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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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 2000 bottle, with the cork saying bottled in 2001. Very dry grapes, wet horse and some crotch when i havnt showered for a while make for a very different and intresting aroma. Taste is very complex with similar flavours and lemon, and this is possibly the sourest beer iv ever tasted it is seriously seriously sour, with quite a bit of bittering hops too i must add. Very different beer, very good beer.....RERATE: Had this at ronnieís and another in the cellar. I never realised the amazingness of the hops in this, it adds so much more to the lambic, the piney citrus and fresh flowers are all subtle but still there and alround add amazingness to the beer. up fromn 3.8 - 4.8RERATE: Bottle in the house at the bass party. Awsome, on the sweeter side of the cantillons, the floural citrus lychee character of the hops justr gives it soo much more. An amazing beer and one that you could session til it comes out yir tits.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phatbeerman (2) - Santa Maria, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012 does not count
Lovely. Biscuit malt with strong lemon citrus finish. Barnyard leather saddle with clean dry finish. I just love this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
Iíve become rather fond of lambic beer over the last few years. And this beer is pretty much the reason why. I donít think I can say anything that hasnít been said before, other than I think it is experiences like this beer which fuels ones life.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ventanas83 (11) - - JUL 6, 2014
<perPerfection...dark orange almost no carbonation but just enoughg. Tart apple pear.Wonderful. A perfect example. hard to find true unblened lambics...this one pretty available. going down the list of the ones i can find

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Unbelievable brew from aroma to finish. Starts out barnyard and wet hay. Big sour grape aroma punches through. Flavor is sour ;peach and wet oak, along with pungent green hop backbone. A++++

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Artistdave (58) - Austin, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Perfection, dry yeast funk straw aroma with a pungent lemon grape thing going on. Flavor is sour lemon and slight red wine vinegar. Pretty different hop thing going on, yet made it better. A MUST

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hipsterchick (21) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Hipster OG, for sure this one is the OG if Bronsons. Unreal killer sour oak cedar cellar mold basement cheese... You canít do this in US as it take 4 ever to jones this one. Bucket list to go there and drink from the brewery!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sten (674) - 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)

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (382) - Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Like everything else Cantillon this was amazing. Subtle and nuanced and incredibly balanced. Slight sour notes and tannic mouthfeel. Vaguely fruity and floral. Amazing amazing stuff.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 Vintage: 2001 This is a masterpiece. Massive creamy head. Gleaming amber body. Resiny sheen and dense white beauty. Nose: Signature Cantillon sourness, although with a tinge of piney hop bitterness. Quite a lovely flowery effect. Mint and dill. Only a slightly crumbled dusty character pushes through. The horseblanket brett competes with hoppy resin and the overt sourness. Flavors: Tart apple and rich sweet malt. The flossy sweetness of the malts really shows through on this one. Incredible to taste a gueuze that is as syrupy sweet as this one is. Orange rind and pine trees. The dry hoppiing is magnificent . The sourness of the gueuze and the hoppy bitterness really combine to create a minty flavor that is refreshing. Carbonation is excellent as is the mouthfeel. Very resiny and slimy. Thick and coating like cough syrup. This is a MASTERFUL outing. Exquisite. G-rat


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