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


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RATINGS: 1303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

anaheim1983's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Fantastic, slight reddish color medium carbonation. 75cl bottle. Really nice funk, sour, horse blanket. Lemon sourness and great wierd musty malt. Slight oak and woody barnwood through the nose when drinking. Just superb on the balance of all these funky flavors. Dry on finish and keeping you wanting more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andniz (191) - POLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Amazing aroma of apple, hay, funk, gooseberry, grapes, vinegar, a bit of cheese (in a good way) and the only flaw - a subtle note of solvent Great mix of tastes, low bitterness, a bit astringent (which is nice), a bit of sweetness and high sourness. Incredible one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1695) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2016
Bottle shared. Semi-hazy orange pour with a thin white head that disappears almost instantly. Notes of apple vinegar, unripe grapes, barnyard funk, hop bitterness, unripe peaches and apricots. Medium body, flat, with a very sour and bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2016
On tap at Jester King during Zwanze Day. Pours a slightly hazy reddish color with off-white minimal head. Funk, barnyard, light fruits and must on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with barnyard funk and some light fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
kinda amber/brownish pour, some foam. big funk on the nose. flavor is musty with some barnyard. interesting to try but not the fave.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (1435) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 2, 2016
2016 bottle. Hazy dark peach color with off-white head. Aroma has some fermented fruits, damp cellar, some vinegar acidity. Taste starts tart but also quite bitter and earthy upfront. Hay, barnyard, really rustic. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. It’s a really interesting lambic but quite acidic with harsh bitterness. 2006 bottle. More balanced and funky. Dry, barnyard funk, not so harsh bitterness, long dry and sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malin_aiisa (882) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2016
At akkurat Zwanze day Orange Amber, clear white head Aroma of sour, cellar Taste sour, fresh. Lemon. Hint of vanilla. Nice organic feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vjohans (717) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2016
hay, citrus, grass, basement aromas, earthy, amber, cloudy, minimal head, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (3055) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2016
Pours semi clear peach with a very low white head. Aromas of white currants, peach, apricot, grass. Taste is fruity and floral with some herbal notes. Mouthfeel is dry and tart with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Listigovers (916) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Tap at Birreria Volo, and sometimes Volo. Pours like a nice scotch, a beer with legs, shocking for a 5%er. The palate is extremely smooth, seems to dissolve into your tongue. Some cheesy hops but also with lots of herbal hops. Dry as a bone and sour as you would expect, what a treat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (2398) - PORTUGAL - SEP 20, 2016
75cl bottle. Hazy amber orange with small white head. Funk, barnyard, floral, citrus and ripe plum and peach in the aroma. Soft carbonation and medium to light body. Taste is sour and bitter with fruity notes to balance. Some acidity towards the finish. Overall, a good beer.

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