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

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RATINGS: 1203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sten (695) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2010
Waw, what a great beer! It comes straight at all of your sences. It looks great: a cloudy amber colour with a nice head. Very lively beer, even the sound it makes when poured into the glass is great. Perfect, very complex nose. Perfectly balanced taste: acidic, sour and a some bitterness in the aftertaste. Perfection, need to get more of this stuff. (Corked Bottle 75cl, label says Iris 2006, cork says 2008 so probably brewed in 2006 and bottled in 2008)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (694) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
-Backlog- Hazy copper with white head. Aroma is funk, lemon and caramel. Slick palate. Aftertaste is dry, sour and some nice malt sweetness in the end. Overall: very nice and easy drinking. Not to much funk.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
Pours an orange/yellow colour with no head, even if poured fairly aggressively. The aroma is earthy, a little vinegary an like sweaty, spicy onions. The flavor is very sweaty, earthy, fruity and spicy. Onions, lemon, flowers, peach, vinegar, horse blanket and spice. A long bitter finish. I like this, but it just seems a little out of balance. I think another 6 months would do this some good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - OCT 29, 2012
Cloudy amber body with a white head. Nice sour aroma with grapes, green apple, tea, grass, lemon. Medium, decently carbonated palate. Exceptional sour and floral flavour with lemon, grapes and a really interesting dry bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - DEC 1, 2012
Lemon rind candied. Thereis a musty white wine sort of aroma maybe some pepper. Pretty gold Orange. No head hazy as all hello. Sour rind drives the flavor flavor.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - OCT 28, 2013
Cloudy amber color with white head. Nice floral aroma, also herbal. At taste is sour and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bozo_skeleton (685) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Draught at Max’s Rare and Obscure. Pour was cloudy orange with a white head. Aromas were sour, yeasty, and funky. Taste was sour on the front, with lots of fruit. The finish provided a nice balance with the hops that kick in. Overall, a very well done beer, very refreshing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2009
375 ml bottle with a huge thanks to ArrogantB. This is a good day. With the cracking of this bottle I have filled all 72 styles. The Unblended lambic has been my white whale for some time. Pours a murky swampy orange with little to no head. The aroma is fantastic of sour/tart apples with a slight barnyard funk about it. Good puckering medium sour palate with the prominent notes of sour apples and cherries. Has a semi-sweet apple flavor in the finish. Just the smallest hint of bitter as well. Damn good beer..all the way around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLADT (680) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle pour. Murky, light brown. Super funky nose. Sweet. Orange notes. Taste is more strait forward. Very tart. Makes you pucker. Some oak. Lightens I just a bit at the end.


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