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Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by moulefrite on 01-02-2008

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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 374
Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared by Huhzubendah, big thanks to you Matt. The brew appears an attractive clear pale yellow color with a white head that is quick to fade.

The aroma contains some pleasant white grape juiciness overtop herbal earthiness and citrus zest. The taste is a bit grassy with bitter earthiness and a dry neutral oak character. Into the aftertaste is a slight bitterness like citrus pulp/pith.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. A very pleasant experience and dare I say this brew is downright crushable. I need to get myself a bottle of this.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A long time want that completely lived up to expectations. Hazed, burnished gold, a head that actually sticks around (not all that common for Cantillon). More oak than I get from Cantillon but married with that particular signature funk. Spirit imparts a slight leather note, some roasted apples and a hint of holiday spice. Fuller feel and a noticeable alcohol bite. Distinct and delicious.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of Batch 2 (2012). Served in a wine glass.

Pours a beautiful hazy darker golden body, one finger white head with very nice retention time; dropping into a medium sized collar. Slight lacing, but not a ton. It's slightly darker than I expected it to be, but not in a bad way. It smells impressively oaky with a nice sweet grain quality to it, with the characteristic funk of the brewery. This one in particular, like Bio Gueuze, brings me back to the brewery as soon as I smell it. It's very similar to Classic Gueuze, but I think the nose has even more oak to it. I don't smell cognac, but it is noticeably sweeter than I'm used to from Bio Gueuze. Flavour is an intense combination of Senne valley funk, lemon, oak, moderate acidity, wheat, and a nice mildly warming bite on the backend which I am choosing to associate with the cognac barrel. That slight bite of heat and the mouthfeel is what I find to definitively differentiate this from other Gueuzes. The flavour really pops on this one and never really quite lets go; it's as assertive at the end as it is in the beginning. The mouthfeel is noticeably fuller, more of a medium-full body, good carbonation, very easy to sip on. This is the biggest differentiating factor from the other Gueuzes as the cognac barrel seems to impart a fuller body and a slight bite that isn't quite boozy, but it does pleasantly warm you up a little as it goes down. Overall, this was an absolute delight and seems to be drinking noticeably well at 3 years. It essentially has many of the same qualities as Bio Gueuze does that I have come to love, but with a nice cognac barrel twist to it that works quite well.

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Photo of Rutager
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Tom, been wanting this for so long. Some harsh cognac on the nose that fades as it warms, some phenols. Lambic and light woody cognac. Very nice.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, almost murky rich yellow color, with no head at all.

The aromas reveal lots of warm oak, accompanied by leather, a decent tartness and white lemon zest.

Tastes of tart funk, matured white grape skin, musty, old lime and a dry touch of oaken Cognac. While the beer has a distinct, slightly fruity wooden character, its typical sourness is a bit subdued. The wooden aspect contains a slight sweetness of fermented apples, leading to a medium body with low carbonation.

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Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, batch 2, poured into a Cantillon script tumbler, generously shared by Erik, enjoyed on 12.6.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a very clear copper color, light gold hues, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a thin white head, poor retention and lace. The aroma is quite sweet, very rich, decent funkiness, a bit of barnyard, strong oakiness and must, but just super powerful cognac, that really tones down any fruitiness and floral character to a moot point. The flavors showcase a bit more complexity, funkiness, more traditional gueuzy funk, a bit of fruit and floral character peeps out, but oak is quite strong and the cognac, rich and sweet with some strong caramel and almost a bit of pepperiness that really lingers on the palate, not quite cloying, but assertively sweet. The mouthfeel is quite nice, smooth and coating with just a hint of zippy carbonation that finishes super easily, really helps the flavors feel a bit more alive.

Verdict: I can't say I'm loving this one. Enjoyable for sure, unique and creative, but the cognac is really assertive and for my palate, too sweet and too rich for a gueuze or a lambic. A novel experiment that achieves minor success, but a bit lacking complexity and balance.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Huge thanks to Thirtybird for send this one over. 2012 vintage. Slightly hazy golden yellow with a consistent, bright white head. Nose is musty, citrusy and slightly grassy. Some wood, but surprisingly little Cognac. Taste is on par with nose. Mouthfeel is light with a bright carbonation and a pleasant acidity, light tartness and semi-dry finish. Solid beer, but not my favorite from this brewer.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Cantillon

Clear golden body and a thin persistent white head.

Cognac barrel comes through nicely over top with spirit and wood. I think a little sweetness from the spirit is there. Slight musty funk and citrus.

Great cognac finish on the beer. Old musty wood and fruitiness.

Feels like most Cantillon...light, prickly, mild tartness throughout and dry.

Can't believe I got to try this. Amazing.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A really interesting brew.

A low carbonation lambic with lemon and grass in the front. However, the beer changes with a European hop flavor and then heavy floral notes and sweet honey on the back end.

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Photo of jegross2
3.76/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the 50°N - 4°E from Brasserie Cantillon out of Belgium.

Score: 85

2013 vintage bottle served in an Upland snifter and enjoyed on 05/18/13. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color with a thin layer of head that quickly settles to a pencil-thin ring around the glass. Below average retention, but good lacing. 4/5

Smell: Resinousy citrus, the traditional Cantillon dustiness, oak, lemon zest and a hint of vinegar. Some "hop familiar" qualities too, but not "hoppy." 4.25/5

Taste: Not very tart at all, more saison-like than what I expected. Not in your face intense with flavor either, but complex with delicate funky qualities. There is a solid medley of lemon zest, ample cognac, oak, mineral water, and a little earthy funk and plastic in finish. Has some flavor similarities to Cantillon's Classic Gueuze sans the tartness, but reminds me more of the Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru. As it warms up, it gets slightly tarter and gains a distinct vinousness and fermented grape flavor. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, minimal carbonation. Light tartness. Vinous. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid beer that did not live up to its reputation for me. I was expecting something much different -- something more flavorful, carbonated, tart and less earthy. This brew reminded me of a vinous Bruocsella (1900) Grand Cru by the time it warmed up. While the complex delicateness was nice, I found this brew lacking in comparison to most other Cantillons I have had. I was quite glad for the opportunity to tick this one, but 50°N - 4°E is not a beer I would seek out in hindsight.

Cost: $30 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of warnerry
4.14/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of Treebs
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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 you're 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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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