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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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100
world-class

2,179 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 2,434
Gots: 464 | FT: 35
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002

Apricot Lambic
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Ratings: 2,179 | Reviews: 462
Photo of Realale
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange gold. Very fine raspy white head makes a brief appearance, but comes back with swirling. Little lace.

Initial blast of dried apricot blows off to reveal classic Cantillon. Sour citrus leads the way as always, but here it is well-supported by a subtle earth and apricot. Bready malt pokes through as does a bit of barnyard, which increases with time. Simply a stunning nose, even for Cantillon.

First few sips are over-whelmed by the Cantillon acidity, even for this veteran Cantillon devotee. Eventually, my mouth adjusts and the true palate begins to show. Acidic citrus still dominates, but there is some maltiness in there as well. A metallic note is present throughout and a bit distracting. The apricot is just an afterthought on the palate. Finish is incredibly long with the acidity somehow managing to build after swallowing. Quite a ride!

Mouthfeel is fine and soft. A challenging beer, and not recommended for the novice lambic drinker, but I enjoyed it. And that nose!

Photo of IrishColonial
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

As I admitted to my bartender when I ordered it, I have no idea how to truly properly pronounce this beer's name, let alone attempt to define it. I was just excited to see such a touted lambic on draught in my neck o' the woods. It pours a hazy orange straw with a tall head of deeply longevitous (yeah, I said it...now, if only more people would use it...) white froth. As it died away, lingering on as the worst people tend to, it left some nebulous lacing behind. The smell wafting to me is of banana, peach, funk, flowers (pretty ones, I do believe), and a surprisingly healthy amount of vanilla. It's like brewer's potpourri. The taste doesn't bring this high esteem down any, either. Tart berries; sour peach, apple, and grape; a tiny bit of bitterness; and a slight hint of oak (or some kind o' wood, anyway) round out the puckering flavor profile. So this is a true Belgian lambic, eh? I'm impressed. The body is on the lightest end of the medium sub-spectrum, with a sharp, moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. I may not be able to guzzle this tart monster, but I sure as hell want to. Get some!

Photo of tarheels86
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. No vintage reported. Poured a glowing, full hazy, bright orange with powerful carbonation and a thin but persistent white head leaves swathes of lace. Nose is amazing geuze character: bright citrus, lemons, tropical melons, sweat, salt water. Taste is full sour with amazing fresh fruit character though one specific fruit is impossible to pinpoint. "Apricot" is not necessarily evident as much as some medley of tropical melons and tangerines. Some slight eggy suplhur character comes in and out but does not detract too much from what is a massive lactic body that is zippy on the palate. Very refreshing, very sour. Can’t wait to crack some vintage bottles. 9/20/2010 9/4/8/5/16=4.2

750mL 2011 bottle. The fresher this beer is, the better. More of a juicy Yellow Bus style peach nose with fuzzy skin and rich juice. Taste is not quite as aggressive. Really nice- not one I think is worth to hoard but rather to crack open immediately.

Photo of Chico1985
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Ebenezer's, not sure of the vintage.

Hazy peach-skin orange with a 1-finger or so white head that retains well. Amazing smell, pure fresh apricot pulp with some funk there as well. Taste has nice apricot/peach, not over the top but definitely not subdued at all. Funk and oak are there but kinda take a backseat, some lemon, bread/yeast and white wine notes there too. Smooth mouthfeel, not crazy sour, one of the more drinkable and fruit-forward Cantillon's I've had so far.

I got a pretty small pour of this and it was gone pretty quickly. Glad to have tried this, I'd like to be able to sit down with a bottle sometime.

Photo of davey101
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: August 18, 2011. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - This body has a cloudy, almost syrupy appearance to it. The color is somewhere between gold and pale orange. There was a short lived white head that led to some tight edging. Swirling yields some lively carbonation and some lacing. Looks fantastic!

