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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Aaron and Paul who opened bottles with me recently. Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden peach color with a small white head on top that leaves a thin ring on top. Minimal lacing, very thin on the glass.

S: Great combination of tartness and light peaches and apricots. There is a little bit of lemon and oak with a bit of mustiness. Smells fantastic.

T: Great tartness, not overly sharp though. More apricot and peach with a little lemon and white grape underneath. A little bit of funk mixed in.

M: Light to medium bodied, extremely easy drinking.

O: Glad to have finally tried this one, was definitely a treat, and one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of thebeerfrontier
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fou' Foune (2014) - Brasserie Cantillon - Brussels, Belgium - Lambic - 5.00% ABV - This decadent lambic style sour poured a murky, golden-straw color, with a white head that dissipates immediately. The nose featured aromas of puréed apricots, funky Belgian yeast, and tart acidic notes that are quite pleasant to the nostrils. The mouth was outstanding; flavors of ripe apricots are prevalent up front, followed by hints of lemon peel, musty earth, white wine, and funky yeast that create a memorable taste. The mouthfeel was light bodied, with enamel eroding acidity and a bright, apricot finish. This was my first time having Fou', and wow, it was quite delightful. Thanks again for the bottle, @ehrenblanche! 98/100

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Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank to IggyWH for a generous trade. This beer was ripe with apricot despite being a year old vintage (2014). Everything was up to par as far as expectations set. The one thing that can't be beat is that tingling crispness you get on the tongue as it finishes. That is something that cannot be replicated.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an orange-ish gold. Aroma of apricots and farmy funk. There's bright barnyard funk up front with juicy apricots on the finish. It's not too acidic, it's well balanced. I love the evolution of this fruited lambic on the palate. I don't think that there's anything I would change about Fou Foune. It's just so damn good.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cask. Pours a milky peach juice color, almost like a Bellini. Head is a frothy mass of yellowish suds.

S-Apricots almighty. It smells funky and tart but there is also a bit of fruity sweetness as well. Dried oak which makes me think of aged white wine.

T-Puréed apricots that are both incredibly tart and lightly sweet. Sour! Overripe apricot, underripe apricot and perfect apricot. Hay and dried out grass. Funky pale fruit. Highly acidic with some malt vinegar flavors. Excellent.

M-Creamy but yet still light. Puckering sourness that sticks to the tongue. Endless aftertaste. High acidity. Tannic.

O-I can see why this beer is so highly sought after. Easily one of the top three Lambics I have tried. What a goddamn treat to try this beer. An beer that can absolutely change the way anyone views beers, regardless of their previous experiences.

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There are better reviews, but here we go. I had this 3 times at the brewery over the course of two days. 750ml bottle served in a lambic basket into their stemmed tasting glasses. It looks incredible, with the first pour being (of course) more clear than the last. With that said, there are still good clouds from the first to last pour. A good amount of head, one of the most out of the Cantillon's I had over the weekend. Almost an inch with a rigorous pour. Smell is of classic Cantillon lambic/gueze with just a hint of apricots. I don't get as much fruit as other people did. It's way more hidden than Framboise or Kriek. Great taste, with hints of apricot. In my opinion, not an apricot bomb whatsoever. Which is nice. Very balanced between funk, sourness, and fruit. Mouthfeel is great again, light with perfect carbonation. Obviously I recommend this, but I preferred LPF over this one. Two different beers that I am incredibly fortunate I had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of TallSaint
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

April 21st, 2013.

Pours a gorgeous golden orange with a healthy finger of head.

The nose is packed with fresh, juicy apricots. Underneath this lies typical Cantillon funk; leather and lemon and general barnyard-y smells. As it breathes, a bit of apple comes into the nose as well.

On the palate it is packed with juicy apricot, especially as it breathes. Lactic acidity is present throughout but it is well integrated. There's a bit of spice upfront along with the apricot but it dies out quite quickly as it moves down the palate. In the back, apricot skin and peaches come through. The finish is a crescendo of lactic acidity; a nice soft sourness lingers with a touch of acetic acid. The lactic acid profile is unlike any other Cantillon I have tired, I feel it is not as sharp as others, but more gradual and well integrated.

The mouthfeel is great. Silky smooth and well carbonated, but not overly so.

As it breathes the fruit really comes out and it becomes a much brighter beer. This beer is amazingly well rounded, and the balance is incredible. Juicy apricots are contrasted with a touch of leather, barnyard and funk on top of a nice integrated and gradual sourness. The fruit is what shines here though and it makes for an incredible lambic.

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Photo of kitch
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle at the brewery. I believe it was bottled in August 2015. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head with pretty good retention and left sparse lacing.

Aroma: Funky, sour, apricot, stone fruit and citrusy lemon.

Taste: Sour, tart, apricot, mango, orange, barnyard, hay with a hint of vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation.

