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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1221   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1377) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - APR 25, 2007
75cL, 2004 vintage. Cloudy, rusty, dark amber color. Some malty aspects to an otherwise lemony and musty aroma. Some old socks in there. Flavor is citric-tart, lemony but not extreme, with a backdrop of dust and malt. Acidic but not harsh. Not bitter but certainly dry. Surprisingly drinkable and refreshing. Musty, mellow finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2007
750ml, vintage 2004, i think this is my first unblended lambic. pours almost hazy orange with barely a head. nose is very sour and tart lemon, cobwebs, vinegar, with slight anti-septic note. mouthfeel is pretty acidic. flavor starts off pretty raw and unpolished (perhaps cause itís unblended), tart and sour lemons, vinegar, white grapes, and noticible band-aid note in the middle. this is tasty, sorta gueze-like but unique in itís own right.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
750Ml that poured an amber color with a lavender head. Very sour and acidic taste with fruiity aftertaste. Plumbs and apricots. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
750 ml bottle. Tart fruity aromas. Lots of fluffy head disapated quickly. Flavors were very sour and tart. Dry on the finish. Quite acidic too. pretty good

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2007
Pours a dark golden color. Smells musty and sweet. Taste is sour, dry, and very acidic with not much left on the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2007
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 Pours a hazy biege color with thin head. Aroma is wild yeast, must, slight citrus with more funk then the Commodores. Taste is very acidic with must, mild citrus notes, and yeasty funkiness. Itís moderately carbonated and very acidic. Gotta love lambics as they are obscenely complex but fry your brain in trying to comprehend their complexities. Canít wait to try more Cantillon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2007
I can understand people not liking lambics, but geez I am loving this stuff right now. Tons of great flavors with little alcohol. Pours hazy orange / amber with a small tight beige head. The aroma has tart barnyard, grainy malt, crisp spiciness, earthy wild yeast and horseblanket. Medium body with a very grainy feel and a mild amount of soft carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of grainy spice, a tone of crisp wild yeast, light leather and some malt. The finish has more grain and a pleasant smooth spice. There is a very long lingering of earthy sourness. Huge thumbs up for this wonderful example of a lambic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2007
Bottle (from Cantillon, í04 bottled í07). Sweet malts hidden behind the fairly mild citric acidity. Hints of bitterness in the finish. Very tasty but not quite as good as some of the other Cantillon offerings with less of their house character.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14647) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 Hazy yellow with a white head. Sour & fresh with high acidicity and hoppy undertones plus a dry bitter end. Nice! Rerate Esbjerg 09. 3,8 -4,0.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
Pours amber with orange highlights. Minimal lacing with quickly dissipating head/ Musty (or dusty) on the nose with notes of sweet and sour fruit developing. Slightly maritime (brine?) with some underlying floral tones. Very lively and crisp on the palate. Slightly spicy but turning creamy midpalate. Flavor developing everywhere. Notes of sour malt, becoming increasingly sour as it develops. White pepper, oak, olive brine. Incredibly complex flavors. Finishes malty, sour, long and very complex. Wow. A truly amazing beer. near perfection in its style.


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