S - As soon as I popped the cork I could smell the apricots. Super intense apricot aroma. It smells more like the dried variety than fresh apricots, as it almost has some candy notes to it. The finish is fairly acidic with a touch of brett funk. You can tell this is going to be a sour beer.

T - More of that dried apricot sweetness. Just a massive fruit presence. The finish is sour and acidic. Not a lot of funk or brett flavors to speak of. A bit better than the aroma.

M - Very lively and spritzy. The carbonation is perfect, and the body has some weight to it which is great for these flavors.

O - This is the best fruit lambic I have ever had. It really captures the apricots, and I can't imagine aging this any longer as the fruit sweetness is perfect. However, its not as mind shattering as I thought it would be. Is it worth $28 and the hunt of landing a bottle? Probably not...but it is delicious and really well made.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl cork dated 2/2002. Glowing peachy golden color with a carefully poured cream colored head. Yeasty barnyard funk aromas as well as some fuzzy subdued apricot/peach aromas. It is really a culmination of those fruits that have fuzzy skin, like peaches, apricots and kumquats. Some would debate, but only domestic, Belgian apricots are only used in this brew, and it takes on aspects of all fuzzy-skinned fruits. It has a barnyard, wet-dog funk to it not unlike other quality lambics. Quite leathery and earthy. Really hits the sour portions of the tastebuds. Once again Cantillon delivers. Predominant taste is of tannins of unripened apricot skins. Rather acrid, yet wholly enjoyable for lambic lovers everywhere. Just make sure you drink within it's window of oppurtunity when fresh fruit is in it's character. Other unfruited lambics stay longer and are better aged.

Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe i cracked this a little early but today was such a nice day i couldnt resist and plus i spose on the back of the bottle it states it is recommended to drink within one year of buying and it was bottled on the 18th August 2011 so here goes.

A-Pours a hazy Apricot hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that stays for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Fresh Apricots straight away covered with horse rugs,barnyard funk and sweaty socks.

T-Wow what a balance of Apricots,barnyard funk,sour lollies,sherbet and of course finished with a bitter sweet dry dose of Apricots,very nice.

M-Light but fullfilling all in one and finishes bone dry.

O-I know i stated earlier maybe i might of cracked it too early but after this i think i did the right thing as the flavours just hit you and suprisingly i really dont like apricots off the tree but this drop even though the Apricots are there they just become a nice mix of the Lambic itself without being the forefront and now i understand the hype this brew deserves cheers drink if you can find.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon 2011 Fou' Foune

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a delicious slight peach colored yellow with some nice haze. Slight straw gold liquid. There is a nice 0.25 inch white head that is quite lively and fizzy. It recedes fairly quickly. (4.5)

S - Aroma is delicious. Pure apricot juice comes up quick to the nose with some delicious juicy sweetness and some nice yeast funky. A bit of spice is present as well as a clean woody back. Slight tart notes. (4.5)

T & M - Very refreshing and delicious lambic. Starts off with some nice apricot sweetness, slightly sugary then followed with some nice tartness that comes up quick and balances the sweetness. There is some slight salty notes as well. Slight vinegar but just slight. There is some nice slight yeast funk mixed in with the woody notes that lay in the background behind the delicious balance of apricot and sour notes. Motufheel is light and crisp. Refreshing and delicious. (4.0)(4.5)

O - Awesome lambic. The apricot is delicious and blends well with the sour notes and also with the yeasty funk. Very nice (4.5)

Photo of SixPack6
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LGB362
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 6/11/11
A top 100 for #1000 holy shit eh!!

