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


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RATINGS: 1120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (517) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
Slightly hazy dark golden with medium white head. Strong aromatic hops on the nose at first. Taste is dough, sour bread, lemon, wood, funk, hay, pine. Really present aroma hops like a lambic IPA. Very dry and sour with deep bitter finish. Medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2010 bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong funk, yeast, citrus. Thin mouthfeel with nice tart floral hop and light spice with lingering dry finish. Easy to drink, wow really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garlic_of_Doom (443) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Hazy amber with a small white head. Slightly tart aroma with fresh herbal hops and some light malt. Taste is light, fresh, tart, slightly fruity hops. Thin body, soft carbonation, dry. Woody after taste with some bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jspronck (25) - BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2014
hazy and dark orange color with tan head, fruity (plums), woody and malty aromas. Typical complex flavour of spontaneous fermentation. Wine-like taste and acidity. Clear sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peacehammer (617) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Cloudy, hazy orangish color. Fruity tart on the nose. Almost wheaty Mouthfeel, with perfect fruity tart notes. Just excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erzengel (2397) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2014
Bottled 17 March 2014. Thanks to Rian for bringing this bottle from Brussels. Funky horse-blanket in the nose, together with floral hops. The beer starts smooth, fresh. The bitterness and sourness turn in very fast, the bitterness is very intense and remains as a layer below all other aroma. There is a funky horse-blanket sourness, intense and sour with the smooth woody character. The aftertaste is bitter, fruity horse-blanket, woody-sourness and has hints of fermented hay. Very intense and complex, tastes like a wet horse-farm. 13/12/12/13

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarpa (786) - FINLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle 75 cl @ home. Pours clear golden, white head. Tart fruity aroma. Tart fruity flavor. Hmmmm.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ventanas83 (11) - - JUL 6, 2014
<perPerfection...dark orange almost no carbonation but just enoughg. Tart apple pear.Wonderful. A perfect example. hard to find true unblened lambics...this one pretty available. going down the list of the ones i can find

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Harkyto (15) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 5, 2014
Cerveza lambic con muy buena presencia, sabores a sidra, sin apunas gas o espuma, ideal para acompañar quesos y pesados. Una excelente cerveza de una excelente fabrica unica en el mundo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VDuquerroux (227) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle, 75cL. Home. A sparkling orange beer with brown hues. Medium white head, poor persistence. Thin bubbles. Fruity aroma (acid ones), wood, vanilla, smoke. Medium lasting sourness, refreshing. Light body, medium texture, average carbonation, herbal sour finish. Overall, nice beer, good sourness unusually "wet" : other Cantillon beer are dryer.

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