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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,419 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1419
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.42%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002)
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rallison

California

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joey for bringing this 2002 bottle to Carlos' place for the tasting!

Aroma is funky, citrusy and nice sour peach/apricot - none of that artificial fruit you get from some lesser lambics (and I'm not even talking about the horribly sweet Lindeman's versions). Love that funk.

The taste is quite tart and relatively clean. Yummy funk and sour apricots. Soft wheat-like character upon warming.

Sourness is not quite as sharp as on fresher bottles, but you could argue this is a good thing. My preference - nice and sharp. Age treats it very well though, so you won't go wrong aging a bottle.

Still, one of my favorite Cantillon beers. How I need to get some more bottles! I'm also wavering between a 4.5 and 5 for flavor - I think a fresh bottle might bump the taste score to that elusive 5.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 06:51:22 | More by rallison
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seaoflament

California

4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey for bringing a bottle of this for the tasting at my house the night of 7/19. A 2002 vintage!

The beer is a hazy, light peach and pours with a decent inch and a half of foam, a little soapy trails as it falls down.

The aroma is pure funk and fruit!! Love it. Apricots in full force, natural and not "pixie stick" candy like other apricot beers I've tried. Cheesy, salt water, peaches, and sour orange.

Sour apricots...period. Apricot flesh and skin, salt, and a bit of wheat after it warms up.

Near perfect mouthfeel, slightly syrupy but a good level of carbonation livens this one up enough to be very drinkable. Pure indulgence.

Pucker up!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 03:39:39 | More by seaoflament
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ccrida

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 cork dated 750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Fou' Foune is a hazy, darker gold with a off-white collar and skim.

Smell is super funky, pushing burnt rubber, but in an enticing manner for lambic lovers. As it warms, it gains a soft honey sweetness, although it's very faint. Finally, the apricots flirt through, very nice, wow!

Taste fails to disappoint, this is about as funky as it gets. Four years in, any traces of the famed "Bergeron" apricots are long gone, but I've always preferred pure lambics to fruit ones anyways. As the palate adjusts to the intensity of the sourness, the sweetness starts to cut through, but any hints of the fruit are probably subliminal - if I didn't know the label, I wouldn't recognize them now. Still, I love sours, and this reigns supreme.

Mouthfeel is puckeringly tart, with a medium body for the style.

Drinkablity is precious, if you've come this far and shelled out the dough ($30 in my town) then you'll probably wish you'd be able to drink another bottle. Chances are, you can't. I'm saving the dregs for homebrew. If I come close, I'll drink it all day long, albeit not terribly quickly. This is as sour as it gets! A special vintage bottling indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 07:23:32 | More by ccrida
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jastack

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork on this bottle to find out that it was from early 2006. Poured this one into a Cantillon glass to a bright golden color similar to what you would get in a pilsner with a small white head that dissipates after about a minute to just cover the top of the beer. The smell is quite exceptional with a slight funk fading into a great apricot sweetness, almost exactly what I expected it to be. The flavor of this beer was even better than the aroma. Right up front you get a great dryness that quickly fades into a mouth puckering sourness. This eventually turns tart and the after taste gives you the apricot sweetness. The mouthfeel is quite full considering the beers color with lively carbonation. This beer is a pleasure to drink and a geueze/lambic that would please connoisseurs and novices alike. Although the price was a bit high, this was well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 17:44:15 | More by jastack
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SacoDeToro

California

4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a rocky white head.

The aroma was bursting with sour funk, apricots, and citrus notes.

The flavor was intensely sour - more so than almost any sour I've had before. Simply awesome. The flavors of tart apricots were bright and punchy. The fruit bleneded well with complex brett funk, lacto, and pedio sourness with a slight, but pleasant cheesiness faint in the background.

The beer had prickly carbonation with a light mouthfeel. The beer finished very dry and had a mild astringency that complemented the sour charateristics.

A wonderful fruit lambic with some of the most intense sour flavors I've ever had in a beer. This may be Cantillon's sourest. Dope.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 22:33:39 | More by SacoDeToro
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$20 bottle 22 oz.

A: Hazy lemon/orange color with very thin white head.

S: Tangerine aroma with some spicy tartness. Tart sour grapefruit flavor, like drinking lemon juice straight from the bottle. Wow.

T: Wicked lemon flavor that is overbearingly strong makes this beer truly one dimensional in flavor. It only gets more sour when it warms but in a good way. Truly an acquired taste and for the seasoned Belgium drinker. Wow.

M: Thin body but extreme sharp/acidic lemon flavor. Makes your eyes squint just bringing the glass up to your mouth from the aroma.

