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 Treebs
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped and corked bottle served from a lambic basket into my WLV Zwanze day taster. Batch 2, 2013 release.

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a bubbly white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring.

S: Lemony with a sweet cognac backing. Oak with a slight sourness to it. A little acetone as well. Slightly acidic as well.

T: Really oaky with a lemon grass bite. Slightly acidic citrus with the cognac sweetness. Vanilla oak sweetness with a sweet malt profile. Little sour bite as well.

M: Light bodied with a bubbly carbonation level. Oaky finish.

O: A little rough around the edges at this point. I think it needs some time to let the Cognac meld into the beer and some of the funk to come up. Still a really nice beer.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle poured into a Drie Fonteinen stem from a lambic basket. Thanks for sharing Matt!

Pour: Poured a hazy mellow orange yellow with two fingers of frothy, creamy white head. Head dimishes to a ring rather quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Lots of bright lemon, hay funk, earth, and oak up front. Some vanilla and caramel. Not much cognac, with a exception of a lightly boozy twang.

Taste: I'm not really sure how best to describe this. Up front, a nice bite of sour lemons, doughy bread, hay funk, barnyard, and earth. Very base lambic forward. Midsip, everything changes and immediately becomes controlled by boozy oak, vanilla, caramel, and nail polish. Not the most pleasant experience due to how boozy it is. Finishes oaky, dry, and tart.

Mouthfeel: Really nice on the front have, but the cognac presence is just too much, with fusel alcohol overpowering the finish.

Overall: I have to say, I was really disappointed with this one. Exciting to try, but not what I hoped for. I am curious as to how this will age... I hope it retains the cognac flavors, yet the alcohol bite that compliments them dimishes. Looking forward to revisiting in a few years, because this is far too young right now.

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Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
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 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 spoony
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of ehammond1
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, JealousChalice!

Slightly hazed golden and orange with a thin white cap. This doesn't have quite as much visible carbonation as a more traditional gueuze. Dots of stick left down the glass.

The base gueuze does shine through, but I wish it was even more dominant. Some mild lemon tartness and a little bit of oak and some funk (wet grass and hay). The spirit is subdued but present. I actually think this doesn't shine nor is it as vibrant as the classic gueuze, which I actually might prefer here.

The flavor is similar to the aroma: mild tart sour character complements oak, dry grass funk, and just the slightest vinegar. Again, with the aroma, I think I prefer the classic gueuze more, as this one is less sour and strangely, less interesting.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation.

Delicious, but I don't think the price/rarity/hunt for this one is worth it.

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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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Photo of joel66
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank side by side with pikku, 4/25/2013, thanks dan

A- golden amber with a thin layer of white head

N- Barnyard funk, grass, sour grape, booze

T- Strong barrel flavor, wood, grapes, earth,lemon peel, sweetness from cognac, warming yet smooth on the back. malt comes across my palate when i swished it around.

M- smooth on the palate with a dry finish

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
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 thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #1800!!! Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one during a fair sized Cantillon tasting! 2007 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Poured fluorescent orange with a minimal white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, fruit, wood, spice, tart, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, BIG sour, acidic, sweet fruit, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised when I heard that this one would be at our tasting that evening. A sour aged in cognac barrels is all it took for me to start drooling over this one before even opening it. After all the time this one has had to age I really wasn’t expecting much of the barrel flavors to be around, however it was still there with a nice sweet fruit aspect that you would get off a good cognac. Really impressive. When I say BIG sour, I really meant it. This one had a whole new level of sour when compared to the other Cantillon brews tasted that night as it almost knocked you off your feet. Really glad I got the chance to try this one and would love to do so again in the future if the opportunity presents itself. I suggest you do the same.

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Photo of tewaris
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review # 500.

Thanks a lot!

Pours murky and still for a lambic --- murky probably because the pour was from the later end of the bottle. Still because... I am not sure. Regardless, the carbonation was just fine on the palate. Smells funky, very hay like. My buddy commented that this beer alone is enough to justify the 'barnyard' adjective, or something along those lines. The acidity is moderate in taste. There's lemon and then some nuttiness which is odd... I guess; but I liked that aspect. While different from other Gueuze and quite tasty, having had many 'loons in small quantities, I can safely say that as far as my tastes go, 3F is where it's at!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jeff. Snifter.

