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


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RATINGS: 1114   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (522) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Courtesy of Alan at Knightly Spirits. I tried for two weeks to sit on this bottle; I couldn’t 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2011
2003 Vintage Bottle from Ölbuttiken, at home. 5th November, 2011.
Pours golden amber with a light fading head. Sweet and sourish aromas of apple and flowers - pretty funky and fresh for being so old. No oxidation what so ever. Fresh and light taste, flowery with a mild acidity, not very sour compared to other Cantillons. Barnyard notes is of course mixed in as well. What strikes me the most is the bitterness of the beer. It’s considerably higher then what I’m used to. Nevertheless a great beer that have stood the test of time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2008
12.7 oz Bottle-vintage 2005 thanks to Tony at Oldsmar Tap House: Virbrant orange pour. Aroma is musty, like a damp cellar filled with paper. Some wood. Initially sour, lemon, then the mouth is filled with a tart sweetness. Finishes musty, grapefruit reminiscent, and dry. Lambic isn’t my best style to critique, but I did enjoy this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Pours dark Orange with a medium size white head. Aroma of citrus hops and vinegar. Funky goodness. Lively carbonation. Nice beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
1 pint, 9.4 fl oz bottle. A solid lambic here with a funky, mild, balanced profile. Pours with a deep woody orange body, and pilowy, thick, starch white head. Funk and mixed buttery cereal grains are prominent in the nose. Some tart berries, simple tart citrus, cheesy wood, and nutty granola bar as well in this interesting aroma. Bitterness in the palate in stronger than expected, mixed with a funky tartness. Medium bodied with mellow carbonation as well. The flavor notes are not a diverse as the nose, but decent never-the-less. Mixed buttery grains, sour herbs, tart mixed fruits of mainly citrus and dates. Funk and herbal prominent in the finish. Overall, this was very likable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Draft at Max’s Belgian fest. Big apple and floral aromas. Taste apple flavors. Slight vinegar. Great lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
Orangey colored body with a well-sustained, though more beer-like than lambic-like white head (lack of honeycomb structure). Aroma of bubblegum from across the room with some beautiful, stale, wet dirty basementand metal shavings. Austere and bone dry, almost painfully so. This has the most body of any Cantillon beer. The bubblegum in the aroma is subdued in the flavor and the metallic, horseblanket character is dominant, though still subdued compared to others in the line. Also present is a hint of vinegar underneath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy orange colour with mostly lasting off-white head. Aroma of green apples, citrus and hops. Sour flavor with almost astrigent bitter/sour notes. Lasting finish. This is exelent lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 This is a really strange brew. An experiment at Cantillon. No unmalteds. Fresh hops. Bitter and sour struggle a lot but overall the result is quite agreeable. Not my favourite Cantillon.

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