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


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RATINGS: 1226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12295) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12045) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11804) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11742) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11586) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (11553) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11530) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (11364) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11232) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bierkoning (11206) - 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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