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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 471
Hads: 2,419
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002

Apricot Lambic
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Reviews: 471 | Hads: 2,419
Photo of stakem
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, filled about 3 months prior to the day we opened this. Split with Slatetank and Kegatron during a recent wild ale tasting. Poured into a matching Cantillon long stemmed tulip, this brew appears a clear golden yellow/orange color with a frothy white head that fades. Stringy patches of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl brings up a finger of yellowish stained froth.

The smell of this brew is packed full of fresh juicy peach/apricot character that is quite reminiscent of grandma's jelly. It has almost a floral component augmenting the sweet side of the aroma. A stunning bouquet of sweet, juicy fresh fruit fills the nose. There is a mildly funky backing that comes out more as the brew warms with a little bit of oaked quality.

The taste is tart and fruity with funk and a mild woodsy character. Juicy apricots and peach flavoring reside throughout the mouth with a faint grainy backing. Even as the nose eluded, there is even a touch of floral character to the taste as well. Faintly herbal across te back with an earthy aftertaste of natural peaches/apricots and bacterial funk.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very salivating and extremely satisfying across the board. There is no alcohol inclusion readily apparent despite the brew getting warmer than ideal during the session. I could absolutely kill this beer all day long. I would have no regrets choosing this as the only beer to drink for the rest of my life. A beautiful, perfect aroma is one of the best I have ever smelled in a beer. I strongly consider but hesitate giving this a perfect 5 rating... If a 4.99 rating were possible, that's what I'd give. I was lucky enough to have multiple draft pours of this beer 5 months ago so I knew what I was in for. Opening this bottle exceeded all expectations. (1,823 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is one of those beers like Blåbær that I was anticipating trying some day, but when the opportunity actually presented itself I was extremely happy thanks stakem-enjoyed from a Cantillon tulip poured from a 750ml. My 1000th bottle review

The color of golden apricot with a translucent clarity and thin band of tightly compressed beads with slight lace pattern and very fine bubbles that rise slowly. The smell of floral esters and sweet fruit with a mild acidic yeast scent with the wild yeast giving off a lot of funkiness too, the apricot is mild in the nose but provides a slight fruity tangy aroma which is inviting. The mild tangy and dry combo is extremely pleasant with a fruity juiciness and moderately high carbonation provides a semi-dry overall feel with slightly puckering finish.

Fou'Foune has a totally complex amount of flavor with the apricot taste mixing sweet fruit with a tart and mild floral quality while at the same time mild spice and a woody tinge is blended in with slight lactic acidity which never seems to outdo the fruit, just augments it with a seriously intense amount of tropical notes. The apricot skin sour flavor comes out with slight lemony lactic tinges and hints of bitter tannin at times. The woody toastiness works very well alongside the floral and mild sweet flavors from the fruit. with a jammy apricot flavor the sour and complex amount of sweet tangy fruit notes linger until the last sip. The yeast at the end seems to give a more oaky quality that wasn't as evident in the first pour but even that is seriously tasty in its own way. The expectations for this beer were met and completely exceeded. A less aggressive sour than some cantillon beers but it impressed me even more with its balance. I am totally won over by this beer and the drinkability is ultra high to me. (1,829 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, 2012, poured into a snifter

A- A hazy golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Wow, apricots, barnyard funk, sour.

T- Sour! Apricots and more apricots, lemon, funky finish, touch of oak.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, dry finish.

O- A fantastic lambic with plenty of apricot and very sour. Pricey but worth every penny, I can't wait until I get to try this again. Could be more complex, but with how fruity and sour this is it work. (463 characters)

Photo of Doomsayer52
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells like Apricot skins with the subtle Cantillon funk.

Pretty complex tasting - Sweet apricots with the typical lambic acidity followed by a lemon funk on the backend.

Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. (217 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- pours a rich golden orange with a finger of white head that quickly recedes into a thin halo of bubbles.

