Fou D'or
Hermit Thrush Brewery

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Hermit Thrush Brewery
Vermont, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #520
Ranked #7,640
4.12 | pDev: 7.52%
Aug 02, 2020
Jan 21, 2018
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Ratings by kylew5:
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4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by kylew5 from Florida

Jul 10, 2019
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4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on May 05, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Billolick from New York

Tall can from the source in VT...purchased about 6 months or so and aged since then in the back of my dating info that I can find.

Pour out with a medium cloudiness, minimal head that quickly departs, with no film, collar or lacing left behind.

Earthy and bright nose with tart apples coming to mind.

Fruity, crisp, flavorful brew, bursting with ripe tart apple cider notes and qualities, soft overripe melon, cherries, tart berries....again an earthiness underlying things...simply over the top complex and delicious...fine work here by the fine folks at HTB...should have bought a case, instead of one stinkin' can!

Apr 16, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by deleted_user_995920

Pours a translucent light peach color with a fast champagne bubbly head. Smell is muted,wet leather, mild barrel notes. Taste is Tart and sour in a good way. Sort of like "sweet and sour candy. Picking up some dank earthiness,would not call it "funky". Almost a wet hay taste. Feels crisp and clean, ample carbonation. Finishes juicy. Overall a very nice sour wild ale. I think this brewery is trying to pay off the big oak vats by charging 36$ a 4pack of 16oz cans. I bought one to see if was justified and the answer is flat out NO- Good beer , insane price-

Jan 05, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Hermit Thrush Brewery "Fou D'or"
1 Pint can without production codes or freshness dating
$8.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I love the name! I like the bright yellow label as well. It's poured a somewhat hazy dark golden body with a kind of brass sheen to it beneath a finger-thick head of bright white foam. I don't expect the head to stick around for too long as it's a sour beer, but damn if it isn't taking a long time to drop. The aroma is fruity, oaky,and suggests tartness. The flavor is not as sour as I thought it would be, which is good because at this level, what I'd call very tart, you could drink more than one if you wanted to. That is, of course, if you don't have stomach issues. I love sour beers, and I have no issues, but even for me if a beer is too sharp I can get burned out after one. On to the flavor, it's as you would expect given the aroma. It's tart with notes of sharp apple, pear, and red berries but the oak and a good bit of lightly sweetish and doughy malt come through as well. And that's it. It's simple and straightforward but it's also very clean and nicely balanced for what it is. Looking back I still have a nice collar on it, and the initial head left some nice lacing - that's good for a sour beer. In the mouth it's acidic as you'd expect, and that kind of sticks at the back of your throat a bit. It's medium-light in body, and crisp with a very fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation. This is a beautiful beer naturally fermented in oak, which is what I expect from Hermit Thrush. Beautiful! I could ask for just a little bit more depth of character but at the same time I kind of like it as it is because it doesn't demand a lot of thought or focus, you can just drink it and be happy.
Review #6,743

Oct 03, 2019
4.49 by jpd026 from New York on Aug 11, 2019
4.5 by redfox405 from California on Jul 21, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cbutova from Massachusetts

A- Tallboy can pours into a small becher glass with a mostly clear deep golden body and a small fizzy, frothy white cap. The head reachces about a finger high with poor retention. Rare spotty lacing.

S- Bright and acidic HT flora ferment is bold and carries all of the clout in the aroma. The acid is mostly lactic and lemony sour but there is just a touch of acetic vinaigrette. Sour apples, wet oak, vinous sour grapes, grape stems, musty fruits, sour wine and hints of funky hay.

T- Comes off a bit more like an unblendic, sour young lambic here compared to the aroma as the acidic portion of the brew is just straight up sour here. Bright, sour and vinous/fruity. Sour vinous grapes, apple, lemon, intense lactic acid, slight vinegar, wet smooth oak and just a but of musty funk.

MF- Light bodied with a very high level of carbonation. The texture is puffy and slightly frothy and it ends very, very sour.

