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


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RATINGS: 1168   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.

bootsjohn's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llkc (462) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2014
duft. hyldebær, fersken. blomster. svag funk smag: citrus, frugt. funk. stal syrer. appelsin sødme. meget tør eftersmag

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (544) - Ząbki, POLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Barwa: pomarańczowa, idealnie klarowna (zamglona dopiero po dolaniu). Piana zabarwiona (żółto - biała), dość obfita, jednak szybko opadająca. Aromat: wyraźnie kwaśny, nieco drewniany z akcentami przysłowiowej końskiej derki, ale dość łagodnym, bowiem piwo jest stosunkowo młode. Lekki akcent ziołowego chmielu, który z czasem się wzmaga. Występuje także nuta cytrusowa oraz rozpuszczalnikowa, co sugeruje octan etylu. Smak: wyraźnie kwaskowe z bardziej wytrawną kontrą i goryczkowym, nieco drewnianym posmakiem. Goryczka zdecydowanie wyższa niż w stylu, początkowo trochę zalegająca i przeszkadzająca. Po chwili nieco mniej drażniąca. Średnio lekkie, raczej nisko nasycone, cierpkie i trochę ściągające. Kolejne "ksiązkowe" piwo z browaru Cantillon, jednak nie jest to klasyczny lambic. Został bowiem uwarzony z wykorzystaniem 100% słodu pale ale oraz dodatkiem świeżego chmielu. Barwa jest zatem zdecydowanie ciemniejsza, a goryczka wyższa i przynajmniej początkowo niezbyt przyjemna. Nie jestem przekonany co do tej kombinacji.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (781) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 21, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75cl à la maison, couleur ambrée, belle mousse grosse effervescence, une bière avec un nez houblonné et acide. En bouche gros mélange des deux saveurs, on sent l’acidité du citron et le tanin. Grosse astreingeance super agréable. Fin sur le réglisse. Trop Bon !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dansac (104) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2014
2004 vintage: Well, yeah, this is one of the greatest beers I have ever had. Huge funk on the nose: typical lambic notes: barnyard funk, lots of wet hay. But also that smooth cantillon character that makes the minerality seem less abrasive. In the mouth the thing is just divine: tart, has a strange flowery subtlety underlying the funk which is just insanely well integrated to the tartness. At a loss for words: a total stunner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (949) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Poured 2014 from bottle to glass. Copper honey hue with light white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is earthy, peppercorn, lemon, grapefruit, funk, pineapple. Mouthfeel is nice with a light body and almost no carbonation. Taste is dry throughout with a bitter finish. Overall this is a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NBird (402) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2014
2014 Looks.. Orange amber, sml head Smells.. Fighting the barnyard dank are fruity hops, sweet orange citrus marmalade. Tastes. Orange fruits and sour orange citrus, green apple sours, some hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigda83 (259) - Jamestown, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
At the brewery after the tour. Pours copper hazy with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus, floral, funk. Felt a little like an IPA to me in a way. Taste followed the nose with lots of floral in there and a nice bitter funk bite to it. Really enjoyed this one as my first Cantillon offering of many.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1823) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
Thanks northopfrye for this gem. Pours a dark amber. Aromas are sweet and floral...I get a touch of paint in this too. Beautiful. Beautiful balanced sour flavors. Some nice sweetness, woody bitterness, and great sourness. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2277) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2014 2009 bottle. Peach body thin white head. Aroma of flowers and funk some cherries and vanilla. Taste is funky sour with a touch of dryness and sweet floral notes as well. A touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Fabulous Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fellebag (872) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle 75cl. White egg like foamy head. Color is hazy tea fruit color. Aroma is urine, bark, gooseberries. Taste is sour, wine, lemon, leaves.

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