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


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RATINGS: 1174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Bright, almost glowing, cloudy orange, effervescent white head. Aroma is funky, sweaty, sour, cheese rind, and lemon. Flavor is acidic sour, lemon juice, not overpoweringly sour, very pleasant. Dry on the palate, slightly watery. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brix (633) - DENMARK - MAY 21, 2010
Tasted 2010-05-07. Sample at festival. Pours clear, golden with small white head. Bretty, sour aroma. Barnyardish taste of rotten apples. True lambic. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
75cl bottle,2009 from Beers Of Europe Light amber colour with a small white head. Lambic nose,old hops and barnyard aromas. Sour lemon and green grape taste but also wood and some fruitiness.Very dry finish at the end.Very tasty and interesting beer,as always from Cantillon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Pours a hazy honey gold with frothy head. Beautiful nose. Smells of flowers and a distinctly tart smell that would put jolly pumpkin to shame. Taste is sweet and hoppy with an immense tart flavor. Very wet taste like a farmhouse. Finishes tart, puckering the taste buds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkseduction (630) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle 375cl, 2007 vintage. Brett smell in the nose, wood, grassy hops. Cider-like first impression, then the wooden cask taste, yeasty but refreshing aftertaste. Very interesting brew and overwhelming complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 18, 2003
On tap at the Moan and Dove. Apple aroma with hint of hops. Lively carbonation, more hop bite (and wine flavor) than other guezes, very tart. (Not sure how this is classified as a fruit lambic, does it have anything to do with the hops?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Cloudy, hazy orangish color. Fruity tart on the nose. Almost wheaty Mouthfeel, with perfect fruity tart notes. Just excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutnick (622) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Pours a bright but slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Very light carbonation visible. Aroma is sour, barnyard, leather and some floral notes. Flavor starts sweet then melds into a sour horse farm funky note. Very complex and interesting. Body is medium with a semi-dry finish. This is good but not the best I’ve had from the brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SuperTiti33 (620) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
2013. Blonde foncé. Sédimenteuse. Nez: Terre. Feuille morte. Floral. Bois trempe. Bouche: Très acide. Terreuse. Floral. Levuré. Citron amère. Levure sauvage. Poussiéreuse. Pas ma préféré de Cantillon.

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