D: 1 bomber is plenty for anyone i would guess. really extreme flavor and smoothing sourness. Price is a little steep to justify.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 18:27:47 | More by beerthulhu
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle. The beer poured a hazy golden, cloudy body with a slight head on the first pour. The second pour gave a much thicker head. The nose was fantastic with solid earthy funky notes. The taste was also funky and earthy but nicely sweet with a touch of acid on the backend. Overall a fantastic beer, another one from Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 21:09:52 | More by ggaughan
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jscondon

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a golden yellow with little carbonation, smelling of crazy moldy goodness! the taste is phenomenal, smooth in front with a full tart middle to finish with a very subtle sweetness.

not a pedestrian beer, full flavored and what one would expect. if you like this style you will like the fou' foune it is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:25:37 | More by jscondon
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this one, I like it a lot.

It pours slightly more orange than the gueuze, and pours with the nice effervescent carbonation that lambics are known for.

It both smells and tastes, at least initially, like the gueuze. Lots of sour, coupled with a lot of barnyard. A quenching acidity then takes over, absolutely cleansing the palate and a nice sweet apricot flavor comes through with a nice light twang.

Wow, the acidity on this one is a little harsh, I should have had it after dinner because it would digest anything. Mmmmm.

I generally like my lambics straight-up, no fruits or sugars. But I'll make an exception for this one, this is great.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 22:23:04 | More by shbobdb
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BeerNutta

Australia

4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Fou' Foune

A = Poured a bright copper colour with a thin foam head.

S = Sweet smell of apricots. Ripe, ripe apricots.

T = Initial lemony tartness with slight hint of apricot. There is a fine soft bitterness that lingers on your tongue long after the drink goes down.

M = Light Carbonation. Nice.

D = Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 13:57:01 | More by BeerNutta
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 25cl pour into a La Chouffe tulip glass, consumed at Belmont Station's unofficial PuckerFest in July 2007 (from notes which I just rediscovered).

A: Hazy, golden honey/orange, with a healthy amount of small carbonation crawling up the curving glass. Initially almost 1-finger of fizzy snow-white head, fading quickly to a thin ring and scattering of swirling film.

S: Quite tart aroma, musty and full of pithy citrus. The sweet/sour apricot smell builds and rises with each swirl of the glass. Smells a little dirty and earthy, very fitting for a tart lambic from the masters at Cantillon. One either loves or hates this fragrance; personally I couldn't get enough of this funky, yet mouth-watering, nose-tickler.

T: Bracingly tart/sour at first, filled with lemon and apricot and a undertone of musty natural yeastiness. A pleasantly light sugar sweetness trails down the back, lending a nice balance to the otherwise harsh tartness. Hints of woodiness in the lengthy finish.

M: Surprisingly low carbonation in the mouth, this is smooth and even somewhat viscous. Leaves a coating and acidic tanginess, which keeps the tongue curling and the saliva flowing.

D: A wonderful sipping lambic, with a bold tartness in aroma and flavor and long-lasting memorable mouthfeel. A little like a quenching, pucker-inducing lemonade, ideal for a summery day. Low ABV at 5%, but this isn't really a style you'd want to drink much of. Expensive ($6 for this pour) but worth it, and one I'd love to have again. Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2007 18:43:13 | More by msubulldog25
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sour! Apricot. Looks, smells, and tastes like an apricot. Kinda peachy too. Nice head, ample carbonation, sourness mellows as it warms and the palate becomes used to it. Spicy aromatically. Soupy and peppery. Clean. Nostrils even feel the funk. Palte burns somewhat. Lingeringly sour but it also hits the front lip. This is a serious beer. Wonderful. Served on tap during Pucker Fest at Belmont Station in Portland, OR.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2007 05:55:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY.

Pours a yellow pilsner-like color with a bit of haze, even lighter than the gueuze. The head almost immediately becomes a thin film, leaving sparse lace trails behind. The aroma is tart with wet hay and lemon and a woody hint. The taste is immediately very sour with an acidic wave subduing my whole mouth. Sharp lactic notes are abundant throughout.

Very unripe apricots show in the middle, as well as the nutty slightly astringent taste of their pits. Fruit flavor is very meek compared to the sourness, but luckily the brett, pedioccocus etc fair better. there are lots of farmy, earthy, musty notes all over the place. Cereal and tangy wheat flavors lie in the background. The finish is full of lemon rind sourness. The mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Another fantastic Cantillon beer. It needs more funk and depth to be among the best. Still is ethereal stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 04:30:56 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Westsidethreat

California

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Hazy, dull lemon colored brew with a spritzy carbonation. No head but a lot of bubble activity.

