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

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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1310   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
gripping my throat with the clutch of citrus death, ass completely kicked by the sour acid flavor of this Burr. Wet hay, lemon, sour cherries in the aroma. This flavor has citrus, vinegar, manure in the aftertaste. Carbonation of a sprite - perfect palate pimping.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (2909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2016
aroma is sour cherry and some grape. flavor is slightly salty, tart and cherry. extremely easy to drink. pours pinkinsh yellow with no head. bottle share pour at kasers.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heman (736) - Tychy, POLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Piwo ma jasno-bursztynową barwe, jest krystalicznie klarowne i nalewa się z ładną białą pianą, ktra jednak szybko redukuje się do obrączki. Aromat jest intensywny: stajnia, kiszonka siana czy klepisko, kwaśne nuty owocw cytrusowych i ziołowo-chmielowe. Piwo jest średnio-pełne i bardzo kwaśne, z nutami octowymi podszczypującymi gardło i przełyk.Wytrawne i cierpkie, a przy tym gładkie na języku. Owoce (cierpkie mirabelki, niedojrzałe winogrona) i ziemiste nuty dzikie łączą się z posmakami chmielu, o ziołowym charakterze. Goryczka jest niska, ale wyczuwalna.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (2239) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 3, 2016
Rami Rami is drinking an Iris by Brasserie Cantillon at Osiedle Saska (2016) Fajowo delikatne kwiatowe owocowe mirabelkowe winogronowe bardzo zlozone malo tanin nieco winnosci, klasa

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5790) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle poured at home. Orange and a lot of of white head. Has the "baby diapler" smell. Really good taste - not too sour, tons of fruit - pear, peach, orange, pineapple.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Korcz (1051) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 24, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Goose Geuze (22) - COVENTRY, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2016
Murky hazy orange appearance with frothy lively head. Smells gorgeously earthy with peachy, home-made wine notes. Flat as a pancake but tastes super sour and wine like with green apples, peach, barnyard funk and a rounded bitterness. This is a master class in spontaneous fermentation brewing!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leini (1868) - SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2016
Sample at a tasting event. Amber-ish body with a low head. Citrus, barnyard, green apples.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andniz (215) - POLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Amazing aroma of apple, hay, funk, gooseberry, grapes, vinegar, a bit of cheese (in a good way) and the only flaw - a subtle note of solvent Great mix of tastes, low bitterness, a bit astringent (which is nice), a bit of sweetness and high sourness. Incredible one

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1844) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2016
Bottle shared. Semi-hazy orange pour with a thin white head that disappears almost instantly. Notes of apple vinegar, unripe grapes, barnyard funk, hop bitterness, unripe peaches and apricots. Medium body, flat, with a very sour and bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TXBadger (2619) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2016
On tap at Jester King during Zwanze Day. Pours a slightly hazy reddish color with off-white minimal head. Funk, barnyard, light fruits and must on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with barnyard funk and some light fruits.


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