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

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RATINGS: 1190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15990) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14764) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (14703) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14627) - 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

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (14434) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14339) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 Hazy yellow with a white head. Sour & fresh with high acidicity and hoppy undertones plus a dry bitter end. Nice! Rerate Esbjerg 09. 3,8 -4,0.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle (2003) at Ølbaren. Cloudy orange - white head. Vinegar, berries, wood, fu, sour, acid, earth, dirt, light horsey. Rather smooth and pleasant !!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (14001) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 2003 bottle, two years old. Mild, dusty aroma, acidic and earthy. Hazy golden colour, no head. Sourish bitter flavour. Nice tart bitter aftertaste. 6 3 7 3 15

2005 bottle, two years old. The aroma is quite acidic, making my mouth water. Also a little moldy and with a hint of urine. Quite cloudy orange colour, very small frothy head. The flavour is not a acidic as the aroma suggests, even though it is nicely acidic. It starts off with a little lemony acidity, turning into a bitterness which could also be associated with lemons, but then the peel. After this, the acid builds up to a nice and cleansing level. Very refreshing. 8 3 8 3 18

Bottle, 5%. Distinct sour aroma, white grapes, a bit of fresh earth. Hazy orange colour. Big stable white head leaving good lace. The flavour is sharp and acidic with a good white grape note. Late earth flavour and a good fruity bitterness even later. Very refreshing. 8 3 9 3 18

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13539) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled 75 cl, vintage 2000
Chestnut brown, creamy off-white head. Strong aroma of leather and horse blanket. Earthy, tart, lots of "leather flavors". Not so sour than eg. Fou’Foune.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13280) - 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


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