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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1352   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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3.8
txspartan (1098) - Berchem, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2011
Typical gueuze aroma though perhaps a little more grainy. Fantastic flavour. Dominant sourness.

4.2
Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2014 Zwanze day 2013. 2004 vintage. Pours orange. Aroma is fig hay dirt raison tart. Taste is barrel tart fig. Finish is medium okay. Mouthfeel is medium. Not amazing. 3. (I us no freaking clue why I rated this so low he fest time????) At bier circus with Taylor. Vintage 2002; 2004 cork date. Aroma is delicate, floral-earthy, pretty funky, hint of mustiness. Taste is complex earthy, low acidity, hint if white wine notes, dry, mouth watering. Fantastic Lambic. 4.2.

3.4
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Bottle: Golen amber w/ very little white head; lightly hazy. Lactic sour aroma as well as the typical horseblanket "brett" aroma. Leathery & musty w/ bready malt. Sour but well balanced malt flavor; lactic sourness. Fruity & dry finish, lingering sourness, & earthy flavor. Lightly bitter as well as it warms, not overly sour in the finish. Lighter body, highly carbonated, dry light puckering m/f. Not as complex as I thought for a lambic. Good, but slightly disappointing even for a lambic.

4.2
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Beautiful thinned lacing, soft and diminutive white head, creamsicle orange is clouded clouded by light tan yeast globules. Slow recession gives this behemoth of acidity a livelier appearance than some of its brethren. Grass tendencies rise to and spill over the brim of the glass. Beach-washed woodiness splashes into play, coerced forward by nose-tickling acids that reap the whirlwind that is dry-hopping a lambic. This is going to be crazy bitter, I know it already. Mild oak and fresh floral and vanilla tones lurk in the depths, coalescing as the lambic draws nearer room temperature. Mild barnyard and tired grain field notes seep out of the cracks in the acidic affront. Apricot, tangelo and bristling pear pulp flirt with edges of reason. An entirely new concept in the world of lambic is well-received; nonetheless I remain wary of just how powerful the impending acidity and bitterness combination may unfold in the flavor. The hop notes are a clever blend of aged and fresh, both with redeeming and offsetting qualities that serve the quest for complexity well. Alcohol is a nonfactor. This nose is tremendous and unforgettable. Bitterness is hefty indeed when the first sip passes the lips. Wood and some requisite leather pound into the palate unmercifully, but are supassed by waves of face-twisting acidity. It’s brutal, but enjoyable and oh so quenching. Sourness winds up up and punches everything out of its way whenever this seems to let up for even the slightest moment. Grassy notes are oft intercepted by herbal hints and superbly offered, seeming to ride along on top of the earthy and aged woodiness and farmhouse maltiness. The palate impact remains light because the body is light-medium and fully carbonated. Rarely does a hardcore lambic bring so much joie de vivre to the table, such bounciness melded into a brazen, tingling acid attack. The finish is highly bitter, lightly herbal, sour and funky. wood and grass linger. Delicious. Cantillon is consistently incredible - even in outlandish and eccentric expressions their beers seem methodically crushing but remain riotously fun to consume.

1.5
rane (1094) - Nibe, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2009
Bottle. 2003 vintage. Mainly a matter of trying the style, because this sour thing just isn´t me. The beer looks beautiful golden amber with a medium bobbling head. Aroma sour and some yeast. Taste tart, sour some dry grapes.

4.4
fillepolo (1093) - SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2017 Bottle @ mikkeller bar copenhagen. Pours a golden colour beer. Aroma is fruity and sour. Taste is sour fruity and bretty an amazing beer. A dry velvety finish

2.7
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2008
12.7 oz Bottle-vintage 2005. Light golden/copper color w/a slight, quickly diminishing head, looks like a glass of champagne. Light, sweet aroma. Had a very tart, acidic flavor to it, w/flavors of cherries, white grapes, grapefruit, lemon & bananas. This one was a bit much for me; glad I tried it to knock out this style, but I’m not sure I would drink it again. Maybe it would be better paired with the right food, although I’m not sure what.

3.7
AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
0.75l - Fleeting cream colored head over orange liquid. Wild, acidic nose. Spicy palate, hoppy finish. Really bizarre.

4.2
mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2013
750 mL bottle in trade from Quebec. Poured into tulip glass. Reddish brown color. Moderate head. Smell of lambic sour. Taste is complex and rich as it warms and swims around your mouth. try with some sharp white cheddar.

3.5
BelgiskOlklub (1083) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
Sparkling orange hazy body and a white rocky head. Balanced aroma of malt and citrus. The taste is heavy acid, light bitter and sweet. Nice to drink.


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