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Cantillon Fou' FouneCantillon Fou' Foune

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 mdfb79
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/05/11 notes. HUGE thanks to Huhzubendah
for sharing this one at his birthday tasting; thanks Matthew! Been a big Want of mine for a while but have never had it, finally getting the chance to. Poured into my Cigar City tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Apricot in color, which is pretty fitting.

s - Smells of fresh apricots, tropical fruits, sour fruits, brett and funk, light wood. Nose is a bit sweet and dominated by fresh sour apricots; I was pretty amazed how much they came through and how good it was. Wonderful sour nose if you like apricots.

t - Tastes of sweet and sour apricots, funk, oak, earthy notes, tart tropical fruits, sweet fruits, and brett. Again, very nice and sour, and a bit sweeter than the nose. Still outstanding, but a slightly step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, dry and acidic finish. Very easy to drink; felt like I could take down a whole bottle by myself and would like to.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer and glad to see it has lived up to what I hoped it would be. The nose is pretty much perfect; I loved how much the apricots came through in it. Something I will certainly try and get more bottles of, and would be itnerested to see how it ages because I thought it was pretty perfect fresh. If you like apricots, this is our outstanding sour.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: apricot, a little cloudy, bubbly half-inch head

S: strawberry-banana yogurt, orange zest and creamsicle, peachy, peach sherbert or peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream

T: tart not-quite-ripe-but-fresh apricot, strong apricot, like apricot jam, but also unripe peach. Sour, but without the vinegar you sometimes get with sours. The sourness is like plain Greek yogurt, vanilla ice cream on the finish.

M: light- to medium-bodied, twinge of carbonation keeps it sharp and crisp.

O: really tasty, had this on cask at Moeder Lambic a couple of months ago and it was one of the best I've ever had--tasted exactly like strawberry-banana yogurt. In the bottle it was a little more sour and a little sharper, but the flavors were the same. Smell was really exceptional.

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from the 2011 vintage. Fresh bottle with the organic flower on it. Euro version. Opened this one up with vacax and jerz. Thanks for the tasting, again.

A - Light orange with one finger head and perfect retention. There were bubbles on the bottom of the glass. Slightly cloudy with a bit of chill haze.

S - Nose is all apricot and bacterial sourness. A touch of table sugar. Not very cheesy or funky. Really nice.

T - Taste is quite sour and very fruit forward. It's interesting how such a perfect balance could be attained. For one of the most sour beers I've had, this has tons of apricot flavor. Sourness and sweetness are perfectly in harmony. Acidity is quite high, but it's dangerously drinkable.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch thin but not watery. Carbonation is moderate and good for the style.

O - Glad I was able to procure so many bottles of this online. It's amazing and I don't think I will be trading any of these away.

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Photo of csais75
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Lambic fruit. Fantastic fresh apricot smell with a little earthiness. It smells like country. The taste is apricot, apricot, apricot, and a slight lemony sourness. No toot tart, well blanced, It so easy to drink, so refreshing, so well done. A must have Lambic !

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Bottle dated August 19, 2011.

Appearance - Hazy, murky orange body with an ample, pillowy head. Continuous froth as I drink it. Couldn't look better for a lambic. It even looks the color of an apricot.

Smell - Beautiful, subtle apricot aroma. Slight acidity in the aroma. Not much funk, which is disappointing, but it's probably what allows the apricot aroma to be so perfect.

Taste - Slight apricot flavor immediately overtaken by lambic acidity. A bit of barnyard acidity and some hay and wheat flavors. The finish is slightly bitter, but it gives way to a nice apricot flavor in the finish. It's as if the apricot flavor is continuously there, but the lambic comes through and overwhelms it at certain points.

Mouthfeel - The lightest lambic I have had. Amazingly flavorful for so little body. It really allows the apricot to shine. Perfect carbonation, of course.

Overall - Cantillon really does a terrific job with fruit lambics. They're more acidic than funky, which allows the fruit to shine. In this case, the fruit flavor is perfect and manages to showcase without being a fruit bomb.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy golden with a large white head that takes some time to settle.

S: Serious sweet apricot aroma with a slight tartness in the back that suggests strawberries and raspberries.

T: Initial fruity sweetness lingers for a few moments before a nice mild herbal bitterness asserts itself in the middle. The lactic acid blends beautifully with the apricots. The fruit comes back at the end with a bit of a tartness.