Overall: Wow, really good. Easily a must buy in my book and I’m definitely on the lookout for it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright apricot orange looking pour with a thin white head, that for a lambic, actually stuck around for a little while.

Smell is right on, massively tart and sour with plenty of apricot all over it. Stays away from funk/horse blanket/sweaty socks and just drills you with fruit and sour that is so clean. Taste remains like the nose, awesome, clean, and powerful. How something so sour can retain so much of a fruit presence at the same time, well, that's why it got a 5.

Its just simply phenomenal stuff, never does the sour and fruit dissipate or become 'normalized' with your taste buds. Top notch.

On tap at beachwood bbq.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to AgentZero (Mike) for busting this out at his birthday tasting. 2007 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a radiant orange color. About a half finger of off white head is achieved that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Woohoo. Heavy barnyard funk, still plenty of apricot. Oak, lemon zest, wet hay. Very musty and funky.

Taste – An immediate puckering. Light acidity, earthy funk, plenty of apricot (though not as noticeable as when I had this fresh). Slight vanilla oak and more tartness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Just a fantastic beer. I traded one of these away earlier this summer and am kicking myself for it now. One of the better Cantillon’s out there for sure.

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Photo of emerge077
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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 raverjames
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fou’Foune 2001
Presented in a 1 Pint 9.40 fl.oz green glass bottle, the front of which contains a strange looking label. It has an orange border & depicts a view looking from the moons surface into the blackness of space & what at first appears to be the Sun, closer examination reveals that it is in fact -an Apricot. Dragged back from Belgium for just €6.

Fou’Foune is the nickname of a french apricot grower, who continually espoused the virtues of his product to Jean-Pierre Van Roy (Master Brewer), it was just a matter of time before an Apricot lambic would be borne. Made with 300 grammes of de-stoned Bergeron Apricots steeped in each 1 litre of 2 year old lambic > this is that product. Fou'Fonne also means "Peach Fuzz"!!!

I poured the whole bottle in one go, first into a large Glass Jug & the remainder into a Cantillon Tumbler (which I purchased with this Bottle at the Brewery only a week earlier). The beer poured with a haze even after being stored upright for over a week. Served at 55 Deg.F.
It pours with a limited effervescence, and an orangey-cream head that is short lived, and remains as a 1/8” halo head collar in the Glass. Although the head is small, there is high inherent carbonation & bubbles continually stream upwards in the Glass Jug. The retained carbonation gives the usual superb Cantillon spritzy mouthfeel. This beer dances on your tongue whilst doing the tango with your saliva.

The beer is a lovely turbid pale straw yellow/gold color that reminded me of fresh pineapple crush. The beer exhibited a haze from the intitial pour. Nose is of a sharp acidic beer. It does not disappoint. A lovely, striking, acidic introduction with an acidic-sweetness. Acidic-sweetness!!, what the hell is that?? I didn’t know the two could exist together – but hey this is Cantillon & they do – believe me. Some sourness exists in the middle as it decides whether to grip you with the Cantillon Mouth-Pucker, or take a few more “twists and turns” before doing so. It decides to take the twists and turns; Acid, Sweetness, Oak, Acidic-Sweetness, Citric-Bitterness, Sweet Sourness & a hint of Apricots….
…then comes the astringent shock finish, the trademark “Cantillon Mouth-Pucker”, damped down somewhat compared to say the Gueuze – but it is there, so brace yourself.

Wow, yet another unique beer, a truly traditional Apricot-Lambic.

If you have only ever tried the sweet fruit lambics from Timmermans, Lindemans, Mort Subite, etc. then you may not understand this beer.

This is Cantillon – The Lambic Master. We are truly NOT Worthy!!!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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 joe1510
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


2006 Vintage

My man Lum sent me a couple of these since I haven't found any '06 bottles around here for a long time, thanks P! The body on this lambic is fairly light with hazy apricot being the dominant color but turning to a more milky lemon when backlit. The super white head grows to a finger in height easily with that snap, crackle, pop that goes along with a healthy carbonation. Drink lines remain after each sip and slowly slide back into the body.

Fou' Foune proudly shows off one of the most amazing aromas I've come across in a beer of any style. The signature Cantillon funkiness jumps from the glass but is quickly met with a noseful of sensation stimulating tart and ripe apricots. The apricot is so vivid and in your face I can nearly feel the juice dripping down my chin. Damp, decaying wood and wet rock brings up the rear and rounds out this delicious concoction. The Cantillon funk, lactic sourness, and apricot create an aroma that's unlike any other and instantly makes my mouth water.

The flavor can't quite reach the heights the nose did but that would be nearly impossible. Bracingly sour Cantillon funkiness hits the tongue first before the tart apricots makes their way through. Dry woodiness brings up the rear and lactic sourness bathes the tongue. The acidity hits immediately along with the sourness. After a few drinks I get used to the sour and the flavors open even more. Slight mustiness and earthy qualities swim throughout each drink. This is some delicious lambic.