A: Pours a light straw golden, flat, no head, no lace.
S: Light funk and acid on the nose with a big barrel quality. Cognac and vinous white wine are light.
T: Sweet tasting with notes of oak, cognac, straw, and light acid. Very vinous, but overall the flavors aren’t very strong.
M: Twinge of acid, not tart or bitter, medium body, no carb. Smooth, drying but not crazy, and very drinkable. Wish it had a few bubbles though.
O: Not the greatest flavor profile and a little muted, but still a very delicious and drinkable beer.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle generously shared by ipa247. Thanks Jeff. Pours a clear golden amber with no head. There are a couple of bubbles around the edge of the glass and no lacing. The aroma is funky with the cognac presence obvious and a bit of oak. There is also a light mushroom note. A bit of alcohol is there as well. It's not a lot, but more than any other lambic I've had. The initial taste has a light sweetness with a decent tartness. There is some funky oak, a bit of brandy, and some mushroom. The finish has some brandy and a bit of alcohol. Medium body. Low carbonation. Not bad, but certainly not my favorite Cantillon beer. It could have used a little more carbonation.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened by Dan at our Thursday whale tasting. Been waiting a long time for this one.

A-Pours a hazy brownish orange in color with some soapy bubbles.

S-Nose is incredibly unique for a Cantillon. Unlike Crianza, the cognac character is actually pretty prominent. There is gueuze underneath the blanket of cognac and oak.

T-Flavor is pretty heavy cognac and then it falls back onto the gueuze. The acidity is pretty sharp.

M-Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is low, some light heat from the cognac.

O-Extremely unique gueuze by Cantillon. I know Jean hated how this turned out, but I liked it a lot. Can’t wait to open my bottle.

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Photo of kayalla
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Cantillon tulip glass clear orange gold with a white head. Aroma is major funk, cheese rind, orange, vinous. Good and a lot like their Classic Gueuze. Flavor is a bit singular and straightforward with a lot of cheesy funk and light fruits, but not much complexity of depth. We actually drank this with the Classic Gueuze from 2007, which I found to be more complex and interesting. The Classic was a lot longer and complex. Still a very nice gueuze!

Well I had another bottle of this and my opinion has changed a bit. The second bottle had an amazing combination of citrus acidity, heavy funk, and a pretty wild edge from the cognac barrel. About as good as the 2007 Classic.

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Photo of sarro
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 750 decanted without yeast or sediment and shared with friends. Pours a light gold with a thin white head. The nose is full of funk, raw fruit, wood and sweet grapes. The taste is acidic and funky as expected with a bit of sulfur too. Mouth feel is light with a medium carbonation to high carbonation, a dry finish and a warming finish in the throat--probably from the acidity. The finish includes waves of light fruit with brilliant tartness, subtle brandy, and woody vanilla. I did pick up some subtle vinous notes in the smell and taste, but the cognac clearly takes a backseat to all other characteristics of the Gueuze. With that said, it was still incredibly enjoyable.

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Photo of seeswo
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
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 levifunk
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Verecund
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

July 2011. Barreled in 2005, bottled in 2007.

Lightly coppered yellow-orange. One finger of head recedes to bubbles covering half of the glass. Some haze.

Bright citrus (orange), both tart and sweet, cutting through the damp hay funk. Tart green apple and sweet white grape - I'm guessing from the cognac - and just a peek of acetone (nail polish) that, once identified, I couldn't get past.

Lots going on on the palate. Hay, big boy funk, citric and acetic acidity, and a touch of peachy fruit. There's also some lactic acidity that's a bit too buttery in character. Probably the booziest Cantillon I've had, which is quite intriguing, with a tannic oak finish.

Lower medium carbonation, which makes this feel a bit full and sticky.

I don't like the word unique as a descriptor, but this is certainly different, and 50N-4E has depth to it. Having had this next to Crianza, I have to say I probably prefer that beer to this one, maybe because (contra most people's experiences) there's a bit too much cognac character here for me. And the acetone on the nose is hugely off-putting.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

750ml bottle, thanks Brad! Cork slides off without any sound, which was odd. Pours a very slightly hazy honey orange with a fine soapy head. Awesome lacing. Aroma is really heavy on lemons, green apples, and hay, with a bit of metal or blood that isn’t really appealing. Really nice in the mouth - soft and puckering, the tart lemons and green apples shine, the finish is round and short. Strange. I don’t taste any cognac, but that round finish could be the effect of the cognac barrel. Not quite as harsh and bone-dry as some Cantillon. Really sour, but graceful and very tasty. Such a flavorful and well integrated sour component on this one.

