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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Ferris (16497) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2007 - Nice acidic grapes and citrus orange. Cloudy orange with no head. Very acidic white grape, apricot and lemon. Very acidic and not nearly as nice as the others from Cantillon.

Dedollewaitor (16383) - 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.

MiP (15972) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 2003 bottle, two years old. Mild, dusty aroma, acidic and earthy. Hazy golden colour, no head. Sourish bitter flavour. Nice tart bitter aftertaste. 6 3 7 3 15

2005 bottle, two years old. The aroma is quite acidic, making my mouth water. Also a little moldy and with a hint of urine. Quite cloudy orange colour, very small frothy head. The flavour is not a acidic as the aroma suggests, even though it is nicely acidic. It starts off with a little lemony acidity, turning into a bitterness which could also be associated with lemons, but then the peel. After this, the acid builds up to a nice and cleansing level. Very refreshing. 8 3 8 3 18

Bottle, 5%. Distinct sour aroma, white grapes, a bit of fresh earth. Hazy orange colour. Big stable white head leaving good lace. The flavour is sharp and acidic with a good white grape note. Late earth flavour and a good fruity bitterness even later. Very refreshing. 8 3 9 3 18

bhensonb (15753) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
375 ml. bottle; 2004 vintage bottled in 2006. Earthy sour aroma. Hazy orange apricot color with a white head that really left rapidly. Thin to medium bodied with very mild carbonation. The flavor is lambic sour. A bit like earthy green apple. Pineapple? The finish is dry and sour and bitter. Changes from sip to sip. The finish is lactic, and fruity. Something like sucking on a lime peel. Problem: It is what it is, and coming up with what it is not to describe it doesn’t work. Good stuff. Very good stuff.

Scopey (15687) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2011
Bottle at the Rake enjoyed with big wallopper MagicDave6. It pours amber with moderate carbonation and a very thin yellow-white head. The nose is sour, hay, floral, grass and wood. The taste is lemon-sherbet, acidic Granny Smith apple, floral, grass, hay, surprising bitterness and wood with a satisfyingly long tart-bitter finish. There is a great balance between sweet, sour and bitter.

djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2010 bottle thanks to Mike. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong funk, yeast, citrus. Thin mouthfeel with nice tart floral hop and light spice with lingering dry finish. Easy to drink, wow really enjoyed this one.

Ratman197 (15354) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2009
750 ml corked and capped green bottle 2002 bottling poured a clear copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of sour citrus, straw, barnyard and light leather. Palate was light bodied, crisp and tart with a dry finish. Flavors of grapefruit, lemon, straw, leather and light barnyard with a crisp dry lingering tart finish.

gunnfryd (15269) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle. Golden/ Orange colour with an off-white head.. Aroma is sour, apple, yeast, grapefruit. Flavour is sour, apple, yeast, cellarnotes, citrus. nice beer.

DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 Re-rate 5/19/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at Rotem’s place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy dark orange. Great barnyard aroma with a bit of vinegar, some fruitiness and oak. Sour bretty flavor with some oak, some citrus and light sweaty notes. Slick mouthfeel. Great and refreshing. 8/4/8/4/16=4

Bottle. Vintage 2005. Clear, sparkling, deep golden color with a pretty white head that disappears rather fast. Acidic and earthy aroma, some barnyard notes, flowers and lemon. A rather dry sour flavor with citrus and some subdued malt sweetness. Finishes with a slightly weird mix of sourness and bitterness. Medium-bodied. Very good stuff. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle (2003) at Ølbaren. Cloudy orange - white head. Vinegar, berries, wood, fu, sour, acid, earth, dirt, light horsey. Rather smooth and pleasant !!

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