S- perfect balance between funk and fruit. Starts out with beautiful horseblanket/goat, musty wet hay and earth. Soft yet assertive apricots and sticky fruit juice. Finish is some white tea and a hint of mint.

T- great perfect acidity and soft oak flavor up front. The gorgeous funk blends in with notes of horseblanket, goat and earthy musty wet hay. A zesty lemon and mint sits inbetween the funk and fruit. On the finish you get dried apricots, juicy apricot fruit and a lingering earthy brett.

MF- Lucious smooth mouthfeel with a tartness intertwined.

D- incredible drinkability.

Overall a worldclass beer. One of my favorites! (744 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had at Allagash WFD- poured too cold- warmed up it became everything this beer is supposed to be. A beautiful lambic beer with perfect notes of apricot. Been referred to as life changing- I tend to agree. (209 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottled 8/30/13

Hazy golden color - hard to judge in the dim bar lights. Retains a ring of lacing on the glass.

Smells of fresh, sweet apricot and lemon, musty earth; sour

Taste is layered; fresh, juicy apricot, a bright lemony zing, moderate earthy funk. Fairly sour with only a touch of vinegar. The finish is long...the apricot keeps going ending in a very dry, slightly tannic and bitter end note. The apricot is integral; it adds so much but it never overshadows the underlying complexities of the lambic.

Mouthfeel is creamy; fairly active carbonation.

Overall: Incredible. This beer has so much to offer but so easy to drink. It's an intense sensory experience but has many subtleties to explore. One of the best beers I've had. Extremely expensive to order at a restaurant in NYC but worth every penny. (823 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle shared by bstyle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy golden orange, with a nice two finger fizzy head. Head dissipates rather quickly, and doesn’t leave much lacing.

Smell: Wow. Sweet apricots and pear up front, with a nice funk throughout. If something can smell sour on the nose… this does, with a nice lactic aspect. Again, wow.

Taste: WOW. High apricots and apricot skin, tart pear, lemon zest, and a slight peach skin right off the bat, followed by a beautiful funk. Amazing lactic sourness throughout. A slight oakeyness helps this beer finish dry, but the tartness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Great prickly sourness mingles with really nice carbonation. Acetic, but in a great way. Awesome dryness on the finish. Perfect.

Overall: This beer is flawless. That is all. (797 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle of 2010 vintage, poured in July of 2011.

Hazy light yellowish wheat appearance, like a wheat beer or light gueuze maybe. Or maybe the color of apricots but a little lighter. The lighting was poor when I poured this one so don't trust my comments here too much.

Smells wonderful. A blast of super sweet apricots. Sourness is barely detectable beneath the overpowering apricot aroma.

Taste does not follow from the nose exactly as this one is definitely very sour. The amazing apricot flavor is there as well. Very acidic but also sweet and extremely fruity. Maybe not quite as sour as its reputation would have you believe (the Lou Pepe Framboise we opened the same night was at least as sour if not more so, and the regular Cantillon Kriek is more sour than either to my taste) but still very sour and very, very delicious.

This beer is just insanely good, the fruit and sour flavors are both world class and coexist perfectly, you couldn't ask for more from a lambic.

10/10 (986 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lovely radiant yellow, like liquid sunshine. The nose is sweet, astringent and a touch funky. The apricots give it a huge citrus sweetness that is nicely balanced with a pithy bitterness. It rounds off to a nice pucker, which makes it totally refreshing. This lives up to the hype. (281 characters)

Photo of DahWag
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Straight from the bottle at Cantillon, 20/5/15.
Mild acidity, apricot is present, and the lack of added sugars keeps the entire beer in a phenomenal balance. (157 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

#400! And what a way to celebrate. This thing is brimming with flavor and aroma. Extreme complexity and tartness with the apricot shining through. This is one elegant no training wheels beer. Appreciate this one in good company - its other worldly. (251 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared at the September 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Pours cloudy orange with an off-white head. Aromas of juicy fresh apricots with vinous grapey chardonnay accents. Tart apricot flavor, very vivid and fruity and fresh, lemonhead candy, damp oak, pixie stix. Words cannot describe. Sooo good. (296 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served side by side with St.-Gilloise. Review from notes.

