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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,817 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 2,216
Gots: 378 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

A: Pours a pale apricot with a nice white head. A bit of lacing and a minimal head that stays throughout.

S: Very, very sour with lots of apricot and white peach notes. A bit of funk and oak.

T: Loads of apricot with some very nice lactic sourness. A bit of funk, earth, and wood; mainly, though, this one is all about the sour apricot and I love it.

M: Fairly light bodied and incredibly dry and crisp. Very powerful acidity.

D: Very nice drinkability, although anything over 10oz. or so might get to be a little much. Overall, absolutely fantastic. In my opinion, blew Saint Lamnivus (which we had side-by-side) out of the water.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta give a bunch of thanks to ShogoKawada for letting me try this one.

A: Light fizzy head covering fades quickly with a hazy, lots of color, golden wheat straw colored beer.

N: Nice sour fruit, tangy and tart, little citrus and zest, touch of sweetness, dry fruit, touch of yeast. Lots of fruit, plenty of the peach/apricot, and even a bit of a citrus zest.

T: Sour and tangy fruit, tons of apricot, almost like pure apricot juice, and that also brings some fruit flavors of peach, citrus, grapefruit, little creamy even. Pretty sour overall and tart, with a touch of lemon and mouthwatering tangerine apricot juice like flavors. Mostly dry. A light yeast, that seems to accentuate a touch as it warms. We stirred the yeast and the funk and yeast flavors came out a lot more, and it got a hint of barnyard.

M: Lighter body with good carbonation.

Overall awesome, great fruit, tartness, funk, an awesome wild/sour beer with tons of great fruit flavors. Wish I could drink tons of this if it wasn't so expensive and hard to get.

jlindros, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of jrenihan
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 25, 2008

Beer is a cloudy golden/orange colour. I am inclined to say apricot coloured given the flavouring of the beer and that would actually be pretty close. Small white head fades quickly.

Smell is clearly sour, with some chalk, yeast and funk. A strong, tart apricot scent is present. Minimal sweetness in the nose. The fruit smells very real, with none of the artificial qualities that I often find in the aroma of fruit flavoured beers, even when real fruit is used.

Taste is like the nose. Very sour apricot, some funk, a bit of a crisp spiciness from the wheat. Not a sweet beer at all, actually a very dry finish along with the heavy sour flavour.

As for mouth feel, pucker up! Dries the mouth out incredibly. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied, very smooth.

Overall, very enjoyable if you like your beer sour. Really nice flavour and aroma.

jrenihan, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Auracom
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottling. Thanks to the most-generous soul who allowed me the opportunity for this one. Poured into a wine glass on May 11th, 2012.

A - Pure hazy, golden coloring. Wisps of white foam across the sides. Simple yet elegant.

S - Fantastic depth. Sweet ripened apricots, honey, light lemon bread, banana, clove, herbaceousness, flower petals, vinegar, and an incredible assortment of spice undertones. Could nose this for ages, love it.

T - Definitely has picked up a ton of puckering sourness and astringency from its time in the bottle. Front-end pure lemon and vinegar. Mid-palate shifts over to faint apricots and breadiness with lingering sourness. Light oak barrel and peppery spices on the backend. Pleasant light-fruit aftertaste.

M - Infinitely dry finish. High carbonation, medium body, smooth throughout the palate.

D - My favorite Cantillon thus far next to St. Lamvinus. The fruit has faded a bit in the drink, which is a slight disappointment (drink the 2010 asap), but the nose is really spectacular.

Auracom, May 14, 2012
Photo of beachbum1975
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle newtonty shared with me has two heavenly bodies on the label... Brewing in 2008 per the cork. Thanks for sharing, man!!!

Pours a cloudy peach with bananna hues with a small halo of white foam around the edges. No lacing seen.

There's a great, clean funk on the nose following by bitter citrus including orange rind, lemon and a bit of the barn...

Oak, sour, lemon and orange zest follows on the flavor. This is a delightful sour that's just on the cusp of being very bitter.

