurs acides d’oranges amères, de malt et de houblon amérisant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14466) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle (2003) at Ølbaren. Cloudy orange - white head. Vinegar, berries, wood, fu, sour, acid, earth, dirt, light horsey. Rather smooth and pleasant !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2007
[Sampled with Thomas in Söderåsen, Skåne, Sweden.]
Another milestone in two ways. With thisone I’ve also rated all the 71 different Beer Styles. So this Lambic - Unblended I’ve reserved for this rating in Sweden after a nice long day on bike. Sweaty I swallowed it with pleasure, more than expected. Hazy light brown look with good great, but dissapearing head. Notes of wild yeast, grapes, acid, grass, wood, flowers and more. High drinkability!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle, 375 ml. Cloude orange/amber, almost no head. Fruity malt aroma with cidery notes of grape and red apples. Along with this, there are strains of wet wool and leather, and some wood. medium bodied with soft but lively carbonation. Flavour has a little to sharp acidity, with a pungent bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2007
Pours a slightly hazed orange with a very small fizzy head. Aroma of rotting grapefruit, chemical and wet redgum... better than it sounds. Flavour is well balanced, quite bitter and moderately sour, grapefruit comes through with some other tangy notes and a balanced maltiness and floral hoppiness. Clean, acidic finish. Very wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy orange colour with mostly lasting off-white head. Aroma of green apples, citrus and hops. Sour flavor with almost astrigent bitter/sour notes. Lasting finish. This is exelent lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2007
750 ml thanks to drewbeerme for this sample. Pours a yellow hazy color with a white thin head. Funky aroma of sour grapes and lemon. Sour flavors vinegar and acidic woody .... really tart like a light gueze. And maybe that doesn’t sound appealing, but it was tasty. Finishes very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
2005 vintage. This is the first unblended lambic I’ve tried. Pours hazy orange-gold with a bubbly white head that quickly disappears. Musty aroma of yeast, lemon, apple, spice, and old wood. Taste is fruity, citrus sweet up front, but instantly turns into a dank acidic sourness with an apple wine/vinegar bite. As it warmed the sourness lightened up just a bit. Dry, sweet finish akin to a Flemish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
Cantillon makes unique stuff, I can’t deny that. But they’ve become hit or miss with me. This one pours hazy jack-o-lantern orange with 1-finger white head. The aroma is heavy citrus, apple, pear, funky spice, and some earthy notes. The flavor is tart and very citric, although not as mouth puckering as some other Cantillon’s I’ve quaffed, with flavor notes of pear, apple, and funky yeasty citrus. Complex and enjoyable.

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