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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 496
Hads: 2,570
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 2,684
Gots: 553 | FT: 46
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Brasserie Cantillon
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002

Apricot Lambic
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Reviews: 496 | Hads: 2,570
Photo of raverjames
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle purchase at the Charleston Beer Exchange. 2009 vintage, I believe.

A: Pale golden color with 3 finger white head. Lots of murky stuff in there. You can really tell this is bottle conditioned and unfiltered.
S: Funk! Vinegar and sour fruits come out first. This is followed by a nice apricot aroma. The last thing you smell is almost wrong (dirty diaper).
T: Sour apricots with more vinegar. Nice touch of brett in the aftertaste.
M: Very sour, though not quite on the level of St Lamvinus. Tart and bubbly on the tongue. Very nice and dry.
D: I am not going to kid myself here. It is a wonderful beer and it covers everything a true lambic should be. However, drinking a whole bottle would likely destroy my stomach. Not perfect, but still pretty close.

This was another wonderful beer from Cantillon. They are still one of the top breweries in the world, in my opinion.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage 750ml bottle into Stone Levitation tulip.

A - Pours a light golden color with a white head. Half a fingers worth of head leaves some lacing along with a nice cap on top of the beer.

S - Super tart/sour, funk, barynard notes, apricots, sweet fruit such as mangos and pears. A nice meld of funk and sweetness. Lots of the funk up front and a nice subtle sweetness on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, only more sweet fruit notes by comparison. Sour/tart, funky barnyard, horse blanket, apricots, pears.

M - Light and fizzy. Champagne-esk carbonation. Refreshing and gentle on the palate.

D - Not my favorite from Cantillon, but I do like this to change it up every now and then. Looking forward to trying the 2009 release here soon.

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Photo of Maction
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This settles into a hazy straw gold blonde, with a typical-for-style haze of a head

S: Bouquet of sour vinegar, horse stable with straw, and peach pit

T: The flavor is tart and acidic, followed by sweeter apricot, followed by copper-ish mineral flavors, both complex and refreshing.

M: A sting of carbonation, then creamy stillness. It fills the mouth without coating it or being chewy. Belgians have the best mouth feel.

D: This goes down too quickly, and should be savored.

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - I loved this smell tart and sour apricots filled my nose

T - Tastes just like it smells tart and sour apricots it was a party in my mouth

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Cantillon makes some bad ass Lambics and this one is no exception this is what a real fruit Lambic tastes like worth getting your hands on to try

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Photo of ricke
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005. Best before December 2009.

A: Very hazy orange color with a reasonably big white head that leaves plenty of lacings.

S: The smell is really acidic with lots of tart fruit notes of lemon, apricots and some green apples. Lots of funky notes as well, mostly mud and blanket. Very intense.

T: The taste is almost unbelievably sour, really mouth-puckering. Lots of acidic fruit notes, mostly of apricots and lemon. Pleasant rustic funky notes of mud and wet hey. Notes of grass and wood. The finish is bone dry, and I really mean bone dry. The beer ends with tart notes of apricots, hints of salty aged cheese, mild grassy bitterness and lingering acidity.

M: Medium body, rather sparkling carbonation.

D: I've had this beer once before, but I was still amazed over how sour it is. By far one of the most sour beers I've tried. All in all, it's a great beer - wonderful fruity character and intense rustic flavors.

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Photo of botham
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a single finger of white head that retains shortly and leaves a soapy rim after a minute or two.

Aroma is of heavy Cantillon funk and a base of acidity with notes of wet hay, horse blanket and some distant fruit that blends right into the funk. Only Cantillon can produce a funk like the one here. So intense, yet curiously soft in the nose. Wonderfully proportioned without much of an apricot presence, but that doesn't hurt the brew at all.

Taste is excellent. Follows the nose closely with an acidity that cuts through the other notes and leaves the palate semi-dry with the only residual being a bit of funk. The funk is less concentrated than it is on the palate, but just as complex. A pucker after the finish leaves the palate wanting more. There is solace here for sour lovers, but this may be too acidic for those not aquired to the taste. Otherwise this is a standard brew from Cantillon: nothing short of fantastic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a heavy acidity and a puckering sourness that leaves the palate semi-dry and mildly sticky. A wonderful sour in texture.

