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Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%

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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: moulefrite on 01-02-2008)
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Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a large Duvel glass. Bottled 27 Feb 2012. Enjoyed while cooking a Flemish Beef Stew so I was certainly in the mood.

A - A brilliant gold with good clarity and a dusting of white head. A limited but steady rise of bubbles.

S - Funky, lemony and oaky. Not much cognac.

T - A nice tart, lemony start. Not overly sour but rather balanced and thought provoking. The finish fades quite a bit though a hint of the cognac seems to come through. This is really two different beers. I much prefer the start over the finish. But overall, I enjoyed this a lot.

M - Moderately thin with a low but welcome carbonation.

O - A tasty, well seasoned beer. Just not one of my favorites from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:17:35 | More by GJ40
Photo of birchstick


4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle 2609.
A - Pours a light golden hazy yellow without much of a head; what head is they is creamy.

N - Nose is lemony lambic funk with a modicum of the cognac lingering in the background.

T - Taste opens up how I expected - funky lemony horse blanket, but not overpowering. Half way through this kind of peters out, which was odd. It's like the lambic just disappeared to my taste buds. The cognac shows up, which softens the funk blow, but this isn't necessarily a good thing. The lambic petered out abruptly and didn't have the complexity as I am used to. Strange.

M -Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy.

D - Overall, this was disappointing, but given within the context of Cantillon; outside of this brewery's context it is still a damn good beer. Worth the trouble to get? Probably not.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:48:55 | More by birchstick
Photo of spicelab


4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to MrKennedy for this long-time want. Shared at tasting, reviewed from notes.

Dirty pear with a scant but persistent white head that subsides to a resilient collar.

Classic gueuze tart citrus, showing orange, grapefruit and apricot with lifted woody notes and subtle nuttiness from the Cognac.

Barrel comes through much more. Still a lively acidity with ample green apple and capsicum notes, but the buttery, oaky, vinous barrel influence gains ascendancy. By the end it's geting aggressively woody.

Medium bodies with nice texture from the barrel influence. Very restrained carbonation. Finishes dry, but again the barrel prevents it from being rippingly tart.

Cleverly done and deceptively complex. While the Coganc influence causes a diminution of the gueuze character, the subtle interplay between the two is quite intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 03:50:27 | More by spicelab
Photo of illidurit


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy cparles, shared at Collected Works tasting. Incredible aroma, just everything you want gueuze to be. Very fruity with prominent vinous and lemon notes, with a significant horsey funk. Not quite as cobwebby/basementy as some gueuzes but I like this better. Flavor is similar, unripe wine grapes, lemon, lime pulp, straw and wet wood, cognac influence really brightens the beer. Just lovely.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 03:37:29 | More by illidurit
Photo of danieelol


4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Massive props to Owen

Gold yellow, head recedes rapidly.

Nose is cognac and capsicum. Aged blue cheese.

Same with taste. Nice drying alcohol finish with marginally bitter cognac presence. Lots of barrel and vinous character.

Unique and highly differentiated from their standard range.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 11:46:04 | More by danieelol
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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2

A. Golden hue, little head, what is there quickly dissipates.

S. The typical gueuze smell, with sweeter notes of the cognac at the end.

T. Very smooth, not bitter for this style. It opens up with tartness, but has a very clean/smooth finish, with lasting wisps of cognac and a slight bitterness.

M. Not at all what I was expecting. Not as sour,and easier drinking then I was expecting.

O. This is my first 'rarer' Cantillon, and it lived up to what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 07:39:06 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. Batch 2.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow. No head. Not completely lifeless, but not a lot going on.

Smell - Fruity sweet aroma. Some oak and lactic lemony acids. Wheat and some grassiness.

Taste - Sour, but the oaky vanilla flavor moderates it. Very oaky, really. Some fruitiness I can't put my finger on. I guess that's the cognac barrel, but I'm no expert on cognac. Grainy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Good sourness and well balanced by the liquor, oak, and vanilla.

Overall - The barrel adds complexity, even if I can't really distinguish it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:32:56 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of warnerry


4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at the brewery, served from a lambic basket.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark golden brown with only a ring of white head.

S - Aroma is mostly funky, with wood notes and hints of cognac. Not much in the way of tart components to the aroma, save pehaps of lemon. Maybe a hint of vanilla.

