Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by NoLiberty:
4.2/5 rDev -3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2008 00:00:16 | More by NoLiberty
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3.73/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 08:12:05 | More by jegross2
Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.