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


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RATINGS: 1345   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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mcberko (18390) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2010
Sampled on tap at SIB, pours hazy orange. Aroma of sourness, citrus, lemon and floral notes. Flavour of dominated by the sourness, with some earthiness and floral notes. A treat.

Oakes (18167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Brown-tinted orange; big aroma - wood, slightly toasted hops, sour apple - typical Cantillon for the most part; starts off like any quality gueuze, fairly complex though a tad sweeter than other non-fruited Cantillons. It’s the finish that gets me. Bitter. Astringent. Unpleasant. I understand that the hops are the gimmick of this beer, but to me the finish just clashed with everything else and ruined it. Experiments fail sometimes - that’s life.

chrisv10 (17920) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Bottle. Hazy dark amber with small head. Aroma is malt, frut, tart, little barnyard, caramel and sour. Flavour is malt, fruit, tart, sour, caramel, little dark fruit and barnyard.

TBone (17773) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled 75 cl, vintage 2000
Chestnut brown, creamy off-white head. Strong aroma of leather and horse blanket. Earthy, tart, lots of "leather flavors". Not so sour than eg. Fou’Foune.

yngwie (17101) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2010 Bottle, 75cl corked. Unclear, orange pour, with a small off-white head. Rubber and citrus, especially grapefruit, in the aroma. The flavor is citrusy as well, mostly grapefruit here too, with cellar to follow. Nice, astringent mouthfeel. A really tooth-cleansing beer, quite nice, but there’s a rubbery touch to it that I don’t like. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15-3.7. 070526

Bottle, 75cl at Esbjerg Beerfestival. It’s a hazy, golden beer with hints of head. Citrusy, horsey and barnyardish nose. Citrus, barnyard, horseblanket, sourness and a faint bitterness in the mouth, bonedry and puckering. A quite lovely and quenching beer. 091023

jtclockwork (16831) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours red grapefruit color. Nose of fresh peach, tart fruit, oak, flowers and barrel funk. Taste is acidic fruit, grapefruit rind and oaks.

FatPhil (16631) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2017 375ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Lambic days 2007) Exceptionally sharp sour aroma. Orange colour, almost no head Exceptionally sharp and sour taste too, but quite pleasing. Some apple cider, some oaky wood. Grape seeds.
Rerate: 375ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut!
OK, decent enough, nothing to get excited about.

brokensail (16599) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
A: The pour is a really nice looking amber-orange in color with a light and fizzy white head. S: Plenty of acidity and green fruit notes. I pick up apples and grapes with some lemon. A strong oak aroma with a somewhat subdued funk. T: A nice tartness up front with some fresh sour apples and lemons. The back end is actually a bit bitter with lots of oak and tannins. A bit of must and leather finish things off. M: The body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation, especially for a lambic that is so "young" in the bottle. A nice acidity and dry finish. D: Not my favorite of the Cantillon beers, but still really nice and better than many American sours. A really pleasant beer to sip on after watching the Sharks beat the Wings.

Dedollewaitor (16228) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 Hazy yellow with a white head. Sour & fresh with high acidicity and hoppy undertones plus a dry bitter end. Nice! Rerate Esbjerg 09. 3,8 -4,0.

Benzai (16099) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle @ home shared withDutchDrebus. Clear dark orange / copper colored, almost no head. Smell sour, not much more. Taste sour, dry, and acidic in the finish. Average carbo and body.

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