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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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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 30
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krl2112
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N1Nkasi
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amano_h
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of my_knew_craft
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of swanfungus
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nvbrew
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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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

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.

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of datpingao
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blisscent
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Epopt
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hdtrice
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru from Brasserie Cantillon
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