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Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic - Unblended Jonge / Oude
Brussels, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1410   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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4.5
DraftSensei113 (18) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 18, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2019 Pours red golden hazy foam white, Aromas of Citrus vinegar stable flower, tastes bitter a lightly sour

4.2
humpah (1124) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2019 Bottle from Billie's bottle shop shared, pouring brownish color. Aroma of malts, tartiness, earthy notes, funk, grapes, fruitiness. Quite malty and earthy, with moderate tartness, not highly tart. Slightly on the dry side, tart fruity and earthy aftertaste ending on a funky notes. Excellent lambic, not your usual beer at all, but still nicely constructed thoroughly.

3.7
back (3209) - Holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2019 Rødgylden uklar skum hvid Citrus eddike stald blomst Bitter lidt Sur modrate Vandede blød

3.8
Nurmis (1460) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2019 0,75l bottle, shared with a friend in Oluthuone Leskinen. Pours orange with quickly diminishing white head. Intense but well rounded tartness troughout. Some funky notes, fruitiness.

4.2
EvNa (1945) - Ede, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2019 Bottle, 2017, bottled Season 17/18, no bottledate on the label, only info on the cork. Color: Slightly hazy orange amber, off-white head. Aroma: Well balanced tart, sweet and bitter, wet straw, fruity, vinuous. Taste: Moderate to medium tart and bitter, moderate sweet. Pretty strong wood, oak, tannins. Grassy hop. Straw. Subtle funk en subtle fruity notes of white grapes, citrus and apple. Sour apple vinegar hints. Different from the other Cantillon beers, as stated on the label, because no wheat malt is used and because of the use of fresh hop. In my opinion this results in more bitterness, a less smooth and cleaner mouthfeel and the oak is more prominent in the taste. Very dry mouthfeel. Nice complexity and very well balanced. Another great one from Cantillon.

3.8
Velquex (285) - Warsaw, POLAND - AUG 27, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2019 Piwo pite dawno, ocena w celu uzupełnienia listy. Troszkę zawód, wciąż bardzo dobre, ale smakuje niemal jak podstawka. Może nieco bardziej kwiatowy.

4.3
superspak (9205) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2019 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/26/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber/light orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/rind, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, leather, wet wood, barnyard Brett funk, cracker, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of caramel, toast, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, oak barrels, and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/rind, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, leather, wet wood, barnyard Brett funk, cracker, and white bread dough; with lighter notes of caramel, toast, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tang/tartness, citrus peel/rind bitterness, and Brett/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/rind, peach, plum, pear, apricot, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, peppercorn, hay, straw, grass, leather, wet wood, barnyard Brett funk, cracker, white bread dough, light caramel/toast/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, oak barrels, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tang/tartness, and bitter/spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tang/tartness and bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is an amazing all barley malt lambic. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, citrus/earthy hops, oak barrels, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the modestly acidic/bitter/tannic/drying finish; not overly lactic/tannic. Amazingly well rounded barnyard Brett/bacteria complexity with added hops; great oak presence and bready malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp drying. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

4.5
azzurro (1318) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2019 Shared this one with my colleagues after a great day at work to celebrate the hard work done. Very tasty, I particularly enjoyed the sparkly foam that made me feel like a champagne. Great find.

4.2
Tinaccio (932) - Milano, ITALY - JUN 21, 2019
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2019 750 ml bottle from Roybeer, Milano, Italy. It pours orange, with a medium, not lasting, white head. Aroma is yellow ripe fruits, flowers, grass. Taste is funky, light to medium sour. Perfect average carbonation, body is light to medium. Some citrus at the end. Easy drinking and fresh, lovely.

4
Andyfroth01 (104) - AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2019
UPDATED: APR 18, 2019 Nothing more to say other than. One of the great sours. Will get better with age.


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