Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
11-23-2009 22:11:31 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-21-2009 10:35:03 | More by ricke
3.91/5 rDev -9.7%
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
04-25-2013 18:57:39 | More by joel66
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
09-11-2013 20:48:21 | More by warnerry
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
06-27-2010 04:41:26 | More by kingcrowing
4.04/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
05-27-2013 15:49:58 | More by ehammond1
4.03/5 rDev -6.9%
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
08-09-2013 23:34:20 | More by jeonseh
4.33/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-02-2011 20:09:06 | More by glid02
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
(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.
12-03-2008 02:11:14 | More by rhoadsrage
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
04-06-2008 15:12:03 | More by ggaughan
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
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%
11-20-2009 16:30:31 | More by Sammy
Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East from Brasserie Cantillon
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