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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,425 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1425
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.42%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Hill Farmstead Winter Festival.

Pours with a huge, foamy, white head. The body is a cloudy, straw, yellowish-orange. Beautiful lacing coats the entire glass.

Cantillon funk, hay and light barnyard on the nose. Apricot, peach and clementine sourness fills the nostrils. Lots musty hay funk with a little more bitterness than what I remember from the bottled version.

Hay, apricots and some grassy bitterness on the finish. Again, slightly more bitter than the bottle. Tastes fresher overall. Apricot and peach sourness throughout. A great and balanced blend of funk and acidity.

The body has some good weight to it with lively carbonation and a delicious level of sourness. Feels somewhat slick. Quite good for a fruit lambic.

Drinkability is great like usual. Nice sourness with a good helping of fruit and funk. This on-tap version seemed to have some extra grassy bitterness to it, which I liked quite a bit. It helped to bring out some of the earthier and more floral aspects of the beer. Anyways, I hope I get to see this beer on-tap again some day. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 16:11:57 | More by sisuspeed
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.95/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 05:55:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 06:04:32 | More by TMoney2591
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Tria on 6/6/10.

Pours hazy golden with hints of orange. Huge lingering fluffy white head.

Aroma is of deep barnyard funk, then some peach and apricot as it warms, along with a little mango. Only slight hints of citrus.

Flavor is nice sweetness and a delightful puckering sourness. As it warms, you pick up much more of the rich apricot flavor.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and buttery, with great light carbonation. This is a sickeningly sessionable lambic that goes down way too easily.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 02:07:57 | More by ChrisPro
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berkey

California

4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in the wine glass style Cantillon glass at the Trappist in Oakland. From notes 04/28/10.

This beer is a slightly hazy blonde pretty much identical in color to the gueuze produced by the same brewery. Only a minimal head forms, typical of Cantillon's beers.

Aroma is somewhat surprisingly musty on tap, for some reason I was thinking this wouldn't have the same complexity as a bottled Cantillon. There's a notable fruitiness which helps round out of the funkiness but not I'm not sure I'd be easily able to identify it as apricot if I didn't already know.

Bracing, puckering, sour taste on the entry but this quickly gives way to the sweeter apricot notes to create a relatively clean and dry flavor profile. Although the fruitiness is still not intensely apricot it does remind me of the tart part of the fruit surrounding the stone. There's a fairly strong funky musty taste on the aftertaste.

Drinkability is similar to most Cantillon beers. Goes down easy but the tartness keeps it a sipper.

I'm glad I had a chance to try this since I can't seem to find it in bottles in my area. Since the apricots are so subtle, overall this is probably best described as a slightly sweeter version of their Classic Gueuze.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2010 21:59:00 | More by berkey
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DmanGTR

New York

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 12/13/09. On tap at Monk's Cafe.

A- cloudy pale yellow with a slight white ring for a head in a nonic 4.0

Sm- citrus and tart granny smith sourness, bit of yeastiness and pale malt, starfruit and a hint of mustiness. 4.5

T- very much like the aroma, but very pronounced acidic tartness. Hint of lemon zest and pepper. Quite good. 4.5

M- thin and smooth, slight prickle on the palate. 4.0

D- extremely. I can easily do a few of these. But they ran out shortly after. 5.0

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 13:38:09 | More by DmanGTR
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 13:24:28 | More by Thorpe429
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a sample glass.

A: A hazy yellow goldish with a one finger white head and full big glass lacing.

S: Tart fruits dominate with some yeasty funk and a bit of sweetness.

T: Tart tangy fruits dominate with apricot, peach, apple and pear. Very crisp with some faint hops bitterness. Yeasty earthy flavors fill in but never take over the fruit flavors. Nice beer.

M: Tart, tangy, full and no alcohol.

D: This is where the beer suffered for me. I just could only drink a small quantity of it before I was tired of it.

Overall a very good beer, but it just was a bit too much on the fruit for me. Still very glad I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 20:57:14 | More by Kadonny
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a orange tinge when held to the light. A small white head floats atop the glass before slowly fading away into a tiny cap and leaving streaks/spots all around the glass.
Smell is of obvious apricots, peaches, nectarines, vanilla, tart notes of vinegar and funky hints of horseblanket,and perhaps a hint of passion fruit/mango blend.
Taste is of the aromas with more of an acidic presence making itself known in the form of soured peaches and green apple.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, tart, making one salivate...but easy drinking and perhaps even refreshing if given the proper setting.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 19:14:59 | More by weeare138
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08 on draft at Capones.

A: Pale, hazy amber-orange body. Tight, compact head with decent retention before crashing into a spotty skim. Sporadic lacing left behind on the sides of the glasses.