A hazy golden orange with a nice two finger head that falls quickly after touching my hairy greasy lip, no lace looks like a lambic

S fresh apricot with a little vinous white grape and some mild earthy, woody funk. I can't get over how fresh and strong the fruit smells I could smell this all day, not overly complex but just plain brilliant

T fruits much more mellow compared to the nose and the funk comes out a little more. more earthy notes then I could smell with some grains

M little bubbles are abundant and give it life as soon as it enters your mouth, a little pucker too it and it leaves a little behind to savor

O smell alone could carry this one pretty far, loved the smell but only really liked all other aspects

I just can't get over how good this beer smells, I'm only merely impressed by the other aspects, solid stuff for sure and I'm not mad I have a few more to drink but I'm scared the fruit will fade if I age it. I may have spent my kids Collage fund on this stuff but this works well for me because as far as I know I don't have any kids. Yeah Me!! 1000 beers in and still no children Woooo Hooo!!!

Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of our Kebab and Cantillon dinner the other weekend. Cheers fellas!

From a 750 into a tumbler
Bottled 28 August 2012
Best Before 2017

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with decent retention. Hazy amber orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick ring but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A bolder nose on this one with some lemon and citrus esters, funky and musty notes, as well as an obviously big apricot presence. A good dose of the added fruit, but not too much to dominate the lambic. Quite nice.

TASTE: Follows the nose well, with a heavy dose of apricot, though not enough to crush the lambic. Some puckering lemon and funky, mouldy flavors though the middle, then more sourness and floral bitter notes at the swallow. Tart lemon, funky notes and enough bitterness to balance the sweet apricot in the bold and lingering aftertaste. Quite enjoyable and well put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. Puckering and somewhat acidic after the swallow.

OVERALL: Really enjoyed this, and it definitely won the Cantillon fruit lambic showdown at the Kebab and Cantillon dinner party. The fruit was really nice and in enough force to put on a show, but not so much that it dominated the nose or flavor profile. Delicious and quite complex, this one is actually worth all the praise it gets. Glad to finally have tried this while paying attention. Cheers guys!

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Northdown Cafe in Chicago

Served in a 10oz snifter

A - Light golden straw color with a little bit of opacity / murkyness. About 2" of Soft fluffy white head

S - Funkyness, a little barnyard, apricot and a nice citrus acidity

T - Nice sour acidity, not too sour though. The fruit is not overpowering, its subtle but nice. Not as amazing as I was let on to believe, although very good.

M - As expected for a lambic, pleasantly fruity, but slightly dry, nicely carbonated.

Overall - I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this on tap. This is a world class beer, but I am surprised at how closely this compares to other American sours I have had. I do think this beer is slightly over-hyped after trying it, there are many American Wilds that rival this that aren't in the top 50 IMHO.

Photo of BeerOps
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to csmiley for splitting the 750! I sadly traded mine away. You're the man, Chris!

Bottled in August, 2008.

Fou' Foune pours a yellowish-gold color. It's quite hazy, and has a distinct gold appearance when held to light. It's capped with a very modest white head. Carbonation looks active, but the head didn't quite rise to a finger in depth. Lacing was very, very light.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a very earthy, musky scent. It's rather prominent in the mix and lingers throughout. There's some light fruity notes. Smells mostly like lemon and peach or apricots. It's more of a secondary scent though. It certainly smells tart and a little vinegar-esque. Brett imparts a funky, barnyard scent. It's not very strong, but is effective. Oak really adds a lot of depth, and may just be the x-factor in this one. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The flavor is impressive. I'm debating on the score. It is very musky and earthy throughout. It also features just the right amount of funk in the mix. The Brett presence is best described as moderate. That's my preferred approach. It complements, rather than overwhelms, the other flavors. It is quite tart and sour. It's not quite mouth puckering, but it's close. Definitely a little vinegar-y. The fruity peach/apricot flavors are there, but are somewhat subtle. Oak adds a ton of character and depth. Alcohol is buried. It finishes musky, funky, and sour. I'm convinced...the flavor's earned its score.

Fou' Foune has a medium body that's incredibly svelte and smooth. Light carbonation definitely helps in that regard. It's definitely an authentic Belgian. No question. Drinkability is very high. This is a very tasty Lambic that goes down so smooth and easy. A 750 = no problem.

