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


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RATINGS: 1362   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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Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Slightly hazy amber golden with a tiny, off-white head. Fresh but rather mellow acidity in the aroma. Medium body and very dry but with a - for Cantillon - subdued sourness. None of the real dirty horse sweat notes either. 291006

Beerhunter111 (22513) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2016
Leicht trübes orange goldenes Bier mit mittelgroßen weißen schaumkrone. Geruch säuerlich fruchtig, spritzig, Obst. Geschmack angenehm säuerlich fruchtig, tropische Früchte, leicht holzig, lecker.

Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle at Jimmy’s No. 43 during a Lovullo Tasting Session. Pours amber-gold with a soft, lingering white head. Plenty of bread and yeast in the aroma, along with light fruitiness. More fruit in the tart flavor, specifically lemon and strawberry. Some mild hop bite in the tail. Very dank. Lightly warming with soft carbonation. I found it akin to drinking flowers, which may or may not be your cup of tea. Pretty good, to give a highly subjective summation

Rasmus40 (21990) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Vintage 2003. Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is malty, wood, notes of fruit and barnyard. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 160311

chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2005
2000 vintage. I don’t know whether I’m becoming too familiar with Lambics, but this one seemed quite soft for a Cantillon. Not as funky and musty as some, majoring on lemony citrus and sharp apples (farmhouse cider character comes to mind) with a touch of woodiness. More sharp than sour. Very clean and crisp. Never thought I’d describe a Cantillon as refined, but I’m tempted. It may not be one of the more demanding Cantillons I’ve tried, lacking the sheer impact of some of the more traditional Cantillon offerings, but still very appealing. 750ml bottle from beersofeurope.co.uk

Koelschtrinker (21492) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
Dezent säuerlicher Antrunk, deutlich herb, was von der Holzigkeit zu kommen scheint. In Teilen essigähnlich, diese Säuerlichkeit nimmt im Mittelteil bereits wieder ab, bleibt aber dennoch deutlich vorhanden. Dieser etwas merkwürige Ton scheint mit der Zeit süßer und bekömmlicher zu werden, man brauch tatsächlich erst einmal Eingewöhnungszeit. Kein Bier für Jedermann! Test vom 22.12.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,12,10,11,11,12 - 11,20

fiulijn (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013
2012-10-02, draught at La Fine Mousse, Paris, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Cloudy light amber color with copper shades, and a generous compact head. The aroma is fantastic, with cellar smell, lemony acidity, and most of all a cheesy character that binds all together and adds complexity. The mouthfeel is very smooth; it has a nice delicate malt flavor, but most of all an evident citrusy character, mostly grapefruit and pink grapefruit; the acidity is very moderate compared to other Cantillon lambics; the final has a correct bitterness level and mild astringency.
Some Drie Fontainen was more complex, this is more straight forward.

2004-01-24, bottle; brewed in 2000, bottled in 2001, sampled in 2004, 9-5-8-4-17=43
Beautiful gold to orange color, persistent perlage, generous thick head. Wonderful aroma, biting: magnesia, wood, malt, dry flowers, hay, fruits. Difficult, astringent, pungent; sour, but with the necessary malt body. Strong sour and bitter end, fruity, like bitter oranges.

Theydon_Bois (20636) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Tap at the Cask, Pimlico - 28/09/12. Hazy orange with a minimal off-white head that quickly clears to the edge. Sour fruits, apples, pears on the nose, wood and burnt tones. Tastes as nose, cork wood tones. Medium bodied with a little soft carbonation leading to an astringent finish.

saxo (19522) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is golden. Aroma is fresh and citric. Taste is dominated by lactose acid. Bitter finish.

harrisoni (19341) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Bottle. Amber, thin white head, sour lemon aroma, subtle funk and cereal aroma. Trademark mouth puckering from a lambic. Acidic, sour, and more funk in mouth and finish. I mean I do like it. Sourness has mineral/metal quality to it and grapefruit on the finish.. 4.3/5. Re-rate. Half bottle in La Brocante Brussels May 2013. fresh lively hoppy perfectly sour, lovely. Bottle from some place in Belgium. possibly Noel Cuveliers It’s like licking a swimming pool wall (chlorine) that has been draped in hops, whilst having a horse shitting on it and an acidic mustard and white wine vinegar salad dressing drizzled over the top. Intense and certainly not for the faint hearted. For me I think this beer is better fresher

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