M: Bubbly, yet smooth. Very flavorful but not too assertive in body. Just a touch dry.

O: Definitely my favorite fruit lambic, though overall I still prefer Iris. The apricots here are really quite sublime, and the entire beer is amazingly delicate yet rich in flavor.

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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 jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter gold with lots of bubbles and a small wispy head.

Smells like ripe peaches with some barnyard funk going on as well.

Very light and crisp taste. Lots of smooth peach flavors balanced nicely by the yeast. Finishes with a slight tartness. Fantastic.

Light bodied with higher carbonation levels.

Been wanting to get one of these for a while and was not disappointed. One of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of oline73
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a layer of white head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sour apricot and peach. Very fruity and refreshing. One of the best smelling beers I have ever run into.

Taste: Unbelievably, it lives up to the smell. Not quite as fruity, but I could still pick up some peach and apricot notes. Tart and lemony with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Just amazing. So refreshing, I was really bummed I couldn't just buy a whole glass. Loved the fruit and the level of sourness. I will definitely try to find this again one day.

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Photo of Blanco
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle at the Bottle Funk event at TND.

cloudy golden color with almost no head from the pour. Lacing on the walls of the glass appear to have sediment reminiscent of fruit pulp. smell is almost entirely of apricot with very little funk to remark on. Taste also has a ton of apricot, along with some sourness. Taste also has a bit of a woody taste as well. It's fantastic as the apricot is so obvious. One thing to love about cantillon's fruit lambics, the essence of the fruit is not lost with all the wild critters fermenting it and this one is no exception. This may be my favorite Cantillon.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this over to our place as part of an epic tasting on Saturday. Thanks Jason! Following review based on notes taken at that time.

4oz. sample poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, straw yellow body with a loose, fizzy, white crown. Nice retention.

Smell: Squashed, overripe, apricots. Nothing else. This is the most pure apricot smell I've encountered since my childhood, when we'd have cardboard boxes of apricots sitting on our back porch in Fresno. Transcendental!

Taste: Apricots and lemon juice are the only two flavors that really come to mind. Sweetness appears at the onset of each sip, but heavy-handed tartness and acidity quickly take over afterward. If you're a sour lover, this one's for you!

Mouthfeel: Very tart and acidic, so much so that it's tough to pick apart the rest of this beer's attributes. Moderate-to-high carbonation, I think, with a light body.

Overall: Epic. Certainly one of the best sours/lambics I've ever had, and one of the best smelling beers I've ever encountered as well. This beer deserves it's reputation. Track it down!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, tart and fruity. In the taste, a dry tartness, and note of peaches, very similar to a dry white wine or riesling. A small sour bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry tart fruit in the aftertaste. Nice sour fruitiness, especially peaches, with a nice dryness.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Beachwood BBQ

A: This one pours a pale straw (ever so slightly hazy) color, and is topped with a thin bone white head. Head is not much to speak of nor is the lacing.

S: Stone fruit (Apricot for sure), Meyer lemon, and a subtle grassy note.

T: Very acidic up front mellowing into in the middle with the most incredibly tight carbonation I have experienced to date. Tart apricot and white peach dominate, this is a joy to drink albeit not the most complex joy.

M: Soda Fizz. This has a very lengthy finish and again I have to note that the carbonation is most impressive. I figure it would easily be fantastic 10 years from now.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 8/8/11 at Monk's Mad Monday featuring Brasserie Cantillion. This was the 2008 Fou Foune. Served in 6-oz. portion in an 8-oz. wine-like glass. From my tasting notes:

Pours cloudy yellow with very little head after the pour. Smells of pure funk - barnyard aromas, musty, yet inviting. A little bit of old moldy-like wood. Acetic vinegar aromas permeate throughout. Tastes sour but not overly puckering. Hints of apricot. Tastes vinegar-like and inviting: great tasting. If this is a prime lambic example, I'm hooked!!!

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Photo of cccarson
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle enjoyed with dinner at the Hopleaf in Chicago. Kicking myself for forgetting to check bottle date, but according to the bar they haven't got any of this in a while so the bottle was a couple years old.

A: Beautiful cloudy, hazy golden hue. Not much head. Slight lacing.

S: I expected a more pronounced apricot smell. It was faintly present. But perhaps that's the beauty of this beer. The apricot was very nuanced. Typical awesome Cantillon funk smell present. Lemon rind, too.