Cantillon makes incredible beer. While I don't believe this one will supplant St. Lamvinus as my favorite, it's not too far off. It's chock full of flavor, and is very deep and complex. It will challenge even the most sophisticated palate. If you happen to run across one of these, jump on the opportunity. It's worth at least one purchase...even with the steep price tag.

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left patches of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of apricots in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather sour but has flavors of apricots.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a sour beer, this is quite pleasant and very easy to drink because the fruity flavors of the apricots help to balance out the sourness.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Deep Ellum...served in a teardrop glass for $8 a pop.

Good, clean white-colored, full-finger head. This sticks decently and shows pretty well adequate lacing...There's just a little bit of haze emerging from a pineapple/honey colored body.

The sweet apricot essence is quite mild. There's a fair amount of pure citrus Bret that is dominant. We're not at the horse blanket stages by any means, but the yeast and Brett electricity on this one is quite nice.

So, so crisp...tart, citrus and Brett funky pucker is countered well by a solid apricot sweetness and very light tropical and white fruits (mango, melons, grapes, maybe a tinge of pear). Yeast strain is powerful and keeps this one extremely clean.

The tight pucker on this one is extremely enjoyable. It's balanced by husky apricot fruit tones and maybe even a tinge of oakiness. Brett is a tie that binds, keeping this all in sync and quite smooth.

For a lambic and its funkiness this drinks incredibly well. I will most likely seek this out whenever possible.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute. Pours a hazy straw color with a head that settles down to a film. Smells like the normal lambic brett funk. Taste has crisp lambic tartness. The apricots used in making this are hardly tasted in the beginning but get a little stronger towards the end. Very good effervescent mouthfeel. Another very drinkable lambic from cantillon.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my tasting notes of a decent sized sample I consumed at an epic tasting event held with the members of the SMBDC. The bottle we shared was from 2009.

Big white foam head as the beer is poured and handed to me. It settled and got smaller until it entirely disappeared. The liquid was opaque and appeared glowing yellow in color.

The nose is not too sour, which surprised me. What did surprise were the aromas of dried apricots.

There is little sweetness to the flavor, but a lot of apricot. The finish is dry and sour. The coat is sweet and fruity but not oppressive. It is a very drinkable beer. Another fine Cantillon product. I wish I had more of it.

Photo of TaborTime
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the armsby abbey the night before The Festival.

A - Poured into a Cantillon stemmed tulip a hazy golden yellow hue with a very thin white blanket that faded into a slight halo.

S - Aromas of nice light funk and faint apricots. Honestly I would prefer a bit more fruit/apricot with this.

T - Ah, there's the apricot! Nice and tart and sour with good almost puckering apricot. Light light stone/pits with some skin too. Nice fresh apricots slightly tart/bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, almost harshly but the tart not white puckeringly sour apricot plays off of it nicely.

O - Overall this beer was basically every bit as good as the legend tells. It's a freaking delicious beer, however, as far as apricot goes I found The Bruery's Filmishmish to deliver more

Photo of gory4d
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rob for the trade.

Pours a hazy orange with a loose white head, not much lacing. The smell is tangy, then sweet, like wood sorrel and honey. The taste starts off with some sour notes, not too strong, with some round floral and fruity notes in the middle, with a dry finish. It's crisp and clean in the mouth, with lots of carbonation and a thin body. Glad to have had a chance to try this one.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwaz
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 750 ml bootle.

Appearance -Pours a hazy yellow, orange with a large, white foamy head.

Smell- much like gueze with a little more sweetness

Taste - upfront a little sweet, a little vinegar with undertones of apricot. Changes to extremely sour on the backend.

Drinkability and overall - I can only drink one glass of any sour beer at a session and lambics not my favorite style. However, this beer is complex and mixes the sweetness of apricots and the sour of a lambic well. A world class beer.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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