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Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 362
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 623
Gots: 59 | FT: 8
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Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: moulefrite on 01-02-2008

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened at the end of a long tasting after the Jackie O's 5th Anniversary release. The label says "In March 2005 the Brewery Cantillon bought second hand barrels in the region of Cognac. For 15 years the wood had been impregnated with cognac. Then for 2 years, our lambic has extracted all the flavors and aromas to make a unique gueuze."

It pours a dark golden color, orange highlights, with an initially sweet poofy head that quickly gives way to a protective film. The aroma is spectacular, pretty much kicked Drie Fonteinen's and De Cam's asses after this solid night of superstar beers. All kinds of funk in the nose, musty basement and horseblanket, overlayed with oak and very light cognac. Exceptionally good.

If tastes just about as good as it smells, tart and only a little puckering, delicious aftertaste of what must be cognac. I tend to shy away from the booziness of cognac but the little bit that seeped into this gueuze makes a tasty beast.

Lightly carbonated compared with standard Cantillon gueuze, making a slightly bigger mouthfeel that works well with the agressive flavor. Cantillon is always so solid, if you EVER see it I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

A - Pours a golden yellow, fizzy head with dissipates into a thin film on top and a thin ring around the glass.

S - Smells like ass...literally. Baby diapers, huge funk, slight sourness. I don't know if I should admit this or not, but I kept reaching for the bottle and smelling it...whew! Nasty goodness!

T - Big on the funk, light on the tartness, lemon zest, cognac oak notes, nice tart alcohol finish mixed with some good in there.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, very dry finish.

D - Wow. Had two pours of this funky stuff. The taste lingered with me long after I was finished. Very unique and cool offering by the one and only Cantillon.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of AgentZero
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange color, pretty big head, a little bit of stick on the sides but not much lacing.

S - Tart, lemon, oaky. Pretty interesting nose. Little bit of funk in there.

T - Kind of a farmy, almost saison like taste. Nice funk, lemon, grassy taste. Bit of apple and an interesting finish that I can only guess is from the cognac as I am not really familiar with that. Tannic quality, a lot like a sour saison.

M - Light with a nice carbonation for this style.

D - Pretty easy to drink, although the tartness will get to you after a while.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a 750ml bottle at dld. The beer looks like any lambic, cloudy hazy medium brown, nice light carbonation. The aroma is really nice, likes of sour funk horse blanket but nicely balanced with some sweetness, I think that's the cognac, very similar to the taste. Has a little acidity and vinegar to it, very nice overall.

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Photo of craytonic
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly carbonated, I got a small, off-white head of about one inch. The pour is a straw-golden-honey color.

Aroma: Urea, sour, light vinegar, tart apple and pear. Decent amount of horse blanket funk, but also some honeysuckle.

Taste: A bit heavy on the urea/piss. Sour, with lots of oak, green apple, and pear.

Drinkability: 750ml disappeared,

Mouthfeel: perhaps a bit too light on the carbonation. THe barrels do give it a nice structured element.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a few friends on 3.5.10. From notes.

Pours a hazy orange-straw color into my Bruery tulip with a surprisingly vibrant head formation. Not too much lace, filmy retention.

The aroma is just excellently funky with moldy apricots, some sweat and wet wood. Musty straw-like graininess with plenty of acidity in the nose. Good amount of fruit here too as well as in the taste in the form of lemon rind and grapefruit pith. The taste has a little pinesol, slightly medicinal with some chardonnay. Moderately acidic and low carbonation intensifies the tannic presence, leaving a dirty grime on the tongue through the drying finish. Somewhat delicate in that respect.

I can't say that I am picking up a ton of cognac flavor, though it has lent a tiny hint of alcohol bite through the back? This is a great beer though, what else would you expect from Cantillon? A very nice and complex concoction, I hope I get another chance to try it in the future.

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Photo of gn0sis
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beachwood BBQ, shared with my fellow Bruery Reserve Society Members nickd717, Nick3, and HopHead84 on the eve of the Initiation. Your health, gentlemen.

Cognac barrels, huh. Having never had cognac, 50N by 4E is my only point of reference. Cognac is apparently a puckering, lambic-like beverage with wild yeast byproducts. No wonder Cantillon decided to age one of their beers in these barrels.

Ah. Wikipedia tells me that cognac is made from distilled wine. But there isn't much grape or spirit flavor here.

There are white peaches and pear skins, though. Plus the yellow woodsorrel present in most of Cantillon's catalog. And like their other lambics, 50N by 4E is moderately carbonated, generous with its wood, and pleasantly rank. But what's this in the finish, heat? In a lambic? Maybe some of that cognac rubbed off after all.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Celebrating the end of a very long last three weeks of a semester, entailing never-ending papers and ridiculous final exams...Alright, time to tame this beast!

