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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru

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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Main differences with the regular Iris:
- Three years in the barrel
- No cold hopping during the last two weeks
- No priming


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6296) - 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 (6632) - 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 (2607) - 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 (3072) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4791) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2014
(Keg at Pikkulintu, 20141129) The beer poured almost mahogany coloured and quite clear. Its head was almost non-existent. Aroma had wood, vanilla, tartness, vomit, grapefruit and sourness. Palate was medium bodied and dry with quite low carbonation. Flavours were wood, sourness, vanilla, tartness, grapefruit and low bitterness. Aftertaste was woody, tart and mildly bitter. A tasty and surprisingly woody lambic.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajax25g (62) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2014
On tap at churchkey. Dark copper color. A bit of lemon and some oak. A bit undercarbonated. sour component is a bit toned down for cantillon. Great stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (5196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4oz pour at Churchkey pours a clear copper amber with some soapy white head. Nose has a ton of grapefruit, both juice and rind, wood pulp, soapy, very medicinal, vegetal too. Flavor has loads of grapefruit, some buttery oak notes, some band aid, medicine cabinet, grass, straw. Full, tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (913) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Served on-tap at Monk’s during Zwanze Day 2014

A - Pours murky brown with a very small white head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace what so ever on the glass.

S - Smells of typical Cantillon must, sweet grain, some light funk, oak and some light fruitiness. Not as bright of an aroma as I was expecting it to have but still nice.

T - Starts off with the sweet bready grains quickly being joined by a nice lemony lactic sour kick, barnyard funk, musty basement, woody oak, dash of grassy hop bitterness and some earthen minerals. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, flat feel from start to finish. The dryness is pretty tiring on the palate, doubt I could drink a whole bottle of this.

O - An interesting experimental lambic to say the least. I would love to have this again once it has some years to develop, I think it could really improve with some time on it. As it is a nice thing to try but with so many other great Cantillon beers out there I doubt I would revisit it anytime soon, if given the chance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Copper-amber body, medium sized off white head, streaky lacing. Wood, deep must, funk, light grainy toffee. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, assertive acidity, slightly muddled finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (898) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Draught for Zwanze Day 2014. Pours a hazy reddish brown with little to no head or lacing. Aroma is lactic sourness, fruity sweetness, and a nice funky straw finish. Taste follows, lots of nice balance, sweet up front, malty middle, sour ending. Very nice, dry and refreshing finish.


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