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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 487
Hads: 2,495
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 2,623
Gots: 540 | FT: 38
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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: 487 | Hads: 2,495
Photo of joe1510
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +4.7%
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 Wobbly
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of many world class beers from what may be the best (and certainly my favorite) brewery in the world. To get any attention on this highly U.S. centered site, you know it must be great.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +5.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted at his place.

Pours a slightly murky light honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with wood and apricot aromas. Taste is the same and has a fantastic apricot flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a great level of carbonation with a very crisp and somewhat dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an exceptional beer and by far the best Cantillon I have tried so far by a longshot.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this out for Jay’s bachelor party. Congrats Jay and Patty! '11 vintage poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A-Pours a hazy faint orange in color with a small amount of tight white head.

S-The nose is perfection....the pinnacle of what every beer should smell like. It’s like apricot purée, apricot jam, and fresh apricot skin all shoved into one glass. It’s bliss.

T-The flavor is a balance of apricot, lemon, oak, and funk. It’s incredibly sour, but not yet bracing. I much prefer fresh Fou Foune to aged bottles because of the balance sour and apricot.

M-Mouthfeel is light, it’s acidic, gentle carbonation, and a long, pleasant finish.

O-I’m hard pressed to think of many beers that surpass Fou Foune in quality. It is one of the best fruit lambic from probably the best brewery in the world. I need like 70 more bottles of this.

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Photo of backbaybrewer
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours light yellow with a big head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves lacing on the glass.

Ar: fruity and sour dominate. Apricots are unmistakable.

T: apricot fruit and sourness dominate the flavor. Possibly the best sour beer I have ever tasted in my life. The perfect mix of sour tartness with fruity sugar to create an amazingly balanced experience.

M: very effervescent. Bubbly on the palate makes an otherwise thin beer more full bodied.

O: amazing. Had this beer at the brewery which only added to the overall experience. Love it. Balanced yet nuanced. Every sip presents something new.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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 santoslhalper
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2.003

Appearence: Pours a wonderful orange cream color with a creamy white head that dies down to collar. Hazy as hell.

Smell: The smell is a mix of sourness, apricots, and an a strange smell I can't put my finger on. The funkiness of this beer is superb.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is just as sour, if not more so, than the Brouscella, and I love it. The sour, funkiness is perfectly matched with a slight apricot flavor. The wood notes really help mellow this beer out. Super complex, super balanced, super sour, and super tasty.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer right here is exactly why I love lambics/gueuzes so much. The sourness!!! The tart flavor is almost unbearable, but not quite, and it makes this beer damn near perfect. One of the best Fruit Lambics I've had to date. If you love to sour, funky flavors, you'll love this to death.

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Photo of safaricook
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

This is a typical Cantillon brew. It comes a little yellow and a little murky due to the apricots. It is nicely carbonated. The aroma and taste have all the Cantillon goodness, though as usual this holds not true for every palate. The aroma is sublime like smelling a crate of ripe apricots. Later also the typical Cantillon lambic aromas kick in. Taste is a little more tart and less fruity than the aroma but still very much apricot. This is a great Cantillon with sublime fruitiness, if you can get this fresh.

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Photo of readbaron
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 schmoopsbeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage
poured at cellar temp into bruery tulip
750 ml bottle

Color: A hazy, but yet bright golden/orange. White 1 1/2f finger head that reduces to a thin bubbly cap after awhile. No lacing with light retention

Nose: Apricots what else, but the fruit has definitely faded compared to the fresher batches. Nice funk aroma with hints of wood, hay, and light lemon peel.

Palate: Wow! simply amazing. A perfect amount of carbonation making this beer very drinkable. The apricots hit the tongue first followed the an enjoyable wave of sourness and funk. This beer is dry, but yet it contains a good amount of spritz. At the end you begin to taste the oak/woody textures of this beer.

Finish: Long and dry with a good amount of texture. Mellow fruit which balances the light acidity at the end. An incredible beer that can be consumed fresh and aged.

Rating 98/100

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Photo of BMoldy
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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 BMart
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2013, pours a hazy orange color with a little off white head. Huge apricots, citrus and slight funk on the nose. Tastes of peaches, apricots, citrus with a nice acidic sour, funk balance through out and leaves a pleasant dry tart finish. Each sip leaves me wanting more. One of my top 5 beers.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 trippytbta
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky yellow gold

S: funky

T: sour, acidic, funky, cheesy, then a little apricot

M: acidic

Overall: very good beer that develops in ur mouth and takes you for a great cantillon ride!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml, August 2012
Riedel Tulip

A: Really brilliant orange color. Looks almost like light orange juice in the glass. Thin layer of bright white head. Not leaving lacing. Not a huge pop on cork, but there is still carbonation.

S: Really sweet apricot still. It's just amazing at how nature that smells. Then you get the typical Cantillon musty notes. It's something completely unique to them. Muted tart and funky sour.

T: Epic mesh of Cantillon funk and apricot sweetness. Even after nearly a full year since bottling, you still get pronounced Apricot in the flavor. It's not overly sour, as with a queuze because of this sweetness and it hasn't been completely eaten up by the bugs. Doesn't destroy the palate. Fairly dry finish, but there is still the delicious fruit.

M: Light to medium bodied. Dances on your palate.

I could/would drink this all day long...

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Photo of Spaten454
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden and hazy with a foamy head that dissipates into a thin layer.

S - Amazing. It smells like super funky citrus with a stone fruit backing. It makes my mouth water.

T - Taste follows the nose. Tart with typical cantillon funk. The apricots are juicy tasting in this beer.

M - Moderate carbonation with a drying smooth finish.

O - Worth the hype. Very funky, juicy lambic that is done to perfection.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.