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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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100
world-class

1,922 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 2,242
Gots: 408 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

herrburgess, Mar 06, 2014
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Photo of Popsinc
4.22/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy pink/orange pour with a typically small head. The nose was big on tart, sour fruitiness. Huge tang up front and tartness that hits you like a cold bucket of water. Lemony notes and very big lime bitterness along with vinegar notes that make you pucker up! The fruitiness is very toned down. A pinch of apricot but burried beneath all of the acidity and tartness. Some light earthy notes and fresh grassy layers. Nice acidity although not to the degree of the gueze for example. For me this is a great beer for a starter or even a night cap. The perfect summer beer. I absolutely loved it.

Popsinc, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sour! Apricot. Looks, smells, and tastes like an apricot. Kinda peachy too. Nice head, ample carbonation, sourness mellows as it warms and the palate becomes used to it. Spicy aromatically. Soupy and peppery. Clean. Nostrils even feel the funk. Palte burns somewhat. Lingeringly sour but it also hits the front lip. This is a serious beer. Wonderful. Served on tap during Pucker Fest at Belmont Station in Portland, OR.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of tectactoe
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to huskermike for the trade on this one - definitely one of my top "wants" and I couldn't be more excited to finally try it. Shared with Mike as part of our mini sour tasting. Fou Foune pours a cloudy and slightly rustic, sunburst shade of amber. The foamy white cap sits generously at two fingers; big and bubbly, leaving a little bit of lacing along the sides of the glass.

The intense aroma of Fou' Foune starts infiltrating my nostrils as soon as the cork gets popped. Bringing the glass close to my face just launches me into complete beer nirvana. Holy fuckin' smokes. Crazy amounts of tart, sour, and funk just completely obliterate my sense of smell for moments at a time - peaches, apricots, apple skins, light lemons... The fruits just unleash their inner tartness and send my brain into a frenzy.

Fou' Foune is so deliciously sour and tart, juicy and fresh, clean and inviting, it's unbelievable. Funk is no stranger either, with heavy amounts of barnyard, hay, and cellar funk clashing so elegantly with the fruit. Acidic all the way, with some milder vinous and vinegar notes hidden amongst the ruckus. The smell is simply mind-blowing, and it left me smelling the empty bottle, long after the night was over.

I just kept hoping that such a beautiful aroma was a promissory note for how amazing the beer was going to taste. Sometimes the aroma can build up your expectations, only to be let down once the liquid washes over your palate. So I take my first sip, and any expectations I had were just annihilated - completely blown out and blown up. If there really was a "nectar of the gods," it was Fou' Foune.

My tongue is met immediately with a gorgeous bouquet of peaches, apples, apricots, and white grapes. Fruits so fresh, ripe, juicy, and tart, you wouldn't believe it if I told you. Start to finish, the sourness lasts and keeps your saliva glands pumping, but the tartness is controlled so perfectly and elegantly as to keep the beer drinkable without turning astringent. How is this possible?

Fou Foune offers an incredible stinging of the senses, and I mean that in the best way possible. The everlasting tartness is backed up with a moderate fruity sweetness that provides a good balance and only adds to the already insane drinkability. Little hints of wood, oak, and funk just pop in and out throughout the jungle of fruity goodness. Cork, hay, barnyard, funky yeast - added in seemingly perfect amounts.

More copious amounts of oak and musty cellar funk in the finish compliment the fading tartness and fruity sweetness in the most elegant way possible. Thin-medium bodied with a surprisingly large presence for a 5% ABV lambic, crisp and sharp mouth feel with a ton of carbonation. It feels nice and drinks easily enough.

My expectations for Fou' Foune were high, and they were surpassed beyond belief. This is such a masterful beer in nearly every sense of the word. Most definitely the best sour I've had to date, and possibly the best beer I've ever had, period. Fou' Foune is a masterpiece, a work of art, and a one-of-a-kind benchmark of the style. Make it your life-goal to get your hands on Fou' Foune if you haven't already.

tectactoe, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of ricke
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

ricke, Oct 29, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

MadScientist, Sep 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Schlais, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Clonies720
4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Fou Foune 2012 vintage. 750ml poured into Cantillon sherry glass. Best before August 2017 according to the label. 5% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw golden color. Off-white head consisting of one-finger-sized. Appears sparsely carbonated as expected.

Smell: Overripe and juicy apricots. Followed by light hints of oak and vanilla. Slight musty notes. Gentle lactic acid aroma. Finish is soft and delicate.

Taste: Smooth and gentle waves of lactic acid and acetic vinegar wash over the tastebuds. This fruited Cantillon is roughly a year old, yet still leans in favor of the sweet malts, rather than the sourness that dominates over time. The vanilla comes out a bit stronger than in the aroma, and compliments the wood-character very well. Fou Foune finishes with a bang of fresh, juicy apricot flavor that delivers on your wildest fruited-sour fantasy.

Mouthfeel: Low but prickly carbonation. The body is almost medium in character, but I'd say it's right about a low-high. The gentle carbonation allows the beers flavors to shine.

Overall: A very impressive fruit sour from Cantillon. However, since it was nearly a year old, I was not able to enjoy it fresh as the brewery highly recommends. I'm betting the fruit character is much more intense and vibrant, and I look forward to this beer being released next month. Hopefully I get another bottle, after which I will update or add on this review to reflect that.

Clonies720, Sep 13, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of white head. Head has good retention but leaves no lacing.

S - Soft apricot with light sourness. Slightly funky.

T - Subtle apricot flesh with a funky, barnyard like flavor. There is a mild tartness that is coupled with an oak and vanilla like sweetness on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, extremely dry, and supple. Carbonation is much more active than I expected it to be.

O - Definitely a great beer but it was a little bit of a let down for me. I thought the apricot was going to stand out a lot more then it did. Still another nice offering from Cantillon and glad I finally got to try it.

SkiBum22, Jul 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

farundrpar, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -13.6%

jose_alehouseSD, Nov 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8%

newk340, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

oddlandf, Sep 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

NWer, May 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8%

jp7161, May 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

heddar33, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle brought back from honeymoon in Belgium.
Pours a peachy orange/yellow color. I've never seen a beer this color before; kind of pretty, actually.
Smell is of tangy, sour wheat with a hints of apricot and orange.
Apricot flavor is there, but not overpowering or even entirely noticeable. I wouldn't even be able to pick it out if I didn't know what it was, I bet. Overall it's a soft wheat flavor, with a lightly sweet, moderately sour, very refreshing tartness.
Amazingly drinkable, would love to have this consistently, especially in the summer.

mbrandon2w, Oct 18, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

Bottle poured into cantillon tulip at Moeder Lambic.
Served in a lambic basket. Classy.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of white head. Head has good retention but leaves no lacing.

S - Musty smell with nice apricot presence.

T - Wow, very nice tart apricot taste to start, followed by a musty earthy middle with more apricot on the finish. The tartness is very refreshing, not puckering sourness. The apricot taste here is perfect. I'm surprised there aren't more lambics made with apricot, as it is so complimentary to the earthy funk elements.

M - Medium light crisp mouthfeel with a dry clean finish.

O - Just excellent all around. Tart but not overpowering. Funky but balanced. And a great showcase for the apricots.

4, 4.5, 5, 4.5, 4.5

warnerry, Apr 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

bishopdc0, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jisom123, Sep 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -19%

Nova1000, Aug 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

sleepydave, Mar 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

BillKuhnel, May 14, 2014
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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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