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

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RATINGS: 1295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


bootsjohn's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Thank you to my friend Tobey for bringing this fine souvenir from Copenhagen. Vintage 2011, 750 ML, poured into Three Floyds Teku glasses to split with my wife. The aroma is classic Cantillon. Enticingly sweet and remarkably sour in the nose. Barnyard and fresh cut, wet hay meld with green apple, honey, and lemon zest. Color and appearance are both notable given the beer’s amber hue, which is a clear contrast to the usual golden straw of Gueuze or Cuvée St. Gilloise. Clarity is nearly perfect, and the beautiful pure white ring of carbonation provides another fine contrast in appearance. First sip at 45 degrees is full on sour. Sour apple, white grape, citric acid dominate. As the beer warms past 55 degrees, lightly floral notes become present in the finish, likely a function of the growingoy present hopping. The tartness begins to linger in full funk as I continue sipping. This isn’t as pleasant as Cuvée St. Gilloise, but it’s close. The lambic has a greter body than most of its siblings, which I enjoy immensely. The lingering funk and tannins keep the taste buds at attention. Also interesting is a lactose-like creaminess that lingers on the back of the tongue. Definitely unique in Cantillon’s already impressive oeuvre Overall, Iris is not my favorite from this brewery. However, it is enjoyable, delicious, and is worth seeking out again. I’d love to try it weeks old as well as perhaps 5-10 years old to taste the evolution of the hop presence.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Listigovers (904) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Tap at Birreria Volo, and sometimes Volo. Pours like a nice scotch, a beer with legs, shocking for a 5%er. The palate is extremely smooth, seems to dissolve into your tongue. Some cheesy hops but also with lots of herbal hops. Dry as a bone and sour as you would expect, what a treat!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (2318) - PORTUGAL - SEP 20, 2016
75cl bottle. Hazy amber orange with small white head. Funk, barnyard, floral, citrus and ripe plum and peach in the aroma. Soft carbonation and medium to light body. Taste is sour and bitter with fruity notes to balance. Some acidity towards the finish. Overall, a good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sokuzs1 (587) - - SEP 18, 2016
Aroma: pineapple, grapefruit, barnyard, leather, light pepper. Taste: light sour, leather, grapefruit, zesty, hay, spicy

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingstoni (1961) - FINLAND - SEP 9, 2016
Bottle. Hazy copper color with a thin frothy off-white head. Acidic aroma of apricot, apple and oak. Acidic, sour, dry taste. Medium thin body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (4236) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2016
Bottle. Brewdog, Sheffield. Latest release. Bit of a gloopy pour. In the glass, it’s a hazy pink, orangey amber. Slim halo of white head. Nose has very ripe, on the turn and almost fermenting, stone fruit. Lots of plum and peach. Damp grain. Damp wood. Wet leaves. Some cellar funkiness. Further notes of baked apple and toffee. Smells fantastic. Taste is light, apple cider vinegar tart. Pretty dry, although there’s some of the stone fruit sweetness on the lips. Mouthfeel is a bit odd, in that it’s dry and light, but also feels a bit gloopy. Not sure I can explain that one. Finishes long, tart, and slightly acidic, with some hop bitterness. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mateuszk (2006) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle. Slightly hazy, red orange in colour, no head. Aroma of horse blanket, floral, citrus and ripe fruits and vinegar. In taste tart, fruity, very dry with oaky aftertaste. Medium body, oily texture, high carbonation, lightly bitter with medium to high sourness. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (312) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2016
2007 Bottle thanks to Landon. Pours hazy dark orange, dried lemon rind, rose hip, spearmint nose. Light mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Medium sourness

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maracuja05 (482) - Mainz, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
05-05-16 // sample at Cantillon Quintessence 2015. Well balanced sour and bitterness. Dry and funky. Vineous and wood notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
datrael (221) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 1, 2016
Bardzo przyjemny lambic, sporo to wytrawnego, białego wina, dużo białych owoców, nieco miodu, orzeźwiające i niezakwaszające, podobne nuty występują zarówno w smaku jak i w aromacie. W kolorze bursztynowe, zawiesiste, ze średnią pianą, smaczne. Pite zaledwie po półrocznym leżakowaniu, być może jeszcze nie do końca ułożone, ale już bardzo dobre

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (2250) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
Rating #1790 - 2015.06.28 - Farmhouse Festival at UBC - Draught - #babysfirstL00N - Pours a clear golden with a few bubbles at the top, not much carbonation to speak of. Aroma is Brett, floral, lime leaf, wildflower honey. Palate is quite tart, but refreshingly so, light-medium body, mouthfeel is like fruit juice. A depth of sweet and sour flavours intermingling. Exquisite.


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