A: Fou' Foune is a hazy yellow color. There is 1/4 inch head that fades pretty rapidly, leaving no lace.

S: The aroma is incredible, with scents of a farm, barnyard, apricots, straw.

T: The beer tastes phenomenal. It's extremely tart. Extremely tart, I said. The flavor is bold and aggressive, with apricots and sour funk causing my cheeks to pucker in delight.

M: Upon completion of my second glass, I was really feeling the finish. I felt akin to a boxer that got hit with a lot of body shots over the course of a bout. The acetic finish grows stronger with every ounce. I...can't...stop...

D: It's truly sad that this beer will no longer be brewed.

***

A: Hazy yellow, small head and no lace.

S: Straw, hay, the great outdoors, farms, apricots. Ah, Cantillon has the most incredible aromas...

T: Extremely sour, even for Cantillon. My mouth puckers in delight. A beautiful and natural taste of apricots and barnyard funk.

M: Very tart with an acetic finish.

D: Delicious beer. Great for sharing a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-04-2010 (1,159 characters)

Photo of CTFalcon
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Beautiful bright straw color with a pillowy white head that recedes to a clean surface.
Smell: Tons of funk! Hay, barnyard, lactic acid and stone fruit.
Taste: So much more here than the aroma (to me at least). Loads of intense cheesy, farmy funk gives way to an unbelievable sweet apricot finish. Stunning.
Feel: Perfectly carbed, effervescent and crisp. Not much more to say here than perfect.
Overall: This is the best lambic I've had the pleasure of trying and it outclassed all American Wild Ales I've tried to date. Beautiful beer. (560 characters)

Photo of DavidSomers
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly remarkable balance of funk, sour and fruit. Nice effervescence puts this over the top for me. The best sour that I have ever had. World-class. (150 characters)

Photo of DrewShal9
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: apricot orange body with consistently bubbling tiny bubbles carbonating with a pure white head
S: funk, oak, barnyard, horse hair, sweet and sour apricots, lemon. So inviting and pleasant.
T: apricots, apricots, apricots! Can't believe how prevalent apricot is present along with oak. Apples, sour patch kids, lemon, and more complexities are experienced. Can't even fathom how incredible this tastes!
M: thin yet creamy bodied, almost water like that dries the mouth then leaves your tongue drooling for more. Very acidic but saliva inducing.
O: this has become a religious experience. I can see why people hunt for this. My hunt starts now since I just finished this bottle. Do not pass this up if you come across this bottle! (731 characters)

Photo of Habanero58
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have tried Cantillon's Fou' Foune several times and have always enjoyed it immensely but not like this one!

I picked up this bottle in person from the Cantillon brewey less than one month ago and it appears it was only bottled in Aug 2009!

Maybe that is why I was REALLY blown away this time, as the intense apricot smell and taste was at full power.

The balance of the apricot with the trademark Cantillon sourness was exceptional, in a similar way to the blueberry profile of the 2009 blabaer. It's been like catching a master brewer at the absolute peak of form in 2009.

I have to highlight the drinkability of this! For me at least this 750ml bottle disappeared with such ease that if a second bottle had been at hand tonight it would have been a struggle not to go for 1.5 litres...it was just so delicious, OK I admit to being pretty enthusiastic about sours, but this was SO moorish!!

I managed to pick up a few 2009 bottled Lou Pepe's and an Iris on this visit so I am pretty excited about these considering Cantillon's current form.

I await with interest what they are going to try next? (1,107 characters)

Photo of wnh
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. 2009 vintage.

Pours a cloudy orange-tinted straw topped by a nice bright white head.

Loads of mouthwatering funk on the nose, begging me to take a sip. Light citrus follows along, and temperamental fleshy ripe apricots--the apricot aroma seems to only come forth when I set the glass down, wait a few moments, and take a sniff without swirling. If I swirl the glass, there's no apricot to be found. Wet hay and barnyard aromas round out the nose.

