Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by spicelab:
4.03/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-25-2013 03:50:27 | More by spicelab
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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
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