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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14506) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 5, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14460) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14321) - 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 doesnt work. Good stuff. Very good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14262) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13760) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle cap & corked from Dilly Deli. Poured hazy yellow color with an minimal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate sour yeasty raw wet woody aroma. Light to medium body. Medium sour citrus flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderated duration. This is a standout for style beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (13646) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13434) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2007
(draft, 2004 vintage) White head atop clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, moderate sourness, horseblanket. Taste is medium sweet, medium sourness, some dandelion. Tart light body. Sweeter than the average Cantillon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13366) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle. Frothy good mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Very powerfull acetic aroma. Really nice acetic flavor. Dry palate. Nice stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (13178) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13060) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Iris 1996. Hazy golden ale with no head. Good single malt aroma with herbal and barnyard funkyness. Sour and restrained, all in class, with nice malty notes, tropical fruits, first time i actually note the malt in a lambic. Medium bodied. Rich and sour offering. Sampled at Quintessence Cantillon 2005.


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