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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

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (2477) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2016
Sample @ Cantillon Quintessence 2016. Fruity, bretty and woody, acidic, medium body, the finish is dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleigator (675) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (2279) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2016
Sample at Quintessense 2016. Light orange, uncarbonated. Aroma is dried fruits, plum, sherry. Light-medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, dried stone fruits, oak, prune.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2650) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2016
Sample @ Cantillon Quintenssence. Dark orange body with no head. Wood, yeast and brett, sligltly sweet, dusty . Dry finish. Low carbonation. Glad to have tried this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fillepolo (455) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2016 Beer tasting @ cantillon brussels. Pours a dark orange colour beer with a small head. Fruity, yeasty and bretty with some sweetness and wood. Dry finish

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GrumpyOldTroll (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Clear deep golden/Amber color. Moderate head with mild tartness and some sweetness. This is an extremely drinkable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1682) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2016
Draft at Quintessence 2016. Side by side with the regular Iris. This one doesn’t have the bitterness, but has a full flavour of the wooden barrel, citrus-like, perfectly in balance and low carbonation. Lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (15817) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2016
Vollmundig säuerlicher Antrunk, Noten von Getreide, trocken. Die komplexe Säure bleibt auf angenehmem Level, minimal bitter. Langer runder Nachhall, spritzig, Heunoten. 10/11/11/11//11

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2138) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2016
Quintessence 2016. Light hazy light amber, almost no head. Grains, wet grain, hay, corn, little watery, poppy seeds, less hoppiness than the original. Very light sour, light salty. Minerallike, under medium body. Pairing with Rochefort cheese is amazing but standalone it’s a bit disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (2923) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2016
From keg at Cantillon during Quintessence. Clear orange golden with no head. Wood, twigs, soft ash, dust, funk, sour grains, dried flowers and herbs. Quite dry, bitter and ashy with some sourness and a hint of sweetness running through. Over medium bodied with no carbonation.


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