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

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RATINGS: 1135   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
Aroma:citric and acidity aroma... Appearance:Hazy gold-orange,small head... Flavor:acidity,citric,light watery for a cantillon.....

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle 2003. Light head, cloudy orange brown beer. The aroma is sharp fruits, sour and vinous and the flavour is lightly sour and fruity. Overall a very good sour beer, very drinkable.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 750 mL bottle, capped & corked (2002 on the cork, sampled late June 2006): promising cork removal…in my eyes: pure gold, slight haze, under a generous (large for a gueuze) off white head that maintains it form even as the bubbles pop and leave small holes. Beautiful bretty, grassy, and iron laced aroma…bits of fresh pine, stone and lemon grass float on the early morning breeze of a brisk, damp, spring day. Wonderfully tingly palate, dry and sour through the finish. The tart, acidic flavours blend nicely with the hop flower remnants, sweet (though slightly bitter) orange juice, and lemon rinds. THIS is why I drink beer…C’est Bon, Indeed!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle (2003). Pours clear golden in colour with a large white head. Well balanced sourness and sweetness. Notes of grapefruit and citrus. Slightly earthy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2006
First sample of this style. 2005 bottle. After pulling off the foil I noticed it was wet under it, seems the beer was almost leaking. I was on the verge of getting upset since I paid about 15 dollars for this 750 ml bottle. Upon pouring the carbonation showed its head, and I was relieved. Yellow brown colored pour. Smells sweet, malty, sour, and like oak - alot like oak. Taste is sour for the first half of the glass leaving way to a rather bitter, awkward finish. It took me a while to drink this beer but over all I was very satisfied with it and I can only imagine what it would be like in several years. Really nice, Lambics are becoming my favorite style of all, as they are scarce enough to cellar but when the time comes to drink them, there is nothing that can fill the void. Quite a good beer, something I would buy again if I could buy it locally, but not something I would mail order again. Very nice in its own right though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2388) - 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 (2890) - 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 (2207) - 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 (8411) - 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 (6457) - 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.


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