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

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RATINGS: 1078   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10058) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (9999) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (9994) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
Vintage 2003. It’s a fantastic orange golden and slightly hazy color and a nice, creamy head. The cork tells me that this one was bottled in 2002, and now it’s November 2006. The aroma and flavour is acidic, not just acidic, extremely much so!! I do get notes of fruit too, but the acidity leads me to believe that it takes a much more hardcore lambic lover to cherish this one, than I am. 1704

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (9918) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (9889) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (9832) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (9830) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (9829) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bierkoning (9819) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 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.


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