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


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RATINGS: 1237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (484) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Hazy molasses, tan, red hints. Light white head. Herbaceous, dry darker berries. Oak. Bitter, some tartness, very dry. Lighter body, oily, longer finish. Good bit of carbonation. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlandersNed (214) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2015
25.4oz bottle. Hazy copper color with a low off-white foamstand. Dry, sour cork, earth, oak & grassy nose & flavor. Musty, tangy barnyard notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (448) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2015
2015/09/19 - Pours a dark orange- honey colour with a thin, off white head that reduces to a lingering surface film. Aroma is barnyard funk, oak, slight sour apple and floral notes. Taste is earthy hops, tart apple, funk and floral tones. Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation and long, dry, tart finish. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gaultier (1041) - SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2015
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen 19/9-15. Fruity, bretty and acidic with woody notes. Body is medium, the finish is dry, fruity and bretty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jorn69 (1817) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle (750 ml) @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen 150919. Fruity, bretty and sour with woody notes, medium body with a watery texture. The finish is dry, fruity and bretty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fillepolo (143) - SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle @ mikkeller bar copenhagen. Pours a golden colour beer. Aroma is fruity and sour. Taste is sour fruity and bretty an amazing beer. A dry velvety finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvaCandido (55) - Padova, ITALY - SEP 17, 2015
Amber to ruby in colour, white not persistent head. Hoppy and caramel aroma, bitterness balanced by sourness and peach flavour. bottled 19/01/2015

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (811) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 12, 2015
First brew from Cantillon and first Lambic - Unblended. How do you beat that? Iris is beautiful and tasty in the ways that only Lambic beers can be. Lightly hazy orange color with a fizzy head. Aroma and taste follow one another closely. Stinky funk, acidic sourness, floral notes, earthy tones, and vinous grape. Few of the world’s brews match the class and character of the long-standing Belgian breweries. Cantillon is in a class by itself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (1032) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - SEP 11, 2015
(Thanks, Adam! "AdamChandler") Bottle. A- Tart, slightly sour, subtle oak, subtle grape, slightly funky, lemon. A- Copper color, clear liquid, minimal fizzy off white head. T- Tart, sour, grapes, vinous, musty, funky, barnyard. P- Light body, average texture, medium carbonation, tart finish. O- Huge thanks to Adam for this. Saved it for my 1k rate. Vintage 2013. Not as sour as I expected it to be and a lot less funk. Contrary to what the style is, the flavors blended well, not that they weren’t supposed to. Would love to try this with a decade of age on it. Quite acidic too.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Best lambic ever. Sour tart grape nose, add to it funk grass hay and a brackish oak character. Super flat and green apple and more farmhouse flavors.

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