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

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RATINGS: 1124   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2005
Very interesting. You can smell the hops over the usual cantillon lemon tartness. Dry and astringent, again with bitter astringent hops in the finish as well as the lemony tartness. Iíve never tasted anything resembling this in my life, but I do like it very much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Whoaaaaa nelly!!!! I love me some sour beers and this set the bar far higher than Iíve ever had the pleasure of taking it. Thereís no fruit flavors to get into the way of a pure blast of pucker-your-ass-up lambic. Easily the most sour ale experience Iíve had. Ups the bar from the previous record holder, Lou Pepe Kreik. And Iím sure my quest is not over yet. One of these days someone is going to make a lambic that just seals my throat shut upon tasting. Then my work will be complete.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Hazy amber/orange color with a large foamy white head that slowly diminishes to a small layer of bubbles. Very sour aroma, with noets of fruits(apples, grapes maybe pears) some wood, and some just flat out fuky lambic goodness. My mouth waters at the aroma just waiting for the first sip. Lots of sourness, but not nearly as sour as the aroma leads me to believe. Subtle fruits, lots more woody/earthy notes. Finish is quite dry, but drawn out and hits with a sour taste that leaves more to be desired. Not too thick not too thin on the tounge. Very nice indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andersand (529) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2008
Nice very cloudy with a small, quickly dying white head. Aroma of mint, liqourice root, funky and inviting. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel, still, glides down fairly easy. Starts sour with allot of hai and nice funkyness, some mint and liqourice. The aftertaste is pending between sourness and pleasant stable, crap and fruit notes. Tasty

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2007 vintage bottled in 2010 as indicated by the cork. Pours pale amber with lush dense rocky head, great retention and slight haze. Aroma is very floral hoppy grapefruit, refined barnyard funk, lemon tartness, french oak mustiness, vinuous, melon? Taste is super sour with grapefruit, hints of musty cowhide, lemon, lime, gets even funkier as it warms. Body is light, effervescent, highly acidic, cowhide grapefruit lime finish. Overall, a great if unrefined lambic that actually exhibits some well-balanced hop bitterness!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiammanghilla (528) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAXSON (527) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2009
750ml 2006 bottle. Darker orange pour with a large beige head. Shows much of the typical Cantillon brashness on the nose. Lemon, grapefruit, and some really funky herbal note. Not too bracing in the mouth. Very soft, in fact. Full-bodied for a lambic. Extraordinary balance, finish is long and beautiful. I prefer this to the harder Cantillons, it may be the best lambic Iíve tried in fact.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (523) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Courtesy of Alan at Knightly Spirits. I tried for two weeks to sit on this bottle; I couldnít help but try it. Pours orange-gold with a white rim, no head, and elusive lacing. Bubbles are effervescent. Slight vinegar, past-ripe oranges, and sour yeast on the nose. Whooo...sour to all hell. The taste is biting on the nose and tongue...the whole mouth, actually. You can feel it all the way down until it hits the stomach acids. Hues of citrus, small herbs, oak, and always sourness. ALWAYS. The aftertaste lingers hard and the palate is bombarded. This brew is appropriate for my fluted Cantillon glass. (Thanks again Alan.) Very satisfying beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Hazy orange color with a golden glow. Large white head. Typical gueuze aroma-sour and barnyard like. Nice initial flavor-very sour lemon and hops. Slight metallic aftertaste that I don't care for. Other than that, it's pretty enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle pour at Erzbierschof, vuntagr 2000. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Smells sweet, some subtle fruit, horse blanket, goodness. Tastes; f umami, medium sweetness, sour. Medium bodied, nearly absent carbonation, oily texture. Finishes acetic, with some dryness. Amazing beer, with none of the original hop notes.


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