Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 353
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 4.72%
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Gots: 58 | FT: 6
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Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

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Beer added by: moulefrite on 01-02-2008

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Photo of julian
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Fairly clear with a slight haze. Color is a nice medium copper honey color. Minimal head that disappears quickly leaving only what looks like "champagne" like bubbles.

Smell: Aromas of light vinegar, sour apples but also a mild sweet smell perhaps from the cognac barrels in which this was aged.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very easy to drink. A great Lambic, not overly sour or pungent. Crisp, easy drinking with a slight sour apple bite. Other tastes are funky, yeasty flavors.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Easy on the palate, and good mouthfeel and taste. Exceptional Lambic! (584 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a clear body with a golden honey hue and a thick film of bubbly antique white that last for most of the beer. There are strands of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has an earthy fig note that reminds me of milk paint chips for some reason. Once the paint chips got in my head that is all I could focus on but it was a good smell. There was a tart aroma to follow with some faint cinnamon bark and then a champagne vinegar note to follow. The finish had a pleasant grapefruit and bittersweet quality to it.

T- The soft sweet tart flavor is great to start then leads into a sharp bite. There is a dark cherry flavor that leads to a dry finish. The finish has a very interesting flavor of cognac without the alcohol heat and a soft bitterness that is plant like and not herbal in quality.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a soft astringency in the finish.

D- This is the easiest drinking unblended lambic I have drank. There is a nice flavor and a good balance of sweet and tart and other flavors adding to the complexity. (1,112 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden yellowis orange color with a thin fizzy white head. Tart and funky aroma with hints of oak and whiskey. Puckering but not too acidic. Lighter bodied than most gueze. Probably a result of the aging. Nicely balanced, somewhat malty with light carbonation and light crisp fruit. The oak and cognac really come through making this a really unique gueze. Excellent! (380 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egadjzis.

Poured a deeper and hazy golden color with a smalle sized head. Aromas of wood, some funkiness, floral, grapes, and some cognac in the background. Tastes of vanilla, wood, funky, floral, citrus, the same trace of cognac, and grapes. Nice sour and tart finish.

Notes from and tasted on 9/27/08. (338 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light golden orange color with a small, white head. Aroma smells of traditional Cantillon lambic with a very, very light added hint of cognac. Flavor is aged, well blended lambic with just the slightest note of cognac. Lacking the softness I would prefer and mainly just harsh, oude gueuze. A bit off balance and with out cognac character. (344 characters)

Photo of mbrasi
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a soft white head. Aroma is sour lemon, barnyard but not overpowering. Not as sour as I thought considering some of the other gueuzes out there. Flavor is well balanced with some earthy notes that linger throughout and in the finish. Finished semi-dry but not mouthpuckering. A complex and well done beer. So, so glad i have two of these the price tag was worth getting two. (392 characters)

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy whitish-gold w/white head, decent retention.
S-Bouquet of light fruits, including pineapple and apricot, and doughy w/faint spice.
T&M-Tart w/citrus upfront, faint apricot and pineapple emerge midway, and rustic barnyard notes w/citrus re-emerge at the finish. Aftertaste is tart citrus w/mellow wheat. Body is light-to-moderate w/mild carbonation.
D-Extremely smooth-drinking w/complexity and finesse. (419 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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. (857 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed gold with a small white collar and skim.

Smell is somewhat, but not overly funky, a bit sweeter, with some vanilla and conac, the sweetness smells a bit like ass.

Taste initially has a nice mineral spritziness and moderate funk, but then is quickly taken over by the cognac, which is a bit to rich for my taste, and in spite of the dryness from the lambic, does't really mesh well for me at all. Not quite as bad a a lambic boilermaker, it's nevertheless not my style.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium body, but it comes off a bit thick.

Drinkability was ok, I didn't like the rich booziness of the cognac with the lambic, perhaps with more age it would smooth out and gain more sourness. I'm always happy to try a rare, expensive beer, but sometimes their rarity leads them to being over-hyped, which I would say is probably the case here. (852 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting brew from Cantillon. Lambic brewers learned long ago to use aged barrels to prevent extracting tannins from the wood -- they don't agree with the sour normally present. But Cantillon throws those old guidelines to the wind, as the cognac still present in the barrels has a good deal of oaky tannins present in it.

At the start, this beer is fairly classic Cantillon, all the elements we've come to know and love: barnyard, apple, pineapple, horse-sweat, blackcurrant, nectarine, lemon, grapefruit -- the list goes on.

