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

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RATINGS: 1119   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.


4.1
   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!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JAXSON (526) - 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 I’ve tried in fact.

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 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 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.

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.

4
   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!

3.6
   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.

3.9
   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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLADT (504) - 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.

3.9
   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.


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