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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1338   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stifler84 (47) - Klippan, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2017
Tap @ Himmeriget Copenhagen 3/1-17. Vintage 2013. Fantastic sour taste! King Cantillon!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4836) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle from Jeremy. Medium golden with finely beaded head. Aroma of stone fruit, tart, floral. Taste is more of the same, light and effervescent. Finish is equally sweet and tart.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (2006) - ISRAEL - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle sample, thanks tomer. Hazy a bit murky orange color. Aroma is funky, strong barnyard notes, vinegar, sulfur, oak, wine. Nice sour flavor, lactic, funky, berries, white wine, wood, vanilla notes. Medium-bodied, smooth with low carbonation. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (1748) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 28, 2016
Unclear, golden orange colored, small off white head. Aroma is fruity tart, some flowery notes, vinous, moderate soury, some funk. Taste is light+ sweet malt, moderate tart sourness, fruity and flowery notes, medium bitterness, funky, dry and bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied, soft+ carbonation. Although generally not a Lambic fan, I like the added hoppy and bit more bodied touch in this one, really nice. (on tap, Cantillon Brewery, Brussels)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomer (3414) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 26, 2016
Shared at a tasting, smallish bubbly head, cloudy deepish oxidsed orange color, aroma of saddlle, sweat and sourdough bread, sadle and swaet flavor with biscuit and some mineral notes. Very nice and really mellow, grows on you.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wixie (557) - BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2016
Dark orange liquid, small head. Fruity aroma, sour, apple. Light body, little bit carbonation. Taste is amazing, sour, fruity. The taste of this beer is on a completely different level than anything I have ever tasted, and should get much more than a mere 10.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (3102) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2016
Keg @ In De Wildeman, sample size. Dark orange color, hazy. Frothy head. Aromas: sour, vinegar, woody. Retronasal its softer sour, woody. Flavor is sour with some bitterness. Light bodied. Low carbo. Some bitterness in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (3168) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 11, 2016
Botella @Cantillon Brewery/Museum, Bruselas 06/12/16 Color amarillo turbio, sabor agrio, notas frutales, cuerpo medio

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (3075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2016
aroma is sour cherry and some grape. flavor is slightly salty, tart and cherry. extremely easy to drink. pours pinkinsh yellow with no head. bottle share pour at kasers.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heman (925) - Tychy, POLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Piwo ma jasno-bursztynową barwe, jest krystalicznie klarowne i nalewa się z ładną białą pianą, ktra jednak szybko redukuje się do obrączki. Aromat jest intensywny: stajnia, kiszonka siana czy klepisko, kwaśne nuty owocw cytrusowych i ziołowo-chmielowe. Piwo jest średnio-pełne i bardzo kwaśne, z nutami octowymi podszczypującymi gardło i przełyk.Wytrawne i cierpkie, a przy tym gładkie na języku. Owoce (cierpkie mirabelki, niedojrzałe winogrona) i ziemiste nuty dzikie łączą się z posmakami chmielu, o ziołowym charakterze. Goryczka jest niska, ale wyczuwalna.


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