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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru
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88
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 15
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled cask @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during Zwanze day 2013.

Pours a very dark burned sugar amber lambic with only some lambic bubbles on the sides. Looks like lambic but darker than usual. Overall this is basically a 3 year old lambic without wheat & 50/50 dried & fresh hops instead of the usual recipe, taste-wise has nothing in common the regular Iris, big surprise.

Nose is almost sweet with burned sugar, caramel, touch toffee and thick oily lambic mixed with those flavours.

Taste like very old lambic, older than 3 years, has that herbal profile of very old lambic, hitter herbs, oily, touch burned sugar, reminds me a bit of LH12. Like it quite a bit more than Bruocsella or in general regular old lambic.

Pretty oily, thicker base body than usual, flat.

Very different from what I expected but pleasant surprise, dig it a bit more than the usual Iris. Great unblended lambic, would love to try a geuze made, using this. Very impressive overall.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes during Zwanze day 2013 at Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa in Rome. From tap a 14(ish)oz pour into a Cantillon bubble glass.

A- Amber/red with some bubbles floating around. Zero head because of no carb. No lacing because it's Cantillon.

S- Wood, Cantillon funk, lemon, old hops, earthy grass, green grapes, green apple.

T-Much of the same of the smell, but with heavy heavy wood and tons of tart apple. Incredible.

M-Flat. Tart. Dry as hell. Tanic.

O-Phenominal. Flat, which I don't normally care for, but it worked in this beer! A special treat

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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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An enormous thank you goes out to Matt for ensuring I was able to try this. 6 ounce sample into my Cantillon taster.

The beer is copper to auburn colored and still. The aroma brings a grandiose funky oak character, with notes of sourness, perhaps gooseberries. Musty vanilla and wet wood. Smells like a rainy day on the deck. Hey, it is a rainy day on the deck. Tart and funky, finishing dry. The feel and elegance of white wine. I really enjoy this.

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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
88 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.