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

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RATINGS: 1145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2012
2004 bottle shared @ Spuyten Duyvil for Zwanze Day 2012. Pours a brickish orange color with a puffy white head that quickly settles. The aroma is fuller than most other Cantillons, with the hop character balancing out some of the typical funk and some clear contribution from the malts in a form of almost like toasted rye bread. On the palate, the tartness dominates, but the mouthfeel is rich and there is a crisp zing from the hops. Cool beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blade86 (588) - Wrocław, POLAND - OCT 31, 2013
floral and acidic aroma, light golden, hazy, big white foam; quite high sourness, lightly sweet, after a while also moderate bitterness; light body, thin feel, crisp, rather lively carbonation, long sour and bitter finish; Overall: GREAT beer, refreshing, highly drinkable and just incredible tasty

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Dull hazy orange gold, creamy medium sized head eventually stabilizes to a thin layer. Aroma - lambic, funk, dried out hops. Quite dry, and rather mild. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Highly drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2010
375 ml bought at the brewery, bottled 2010. Pours orange, not a lot of retaining head. Of course it’s sour, but not to any extreme levels. Rather, the sourness is made up of many different sour flavors such as lemon, vinegar and green grapes. Has some floral notes too, and a present, but light, bitterness. Excellent lambic, served well as my birthday treat.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThreeCats (571) - ISRAEL - AUG 14, 2013
Hazy copper with no head. Aroma of wheat and white grapes, very pungent. Taste of dry white wine, grain, funk... About a dozen things I can’t even name. Fantastic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Old bottle bought at a dodgy store. Popped the cap, saw rust. "Flat beer for me" I thought. Popped the cork, and, three seconds later - gush! Lost an ounce or two to that. Damn. Inspection of cork revealed it to be a 2000 bottling. Aroma of sour. Starts sour, but much "lighter" than regular Cantillon - I can taste some fruit along with the sour. Sourness wanes as it goes, and it gets almost pleasant by the end of it. The usual barnyard detrius flavours, a trace of hops. I'm still not completely cold on lambics, but I enjoyed this one the most so far.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2002
Bottled 2001:No life in cork removal.Gloden oarnge,with a milky,medium sized head.Fresh aroma of oak,must-spicy yeast,and grassy hops.Palate is spritzy and watery.Little to no malts followed by a woody,acidity with a very dry,lightly hoppy finish.Malt backbone is really lacking with the sourness that is presented.Really loses body in the drinking process.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Cantillon Friday Night Tasting Session, Providence RI
Pours a golden colour with a small white head. Nose of barnyard funk, mostly musty and slightly dull. Wood lingers in the background. Initial taste is very sour that swarms your mouth as you begin to pucker. Citrus fruits and oak are mild. Finishing with a lemon rhine bitterness that is very dry. The palate duration seems to be stopped in its place, quenching for more. Medium body and definitely interesting.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiammanghilla (557) - Genova, ITALY - MAR 6, 2014
Bottiglia 75cl, ordinata su birraland e bevuta a casa. Ambrata con schiuma fine e persistente. Meno acida di una lambic comune, molto amara e luppolata sul finale, equilibrio fantastico. Deliziosa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Draught Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2013 - Brown in colour. Fruity; sour/lemony/citric/hint of cherries. Tart/acidic/vinegary. Vinous/grapey. Malty. Yeasty. Earthy. Hoppy. Dry. Very refreshing. Liked ths. Lovely lambic!


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