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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbk, - JUL 21, 2012
2003 bottle. Nice sour aroma with a hint of grass. Deep golden color with a nice white head. Very nice citrus and grape flavors. Very nice sour but still balanced palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartyW (175) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2017
Bottle. Aroma is less funky than regular geueze, fruity hops, pine needles, a tad flowery. Sweet malty flavour with a touch of hops and fruit notes. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarageBrewer80 (505) - SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2017
Importerad flaska. Brnstensfrgad med minimal kolsyra. Doft av citrus och vitvinsvinger. Strv och trig munknsla. Smak av citronzest, vitvinsvinger och ungt trffat. Mkt beska.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (1255) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2017
Flaska brewdogs webshop. 75 cl. Grumlig orangelysande vtska. Syrlig och stallig doft av vinger, citron och blommor. Mycket syrlig ven i smaken. Tr, citron, jst och harsyra. Mycket torr och strv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (1162) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2017
Flaska bestlld frn Brewdog. Orange med inget skum. Syrlig doft med aprikos. Sur och strv smak

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmacklin (1093) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2017
750ml bottle. 2016 vintage. (6.5% ABV) Pours a hazy orange with a medium, fizzy, short lived, off-white head that leaves spotty lacing. Tart aroma of lemon rind, white wine, cider, horse blanket, flowers and oak with caramel malt lingering in the background. Tart flavour of lemon, lime, apricot, brett, white wine, apple cider, vinegar, oak and caramel malt with a dry, bitter, acidic finish. Medium body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and average carbonation. Awesome, full of complexity. World class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewerale (151) - - APR 8, 2017
S as notas ..................................................

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimbo2 (427) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2017
At Cantillon Brewery. Tastes wrong. Little sourness, somewhat plasticky. Usually love Cantillon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FinnIckler (392) - GERMANY - APR 7, 2017
Glass from a bottle at cantillon. This tastes waaaay different then the oud beersel one. Pours hazy pink. Nose is faint cherry, wood ,almost no sourness. Palate is tart and sour and fruity and sour again. Wow, I really like this, just a bit too bitter, but it would probably be too sour if it wouldnt have the bitter edge to it. Could smell more intense too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (9143) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 1, 2017
Bottle shared with the KL Tasting group. Poured a hazy orange amber with a fizzy off white head. The aroma is yeast, biscuit, tart fruit, light floral hop. The flavour is moderate sour with a light crisp, refreshing, yeast, woody, tart fruit palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a long bitter sour fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlf (547) - DENMARK - MAR 27, 2017
From tap, as Iris 2014; orange golden color with a small white head; aroma is gentle funky, fruity, citric, some barrel character; taste is quite sour, fruity citric, fades into a solid dry funky finish with a oily grassy hoppy note; texture is slightly oily with medium to high carbonation and small body

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