Cantillon 50 Degrees North-4 Degrees East | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in cognac barrels

Added by moulefrite on 01-02-2008

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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +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 -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Batch

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of largadeer
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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 DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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