Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.21%
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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 ajcobb24
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 Fou' Foune

A - this lambic was poured into a snifter glass that I drink pretty much every one of my classy beers from. The appearance of this beer was exquisite. It looked exactly like the inside of an apricot (maybe a tinge lighter than the real fruit). Not much head to speak of on this beer (1/8 of a finger of head). Some carbonation beads trailing up the sides of the beer.

S - you can smell that cellar funk that is common with many Cantillon brews. Really the smell of this lambic was the only thing that didn't impress me. There was a faint apricot smell to the beer and some sweet notes as well.

T - a very impressive taste to this beer. You can really taste the apricot in the beer. There is some sweetness in the beer, but nothing that is overpowering. Upfront, there is that cellar funk that comes from the wild yeast., but that quickly disappears. What you are left with is a strong apricot essence with an accompanying pleasing sweetness.

M - there is some carbonation in this beer, but nothing that is overpowering. As you swish it around your mouth, it feels very smooth and not at all watery. You can really tell that they have packed a lot into this beer.

O - what can I say? My introduction to Cantillon brews was a success. I use to think (in my younger days) that Lindemans was the essence of what a lambic should be. I realized later that beers should pull their greatness from natural ingredients and not added sugar. Cantillon really shows that natural ingredients can come together to make a beer that really puts the fruit it was aged with in the forefront.

Photo of leitmotif
4.4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin white head disappeared rather quickly and leaves a small collar. Some lacing. PeAr colored body.

Wheewww! Smells like a horse's jock strap!

I'd give it a 9.5 on the sour scale. Apricot is nice.

Above average carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

Could drink a lot of this...yeah right. Loved it. Huge thanks to egrace84 for the share!

Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork literally pulled apart on exit...kinda strange. Initial pour appearance is excellent. Great clarity with four-finger white foamy/snappy soap voluminous head. Brew is nice peach color with tint of orange and yellow.

Aroma is funky, ripe stringy, lacy, full of peach, apricot, apple, not much tartness on the nose. Well done aroma for being to barnyard and funky.

Flavors are light vinegar, nice light smooth sweetness is well blended with strong earthy pine dry bitterness. Full of horse blanket and barnyard earth... Carbonation is much lighter than expected and much appreciated.

IMO, this is a bit of an over-hyped brew, but it's still very nice and enjoyable. It's a damn fine, highly drinkable, earthy sour, just a bit over hyped... Very solid, I just don't believe it's tops in class, but definitely a top 10-15 brew for it's class. Recommended, yes, even @ $30/750/ml

Photo of ark57
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This lambic comes from the last traditional brewer in Brussels. The beer is aged for two years in wooden casks, and apricots are added, which produces a bright orange color. The head retention is high from the use of wheat that helps accent its color. The aroma gives the impression that this beer is going to be sour, which is the case for lambics especially from this brewer. At first, the beer almost puckers the mouth, but you are rewarded for continuing. The apricot flavor is soft and subtle amid the complexity of a wood aged lambic. It is almost syrupy and coats the tongue well.

Photo of csmiley
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2008

A - Fou' Foune pours a medium gold with just a little haze. The eggshell head is average, coming to about a finger deep or maybe a little over. Lacing is on the minimal side. Carbonation appears to be fairly active. Not bad overall but I'd like to see a couple minor tweaks in this area.

S - It's kind of funky and tart up front. Hay and (what I assume is) pine really come through quick and hard followed by a healthy dose of old oak. Fruit is much lighter than expected. It mostly resembles peaches and oranges. More oak shows at the very end. One word sums it up nicely: pleasant..

T - Mouth puckeringly tart lemon flavor really takes over at first. Thankfully, it tames quickly. Old wood and barn flavors shine brightly midway. Fruit is more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma. Ahhh, there is the apricot. And it has notes of light berry too? Finishes with cured tobacco that works very nicely with the other woodsy flavors.

M - Lighter bodied with a medium carbonation going on. Finish is dry and tart just as I expected.

D - Drinkability is quite good for Fou' Foune. Even though I'm not an apricot fan, this is still a great brew. Apricot flavors are pretty mild overall which makes it work very well with my palate. The more it warms, the more it smooths out which adds another appealing dimension to this fine elixir. It encompasses all the great lambic qualities I've come to expect form the folks at Cantillon.

Photo of CBack465
4.4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Ego
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this in the cellar for about 6 months saved up for my birthday...

eyes...
fascinating, cloudy murk with shadows like clouds suspended in orangeade. The head forms an Oring on the edges of the glass but if you tilt the glass the ring "spreads" out, I havent seen another beer do this. Also the bubbles on the surface of the middle were "streaming" out into the Oring.. I was frikkin mezmerized by the look of this beer. I took a full 10 minutes oogling this thing initially!

smell...
mild belgian farm funk (I wanted to eat the cork), apricots mashed into your nostrils with only a hint of the tart monster that is about to stomp on your ass like mosh girl... this isnt as mouth watering as say the Organic Geuze (on the nose), I think the Apricot masks the wild aspect of the beer very well and is so damn enjoyable. It reminds me of the first time a chick.. ah nevermind.. it's enjoyable as hell and memorable.

