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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%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Sampled at Columbus tasting. Poured murky light orange. Tasted like sour cheese to me! Very strange brew indeed, although, not nearly as bad as I was expecting!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hivemind (875) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Bottled (1 pint 9.4 fl oz) at RnH w James, Andy, Streets. Light orange pour with some hazy orange hue. Medium white head. Aroma is vinegar, citrus and soapiness; palate is apple cider vinegar, some dry fruit (pears?) and a little wateriness with not much of an aftertaste at all. Tart and sour, but not to the max. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (872) - SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 Tap @ Akkurat. Hazy brownish orange with a short short lived lively yellowed head. Aroma: Fermented sour apples, horseblanket, pickled cucumber. Taste: very sour with pickled vegetables, apples, grapefruit, pips and a soft note of caramel in the aftertaste. Medium body with small pointy bubbles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2007 vintage courtesy of sweemzander. Lots of nice black mold around the cap and cork. 750 ml bottle served in a mini snifter. A: Pours a hazy straw color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some sticky lace around the glass. S: Really sweet smelling with a mix of flowery hops and light acidity. Very surprised at how hoppy it still is after 6 years. Slightly sweet mix of wheat and malt with a lactic lemon like quality to it. T: Same as the nose with a little more barrel character. The smell of flowery hops is distinct and it has a fruity sweetness to it. Slightly lactic lemon character with some oak barrel and a mild hint of vanilla. M: Light and airy with a spritzy carbonation. Smooth and lactic on the backend with a slight drying quality. O: Not overtly sour and still very hoppy. This was an interesting take on a lambic and I really enjoyed it. I’d like to revisit some later and early vintages to have a comparison since my first experience is with this beer being 6 years old. Serving type: bottle 05-23-2013

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Tap at Calital Ale House: Innsbrook. Cloudy golden body with a nice white head. Sour apple and grapes for the taste with a slightly sour-musky apple aroma. Soemwhat dry in the end, very nice however.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - APR 7, 2007
Bottle given by Beermouth. One of the best lambic the hint of hop bitterness, just is fantastick. The head just makes it nice to look at.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kambei70 (866) - - JUN 16, 2014
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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (865) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2012
Pour clear, golden amber, with a small white head. Nice and spakeling. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, acid, sour apples. Taste is bitter up front, with a nice and sour whip on the tongue. A bit like sour candy. Medium watery body, with a slight fizzy carb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2005
Brown-orange with white head. Aroma of wax, wood, hops, cellar, fruits, mint and alcohol. Nice acid touch. Acidic flavour. Cellar flavour, cookie. Hoppy dry. Bitter finish. Ooooh this is good and it cellars beautyfully.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2007
CT V. Aroma was of sour and some funky, horsey, breadiness, with some cheesiness coming through. Flavor was pretty tart and sour. Not to bad but I struggled to drink a lot of this.


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