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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru

overall
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style
Brewed by Cantillon
Style: Lambic Style - Unblended
Brussels, Belgium

bottling
unknown

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available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Main differences with the regular Iris:
- Three years in the barrel
- No cold hopping during the last two weeks
- No priming


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3776) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Cask pour at the source. The beer is a still copper color with no head or sign of carbonation. The beer smells musty and woody. Some mild bitterness peaks through, but the beer is mostly sweet and woody. Touches of sour start to come out as i drink the beer, but it just never quite gets there.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2559) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2015
Welcoming Wood cask pours@barrel hall opening 05/2015, merci. Meaty, ponderous deep amber pour, with an unusual beige glare. Very heavy oak barrel and pure potent barley in the nose, oozing from under that suave horseblanket...as there is no wheat here, it is technically not even a lambic, dixit Van Roy. Still it is ample savoury-sweet and mildly sour like an old lambic, while the trademark Cantillon preserved lemon and even grapefruit zest has been layered over by an almost savoury-bitter broth of wood notes, sherry, decaramelised doppelbock barleys, old demure apple cider. A layered, headstrong flat adult lemonade for the unsqueamish and unchildish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggsbowler (539) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Poured at Cantillon - pours Amber. Hoppy bitter in the nose plus lemon zest. Taste is bitter, some cherry, sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2955) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Poured from the cask by Jean at the opening of the new facility. Clear light amber pour with a white head. Mild sour aromas. Sour with hoppy bitterness and floral highlights. No carbonation as it was from the cask. Bitter and sour with funk, barnyard, and caramel malt notes. Good body and mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (4563) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2015
At the opendoorday of the new barrelroom. Thnx jean! Pours rather clear bit amber. Smell is rather malty, bit wild yeasts. Taste is very elegant. Very complex and fine, but with a serious backbone of maltyness. Bit buttery - ina good way. Nice mouthfeel!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3021) - FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Draught. Pours hazy amber with a small whitish head. Damp cellar, funky notes, some faint earthyness and old stable notes in aroma. Tart fruity and white wine grapes at first in taste, some apples and sour notes too. Later on some wooden notes mixed with little bit of lemon appears as well. Oak, even some bitters and vinegary notes aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6916) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, 20 Sep 2014) Brownish amber colour with brief head. Fruity, sourish nose with notes of caramel, stable, grass and burnt sugar. Fruity, tart taste with caramel, stable, cellar, bitter almonds and a fresh sourness in the finish. Medium body, quite dry. A bit different from the regular Iris, but still a nice one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7315) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
[5853-20130928] Tap. Sour fruity yeast aroma. Slightly hazy, red body with no lasting head. Sour fruity yeast flavour. Medium body is wonderfully sour and even a little peppery. Delicious. (8/3/9/4/17) 4.1
(Anniversary Party @ Volo, Toronto, ON)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3495) - FINLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Tap@pikkis. Amber hazy reddish. Wood, sours and funk. Overripe sour red apples, well blended oak in flavour. Med bodied, softly tart. Sour berries, barnyard. Quite fruity actually, oaky fruity. As a beer, great, but not the best cantillon.

-- bb

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3952) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Tap at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is deep brownish red with very small white head. Aromas and flavors: Berries, wood, some sweetness and sourness. Fresh and woody.


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