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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2668) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750 ml corked and capped green bottle; bottled on May 5, 2012; almost 9 months old. After almost three and a half years on this site, an unblended lambic finally comes my way. This is the last style on this website that I have yet to rate, all other styles long since found and rated. I’m not a trader, so this shit is hard to come by, especially here in North Idaho. I have Russell Mann at Enoteca to thank for this. I placed my order for this about two years or so ago and it took him awhile to get it, but he followed through. Pours murky orange with a large cream-colored head with good retention. Aroma is wonderful in its funkiness, classic lambic barnyard with lemon, floral, earth, SweeTarts--nice and pungent, although my favorite American sours are a bit more up my alley. Taste is nice, sour and acidic, but not quite as mouth-puckering as La Folie or Avery Odio Equum; finishes dry and a little bitter. To my surprise, it’s not flat. I’ve always heard unblended lambics were lacking in carbonation, but this isn’t; it’s actually moderate. Really good, but I prefer Cantillon’s Gueuze. Definitely a worthwhile beer seeking out, even if it takes awhile to find its way into your hands.


3.3
xavras (87) - - NOV 24, 2017
Trochę "przehajpowane" piwo. Aromat typowy dla lambika - mokra ścierka, siano, trochę stajni. Tu jeszcze wchodzi szczaw. W smaku oprócz zakladanej kwaśności wchodzi trochę goryczy i smaku szczawiowego właśnie. Gorycz nieco zalega w przełyku, alkohol wyczuwalny dość, mimo niewielkiego woltażu.

Tak sobie, ale da się wypić bez problemu :)

3.8
jandd1983 (4637) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2017
Sampled at gregwilsonstl's house. It poured a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma was of earth, fruits and some wine. The taste was similar to the aroma with more earth, fruits, wine notes and medium carbonation with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Not bad for a 2005 vintage.

3.1
gregwilsonstl (2691) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2017
2005. Kinda stinks, funky. Really light. Quite yeasty. Tasted at my Plants and Animals Bottle share.

3.7
LRonCupboard (73) - Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 18, 2017
Orangy, big healthy head. Fresh, hoppy sour, woody aroma. Nice and tart, bit of straw. Long bitter, funky unblended finish. Good not great

4.1
Holmen2 (4139) - NORWAY - NOV 13, 2017
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 13.11.17. Clear golden. Small white head. Complex and acid aroma and taste of pale malt, lychee, sour tropical fruits and sour lemon and lime juice.

3.6
xmunozsbd (152) - Sabadell, - OCT 25, 2017
Al club de tast de l'Olut (Sabadell)... al beergarden! cervesa d'estil làmbic que no m'ha acabat d'al·lucinar

4
Rosaura (16) - Sabadell, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2017 Tastada en ampolla al club de tast del Olut Sabadell. Lambic peró a la vegada amb gust de llúpol

4.2
Aineta (39) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2017 Servida en el Club de Cata Olut, Sabadell (Catalunya). Lambic àcida, molt fàcil de beure

4
Dorita (55) - SPAIN - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2017 Vinegar and barrel aroma. Sour and a bit bitterness in mouth. Fresh and sour. Tasted in Olut club de cata.

4.3
JLlunell (114) - Sabadelll, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2017 Probada en el Club de cata Olut De Sabadell lambica muy llupolada en formato botella


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