T: I can understand some of the reviews complaining of too much of a lemony flavor. It is slightly lemony, but it wasn't off-putting to me. When tasting you could pick up more of the apricot. Funk and sour are definitely present. This beer has loads of that. Very appealing if you are into that sort of thing.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Bubbly and champagne-like. Paired wonderfully with the prawns I had.

O: Not much to say here that hasn't been said. This is obviously an excellent beer. Cantillon does amazing things and continues to impress me with every beer of theirs that I am fortunate enough to consume. I was very happy I had the opportunity to try this, and I would obviously drink it again.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle purchased and split at Lord Hobo - a pretty delightful surprise. Served in a tulip.

It really does look a lot like carbonated orange juice. The body is a pale yellow-orange, lighter around the edges of the glass. Fairly murky. A very small white head fades pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing around the glass.

The smell is pretty close to flawless. There is more fruit in the nose of this beer than any other Cantillon I've tried. My first impression is of barnyard funk and tart sourness, but underneath there is a huge apricot presence. Freshly picked fruit, sweet and bright, only becomes more prominent as this warms.

There's also a tremendous amount of apricot in the finish. There are a lot of vinous, tart, lactic funk notes in the taste, with a lingering sourness that almost burns the back of my throat. But, like the smell, the support base of all that funk is a wealth of apricots. The fruit is so vibrant, like no other sour beer I've ever had. Simultaneously refreshing and multilayered.

The mouthfeel is spot-on, with a perfect level of champagne-like carbonation. I could have easily taken down a bottle myself.

Though I'm curious to try an older vintage, I couldn't imagine enjoying this beer without the fruitiness. A phenomenal expression of natural sweetness and a superb lambic.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood Sourfest 2011

5.5 oz pour into a taster flute (had 3 of these)

Pours a nice murky yellow with fuzzy white fluff coating the edges of the glass and topping the body.

Why don't more beers use truck loads of apricots in them? The smell is outstanding. Extremely fresh apricots laced with lemon rind and sprinkled with a delicate peppery spice. So simple, but done to perfection.

Taste follows with the same idea. Very well balanced between the juicy apricot and acidic lemons.

Mouthfeel is nice a creamy. I wish it were a little more acidic, but can't knock it too much since I enjoyed it quite a bit and it makes it hard not to overlook any flaw.

Very glad I got to try this. My only problem is that my girlfriend absolutely loved it so now I have to find a bottle or two for a special occasion. Oh well, can't complain.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I, 2010 Vintage,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head, nice spotty lace.

S: Apricot and lemon, with a lot of acid, true fruit smell.

T: The apricot is there, the fruit is true and lends complexity. The lactic acid is prevalent, but melds seemlessly with the apricot to make a stone fruit/lemon mix that is delicious.

M: Medium to high acidity, crisp and clean. Soft easy carbonation, beautifully structured.

O: Another fantastic lambic from Cantillon. Not a traditional fruit, but it certainly works. I have been wanting to try this for some time and it did not disappoint. Great beer.

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Photo of Bankhead
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so this was a ten-year vertical arranged by mrbubbler, that beautiful, beautiful son of a bitch

2000-2010 (minus 2003, which was coincidentally the first bottle of foufoune i had back in the day)

tasted all of them blind, and i was able to correctly guess the vintage of four out of the ten

here's the play-by-play, with ratings out of 5 for each:

2000 - funkier than many, quite thin with patchy clouds - 4/5

2001 - muted compared to some, little thin but still nice and tart, good oak - 4.5/5

2002 - really vinegary acidity, dark cloudy with tart fruit, this was the whale-status year as far as rarity and ended up being many people's favorite - 4.5/5

2004 - creamy and fruity with a big full mouthfeel, clean, streamlined flavors throughout, best in show - 5/5

2005 - soda-y, less cloudy, with an acidic pop in the middle - 4/5

2006 - cleaner than many, tart and fruity, thrilling and just a hair behind the 04 as my favorite - 5/5

2007 - fruit pit/flesh pronounced, acid but then mellow finish - 4/5

2008 - kinda schizo-fruit flavors, acidic middle, good and unique in the crowd - 4.5/5

2009 - very acidic, tongue stripping, less assertive on the fruit and funk end - 4/5

2010 - this one was full-on peach sugary fruit with no acidity, funk, or oak, although that said it was fun to have a peach syrup palate cleanser in-between the ridiculosity of the other nine, this one i didn't feel right giving a numerical score

the cuvee of all these was a fuzzy, funky reflux-inducing treat, the dreg blend was like butter... so thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, cheers to all the contributors

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Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Multiple pours from 2010 750ml bottles into a tasting glass at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst.

