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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 16
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Classic" Iris is a pure malt brew, matured for about 2 years in barrels. The beer gets a dry hopping with Saaz before being bottled and champagnized. This "Iris Grand Cru" was made in the same philosophy as for a "Lambic Grand Cru Bruocsella". We kept the beer for 3 years in barrels and we didn't make the dry hopping and champagnisation. The "Iris Grand Cru" is less bitter and more dry then the "Iris". The beer is still, very fine, with malted notes and a nice lingering finish.
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I prefer regular Iris over the Grand Cru. I tend to get an acrid flavor out of this on the back end.

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4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super excited to have another opportunity to drink this beer. I had it a couple years ago and for some reason never took notes (or lost them.) Served on tap in a wine glass at Monks during Zwanze day. The brew appears copper orange in color with a thin veil of yellow highlights and clarity around the edges.

The aroma is strikingly fruity in a really unique way. Its full of lemons mixed with floral notes and a soft vanilla inclusion. It seems slightly tropical but at no point can I really tell if im smelling the dry hop addition or if this is all bacteria driven. Regardless, I like it a lot.

The taste is tart and lemony with a raw oak flavoring becoming fairly evident right upfront. More sips reveal an earthen touch of herbs and funk that gets almost vegetative with a solvent alcohol feel towards the back. The flavors in this are very atypical of standard iris and everything melds together very nicely.

This is medium to light bodied. It has a gentle acidity and being served still reduces the perceived sharpness and overall really increases the drinkability in my opinion. Highly complex to the point where I like this quite a bite more than normal iris and the fruited iteration that is zwanze this year. I really want more of this in my life.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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Served on-tap at Monk's during Zwanze Day 2014

A - Pours murky brown with a very small white head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever on the glass.

S - Smells of typical Cantillon must, sweet grain, some light funk, oak and some light fruitiness. Not as bright of an aroma as I was expecting it to have but still nice.

T - Starts off with the sweet bready grains quickly being joined by a nice lemony lactic sour kick, barnyard funk, musty basement, woody oak, dash of grassy hop bitterness and some earthen minerals. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, flat feel from start to finish. The dryness is pretty tiring on the palate, doubt I could drink a whole bottle of this.

O - An interesting experimental lambic to say the least. I would love to have this again once it has some years to develop, I think it could really improve with some time on it. As it is a nice thing to try but with so many other great Cantillon beers out there I doubt I would revisit it anytime soon, if given the chance.

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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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