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

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RATINGS: 1169   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange body with a large frothy white head. Sweet slightly sour aroma. Slightly puckering sour flavor with some light fruity hints. Dry, bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31628) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
37.5 cL bottle (2003). Pours deep orange to amber with a little lacing head. Acidic and slight woody aroma, no sweat notes - nice :) Flavour has some distinct wood notes together with a nice sourness. Maltiness is identifyable beneath the sourness and in the finish. This maltiness makes the finish together with a woody/smoke note and bitterness. Nice dry, citric and sour. A floral note keeps lingering long after the finish - very interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29665) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2008
Bottled. A dark golden beer with a slight haze under a huge bubbly off-white head. The aroma is tart with notes of wood, horseblanket, and flowers. The flavor is tart with notes of wood, brettanomyces, horseblanket, flowers, and a bit of caramel, leading to a tart finish. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Slightly hazy amber golden with a tiny, off-white head. Fresh but rather mellow acidity in the aroma. Medium body and very dry but with a - for Cantillon - subdued sourness. None of the real dirty horse sweat notes either. 291006

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Bottle. Hazy amber coloured with a small white ehad. Fruity aroma of hops, pine needles and brett. Fruity flavour of hops, apricots, pine needles and brett with acidic notes, Tart and hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20827) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottled. A bit hazy, orange colour with small white head. Sour fruits in aroma with some nutty hints. Flavour is quite the same. A quite wellbalanced Cantillon. Finally I managed to find an unblended lambic, this has been the final missing beer style for a while ...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19803) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2002
Orange coloured, hazy, firm head. Tart, dry, restrained sourness, slightly grassy, hint of bitterness. Very tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17215) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2007
Bottle. 2003. Pours a hazy golden color with a white head. Fruity malty slightly tart barnyard aroma. Sweet malty and fruity flavor with sour tart hints. Also some hints of hops. Dry malty finish with some fruity sourness in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (15840) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
26th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell Tasting. Hazy gold - amber beer. Little white head. Palate is crisp and light and dry. Typical gueuze sourness - medium strength. Woody dried fruits. Splash of white wine. Fairly light finish, touch floral. Not bad.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013
2012-10-02, draught at La Fine Mousse, Paris, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Cloudy light amber color with copper shades, and a generous compact head. The aroma is fantastic, with cellar smell, lemony acidity, and most of all a cheesy character that binds all together and adds complexity. The mouthfeel is very smooth; it has a nice delicate malt flavor, but most of all an evident citrusy character, mostly grapefruit and pink grapefruit; the acidity is very moderate compared to other Cantillon lambics; the final has a correct bitterness level and mild astringency.
Some Drie Fontainen was more complex, this is more straight forward.
Fantastic.

2004-01-24, bottle; brewed in 2000, bottled in 2001, sampled in 2004, 9-5-8-4-17=43
Beautiful gold to orange color, persistent perlage, generous thick head. Wonderful aroma, biting: magnesia, wood, malt, dry flowers, hay, fruits. Difficult, astringent, pungent; sour, but with the necessary malt body. Strong sour and bitter end, fruity, like bitter oranges.


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