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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2009
2006 Vintage consumed 05/13/2009 Aroma is sour, lactic, funky and barfy. Hay, floral aspects, citrus, and a bit farty, too. Taste is a bit sweet, some bitterness in the back of my mouth, and sourness throughout. More in depth, it starts out with some bitter garbage and pine elements, citrus, and barnyard funk. Finish is bitter lemon rind, with a bit of watery sourness. I definitely get the bitter sac hoppiness in the taste and finish, and it is well integrated, if a bit intense. Nice sour with hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2009
750ml bottle 񢉖 vintage) served in a snifter. Slightly hazy orange pour with a thick head of fizzy off-white foam that slowly settled. Slick lacing. The aroma had strong notes of funk, vinegar, lemon, and a touch of caramel. The flavor was similar to a gueze, but a bit rough around the edges. There was a nice sourness and acidity, but they seemed a little out of balance when compared to a blend. The mouthfeel was lively and highly carbonated. Very aggressive on the tongue. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Keg @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Rounder body, and a wee bit more bitter than the others. Complex as always but with a sublime difference. Didn’t be one of my favourites, but after this 2000 vintage draft I might reconsider.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
12/1/06: Bottle, #600 (2005 corking)
Nose is sour and nicely barnyard like with other notes of sharp Vermont cheddar. Bottle slightly bubbled once cap was removed – cork was a bit sticky. Body is an orange to salmon color accompanied by a Nilla wafer colored head. No lace. Flavors include yeast, barnyard, cheddar and must. Sour mouth-feel, dry and lovely. In memory of Wilson, may God give him a Lambic tonight.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
an interesting beer that I enjoyed more than I expected. The hops a there but they are over powering. more tart than sour (which I find to be a plus). Not something I would really seek out again but I can appreciate the quality behind the product.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
On tap at Capone’s, a 2004 vintage. Huge sour, earthy, funky aroma. The flavor is very sour with some floral, funk, and mineral components. Very dry and refreshing. Excellent stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Hazy deep amber pour with white head. Aromas of red wine barrels, Apple cider vinegar. Vinous and tart. Not super intensely sour or brett-y, good balance. Great. Some similarities to Flanders red style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MPA (917) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle. Orange with white head. Sour aroma of moist cellar and spiders web. Taste is sour and fresh. Delicious!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2007
Pours a dark golden color. Smells musty and sweet. Taste is sour, dry, and very acidic with not much left on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2010
750ml Bottle. Looks great with a slightly hazy brownish amber body and a dense, bubbly beige head that lasts all the way. Sweet, tart aroma has notes of lemon, apple cider, grapefruit, vinegar, horse blanket, grapes, sweat and caramel. Flavour is quite tart and very similar to the aroma with an emphasis on the citrus and some earthy, dusty notes. Light, sharp mouthfeel with high carbonation and a long sour and bitter finish. An excellent lambic, complex and quite easy to drink.


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