Then there is an odd lull in the beer. A space in-between. I'd like to say the cognac comes out at this point, but it is really more of a calvados flavor. A nice oak-and-apple flavor, almost like an apple-cider aged in oaken barrels, with just the slightest touch of apple-cider vinegar.

The beer then tries to return to gueuze-territory, but stumbles and gets lost along the way. There is a sudden rush of lactic sourness that you think is going to finish the beer off, but strong tannins from the barrel trips it up so the sourness is muted and a strong drying oakiness dominates the finish.

It is certainly a good beer, and I'd be very interested in seeing how this beer develops, but right now (July, 2008) I would say this beer is still a little young. It needs a few more years for the oakiness to subside and for the flavors to meld. That and the apple flavor is very pronounced and I think aging would help smooth that out. The whole beer gives the impression of a grapefruit-and-granny-smith medly.

Good, but if you've got 'em, give 'em some time. (1,599 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle acquired in a recent trade with gford217, thanks for the opportunity to try this beer, 2007 version, my bottle said 7.00% ABV, split with my girlfriend last night, poured into an oversized wine glass

A-Color was a golden orange but had hints of amber in it, also very hazy probably because it is unblended, head was small and about 1/4 inch, it was white and bubbly, did not stick around long, not much retention, minimal lacing

S-Funk, tartiness, peaches, cognac, oak, various fruits, citrus especially, white wine, vinegar, cherries, and definite barnyard

T-Taste started off with a big tarty attack, some subtle fruit in the middle, citrus in the finish with some dryness and a hint of oak, let it warm a few minutes after this because I realized it was too cold to bring the full flavor out, more acidic tastes came to the surface after I did this, it was weird that I could never taste any real cognac because I am not a big fan of that liquor and I thought it would stick out for that reason, flavor was good and my complaint is the dry aftertaste because it was a little much after a while, other than that it was what you expect from a Cantillon brew, being that is was sour, full of fruity accents, and not lackingh any flavor

M-Tarty, dry, sour, and somewhat sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied with lots of carbonation, thankfully this did not gush when I popped the cork, taste lingered a long time too

D-Could have drank a lot of this and drank 4/5 of the bottle myself anyways, alcohol is well hidden, smooth for its style, light on the stomach, inviting and no one taste is too overwhelming

Had no idea what this beer was until I traded for it but that was the fun in it all, a little skeptical after seeing it was a lambic aged in cognac barrels, seemed like two very odd tastes as one but it did work well, Cantillon is truly a great brewery, would definitely drink this again, recommended (1,921 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a nice initial head that fades to a ring. This beer is labeled 2007, so it is still a little young. It should integrate a little more and become a bit funkier as time goes on. As is, it is quite nice, but each component still stands apart instead of being well blended into a harmonious whole. Somewhat fubky and acetic up front and with a finish that is both a tiny bit sweet with vanilla from the oak and has a nice ring of cognac in the finish as well. It is a little unusual, especially the hint of sweetness after the laser-like sourness that Cantillon is known for, but it really seems to work. The aromas are a bit more subdued than the taste, but they both work, with the taste being particularly tart and somewhat funky with an earthy minerality in addition to the sour, oak, and cognac. Nice beer, I'll be interested to try this again in a few years. (885 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 cork Date; Sampled May 2008
Only lightly carbonated as a partially vigorous pour only produces a finger-thick, pale, barely off-white colored head. The beer is a light honey color that shows a lightly hazed, golden-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells sour of course, but has surprising backdrop of fruitiness to it; it smells of lightly, but distinctly of currants and berry-like notes in addition to more typical notes of tart apple, perhaps light pear and sour grapefruit. Quite mellow barnyard aromatics, with some light mustiness and a touch of horse blanket.

Nicely sour tasting, but with more oak influence than one typically finds in Lambic. The oak contributes more towards the end and finish of each sip with a spicy-oak component, a tannic woodiness and something a bit like warming alcohol (is that the cognac influence). Tart fruit notes of sour grapefruit, green apple and not quite ripe, tart pears and not quite ripe chardonnay grapes. This is exceedingly quaffable, my 750ml bottle of this is just easily disappearing down my throat; while light, the oak definitely gives this a structure and tannic texture. The light, yet soft prickle of carbonation keeps this from being airy (like many a highly carbonated Gueuze). Not as funky as many, still has a lasting, deep sourness, but also has an interesting, damp mustiness a slightly phenolic-cotton ball notes.

