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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: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (2788) - 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 (714) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
Draught at Akkurat during Zwanze day. Very light aroma of tart beer. Spicy and herbal, smooth mouthfeel with a green hop bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirLimpsalot (2159) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
@ Akkurat 14-9-20: fantastisk syrlig doft och smak med tydeliga vindruvor och hemlig beska. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1627) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Have had the regular Iris several times before in both bottles and on draft. Now managing to get the very last bit of a keg (a half tulip) of the Grand Cru at a sour event at Khyber Pass in Philly. Poured a hazy orange copper with no head. Tons of aged oak flavor. Still some nicy juiciness underneath. Quite sour and quite dry. Wonderfully complex!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Draught@Tuulensuu, Tampere. Deep golden colour, no head. Aroma is sour wood, some quite sweet notes along with some meertse like notes as well. Flavour is tart wood, some slight sweetness along with mild wood as well as some mild resiny and sweet notes. Balanced, and somewhat different from the typical Cantillons.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1381) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
On tap for Zwanze Day. Pour is dark copper amber with thin bubbly white ring. Nose has a strong oak presence, dusty and a hint of vanilla. Light cellar musk but faint. I hint of apricot in the back. Taste is heavily sour, virtually no carbonation on a tight creamy body. Lots of vanilla and oak, some notes of toffee and and caramel. Interesting beer, heavily sour with an interesting malt complexity. Faint earthy lambic notes but not much. More dusty wood and sour notes with an unusual malt presence that is enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manker (47) - SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2014
@ Quintessence. Even maltier and woodier than the first time I had it and compared to the regular Iris there is a lot going on. A great lambic with deep flavors of citrus, barnyard and malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gn0sis (52) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Sampled on Zwanze Day 2013 at Alewife Queens, as well as at Denver Ghost Tasting (thanks to Sean!).. Massive oak bomb with an almost flat hop presence. Little lacing with a steady, if underdeveloped head, thin legs. Heavy funk, very minimal acidity. Sweet and malty, slight sourness with a mellow bitterness. A neat example of what can be done with extended oak aging, however not my favorite expression of Iris.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2626) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Draft @ Moeder over the weekend. Amber / gold, sticky head fades slowly. Nose is wild, raw, grape vines, peach skins clementine zest. Very dry taste, spice lemon tart not sour with a malty backbone. really interesting.


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