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

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RATINGS: 1268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12741) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12640) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2011 (750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy, bubbly orange body with a large rocky off-white head. Aroma is tart with perfume, floral, lemon, salty, white grapes, grapefruit, and orange. Flavor of florals, grapefruit, mango, and light grass with a soft, delicate mouthfeel and a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12266) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (12192) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (12189) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 5, 2007
375ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Lambic days 2007) Exceptionally sharp sour aroma. Orange colour, almost no head Exceptionally sharp and sour taste too, but quite pleasing. Some apple cider, some oaky wood. Grape seeds.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (12152) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2009
750 ml corked and capped green bottle 2002 bottling poured a clear copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of sour citrus, straw, barnyard and light leather. Palate was light bodied, crisp and tart with a dry finish. Flavors of grapefruit, lemon, straw, leather and light barnyard with a crisp dry lingering tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (12133) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours red grapefruit color. Nose of fresh peach, tart fruit, oak, flowers and barrel funk. Taste is acidic fruit, grapefruit rind and oaks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11932) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Iris 1996. Hazy golden ale with no head. Good single malt aroma with herbal and barnyard funkyness. Sour and restrained, all in class, with nice malty notes, tropical fruits, first time i actually note the malt in a lambic. Medium bodied. Rich and sour offering. Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (11843) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle @ home shared withDutchDrebus. Clear dark orange / copper colored, almost no head. Smell sour, not much more. Taste sour, dry, and acidic in the finish. Average carbo and body.


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