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


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RATINGS: 1365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Big bottle, vintage 2005. Let’s begin with the bottle. Be careful not to remove the (difficult) label to try to get to the cork, because it will leave unusually disgusting label gunk all over the bottle, which you will then have to waste time cleaning off. So gross. On to the beer. Lively head during the pour, but vanishes very quickly. Pours a hazy dark gold color. Sweetish but primarily tart and acidic aroma reminiscent of yellow grapefruit. Nice mouthfeel, feels light on the tongue but has some depth and viscosity to it, almost like gum syrup in a cocktail. Carbonation is somewhere between the Grand Cru and the kriek. Taste is citrus rind tempered with bitterness of pith; grass and hay; develops in stages and finishes surprisingly sweet, almost like beginning with yellow grapefruit and winding up with a red one. A really interesting lambic, and perhaps a good stepping stone between Cantillon’s fruit lambics and the more intense Broucsella Grand Cru?

Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2008
0.75 l bottle. Hazy yellow brown color with almost no head. Sweetish, perfumed and strongly acidic aroma with strawberry, raspberry and sulphur. Dry, acidic and grassy flavor with strawberry, grapefruit, lemon, menthol, sulphur and spicy bitterness. Not my favorite Cantillon, but very exotic. Hop flavor is very grassy which I don’t like.

downender (9003) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Bottle from Hopduvel, Gent. Pale amber in colour with a moderate, tight head and decent carbonation. Dusty, musty lambic aroma with some lemon, floral hops and yeast. Full mouth feel, with flavours of orange peel, the barnyard and tart fruit. Plenty of grassy hops leading to a long, bitter finish. Excellent.

joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
golden orange with white head. flavor is very unique due to all barley, making it more traditional ale tasting but still finishes with the lambic sourness and with a stronger hop presence than a traditional lambic. very good

Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - APR 18, 2008
[Vintage 2004]. Pours orange into the glass with a small low head. Sour and flowery aroma, dominated by perfumed hops and a bit of sweat. Nice balanced flavours, wood, grape, pine and lemon being present with a sour-acid ending.

csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 July ’07 tasting. Orange gold color with a light head. Aroma of horseblanket, hay, and light citrus. Initial taste is honey, citrus, leather, and earthiness followed by a tart acidity and hops bitterness along with earthiness and citrus.

I shared a 4 year old bottle of this with JB from Boulevard last night and I was reminded how wonderful it is. The beer is dripping with wonderful brett flavors and the extreme sourness I was bracing myself for, since this is Cantillon, was not there. It was sour, but pleasantly so. Thanks JB!

DietPepsican (1589) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 14, 2008
Amber pour with a big white head. Aroma is lemon citrus and funk. Flavor is strong leather, woody tobacco, lemons, earth, funk. Very sour finish. Interesting.

garthicus (2962) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 9, 2008
Thanks to Harry and it is my final style! Shared with Harry too: Vintage 2004:- Dirty orange caramel colour, zero head. Aroma: Sour, tart, malt, pepper- wow,so much going on, really amazing! Flavour: Wood, citrus, honey - huge hints of lemon rind, each mouthfull just a totally different experience, so organic,, really amazing, thanks so much Harry!

StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2008
375 ml bottle from south bay drugs. Vintage 2004. This one pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a small white head that rapidly vanishes. The aroma is strong and complex with citrus, grapes, thyme and some funk. The flavor is wonderfully tart and sour with lemony citrus, grapes, sweet malts and a light spiciness. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with lively, prickly carbonation. The finish is long with lingering sweetened lemon drops. Overall: This is a great beer for lovers of sour beer--very drinkable.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Date: 04/03/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

Appearance: cloudy orange, wispy white head,
Aroma: big funky malt aroma with lots of cobwebs,
Flavor: big tart flavor, touch of sweet malt balanced by lots of funky earthy character, light sweetness adds the balance, long tart finish,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

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