As the beer warms up and loses its carbonation a bit the unripe, green fruitiness becomes a bit more noticeable. Interestingly, besides a little warmth and the more noticeable oak notes, the Cognac seems to produce a chardonnay wine like flavor that is more fruity than anything, but has touches of flint to it. The warming alcohol, Cognac influence becomes more noticeable too, with the vapors influencing the nasal passages during each sip. Some tropical fruit influences even seem to take hold towards the end of this 750ml bottle; star fruit, and something vaguely like guava / papaya. The nose has definitely picked up some warming alcohol notes as well as a touch of buttery oak and even a funky, sort of cheesy fruitiness. The fruitiness even seems to accentuate a perception of sweetness, that just kisses the palate.

I am really surprised how mellow the barrel character is here, the cognac must have stripped out a lot of those oak flavors. This is a very well balanced beer; the barrel plays a significant supporting role here, sourness of course takes the lead, but not excessively so (this is not as hard as some Cantillon's) and the funk is definitely a supporting character. I like that this was lightly carbonated, given that this is not a blended beer I was expecting a much flatter experience, but the soft carbonation definitely adds a nice touch to the texture. Quite the tasty beer, I certainly wouldn't mind having a lot more of this in my cellar. (2,874 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.15/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottle shared at tasting. Thanks for the chance to try this one!
No head on a yellowish gold pour. Smell is musty, band-aid like, and hoppy. Didn't get anything I would have identified as cognac though. Taste is tart, funky and nicely hoppy. Very light carbonation with a thin body. Sour but not intensely so, and a milder, thinner flavor than expected. Interesting, but not particularly wowing for the style. Just ok... (420 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the brewery a few days after Christmas 2007, shared with family in late March 2008.

The beer poured a clear golden body with a slight white ring on the edge but no head to speak of.

The nose was trademark Cantillon, funky and tart. Very nice.

The taste in the beginning was tart, slightly medicinal along with a hot alcohol, cognac note. As the beer warmed, the citrus and cognac notes intensified and were really pleasing on the tongue. Overall this is a really solid and drinkable beer and another fine example of what Cantillon does. (567 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this young bottle at the Cantillon Brewery in Brussels with GrassrootsVT as a gift from the brewer right off the conditioning stack. Really nice treat.

This is their traditional lambic aged 2 years in cognac barrels. The name 50 degrees north-4 degrees east refers to the breweries location in terms of latitude-longitude.

App: Served from a lambic basket. Pours an orange-golden, straw color with notes of caramel colored edging. A smallish head (likely due to the lack of full bottle fermentation) with a lasting filmy head and low lacing. Beautiful little bubbles rise like a chain from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Very nice smell. Warm, tart with undertones of dried fruit and grape skin. Starts with a solid lambic nose and strengthens with notes of oak, woodiness, warm fruit, alcohol and raisins. An exceptional balance of ripe fruits to tartness.

Taste: A beautiful balance of flavors back and forth between tart and refreshing and slightly sweet and fruity. Starts traditionally tart with slight cherry and finishes with more fresh flowers, sour grapes, and slight warming alcohol fruit. Finishes dry.

Mouth: Slightly fuller bodied than expected or desired, which may be due to not enough age. Carbonation is good and pretty strong. Body is somewhat bigger than expected. Very dry despite being slightly sweet.

Drink: Oh yeah, very good on the drinkability, mostly due to the incredible balance of flavors. (1,433 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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... (768 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Cantillon. Pours a light amber color with a decent head for the style. Aromas are decidedly tart with hints of oak and cognac-in which the beer is aged-cognac barrels. In the mouth the beer is silky smooth offering an aggressive note of wood and cognac. Damn this is a tasty treat! I'm so glad I brought this beauty home! Next stop for this beer is with a plate of homeade mussels and fries. Ahhh Belgium-ahhh Cantillon-a classic! (440 characters)

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Aroma comes forth as some strong apple sauce in a hazlenut pie. Not particularly unique, however expressive and glowing, with all the wonderful worlds that wild fermentation creates, however finding a little bit of glowing crispness now. Pours with middle deep gold and a touch of haze. Flavor lands amongst fall leave, bright woody grain and a bowl of Mississippi cotton. White grape juice brings up the background of the palate. Breathing, this beer yield the true meaning of the barrel, in that, to me, I cannot really taste the barrel or the cognac in the beer, itself with their respective individual notes or characters. Instead, I can sense, deeply, that the barrel and the cognac has made this a better lambic, my mellowing, melding and bringing a new sense to an old favorite. Masterful and bold. A treat to try and my favorite of the night. Beer parts with a wisp of fresh pink grapefruit and a branch of a cherry tree. Thanks to whomever provided this fantastic beer. (1,014 characters)

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