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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Lambic - Unblended |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-03-2013)
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

MattSweatshirt, Nov 17, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Rado, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

WesM63, Nov 01, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1%

dexterk1, Oct 29, 2014
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3.32/5  rDev -15.3%

ItsMe, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

I prefer regular Iris over the Grand Cru. I tend to get an acrid flavor out of this on the back end.

JustIPAs, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Savearth, Oct 03, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

stakem, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

orangesol, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

basickness, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

chippo33, Sep 22, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jonada, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

CTJman, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ctone, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Lehighace06, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

cp45, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

OnryAndMean, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

geekrot, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

bpfrush, Jul 22, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On at at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. 12oz served in a wide stemmed glass 7/17/2014.

A- Slightly hazy mahogany-oak reddish-brown body. Half finger head consisting of fairly large bubbles for the lambic style, not much retention, fairly flat appearing. No lacing.

S- Oak, a small bit of Cantillon funk, white vinous character, a bit of earthiness. A fairly strong malt sweetness. Slight tartness to the nose. Not particularly strong or impressive, in fact the nose is a bit underwhelming in comparison to all of the other Cantillon offerings.

F- Solid Cantillon funk presence, with a bit of a cidery tartness and white wine character to accompany it. Fairly oaky with bread, caramel and a touch of earthiness. Tarter than it smells, but not particularly tart or funky at all. I am reminded of fresh Bruocsella Grand Cru as far as the flavour profile goes but this is sweeter, yet has less of the funk and tartness that I liked about Bruocsella.. it overall has less of a "pop" to it as well.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and creamy as can be for a lambic that's relatively undercarbonated (if carbonated at all). Drinkable and refreshing, missing a bit of the crispness that I'm used to with carbonated geuzes. But this is still quite nice to drink.

O- Decent lambic; I didn't have high expectations coming in, and my expectations were met. This is a decent Cantillon to tick off if you're a fan or if you're bored, but otherwise this is not anywhere near the best that Cantillon has to offer.

Stevedore, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap for Zwanze Day. Pour is dark copper amber with thin bubbly white ring. Nose has a strong oak presence, dusty and a hint of vanilla. Light cellar musk but faint. I hint of apricot in the back. Taste is heavily sour, virtually no carbonation on a tight creamy body. Lots of vanilla and oak, some notes of toffee and and caramel. Interesting beer, heavily sour with an interesting malt complexity. Faint earthy lambic notes but not much. More dusty wood and sour notes with an unusual malt presence that is enjoyable.

cpetrone84, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

parris, Jul 14, 2014
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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.