Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in cognac barrels

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Photo of francisweizen
5/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of gn0sis
4.92/5  rDev +15%
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 Huhzubendah
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 3.
Pours dark yellow / amber with small white head.
Aroma has tart, green apples, funk, wet cellar.
Taste is green apples, hay, lemon, tart, grapefruit

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Photo of seeswo
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of levifunk
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of aleigator
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly cloudy, almost murky rich yellow color, with no head at all.

The aromas reveal lots of warm oak, accompanied by leather, a decent tartness and white lemon zest.

Tastes of tart funk, matured white grape skin, musty, old lime and a dry touch of oaken Cognac. While the beer has a distinct, slightly fruity wooden character, its typical sourness is a bit subdued. The wooden aspect contains a slight sweetness of fermented apples, leading to a medium body with low carbonation.

Rerate: batch 3, at the scource on 161119

Cantillon 50n

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy, big, white head.

Smells of skunky mushroom at first glance, but once you are able to cut through that initial impression, the barrel starts to show. There is an intriguing mix of mead honey, old grapes and a fermented fruitiness resulting from a high gravity liquour going on, topped off by a flowery whiff. Everything is coming together amazingly harmoniously, way sweeter than I remember the last batch, but in a very enjoyable, natural way, with just enough basement character to provide a well working depth on the nose. There is even a subtle booze bite in its faintest way possible to detect, which promises a warming dryness on the palate.

Has a lower, yet still recognizable carbonation, which helps to disguise the beer's heavier abv perfectly well. Drinks smooth, while its sweetness from the nose does not transfer directly to the palate, instead it provides a slight sweet peak to the oak.

Tastes of an awesome dustiness, old basement with a damp, wet stone quality, which gets enriched and overruled by a complex softness of Lambic complexity. This features stale caramel bonbons you found in your drawer by accident from a few years ago, together with young and crisp lemon peel, blue cream cheese, moldy earth and an astonishing brightness contrasting all this. That probably derives from the barrel, which does also produce a nice scented wood depth, adding to the overall impression, next to fermented grapes. Finishes extremely clean and enjoyable, getting a little sweeter, due to the barrel sweetness which lends a touch of fruit sugar, while maintaining its initial lemony crispness.

This drinks amazing, way better than the last batch to me. Round on the palate, well executed from the beginning till the end, a little fuller bodied than their average Lambic, this has been a pleasure to drink throughout.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
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 DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
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 darklordlager
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 (only edition made). Consumed December 2009.

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.

Batch 2 (bottled 2012). Consumed September 2016.

The cognac shows so much. Grapes and a tad more alcohol show. Cannot believe how much the barrels influence this beer. Way more than batch 1. Berries, grapes, lemon. Funky. Incredible.

Batch 3 (bottled 2015). Released 2016. Consumed December 2016.

White head. Clear golden color.

A fair amount of green grapes and white wine notes show. Cognac is there but not as pronounced as batch 2 is right now. Cantillon funk. Lemon acidity is light. Light tannins in the finish.

Nice body and carbonation. A bit young, but coming along nicely. This definitely still needs a couple of years.

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Photo of wl0307
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF Bar, GBBF 08, this cognac-barrel aged lambic comes in a 750ml corked and capped green bottle, brewed on 05/03/05, bottled on 30/03/07, with a ageing potential of "minimum 20 years"! Served cool in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: pours an elegant dark golden colour with faint red glows; the white fluffy beer head fast settles to a thin rim to last on top of really quiet carbonation - overall looking like what a blissful lambic should be.
S: the nose is marvellous - despite an initially rustic and eggy-stinky edge upon the first force-pour, the astringent lambic edge is much mellowed by the cognac-barrel elements, albeit without a pronounced edge of cognac brandy. More interestingly, the complexity manifests itself in a harmonious or integrated way rather than a vertically-structured manner, as all's threaded together by the wood-ageing elements, I think. That said, a good swirl does bring out a fine, sweet edge of wood barrels and a touch of thin-bodied citric-honey too, while salty-bitter acidity of dried citrus-fruits still makes itself felt but mild in intensity, joined by a touch of almond and green plums.
T: I find it so difficult to describe the flavour as it's as well-integrated and rounded as on the nose, but a sequence of impacts on the palate could still be discerned - a typical acidic stimulation and salty-bitter foretaste of funky lambic smoothens fast, giving way to an increasingly dry and chewy-spicy palate (legacy of a true, aged lambic) of dried pale olives, hard green plums and very old, dried and spiced tangerine-peels, while the fine (truly delicately sweet woody and herbal) aroma of cognac barrels chimes in discreetly with a light wheat-ish taste of lambic and bitter hints of dried hops in the lingering finish.
M&D: very mild on the carbonation, superbly rounded and smooth on the palate and only a little alc. could be sensed after many a sip; I think this one has become one of my two favourite Lambic/Geuze by Cantillon (the other being "Iris"), for totally different reasons of course. The finest touch of this lambic rests on its integrity and a delicate input of cognac barrels, while keeping a smooth yet still reasonably complex profile of the lambic base. Honestly, the best of both worlds is somewhat attained in this bottle. (Q: why does the label refer it to a Geuze, if it was unblended?)

