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

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RATINGS: 1225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden-amber with a large, lingering white head. Aroma is citrus, grape, and that wonderful wonderful funk. Flavor is tart fruit dissolving into sweetness and that sublime funk again. It’s a great lambic, and I’m really becoming a big fan of Cantillon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2007
Pours a slightly hazed orange with a very small fizzy head. Aroma of rotting grapefruit, chemical and wet redgum... better than it sounds. Flavour is well balanced, quite bitter and moderately sour, grapefruit comes through with some other tangy notes and a balanced maltiness and floral hoppiness. Clean, acidic finish. Very wonderful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2008
750ml with no date. Pours with a surprisingly dense eggshell white head that has good retention for the style. A beautiful sunshine orange color that glows is underneath. Funkiness detectable as soon as the cork comes out. Aroma shows intense floral notes, esters, fruity, earthy and peppery with some strong brettanamyces notes. This almost seems like a Bretted Saison, it’s certainly unique for a Cantillon brew. Lemon, urinal, and earthiness of normal Lambic nature are also evident. Slightly soapy as well. The beer is smooth, slick on the mouth, lowly carbonated and surprisingly subtle in the acid and sour department. This is sessionable. I would like this to be a bit more sour. I had another beer recently that this reminds me of but I can’t pinpoint it. This is good but the flavor is a little one dimensional and uninspiring.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (759) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2005 bottle: pours an orange bloosom hney colour witha huge white foamy head. the aroma is great with good apple adn pear awesome sourness that i cant wait to taste. just simply a great aroma. the flavour is just unbelievable sour great astringent wood. the sour is perfect. alot of wood and very earthy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (757) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Bouteille 750 ml. Servie dans une flûte. Ça m’est apparu digne d’un 500e rating, d’autant plus que je n’avais pas encore bu de lambic unblended. Robe orange trouble. Au nez, un bouquet rustique, dominé par les levures sauvages, les barriques de vin, les fruits acides (pommes vertes), une touche boisée et un soupson de houblon. Le goût est essentiellement dominé par l’acidité des pommes vertes. Un peu mince en bouche. Rafraîchissante et légère.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 28, 2010
From the bottle at PP belgian fest. Hazy golden color with a thin white head. Aromas of barnyard earthy funkiness and floral notes. Moderate tartness and sourness. Very interesting grassy, citrus flavors yes with understated hop qualities.Finish leaves you wanting more. Awesome.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thb (753) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
I’m all for sour stuff, but this just didn’t do it for me. Pours murky, milky light brown. Plenty of head. Aroma is sour - lactic acid, sour grapes/apple. And, to put it simply, dirt. And some skunk. Bitterness throughout. Aromas were flat and deadened, and the sourness and bitterness was too aggressive by half. Maybe a bad bottle, but I won’t be shelling out (a lot) for another any time soon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llkc (752) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2014
duft. hyldebær, fersken. blomster. svag funk smag: citrus, frugt. funk. stal syrer. appelsin sødme. meget tør eftersmag

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bozo_skeleton (748) - 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.


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