Drinkability is great. Truly sour, but very tasty. The acidic notes are balanced by a healthy dose of funk, all under a light fruit banner. Only a Cantillon brew can reach the level of something this complex, yet so drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow hue. A small bubbly white head forms that leaves some lace.
S: The aroma is huge, and just amazing. I can smell this all the way across the room. Sour and tart fruits. Funky barnyard aromas, Belgian yeast. Apricot comes out in full force as this warms up a bit.
T: Again, sour and tart fruits. Funky flavors that follow the nose. Some yeast, and apricot comes out as this warms up. The typical acidic and vinegar flavor for Cantillon. Again, a huge flavor that is great.
M/D: A medium body that has a little to much carbonation. Dry and crisp. The sourness makes this a slow sipper. Though I can sip on this all day.

Another wonderful Lambic from Cantillon. This is what a fruit Lambic should be. Not artificial flavor and syrup that so many other examples are. Highly recommended. I have to give a big thanks to biggreen for sharing this with armock and me.

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Photo of Habanero58
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have tried Cantillon's Fou' Foune several times and have always enjoyed it immensely but not like this one!

I picked up this bottle in person from the Cantillon brewey less than one month ago and it appears it was only bottled in Aug 2009!

Maybe that is why I was REALLY blown away this time, as the intense apricot smell and taste was at full power.

The balance of the apricot with the trademark Cantillon sourness was exceptional, in a similar way to the blueberry profile of the 2009 blabaer. It's been like catching a master brewer at the absolute peak of form in 2009.

I have to highlight the drinkability of this! For me at least this 750ml bottle disappeared with such ease that if a second bottle had been at hand tonight it would have been a struggle not to go for 1.5 litres...it was just so delicious, OK I admit to being pretty enthusiastic about sours, but this was SO moorish!!

I managed to pick up a few 2009 bottled Lou Pepe's and an Iris on this visit so I am pretty excited about these considering Cantillon's current form.

I await with interest what they are going to try next?

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really clear amber color with one finger of white head. Visible carbonation with nice lacing.

S: Funk up front. Apricot after. Very musty. It smells like spider web covered casks.

T: A tow front glandular assault. My throat collapses from the apricot and tart combination. The lacto almost makes your throat hurt. Excellent.

M: Super light. The lacto makes it feel heavier than it is.

D: Glorious torture. It is insane how your throat collapses. Amazing beer. Cantillon is nothing short of an amazing world class brewery. If you see their beer you buy it.

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Photo of rye726
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in '07

Pours a hazy cedar with shades of peach. Thick white head has excellent lacing and settles to a thin cover.

Nose has tart citrus, apricots, manure, oak, horse blanket and earthy soil. The apricot presence really grows as this warms and pairs beautifully with the many other complex aromas.

Taste is quite sour and acidic up front followed by sweet malts, oak, barnyard funk, sharp citrus fruits and apricots.

Crisp body is delicately carbonated with a nice dry finish. Another amazing lambic from Cantillon.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this one. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. 2008 Vintage.

A- The outside edges of the beer carried a pale, straw yellow color. As you move towards the center, the color becomes more of a hazy, vibrant golden color. Quite remarkable. Hazy, zero visibility overall. Produced a half fingers width of white head, quickly dissipated.

S- A wonderful combination of ripe apricots with some lemon zest and oak. If I didn't have to extract this glorious nectar with a couple twirls before each sip, I would have given it a higher score.

T- All I can say is that this is a sourheads wet dream. One of the better experiences I have had with a beer. For the simplistic flavors and ingredients, this was pure perfection. The ripe apricot aroma that was not so pronounced in the smell hits you as soon as the beer touches your palate. Combine this with some oak flavors and an acetic citrus concoction and you have yourself a fantastic brew. Seriously, one of the most mouthpuckering beers I have had. The sour intenseness just grew and grew, paving the way for an awesome finish.

M- If I could find one flaw is that maybe it could have used a tad bit more carbonation. Still, very solid. Light to medium bodied. Coated the palate wonderfully, leaving a consistent sour residue.

D- For those of you that aren't sourheads, be warned. This is damn delicious and very sour! For me, I could drink this all day. For others, I can see how this might get overwhelming at points.

Overall, yup...after this I am loading up on a few bottles for my cellar. It's amazing how people go nuts over the new rarest sours, yet forget about Cantillon. They easily make the best and most consistent sours in the world. If your a sourhead and have been following all the hype behind American sours, do yourself a favor and pick this up. It'll make you forget all about trading for $30 sours from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml bottle with oakbluff at the beerbistro, served in a Cantillon tumbler.

Pours a lightly hazy orange/golden, very thin and fizzy white head forms, disappears to a tiny ring, no lacing, looks like a lambic! Smell is real nice, definite funk, lemons, wood, apricots, peaches, vinegar, quite acidic in the nose, some bready malts, nice. Taste is similar, sharp and acidic at first, sweet sour middle, like those old school peach candies, apricot is subtle but there, peaches, lemons, lightly woody, nice vinegar and acetic finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable. Another great lambic!