A:Poured into a snifter a beautiful golden-sunset colour with only a few sparse bubbles, probably from the aggressive pour.

S: Horse blanket, wet hay, leather, grape skins, an interesting citric quality. Apple, pear, light vinegar. "Dirty socks" was another BA's opinion.

T: Sour apple, barnyard funk, wet hay. Sweet orange and bitter grapefruit citrus clash (in a good way) about halfway through. As it warms, the woody-oak becomes very pronounced a little before the finish....The Cognac barrel aging is evident with the long finish...nice sweet tannic grapes. A little closer to room temp, the finish takes on a very earthy quality, with a nice puckering sourness. Alcohol is noticeable near the tail end if you dig deep past the sourness. Near the bottom of the bottle, it starts to get intensely earthy and funky. Very nice.

M:Fairly thin body, with moderate carbonation which works well with the flavour profile.

D:These flavours, while in a sense "moderated," are huge and thoroughly enjoyable.

This beer displays an astonishing amount of complexity... The evolution and change in flavours from just a few degrees is phenomenal. Highly recommended, and a definite favourite.

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Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 (only edition made)

Poured into bell's tulip

Pours hardly any white head. Color is a hazy bright mango orange.

Aroma: very sour and tart. Some leather and horse blanket. Slight vinegar. Hardly any cognac flavors, but has some nice oak here.

Taste: Very sweet cognac barrel flavors. Nice oak. Sweet peaches and cherries. Some horse blanket and leather again. Nice and tart.

Mouthfeel: Very sour and tart. Extremely mouth puckering. Light to medium bodied. A little low on the carbonation level. Ends very sour, a little dry, but pretty clean.

Overall, an amazing sour. Very well done and I really want more. I highly recommend this one. Very unique.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Brett Fest at Spuytin Duyvil in Brooklyn, NY in August 2009.

Approx. a 3 oz. pour into a tulip glass from a hand-marked 750ml green bottle that reads "Brewed March 1, 2005".

A: Dark and cloudy - with a chance of horse blanket.

S: The best feature of this beer. Has a complex aroma from being aged in oak cognac casks. Dark fruits, nuts, almond paste.

T: Fig and orange peel with a tart finish.

M: A little thicker than other lambics I've had with well-balanced carbonation.

D: The yeast development pushed this one a little close to the sipper side of the scale.

Overall, a job well done by Cantillon on this one.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had the first pour from the bottle at Novare's Christmas beer geek weekend. I think the problem is this beer followed Drie Fonteinen's Hommage and the flavor from that is so extreme compared to this Cantillon experience. While at Novare, I heard some interesting experiences from the staff concerning this beer, while I can't do the story justice nor would want to repeat it, it certain adds to the experience of such a great night.

Pours a clear golden with very fine bubbles, not much head but what there is of is very fizzy.

The nose isn't overly strong, but I'm picking up some acidity and more earth tones than I would expect, overall not very impressive or catching for a lambic.

The taste is lightly sour and funky, not overwhelming at all yet makes it actually very drinkable for the style, the barrel aging is more apparent and definitely picks up some of that cognac and vanilla, unfortunately also inherits a bit of the alcohol burn.

Definitely a subdued lambic, don't expect a sour kick to the mouth either. If this hadn't followed Hommage, I'm sure I would have liked it more, unfortunately it can't hold a candle to the wind yet is still very drinkable, probably more so in larger volumes.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I balked at paying $22 when it was on the shelves, and then was thrilled about paying just $28 to buy a bottle at a bar. Such is life.

The cap is rusty, the neck of the bottle, smelly and covered in grime. The beer on the inside, however, is gorgeous. Light orange with brilliant clarity and a dense, white head that rises briefly, leaving patchy lace. Mild carbonation is visible, this is a great looking lambic.

What a fabulous nose! Rich, lemony sourness opens things off but the rich funk that's behind is just outstanding. Musty and funky with some wet hay, wet dog and wet barnyard. In the pantheon of Cantillon lambics, this one is unique in it's fruity character (orange and unripened white peaches and apricots). Mildly vinous with a touch of white wine, this is quite outstanding. In the back, I do get some wet tobacco character as well as oak, with vanilla noticeable. The richness is intoxicating, this really is one of the best smelling beers I've had in recent memory

The palate opens sour but restrained with a lemon and orange juice like tartness coupled with an explosion of funk. The cognac character is pronounced with a combination of grapes, grape skins and the mild alcohol I've come to associate with brandy-aged beers (fruit character with an alcohol sharpness, boozy in character). Oak is noticeable as well, with some vanilla and tannic character present. The funk in this beer strikes me as a combination of wet animals and fruit, with lemons, apples and ripened apricots. Medium in body, the soft carbonation makes this beer pretty unique. The moderate body definitely helps carry the barrel character very well. Mildly drying on the very long finish, there's a little sweetness as well as some mild solvent character and the tannins that further dry out the beer. Quite remarkable. On the mouthfeel, I have to dock 0.5 for the solvent character, otherwise, this is a remarkable beer. Acidity is low and mostly lemony in character with a touch of lactic acid.

