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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 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
Mishnok (359) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2017
Lucky enough to sample this at the brewery itself. Darker than most lambics I've seen with a bit of carbonation. Quite a resinous bitter edge given by the hops. Interesting, complex taste.

3.9
beer-yum (1836) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2017
Restrained aroma in an amber pour. Laid back sour with a a hint of wood with the hops. Superbly subtle.

3.7
Dazka (138) - Milan, ITALY - SEP 18, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2017 S: sour, barnyard, apple cider A: dark orange, hazy T: med sourness, dry finish with med bitterness P: light body, med tartness, low carb

4.1
walkerrater (16) - ARGENTINA - SEP 11, 2017
Tasty. Aroma is floral, citrus and funky. Pours amber and slightly hazy. Taste is tart, floral, citrus, dry and funky with light carbonation.

4
Stoned99 (1632) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2017
750ml 2014 bottle shared at epic Cantillon tasting. Aroma: flowers, metallic, olives, subtle acetone, light lemon. App: murky orange with brownish tint, medium white head, nice lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, dry with moderate acidity finish. Overall: pretty good. Not too much acidity for me. Great.

4.1
beermastersasho (96) - - SEP 4, 2017
I really cannot find big difference in this styles of lambics. For me it is just like a gueuze! Same characteristics! Little bit bitter, sour, hay aroma, fruity-flower aroma etc... Good beer. But what I expect on this price - never happens...

3.7
Zymurgeist2 (2319) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 19, 2017
From bottle to tulip. Slight rose and hazy with minimal head. Massive acidity and slight sour/tart. Very dry finish. I couldn’t really locate the hops, but still a nice beer.

4.4
Bierridder_S (1020) - BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2017 17/08/2017 - 20cl glass @Cantillon. Clear yellow with small head. Fresh hops, fruits. Taste is really fresh, green apples, bit bitterness, dry sourness at the end

4
90 (614) - BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2017
12/08/2017 @Cantillon Brewery. Taster-Bottle A hoppy Cantillon. The aroma is slightly sour and hoppy. The taste is very malty. There is a distinct hop quality. Nice carbonation. Palate is full and slightly wry.

3.5
koleminer20 (3798) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2017
Rating #3,700. 750 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. 2014 vintage. The pour is a darker orange with a thicker dense light khaki colored head and a couple soapy streaks of lace. The aroma is interesting. There is a nice light sourness up front with a hint of an iced tea coming through on the back end. A hint of malt and a light hop on the back end works pretty well. The flavor is interesting. There is a tart tea leaf going on with a hint of citrus and a light hop. It’s really interesting, and balanced. I like it. The mouth feel is lighter bodied and more softly carbonated with a lingering dry citrus and tea leaf tartness on the back. I like this one more than I thought I would. 6 4 7 4 14


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