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

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RATINGS: 1120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
2005: Initially poured a clear orange body with a small head, later as sediement went in it got cloudy. Average lacing on the glass. Aroma was leather, barnyard action, some tartness, lemons. Something about this felt off or empty, but it was still very enjoyable.. this is Cantillon after all.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2860) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Botted in 2005. Poured an amberish color with a small head that laced ok (nothing spectacular, although the deeper color was notable). The aroma was for sure funky, some burnt rubber, wild farmhouse and barn aromas, light on citrus and no cheese. The flavor was enjoyable, revealing a definite departure from classic lambics with the all barley malt. While the wild flavors were all there, the tartness was much subdued and the funk took over with leather and rubber type flavors on display over the citrus notes. The finish had a firm hopped barley bitterness, quite nice. Mouthfeel was light to moderate, quite refreshing.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2200) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle. Orange-copper with a small white bubbly head. Great punchy brett aroma, barnyard, socks, just lovely. Grapefruit and citrus flavours, very refreshing and tart. The finish is long, tart, and quite funky. There is even a touch of bitterness too. Excellent drinkability in a relatively soft body. Sampled at the Københavnske Øldage 2006 on May 20, 2006.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
2005 vintage. Deep orange beer, very hazy/cloudy with a thin white head. Musty, earthy aroma, some horseblnket, lemon/citrus, brett and leather, dust, cologne. Nice dry malt with hints of pear and apple. Earthy/dusty with a soft vanilla note. Lingering earthy hoppy finish. More bitterness than is typical of lambics, but is still pretty tasty. Sour start and bitter finish. Light perfuminess toward the end.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 30, 2006
Light hazy gold, small fine top. Classic nose, barnyard, fruity raspberry character, grassy and citric fruits. Superb. Straight palate, even a bit spicy with sour green young gooseberry character. Great nose promised more complex character. Still great lambic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2006
From 750mL Bottle. Pours a translucent golden yellow, a shade lighter than apple cider, and topped with a copious amount of fine bubbled champagne head. Old, musty smell of lemon juice squeezed over a crumpled horse blanket. Some herbal notes as well, carried by a breeze of desert pollens. Medium bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel that’s loaded with danish blue cheese and unflavored yogurt. Actually, it tastes almost like I imagine blue cheese mixed into yogurt and topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon would taste like, only the blue cheese disappears toward the end of the sensation. Some woody flavors support the cast as well, providing images of fresh aspen bark and oregano stems. Quite interesting overall, and much less sour than I had originally expected. I want to say I would enjoy this more without the blue cheese flavors, but then again, that’s what gives this brew the unique thouch that I enjoy contemplating.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6364) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
2005 bottle. This golden lambic poured with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is acidic, but also floral. Tastes a bit like gueuze, but with a lot of citrus (grapefruit) and not at all sweet. There is a very bitter hoppy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
henrikb (1258) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm 27 April) – Unclear orange body, huge white head, some laces; Very full nose with loads of malt, some fresh green apples, fresh citrus and some spicy hop (strange for a lambic); Full sour body; Long finish , very sour and fresh, strange hints of malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2006
"Slowly slowy lambics are growing on me. Poured a medium orange color, not much of a head, did lace okay. Aroma was funky, maybe some rubber in it. Flavor was refreshing, citrus wild and crazy flavors were there, very different from the grand cru which was soooooo tart."

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled at my house for beer night with Stegosaurus. Pours a depp golden color with a white head. Aroma of a white wine, citrus, and fruit and flowers. Flavor is flowers, sweet, carbonation, fruit, with a dry finish. I did not enjoy this, but i did finish it.


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