Razor-blade-like cutting sour notes on the palate. Dry and prickly, and almost needle-like. Dusty hay, funky, fruity, and absolutely delightful. Try it if you ever have the chance. (670 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to both Dyan and Joe for sending bottles of this to me recently. One of my favorite Cantillons!

A: The pour from a 2009 bottle is a hazy light golden yellow color with very minimal white foam on top.

S: An intense nose as always. Tons of lactic acidity, lemons, apricots, and green apples. The oak is a bit more pronounced than usual with a really nice wet hay and barnyard funk.

T: This is certainly one of the most acidic and sour Cantillon beers out there. A very sharp lemony tartness followed by some apricot, but not overly intense. Wonderful wet and musty funk and heavy oak components.

M: Light on the tongue but a powerful sourness that is tongue-buckling to say the least. A nice dry and tannic finish.

D: Easily one of my favorite beers (from Cantillon or otherwise). I could drink this stuff all day, and I'm glad to have another bottle. (861 characters)

Photo of Bankhead
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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 (1,618 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of Agold
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to have the 2007 and 2008 poured side by side at monk's Cantillon event today. For me, the 08 was the highlight of the day, the 07 was extraordinary as well, but not as mind blowing as the 08.

The beer was foaming up a bit, but this sour initially had a surprisingly creamy tight head. The 08 was a bit cloudy, while the 07 was very clear. Both approximately apricot (duh) colored. The aroma was amazing for the 08, and very good for the 07 as well. The 08 was more aromatic and fruity. You can reallly tell this is a big apricot beer. The 07 was more sour and less fruity. The highlight of the aroma was the funk rather than the fruit.

The 08 tasted like a tart refreshing amazing apricot funky glass of heaven. The sourness was a bit more pronounced than the aroma suggested. 07 was big sour funk and the fruit was a bit more subdued. Both had a mild tannic oaky thing happening which was really nice.

It was a nice light and tangy beer, maybe a bit under carbonated, but that very well could have been because some of the taps were pouring foamy and to best serve everyone, they poured it into a pitcher and then poured the glasses.

Overall this was an outstanding beer that I was fortunate enough to be able to try. While I have been venturing into sour beer, the 08 version of this beer is the best I have ever had and confirmed my love for wild yeast. Outstanding. (1,400 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2004 vintage drank alongside a 2005 Lou Pepe Framboise and a 2006 Lou Pepe Kriek. Like the other two beers, the cap had signs of rust on the inside, but the cork and beer were fine.

Pours a sunny orange with a tight white head that leaves a few spots of lace as it drops to a film and then nothing. The aroma is rich in apricot, but still has strong evidence of that lambic base, and has nice notes of barrel.

Huge apricot flavour places a wonderfully fruity imprint on anything. This beer tastes like summer in the south of France, and is all the better for it. There's certainly that quintessential Cantillon sourness, but its moderated by a delicate sweetness and this seems the most balanced of the three brews we had tonight. There's also a light funk, but its far lighter than the Lou Pepes. In a way, this is a far simpler beer, but i think better for it, and its hard for me to fault the flavour. The same applies to the body, which alternates between light and slick, but never becomes any less than refreshing.

This may well me my favourite fruit lambic - it transports me to a different place and whispers softly in my ear. A treat that I need to get more of! (1,173 characters)

Photo of mrand01
4.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottled from August 2010 poured in to a generic Crate & Barrel tulip.

A: Yellow/orange & translucent. Thin carbonation lines the rim of the glass. Some light lacing.

S: Funky & tart, apricot with some citrus notes.

T: Apricot is very prominent, tart, fruity, and very well balanced.

M: Light bodied with thin carbonation.

O: Another knockout brew from Cantillon. Can they mess anything up? So happy to have another one of these to try in another year or so. (468 characters)

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.