Immensely drinkable, this 750 is not going to be a problem. In fact, it's going to suck that that's all I have of this splendid beer. Note to self - buy every Cantillon beer, no matter how negative some reviews might be

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass, purchased and consumed at Delirium Cafe in Brussels.

A: Pours a lightly murky, pale honey / straw colored body that glows faintly gold when held to the light. The head is barely a finger of off-white foam, and it recedes pretty quickly into a collar around the brew -- expected for a lambic.

S: Sour, with notes of pear, grapefruit, berries, and light tannins. Restrained notes of barnyard funk (horse blanket, hay, and must). This reminded me pretty strongly of the gueuze I tried at the brewery. No hint of the cognac barrel aging in the nose.

T: The bouquet prepared me well for this. It was sour, but not overly vinegary; it was presented on a nicely tart backdrop of pear, grapefruit, berries, white wine grapes, and light green apple. Tannins made a short appearance near the finish, which then gave way to a balanced blend of barnyard funk and sourness. Again, none of the cognac manifests itself in the taste, and I'm scratching my head trying to figure out how this tastes any different from the gueuze I had at the brewery (yes, I realize the base beer is an unblended lambic). It's certainly good, but whatever they tried to achieve with the barrels seems to have faded out.

M: Dry in the finish, with light carbonation that gives it an airy body and pleasant feel.

D: The flavor is very well balanced, here. It is predominantly sour and dry, but not intensely acetic and unpleasant on the palate. Funk is a supporting flavor, and the impressive palette of fruity flavors gives this some real depth. But I still have no grasp what the cognac barrels added, here -- besides a substantial price premium.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this one.

A-Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly reduced to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Musty, wet dog, cedar chest, oak, Granny Smith apple, pear. Very prevalent and intense at times and then rather mild and unassuming at others.

T-Becomes different from upon opening through warming. Varying from musty, wet fur to diapers to sweet fruit, sharp tannic acid and bright apple sourness. Bit of lemon zing brightness and drying oak in the finish. Without question interesting.

M-Light bodied, sharp and crisp with LONG lingering flavours.

D-certainly interesting but it is so chaotic I find it hard to actually enjoy for long. I appreciate the opportunity to try but found it no better than some of the other easier to find sours I have had.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into goblet on 10/2/09. Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this to the SourFest.

A - Poured a slightly hazy golden/amber body with a bubbly white head that reduced to a patchy veil and left modest lacing on the glass.

S - Band-aid, musty funk, some lemony citrus notes and oaky characteristics, as well as a hint of pencil shavings all appear at some point. Overall, the aroma is surprisingly pretty tame, with only subtle hints of sourness poking through.

T - Slightly sour band-aid quality with quite a bit of oak and woody notes and citrus pucker. However, this is not as sharp or sour as I had anticipated. There is also a mild (for lack of a better term) "puke burp" character in the middle. Finishes with a hint of earthy, musty bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation resulting in some bristle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is kind of watery, although very dry in the finish with only a mild crispness.

D - This was a bit of a let-down, especially given all of the hype. While I appreciate the rarity of this brew, I really enjoyed everything else that we broke out at the SourFest much more than this.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"So I shouldn't say this smells like diaper pail?"

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Photo of tpd975
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the WTF OMG tasting. Thanks Kevin and Justin for putting this one on... SICK BEERS!

A: Pours a nice deep golden hazy sort of yellow hue. Small head with no lace.

S: Lots of sour citrus up front, acid, sour fruit, and earthy cheese.

T: Mmm one of the best of the night. Nice light lemon grass flavors, tart fruit and acid. Light chessy notes with oak, and white wine.

M: Light and zippy

D: Tasty as hell, I want more. Thanks to Capones for supplying me this bottle.

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Photo of largadeer
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of ricke
4.57/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to Torry for this one. I've wanted to try this for some time now.

Poured into a tulip, the beer is hazy golden with a fizzy white head. The color is strikingly vibrant. I thought this would pour completely still, but there appears to be some carbonation.

The aroma is of goaty, horsey, musty, barnyard Brett. When the beer warms a bit, the cognac notes become apparent but they're subtle. It's different and it smells pretty damn good. There's a little citrus in the nose, as well as some oak.

The flavor has some musty barnyard and horse blanket as well as some vinegar. There's some citrus and oak. There's less Cognac here than I noticed in the aroma, but it's still perceptible. The finish is very, very dry and quite tart.

Light bodied with a low level of carbonation, which I was pleased with. Another great beer from Cantillon.

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Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East from Brasserie Cantillon
94 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.