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


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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle that was a bit pricy but you have to cough up the dough for beers like this. Pours a nice peachy yellow. With a white frothy head, lacing was very thick. Smells a bit oaky, herby, and yeasty. Taste a bit sour with the taste of melon, lime, grapefruit, and peach. Not as dry as i imagined but the tart taste is relaxing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
12/1/06: Bottle, #600 (2005 corking)
Nose is sour and nicely barnyard like with other notes of sharp Vermont cheddar. Bottle slightly bubbled once cap was removed Ė cork was a bit sticky. Body is an orange to salmon color accompanied by a Nilla wafer colored head. No lace. Flavors include yeast, barnyard, cheddar and must. Sour mouth-feel, dry and lovely. In memory of Wilson, may God give him a Lambic tonight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Aroma is very sour.Pours cloudy yellow with a white head.Flavor is the same as the aroma,very sour.Mouthfeel is thin to medium with a sour finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11628) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Re-rating at home, July 2007. 2003 bottle. Dark golden, with a small head. Citrus nose with grapefruit, lemon, some grass. Tart and with a hint of hop bitterness, unless thatís my imagination. Quite a malty lambic, with a good body. Tart and tasty finish and aftertaste. Dec. 08 rating, 2003 bottle again: Oddly, very, very floral. I taste iris now... The cantillon character lays the ground, with hops definitely there, and malty sweetness, and it all comes together in something not unlike iris or daffodil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Cloudy golden. Wonderful sweet aroma. Very nice...Very bitter start mellows quicly. Lots of hops in this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Slightly hazy amber golden with a tiny, off-white head. Fresh but rather mellow acidity in the aroma. Medium body and very dry but with a - for Cantillon - subdued sourness. None of the real dirty horse sweat notes either. 291006

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2006
shared with puzzl. light amber color, with yeasty, damp wood-y funkiness, some citrus (more like the oils from the peel) and some winey type things in the aroma. flavors: damp wood, wine-like, and sour, especially a very definite grapefruit flavor; it doesnít just have that bitter grapefruit flavor that some more hoppy beers sometimes do, but it also has that acidic, slightly sweet grapefruit flavor as well. a little bit of pomegranate (esp. the seeds) perhaps in the aftertaste as well. dry. at first i couldnít really handle this beer (flavor-wise it seemed to come on really strong at first, and there was some really irritating tingly feeling/taste at the front of my tongue that really bothered me when i first sipped it), but itís been growing on me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Once again, Iím glad td these lambics are fully fermented out, because upon (very very carefully!) pulling the cork, I sprayed beer all over the room. Luckily, I hardly had to clean anything, as there is no stickiness!

2000 bottle, big pop, a ton of fizz. The cork was quite damp, luckily they cap and foil too, so no oxidation had taken place. Aroma is slightly vinous, good sourness, a very slight hint of citrus, light funk. A little dead in the mouth, despite the gushing, this could use more carbonation... it tastes near still. Flavor is good mellow sourness, though not refined and gentle as other mellow sours Iíve had. It still has that distinct, slightly metallic Cantillon sourness, though.

Bottle from my Secret Santa, thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6562) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2010 375, corked and capped. pours a murky medium brown with a surging, fizzy white head that falls quickly away to not much. lemon, balsamic, and oak on the nose. creamy, somewhat fizzy medium body. lemon, balsamic, and oak again on the mid palate. moderately acidic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2006
On tap a the Dog and Pony in Renton. Iíll probably come around to this style, and appreciate the "superb acidity" but not tonight. I commented to the bartender that I didnít like the lemonade so much. She was concerned that someone had hooked lemonade up to the taps.

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