Cantillon Iris: The Most Floral of them All

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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

 

Final Rating: 4.21/5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Cantillon tuilp glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI. 2013 vintage bottled January 28, 2013.

Appearance – Pours a hazy amber body with a thick fluffy white head that reduces slowly.. leaves some lacing. The head sticks around for a while.

Smell – Very unique.. I’ve never got hop notes from a Belgian sour but this one emanates aromas of pine and resin, combined with some more traditional Lambic aromas of funk, sour lemons, white wine, citrus, and earthyness.

T- Pretty sour upfront, lemon juice and lactic acid, some spiciness and funky yeast. This gives way to a piney, resinous, floral flavor reminiscent of faded hops in an old IPA. The finish is both slightly bitter and citrusy, citrus rind.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation. Easy drinker.

Was sitting on this for over a year and it delivered. Very unique, complex, and flavorful. Another great from Cantillon.

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