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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 This is a really strange brew. An experiment at Cantillon. No unmalteds. Fresh hops. Bitter and sour struggle a lot but overall the result is quite agreeable. Not my favourite Cantillon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2007
7/18/05 750ml. bottled 2000. Hazy amber with small off white head. Sour vinegary aroma. Nice tart taste but much less acidic than other Cantillons. Mellowed and I think better balanced than some of the other basic Cantillons.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13735) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
375 ml. bottle; 2004 vintage bottled in 2006. Earthy sour aroma. Hazy orange apricot color with a white head that really left rapidly. Thin to medium bodied with very mild carbonation. The flavor is lambic sour. A bit like earthy green apple. Pineapple? The finish is dry and sour and bitter. Changes from sip to sip. The finish is lactic, and fruity. Something like sucking on a lime peel. Problem: It is what it is, and coming up with what it is not to describe it doesn’t work. Good stuff. Very good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10783) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
The blonde of lambics. Iris, Iris, fair and graceful in your looks. The smell of the earth, a pleasant mouthfeel. The taste of sweet apple not harsh. A work of art not to punch a hole through.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10411) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2007
Light orange with small white head. Sour aroma with wood, hay and apple. Not that sour flavor for a Cantillon. Lacks bite but nice balance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
2004 vintage. Rich orange color. Massive sour nose with a healthy dose of funk. The sourness of the body did not disappoint after such a wonderful nose. Slightly bitter finish. A wonderful beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Draught. Amber color, slight reddish mahogany. Aroma is pungent, wine-like, sour grapes, straw. Vinous and sour, some acidity and hints of wood flavor. Some fruit. Kind of dry. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5625) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Predictably awesome like everything Cantillon produces. Sour, barnyard aroma, acidic, and promising a sour flavor that I’m anxious for. Very light sugar in the flavor, more mostly sour, and abundant Belgian yeast giving a barnyard and horseblanket character. Cloudy orange color.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 2005 Bottle. Complex nose is malty at first followed by acidic. A still, mostly clear dark gold-amber with a minor head around the edge of the glass. Well balanced acidity, light at the fron to fhte palate and strong in the back. Very light mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2007
2004 vintage Pours a nice golden orangish brown. Very spicy fruity delicious nose. Super tart fruity flavor. Not much to say, but this is unbelievably good lambic, and being unblended, this is fan-fricking tastic!


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