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

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RATINGS: 1190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draught at Max’s Rare and Obscure. Pour was cloudy orange with a white head. Aromas were sour, yeasty, and funky. Taste was sour on the front, with lots of fruit. The finish provided a nice balance with the hops that kick in. Overall, a very well done beer, very refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2009
375 ml bottle with a huge thanks to ArrogantB. This is a good day. With the cracking of this bottle I have filled all 72 styles. The Unblended lambic has been my white whale for some time. Pours a murky swampy orange with little to no head. The aroma is fantastic of sour/tart apples with a slight barnyard funk about it. Good puckering medium sour palate with the prominent notes of sour apples and cherries. Has a semi-sweet apple flavor in the finish. Just the smallest hint of bitter as well. Damn good beer..all the way around.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2003
1998 slightly hazedvibrant golden brown body. quickly dissolving foamy white head. Tart, intense, slightly fruity and real tanmgy. Some dyr barley character. Citrucy and sour flavor. some saltiness. Full, lively and tart. Bitter, flower petal nose emerges very strongly. Champagne and cider. Most mild and smooth lambic I've ever had

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SinH4 (679) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
2014 vintage. Orange color with small but beautiful and stable head. Funk and hops in the aroma. The hops are very present. Cantillon funkiness. Taste is lambic, sour finish and with a lingering bitterness. Dry feeling, and with just the right small amount of carbonation to make it not boring. Amazing. A hoppy lambic, damn! A true masterpiece. And a great beer for my 200th rating!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2014
1998, Thank you Eric for sharing. Poured into a wine glass, murky orange with a thing layer of head. Floral and earthy with a citrus tartness that lingered. Really aged well and my preference over fresh

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2011
Pours a golden amber colour with a thick off white head that clings to the edges of the glass. The aroma is oak vanilla little sour notes. Taste is crispy sweet almost like a sour apple juice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLADT (674) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle pour. Murky, light brown. Super funky nose. Sweet. Orange notes. Taste is more strait forward. Very tart. Makes you pucker. Some oak. Lightens I just a bit at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bozo_skeleton (674) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2014
@ Brasserie Cantillon Plus interesante que la Oude Lambik. Les fait de travailler du malt Pale Ale lui donne une coloration ambree. La carbo est presente et forme un jolie petit collet. Les aromes sont toujours aigre et vineux mais viennent s’ajouter a cela des note de cereales caramelises. En bouche elle est plus vivante et un peu moins aigre.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (668) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
-Backlog- Hazy copper with white head. Aroma is funk, lemon and caramel. Slick palate. Aftertaste is dry, sour and some nice malt sweetness in the end. Overall: very nice and easy drinking. Not to much funk.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bontus (666) - 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.


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