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

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RATINGS: 1145   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

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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (3635) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"if only these were reasonably priced. i’ve liked just about every cantillon i’ve tried, this included, but they are so darn expensive...and this one’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum. lots of tart funk, sour apple, high acidity. more complexity in the nose than flavor if only because the tartness overpowers a little.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoret (85) - Badalona, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2014
Aromes fruitats de poma i pera, el llúpol aporta herba i citrics i el malt quelcom dolç. Caràcter de Bretta com de corral i làctic. En boca comença mes acida que amarga tot i que l’amargor augmenta en cada glop i es queda fins al final. Boníssima!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (976) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2014
2013 bottle pours dark yellow orange with low head and carb. Aroma is funky cheese and dusty socks. Taste is funky tart with a bitter dry finish, enjoyable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeKeller (873) - Kemi, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
Draught @ Ranzani 13, Bologna. Orange beer with a bubbly white head. Aroma and flavour are tart and sour with green apples. Sour and so tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1334) - Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2014
750 2013 bottle. Thanks to Robertdale. Cloudy amber orange. More bitter than sour. Floral hops. Bitter finish. Similar to st gill and mamouche, but this was the most bitter/floral/hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2324) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours hazy golden, nose is funky, floral, taste is dry, sour, funky, fruity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (430) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Draft at Zwanze day 2014, birch bar norfolk VA. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with an off white head. Mild dry tart aroma, citrus, sour grapes. Very tart flavor, sour grapes, funk. Oily palate with an intense lingering sour in the finish. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2283) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
9/20/2014. On tap at The Birch. Cloudy orange with a white head. Funky yeast aromas, oak, spices. Tart and refreshing, bitter, fruity with a long dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (784) - Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Tap. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is fruity, wild, citrus, wheat. Taste is wheaty, sour, fruit on the finish. Light bodied, crisp. Very good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Artistdave (26) - Austin, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Perfection, dry yeast funk straw aroma with a pungent lemon grape thing going on. Flavor is sour lemon and slight red wine vinegar. Pretty different hop thing going on, yet made it better. A MUST


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