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Photo of vacax
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord. Great store!

Pours a light... apricot... color, a cloudy yellow-orange with a relatively sparse, but dense head. Aroma is an immediate signature Cantillon sour yeast element, but ripe fresh apricots are blended beautifully into this one. The sour lemony acetic quality of the lambic is divine paired with the apricots in this. A joy to inahale. The taste is a blast of the sourness I adore from Cantillon paired with a complex fruitiness. What is biting into a fresh lemon at one moment tastes like sour apricots the next moment, or orange zest. If I dare sayso, this is one of the best authentic authentic fruit lambics I have tasted. Body is light, with tight medium carbonatioon that leaves me puckered. As sour as this is, the fruit really enhances everything from aroma to drinkability. Lasting tart apricot finish keeps me going back for another sip. Exceptional.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle newtonty shared with me has two heavenly bodies on the label... Brewing in 2008 per the cork. Thanks for sharing, man!!!

Pours a cloudy peach with bananna hues with a small halo of white foam around the edges. No lacing seen.

There's a great, clean funk on the nose following by bitter citrus including orange rind, lemon and a bit of the barn...

Oak, sour, lemon and orange zest follows on the flavor. This is a delightful sour that's just on the cusp of being very bitter.

Light, refreshing and has a great sour aftertaste. Very nice beer for it's style... Cantillon makes great beer.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.

served in unique klokke roeland stemless snifter.

just wanted to note that this time around, there is a much bigger blast of fruity ripe apricot (skins and all), especially in the aroma, while still having all the complexities as before.

served a little less cold this time, so i didn't have to wait for it to warm. thus i got a little more carbonation, and thus probably more body.

warrants some score boosting

smell 4.0 -> 4.5
mouthfeel 3.5 -> 4.0

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ORIGINAL REVIEW 2-12-2009

on-tap at deep ellum, in allston, massachusetts. poured into goblet with a slight taper and flare.

bright straw color with amber tones. hazy. nice head that barely fades. this was served to me far too cold for my tastes, so i had to warm it up in my hands for about 5-7 minutes. even after all this, the thin layer of head still remained! lacing forms after each sip, but never sticks.

cider vinegar and gentle funk in the nose, with woody oak and a hint of leather, which really peaks in the middle.

flavor is tart, like champagne and cider vinegars. more wood and leather. hints of yeast and funk mingle near the end, which remains tart and crisp.

peach or apricot fruit is actually only barely perceptible in both the nose and palate, and really only if you look for it.

feel is crisp and acidic, but just slightly thin. carbonation is quite mild. keep in mind that we had to let this sit for nearly ten minutes to warm up.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

A. Bright gold color. Bubbly presence with no head. Clear.

S. Barnyard, horses-ass funk mixed with peaches and Brett. Sweaty-footy aroma too.

T. Crisp, lactic sourness with expected Brett funkiness. Peaches, apricots, and lemon juice round out the taste.

M. Very zingy, highly carbonated, and simply wonderful.

D. Acidic and sour but and easy drink on the patio on a hot day.

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Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter glass a hazy orange hued golden with a centimetre of white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Brett/barnyard funk with a vauge, but noticeable apricot underlaying.
T - Apricot with a lot of brett & barnyard character.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation. Quite a mouth puckering, sour tartness.
D - Not something I'd drink heaps of but something I'd want to have on hand every now and then.

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Photo of paytoplay
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at toro 1st annv. Must of been a half barrel as it's lasted a couple days. Very excited to try because i just bought a bottle and wanted to see how long to age it. I'd say 2-3 years in bottle will be perfect. Had next to beatification batch 2, which was much more sour, and it was great to go back and forth between the 2. Apricots come thru but only when it warmed up and on the super long finish. A femenin brew but personaly i enjoyed this cold as it was so refreshing. Too bad it's not available all the time and around $10 for a 750 because it is the perfect summer brew. Very nice and again a pleasure to have a shot at this on draft.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2007. Windir and Fou' Foune in the Holiday Inn Express. Epic, to say the least.

Poured into my Deschutes snifter, the beer is a bright and hazy straw golden with a huge frothy white head. A beautiful beer. The color is reminiscent of peaches, perhaps freshly picked by a young and homely Belgian maiden.