S: Vitamin C, dried hay, bitter funk and apricot.

T: Begins tart and sour, no surprise there. Lemon coats the sides while apricot hits the tip of the tongue as liquid moves across the palate. Sour apple thoughts hit the back of the tongue, near the throat. Then the flavors flash back to the sides with a more butterly lemon aspect. Finish is pure apricot with ascorbic acid mixed in.

M: Medium body, slightly prickly mouthfeel.

D: Complex with great balance. Apricot really comes through as it warms, teases the palate leaving you wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 01:04:56 | More by Westsidethreat
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kenito799

New York

4.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into chalices. Bottled June 2006. Interesting, corked and capped bottle--nice idea for keeping metallic flavors away from the beer. When you pop the cap th beer tries to fizz out around the cork, but corkscrew required to get the cork out. Freshness likely maximized here.

Stored upright, the thick yeast later remained on the bottom of the bottle until my last pours stirred some up. Slightly hazy yellow-amber brew with tiny rim of bubbles. Really nice looking for a lambic.

Aroma is intensely infused with signature brett-wild yeast Cantillon smells that I have grown to love. Within the tangy, citrusy, horse blanket and barnyard lies a readily discernable apricot scent; well integrated, though, it doesn't stand out like an artificial smell might. You want to just inhale this all night.

On the palate the apricot is there but again subtly integrated into the gorgeously tart and crisp lambic backbone. Bone-dry as we expect from the real lambic makers; very refreshing and drinkable, complements food wonderfully...some of the best brewing art on the planet. Lowish lambic ABVs are a plus for drinakbility in my book. Stirring some yeast into the final pours intensified and added more yeasty notes...I recommend trying it. If any beer is worth more than $20/750ml, this is one. I just bought more. I want to move to Brussels.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 20:33:30 | More by kenito799
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden, with a fizzy white head that thins to a persistent ring.

Smell: Sour, light apricot fruitiness, with a strong wet blanket aroma that appears upon swirling.

Taste: Sourness is strong throughout. Sweet apricots appear in the center and fade as earthy barnyard flavors become dominant in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with an extremely dry finish.

Drinkability: The relatively subdued sourness and fruitiness make this easy to drink.

Overall: A nice balance between sourness and fruity and funky flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 03:53:36 | More by EPICAC
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, poured into a Cantillon glass. It was on my top 3 list to try when I saw their draft list (where else in the Midwest would I find this beer on tap?). It was kind of light yellow colored, hazy, and initially had a huge head. The smell was sour and acidic with a hint of citrucy fruit. The taste was sour and tart with a very mild apricot flavor. It was awesome. I could have easily had more, but there were other beers to try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2006 12:10:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A treat to experience on tap @ Spuyten D. in Bklyn. as part of their Yeast fest of a week ago. Pours soft, cloudy tangerine, with a minimal off white head, with minor lacing. Funky, fruity nose. Moderatly sour brew with a slight nod in the flavor profile to the adertised apricots. Long lasting sour/bret notes linger and linger in the mouth. Pleasantly sour and soft. Very tasty stuff, delicate and complex on tap. World class lambic, go get some.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2006 11:46:39 | More by Billolick
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gosurfobx

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute. Pours a hazy straw color with a head that settles down to a film. Smells like the normal lambic brett funk. Taste has crisp lambic tartness. The apricots used in making this are hardly tasted in the beginning but get a little stronger towards the end. Very good effervescent mouthfeel. Another very drinkable lambic from cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 03:46:18 | More by gosurfobx
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cork dated 2004, pours into large flute glass at 50f with active 30% hea, this beer is very carbonated. I bought this bottle in the US just recently.

smell is typical cantillon acidic musty along with an unusual moldy odor I would normally associated with something ruined, but with lambic and cantillon in particular this is probably a good sign.

Taste is initially very dry and pucker-sour, and initial no fruit notes are visible in this. The second swallow I get a distinct hint of peach or apricot. At this point some of this replaces the moldy note in the odor. My palate seems to adapt quickly and the extreme pucker-power is more enjoyable.

The aftertaste is notably apricot-ish, the part of the mouth not burned by pucker-sour notes feels distinctly that it has had an unusual fruit in its lambic.

Further into the bottle the fruit note becomes more prominent, carbonation remains very active, probably adding to the apparent harshness at first noted.

