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

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RATINGS: 1282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle, 2004 vintage. Hazy orange with a fleeting white head. Big barnyard smell with cheese, citrus, and dusty hops. Taste is acidic barnyard with lemons and dry malts. Only mildly carbonated. Very good, though not as complex nor sour as some blended lambics I’ve tried, which is both bad and good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2007
bottle.it has a slight murky gold color with a small head. it is very dry. there is slight sourness and some flowers as well. nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Beautiful thinned lacing, soft and diminutive white head, creamsicle orange is clouded clouded by light tan yeast globules. Slow recession gives this behemoth of acidity a livelier appearance than some of its brethren. Grass tendencies rise to and spill over the brim of the glass. Beach-washed woodiness splashes into play, coerced forward by nose-tickling acids that reap the whirlwind that is dry-hopping a lambic. This is going to be crazy bitter, I know it already. Mild oak and fresh floral and vanilla tones lurk in the depths, coalescing as the lambic draws nearer room temperature. Mild barnyard and tired grain field notes seep out of the cracks in the acidic affront. Apricot, tangelo and bristling pear pulp flirt with edges of reason. An entirely new concept in the world of lambic is well-received; nonetheless I remain wary of just how powerful the impending acidity and bitterness combination may unfold in the flavor. The hop notes are a clever blend of aged and fresh, both with redeeming and offsetting qualities that serve the quest for complexity well. Alcohol is a nonfactor. This nose is tremendous and unforgettable. Bitterness is hefty indeed when the first sip passes the lips. Wood and some requisite leather pound into the palate unmercifully, but are supassed by waves of face-twisting acidity. It’s brutal, but enjoyable and oh so quenching. Sourness winds up up and punches everything out of its way whenever this seems to let up for even the slightest moment. Grassy notes are oft intercepted by herbal hints and superbly offered, seeming to ride along on top of the earthy and aged woodiness and farmhouse maltiness. The palate impact remains light because the body is light-medium and fully carbonated. Rarely does a hardcore lambic bring so much joie de vivre to the table, such bounciness melded into a brazen, tingling acid attack. The finish is highly bitter, lightly herbal, sour and funky. wood and grass linger. Delicious. Cantillon is consistently incredible - even in outlandish and eccentric expressions their beers seem methodically crushing but remain riotously fun to consume.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2007
Heavy malty aroma with a complex aroma of flowers. Average frothy, white head. Fair lacing. Mostly diminishing longevity. Cloudy orange body. Harsh bitter initial flavor, and heavy bitter and sour finish flavor with a long finish duration. Light palate..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2077) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle: Iris 2005: Clear light red colour, nice white head. Aroma of fruits,citric, sournes, and a nice balnced with a nice fruity sweetnes, and a nice citric nose. Flavor is almost the same, but has a kind of smokey(?)fruity endig. Thin to medium body, and a thin to medium finish. Nice Lambic!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5370) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Pours deep gold into a Tumbler. Fluffy white head with medium retention leaves no lacing as it recedes. Sour funk aromas. Sharp feet with a lasting grapefruit rind finish.

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 doesn’t) of the Cantillon Grand Cru I’ve had before. I also got some sour apple flavor. I didn’t 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 (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2007
Hazy beer with the color of old gold. A small fine laced white head. Typical sourish aroma’s 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. I’m very happy this is the big bottle.


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