T - In contrast to the aroma, the taste starts with a nice lemony tartness, with a bit of lactic sourness. Nice funkiness throughout, though it takes a back seat to the tartness. Cognac comes in midway and lingers after the finish, which is also quite tanniny and bitter. The deeper I get into the glass, the stronger the oak comes through, mostly as a dry, almost fresh wood taste. No hint of vanilla in the taste.

M – Medium/light mouthfeel with a strong oak dryness.

O – A very interesting twist on the standard gueuze, and for the most part very successful. As an everyday beer, I would probably prefer the standard, but this is definitely an enjoyable take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 20:48:21 | More by warnerry
Photo of drabmuh


4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review in a long time but I'm getting ready for Zwanze day 2013 and thought I'd catch up on here with at least one review from the nicest lambic brewery in the world. This was a bottle shared by the other Matt at yet another beeradvocate's wedding.

Beer served in appropriate glassware. Beer is yellow and clear with moderate carbonation, thin white head, low retention. Looks like a guezue. The barrel comes through nicely in the nose, good mild cognac and a strong oakiness.

Easy drinking, bright on the palate as expected and a nice finish overall. It is a great drinker. The liquor is present on the palate and the oak bitterness is in the finish. Dry overall but not harsh. I enjoyed this beer a lot too bad it is so difficult to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 02:39:42 | More by drabmuh
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4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, x2 @ Cantillon

This beer had just become unobtainable on my last visit to Brussels a few years ago so I was thrilled to see it available at the brewery. At 18 Euros, it was easily the most expensive bottle available, and the most expensive I've ever heard of at the brewery. Entirely worth it...

Unlabeled bottle, 50 degrees etched on. Golden orange body, fizzy carbonation. Cognac barrel is completely evident, less tart than the standard gueuze but a well rounded flavor profile that I assume will improve with age as the barrel wears and the gueuze ages. Nice notes of vanilla, lemon and that funky cantillon yeast. I brought a bottle home to consume in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:23:30 | More by dirtylou
Photo of jeonseh


4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of the fresh batch

A - Light golden yellow with tons of carbonation

S - Tart lemon, lactic acid, and a light boozy cognac presence

T - Lemon, really musty with oak and orange, tartness, light funk on the back end

M - medium body with not much carbonation to it. Dry musty finish

O - Solid Cantillon where the cognac shines thru and adds a light boozy mustiness to it

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:34:20 | More by jeonseh
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3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked bottle served from a lambic basket into my WLV Zwanze day taster. Batch 2, 2013 release.

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a bubbly white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring.

S: Lemony with a sweet cognac backing. Oak with a slight sourness to it. A little acetone as well. Slightly acidic as well.

T: Really oaky with a lemon grass bite. Slightly acidic citrus with the cognac sweetness. Vanilla oak sweetness with a sweet malt profile. Little sour bite as well.

M: Light bodied with a bubbly carbonation level. Oaky finish.

O: A little rough around the edges at this point. I think it needs some time to let the Cognac meld into the beer and some of the funk to come up. Still a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 15:30:05 | More by Treebs
Photo of cfrances33


3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen stem from a lambic basket. Thanks for sharing Matt!

Pour: Poured a hazy mellow orange yellow with two fingers of frothy, creamy white head. Head dimishes to a ring rather quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Lots of bright lemon, hay funk, earth, and oak up front. Some vanilla and caramel. Not much cognac, with a exception of a lightly boozy twang.

Taste: I'm not really sure how best to describe this. Up front, a nice bite of sour lemons, doughy bread, hay funk, barnyard, and earth. Very base lambic forward. Midsip, everything changes and immediately becomes controlled by boozy oak, vanilla, caramel, and nail polish. Not the most pleasant experience due to how boozy it is. Finishes oaky, dry, and tart.

Mouthfeel: Really nice on the front have, but the cognac presence is just too much, with fusel alcohol overpowering the finish.