S: Light, bright fruits. Apricots and peaches. Nice earthy tartness.

T: Reved up version of the nose. Potent tart apricots up front, sweet ripening peaches in the back end. Earthy, with a nice lactic punch.

M: Good weight to balance the semi-sweet/tart flavorings. A bit more slick than I'd like. Puckering feel lingers for a bit after each sip.

D: Pretty impressive offering from Cantillon. The flavor really carries the day despite some flaws in the mouthfeel department.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 17:53:10 | More by callmemickey
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 20:24:01 | More by RenoZymurgist
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tpd975

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's

A: Pours a nice bright orange hue with a touch of fizz that never really managed much of a head. No real retention or lace.

S: Wow I liked this beer in the bottle love it on draft. Wonderful aromas of dried apricots. There is a big sour acidic aroma as well. Lots of leather and citrus, mildly earthy.

T: Love in a glass. Tons of earthy apricot with a nice level of tartness. Lightly acidic with strong citrus notes and peach pits. Really is a joy to drink.

M: On the lighter side of medium, somewhat dry finish.

D: Good, this one was served in a small proper cantillon glass. I could easily sit back and enjoy an entire bottle though. One of my favorite sours.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2009 23:51:31 | More by tpd975
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Maction

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This settles into a hazy straw gold blonde, with a typical-for-style haze of a head

S: Bouquet of sour vinegar, horse stable with straw, and peach pit

T: The flavor is tart and acidic, followed by sweeter apricot, followed by copper-ish mineral flavors, both complex and refreshing.

M: A sting of carbonation, then creamy stillness. It fills the mouth without coating it or being chewy. Belgians have the best mouth feel.

D: This goes down too quickly, and should be savored.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 18:36:09 | More by Maction
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.

served in unique klokke roeland stemless snifter.

just wanted to note that this time around, there is a much bigger blast of fruity ripe apricot (skins and all), especially in the aroma, while still having all the complexities as before.

served a little less cold this time, so i didn't have to wait for it to warm. thus i got a little more carbonation, and thus probably more body.

warrants some score boosting

smell 4.0 -> 4.5
mouthfeel 3.5 -> 4.0

>>>>>>>>>
ORIGINAL REVIEW 2-12-2009

on-tap at deep ellum, in allston, massachusetts. poured into goblet with a slight taper and flare.

bright straw color with amber tones. hazy. nice head that barely fades. this was served to me far too cold for my tastes, so i had to warm it up in my hands for about 5-7 minutes. even after all this, the thin layer of head still remained! lacing forms after each sip, but never sticks.

cider vinegar and gentle funk in the nose, with woody oak and a hint of leather, which really peaks in the middle.

flavor is tart, like champagne and cider vinegars. more wood and leather. hints of yeast and funk mingle near the end, which remains tart and crisp.

peach or apricot fruit is actually only barely perceptible in both the nose and palate, and really only if you look for it.

feel is crisp and acidic, but just slightly thin. carbonation is quite mild. keep in mind that we had to let this sit for nearly ten minutes to warm up.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 14:13:56 | More by tai4ji2x
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paytoplay

California

4.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at toro 1st annv. Must of been a half barrel as it's lasted a couple days. Very excited to try because i just bought a bottle and wanted to see how long to age it. I'd say 2-3 years in bottle will be perfect. Had next to beatification batch 2, which was much more sour, and it was great to go back and forth between the 2. Apricots come thru but only when it warmed up and on the super long finish. A femenin brew but personaly i enjoyed this cold as it was so refreshing. Too bad it's not available all the time and around $10 for a 750 because it is the perfect summer brew. Very nice and again a pleasure to have a shot at this on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 00:22:26 | More by paytoplay
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very light orangish colored body that looks a little like an apricot color itself. A pretty good sized cream colored head rises above that body and has some decent retention. Leaves some lacing behind on my glass.

The smell is great. A big blast of tartness like one would expect, with notes of vinegar but followed by a great apricot aroma that smells like it is natural.

This beer tastes a little more sour than it smells. The biting, puckering chracter that every Cantillon has comes through with a big burst of tartness. The sad thing is that the apricot in the aroma doesn't really transfer over to the flavor. Only a touch of the fruit comes through, and that only if you look really hard for it. Overall a good lambic, but I would like some more apricot.

Mouthfeel is dry and puckering.

Drinkable beer, a little less biting than some Cantillons such as the kriek.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 14:38:14 | More by Hojaminbag
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy dingy orange color with a spotty head. No lacing develops.

Smell: sour fruits and a bit of funk is surprisingly very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: apricots and funk is up front along with a lip puckering sourness. There is some soft bitterness and some mildler yeast tones arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the sourness glues itself to the tongue.

