Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 352
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 621
Gots: 58 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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: 96 | Hads: 352
Reviews by sorvats:
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of Sarge3130
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not digging this one. Miss for me. (34 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,263 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of ricke
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,522 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brownbeer
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of DahWag
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joel66
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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 (355 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of innominat
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (918 characters)

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jeonseh
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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 (378 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,315 characters)

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Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East from Brasserie Cantillon
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