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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1369   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (3402) - 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.


4.1
MasDen (566) - 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 (4020) - 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 (3933) - 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 (120) - - 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 (4728) - 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.

3.1
gregwilsonstl (2737) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2017
2005. Kinda stinks, funky. Really light. Quite yeasty. Tasted at my Plants and Animals Bottle share.

3.7
LRonCupboard (73) - Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 18, 2017
Orangy, big healthy head. Fresh, hoppy sour, woody aroma. Nice and tart, bit of straw. Long bitter, funky unblended finish. Good not great

4.1
Holmen2 (4394) - NORWAY - NOV 13, 2017
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 13.11.17. Clear golden. Small white head. Complex and acid aroma and taste of pale malt, lychee, sour tropical fruits and sour lemon and lime juice.

3.6
xmunozsbd (183) - Sabadell, - OCT 25, 2017
Al club de tast de l'Olut (Sabadell)... al beergarden! cervesa d'estil làmbic que no m'ha acabat d'al·lucinar

4
Rosaura (41) - Sabadell, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2017 Tastada en ampolla al club de tast del Olut Sabadell. Lambic peró a la vegada amb gust de llúpol


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