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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 2000 bottle, with the cork saying bottled in 2001. Very dry grapes, wet horse and some crotch when i havnt showered for a while make for a very different and intresting aroma. Taste is very complex with similar flavours and lemon, and this is possibly the sourest beer iv ever tasted it is seriously seriously sour, with quite a bit of bittering hops too i must add. Very different beer, very good beer.....RERATE: Had this at ronnieís and another in the cellar. I never realised the amazingness of the hops in this, it adds so much more to the lambic, the piney citrus and fresh flowers are all subtle but still there and alround add amazingness to the beer. up fromn 3.8 - 4.8RERATE: Bottle in the house at the bass party. Awsome, on the sweeter side of the cantillons, the floural citrus lychee character of the hops justr gives it soo much more. An amazing beer and one that you could session til it comes out yir tits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1841) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle 2003. Hazy amber colour, with a slim white head. Restrained barnyard, malt and sour fruit aroma. Taste is sour apples and lemons, acidic, hoppy, with some malt detectable and a dry hoppy finish - followed by my mouth watering and demanding I take another gulp. Medium bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Light cloudy straw in color. Almost no head, slight lace. Lighter on the wet horse blanket than most Cantillons. Huge acidity, but doesnít linger. Nice lime and grannie smith apple flavors and the hops show through on this one. Keeps your mouth watering for more, but not as big as the rest. Probably my least favorite of the Cantillons, but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9752) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Iris 1996. Hazy golden ale with no head. Good single malt aroma with herbal and barnyard funkyness. Sour and restrained, all in class, with nice malty notes, tropical fruits, first time i actually note the malt in a lambic. Medium bodied. Rich and sour offering. Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3148) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 2007 Bottle. Cottony, plant bed aroma. Again, in honey, clouded with real foamy white opaline soap. Flavors is so bright, fresh and luxurious. Cotton, silk, and lots of refined wheat. Itís so fresh and bubbly. Iím having trouble wrapping my head around the depth of this beer. Good dryness amalgamates both the sourness and the hop character in good harmony. Palate backs out in a clean, scrubbed pear way. Bold in the middle fruits. Delicious and delicate. Thanks for sharing Scott!

2004 Bottle. Pours a gushing honey orange hazy pour, with copious off-white head. Sour, acerbic aroma of brandied pears, olives and some green grapes. Also a little Parmesan cheese and some cask aroma. Sour dry flavor of olives, oak and more cheese, all very funky. I donít have much experience with true Lambics, so I never know what to expect or garner from the situation, but even since my run in with NG Sour Brown, Iím more interested in wild fermented beers. This is wildly funky beer. In a way, I feel like Iím drinking green olive juice. Very much pimento in this beer. Thereís a nice subtle, floral sweetness in the background thatís lifting and airy, and really brings a lot to the table. This is much more quaffable than my previous experiences with past lambics. Palate is some how dry at first, then finishes sweet and supple. A softness and smoothness to this beer. My bottle keeps gushing. Interesting and woody, a lot of tooth and chewiness. Enjoyable. Tastes old, which I appreciate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2005
Brown-orange with white head. Aroma of wax, wood, hops, cellar, fruits, mint and alcohol. Nice acid touch. Acidic flavour. Cellar flavour, cookie. Hoppy dry. Bitter finish. Ooooh this is good and it cellars beautyfully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2005
750ml bottle: 2000 bottling sampled 11/15/05. Pours to a murky dark browish yellow with a huge, well retained light beige head. Initially this one appears almost muddy, but when held to the light it really glows warm amber with some red highlights. The aroma is bitter with light wet grass, earth, barnyard with herbs, mild cheese curds, mild lemon zest, and a hint of sweaty malt. If you smell it while cold, immediately after being poured, the fresh hops are just detectable. The taste has that initial sour kick, though it doesnít quite hit with the intensity of some other Cantillon lambics. Thereís some sour lemon, medium acidic grapefruit, vinous grass, light wheat, barnyard, and at times thereís almost chardonney flavors. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, finishes dry and lightly sour, with mild acidity. It seems slightly sweeter with more body than usual for a lambic from Cantillon. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2005
Brewed 2003. Didnít really get into this the last time I had it - in fact I poured most of it out, though in fairness I was drinking it warm in a Brussels hostel. Nice clear amber-gold, with a nice thin head which lasts. The initial aroma is difficult to describe, but thereís something in there that I just donít like. Quite herbal, cheesy hops, with a fair whack of pineappley esters, cream cheese and lots of plasticy, sweaty phenols. After a while it improves with that heathery Styrian character and more of the musty Cantillon imprint. Thereís a smooth, biscuity, vanilla milkshake malt flavour, with a mild, vinous (Riesling) acidity and a ferrous bitterness with a rasping aftertaste which kind of mimics the feeling in the back of your throat after vomiting. Some apricot juice character, and itís sweeter than the usual Cantillon. Features elements which are pretty reasonable in their own right but they donít work too well together. More an interesting experiment than something Iíd like to drink regularly, though towards the end of the bottle I began to like it a whole lot more - like an old Orval or something (and yes, Iím aware I compare every second beer I drink to Orval.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Hazy copper/orange. Big, bubbly, white head. Wild yeast, strong malt, and subtle hops-aroma. The sour yeast predominates the flavor, underneath the malt and hops are well balanced, more so than in the aroma. Dry finish, sour aftertaste. Some wine like character in the texture. Medium body. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
2002 edition. Smelly grassy, floral hops ponctuate the tart, highly woody, vinous and cidery bouquet. The pour is almost headless, of a rusty golden tone. A fair bitterness adds a dimension to the already interesting beer, pushing the dryness even further. I imagine the sour, but not agressively so, nature contributes to the overall balance with the aromatic hops. Medium bodied, tart, moderately high carbonation. The result is a pleasant experiment with powerful wood flavors and magical unexplainable moments.

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