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


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RATINGS: 1334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Thank you to my friend Tobey for bringing this fine souvenir from Copenhagen. Vintage 2011, 750 ML, poured into Three Floyds Teku glasses to split with my wife. The aroma is classic Cantillon. Enticingly sweet and remarkably sour in the nose. Barnyard and fresh cut, wet hay meld with green apple, honey, and lemon zest. Color and appearance are both notable given the beers amber hue, which is a clear contrast to the usual golden straw of Gueuze or Cuve St. Gilloise. Clarity is nearly perfect, and the beautiful pure white ring of carbonation provides another fine contrast in appearance. First sip at 45 degrees is full on sour. Sour apple, white grape, citric acid dominate. As the beer warms past 55 degrees, lightly floral notes become present in the finish, likely a function of the growingoy present hopping. The tartness begins to linger in full funk as I continue sipping. This isnt as pleasant as Cuve St. Gilloise, but its close. The lambic has a greter body than most of its siblings, which I enjoy immensely. The lingering funk and tannins keep the taste buds at attention. Also interesting is a lactose-like creaminess that lingers on the back of the tongue. Definitely unique in Cantillons already impressive oeuvre Overall, Iris is not my favorite from this brewery. However, it is enjoyable, delicious, and is worth seeking out again. Id love to try it weeks old as well as perhaps 5-10 years old to taste the evolution of the hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewerale (151) - - APR 8, 2017
S as notas ..................................................

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimbo2 (396) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2017
At Cantillon Brewery. Tastes wrong. Little sourness, somewhat plasticky. Usually love Cantillon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FinnIckler (365) - GERMANY - APR 7, 2017
Glass from a bottle at cantillon. This tastes waaaay different then the oud beersel one. Pours hazy pink. Nose is faint cherry, wood ,almost no sourness. Palate is tart and sour and fruity and sour again. Wow, I really like this, just a bit too bitter, but it would probably be too sour if it wouldnt have the bitter edge to it. Could smell more intense too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (8834) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 1, 2017
Bottle shared with the KL Tasting group. Poured a hazy orange amber with a fizzy off white head. The aroma is yeast, biscuit, tart fruit, light floral hop. The flavour is moderate sour with a light crisp, refreshing, yeast, woody, tart fruit palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a long bitter sour fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlf (509) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2017
From tap, as Iris 2014; orange golden color with a small white head; aroma is gentle funky, fruity, citric, some barrel character; taste is quite sour, fruity citric, fades into a solid dry funky finish with a oily grassy hoppy note; texture is slightly oily with medium to high carbonation and small body

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (3626) - 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 (898) - 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 (1000) - 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 (617) - 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 (2401) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2017
Nearly clear amber colour. Aroma is sour apple and apricot. Taste is yeasty and quite sour. Tannic.

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