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

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RATINGS: 1183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (657) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
5.5 oz pour at Beachwood Sour Fest. Poured dark gold with no head. Aroma of jasmine. Intense sour taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (655) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle before dinner. Pour is deep orange peach colour - beautiful. Aroma is a little less complex than the average lambic - mild funk. Taste is up front tang then followed by quite a lemony citrus. Hop bitterness arrives then finally sour again. Finish is bitterness. Overall, good lambic.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bontus (654) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
75cl bottle, from Geers. Bottled in 2011 says the cork. Pours amber, beige head. Malty nose, no hops. Aroma is acid sourness with a pale ale malt backbone, had no luch in finding the hops. Way to sour for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle 37,5 cl and stamped 2003 Pours a clear orange with a nice golden-white head - not often seen at lambics. The nose is very fresh and sweet with light bitter undertones. There is aome abricot, orange, wet hay an soap. The Taste is round and fine with a bitter but watery palate. I taste grape-tonic, buttery notes, sour grapes and hops. Its very drinkable and a bit more welbehaved compared to other Cantillon brews that tends to be pretty agressive. Well balanced

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2005
Vintage 2002. Pours golden, with a frothy disappearing white head. Aroma is Very much cantillon, with the addition of a slightly hop component. Taste is a litle sweet, sour, and acidic, with quite a lot of hops. Another great beer from Cantillon

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (649) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
Straw and musty sourness without the higher aromatic qualities of some of their other brews. A harsh bit of chlorophylls and dung in the finish punctuated by a burning sourness. Inetersting, challening and... I’ll stop there.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle from RSVP. This is a delicate flower of a brew from Cantillon. The color is a very straw like color. Lighter than the gueze, with a similar quickly diminishing head. Looks very much like a champagne. The aroma is a little mild, floral and slight horse blanket. The flavor is mildly sour, the fresh hops are hinted in a floral taste. Iris isn’t my favorite from them because it’s almost too subtle for what I like in a Lambic.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2009
From Bootlegger in Paris; bottled 08 May 2008; purchased and drank 25 November 2008. A good looking beer at least, with a very cloudy orange body underneath a scant head. Aroma was both of citrus and spices. Taste, however, was something I just couldn’t enjoy, being far too sour. Mouth was slippery and the finish was still too sour. I tried to like it and at least finished the bottle - had to, given the price, but this is just not a style of beer I’d enjoy. I will try another in the future, albeit a smaller sample would work better.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Cap and cork, 2005. Golden pour with a white head. Smells amazing. Oak, hops, yeast, hay, bread, cheese, citrus. Full and superbly clean nose. Flavor is all sour and tart - pithy lemon, under ripe banana, lightest hops. A little watery on the palate. One of the better smelling lambics I’ve ever had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (641) - Ząbki, POLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Barwa: pomarańczowa, idealnie klarowna (zamglona dopiero po dolaniu). Piana zabarwiona (żółto - biała), dość obfita, jednak szybko opadająca. Aromat: wyraźnie kwaśny, nieco drewniany z akcentami przysłowiowej końskiej derki, ale dość łagodnym, bowiem piwo jest stosunkowo młode. Lekki akcent ziołowego chmielu, który z czasem się wzmaga. Występuje także nuta cytrusowa oraz rozpuszczalnikowa, co sugeruje octan etylu. Smak: wyraźnie kwaskowe z bardziej wytrawną kontrą i goryczkowym, nieco drewnianym posmakiem. Goryczka zdecydowanie wyższa niż w stylu, początkowo trochę zalegająca i przeszkadzająca. Po chwili nieco mniej drażniąca. Średnio lekkie, raczej nisko nasycone, cierpkie i trochę ściągające. Kolejne "ksiązkowe" piwo z browaru Cantillon, jednak nie jest to klasyczny lambic. Został bowiem uwarzony z wykorzystaniem 100% słodu pale ale oraz dodatkiem świeżego chmielu. Barwa jest zatem zdecydowanie ciemniejsza, a goryczka wyższa i przynajmniej początkowo niezbyt przyjemna. Nie jestem przekonany co do tej kombinacji.


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