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

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RATINGS: 1381   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.


4
soyraul (181) - - AUG 5, 2018
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2018 Otra maravilla Lambica, menos ácida de lo que suele hacer Cantillon, para repetir sin duda alguna.

4.5
popiela (1199) - Poznañ, POLAND - JUL 27, 2018
Kran, Muted Horn. O mamo, jakie to dobre. Aromat bardzo rześki, owocowy. W smaku umiarkowanie kwaśne, owocowe, z cierpkim finiszem.

4.2
creppyiceman (1555) - POLAND - JUL 23, 2018
(bottle 2018 vintage) Aroma; apricots, orange peel, grapes, barnyard funk, Taste: semi-sweet, semi-sour, flavour of apricots, grapes, fruits skin, leather and funk Palate: medium body, low to medium carbonation. Overall: Tasty one, lots of hoppy citrus-like notes.

4.5
Ascelja (2448) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 9, 2018
#2346
Thank you, Martin, for this gemstone!

Bottle. A bit hazy, orange to ochre, almost without head. Aroma of leather, wood barrel, green peels of walnuts, young fresh walnuts, dried fruits, citruses. Taste is deliciously tart, lightly sour, sweetish. Leather, nuts, hip tea, wild plums, gooseberries, wild lemons, flowery, horse stables. Fuller body, moderately carbonated.
Really, really great!

4.4
Rotin (2489) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 3, 2018
Bottle 0.75l, trade with MrOrla, many many thanks, Martin! Vintage 2016. Lightly cloudy, gold amber colored. AROMA- apricot, peach, non sweet berries, leather, floral, herbal and spicy tones, hay, touch of citrus. FLAVOR- slightly sweet but pleasantly sour, pleasantly bitter, peach and apricot, hay, herbs, spicy, lemon, hips. Fuller bodied.
Delicious!

3.8
Cheeseboard (844) - Bridgwater, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2018
Bottleshare, 2016 vintage. Pours hazy orangy amber with an off white head. Aroma: floral, funk, earth, oak, peach, hay. Taste: dry, light to moderate acetic, vinegar hints, oak, citrus fruits, lemon peel, tannic berries. Medium body, soft carb, dry semi bitter finish.

5
ALIBALI (3563) - Kiel, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2018 REAL BRETTY SOFTNESS PERFECTION❤❤❤✨ Unblended und mit lila FrischHoppyness dabei🛴🏋 ...PERFEKTE 2016er 0,75l Flasche bei der 2018er NACHT ;)..eine lagert im Keller...ich Glücksschweinchen ;)..AGAIN: 2013er Version vom Fass, im HIMMERIGET zu Copenhagen...20!!!! Filigran, saurer als der freshe Brother & on the hoppy OudeBruinSide👌✨ Vinegarish, unhoppy und WILD Beerish🍄🍀⚡🙌 WHAT THE FUCK??? FLOWER POWER BRAUN INFECTION🚀 ...zum Glück hat uns Scottie noch ne 2016er Big Bottle besorgt :)....LOVVVVVE!!!!!

4.3
kaserov (1546) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 3, 2018
Color naranja, ligeramente turbio, con capa de espuma blanca de un dedo de grosor y retención decente. Carbonatación mínima o prácticamente inexistente. Textura acuosa. Aroma bastante lupulado para ser una Lambic. Nunca me he encontrado con un aroma similar dentro de este estilo. Lupulado, cítrico, con toques incluso de fruta tropical. Menos ácido de lo habitual, con toques de heno y madera muy sutiles. En boca hay algo más de acidez, pero perfectamente medida. Cítricos, misma sensación de algún tipo de fruta tropical que no sé discernir, heno, algo de madera, quizá alguna que otra hierba. Frutal, ligeramente ácida y suculenta. Final de ligera acidez. Postgusto acidillo, con toques de cítricos y madera. De lo mejor que he probado en mi vida, así de simple.

3.9
MrTipple (9211) - 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 (2932) - 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


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