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Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 594
Gots: 57 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: moulefrite on 01-02-2008

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Photo of Sammy
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with fruit and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Eric for opening this at the end of a monstrous night of tasting. Served in a Savor snifter.

Pours a nice red-orange color with some bright highlights when held up to the light. A thin white head graces the top along with a few bubbles around the edges. The nose comes at you with an incredible amount of funk--horse blanket, barnyard, wet leather, diapers, hay--whatever you want to call it, it's there in abundance. Along for the ride are nice lactic notes with a slight acetic undertow. The cognac contributes a nice subtlety along with the oak. In the end, though, this is all about the funk.

The taste delivers at the same level with strong barnyard funk coming out strong straight out of the gate. There is a boozy cognac presence that really accentuates the sour components of this brew in what is just a fantastic job of blending and aging. I love the feel and the finish is superb. Thanks again to Eric for really going above and beyond, opening some world-class brews that I thought I would have to wait awhile to try, let alone having a single generous BA open them all in one night.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the kind soul who sent me this bottle. I had been wanting to try this one for a good long time and was thrilled to finally get to look at it in my fridge. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 02/18/2009.

The pour was nice, rich amber in color with a light haziness and a nice lift puff of white on top. Lots of funk here as I take the first whiff off the top of it. Rich vinegar aroma with a hint of grapes and light apples. As I take the first sip, lips pucker and the huge sour funky flavor comes right through. LOts of light fruit notes buried under a wall of apple vinegar like flavor. Very dry in the finish with a nice smooth delivery and a good medium feel to it. Smooth, sessioanble, and a nice sipper at the same time, another winner form Cantillon for sure. I am glad I sought this one out as I nice sour sipper is what I needed at this point in time.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the PtY release. One of the first beers I sampled, so my palate was nice and fresh.

A: The pour is a nice light golden-orange color with a few small bubbles around the edge of the glass (but not much in the way of head).

S: The nose has a very nice lemony tartness to it which pairs well with the moderate oak presence. There is a fair amount of funk, primarily of the wet hay variety.

T: Like with the nose, the combination of tartness and oak goes very well together. There is a touch of vinegar, but nothing to ruin the experience. The lemon (lactic) flavors are strong, but there are also some mild peach flavors.

M: A smooth, somewhat slick mouthfeel, like many lambics. The body is medium.

D: The cognac barrels really do provide a bit of something different, even if there is not necessarily a lot of cognac flavor in the beer. A very interesting (and good0 lambic, and you'd expect nothing less from Cantillon.

Photo of largadeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample courtesy EehaiCJ who brought it back from Cantillon, thanks Chris!

It pours a hazy apricot orange tone, with a moderate skim of white foam that settles to a ring at the edge.

In the nose there is mellow lemon and apricot, a touch acidic, with a woodiness in the background.

A green apple tartness mingles with red grapes, there's a firmly dry and woody finish. Mellow, not a full puckering sourness, though it pulls the cheeks inward a little. The salivary glands are well stimulated, and there is residual sourness felt at the back of the throat. Body is more full than usual, possibly increased by the barrel-aging. It's not syrupy like cognac, but also not effervescent and juicy as many Lambics are.

Definitely one to savor and take your time with...

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suppose this is a celebration bottle. My first review after moving to a new place. Nary a hipster to be seen. Well, okay. There are a few of them. But it's definitely not at plague status like other neighborhoods.

Pours a fogged gold with a thin creme head. Nose is funky. Kind of a citric acidity there. Flavor is interesting. Noticeable bite from wood aging and cognac. Almost seems to carry a bit of an apple tone to it. Crisp and slightly biting overall. The combination of lambic funk, wood aging, and cognac makes for an interesting combination. Feel is kind of sticky slick on the liquid and the carbonation is fairly low. Overall pretty nice to drink. A bit of a bite to it, but still good.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks a ton to Jean for sharing this one.

Pours with the typical Cantillon golden blond color with a nice fizzy head.

Nose brings grassy aromas, light lemon and a lighter but nice funk, oaky, light barrel, and some tart fruit.

Taste is more mild, some tart fruit, little sour, light acidity, touch of oak and vanilla like, and even a touch of a butterscotch like, grassy, mild tannins, juicy. Finish is dry light bready and bit flemmy.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, nice pop on the tongue.

Overall quite nice, still nice Cantillon kick bit more mild than most, and drinkable, less funk and fruit, but a nice beer and very unique. For a gueuze it's quite unique.

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stowehop for opening one of these. I missed it at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago and was starting to think I wasn't going to get another chance. This was the 2005 (and only) vintage. Served in a tumbler.

A - Pours with a small thin off-white foam that dissipates to a light haze and thin ring. Body is a slightly hazed amber orange color that is a little darker than straight lambic.

S - Funk and horseblanket in the forefront, classic Cantillon acetic sourness in the background. Somehow implies fruit that isn't there - grapes and cherries mostly. The cognac adds a sweet oakiness that isn't typically found in the more neutral barrels used for most Cantillon. At this stage this is stunning.

T - Taste has gotten quite sour and acetic, although it isn't approaching the barbaric levels of Selection Lambic. This, as well as the massive funk, is balanced by the sweet smoothness that I'm assuming is contributed by the cognac barrel. I'm no expert in cognac, but I'm guessing whatever was in the barrel was pretty delicious.

M - Lower soft carbonation, light-medium body, with a lightly sticky and tannic finish. This is definitely more on the unblended side of things, and lacks the effervescence of Gueuze.

D - This was excellent, but the cognac note made things feel a little boozier than I expected from lambic (just noticed the slightly higher ABV). It's also growing very acetic, and I was getting protests from my stomach as we worked through the bottle. Still, it's highly recommended, IF you can still find it.

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Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.