Iris Grand Cru
Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie Cantillon
Lambic - Traditional
3.92 | pDev: 10.97%
May 17, 2018
Sep 03, 2013
Very Good
Notes: "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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4.4 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2018
3.96 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Jan 20, 2018
4.25 by Lucoli from New York on Nov 09, 2017
3.43 by krl2112 from Illinois on May 13, 2017
4.25 by macrosmatic from Florida on Dec 18, 2016
3.75 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on Nov 01, 2016
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by amano_h from Oregon

2016 vintage. Poured out of a 33cl bottle into a taster glass at Brasserie Cantillon.

Wine vinegar, lemon juice, blue cheese, wet oak, light horseblanket, and bready malts are the prime aggressors on the nose. More of the lemony citrus and some floral hops surface toward the back, joined by some vinous, tannin-like qualities from the oak. Some subdued earthy notes pop out of the glass as the drink warms up, but this is quickly overwhelmed by the wine-like qualities that become more and more prominent with the passage of time.

The tart lemony flavor takes center stage in terms of the palatable qualities of the brew; the wine vinegar surprisngly takes a secondary role behind the signature Cantillon funk. The aged seem to have also been allotted a greater mission in terms of the flavor, as the weak floral and herbal notes play a significantly larger role on the palate than it did on the nose. The finish is a mix of lemon and barnyard funk.

Light-ish body with absolutely no carbonation). The brew is every bit as refreshing and crisp as it is light.

Oct 17, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phil-Fresh from California

A: Very floral and hoppy slightly spicy with a lemon/grapefruit aroma, pretty funky and lightly sour aroma.

A: Copper color, totally clear, with a moderate head that has adequate retention. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Floral and hoppy upfront, slightly spicy, moderately funky, with a lemon/grapefruit note, very clean lingering sourness and a very dry finish.

M: Med-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the elderflower and dry-hopping process provides an interesting floral/hoppy aroma and flavor that’s slightly spicy and well compliments the gueze base.

Oct 14, 2016
3.51 by Deltoro from Florida on Oct 07, 2016
4.09 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts on Oct 06, 2016
4.15 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Oct 04, 2016
3.86 by swanfungus from California on Oct 03, 2016
4.68 by nvbrew from Nevada on Oct 03, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by snaotheus from Washington

Small wine glass pour at Slow Boat Tavern for Zwanze day. This was my least favorite beer of the day.

Poured a clear light brown with no head. Smell is a hint of cherry, wet earth.

Taste is moderate tartness, strong bitterness, long bitter finish. Very strangely, running back through my lineup a second or third time, this one distinctly brought to mind a black cat firecracker -- gunpowder and gunsmoke.

Mouthfeel is Cantillon's signature velvet magic. Love it. Overall, it's definitely not my favorite Cantillon.

Oct 02, 2016
4 by tykechandler from Kentucky on Oct 02, 2016
3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Oct 02, 2016
4.16 by datpingao from California on Oct 02, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by The_Epopt from Texas

Had it at Zwanze day at Jester King. Bold, strong for a lambic,

Oct 01, 2016
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

Tap version at zwanze 2016. Very little head. Golden orange color.

Floral and herbal notes. Lots of funk. Cobweb and basement. Lemon with light acidity. Touch of sweetness. Honey maybe. Very bitter/hoppy for a lambic. Oily. Sweetness and syrup.

Light bodied. Fairly still.

Really awesome beer to try! This beer would be awesome to age for years. It needs time to round out. Better cold than warm.

2013 bottled version at cantillon. Likely same batch as the tap version. Consumed 12/18
Pours still. Caramel copper colored.

Some sweetness, a lot of herbal and floral notes. Earthy. a bit of mint. More complex and enjoyable after a few years in the bottle, as compared to the draft version. 4.5

Oct 01, 2016
3.66 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Oct 01, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by TheBeerCarl from Massachusetts

The beer has a nice rose amber color and great clarity. It lacks any significant head with only minor lacing around the edge of the glass.

The smell is mouthwatering sour cherry andearthiness with hints of apple. The nose is great for this style.

