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

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RATINGS: 1374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3403) - Toronto, Ontario, - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle shared with blankboy, tupalev & HogTownHarry - tupalev’s bottle. Reddish sunset gold with a small white head. Tart funky nose with some prominent herbal hop notes. Flavour is simple by Cantillon’s standards, but is still very nice - has a subdued funkiness and mellow tartness, with some lemony notes, a bit of malt coming through, and a lingering bitter finish. A very interesting variation on a lambic - glad I could try it.


3.9
MrTipple (8559) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2018
10May2018 Sour citrus fruits, orange peel, lemon and lime juice, lemon pith, red berries, oak, dry grass, straw. Hazy, reddish brown, medium, creamy, off-white head. Light to medium sour. Wood, more acidic citrus fruits, lime juice, lemon peel, bitter straw, grass, funk, wet leaves, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Very complex, rich and intense, gets a touch too sour in palate. Keg at Himmeriget, Copenhagen.

4.2
s_hartshorne (2892) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2018
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2018 Keg Copenhagen. Dark orange lots of woody funky barnyard tart fruits very sour dry lambic finish. Very good

4.4
ogniskowicz (1121) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2018
Super owocowe w aromacie, do tego mnóstwo funku, lekka stajenka, skórzaność. Pierwsza klasa. W smaku średnio kwaśne, w cytrynową stronę, jest trochę nadgniłych owoców, jest sporo dzikich nut, nawet lekka apteka tu się pałęta (ale świetna, dodająca uroku). Piękne piwo !

3.3
mike_77 (7691) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2018
Orangey colour with thin head. Flavour has some slight caramel notes which helps round down the harsh acidity.

3.9
pjotrapostou (467) - POLAND - MAR 25, 2018
2014. Mocno gorzkie, mocno wytrawne, w tle jakaś niepokojąca ziołowa nuta, ale ogólnie bardzo lekkie i przyjemne w odbiorze.

4.1
MasDen (628) - Mogilev, BELARUS - FEB 14, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2018 Sweet aroma with notes of flowers and fruits. Amber, haze with small white head. Flowers and fruits. Light body, medium carbonation. Dry finish.

3.8
kryon (4431) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2018
Pours light cloudy amber with low white head. Aromas malty, light funky, basement. Taste has flowery, funky, earthy notes. Some garden leaves and over ripe apples

4
jrob21 (4036) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2018
750 from Silva. So funky and dirty. Earthy and stinky cheese. A little floral aromas working through. Acidic late in the palate.

3.3
xavras (171) - - NOV 24, 2017
Trochę "przehajpowane" piwo. Aromat typowy dla lambika - mokra ścierka, siano, trochę stajni. Tu jeszcze wchodzi szczaw. W smaku oprócz zakladanej kwaśności wchodzi trochę goryczy i smaku szczawiowego właśnie. Gorycz nieco zalega w przełyku, alkohol wyczuwalny dość, mimo niewielkiego woltażu. Tak sobie, ale da się wypić bez problemu :)

3.8
jandd1983 (4859) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2017
Sampled at gregwilsonstl's house. It poured a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma was of earth, fruits and some wine. The taste was similar to the aroma with more earth, fruits, wine notes and medium carbonation with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Not bad for a 2005 vintage.


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