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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: 1326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Hazy orange body, nice white head, hoppy nose with typical sourness. Sour, dry, grassy and bitter. I cant say I liked this one that much: the bitterness of the hops overpowers the fruitiness of the body and the finish is astringent and slightly metallic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
2005 vintage. This is the first unblended lambic Ive tried. Pours hazy orange-gold with a bubbly white head that quickly disappears. Musty aroma of yeast, lemon, apple, spice, and old wood. Taste is fruity, citrus sweet up front, but instantly turns into a dank acidic sourness with an apple wine/vinegar bite. As it warmed the sourness lightened up just a bit. Dry, sweet finish akin to a Flemish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 28, 2012
Bottled 3/8/11. Vibrant golden pour with a small white head. Aroma is very funky and full of brett - leather, citrus, grapefruit, sweet notes of Turkish delights, pineapple, orange - almost like a tropical fruit bowl. A hint of vanilla and musty oak. A hint of balsamic acetid quality, blending in very nicely. I love the aroma. The taste is tart - brett, lactic acid and oak at the forefront. Fruity wild yeast complexity of grapes, lemon zest and additional notes of barnyard and leather. The balance between sweetness and tartness is sooo good, the palate is dry and fresh. It might be the dry hopping that does it, the tropical fruitiness and pungency that makes this so special. But hot dang, this is good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle share thanks to DrewFace. Aroma is sour, tart, floral. Taste is not as sour, almost malty, not nearly as sour as other cant lions.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malin_aiisa (1024) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2016
At akkurat Zwanze day Orange Amber, clear white head Aroma of sour, cellar Taste sour, fresh. Lemon. Hint of vanilla. Nice organic feel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
12.7oz, corked bottle, 2007 vintage from CBX. pours a beautiful, reddish amber with a thick, bubbly, off-white head and sticky lace lasting through the whole glass. aroma is great with big, tart fruit notes of green apple, grapes, and lemon pulp with notes of red wine vinegar, slight floral notes, Windex, and mild barnyard funk. flavor is excellent as well with big, bold tart, acidic citrus notes of white grapefruit and lemon, light cherry, sour wood, and a touch of dry grass. palate is medium bodied and very mouthwateringly sour with huge carbonation. overall, another winner from cantillon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light bronze with a rocky cream coloured head. Huge funky aromas with some acidity, Light floral and citrus aromas which I guess are coming from the hops. Flavours show great acidity and plenty of the funk. Some hops on the finish.Not my favourite Cantillon but still a bloody great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2009
vintage 2005, 750ml bottle. tons of black crud all over the cap and neck of the bottle. cork however pops cleanly. aroma is vinous mix of booze and vinegar, sweet/sour interplay. lemon drop candy. ladies perfume characteristics. stench of must and nearly mold but not at all in the typical wild yeast notes i am familliar with. flavor is big tartness, lemon and more vinegar. not as soft as a gueuze or perhaps that is the intense (for the style) hopping at work. fruit rind/pith bitterness and sourness. gigantic beer that has alot to say, though i think i prefer my mariage parfait if i must choose a favorite lambic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Draft at Zwanze day 2014, birch bar norfolk VA. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with an off white head. Mild dry tart aroma, citrus, sour grapes. Very tart flavor, sour grapes, funk. Oily palate with an intense lingering sour in the finish. Wonderful.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mad_Ferret (1013) - SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2016 Tap @ Akkurat. Hazy brownish orange with a short short lived lively yellowed head. Aroma: Fermented sour apples, horseblanket, pickled cucumber. Taste: very sour with pickled vegetables, apples, grapefruit, pips and a soft note of caramel in the aftertaste. Medium body with small pointy bubbles.


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