The flavor profile is fairly basic but has strong of sour cherry with hints of peat, plum, white wine grapes and tannins.

The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. It's smooth but that's because there's no carbonation. It has a nice residual sweetness that lingers in the palate.

Overall this beer is okay but not a great first impression of Cantillon.

Oct 01, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 375ml bottle at the brewery, brewed on 5th March 2013, bottled on 26th May 2016 and poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper orange colour with pretty much no head and sparse lacing.

Aroma: Funky, sour, grapefruit, lemon, leather and oak.

Taste: Funky, barnyard, sour, caramel, bitter melon bitterness, grapefruit, lemon and oak.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with no carbonation.

Overall: This was nice and easy to drink and I preferred it over the Bruocsella Grand Cru. I’ve yet to try Iris though, so can’t compare it to that yet.

Aug 12, 2016
3.94 by atrocity from Virginia on Jul 25, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by John_M from Oregon

On tap during Puckerfest at Belmont Station. Have no idea how old the keg was, but I assume this beer had some age on it (assuming it really is no longer being made by Cantillon).

The beer pours a light orange amber color with minimal head retention and lacing. The beer is pretty close to being completely still. The nose is just outrageous, and I guess it depends on the consumer whether that's a good thing. On the nose I get light vinegar, wet blanket, head cheese, light barnyard funk and maybe a hint of vanilla, fruit and dry malt. The flavor profile was just as odd, but no where near as complex. There was something of a mouth filing, cream cheese flavor, along some light lemon lime. The notes for this beer indicate that the beer is less bitter and more dry than the regular Iris, and I would agree. This beer is very dry and lean on the finish, with only some light bittering on the fairly short and abrupt finish. Mouth feel is fairly light and lean otherwise. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable.

Shrug. Hadn't had a Cantilllon beer in some time, so I thought it would be interesting to try a small glass of this at Puckerfest. My sour tolerance has increased significantly over time, but even so, it was slow going with this stuff. Definitely won't need to try this again any time soon.

Jul 22, 2016
3.87 by South2NW from Oregon on Jul 21, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hdtrice from England


May 12, 2016
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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by aleigator from Germany

Pours a flat, slightly hazed golden yellow color.

Smells of funky cream cheese, mold, old cork and wet hay. Leather adds to sun dried earth and old oak, while a flowery lemon inclusion is responsible for a prominent tartness.

Almost no carbonation in this, which leads to a sour smack on the tongue, refreshing and soft in the finish, while challenging sour and dry until the swallow.

Flowers, grass, dusty old wood and lots of blue cheese establish the foundation in this. Lemon zest hits the palate in an uncompromising, almost harsh fashion, numbing the teeth from the outside. Its flowery quality cuts through this dominant tartness during the finish, establishing a late softness on the tongue.

Big, as for its sour-dry blend, which is a bit too powerful for my palate, making it hard to pick up anything else. Has a nice finish though, with a great aqueous softness to it, soothing the lime.

May 10, 2016
3.74 by Euroglot from Belgium on May 06, 2016
3.75 by YvesB from Belgium on May 05, 2016
3.92 by samEBC from Belgium on May 05, 2016
4.64 by polopaul20 from Maryland on Feb 29, 2016
5 by WanderFlora from North Carolina on Feb 26, 2016
4 by Mikaveli from California on Feb 03, 2016
3.97 by unclekeith from Alaska on Dec 14, 2015
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Dec 06, 2015
3.5 by w5baron from Pennsylvania on Sep 25, 2015
3.75 by Johnny_Blackhands from Missouri on Sep 25, 2015
3.71 by Morey from Pennsylvania on Sep 25, 2015
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3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

This beer poured like murky, unfiltered city water.

The beer itself has no carbonation.

The taste pulls in three different directions, with tart, bitter, and sweet, all unable to come together nicely.

If I did not know that this was a Cantillon offering, I would not have finished my 6oz. pour.

I kept hoping that it would get better but it never did.

Sep 25, 2015
3.5 by threedaggers from Kentucky on Sep 23, 2015
Iris Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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