Cantillon Iris Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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216 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by MasterSki on 09-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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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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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
3.86 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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