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


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RATINGS: 1115   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottle (per label 2003 batch – per cork 2005 batch) drank in 2006: Poured a hazy orange color lambic with a quite big foamy white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of hops is clearly detectable and I thought it provided an interesting ‘’mariage’’ with the sour and brett character of the original lambic. It also seems to help balance the level of acid in the beer, which is a real, plus since I sometime find the Cantillon lambic to be too acid. Horse blanket and farmhouse quality are still apparent as well as the citrusy hops. Very nice experiment from the folks at Cantillon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (13217) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Bottle. Amber, thin white head, sour lemon aroma, subtle funk and cereal aroma. Trademark mouth puckering from a lambic. Acidic, sour, and more funk in mouth and finish. I mean I do like it. Sourness has mineral/metal quality to it and grapefruit on the finish.. 4.3/5. Re-rate. Half bottle in La Brocante Brussels May 2013. fresh lively hoppy perfectly sour, lovely. Bottle from some place in Belgium. possibly Noel Cuveliers It’s like licking a swimming pool wall (chlorine) that has been draped in hops, whilst having a horse shitting on it and an acidic mustard and white wine vinegar salad dressing drizzled over the top. Intense and certainly not for the faint hearted. For me I think this beer is better fresher

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2006
bottle - Very cloudy orange/amber color with almost non-existant head. Aroma is bready, peppary, sour, vinegar notes. Flavor is pretty sour, sharp, acidic, very dry, with a smooth, spicey bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 11, 2006
Wow. What a wonderful beer. Lacks some of the tartness of a normal Cantillon lambic (undoubtedly due to the lack of wheat) while maintaining all of the acidity. Also much deeper gold, approaching orange, in color (again, undoubtedly due to the lack of wheat). Initial fizziness and big, white head disappears almost immediately leaving a beer that is, frankly, not-quite-but-almost-still (which is absolutely NOT a problem with a lambic even if most of the time they’re nearly champagne spritzy) Subdued aromas. Balance between sour and bitter. Bitter back end. Again, wow. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Pours a depp golden color with a minimal white fizzy head. Aroma of a white wine, citrusy, and fermented fruit. Flavor is quite floral, sweet, carbonated, fruity, with a dry finish, im am by no means a fan of this style, but it wasn’t to bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2006
This is my favorite lambic/sour/wild beer yet. The heavy use of hops gives a wonderful hoppy bitterness and flavor to the acetic acid and Brett flavors that are characteristic of lambic. Also the use of pale malts give a lovely orange honey color and a further depth of flavor that i haven’t found in other lambics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jonas (5593) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle, 96 from the dungeons of lord Pattyn
This beer clearly wants to come out of the bottle - after the top comes off beer bubbles out of the pores of the cork. Pours a golden amber, light pearling carbonation, initially frothy, later layering tanned head. Leathery, herbal, light metallic dry grape aroma. Leathery and wooden base flavor, citrus fruits, earthy notes, grassy bits, hints of cherries and raspberries. Elegant blend of flavors - if there ever were sharp edges they are rounded off now. Light cork notes round it off - the cork was untarnished though. Quite dry mouthfeel, no residual sugar, light pearling on the palate. Thank you so much Joris!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
750mL bottle, 2005 bottle date. Hazy orange, large white head that dies down quickly. Vinegar, superb barnyard Brett aromatics. Grapeleaf nose, heavy acetic acidic, wet hay, slightly fecal Brett flavors. Slightly grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light medium, bone dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
[bottle from beers of europe] Aroma is citric fruits, musky. light body, sour finish, some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Bottled. pours a clear copper color with a smallish off-white head. Tar aroma with some grape, vanilla, grass and barnyard notes. Thin flavor of lemons, vinegar grass and straw. Actually has a bit of a hop character in the form of a grassy bitterness. Very sour even for a lambic. Dry and sour finish is papery.

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