Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 619
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: moulefrite on 01-02-2008

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Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this young bottle at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels with GrassrootsVT as a gift from the brewer right off the conditioning stack. Really nice treat.

This is their traditional lambic aged 2 years in cognac barrels. The name 50 degrees north-4 degrees east refers to the breweries location in terms of latitude-longitude.

App: Served from a lambic basket. Pours an orange-golden, straw color with notes of caramel colored edging. A smallish head (likely due to the lack of full bottle fermentation) with a lasting filmy head and low lacing. Beautiful little bubbles rise like a chain from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Very nice smell. Warm, tart with undertones of dried fruit and grape skin. Starts with a solid lambic nose and strengthens with notes of oak, woodiness, warm fruit, alcohol and raisins. An exceptional balance of ripe fruits to tartness.

Taste: A beautiful balance of flavors back and forth between tart and refreshing and slightly sweet and fruity. Starts traditionally tart with slight cherry and finishes with more fresh flowers, sour grapes, and slight warming alcohol fruit. Finishes dry.

Mouth: Slightly fuller bodied than expected or desired, which may be due to not enough age. Carbonation is good and pretty strong. Body is somewhat bigger than expected. Very dry despite being slightly sweet.

Drink: Oh yeah, very good on the drinkability, mostly due to the incredible balance of flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sarge3130
3.39/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not digging this one. Miss for me.

Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 cork date consumed in early 2009. Pours a bright golden-copper with orange leaning hues and a thin white head that bubbles and then dies away. Aroma is of dried hay and pears, currants, apples, and lemons that have all been sitting in a big old pot of funk. Mustiness and horse blanket. Taste is more oaky than most Cantillon but still nothing comparable to many over oaked American attempts at this and similar styles. Tannic acid melds with the general fruitiness of the beer to create a chardonnay like vinous quality. Green apple and pears play a roll and at times there are touches of the tropics in here. Grape fruit finishes things off. The mouthfeel is quite sour but not over the top. Instead of a straight pow to the palate, this beer leaves a lasting but mellower sourness on the tongue. Aggressive carbonation keeps things fairly light.

Photo of ricke
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw-like yellowish orange color, rather hazy. A 2 cm white head with decent retention. Some lacings.

S: Orange-like fruitiness with hints of grapes. Some vinegar and tart apples. Plenty of funky notes - horse blanket, barn and wet hay. Some interesting notes of phenolic alcohol tickles the nose, might this be the cognac barrels revealing their presence? All in all, a very nice smell.

T: Very easy to drink, considering that this is a beer from Cantillon. Tart citric notes and a nice wheat character up front. Earth, yeast and grass are present, but rather restrained. Plenty of funky notes - horse blanket, wet dog and a hint of aged cheese. Some vinegar and some tart notes. In the mouth, there is really nothing extraordinary about this beer, but upon swallowing it truly excels. A wonderful mix of cognac and green apples appear, and it is really a fantastic taste. The taste of cognac is subtle but distinct, slightly phenolic with notes of oak barrel, raisins and butterscotch. Slightly boozy for just a hint of a second, and this is actually a pleasant experience during these circumstances. Then comes the apples with their wonderfully tart character. The finish is really long.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body with a smooth texture. Semi-dry finish.

D: I really like this one. A fantastic lambic with a rather unique character due to the cognac flavor. The cognac delivers a very sophisticated edge to the beer. Among the best beer I've had from this fantastic brewery, and that says quite a lot.

Photo of joel66
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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

Photo of warnerry
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass.

Pours a very light and clear golden color with a small thin white head, nose is light sweet and quite tart.

Taste is very funky and tart, but still very drinkable. Its gt a very nice amount of sour that won't kill your pallate so quick, very tasty.

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Brick Store – the last one from the cellar. 2007 vintage I believe.

Pours a hazy orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of funk backed by light malts. Also present are light hints of medium fruits – pears and green apples – and lighter hints of oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more nuanced. Light malt flavors kick things off before being joined by solid amounts of funk – wet hay with slight amounts of leather. Mildly tart fruit flavors – pears mostly with lighter green apples – come into play midway through the sip. As the sip progresses small amounts of white grape flavors make an appearance. Slight earthy hops and smooth oak flavors work their way into things near the end of the sip, fading out into a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with slick carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall, I tried as hard as I could to pinpoint the cognac but the only barrel influence I found was from the oak. The funk in this beer is great as is almost always the case with Cantillon, but the subtleties of the fruit flavors set this one apart. Well worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a clear body with a golden honey hue and a thick film of bubbly antique white that last for most of the beer. There are strands of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has an earthy fig note that reminds me of milk paint chips for some reason. Once the paint chips got in my head that is all I could focus on but it was a good smell. There was a tart aroma to follow with some faint cinnamon bark and then a champagne vinegar note to follow. The finish had a pleasant grapefruit and bittersweet quality to it.

T- The soft sweet tart flavor is great to start then leads into a sharp bite. There is a dark cherry flavor that leads to a dry finish. The finish has a very interesting flavor of cognac without the alcohol heat and a soft bitterness that is plant like and not herbal in quality.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft astringency in the finish.

D- This is the easiest drinking unblended lambic I have drank. There is a nice flavor and a good balance of sweet and tart and other flavors adding to the complexity.

Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the brewery a few days after Christmas 2007, shared with family in late March 2008.

The beer poured a clear golden body with a slight white ring on the edge but no head to speak of.

The nose was trademark Cantillon, funky and tart. Very nice.

The taste in the beginning was tart, slightly medicinal along with a hot alcohol, cognac note. As the beer warmed, the citrus and cognac notes intensified and were really pleasing on the tongue. Overall this is a really solid and drinkable beer and another fine example of what Cantillon does.

Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from Netherlands. Outstanding beverage. Funky yet appealing nose draws you in, yeasty. Appearance of grapefruit with decent white head, and lacey Taste is extremely smooth balanced sourness and cognac in secondary.Great drinkability.Listed at 5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to me for sharing this one. Had at a tasting 2/19/11. 4oz. pour from a capped and corked bottle into a Magic Hat tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a light, fluffy, .25 finger fine white head with low retention that dissipates into a thin ring around my glass. Beer is a slightly cloudy goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Slightly above average for showing off some carbonation.

S: Nose is slightly tart lemon, sweet peaches, and a mild Brett funk that smells like wet hay, old barnyard, and a room full of musty cobwebs. Very subtle overall and although very appropriate, I'm a bit disappointed at the overall lack of "oomph" from this one.

T: Opens slightly yeasty. Lemon rind, slight yeast bitterness. Mildly dry. Lemon pulp tartness at the middle to end. End is Brett funk. Cognac barrels are missing the entire way until this point where they create the most sutle tickle of alcohol that complements a tart finish perfectly. Little to no aftertaste. Subtlety in the barrels is amazing here and the Cognac at the end comes both as a surprise and a delight. Very well executed choice of aging.

M: Light to medium body with very low carbonation. Nearly still. Smooth, oily, and even a bit watery in the mouth but goes down incredibly nicely with a slight dryness. Finish is yeasty with a mild, puckering aftertaste that is quick. Very on point and well above average like most all of Cantillon's offerings in this department.

D: Among a field of incredibly hyped and well-regarded gueuzes, this was a big surprise. Just very well balanced and executed overall with almost nothing to complain of. Complexity and feel are spot. Well worth seeking out and I hope to find a few more to see what age will do to this beauty.

Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  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.

Photo of Lucho
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Drinking this at Moeder Lambic. Very bright and vibrant.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Aroma comes forth as some strong apple sauce in a hazlenut pie. Not particularly unique, however expressive and glowing, with all the wonderful worlds that wild fermentation creates, however finding a little bit of glowing crispness now. Pours with middle deep gold and a touch of haze. Flavor lands amongst fall leave, bright woody grain and a bowl of Mississippi cotton. White grape juice brings up the background of the palate. Breathing, this beer yield the true meaning of the barrel, in that, to me, I cannot really taste the barrel or the cognac in the beer, itself with their respective individual notes or characters. Instead, I can sense, deeply, that the barrel and the cognac has made this a better lambic, my mellowing, melding and bringing a new sense to an old favorite. Masterful and bold. A treat to try and my favorite of the night. Beer parts with a wisp of fresh pink grapefruit and a branch of a cherry tree. Thanks to whomever provided this fantastic beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of shbobdb
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting brew from Cantillon. Lambic brewers learned long ago to use aged barrels to prevent extracting tannins from the wood -- they don't agree with the sour normally present. But Cantillon throws those old guidelines to the wind, as the cognac still present in the barrels has a good deal of oaky tannins present in it.

At the start, this beer is fairly classic Cantillon, all the elements we've come to know and love: barnyard, apple, pineapple, horse-sweat, blackcurrant, nectarine, lemon, grapefruit -- the list goes on.

Then there is an odd lull in the beer. A space in-between. I'd like to say the cognac comes out at this point, but it is really more of a calvados flavor. A nice oak-and-apple flavor, almost like an apple-cider aged in oaken barrels, with just the slightest touch of apple-cider vinegar.

The beer then tries to return to gueuze-territory, but stumbles and gets lost along the way. There is a sudden rush of lactic sourness that you think is going to finish the beer off, but strong tannins from the barrel trips it up so the sourness is muted and a strong drying oakiness dominates the finish.

It is certainly a good beer, and I'd be very interested in seeing how this beer develops, but right now (July, 2008) I would say this beer is still a little young. It needs a few more years for the oakiness to subside and for the flavors to meld. That and the apple flavor is very pronounced and I think aging would help smooth that out. The whole beer gives the impression of a grapefruit-and-granny-smith medly.

Good, but if you've got 'em, give 'em some time.

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample courtesy EehaiCJ who brought it back from Cantillon, thanks Chris!

It pours a hazy apricot orange tone, with a moderate skim of white foam that settles to a ring at the edge.

In the nose there is mellow lemon and apricot, a touch acidic, with a woodiness in the background.

A green apple tartness mingles with red grapes, there's a firmly dry and woody finish. Mellow, not a full puckering sourness, though it pulls the cheeks inward a little. The salivary glands are well stimulated, and there is residual sourness felt at the back of the throat. Body is more full than usual, possibly increased by the barrel-aging. It's not syrupy like cognac, but also not effervescent and juicy as many Lambics are.

Definitely one to savor and take your time with...

Photo of Rutager
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy whitish-gold w/white head, decent retention.
S-Bouquet of light fruits, including pineapple and apricot, and doughy w/faint spice.
T&M-Tart w/citrus upfront, faint apricot and pineapple emerge midway, and rustic barnyard notes w/citrus re-emerge at the finish. Aftertaste is tart citrus w/mellow wheat. Body is light-to-moderate w/mild carbonation.
D-Extremely smooth-drinking w/complexity and finesse.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Brett Fest at Spuytin Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY in August 2009.

Approx. a 3 oz. pour into a tulip glass from a hand-marked 750ml green bottle that reads "Brewed March 1, 2005".

A: Dark and cloudy - with a chance of horse blanket.

S: The best feature of this beer. Has a complex aroma from being aged in oak cognac casks. Dark fruits, nuts, almond paste.

T: Fig and orange peel with a tart finish.

M: A little thicker than other lambics I've had with well-balanced carbonation.

D: The yeast development pushed this one a little close to the sipper side of the scale.

Overall, a job well done by Cantillon on this one.

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