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


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RATINGS: 1276   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (19477) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Deep cloudy orange with medium head. Aroma of cobwebs and spiders. Acidic sour taste with citrus overtones. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (17990) - 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.

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (17210) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle at Jimmy’s No. 43 during a Lovullo Tasting Session. Pours amber-gold with a soft, lingering white head. Plenty of bread and yeast in the aroma, along with light fruitiness. More fruit in the tart flavor, specifically lemon and strawberry. Some mild hop bite in the tail. Very dank. Lightly warming with soft carbonation. I found it akin to drinking flowers, which may or may not be your cup of tea. Pretty good, to give a highly subjective summation

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (16583) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Bottle. Amber, thin white head, sour lemon aroma, subtle funk and cereal aroma. Trademark mouth puckering from a lambic. Acidic, sour, and more funk in mouth and finish. I mean I do like it. Sourness has mineral/metal quality to it and grapefruit on the finish.. 4.3/5. Re-rate. Half bottle in La Brocante Brussels May 2013. fresh lively hoppy perfectly sour, lovely. Bottle from some place in Belgium. possibly Noel Cuveliers It’s like licking a swimming pool wall (chlorine) that has been draped in hops, whilst having a horse shitting on it and an acidic mustard and white wine vinegar salad dressing drizzled over the top. Intense and certainly not for the faint hearted. For me I think this beer is better fresher

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (16549) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
Yellow nice white head. Quite mild sourish aroma with some leather and some rubber.Flavor from sulpherleather, grape and citrus. Sourish and quite fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Bottle, 75cl corked. Unclear, orange pour, with a small off-white head. Rubber and citrus, especially grapefruit, in the aroma. The flavor is citrusy as well, mostly grapefruit here too, with cellar to follow. Nice, astringent mouthfeel. A really tooth-cleansing beer, quite nice, but there’s a rubbery touch to it that I don’t like. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15-3.7. 070526

Bottle, 75cl at Esbjerg Beerfestival. It’s a hazy, golden beer with hints of head. Citrusy, horsey and barnyardish nose. Citrus, barnyard, horseblanket, sourness and a faint bitterness in the mouth, bonedry and puckering. A quite lovely and quenching beer. 091023

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (16048) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma is fresh and citric. Taste is dominated by lactose acid. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (15767) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Vintage 2003. Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is malty, wood, notes of fruit and barnyard. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 160311

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (15589) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
Dezent säuerlicher Antrunk, deutlich herb, was von der Holzigkeit zu kommen scheint. In Teilen essigähnlich, diese Säuerlichkeit nimmt im Mittelteil bereits wieder ab, bleibt aber dennoch deutlich vorhanden. Dieser etwas merkwürige Ton scheint mit der Zeit süßer und bekömmlicher zu werden, man brauch tatsächlich erst einmal Eingewöhnungszeit. Kein Bier für Jedermann! Test vom 22.12.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,12,10,11,11,12 - 11,20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15541) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Tap at the Cask, Pimlico - 28/09/12. Hazy orange with a minimal off-white head that quickly clears to the edge. Sour fruits, apples, pears on the nose, wood and burnt tones. Tastes as nose, cork wood tones. Medium bodied with a little soft carbonation leading to an astringent finish.

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