Drinkability: after having a few ounces of this the sourness became less shocking and more pleasant. But after completing the glass over a long period I had enough for the session.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 17:01:10 | More by Gavage
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 18:17:25 | More by IBUnit63
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/11/08. On tap at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour apricot. Flavor is of sweet apricot, maybe some cream cheese (?). Light, hardly sour, very fruity, and quite excellent. I had this in bottle awhile ago and was unimpressed, but this draught version really wowed me. Awesome and refreshing.
8/4/9/5/16 (4.2/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 15:11:24 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Ebenezer's Belgian fest. One of teh 3or 4 beers I took notes on before things got out of hand.
Poured into an Eb's snifter a pale yellow with some slight haze and a thin, quickly dissapating head. Aroma is definite Cantillon tart, sour fruit with some definite funk in there. FLavor is of the tartest apricots I could ever imagine. THis one is one of the most puckering beers I have ever tried. Very dry and refreshing, though. One is an experience. Interesting and very good lambic.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2008 12:41:36 | More by DrDogbeer
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.26/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 25cl pour into a La Chouffe tulip glass, consumed at Belmont Station's unofficial PuckerFest in July 2007 (from notes which I just rediscovered).

A: Hazy, golden honey/orange, with a healthy amount of small carbonation crawling up the curving glass. Initially almost 1-finger of fizzy snow-white head, fading quickly to a thin ring and scattering of swirling film.

S: Quite tart aroma, musty and full of pithy citrus. The sweet/sour apricot smell builds and rises with each swirl of the glass. Smells a little dirty and earthy, very fitting for a tart lambic from the masters at Cantillon. One either loves or hates this fragrance; personally I couldn't get enough of this funky, yet mouth-watering, nose-tickler.

T: Bracingly tart/sour at first, filled with lemon and apricot and a undertone of musty natural yeastiness. A pleasantly light sugar sweetness trails down the back, lending a nice balance to the otherwise harsh tartness. Hints of woodiness in the lengthy finish.

M: Surprisingly low carbonation in the mouth, this is smooth and even somewhat viscous. Leaves a coating and acidic tanginess, which keeps the tongue curling and the saliva flowing.

D: A wonderful sipping lambic, with a bold tartness in aroma and flavor and long-lasting memorable mouthfeel. A little like a quenching, pucker-inducing lemonade, ideal for a summery day. Low ABV at 5%, but this isn't really a style you'd want to drink much of. Expensive ($6 for this pour) but worth it, and one I'd love to have again. Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2007 18:43:13 | More by msubulldog25
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sour! Apricot. Looks, smells, and tastes like an apricot. Kinda peachy too. Nice head, ample carbonation, sourness mellows as it warms and the palate becomes used to it. Spicy aromatically. Soupy and peppery. Clean. Nostrils even feel the funk. Palte burns somewhat. Lingeringly sour but it also hits the front lip. This is a serious beer. Wonderful. Served on tap during Pucker Fest at Belmont Station in Portland, OR.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2007 05:55:50 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Westsidethreat

California

4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Hazy, dull lemon colored brew with a spritzy carbonation. No head but a lot of bubble activity.

S: Vitamin C, dried hay, bitter funk and apricot.

T: Begins tart and sour, no surprise there. Lemon coats the sides while apricot hits the tip of the tongue as liquid moves across the palate. Sour apple thoughts hit the back of the tongue, near the throat. Then the flavors flash back to the sides with a more butterly lemon aspect. Finish is pure apricot with ascorbic acid mixed in.

M: Medium body, slightly prickly mouthfeel.

D: Complex with great balance. Apricot really comes through as it warms, teases the palate leaving you wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 01:04:56 | More by Westsidethreat
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, poured into a Cantillon glass. It was on my top 3 list to try when I saw their draft list (where else in the Midwest would I find this beer on tap?). It was kind of light yellow colored, hazy, and initially had a huge head. The smell was sour and acidic with a hint of citrucy fruit. The taste was sour and tart with a very mild apricot flavor. It was awesome. I could have easily had more, but there were other beers to try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2006 12:10:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A treat to experience on tap @ Spuyten D. in Bklyn. as part of their Yeast fest of a week ago. Pours soft, cloudy tangerine, with a minimal off white head, with minor lacing. Funky, fruity nose. Moderatly sour brew with a slight nod in the flavor profile to the adertised apricots. Long lasting sour/bret notes linger and linger in the mouth. Pleasantly sour and soft. Very tasty stuff, delicate and complex on tap. World class lambic, go get some.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2006 11:46:39 | More by Billolick
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.