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Cantillon Iris Grand Cru

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (3461) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2015
(Cantillon Iris Grand Cru) Tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas during Zwanze Day. 250 ml glass. Deep red colour, mostly clear, with a small frothy head on top. Low retention. Aromas of funk, basement, cheese, wheat, mold. On the taste light caramel, mold, basement, nice fruity notes surfacing after a while, after it has breathed a bit. Medium thin body, low carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stoned99 (630) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2015
Glass on tap at Parker Pie. Aroma: ripped apples, wild cherries. App: hazy brown with yellow tint, kinda murky, no head. Taste and palate: thin body, watery, no carbonation, sour, oaky and fruity finish. Overall: was expecting much more. What a deception. No carbonation at all combined with the fact that it?s watery makes this beer not really that good, really up to Cantillon standards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (6085) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2015
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels, Belgium. CLear amber, low head. Vinous, spicy aniseed and fenugreek aroma, some notes of wood. Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Dry, medium acidity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1295) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2015
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY for Zwanze Day. Light reddish pour. Never had the other Iris so not sure how to compare. Really not very sour, kinda sweet, a little bit of almost a cognac feel. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Draft: Hazy, orange/amber with a small, off-white head. Neutral yeast, slightly woody aroma. Taste is fairly bitter over the tartness...tannic, woody. Ok, but not exactly appealing for much more than a sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (847) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2015
(2013, on tap @ Akkurat for Zwanze Day, Sept 19 2015) Pours clear dark amber with basically no head, just a few ephemeral white bubbles. Aroma is sharply acidic, astringent and woody, old lambic with musty attic funk. There is fruitiness underneath though, red berries and maybe stone fruit or citrus. Sweaty socks too, as it warms. Palate is bright lactic and maybe a bit acetic, over a bit of sweetish malt with a tart berry hint, gooseberry maybe? Finish is dry and a bit acidic with lots of wood, attic, a touch medicinal from old hops. Astringent in the aftertaste. Fairly light bodied with almost no carbonation. Not the most accessible Cantillon, it’s a little brusque and thin and unbalanced though air seemed to help it. It’s interesting, with its buried fruitiness and wood contrast but I wouldn’t drink tons of it - it doesn’t ask for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (3547) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2015
Special, limited edition of Cantillon’s Iris, shared with 77ships, sebletitje and Craftmember at Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Practically no head, just a minute rim of off-white, loose, tiny bubbles vanishing quickly, colour misty amber with a brownish hue. Pleasant aroma of oloroso sherry, overripe gooseberry, redcurrant, yoghurt, wet wood, leather, wet hay, soaked bread. Very estery onset, overripe berries and stonefruit with a honeyish edge, after which a drying tartness sets in, quite ’mals’ and lactic, with low lemony acidity; full lambic ’funkiness’, very sherryish, drying with a light, deeply buried ’old hops’ bitterishness in the end, quenching and tart. Very interesting: it’s been at least seven years since I last had the regular Iris, but I cannot remember it being like this, the alterations have apparently resulted in a very different lambic altogether.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11248) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Draft. Pours dark orange - Nose/taste of light caramel, lemon, oak and funk - medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomashall (359) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Tap at Scheras for Zwanze day. Hazy dark golden pour. Aroma is funk and cheese. Taste is really mild, kind of thin but not bad. Unblended style is tough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2391) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2015
On tap at Holy Grale. Orange with very small off-white head. Aroma is tart, light body, low carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is tart, oak, and earthy.

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