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

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RATINGS: 1129   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10803) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10775) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle cap & corked from Dilly Deli. Poured hazy yellow color with an minimal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate sour yeasty raw wet woody aroma. Light to medium body. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderated duration. This is a standout for style beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (10514) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10480) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle. Frothy good mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Very powerfull acetic aroma. Really nice acetic flavor. Dry palate. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle. Golden/ Orange colour with an off-white head.. Aroma is sour, apple, yeast, grapefruit. Flavour is sour, apple, yeast, cellarnotes, citrus. nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2007
Light orange with small white head. Sour aroma with wood, hay and apple. Not that sour flavor for a Cantillon. Lacks bite but nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (10311) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 13, 2006
Bottle. Unblended lambic. Haxy yellow colour with a big bubbly white head. Quite hoppy and very sour vinegar aroma with some sweetness. Flavour is sweet, then sour, very sour, and then dry. Quite a sour mouthfeel. A VERY different beer! One a real beer lover must try, no matter what.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bierkoning (10166) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2014 Aroma has hops, oak, yoghurt, honey, mango and apple. Full bodied beer, almost thick. Not too sour taste in which I detected hops, yoghurt, citrus, oak, pineapple, pinetree and mango. In fact too much to describe. Amazingly complex lambic beer. With every sip you discover more tastes and aromas. One of the great beers of this world! 2000-version, tasted 12.07.06: dark golden color, clear. Lasting creamy head. Flowery and earthy hops and grapefruit in the aroma. Grapefruit flavor with a deep earthy and again flowery hopcharacter.Oily mouthfeel. Well matured and eased down sourness. Oaky aftertaste with ash. Astonishing beer, deep and complex and o, so delicious, The rating is well deserved. Bottled Jan 2013, tasted July 2014:corked bottle, amber color. Floral citric hops in the aroma, leathery notes. Moderately sour flavor with grassy floral citric hops, lemon and leather. Thinnish, sharp, complex. Delicious!


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