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Photo of ricke
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle of Batch 2 (2012). Served in a wine glass.

Pours a beautiful hazy darker golden body, one finger white head with very nice retention time; dropping into a medium sized collar. Slight lacing, but not a ton. It's slightly darker than I expected it to be, but not in a bad way. It smells impressively oaky with a nice sweet grain quality to it, with the characteristic funk of the brewery. This one in particular, like Bio Gueuze, brings me back to the brewery as soon as I smell it. It's very similar to Classic Gueuze, but I think the nose has even more oak to it. I don't smell cognac, but it is noticeably sweeter than I'm used to from Bio Gueuze. Flavour is an intense combination of Senne valley funk, lemon, oak, moderate acidity, wheat, and a nice mildly warming bite on the backend which I am choosing to associate with the cognac barrel. That slight bite of heat and the mouthfeel is what I find to definitively differentiate this from other Gueuzes. The flavour really pops on this one and never really quite lets go; it's as assertive at the end as it is in the beginning. The mouthfeel is noticeably fuller, more of a medium-full body, good carbonation, very easy to sip on. This is the biggest differentiating factor from the other Gueuzes as the cognac barrel seems to impart a fuller body and a slight bite that isn't quite boozy, but it does pleasantly warm you up a little as it goes down. Overall, this was an absolute delight and seems to be drinking noticeably well at 3 years. It essentially has many of the same qualities as Bio Gueuze does that I have come to love, but with a nice cognac barrel twist to it that works quite well.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden color, a bit of off-white foam. Aroma is sweet with some rum and cognac notes, some vinegar acidity, quite complex. Taste starts with dark fruits, sweet spirits, slight burnt sugar, dusty cellar, slight bitterness on the finish. Medium to light bodied with light carbonation. Really complex lambic, one of the most interesting I ever had.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

A really interesting brew.

A low carbonation lambic with lemon and grass in the front. However, the beer changes with a European hop flavor and then heavy floral notes and sweet honey on the back end.

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Photo of illidurit
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy cparles, shared at Collected Works tasting. Incredible aroma, just everything you want gueuze to be. Very fruity with prominent vinous and lemon notes, with a significant horsey funk. Not quite as cobwebby/basementy as some gueuzes but I like this better. Flavor is similar, unripe wine grapes, lemon, lime pulp, straw and wet wood, cognac influence really brightens the beer. Just lovely.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A long time want that completely lived up to expectations. Hazed, burnished gold, a head that actually sticks around (not all that common for Cantillon). More oak than I get from Cantillon but married with that particular signature funk. Spirit imparts a slight leather note, some roasted apples and a hint of holiday spice. Fuller feel and a noticeable alcohol bite. Distinct and delicious.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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 spoony
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew is slightly darker than other Cantillons with more brown hue in the typically golden color. Similarly, there is some haze, but it is not as murky as Fou Foune. Not much head on my pour, which was normal to slightly aggressive.

S-The smell is complex and slightly less tart than I would expect. There is an oaky caramel here, some vanilla and just a whiff of hoppiness. The funky, earthy, barnyard gueuze scent is still there, but this is definitely a different beast.

T-The taste follows the smell in providing a bit more caramel sweetness and some toasted oaky flavor in lieu of pure tart and funk. The vanilla and caramel are a nice touch and only add to the complexity without being a distraction.

M-The feel is less carbonated and a touch heavier than a typical gueuze, but not quite flat like a true lambic. It is fitting for the flavors.

O-This is a great beer and a pleasant surprise for me. Like most Cantillon, it has that vinous complexity, and I think the less tart more caramel aspects only enhance the flavors here.

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Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East from Brasserie Cantillon
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