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

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RATINGS: 1221   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.


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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (753) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (752) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thb (751) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VamboladeTolly (743) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottle forom Alus Celle (tnx for keeping us). Pours hazy orange/amber with white head. Aroma is sour, fruity, raw apples, vinegar, some yaest, malty, slight wheat. Taste is sour, woody, oak, settiment of apple juice, medium bitterness in aftertaste,tobacco, balsamico vinegar. Long bitter-sourish finish. Medium to full body. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
From a bottle (2007/ bottled 2010). Pours hazy orange with a large pillowy white head. Acidic lemon aroma, with some floral hops, and a nice bit of funk. The hops really come through in the aroma. Taste is bitter and very tart and acidic. Really good, and very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2005
Pours hazy orange with a thin white head. Sourish, green apple nose with small metallic hints. Citric, sourish yeasty flavour with some notes of grape. A little hoppiness. A long aftertaste of unripe fruits.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (734) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle before dinner. Pour is deep orange peach colour - beautiful. Aroma is a little less complex than the average lambic - mild funk. Taste is up front tang then followed by quite a lemony citrus. Hop bitterness arrives then finally sour again. Finish is bitterness. Overall, good lambic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bozo_skeleton (729) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2007
Hazy beer with the color of old gold. A small fine laced white head. Typical sourish aroma’s of the better lambic and geuzes. Mild sour flavor. Wood. A bit of citrus.


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