Cantillon Iris Grand Cru | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

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.

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1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.77/5  rDev -29.3%
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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.32/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY.

This one pours a still looking murky amber, with no head or lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, vinegar, pickle juice, intense barnyard, and some bready malt.

This is fairly peculiar, definitely interesting but not sure I actually like it. The entire lack of carbonation is somewhat off putting, and there's a pickly vinegar character. Beyond that, there is some nice tart fruit, old leather, barnyard, and damp basement. It's funky as all hell.

This is completely still and lifeless, not a sign of carbonation to be found. It hinders drinkability.

Pretty cool to try, but not that great.

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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zwanze day Chicago 2015. Quite dissapointing. Flat and murky red with orange highlights. Barnyard, malty, malt vinegar, some citrus pith, surprisingly bitter. Taste, even beyond the stillness, is old and lifeless ... hints of complexity (leather, wood) but seems dessicated.

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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

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 218 ratings
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