The aroma has a very strong Brett profile. Notes of Siberian tiger urine and horse blanket attack my nostrils, as well as goaty musty barnyard. Apricots are in the distant background and I might not have noticed them if I hadn't read the label. Sadly, I was hoping for more apricot character in this beer. It smells sweet and slightly tart.

The flavor is also dominated by Brett, mostly musty barnyard. The beer is tart for a short amount of time, but then abruptly cuts off and leaves my palate hanging. Fruity notes hint at apricots, struggling to rise above the Brett. The finish is musty, goaty Brettanomyces with vague fruit notes. Alas, I was hoping for more fruit in the flavor as well.

Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation and a dry, slightly puckering mouthfeel.

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Photo of emerge077
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at cellar temperature in a Girardin tumbler glass. 2006 cork. The first thing I notice is the super bright clarity and orange jewel tone, pretty much in line with the marriage of apricots and lambic. There was a nice cap of micro fizzy foam, that miraculously stuck around for the whole glass. Micro particles of fruit (!) or yeast were suspended in the glass, and each sip stirred up a flurry of bubbles. Aroma was out of this world, strong identifiable Cantillon lambic (lemon citrus, musty oak) once the cork popped. On closer inspection, the nose was dead on fuzzy apricots. Mild acidic notes with wet wood underneath the huge amount of fruit. I find myself smelling this just as often as I drink it.

Bracing sourness at first that gives way to a puckering fruity apricot flavor. Dry finish with occasional notes of musty wet barrel, slightly tannic, with succulent apricot pits, stems, and fruit. After getting acclimated to the fairly intense sourness, this was an absolute dream. Excuse me while I polish off the bottle...

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this immediately after having an Upland Blueberry. No comparison. This place is still far and away better at producing any kind of fruit lambics than anything here in the states. Plus, this stuff is available here on my local liquor store shelf. Why again am I trading rare beers for sours produced here when this stuff is readily available? A treasure. Pours a slightly hazy golden with the barest head. Glows in the glass. Smells very sour and acetic with some savory/salty notes, and pure, zingy apricot on the finish. The taste is awesome. Sour, salty, and with absolutely vibrant apricot flavors. Tangy and sweet notes with some light funk/barnyard right at the end. Wonderfully blanced and laser like in flavor. The mouthfeel is juicy, clean, and absolutely knife-like in how it cuts through the palate. Delicious, as always. I think this is one of their better lambics. The apricot really lends itself to the style.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

damn good beer.

pours cloudy orange with a big foamy head that dissipates almost immediately. p-funk nose, that's got a dirty earthy "horse blanket" thing going on. tastes sour, with a mild apricot thing going on. the apricots aren't super prevalent, they're just there sort of as a back up.

solid beer, get if you can.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very light orangish colored body that looks a little like an apricot color itself. A pretty good sized cream colored head rises above that body and has some decent retention. Leaves some lacing behind on my glass.

The smell is great. A big blast of tartness like one would expect, with notes of vinegar but followed by a great apricot aroma that smells like it is natural.

This beer tastes a little more sour than it smells. The biting, puckering chracter that every Cantillon has comes through with a big burst of tartness. The sad thing is that the apricot in the aroma doesn't really transfer over to the flavor. Only a touch of the fruit comes through, and that only if you look really hard for it. Overall a good lambic, but I would like some more apricot.

Mouthfeel is dry and puckering.

Drinkable beer, a little less biting than some Cantillons such as the kriek.

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Photo of SimmoGee
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a flute glass. Found this one at Plonk in Canberra

A - Poured with a good ivory coloured head which then dissipated over time to reveal a cloudy apricot colour liquid.

S - A funky sour smell bites at the nose. I think that I served it too cold initially, it was only when it warmed up did I get a nice apricot smell.

T- Insanely sour on the first sip but this really grows on you with each sip thereafter. As for the smell, as it warmed up I began to get a gentle apricot taste.

M - A smooth mouthfeel that is slightly dry.

D - If you didn't take another sip after the first one, you would swear this is undrinkable. As I said earlier, as it warmed up it really came into its own. I find it really hard not to like anything from Cantillon (not that I'm trying to hate it). Well done again Mr Van Roy! I only wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of Overlord
3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange gold. Small white foam crusting. Nice bubbling.

Smells like unripe apricot, vinegar, and a hint of funk. Muted funk, though.

Taste is insanely dry. There's a soury apricot, apple, and lemon vinegar notes. The sourness would be more palatable if there was any balancing agent, but this is so extraordinarly arid, it becomes a chore after a while.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated.

For a beer with such a strong fruit component, it's just too dry. I am not sure why, but it's a bit offputting.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.