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

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RATINGS: 1400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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Andyfroth01 (9) - AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: APR 18, 2019 Nothing more to say other than. One of the great sours. Will get better with age.

3.9
Samuel214 (2551) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2019
UPDATED: APR 14, 2019 Flaska från trade, årgång 2018. Något mörkare bärnstensfärgad med tjusigt krämig smutsvit krona. Ganska humligt och vasst i doft och smak med tydligare beska än en är van vid i lambic. Mellanstor, mjuk kropp. Smaken samma som doften. Något maltigare, tydlig beska och humle.

4.2
Juks (2915) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 19, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2019 750ml bottle. Pours clear amber, medium sized off-white head stays. Aroma is fruity, dried apricots, nuts, raisins, basement, malty, barnyard. Taste is caramelly, funky, grassy hoppy, vinegary, very woody, wet wood. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very good, nice bitter side lambic, lots of wood here. Freaky, but it's my cup of tea.

4
maekchu (4663) - JAPAN - MAR 9, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2019 2013 vintage bottle. Big tart stone fruit aroma, fresh lawn cuttings, dry leaves, and so rustic and fruity at the same time. Medium dark copper/brown. Tart and bitter stone fruit, weedy and tangy, hint of citrus,and ....yeah. Thin-medium body, moderate astringency. Great nose. Complex and interesting in both aroma and flavors.

4
KansaiBeerLvrs (6350) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2019 750ml from Sugaya. Opaque plum orange with a dense Off-White head and a fruity sweet tarts aroma. The medium body has a nice taste of tart apricots and it is silky smooth. Really good and better than I remember. 3.9-4

1.7
josanguapo (2877) - SPAIN - JAN 12, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2019 De Tercertiempocervezas. En copa Teku. Viendo Venom. Excesiva acidez, de la que da dolor de barriga, junto con un lupulado cuyo amargor dificulta su ingesta aun mas

4.7
Suco (672) - Castellon, SPAIN - DEC 4, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2018 Color ámbar, dorado, con un brillo especial, ligera turbidez. Medio dedo de espuma con escasa retención. Aroma floral, jazmín, heno y lúpulos cítricos. Gusto muy complejo, agria, mucha, pero mucha flor, madera, corteza de cítricos, nectarina, cuero, acético ligero. Cuerpo medio. Un auténtico espectáculo de Lambic, lupulizada y perfumada, con incontables matices, una birra mágica.

3.8
KraftowyJakup (683) - POLAND - NOV 19, 2018
W aromacie trochę agrestu i kwiaty, delikatny lambic. Dość wytrawny z lekką cierpkością na finiszu, mającą jakby roślinny charakter.

4.1
ippopotamo36 (3335) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 31, 2018
Bottle at Luppolo Station in Rome. Hazy dark golden color, medium resistant gassu foam. Nose: floral, yellow fruitiness, soft sauciness. Lovely. Mouthfeel: easy with character, round and soft tart, fruit, dry grapefruit finish. Wow. J

4.8
HerrBierkoenig (2270) - Bratislava, SLOVAKIA - 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.


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