Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic - Unblended
Brussels, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

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   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.

HerrBierkoenig (2042) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2018
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2018 From bottle at the brewery tasting room, Pours almost clear amber liquid, nice frothy tan head, Aroma: sour wild, funky, floral, light hopy, Taste: ligt to medium sweet, light bitter, medium to heavy sour, floral, light hopy, sour funky, taninous, apricot, peppery, Palate: medium body, average carbonation, dlick mouthfeel, long funky floral sftertaste, Overall: extremrly good, enjoyed.

wojanex (1080) - warszawa, POLAND - SEP 30, 2018
Sianko w stajence lekko posikane przez kobyłkę, lambik classic, czysty, wytrawny, zacny. Dobre.

Speko (663) - DENMARK - SEP 29, 2018
Tap @ Himmeriget. Pours hazy dark amber with no head. Nice sour taste with notes of apricot and citrus. Medium body and soft carbonation.

explosivedog (2955) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2018
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2018 From bottle at Garage Project Kingsland, 2018 vintage. Pours bright gold. Barnyard, white wine vinegar, nectarine, unripe pineapple, noble hop spice, funk, grass, lemon zest, sage, tart finish, bit of savoury barnyard too. Fizzy body. Really good.

davidezdonz (869) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - SEP 26, 2018
A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled on 9th January 2018. Poured into a Cantillon ballon glass. It was a lightly hazy golden orange colour with a one and a half finger off white head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin layer, while leaving some sparse lacing. Aromas tart, funky barnyard, oak, apricot, grapefruit, citrus zest and rind. Tastes sour, lightly bitter, a hint of sweetness, funk, oak, apricot, peach, grapefruit zest, lemon and leather with a hint of floral and herbal. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Overall, very enjoyable and great to drink. Even better when aged properly for a few years.

rauchbierlover (945) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2018
On tap @ Herman Belgian Bar (Berlin). Murky orange body with no head. Floreal aroma. Vinous and apricot notes. Taste is obviously sour. Long tarty finish. Medium body, flat carbonation, thin texture

Cristobal37 (1675) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 21, 2018
Bottle at brewery 2018 vintage. Pours orangey gold honey color darker than most other Cantillon guezue beers. That traditional sour aroma mixed with a sweet syrupy malty character. Lots of pale ale malt, definitely comes through the funky lemony guezue. Could drink this all the time.

julesxxl (1712) - FRANCE - AUG 26, 2018
(sauvage, µ-pomme-orange, ~fleur, ∞-délicate, juste ce qu’il faut en tout, magnifique houblonnage, fin envoûtante, mangue)

DraftWhisperer85 (41) - Sint-truiden, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2018
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2018 Cantillon is altijd kwaliteit, dit iets amberkleuriger bier heeft mij toch weer weten te raken

fran.drinkspivo (15) - - AUG 20, 2018
On Bottle in Brussels. Pale golden semi hazy color. Aroma of white wine, cider/champagne, lots of wood, vainilla. Taste is very sour, green apples, woody, vainilla, dry hops, some herbal notes too. Really complex. This beer is beautiful! It needs to be enjoyed slowly. It has a lot of flavor layers! One of the best sours beer I've ever had.

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