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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru

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


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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Main differences with the regular Iris:
- Three years in the barrel
- No cold hopping during the last two weeks
- No priming

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidezdonz (294) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - AUG 12, 2016
A 375ml bottle at the brewery, brewed on 5th March 2013, bottled on 26th May 2016 and poured into a Cantillon tasting glass. It poured a clear copper orange colour with pretty much no head and sparse lacing. Aromas were funky, sour, grapefruit, lemon, leather and oak. Tastes funky, barnyard, sour, caramel, bitter melon bitterness, grapefruit, lemon and oak. 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4440) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2016
Warm golden colour, white head. Aroma of wood, cigars, ceder, brett, light lemon, earth and somewhat floral. Light sour flavour, citric, ceder, wood, light citrus. Quite astringent. Loads of wood notes in the finish.
(from 75cL bottle @ Cantillon Quintessence 2016)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (1489) - SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2016
Sample @ Cantillon Quintessence 2016. Fruity with brett, also acidic. The finish is dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle at Cantillon - shared with Mette. Clear golden/amber - offwhite bubbles. Wooden. Flowery. Light fat notes. Tannins. Ok sour. Light grape fruity. Tart. Light perfumed notes. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7016) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2016
bittle @ Cantillon. Light copper pour with hardly any head. Nose is interesting. Tea, earth, mild caramel. Flavor is musty cheesy. Lemon. Flowers and leaves. Interesting dry hopping. Cork. Light body, basically still. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierridder_S (664) - BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2016
01/07/2016 - 37,5cl bottle @ Brewery. Clear amber, no head, flat. Nose is wood sugar, burnt notes. Taste has burn notes, hints of sherry, lemon. Oily mouthfeel. Dry ending. More refined than regular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (3906) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2016
Draught. Light hazy deep amber liquid with small white head. Aroma of lemon, apple skin, raw sugar, floral hops and wood. Taste is very light sweet and light to medium sour with notes of lemon, apple skin, mineral and light grain. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Great stuff. Quite a lot like an Oude Lambiek. Not a lot of dry hop left. Still, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle at Cantillon. Pours clear dark orange with a small amount of white bubbles. Aroma is lightly caramelized malt, lactic sourness, lemon notes and light earthy and stale hops. Flavor is lightly caramelized malt, lactic sourness, light earthy hops, faint bitterness, black walnuts, oak and light cellar notes with a dry finish. Light body and faint carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (2626) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2016
Sample @ Cantillon Quintessence 2016. Fruity, bretty and woody, acidic, medium body, the finish is dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleigator (767) - GERMANY - MAY 10, 2016
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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