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


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RATINGS: 1190   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3605) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour with a nice, but mostly diminshing head. Nice fruits aroma, but the flavour with sour, almost harsch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2006
Clear golden color with okay head. Great acidic vinegar aroma. Very speciel acidic palate and bitter vinegar flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7261) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Golden and lightly unclear. White head, medium lasting. Oak-notes. Sour, acetic? Has a bit thin texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11192) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle. Frothy good mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Very powerfull acetic aroma. Really nice acetic flavor. Dry palate. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (14434) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma is fresh and citric. Taste is dominated by lactose acid. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Peach in color with a fizzy off white head. More carbonated than others I’ve had from Cantillon. Funky, lightly tart anf floral aroma with an underlying English Pale Ale smell. Has some hints of moldy wallpaper. Very sour and lean in flavor but still with a nice body. Fairly bitter with noticable tannic finish.

   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 (1891) - 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.

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