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


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RATINGS: 1270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.

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   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (474) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2016
2014 Vintage poured into a taster showing honeyed amber with a finger of tanned foam. The nose shows a big of pine and bretty funk. The palate is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Pineapple forward with a moderate tartness and citric flavors of lime here and there. Same sparkling Cantillon tartness throughout with a slight bittered hop finish. A lot of flavors that all come together really well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (1597) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle shared at Ratebeer Tokyo W & CB Tasting. Thanks for the bottle Jon! 2014 vintage. Apricot, oak, some almond and floral, grassy notes with some woodiness. Above average carbonation. Very well-balanced but with good sourness and high drinkability. Light hoppy bitterness on the finish. Fantastically complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Baramba (620) - ITALY - JAN 28, 2016
bottle. Pours amber with thin white head. Wet hay, floral, sour lemon, chesse aroma. Acidic flavour, lemongrass, floral, butterscotch, grapes with hoppy bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (13059) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2016
Leicht trübes orange goldenes Bier mit mittelgroßen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch säuerlich fruchtig, spritzig, Obst. Geschmack angenehm säuerlich fruchtig, tropische Früchte, leicht holzig, lecker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2016
March ’14 bottle in 1/16. Could have aged much longer. Light caramel brown color. Nose is stinky French cheese (Morbier), fading to caramel malts, old and floral hops. Taste is fairly malty for the style, with quite a lot of earthy tannins. Sour, but balanced and after initial tartness, becomes quite smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (369) - ITALY - JAN 17, 2016
Color arancio velato con riflessi dorati, schiuma bianca poco persistente che svanisce del tutto. Aroma acidulo, leggermente lattica, leggero stallatico, legno umido, leggera polvere, mela verde leggera mista a susina acerba. Al palato prevalentemente acidula, lievemente lattica, legno umido e polvere, mela verde, susina acerba, bell'amaro finale dato dai luppoli, presenti anche freschi nella ricetta oltre che essiccati, misto alla sua componente acidula che risulta molto persistente. Nella sua coda fa capolino anche una lieve nota che ricorda il pompelmo. La mancanza di frumento, unita ai luppoli freschi, a differenza di un Lambic classico, crea un taglio netto tra l'attacco acidulo ed il finale amaro. Corpo medio-pieno, mediamente carbonata, oleosa ed astringente.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (465) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 16, 2016
2013 bottle. Pours a cloudy amber orange with a generous lasting thick foamy head. Aroma of herbs, floral, lemongrass, perfume, some butterscotch, hay. Taste is of lemongrass, floral, oranges, butterscotch, white grapes, dry finish. Dry oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2016
1/11/16 750ml Old Notes (1996 written in Marker next to Iris)-Pours amber with a small head which emits an aroma of citrus, wood, and slight hops. Taste of the same with some sourness, vinegar, and sweetness. This light bodied brew is quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MichaelAwesome (6157) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2016
Ein wunderbar klassischer Lambic, der einfach nur vorzüglich schmeckt. Sehr ordentlich in der Trockenheit, dazu ein starker Zug nach Essig, dabei jedoch keinswegs sauer sondern im Fruchtspektrum gehalten. Sehr zu empfehlen und mehr als süffig.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1965) - GREECE - JAN 11, 2016
750 ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Hazy orange color with off white head. Funky yeasty aroma, wood, barnyard, dusty, light fruity, citrusy, grapes, vinous. Acidic and light sweet taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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