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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5302) - 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 that’s more balanced compared with other unblended lambics I have sampled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6397) - 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.

   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 doesn’t 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 Small bottle, and Tria’s new location (12th and Spruce, Philly) and resampled at Stephen Beaumont class at Tria Fermentation School 8/10/07. Orange amber color, no head when initially poured; swirling produces a small amount of off-white bubbles. Nice woody, lactic aroma with some hops; not quite as sharp and aromatic as I remember some other Cantillons. Flavor is tart, woody, earthy and citric. Long lasting hop finish. A nice experiment from Cantillon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (545) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Courtesy of Alan at Knightly Spirits. I tried for two weeks to sit on this bottle; I couldn’t help but try it. Pours orange-gold with a white rim, no head, and elusive lacing. Bubbles are effervescent. Slight vinegar, past-ripe oranges, and sour yeast on the nose. Whooo...sour to all hell. The taste is biting on the nose and tongue...the whole mouth, actually. You can feel it all the way down until it hits the stomach acids. Hues of citrus, small herbs, oak, and always sourness. ALWAYS. The aftertaste lingers hard and the palate is bombarded. This brew is appropriate for my fluted Cantillon glass. (Thanks again Alan.) Very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - AUG 1, 2007
Hazy yellow beer with a nice and rich head but fades away like in most lambics. Aroma of citrus, flowers and some cellar comes out. A bitter taste and the fresh hops gives it a nice touch. Has a dry finish and leaves an oak touch on the palate. A pleasant lambic, that could benefit from some time in the cellar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1396) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Pours a orangish color with a white head. Aroma wasn’t really pleasent. I usualy enjoy the aromas of unblended lambics but not this one. Lots of sourness, oak, citrus, and yeast. Flavor starts out not as good but the more you drink the better it gets. Everything on the aroma is present in the flavor with some grass flavors and a nice tart finish, but not too tart. Overall, minus the aroma, this is a very delicious brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2007
2004 bottle. Light golden-orange color with a white fading head. Aroma has some nice sourness, wood, and sharp citrus. Flavor is a nice sour/acidic citrus with just a hint of wood, some vinous/wine flavors, and a nice sour feel. A nice Lambic that is smooth, tart and enjoyable.

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