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


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RATINGS: 1136   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Cantillon Friday Night Tasting Session, Providence RI
Pours a golden colour with a small white head. Nose of barnyard funk, mostly musty and slightly dull. Wood lingers in the background. Initial taste is very sour that swarms your mouth as you begin to pucker. Citrus fruits and oak are mild. Finishing with a lemon rhine bitterness that is very dry. The palate duration seems to be stopped in its place, quenching for more. Medium body and definitely interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Draught Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2013 - Brown in colour. Fruity; sour/lemony/citric/hint of cherries. Tart/acidic/vinegary. Vinous/grapey. Malty. Yeasty. Earthy. Hoppy. Dry. Very refreshing. Liked ths. Lovely lambic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiammanghilla (554) - Genova, ITALY - MAR 6, 2014
Bottiglia 75cl, ordinata su birraland e bevuta a casa. Ambrata con schiuma fine e persistente. Meno acida di una lambic comune, molto amara e luppolata sul finale, equilibrio fantastico. Deliziosa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2004
1998 Edition. Slightly cloudy reddish-brown offering. Hoppy at first then malty, then floral and earthy with sour vinegar hiding there too. Pretty varied aromas and flavours - quite gueuze-like. Finishes bitter and sour - no tart - no sour - ah I never know which is which when Iím enjoying a good beer. This was my first unblended lambic and I definitely need to try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
375ml into snifter. Pours a hazy straw yellow with thick medium white head. Aroma is of horse-blanket and funk. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and full of carbonation. Flavor is pure sour goodness, you can taste the pale malt followed by the tartness of the brett and lacto. Great beer however a lower level cantillon for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2010
2007 vintage. Pours murky amber, bubbly white head. Aroma is very sour, horseblankety. Flavour is very sour and tart, cool. A bit of satsuma orange character, grapefruitiness. Interesting and SOUR.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2005
Very interesting. You can smell the hops over the usual cantillon lemon tartness. Dry and astringent, again with bitter astringent hops in the finish as well as the lemony tartness. Iíve never tasted anything resembling this in my life, but I do like it very much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (533) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Whoaaaaa nelly!!!! I love me some sour beers and this set the bar far higher than Iíve ever had the pleasure of taking it. Thereís no fruit flavors to get into the way of a pure blast of pucker-your-ass-up lambic. Easily the most sour ale experience Iíve had. Ups the bar from the previous record holder, Lou Pepe Kreik. And Iím sure my quest is not over yet. One of these days someone is going to make a lambic that just seals my throat shut upon tasting. Then my work will be complete.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Hazy amber/orange color with a large foamy white head that slowly diminishes to a small layer of bubbles. Very sour aroma, with noets of fruits(apples, grapes maybe pears) some wood, and some just flat out fuky lambic goodness. My mouth waters at the aroma just waiting for the first sip. Lots of sourness, but not nearly as sour as the aroma leads me to believe. Subtle fruits, lots more woody/earthy notes. Finish is quite dry, but drawn out and hits with a sour taste that leaves more to be desired. Not too thick not too thin on the tounge. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (530) - 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.

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