Overall: I have to say, I was really disappointed with this one. Exciting to try, but not what I hoped for. I am curious as to how this will age... I hope it retains the cognac flavors, yet the alcohol bite that compliments them dimishes. Looking forward to revisiting in a few years, because this is far too young right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 20:26:23 | More by cfrances33
Photo of maximum12


4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took the quickie tour of Cantillon and saw that this was on the board for in house consumption for €18. Well, why not? When am I going to be in the neighborhood again? Green bottle with 50○ written on it in silver ink, split with my wife just before close.

Pour is a typical golden, with a touch of amber-brown thrown in. Plenty of natural carbonation. Nose immediately notifies this drinker that something special is agog. Light fruitiness, tart, fresh breeze coming off an orchard...seriously. Smells just like your headed for the fruit harvest, but without the sore back and actual work.

50N4E is a bloody work of art. The taste is a fizzy interpretation of easy apricots, prickle of throat-tightening tartness, lovely splash of the serene cognac barrel...this here is where the goose antes up that golden egg. Wowzee. Beautiful wood and tannins lend the beer a long, lingering finish that dries the palate without sucking it dry. Carbonation is fritzy and spot-on.

Tired words on a screen don't do this brew justice, it should be hanging next to a Van Gogh rather than swirling around in this peasant's cup. But hey. My wife asked as we were walking out 'Are we coming back for another bottle tomorrow?' Good, good question. Whatever the answer, this is a world-class beer.

EDIT: the answer was yes.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 17:59:59 | More by maximum12
Photo of jlindros


4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks a ton to Jean for sharing this one.

Pours with the typical Cantillon golden blond color with a nice fizzy head.

Nose brings grassy aromas, light lemon and a lighter but nice funk, oaky, light barrel, and some tart fruit.

Taste is more mild, some tart fruit, little sour, light acidity, touch of oak and vanilla like, and even a touch of a butterscotch like, grassy, mild tannins, juicy. Finish is dry light bready and bit flemmy.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, nice pop on the tongue.

Overall quite nice, still nice Cantillon kick bit more mild than most, and drinkable, less funk and fruit, but a nice beer and very unique. For a gueuze it's quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:35:10 | More by jlindros
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4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew is slightly darker than other Cantillons with more brown hue in the typically golden color. Similarly, there is some haze, but it is not as murky as Fou Foune. Not much head on my pour, which was normal to slightly aggressive.

S-The smell is complex and slightly less tart than I would expect. There is an oaky caramel here, some vanilla and just a whiff of hoppiness. The funky, earthy, barnyard gueuze scent is still there, but this is definitely a different beast.

T-The taste follows the smell in providing a bit more caramel sweetness and some toasted oaky flavor in lieu of pure tart and funk. The vanilla and caramel are a nice touch and only add to the complexity without being a distraction.

M-The feel is less carbonated and a touch heavier than a typical gueuze, but not quite flat like a true lambic. It is fitting for the flavors.

O-This is a great beer and a pleasant surprise for me. Like most Cantillon, it has that vinous complexity, and I think the less tart more caramel aspects only enhance the flavors here.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:07:51 | More by spoony
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4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

Slightly hazed golden and orange with a thin white cap. This doesn't have quite as much visible carbonation as a more traditional gueuze. Dots of stick left down the glass.

The base gueuze does shine through, but I wish it was even more dominant. Some mild lemon tartness and a little bit of oak and some funk (wet grass and hay). The spirit is subdued but present. I actually think this doesn't shine nor is it as vibrant as the classic gueuze, which I actually might prefer here.

The flavor is similar to the aroma: mild tart sour character complements oak, dry grass funk, and just the slightest vinegar. Again, with the aroma, I think I prefer the classic gueuze more, as this one is less sour and strangely, less interesting.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation.

Delicious, but I don't think the price/rarity/hunt for this one is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 15:49:58 | More by ehammond1
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4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with fruit and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:11:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New York

3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank side by side with pikku, 4/25/2013, thanks dan

A- golden amber with a thin layer of white head

N- Barnyard funk, grass, sour grape, booze

T- Strong barrel flavor, wood, grapes, earth,lemon peel, sweetness from cognac, warming yet smooth on the back. malt comes across my palate when i swished it around.

M- smooth on the palate with a dry finish

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 18:57:39 | More by joel66
Photo of WillCarrera


4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, brewed on 5 March 2005, bottled on 30 March 2007. Served at Tørst in a wine glass.

