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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1345   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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4.2
szymonskc (981) - Skórcz, POLAND - FEB 17, 2017
Zapach intensywny, kwaśny, ocet, stajnia, cytryny, jabłka, zboże, kurz, drewno. Kolor bursztynowy, mętne. Piana niska, drobna, średnio trwała. W smaku wytrawne, średnia kwaśność, średnia pełnia, jabłka, cytryny, agrest, trawa, zboże, kurz, drewno. Goryczka niska, wysycenie niskie.

4.2
Hoprider (716) - DENMARK - FEB 11, 2017
Pours an almost but not quite clear pale copper colour with no head. Nose has cheesy funk along with sharp citrusy aromas. Can’t really detect much hop, well maybe a little. Very clean but still very very fragrant. The taste is rich with bretty notes of citrus and drying tannins. Juicy even and leading to a chiselled sharp finish and a fairly long aftertaste. I haven’t had this in a few years and I’m pleasantly surprised at the revisit. This is world class stuff

3.5
indrekr (559) - ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2017
Appearance: amber, orange, clear, no head. Aroma: berries, mold, raw apple. Taste: heavily sour, medium bitterness, light sweetness. Palate: medium body, oily feel, lively, sour-bitter aftertaste.

4
msbernac (2774) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 23, 2017
Bottle Aroma-barnyard, floral Appearance-amber, hazy, white foam Taste-medium sour, medium bitter, light sweet Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish Overall-very good

4.2
rayaron (1920) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at zvsn’s place. Thanks tomer! Cloudy orange with white head. The aroma has notes of funk, horse farm, brett, some fruitiness (apricot, strawberry) and yeasts. Sour flavor with notes of yeasts, sweat, brett, rose wine, strawberry, acidic, a bit salty, dry. Soft carbonation, light to medium-bodied. Excellent.

4.8
stifler84 (47) - Klippan, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2017
Tap @ Himmeriget Copenhagen 3/1-17. Vintage 2013. Fantastic sour taste! King Cantillon!

3.9
stevoj (5361) - 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
zvsn (2194) - 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
kajser27 (1922) - 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
tomer (3640) - 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.


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