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

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RATINGS: 1185   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.


BeerPrince's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAY 20, 2008
Medium orange body with minimal head. Aroma was barny and funky with some sort of rubber eraser notes. Citrus and floral flavour with of course some tartness.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkam (220) - POLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden yellow with a nice, small head. Sour, fruity aroma, very pleasant. Taste is moderately sour, barnyard, not very acidic. Light body, medium carbonation. Very good lambic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (286) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Pours a slightly peachy yellow with a minimal white head. Aroma is barnyard, white grapes. Taste is green apples, slightly tart with a hint green grape dryness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3534) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle, thanks GT2, gold pour, white head, nose is lemon, taste is tart, funky, barnyard, citrus

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2261) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2015
75 cl. bottle, bottled in March 2014, poured in to a Flute. Hazy, golden colour with an amber tint. Big, fluffy white head. Sour, fruity aroma with lemons, wheat malts, wooden notes, floral hops, some grasses, barnyard and sour apples. Lovely. Taste is light sour. Medium body with a creamy texture and a lively, fine bubbly carbonation. Finishes dry and tart with lemons and grasses. Lovely, easy drinking Lambic.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1847) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
the description pretty much says it all. not much i can add to what is already there.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LucaM (3) - - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Gold, orangish colour, delightfully cloudy. Kiwi fruit, tamarindo, loads of umami which is the only constant in an everchanging train of flavours: more kiwi, apple vinegar, tamarillo, the typical Cantillon skunk...an amazing brew, with the roundness that only a 10yr old bottle has. Yes, an amazing Cantillon Iris bottled in 2004.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RumRunner101 (839) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Hazy deep amber pour with white head. Aromas of red wine barrels, Apple cider vinegar. Vinous and tart. Not super intensely sour or brett-y, good balance. Great. Some similarities to Flanders red style.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (121) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Excellent lambic, slightly different than traditional, orange dark orange hue. Great apple barnyard aroma, cellar taste of oak and wine with huge tartness in the dry finish. Live this one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gad905 (198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
750ml bottle from BD ShepBush, bottled Mar 2014. Clear orange, small head fades quickly. Nose of fresh herbal hop, cheese, citric acidity, funk. Medium acidity, lemon, cheese, funk, very dry, moderate bitter, fresh herbal hop. Medium light body, oily feel, softish carb, loooong sour finish with all that cheese and lemon and a touch of hop. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (7787) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2015
375 ml bottle. 2007 vintage. BBE 12/2020. From some webshop some years ago.
Cloudy bright amber colour with a small off-white head. Tartness, sourness, red berries, acidity, floral hops, some sweet notes and mild maltiness in a wonderful aroma. Absolutely divine aroma. The flavour is much more sour with some tartness, red berries, mild hops, mild bitterness, vinegar, acidity and mild maltiness. Tasty and rather complex brew.


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