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

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RATINGS: 1124   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11440) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2007
(draft, 2004 vintage) White head atop clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, moderate sourness, horseblanket. Taste is medium sweet, medium sourness, some dandelion. Tart light body. Sweeter than the average Cantillon.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11148) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
[vintage 2003]
Pours a light hazy, deep yellow. A good, staying, albeit small, white head on top. Aroma is very musky, barnyard with some lemony freshness to it. Mouthfeel is extremely dry, it almost feels as if the beer never touches my tongue, but somehow floats a miniscule distance from my tastebuds. Flavour is not as tart as expected, the citric edge peeping through again. The dryness is extreme as well. Not terribly balanced for a lambic, I’d say.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
‘04-750ml bottle @Pauls Gathering-pours a white head and cloudy yellow color. Aroma is barn/funky, light malt, sour. Taste is very tart, barn/funky, light malt, sour lemon.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Re-rating at home, July 2007. 2003 bottle. Dark golden, with a small head. Citrus nose with grapefruit, lemon, some grass. Tart and with a hint of hop bitterness, unless that’s my imagination. Quite a malty lambic, with a good body. Tart and tasty finish and aftertaste. Dec. 08 rating, 2003 bottle again: Oddly, very, very floral. I taste iris now... The cantillon character lays the ground, with hops definitely there, and malty sweetness, and it all comes together in something not unlike iris or daffodil.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10902) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
375 ml. bottle; 2004 vintage bottled in 2006. Earthy sour aroma. Hazy orange apricot color with a white head that really left rapidly. Thin to medium bodied with very mild carbonation. The flavor is lambic sour. A bit like earthy green apple. Pineapple? The finish is dry and sour and bitter. Changes from sip to sip. The finish is lactic, and fruity. Something like sucking on a lime peel. Problem: It is what it is, and coming up with what it is not to describe it doesn’t work. Good stuff. Very good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Date: 04/03/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

Appearance: cloudy orange, wispy white head,
Aroma: big funky malt aroma with lots of cobwebs,
Flavor: big tart flavor, touch of sweet malt balanced by lots of funky earthy character, light sweetness adds the balance, long tart finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10869) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Bottle. Hazy dark amber with small head. Aroma is malt, frut, tart, little barnyard, caramel and sour. Flavour is malt, fruit, tart, sour, caramel, little dark fruit and barnyard.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (10826) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10764) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 2003 version. cloudy orange, thick smooth offwhite head. nice subdued sourish aroma, stable, hops. very delicate, complex and well blended. flavor is sour, slightly acidic, hoppy, not much stable. quite refreshing, good terrace-in-the-sun-relax sour beer. [7,3,7,3,17]. 75 cl. bottle stamped 19 mar 2013., tasted 29 dec 2013. dark orange medium offwhite head. aroma is an intersting mix of fresh hops and sour lambic. the hops are sweet and flowery. flavor is pretty souirish, a little more citrussy than i remember other cantillons,and more citrussy than other lambic’s and gueuze’s, like if it was spiced with a citrussy herb. ends a little hoppy bitter. this is a complex, unconventional sour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
A: The pour is a really nice looking amber-orange in color with a light and fizzy white head. S: Plenty of acidity and green fruit notes. I pick up apples and grapes with some lemon. A strong oak aroma with a somewhat subdued funk. T: A nice tartness up front with some fresh sour apples and lemons. The back end is actually a bit bitter with lots of oak and tannins. A bit of must and leather finish things off. M: The body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation, especially for a lambic that is so "young" in the bottle. A nice acidity and dry finish. D: Not my favorite of the Cantillon beers, but still really nice and better than many American sours. A really pleasant beer to sip on after watching the Sharks beat the Wings.


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