Light, refreshing and has a great sour aftertaste. Very nice beer for it's style... Cantillon makes great beer.

beachbum1975, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of 99bottles
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this more than a few times at Monk's and I must say I enjoy it each and every time. Although the kreik is more robust, and stands to lend more flavor, this is still a real treat. The beer is a murky yellow tan color with high carbonation and no head. The smell is unmistakeably Cantillon; as the lambic base and its sharp acidity sting the nostrils. Once sipped, the fresh apricot flavor comes through, but when paired with the lambic it falls a bit flat, and really can't hold its own. I like the weeds, the musty flavor imparted by the Brett, even the way in which the fruit lends a slight sweetness and a bit of a foil to the uncompromising sourness. Make no mistake, this aint some US fruit beer. This is unabashedly raw and I love it. A great one to try.

99bottles, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of armock
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - I loved this smell tart and sour apricots filled my nose

T - Tastes just like it smells tart and sour apricots it was a party in my mouth

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Cantillon makes some bad ass Lambics and this one is no exception this is what a real fruit Lambic tastes like worth getting your hands on to try

armock, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of jaasen64
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'11 + '12 bottle opened back to back at shawdeuce22's birthday tasting. Poured into Lawson's snifter. This review is of the '12 with some added notes from the '11. Thanks hevvymetalhippie and standardcherry for the bottles.

A- Pours a peach colored orange that's mostly translucent with some slight haze. A light thin white head forms that recedes to leave just a ring around the edges. Decent carbonation with fast rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Lightly tart with a nice funk presence typical of Cantillon that balances nicely with fruity apricots and a slight lemon acidity.

T- Fruity apricots and a hint of lemons with a nice balanced funk that goes well with the apricots. Finishes with a lightly sour lemony apricot presence. The '11 Fou has very little fruit presence with added funk.

M- Medium bodied, a hint of wateriness which in my opinion adds to the drinkability, nice carbonation that lightly tingles the palate.

O- This was a great fruit lambic that definitely lives up to Cantillon's esteemed reputation in the beer community. The beer is definitely typical of Cantillon and carries the Cantillon musty funkiness that is so unique from they're brewery. The funkiness balances terrifically with a nice peach presence and is highly drinkable for a sour. Glad I was able to try this and I wish obtaining bottles was a little bit easier.

jaasen64, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at Anam Cara: Boy am I lucky or what..

Pours a light golden peachy color with a slight minimal white head that leaves no lace. Initial aromas are pungent and citric, with just a slight hint of fruit and some of those classic barnyard aromas. For flavor this brew is crisp and delightful. There is a beautiful balance between the sourness and a slight sweet fruity like flavor that can best be described as a citrusy lemonade.. Following there is a nice bite of tartness to the brew, and a refreshing carbonation. Overall this brew is highly drinkable, though I would never think that Cantillon would use apricots in a beer, but hell it works.

bigbeerdrinka, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of barczar
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a lingering frothy white head.

Aroma is lightly funky, slightly sour, vinous, lemony, and doughy. There's an earthy character countering, as well. Floral notes renege.

Flavor is quintessentially sour initially, lactic, with fruity notes of tart lemon, apricot, and strawberries adding complexity. Earthy, slightly barnyard notes form the base and carry into the lightly dry finish. Notes of sweet tart candies surface late, complementing a very light confectioners sugar sweetness.

Body is a touch light, with high carbonation. Very refreshing, with light alcohol warmth.

I hyped this beer up pretty highly, perhaps too much so. While it's a very clean, perfectly sour beer, I expected a little more fruit presence. The fruit comes out a bit more as it warms.

barczar, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of MMAJYK
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage

A. Bright gold color. Bubbly presence with no head. Clear.

S. Barnyard, horses-ass funk mixed with peaches and Brett. Sweaty-footy aroma too.

T. Crisp, lactic sourness with expected Brett funkiness. Peaches, apricots, and lemon juice round out the taste.

M. Very zingy, highly carbonated, and simply wonderful.

D. Acidic and sour but and easy drink on the patio on a hot day.

MMAJYK, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pale hazy yellow color lambic with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and some great retention. Aroma of sour and tart notes are dominant and somewhat off-set by some light fruity apricot. Taste is a wonderful mix between some light apricot, some tart and sour notes with some well balanced acidity. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well made with a great balance between some tart notes with some fruit and well balanced acidity.

Phyl21ca, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of minterro
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%

minterro, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Beer Bistro, Lot 11/08. Bottled August 5, 2008 - best before December 2018. 750ml into a tulip.