The body is light, the carbonation is lively and the sourness is enough to cause a pucker with each drink. The carbonation isn't prickly but does manage to scrub the tongue. The finish is slightly dry but not to the extent of the Sahara.

The drinkability on this lambic is off the charts. When I get used to the bracing sourness it's hard for me to set the glass down. Each drink is so delicious and refreshing that I instantly look forward to the next.

Dyan shared a bottle of this with me a few months ago and it absolutely blew my mind. Fou Foune is one of the best lambics on the planet and one of my favorite beers at the moment. If you are anywhere near this beer pick it up, more than one would be ideal. Thanks for the bottles, Lum!

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Photo of botham
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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 ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 2007 vintage $22. Beautiful golden color, hazy. It smells like apricot or peach pits, slight bit of hay, really excellent aroma. Taste is sour apricots, peaches, lemon. Very sour but it doesn't get in the way at all, delicious flavor. The apricot aroma is really my favorite part about this beer but overall this is probably the best Cantillon I have had thus far.

edit 12/2/2012

had this on tap at Zwanze day and had to bump up the taste score. This stuff is really great.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super transparent, pale yellow in color, Absolutely no head. But some slight bubbles running up the side of the glass.

S: The smell is honestly like a wet dog (but I like it). Also the longer it sat, the more the fruit came out. Aside of the funky wet dog, it smells like a dried fruits.

T: HOLY CRAP!!! SOUR, SOUR, SOUR!!!! Oh my goodness this is ridiculous!!! Unbelievable.

M: Pucker, pucker, pucker, pucker, pucker. The sour lasted for over 3 minutes too. AWESOME.

D: Honestly, as awesome as this brew is; one and done.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from 2009. Poured into a chalice. The color is golden and clear. There is a lot of effervescent bubbles chacing up to a nice foamy white head.

The aroma is full of fruity apricot, balanced softly by a nice suggestion of tartness.

This is incredibly sour. The taste is dry and tart throughout. The fruit flavor hinted at by the aroma is only subtly delivered in the flavor as it drowns in a hefty dose of tartness with a hint of grassyness.

This is medium bodied, with great crisp drink-ability. This is an absolute gem; all that it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Brouwer's on 5/26/11 poured into champagne glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light orange color with thin white head, no lacing left around glass.

S: Really bright with ripe, tart apricots in the forefront, some funk, earthy and citrus notes are detectable beneath the powerful apricot aroma.

T: This is fantastic, really tart with lots of fruit from the apricots, sour with not much sweetness. Like the aroma there are some funky and earthy flavors that go along perfectly with the tart fruit. My favorite lambic I have had to date.

M: Very tart with moderate carbonation, finishes pretty dry.

O: I really love this, the apricot goes along perfectly with all the funky, earthy flavors and sourness of the lambic. Absolutely delicious and highly drinkable, another incredible creation from Cantillon.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange honestly it is the color of an apricot. The beer has a big head that leaves some lace. The aroma is lots of barn-yardiness, but with a lot of apricot fruitiness in there as well with some both clean and dirty laundry. The flavor smacks you in the face right away with apricot, fresh, delicious apricots. The beer is very very sour. It's also really dry with a dryness akin to say a brut. The fruitiness continues with some lemon rind earthy on sour notes. Dominantly this beer is packed with sourness and apricot flavor. The palate is fizzy but remarkably full and easy to drink. Just one damn fine beer.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL 2010 split two ways.

A - clear golden with a finger of white head, a few spots on the glass.

S - fresh apricots, lemon, a touch of oak with even less funk apparent in the nose.

T - Delicious ripe apricots, peaches, tart green apples, lemon rind, and a lingering funk. Very bright but well balanced.

M - light body and carbonation glides over the tongue and finishes crisp and dry.

The first time I had this beer it was 6 years old and it was a sour bomb. The fruit was barely kicking, but it was still enjoyable. I would have to say I prefer the fresh bottles for the great balance of sweet and sour. My favorite fruit lambic to date.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful peach/light orange pour with the perfect amount of fizzy carb. Tiny bubbles enhance the view. The smell is lemon, hay, unripe fruit. The taste pretty much mirrors that. It's like a firm, slightly unripe apricot. You get the tartness of the skin and the bright burst of the flesh. Very impressive beer. Light enough and restrained enough to enjoy an entire bottle when celebrating the birth of your second daughter.

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Photo of CandaceLai
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very fruity! Pure apricots. So much fruit, accompanied by wooden stone qualities, fermented apricots and leathery wood. Perfectly carbonated, with a very refreshing light body. Refreshing, juicy, with a sour lemon peel infusion taste, leaving with little to no aftertaste!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into wine type glass; hazy orange color with foamy white head; great carbonation. The apricot hits the air immediately and tart fruitiness hits the nose. I am not a fan of Lambics but this is a well balanced beer. Sour and fruit is nurtured by the carbonation for an very enjoyable Brew! I would drink this again.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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