taste...
I like lambics. I like Cantillon. and I was completely unprepared. We (I was splitting this with my bud Yelterdow) gave a little to his wife.. she spit it out (well, we now know the answer to the spit/swallow question there.. sorry buddy..). On the first sip the beer took out the paddles of life and said "clear" before applying to my toungue such a frikkin kick it was like swallowing rancid jersey shore sea water (without the syringes). The initial salinity was brash and almost over powering to the point of putting me off. Undeterred by this blast I moved on to the next sip, and there it was, a prickly trip down motherf'r tartness lane. Out of the Cantillon line this one was the tartest I have sampled. At one point my friend and I were practically spitting on each other because this beer's tartness makes you drool like a rabid dog in heat, injected with viagra at the westminster dog show, in the summer, on the equator... This beer makes you take notice, there is no doubt cantillon says "FU. this is beer, just go ahead and try me fatso". The body was perfect, in a way full and large but finishing somewhat dry with the lemon flavor. The apricot flavor is hard to catch but it's domain is found between the initial blast and the final tart kick in the balls, wrapped up in there is a quaint subtle apricot gem. This beer floored me.

Verdict?
at $28 a bottle this isnt something I wouold go for everyday but this is one of those beers out there on the ledge of what beer can be. (beer all you can be). I found it easy to drink after the initial blast. This beer is one to drink for hours, the smell, the look, the crazy flavor can keep you talking all damn day. This certainly is not for everyone in any way shape or form but damn I gotta give props to Cantillon for producing something so amazingly original and hard to really describe till you experience this beer. I guess that is the point after all, you need to "experience" this beer if you like non fruity lambics. I personally prefer the Organic Geuze just for sheer drinkability but I wouldn't be adverse to picking this up again sometime down the road just to be reminded of how amazingly out there this brew is... WOW...

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.41/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-rated after having '13 and enjoying it waaaay more

2012 bottle

A- Golden honey hue, cloudy yeasty. Thin lacing, but pours one finger head.

S- Apricot/peach nose, with medium to medium/high amount of funk.

T- The peach or apricot comes out for sure. Probably the most of any sour that I have had for that. Some loon lambic funk in the background

M- Lots of carbonation! Somewhat creamy.

O- This is a very well done fruit lambic. Thanks Mike!

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle, dated Aug 25, 2011. The label imagery is another Cantillon marketing win - a simple still art scene, twisted just enough to go well with the titter-worthy name. Maybe I need to encourage the random gods of my current mp3 list to play a certain recent Rammstein single, to tie this all together...

This beer pours a hazy, frosted glass medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of thin foamy white head, which expires expeditiously, rendering a few random specks and minor streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma is duly pleasant - soft, sweet apricot/peach fruitiness, solid, even wheat grain, and a mild, weirdly enticing lactic funk. One is inclined to expect very much the same in the flavour, and that is indeed the case, save the tart, somewhat acidic opening ante offered as I glugged that first gulp. Once quickly acclimatized to this initial zing, notes of light wheatiness, subtle dry apricot, green apple, and an undulating current of earthy, almost woody, funk come through.

The bubbles are present, and just finely prickly, the body a weak medium weight, a bit pithy from the fruit, and smooth enough, once the froth of the carbonation settles down a bit. It finishes with a fuzzy, slight focus on the funk - it really doesn't stand out too far from the lingering wheat and fruit backbone.

A lovely, enjoyable fruit lambic - all the expected talking points are there, and in admirable balance - no palate wreckage today, mon ami. Fruit, malt, funk, and brio, all in well-blended moderation. This bottle is certainly going down faster than any of its colleagues who have gone before.

Photo of dcisco44
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The cork (which was quite difficult to remove) says it was bottled in 2013 and is lot C12345. Not as carbonated as I would have liked, but enough to get the job done. Somewhat clear, dark gold in color with a massive billowy white head that dies off very quickly. The nose carries lots of stony dry champagne-like notes, lots of mustiness, apple cider, apricots, and a hint of pear-like sweetness. Very pleasant and complex.

Very light body and sharp, tart flavor. Light, dry, cracker-like grain up front with a hint of kiwi-like sweetness, then a prompt rush of sour fruity flavors. Lots of complexity here. I get sour apples, apricots, lemon rind, dry white wine, green grapes, vinegar, and apple cider, all wrapped inside a mild mustiness that has a muted impact on the flavor. The finish is as dry as the Sahara, yet somehow the tartness softens in the back of the mouth without compromising the flavor. Very sour, yet very drinkable.

Overall, a stellar sour. I usually prefer sours with a noticeable amount of balancing sweetness. I can't remember the last time I had a beer this sour that I enjoyed so much. I can see why BAs seek it out, but at this price I probably won't ever buy it again (or if I do, I'll trade it to someone who's never been able to find it). Not recommended for those new to sours. If you're new to sours and you happen to stumble upon a bottle of this, do yourself a favor. Stash it somewhere and explore several other sours before drinking it, otherwise you may not enjoy it and could possibly waste your money (and the beer).

Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of jrenihan
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Auracom
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of 99bottles
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of armock
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of jaasen64
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of barczar
4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,976 ratings.