A- Pours a only slightly hazy but nearly clear deep golden color, with a thin white head that recedes to a collar. It has a bit of clearing towards the edges.

S- This blew me away. The aroma is an incredible blend of lactic tartness, with some acetic character too, earthy, damp, musty funk, and (the part that makes this perfect and totally unique), a really nice sweet, slightly boozy cognac aroma, which lends some vanilla and oak.

T- Again, my mind is blown. It's intensely sour, with a huge lactic character and a bit of acetic, there's also a big funky character, which is damp, earthy, and musty. The cognac is more subtle here than in the aroma, which is exactly how it needed to be. The cognac flavor shows up towards the finish, where it lends a sweet vanilla flavor, some oak, and a soft, smooth liquor warmth. Somehow these flavors are smoothly blended and work perfectly together.

M- Light to medium-bodied, has moderate to low carbonation and has a very dry, tannic finish.

O- Truly delicious. This is definitely the most unique, and also one of the tastiest, lambics I've had. The cognac barrel character is really delicious and complements the tart, funky lambic flavors in a way I didn't expect. A stunning beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 17:24:15 | More by WillCarrera
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1800!!! Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured fluorescent orange with a minimal white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, fruit, wood, spice, tart, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, BIG sour, acidic, sweet fruit, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised when I heard that this one would be at our tasting that evening. A sour aged in cognac barrels is all it took for me to start drooling over this one before even opening it. After all the time this one has had to age I really wasn’t expecting much of the barrel flavors to be around, however it was still there with a nice sweet fruit aspect that you would get off a good cognac. Really impressive. When I say BIG sour, I really meant it. This one had a whole new level of sour when compared to the other Cantillon brews tasted that night as it almost knocked you off your feet. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and would love to do so again in the future if the opportunity presents itself. I suggest you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 11:07:17 | More by thagr81us
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review # 500.

Thanks a lot!

Pours murky and still for a lambic --- murky probably because the pour was from the later end of the bottle. Still because... I am not sure. Regardless, the carbonation was just fine on the palate. Smells funky, very hay like. My buddy commented that this beer alone is enough to justify the 'barnyard' adjective, or something along those lines. The acidity is moderate in taste. There's lemon and then some nuttiness which is odd... I guess; but I liked that aspect. While different from other Gueuze and quite tasty, having had many 'loons in small quantities, I can safely say that as far as my tastes go, 3F is where it's at!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 09:19:25 | More by tewaris
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3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jeff. Snifter.

A: Pours a light straw golden, flat, no head, no lace.
S: Light funk and acid on the nose with a big barrel quality. Cognac and vinous white wine are light.
T: Sweet tasting with notes of oak, cognac, straw, and light acid. Very vinous, but overall the flavors aren’t very strong.
M: Twinge of acid, not tart or bitter, medium body, no carb. Smooth, drying but not crazy, and very drinkable. Wish it had a few bubbles though.
O: Not the greatest flavor profile and a little muted, but still a very delicious and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:06:14 | More by scottfrie
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle generously shared by ipa247. Thanks Jeff. Pours a clear golden amber with no head. There are a couple of bubbles around the edge of the glass and no lacing. The aroma is funky with the cognac presence obvious and a bit of oak. There is also a light mushroom note. A bit of alcohol is there as well. It's not a lot, but more than any other lambic I've had. The initial taste has a light sweetness with a decent tartness. There is some funky oak, a bit of brandy, and some mushroom. The finish has some brandy and a bit of alcohol. Medium body. Low carbonation. Not bad, but certainly not my favorite Cantillon beer. It could have used a little more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:20:53 | More by jethrodium
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened by Dan at our Thursday whale tasting. Been waiting a long time for this one.

A-Pours a hazy brownish orange in color with some soapy bubbles.

S-Nose is incredibly unique for a Cantillon. Unlike Crianza, the cognac character is actually pretty prominent. There is gueuze underneath the blanket of cognac and oak.

T-Flavor is pretty heavy cognac and then it falls back onto the gueuze. The acidity is pretty sharp.

M-Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is low, some light heat from the cognac.

O-Extremely unique gueuze by Cantillon. I know Jean hated how this turned out, but I liked it a lot. Can’t wait to open my bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 21:30:50 | More by Tnudish
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