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


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RATINGS: 1339   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JAN 31, 2009
75cl, vintage 2004 @ Old Bank, Turku. Attractive orangey amber with small pale head. Lovely exotic fruity hops aroma with fresh cut grass, honey and little funk. Great sweet and sour mix, cant belive the hops are so complex and fresh after over four years. Flavor is classic mind puzzling tartness with exotic fruits and grass. Passion fruity, acidic finish with lingering barnyard sourness. Yeast smoothens things down a bit. Medium bodied, round mouthfilling carbonation. Just blew me away.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
rane (1058) - Nibe, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle. 2003 vintage. Mainly a matter of trying the style, because this sour thing just isnt me. The beer looks beautiful golden amber with a medium bobbling head. Aroma sour and some yeast. Taste tart, sour some dry grapes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unde (1058) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2015
Hazy orange beer with nice head on top and smallish lacing. Bitter and sour aroma, green apples. Earthy notes. Taste is really sour. Green zesty apples, lemon. A bit bitter but also quite fresh. Surprisingly full body and high carbonation. This has a lot of edge which is missing in the gueuze. Excellent and challenging, but so rewarding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
txspartan (1056) - Berchem, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2011
Typical gueuze aroma though perhaps a little more grainy. Fantastic flavour. Dominant sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlazerT (1052) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUL 1, 2009
750 ml bottle, 2003 vintage. A hazy pale amber beer with a medium sized, lacing and quite persistent white head. Nice aroma, dry and tart, very yasety, lightly hoppy with notes of lemon, earth, cheese and wood. Very complex and quite powerful nose. The flavour has a light sweetness and a medium to high acidity. There are grapefruit and apple notes. Medium body, lively carbonation, dry long finish with light to medium bitterness. Complex and rather easy drinking, one of my favourite Cantillon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2006
"Slowly slowy lambics are growing on me. Poured a medium orange color, not much of a head, did lace okay. Aroma was funky, maybe some rubber in it. Flavor was refreshing, citrus wild and crazy flavors were there, very different from the grand cru which was soooooo tart."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 2005 Bottle. Complex nose is malty at first followed by acidic. A still, mostly clear dark gold-amber with a minor head around the edge of the glass. Well balanced acidity, light at the fron to fhte palate and strong in the back. Very light mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 2-3-08 bottle shared at tasting
Yellow orange color with little head. Sour orange smell with some funkiness in there as well. Fruity smell and flavor. Smell is actually nice. It has a tart, almost watery flavor and a thin and watery palate. Nothing too fantastic here for a Lambic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Baramba (1038) - ITALY - JAN 28, 2016
bottle. Pours amber with thin white head. Wet hay, floral, sour lemon, chesse aroma. Acidic flavour, lemongrass, floral, butterscotch, grapes with hoppy bitter finish

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