A: Cloudy pale apricot-colored body (appropriately enough) under a persistent, fine white head. Nice.

S: Holy apricot! Richly juicy fruit, with great balance between sweetness and tartness. Citric acid backs things up with a lemony sting. Fan-freaking-tastic.

T: Sour apricot up front, followed by even sourer lemony acidity. The apricot persists all the way through, granting a delicate sweetness to the long finish. Lovely, but just not quite as astonishingly perfect as the aroma.

M: Frothy, soft, and delicate. Quite nice.

O: I've been wanting to try this one for a long time now, and it certainly did not disappoint. I love how vibrant the apricots were in this fresh bottle, and I can't really imagine wanting them to dissipate over time. Aged Cantillons are great and all, but none of them can possible smell like this. Do yourself a favor and try fresh Fou'Foune if you ever get a chance.


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Photo of Chico1985
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Ebenezer's, not sure of the vintage.

Hazy peach-skin orange with a 1-finger or so white head that retains well. Amazing smell, pure fresh apricot pulp with some funk there as well. Taste has nice apricot/peach, not over the top but definitely not subdued at all. Funk and oak are there but kinda take a backseat, some lemon, bread/yeast and white wine notes there too. Smooth mouthfeel, not crazy sour, one of the more drinkable and fruit-forward Cantillon's I've had so far.

I got a pretty small pour of this and it was gone pretty quickly. Glad to have tried this, I'd like to be able to sit down with a bottle sometime.

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Photo of readbaron
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Fou Foune - thanks Dunt!

Pours a cloudy peach hue with a finger of delicate white foam, and a hint of lacing.

Smells funky and sour with a bit of sweet apricot underneath.

Taste is delicous. Very sour with a hint of apricot and some oak and funk.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium/light body with delicate creamy carbonation.

Overall - an excellent, excellent beer. I hope I can land a bottle or two in the future.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brasserie V's Pre Party for Great Taste of the Midwest Poured on tap into a snifter.

A- Pours a murky yellow straw color that is hard to see through, one finger white head that dissipates to a nice white layer on top, minimal lacing on the side.
S- The aroma is fantastic, this might be one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever had. Fresh Fresh Apricot upfront, slight peach aroma, nice funk and oak in the background.
T- The taste is sour apricot right away, slight lemon and peach flavors in the background, really sour, mouth puckering, some peppery spice notes, tart, slight oak flavor, this one is truly delicious.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, coats the palate with an amazing sour apricot flavor, dry on the finish.
O- This was truly a privilege to drink. The best sour I’ve had to this day, pretty drinkable for how sour it was, I could not put it down, savored the last drop for as long as I could. I need to hunt down a bottle of this gem.

Had the 09 vintage a couple of days ago from the bottle and I was blown away. This beer is even better than I remembered it to be. The apricot is phenomonal.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage
Look: the beer pours a yellow-straw color with a small white head
Smell: Very sour, with apricot, peach, lemon and some oak
Taste: As expected from the nose, this beer is very sour. Vinegar with pure lemon juice and apricots. Very fruity. Dry and stinging acid in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with medium carbonation
Overall: I love sours and had many of them, but this one is like a geuze with pure lemon juice added, making it a bit unbalanced IMO. Just expected more of this one, although would never turn one down

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Photo of victory4me
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'07 vintage poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Big bright and gorgeous fluorescent yellow beer sits in my glass with light fizzies floating on the top and no head. Aroma more subtle than I expected. Slight citrus notes and not as acidic as I imagined, more of a funky floral musk which tempered my expectations.

Initial sips were a tasty, sour, gueuze-like lambic that left me somewhat underwhelmed. As the glass warmed, the flavors began to pull through fast and furiously. Bracingly sour and acidic, pronounced barnyard funkiness and a shockingly big finish of apricot goodness that totally floored me for an '07 vintage.

Mouthfeel was extremely prickly from the carbonation and puckering from the extreme acidity. Dry finish.

Truly a world class beer that deserves it's standing among the elite lambics. Not worth mortgaging your house over, but undoubtedly something to seek out and try if you should ever get the opportunity.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
4.53 out of 5 based on 2,765 ratings.
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