A somewhat unusual but typically excellent product from Cantillon

Follow-up - this beer was very slow-drinking and actually caused moderate acid indigestion, something I almost never get, not even from cantillon lambics. Stomach pain finally got so bad I did something I have never done with a cantillon product before - I gave up and poured the last 25% out. I am going to let my remaining bottles of this sit for a year or more and see if they mellow out.

I drink cantillon products all the time and have never had anything like this. No idea if it is a temporary gastrointestinal problem on my part (comment 4/28/06, it was almost certainly a beer issue) but there are no other indications that it is anything but the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 04:04:01 | More by dogfooddog
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a fluted glass. The vintage date was 2002 on the cork.

Appearance: The beer poured a murky slightly green tinged pale amber coloration. Very light carbonation bubbled up in the glass. There is no head to speak of and no lacing present on the glass. This beer pretty much looks as expected.

Smell: I smelled tons of funky yeastyness playing with a vaguely citrusy vinegar combo. The funkyness of a cantillon is pretty unforgetable. Many of the smells present in the beer would be offensive in there own right combined together they form a strangely desireable combo.

Taste: The beer has the briefiest of sweetness followed by intense biting acidic vinegar punch. There are all the funky taste associated with a lambic in the beer , farmyard, barnyard and a romper room combo. Oddly enough this beer is not offensive to my palate.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a light body with a heavy sharp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This beer was difficult for me to drink at times and hard to put down at others. I will definately give this one another try later.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 11:32:49 | More by nlmartin
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Crosling

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apricot colored liquid below a small, slowing forming head. Initially bright and vibrant fruit aroma of apricot and peach, which becomes less apparent as the bottle nears final consumption. Other aromatic Cantillon lambic qualities are also present, but in a subtle way. Unbelievably harsh citric acid flavor, with very little character besides an extreme amount of sourness. This is an unbelievably intense lambic, probably the most sour lambic ever. It’s so strange, because I adore the three year old Grand Cru, but that beer has so much more depth and character, besides the sourness. This is just cutting, with very little fruit character.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 03:30:50 | More by Crosling
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2003: Pours with slight carbonation, body is light, hazy yellow, tiny bit of orange. The smell tempts me to jump in, but I resist it. Oranges, tangerines, peaches, malt, with all the dirty flavors that one would expect.

The flavor is awesome. Fruit flavors of oranges, peaches, and apricots. Then, the dirt, the dust, the must, and the funk. This is amazing. The mouthfeel is puckering, to say the least. As always with Cantillon lambics, drinkability depends on whether you like sour beers or not. I love em, and this is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 23:42:20 | More by Sephiroth
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle

Appearance: Sunny and peachy orange like a tropical sunset or a really bad 80's T-shirt, it sported a thin white lacing.

Smell: Kapow! The usual Cantillon rainbow of aromas that you're not supposed to like but still do, the hay, the pig pen, old baseball mit and grandma's old photo album are there, but the fruit seems much more present, as if it were served with a twist of orange.

Taste: If it were any more acidic than this, it would puncture your stomach. But the fruit shines beautifully once again, showing oranges, tangerines, peaches and a little passion fruit. Finish is sharp and dry, but with a very long tongue flipping aftermath. The drinkability of this elixir was strongly debated amongst those who were kind enough to share it with me, and as usual concensus was not achieved. I was on the "yes" side, because I already dusted off a 750 by myself in Brussels, however I didn't enjoy the bottle I had at Delirium Café as much as this one. But I agree with the fact that this isn't for everyone. I'm not saying this to pass off as a snob, I'm just saying that there isn't enough Pepsid AC, Rolaids or Tums on earth to cure what this Beer would do to anyone with ulsers or acid reflux.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 02:06:46 | More by Goldorak
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HardTarget

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork notes a 2004 vintage.

Aroma: Another kick in the head from a true Lambic. Musty, old, hints of over ripe peach, bile, vinegar, farm, and various animals.

Appearance: Hazy apricot glass shows no head and thus, no lace. Looks like peach nectar.

Flavor: Intense! Once you get past the lemon juice, it’s like you’re running around a farmyard putting your tongue on various things, some of which don’t appreciate it. While my other Lambic experiences have lemon juice intensity, I really got the lemon/citric feeling out of this one.

Mouthfeel: Mouth curdling tart, bone dry.

Overall Impression: Good! Same pucker vinegar nut check “Am I man enough?” intensity. I’m glad to report that, yes, yes I am, but wow these Lambics have me up in the middle of the night running for antacids. It’s like they try to crawl back out, but no problems getting them down.
Thanks once again to Stonecrusher for the continued education.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 17:30:04 | More by HardTarget
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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