Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.85/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Got to enjoy this wonderful beer on tap at Bier Station. I usually get my beers in a 4 oz pour to allow me to try several things without getting sloshed, but in this case, a full pour was a must. Poured into a Belgian tulip glass with a flared rim.
Appearance - Pours a sunny golden-amber hue that is mostly opaque with hints of runny egg yolk where the light diffuses into the glass. Atop the body sits a frothy stark white head about a finger thick, which dissipates over a few minutes to leave a thick film of suds across the top and a build-up of foam snowdrifts along the sides of the glass. Lacing consists of spotty, faint rings around the glass as I drink the level down.
Smell - A healthy bouquet of ripe fruit, with apricot leading the way. It gives me the impression that I am about to bite into a freshly picked apricot. Accompanying the fruitiness is a considerable amount of funk and acidity, along with a woody element that gives the impression of a fruit-forward dessert wine, like a sauterne or muscat. Still, the sweetness that you would expect from said dessert wine is nowhere to be found.
Taste - Apricots are one of my favorite beer-accompanying fruits, and I love sours--the taste of this beer represents a perfect marriage of the two. Ripe apricot flesh (I can almost fell the velvety hairs that sometimes are present on an apricot) mixes with wet hay funk, acidic tartness, with notes of granny smith apples and white wine vinegar. The barrel provides a slightly vinous element, which is not surprising given the nose, but it is dry and finishes extremely clean.
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a dry finish that leaves the tastebuds longing for the next swallow. Good thing it's only 5% abv, because it would be easy to drink this in quantity, given how refreshing it is.
Overall, a beer that more than lives up to the hype. Of course, I'm predisposed to like it, given my penchant for beers that are sour and the use of apricots in beer, but that also means that I could have been easily disappointed, given the reputation of this brew and my high expectations.
Serving type: on-tap
03-05-2014 15:58:12 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.8/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Bottle poured into wine glasses and split amongst a few friends at 33wine. Just missed having this bad boy on draft.
A - Pours a a yellowish straw tinted color with minimal head surprisingly for this beer. 1-2 finger white foam had that slowly recedes back into the glass. Somewhat cloudy but clears up after resting in the glass
S - Smell is of loads of apricot, definitely some straw and hay aromas coming through on this. Hints of white peach coming through.
T - Taste follows the nose on this one with loads of apricot not he front mixed with a nice balance of lactic acidity, some hints of the straw flavors with mixed notes of earthy funk and wood.
M - Mouthfeel is about perfect on this one. Not too light but very crisp and smooth at the same time. Fairly dry
O - Overall this has been my favorite Cantillon thus far. Will be seeking this one out so that I can dome a bottle myself.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 16:59:30 | More by drmcleod10
4.43/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The cork (which was quite difficult to remove) says it was bottled in 2013 and is lot C12345. Not as carbonated as I would have liked, but enough to get the job done. Somewhat clear, dark gold in color with a massive billowy white head that dies off very quickly. The nose carries lots of stony dry champagne-like notes, lots of mustiness, apple cider, apricots, and a hint of pear-like sweetness. Very pleasant and complex.
Very light body and sharp, tart flavor. Light, dry, cracker-like grain up front with a hint of kiwi-like sweetness, then a prompt rush of sour fruity flavors. Lots of complexity here. I get sour apples, apricots, lemon rind, dry white wine, green grapes, vinegar, and apple cider, all wrapped inside a mild mustiness that has a muted impact on the flavor. The finish is as dry as the Sahara, yet somehow the tartness softens in the back of the mouth without compromising the flavor. Very sour, yet very drinkable.
Overall, a stellar sour. I usually prefer sours with a noticeable amount of balancing sweetness. I can't remember the last time I had a beer this sour that I enjoyed so much. I can see why BAs seek it out, but at this price I probably won't ever buy it again (or if I do, I'll trade it to someone who's never been able to find it). Not recommended for those new to sours. If you're new to sours and you happen to stumble upon a bottle of this, do yourself a favor. Stash it somewhere and explore several other sours before drinking it, otherwise you may not enjoy it and could possibly waste your money (and the beer).
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 20:47:57 | More by deadonhisfeet
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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