Looking back at this rating, I need to have this beer again. Would be cool to drink next to Crianza Helena.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a caramel-copper hue, and looks more visibly viscous than most Cantillons. There is a polite encircling ring of white froth that sticks around as the glass empties.

S - The nose is tart in a very unusual way; more like unripe orchard fruit than sour or acidic. It conveys astringency and bitterness (which does not follow through to the taste.) There is also a vinous note which is more reminiscent of Vinho Verde than Cognac. The funk is mellow in the nose, suggestions of damp hay and general mustiness are perceived, but not acutely.

T - The flavor is sweeter than the nose suggests, and is also more funky. Various expositions of woodiness figure more heavily in this one. Impressions of musty wet oak and basement are noted, as is a tannic oak element. Fruitiness is suggested, but in exotic and unusual forms: crabapple, loquat, carambola, soursop, muscat and even vague notes of kerala are in the mix. There is also a bit of booze noticeable for a Gueuze.

M - The feel is more satiny than any Gueuze I've had; works well.

O - Quite a nice brew, though it is not as good as Cuvee des Champions which preceded it.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the Brick Store – the last one from the cellar. 2007 vintage I believe.

Pours a hazy orange color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of funk backed by light malts. Also present are light hints of medium fruits – pears and green apples – and lighter hints of oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more nuanced. Light malt flavors kick things off before being joined by solid amounts of funk – wet hay with slight amounts of leather. Mildly tart fruit flavors – pears mostly with lighter green apples – come into play midway through the sip. As the sip progresses small amounts of white grape flavors make an appearance. Slight earthy hops and smooth oak flavors work their way into things near the end of the sip, fading out into a moderately tart ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with slick carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall, I tried as hard as I could to pinpoint the cognac but the only barrel influence I found was from the oak. The funk in this beer is great as is almost always the case with Cantillon, but the subtleties of the fruit flavors set this one apart. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by nerd at DLD '11; poured into a wine glass, immediately after Crianza Helena (from the same BA). Talk about generosity!

A: Very hazy gold body, next to no head. Light ring of bubbles. Not bad at all, but no better than average.

S: Classic Cantillon funk (barnyard, hay, mustardseed, lemon, etc), plus a bit of sharp sourness that goes above and beyond the norm for even a Gueuze. My nostrils are throbbing, and that's awesome.

T: Acidic and fruity, with some sweet-tart candy notes peeking through. The huge trademark funk really carries the day, though, as I suppose it should. I was hoping for more from the barrels, but I'm still more than blown away by how tasty this beer is.

M: Lively medium body, soft carbonation. Very sour, very prickly, very wonderful.

O: I scored Crianza Helena slightly higher, and found it to have a bit more individuality, but I absolutely loved this beer's no-nonsense approach to deliver maximum sourness and maximum funk. Everything about it just screamed Cantillon, and you can't do much better than that.


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Photo of billshmeinke
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty golden color. Retention is nice. Spotty lacing down the side of the glass.

Funky, bretty, some sweet malt, the cognac doesn't come through on the nose.

Lemony acidity, funk, bretty, the cognac comes through very lightly.

Pretty mellow on the sourness. Really smooth and tasty.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Got to try this one at Dark Lord Day. Huge thanks to nerd again for sharing another huge Want of mine. Poured into my SAVOR mini snifter.

a - Pours a hazy yellow color with an orangish tint, one inch of fluffy white head, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of that Cantillon barnyard funk, some sour fruit, citrus, earthy notes, and mustiness. Not the sourest smelling Cantillon, but great none the less.

t - Taste follows the nose; lots of funk, some sour fruit, earthy malts, dirt, mustiness, and light citrus. Again, really great.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, really great and easy to drink.

o - Overall another great Cantillon beer in my opinion; there beers continue to live up to my expectations. Would love to have it again sometime.

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