A really sour golden ale that comes off like a young unblended lambic but a bit more sour and less complex than that. Fruity, bright and some nice foudre character. HT deserves more credit.

Jul 08, 2019
3.79 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Jul 05, 2019
4.21 by bluehende from Delaware on May 17, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head covering the surface that left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of apples and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite sour, with flavors of apples and oak from the foudre aging.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This sour ale has a nice balance of aromas and flavors of apples and oak.

Serving type: can

Mar 10, 2019
4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Mar 10, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

Had on tap at the brewery. The beer had a clear, dark yellow appearance with a thin head. This beer had a complex nose to me. I could sense the aged wood hints but its wrapped around some sharp citrus flavors. The flavor of the beer had an apple sour taste. Medium body. Overall, really interesting aromas and a good taste.

Nov 13, 2018
3.75 by fosters9 from New York on Nov 05, 2018
4.22 by DustyBeerz from New York on Oct 24, 2018
4.29 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Sep 22, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

this is really really good, fairly different and wild, fully wild, and loaded with unique terroir, way better than other beers i have had from hermit thrush so far. i wish i got to drink more of it, we only had one can and it got a little snaked out of the fridge, no ill intention or anything at all, it was sharing, but i would have loved to have been able to consume the whole thing by myself. its really and truly lambic-esque, oaky as heck, funky to high heaven, and really well refined, especially compared to some of the more juvenile beers i have had from these guys in the past. oak and tannins, brett and bacterial sourness, iodine and wheat, funny hops and minerals, its so interesting, wild, and bubbly. holds its head well in the glass, has a little color, and is just alive as can be. i did not know the beer from here was this good now, and i immediately wish i had more of it. as interesting and yeast driven as it gets, but balanced by a bigger malt bill too. i will be back for more of this, and will leap at my next chance to drink beer from these guys. way beyond my expectations, this was really wonderful beer. mature beyond belief, world class even...

Aug 22, 2018
3.69 by Ela from Massachusetts on Aug 08, 2018
4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jul 07, 2018
4.04 by smithj4 from New York on Jul 07, 2018
2.86 by BEERdedCharmer from New York on May 26, 2018
3.99 by Mikexw from New York on May 04, 2018
4.25 by DBosco from Massachusetts on May 04, 2018
4.25 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Mar 30, 2018
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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by connecticutpoet from Connecticut

Appearance – Clear deep yellow body with a one finger head.

Aroma – Strongly sour. Some citrus and a whole lot of woodiness.

Taste – Sour, tart fruitiness (mostly apples), a bunch of woodiness.

Mouthfeel – Light and easy drinking, very refreshing.

Overall – My first from this brewery and I see lots of good things ahead. A bit pricey at $8.99 but it was foudre aged so that is to be expected.

Mar 28, 2018
4.08 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Mar 17, 2018
4.25 by Velivolus from Vermont on Mar 17, 2018
3.81 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Mar 17, 2018
4.23 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Mar 16, 2018
4.07 by smb71481 from Vermont on Mar 04, 2018
4.31 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Mar 02, 2018
4.25 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Feb 10, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a bright shade of yellow with a quarter finger's worth of white foamy head that settled at a fairly decent pace. Some sticky lace wound it's way around the glass.
The aroma had a nice blend of sour to funky citrus, grass and sweet pineapple (a bit further underneath) then a mix of sweet to sour woody notes. Light tart citrusy fruity skin.
The flavor lead with the sour notes but didn't mind giving way to the sweet and tart fruitiness that developed on top of the woodiness. A light dry tartness seemed to accompany the aftertaste with the citrus, sour and funky tones.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. The pucker factor is there, but not burdensome. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt as projected by the brewer. Semi-sheepish sort of sour dryness in the finish with the citrus.
Overall, now that's a really good refreshing sour. I'd be more inclined to drink this during this Summer, but I'm not arguing with this January warmup here in Vermont.

Jan 28, 2018
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