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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru
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86
very good

22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 32.82%
Wants: 19
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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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Reviews by Rifugium:
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2.77/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at Monk's

Yikes. Medium brownish-amber pour, no head, practically no noticeable carbonation, maybe a few stray bubbles on top. Aroma of stale malts, light rindy fruit notes, dank wood, herbal with a bit of funk. First sip revealed what was hinted in the appearance: this beer was essentially flat. Quite woody in the taste, tannins, herbal and earthy hop notes, harsh bitterness, dry and stale, syrupy sugar, bland malts, medicinal. I'll say it again: yikes. Almost a struggle to get through a 6oz. pour. Light-medium body, flat, watery mouthfeel, dry and slightly puckering. Put any other brewery's name on this beer, and the ratings would plummet.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic Cantillon funky aroma, with added oak sourness. Surprisingly dark brown brew.

Malty, tart, and musty; earthy, woody, with strong tannins and a touch of vanilla.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Redlight Redlight.

Appearance - Flat deep reddish brown. Lifeless and a little hazy.

Smell - Very oaky. A little vinegary. Malty with a complex acidic aroma. Lactic, acetic, everything going on. Sweetness, sourness, oak, caramel.

Taste - A variety of malt flavors. Caramel and toast. Sourness kicks in. Lemony at first, but vinegar behind it. Oak rounds it out nicely. Complex.

Mouthfeel - Well it's flat. Bit it doesn't bother me much. The flavors come out more due to the lack of carbonation, so it's a trade off.

Overall - Stunned that this could be as good as it was. The absence of hops really lets the malt complexity shine through. Reminds me of a well-put-together BFM beer.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap during Zwanze Day 2013. Quick review from written notes.

Dark amber, wine like appearance. Still on the surface, bright clarity, with the occasional stray bubble. No foam or lace, as to be expected for the style.

Aroma is soft, lightly woody and funky, mellow malt presence.

Supple feel, initial sourness moves into a firmly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Medium bodied with a lightly mellow maltiness to the taste. It has a fullness and maturity, the bitterness leaves more of a barrel tannin impression than from the dry hopping of Iris. Overall it's an interesting variation of Iris to try, but i'd prefer the regular Iris or Bruocsella over it.

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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.