Clear gold in colour, with a white head and light lacing. A dense ring of retention remains. Nose is acetic with a typical Cantillon funk, light oak and a generally piercing acidity all around. Apricots are a bit hidden intially, but begin to reveal themselves more as this moves closer to room temp. Taste wasn't as sour as I had anticipated (7-8/10 sourness?), but still quite acidic in its own right. More white balsamic vinegar, Cantillon funk, only a sliver of oak, and similar to the aroma, warmth aids the revealing of the apricots. Some sweetness in there as well. Lighter medium body and sourness carries well into the finish. Fairly exquisite, and had my nose on this one for a better part of the time. Definitely a sipper, took me and the girlfriend over 2 and a half hours to get through this 750ml. Hoped for a bit more apricot flavour - perhaps a fresher bottle would've had more of this (eagerly awaiting one from a trading partner - will re-review!)

liamt07, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of rpstevens
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a corked and capped 750ml bottle, once it's popped it exudes a crazy amount of funk sour scent. Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth Tulip. The pour yields an effervescent straw body with a nice glow around the edges. The head is a bone white frothy two finger affair that bubbles for several minutes.

The smell is funky sour musty cheesy lemon zest with the slightest touch of sweet fruits. Once the beer warms the apricot scent is evident, as well as some definite barrel characteristics.

The taste is tart sour lemons up front that push the boundaries of the taste buds. There is a healthy dose of musty bleu cheese funk and as the beer warms the apricot flavors really come out. Throughout the taste there is a nice oaky-woody backing that supports and balances the flavors.

The beer is light and crisp with a nice dry finish that makes it incredibly drinkable. The flavor is sharply sour, but the finish is dry and compliments the flavors well.

rpstevens, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (2009) generously shared by ShogoKawada with several BA's. Big thanks for this! Poured into a Malheur chalice.

A - Pours a very cloudy, hazy pale golden orange color reminiscent of fresh fruit juice (grapefruit maybe). Light fizzy cap that disappears almost instantly.

S - On first pour this had an overall fruitiness that was tough to indentify, but after warming a bit some grapefruit was noticeable and the apricot really started to come out along with some fresh orange aroma. Medium level tartness was easily noticeable, a hint of sugar that seemed to tame this a bit.

T - Fruity and quite tart up front. Was actually expecting this to be more tart than it was, but it wasn't as bracing as some other Cantillons I've had in the past...however, definitely not a knock. As with the aroma started fruity but difficult to idenity which fruits were present. A bit of warming and rousing the yeast in the bottle before the 2nd pour really helped this one open up. Lemons, grapefruit, oranges, and, of course - apricots. Apricot became more and more noticeable as the bottle went down. Somewhat mild yeastiness complemented things adding some mustyness to the flavors to funk it up a little bit.

M - Body is light, but not watery - just a bit on the thin side. Carbonation is ample and works well fizzing away in the mouth to propel the fruity and tart flavors all the way thru every sip.

D - Extremely drinkable sour. Definitely lives up to its reputation and doesn't disappoint. Tons of complexity here with new flavors being discovered throughout the bottle. Matches my experience with other Cantillons I've had. Very good cold/cool, but they turn into simply amazing with a little bit of warmth. Too hard to wait for them to warm up from the start for me (can't wait to dig in), but definitely worth it...although discovering new aspects as the temperature changes has something to say for it too.

portia99, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Zach136
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 2013 Vintage with Keith_R poured into a Cantillon taster.

A - Light peach, immediately dissipating "head" and no lacing (to be expected). Cloudy, near opaque body.

S - Sweetart/shock tart candy, some horse blanket/farmhouse funk and assorted melon fruit notes. Some of the tart funk combined to form the slightest resemblance to earwax.

T - Peaches(apricot?) and Creme Hard Candy, light lemony tartness. Very faint touches of oak.

M - Very mimosa-esque, light dissipating mouthfeel and smooth creamy finish.

O - Amazing. Wouldn't have expected anything less.

Zach136, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of ucusty
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to whoever shared this at the first sexual chocolate release. It was my first time trying this fine lambic. Im very sad to know that this one will soon be retired. :( Hazy bright gold pour with thin fizzy off white head. Apricot aroma. Leather, horse blanket, apricot, and mango. Very tart, dry, crisp and refreshing

ucusty, May 29, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Teresa's Next Door.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with subtle tints of pale orange and a frothy two finger soapy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing.

