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


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RATINGS: 1174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle courtesy of Butters on 08/29/2010. Vintage 2007. Clear amber body with a large rocky white head. Tart fruit and funk aroma. Tart fruit, funk and dry flavor. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 8/3/9/5/17 - 4.2 Hazy orange body with a large frothy white head. Sweet slightly sour aroma. Slightly puckering sour flavor with some light fruity hints. 7/4/8/4/15 - 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Tap at Calital Ale House: Innsbrook. Cloudy golden body with a nice white head. Sour apple and grapes for the taste with a slightly sour-musky apple aroma. Soemwhat dry in the end, very nice however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Iris was my first Cantillon not to score big...Pours out a murky yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very sour--and foreshadows well what is to come: sourness. This is straight on pucker, people. Very sour flavor but nothing else going on. Too one dimesional for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
Stefano (1886) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
Hazy golden color, light acid aroma, heavy acid taste, medium body, dry finish. The flavor was sour and fruity and there was no lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle, from Slob. Holy MOLY! AN UNBLENDED LAMBIC! Thanks again, Slob! Pours deep cheddar-orange with an ample head that leaves a fleeting network of lace. An aroma of crisp lemon immediately is evident as soon as the first drop hits the glass. Flavor is a very tart and tangy lemon/orange/lime. Notes of straw and grapefruit are an afterthought, but only after asserting themselves ever-so-briefly. Very floral and rounded. Mouthfeel is almost carbonated in feel, though the beer itself is only slightly carbonated. Probably the tartness and sharpness of the ingredients. As my first unblended, this one is dang good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours with a big, fluffy head over a well-hazed golden/amber body. Sulfuric notes as I breathe deep hit my sinouses like smelling salts. This adds to farmhouse yeastiness with a hint of ass. Flavor finds green leaves and earth over soured wine, and it all leaves an acidic gut-burn in its wake.

<font size=-4>Sampled at Delilahís <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve Annual Lambic Beer Festival.</font>

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar (courtesy of my daughter for my birthday): Pours champange like with a chill haze golden color and a small white head and tiny champange bubbles. Sour yeasty aroma with hints of wood. Flavor starts sharply sour and grassy followed by a lemon tartness , more wood and a long dry bitter/acidic finish. Light bodied with a watery texture and lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a hazy orange with a small to average size white head. Nice funky aroma. Flavourís quite nice: funky with some lemon, yeast and a mild bitter finish -- yet itís a simple version of the style making it really easy to drink but not as complex as most of the other Cantillons. Still, a lesser Cantillon is still a damn fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2955) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle shared with hogtown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy, my bottle. Dark yellow, big thick foamy white head. Looks great. aroma - super funky, acidic, earthy - very nice. Taste: a bit of a let down. Sour and acidic, but simple - no complexity at all. A very easy to drink Cantillon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
I had this bottle twice and forgot a rating both times.. iím pissed and not buying another $14 bottle for it. But it smells extremly sour w/ a decent little berry flavor from memory and was a damn good lambic w/ a nice pucker affect Yes this is an unfair rating from memory out of anger.. Iíll fix it when someone else buys a bottle.

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