Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon
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5/5 rDev +15.5%
Fresh bottle from the Shelton shipment. I got this one in a trade with MC. Cheers!
A: Dark orange gold with a nice white head that dies down quickly and leaves nice belgian lacing on my lambic glass.
S: Fuky but subdued. Oak, cob web, spider, cognac, booze, citrus, and more.
T: Well rounded and integrated. Not as funky as most Cantillons, but I'm loving it all the same. Citrus, oak, a bit of boozy, some orange peel, and the nomral bready and bretty funk notes.
M: Thicker and less spritzy than most Cantillons. Reminds me of draught lambics had over in Belgium itself.
D: Awesome, well rounded, funky but super smooth and substantial. Maybe I am in the minority here, but this is something different from Cantillon and a welcome addition to their lineup for me. I find this a flawless brew and possibly the most interesting of the Cantillon brews.
07-21-2008 03:03:00 | More by francisweizen
4.93/5 rDev +13.9%
750 ml bottle, brewed on 5 March 2005, bottled on 30 March 2007. Served at Tørst in a wine glass.
A- Pours a only slightly hazy but nearly clear deep golden color, with a thin white head that recedes to a collar. It has a bit of clearing towards the edges.
S- This blew me away. The aroma is an incredible blend of lactic tartness, with some acetic character too, earthy, damp, musty funk, and (the part that makes this perfect and totally unique), a really nice sweet, slightly boozy cognac aroma, which lends some vanilla and oak.
T- Again, my mind is blown. It's intensely sour, with a huge lactic character and a bit of acetic, there's also a big funky character, which is damp, earthy, and musty. The cognac is more subtle here than in the aroma, which is exactly how it needed to be. The cognac flavor shows up towards the finish, where it lends a sweet vanilla flavor, some oak, and a soft, smooth liquor warmth. Somehow these flavors are smoothly blended and work perfectly together.
M- Light to medium-bodied, has moderate to low carbonation and has a very dry, tannic finish.
O- Truly delicious. This is definitely the most unique, and also one of the tastiest, lambics I've had. The cognac barrel character is really delicious and complements the tart, funky lambic flavors in a way I didn't expect. A stunning beer.
03-12-2013 17:24:15 | More by WillCarrera
4.93/5 rDev +13.9%
2007 Vintage. The cork eases out, perfectly spongy & in tact with a muted pop.. immediately the aroma of funk starts to emanate. Poured into gueuze tumblers with a robust, seafoam-like head with lingering retention. Nose is musty & bretty, reminiscent of a horse stable on a cool summer night. The bacteria has a pronounced and complex flavor, followed by the subtle undertone of cognac. The lambic essence is so deep and rich, the effort is perfectly executed with a touch of warmth on the back end.The barnyard resonance transcends into faint booziness, which could almost be confused as lingering oak from the barrel. If you observe closely, theres really something more here. The small nuances are what really puts this in distant perspective with other Cantillon Gueuze of the same vintage...made from the same loom, but certainly a different fabric. Makes everything else in life fade into nothingness..Truly a world class offering!
03-12-2010 14:19:12 | More by gn0sis
District of Columbia
4.9/5 rDev +13.2%
Bottle shared by nerd. Thanks Michael!
The beer is slightly translucent and golden hued, with about a quarter inch of white, foamy head. Ah...the aroma. Cantillon has done it again, and I already know I am in for a treat. The nose brings big gueuze scents, classic Cantillon funk, straw, hay, light citrus. The flavor is phenomenal. I love what the cognac barrel has done here. The feel on the palate is just a bit fuller than the normal gueuze, with added complexity and depth from the cognac barrels.
This is the second amazing cognac barrel-aged brew I have had this year. I'm not necessarily a big fan of cognac, per se, but apparently, when done right, it can really invigorate a beer and add a wealth of complexity and flavor.
05-05-2011 03:22:34 | More by Huhzubendah
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours hazy and light with a whitish head. Looks good. The nose is crazy is super funky with a strong flavor of cognac. Woah. Nice. The taste is super funky, tart, fruity (lemon rind, apple) and boozy. Cognac is every present and in this case, soured. The lemon tartness is nice and definitely hits a bit differently than normal because of the cognac. Oak is present as well. It's pretty good, though I didn't enjoy it as much as some. Strong carbonation with a decent body. Nice beer.
Review revisited - this beer is fantastic. Like a deeper, earthier and cognac influenced version of an Armand '4.
08-20-2011 02:22:40 | More by seeswo
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
Took the quickie tour of Cantillon and saw that this was on the board for in house consumption for €18. Well, why not? When am I going to be in the neighborhood again? Green bottle with 50○ written on it in silver ink, split with my wife just before close.
Pour is a typical golden, with a touch of amber-brown thrown in. Plenty of natural carbonation. Nose immediately notifies this drinker that something special is agog. Light fruitiness, tart, fresh breeze coming off an orchard...seriously. Smells just like you're headed for the fruit harvest, but without the sore back and actual work.
50N4E is a bloody work of art. The taste is a fizzy interpretation of easy apricots, prickle of throat-tightening tartness, lovely splash of the serene cognac barrel...this here is where the goose antes up that golden egg. Wowzee. Beautiful wood and tannins lend the beer a long, lingering finish that dries the palate without sucking it dry. Carbonation is fritzy and spot-on.
Tired words on a screen don't do this brew justice, it should be hanging next to a Van Gogh rather than swirling around in this peasant's cup. But hey. My wife asked as we were walking out 'Are we coming back for another bottle tomorrow?' Good, good question. Whatever the answer, this is a world-class beer.
EDIT: the answer was yes.
07-08-2013 17:59:59 | More by maximum12
4.8/5 rDev +10.9%
A: Hazy blond body with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a ring.
S: Salty, sweaty, musty, wet dog, completely over the top funk. One of the the funkiest Cantillon beer I've tried. Once you get past the funk, there's a surprising amount of depth and barrel character. Oak and a light boozy heat are both noticeable, though I don't pick up a strong Cognac character. Green apples and green grapes reveal themselves as the beer approaches room temperature. Outstanding.
T&M: The taste is similarly amazing, alternating between funk, sweetness, tannins and sharp sourness. Lemons, green apples, apricots, salt, vanilla; so complex yet so harmonious. The barrel lends a hint of Cognac along with a slight and very welcome heat. The finish is dry, tannic, sharp and lingering. This is one of the most unique lambics I've had, and surely one of the best.
08-27-2009 17:44:18 | More by largadeer
4.78/5 rDev +10.4%
750ml bottle shared with the usual suspects. obviously a huge whale, but a personal whale as well.
a - light hazy pour. nice white head
s - huge funk, horse-blanket. a bit boozy likely due to the brandy barrel....but not all that desired of an addition for the nose.
t - any fear from the nose has been abolished, this is an absolutely amazing beer. very full of flavor. lemon tart, but has an overaching sweetness from the brandy. a bit of apple. there is an alcohol flavor present, but it works very well in there. tannic and grassy notes.
m - a pretty big mouth-feel for a lambic...but I wouldn't call it thick or heavy. good carb.
overall - wow. I really hope they make this again soon. no sign of this dropping off anytime soon.
08-08-2011 23:03:31 | More by levifunk
Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.