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


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RATINGS: 1329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Sampled at Stoutfest. Label says its a 2007 vintage, but the cork says its 2010. I am gonna go with this being a 2007. Pours a hazy orange in color with maybe a quarter fingers worth of tight white head. Nose is exceptionally balanced. There is lemon and a fair amount of floral character to it. It resembles a Cuve des Champions or Saint Gilloise in my opinion. Flavor starts out with some bright lemon and then immediately turns to the floral aspect of the beer. Its gentle grass and tartness....exceptionally balanced. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is gentle, as well as the acidity, a moderate finish. Never had this before, but I am a big fan of this. I enjoy the floral character of the beer quite a bit and it adds some nice complexity to the lambic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (3399) - CROATIA - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle pour at the brewery. Pours hazy golden with small white head. Fruity, citrus, wood, cellar, funky, sour, quite dry finish. Some bitterness in finish. Medium bodied. We were warned before ordering it might not be in best shape, but still a very interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
strap (860) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2017
ok. not a lambic fan. super sour, taste lingers. has a dishwater feel on the palate. i know this is supposed to be good, i just cant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlazerT (926) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAR 1, 2017
Bottle. Vintage 2014. Very complex and vast aromas - barnyard, wet leather, lactic acid, caramel, gooseberries, lemon, grapes, funky, green apples. Taste is dry and sour. It all together really goes with quite strong maltybackbone. Medium to full body, smooth and creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is malty, vinous, moderately sour. In overall great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vincentvega72 (576) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2017
Donkerblond bier met witte schuimkraag die snel wegzakt tot fijn laagje. Aroma van zure appel, azijn. Vineus, houttonen. Lekkere lange droge afdronk. Top.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamnowek (2290) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2017
Nearly clear amber colour. Aroma is sour apple and apricot. Taste is yeasty and quite sour. Tannic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arcanor (336) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2017
750ml bottled 2014-12-18. Pour dark yelloish orange no foam. Aroma is acitic. Taste is acid of coarse. High carbonation. Long tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
szymonskc (774) - Skrcz, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (552) - 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. Cant 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 havent had this in a few years and Im pleasantly surprised at the revisit. This is world class stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
indrekr (495) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msbernac (2325) - 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

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