Funky earthy aroma with a decent amount of horsey barnyard character, bret and other bugs, oak, hay and cobweb. Slight lactic presence with hints of light fruit, mostly apple, pear and of course apricot. Subtle acetic vinegar.

Medium bodied with an excellent tart, puckering flavor that isn't harsh, abrasive or acidic. Pretty funky while still remaining soft and delicate. Prominent light fruit with hints of apricot, apple and citrus. Lots of earthy oak complimenting the musty funkiness with a dry acetic finish that leaves me salivating for more.

Overall, this beer was very good but the hand pump/cask serving seems t have curtailed the sour acetic character a bit. The result s a well balanced softer beer but I prefer the more tart funky bottle and regular tap version.

corby112, May 22, 2011
Photo of SimmoGee
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a flute glass. Found this one at Plonk in Canberra

A - Poured with a good ivory coloured head which then dissipated over time to reveal a cloudy apricot colour liquid.

S - A funky sour smell bites at the nose. I think that I served it too cold initially, it was only when it warmed up did I get a nice apricot smell.

T- Insanely sour on the first sip but this really grows on you with each sip thereafter. As for the smell, as it warmed up I began to get a gentle apricot taste.

M - A smooth mouthfeel that is slightly dry.

D - If you didn't take another sip after the first one, you would swear this is undrinkable. As I said earlier, as it warmed up it really came into its own. I find it really hard not to like anything from Cantillon (not that I'm trying to hate it). Well done again Mr Van Roy! I only wish I had another bottle.

SimmoGee, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at monks
Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white lace.

The aroma is full of sharp tart apple with hints of dry fruit peel.

The flavor begins with sharp acidity blending with a carbonic bite. The sourness gives way to a light fruit flavor and then the acids take over and the finish remains tart.

Very drinkable the tartness dosent overwhelm and the beer is very refreshing.

Overall I found this beer to be an excellent pairing with monks pomme frites.

RenoZymurgist, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of KVNBGRY
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to cross this off my list. Thank's Cory!

Pours a slightly hazy, almost milky, orange hue. It's really resembles peaches. There is an of white head that sits around a half finger size for the entire drink. Tart, acidic, funky, unripe fruits on the nose. You can tell it's going to be delicious. It tastes similar to the nose with a slightly sharper carbonation than I'm used to with other Cantillon beers. You could close your eyes and take a sip and feel like someone liquified the skin of a peach. The mouthfeel is nearly perfect. I would like it just a tad more creamy, and a tad less sharp. This is one of those beers that deserve the hype. It's worth it.

KVNBGRY, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of kawilliams81
4.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml cap n corked bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours a golden orange with a huge 3" white head. Head resides quickly with some large clumps of bubbles remaining on the glass.

S- vinegar, lots of peach meat and melon, earthiness, funk

T- tart citrus, vinegar, peaches, more lingering vinegar with some light spice at the finish.

M- light body and high carbonation. Very acidic and effervescent.

O- 8/10 sourness. Very good sour. Night peach and citrus with lots of tart, funk and sour going on. Would like to try one with 5 or so years on it to see if the carbonation and acidity mellows.

kawilliams81, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle. The beer poured a hazy golden, cloudy body with a slight head on the first pour. The second pour gave a much thicker head. The nose was fantastic with solid earthy funky notes. The taste was also funky and earthy but nicely sweet with a touch of acid on the backend. Overall a fantastic beer, another one from Cantillon.

ggaughan, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Jon
4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottling.

The long-awaited Fou' Foune pours a cloudy, light amber-peach hue with hardly any head to mention.

Aroma is boisterous in its proclamation of dirty socks, Brett, funky barnyard notes, leather, oak, and a mild hint of the apricots on which this lambic was soaked. Interesting.

The apricot fruit adds another dimension to the lambic in how it softens it -- this isn't the strip-the-enamel-off-your-teeth lambic monster, but rather a more well rounded, softer beer. The apricot flavor comes out first, while the typical lemon rind, citrusy notes reminiscent of Cantillon lambic appear on the finish. Lively acidity cuts at one's stomach.

Fairly "alive" in terms of carbonation, this a fairly smooth lambic. Medium bodied palate. Round overall.

Fou' Foune is refreshing in the way that Cantillon lambics tend to be. A fantastic beer that ought to be experienced by lambic fans.

Jon, Mar 29, 2004
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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