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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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Ratings: 1,817 | Reviews: 428 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The first I have had of this type. Extremely sour, like vinegar. Even in the aroma.Recent arrival at Smokeless Joe's. Bartender insisted this was it, not on way to the skunk. Good I split it with a friend and could have done so with three other friends. After first acid bite on mouth (which I still feel 7 hours later), it grows on you. Like a highly acidic apple. A bit of apricot aroma but we tasted nothing sweet or fruity. Yeast but overpowered. Must have with food.

Sammy, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

t0rin0, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

UCLABrewN84, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +7.8%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
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 acurtis
4.5/5  rDev -3%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

nmann08, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

metter98, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Texasfan549, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully juicy and richly of the hearty fruit in apricots, this snappy dry sour ale captures all the fruit flavor in its unadulterated forms while delivering it from its sweetness in favor of a highly acidic and sublimely drinkable ale.

Pouring a burnish orange, honey hue with a certain denseness that points toward a yeasty haze; the beer builds a short-statured head of creamy white foam that reduces to a film before holding true for the last quarter of the session.

A sharp pang of sour notes create immediate impact on the nose in the form of tart peaches, apricots, and mangoes that may have been marinated in white wine, dry cider, and light vinegar. There's just the sense of pickled fruit that plays out in a rather musty and leathery scent that creates such intrigue and apprehension going into the first sip.

But that sip is just as sultry, savory, and sharply decided as I had feared- or shyly coveted. Just after the clean acidity hits the mouth with the taste of cider, white wine, and pickled fruit, the immediate aftertaste of peach or apricot arise even before the finish is delivered. The dryness and effervescence of the beer ushers in a quick visit to the gullet before the beer is appropriately evaluated. But as each sip whaffs over the tongue, other elements of dried fruit, including pineapple, green apple, peach, mango, and even papaya; all make marketed impressions on the palate en route to the whimsical lemony and leathery aftertaste.

This beer is alive with a clean and zesty texture that introduces its finish as soon as it does its initial taste. Drinkable, palatable, digestible... sure, but it takes a lot of concentration to understand the quick procession that this beer does, dancing across the tongue. It's incredible that a fruited sour ale delivers this intense of a dry beer without exposing any flaws in taste, astringency in texture, or wavering of body. Flawless? ...almost.

BEERchitect, May 17, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Jan 13, 2013
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
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4/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up this fantastic 2006 vintage bottle while I was down in florida at knightleys. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 03/09/2009.

The pour was fantastic looking. Rich orange and amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness and haze to it, enough that you could barely see through to the other side. Nice light puff of white on top that faded leaving only a little bit of lace on top.

The aroma was beautiful. Rich sour funkiness with huge touches of apricot mixed in. Light peppery and spice notes come through as it warms, but the sour funk was so hardcore. The flavor was puckeringly good. Rich apricot and apple vinegar sour notes are all over this one. As it warms like barrel notes, lots of spice and a long drawn out and very dry. Super drinkable and very refreshing, this was one of the best sours I have had. Worth the wait.

mikesgroove, Mar 10, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to both Dyan and Joe for sending bottles of this to me recently. One of my favorite Cantillons!

A: The pour from a 2009 bottle is a hazy light golden yellow color with very minimal white foam on top.

S: An intense nose as always. Tons of lactic acidity, lemons, apricots, and green apples. The oak is a bit more pronounced than usual with a really nice wet hay and barnyard funk.

T: This is certainly one of the most acidic and sour Cantillon beers out there. A very sharp lemony tartness followed by some apricot, but not overly intense. Wonderful wet and musty funk and heavy oak components.

M: Light on the tongue but a powerful sourness that is tongue-buckling to say the least. A nice dry and tannic finish.

D: Easily one of my favorite beers (from Cantillon or otherwise). I could drink this stuff all day, and I'm glad to have another bottle.

womencantsail, Apr 22, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

kylehay2004, May 22, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to DaveHack for opening this gem. The beer poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a white head on top. Good retention and moderate lacing. The smell is awesome. Very fresh and fruity despite the souring of it. Excellent nose on this beer, I could smell it forever. The taste is tart with a fruitiness to it also. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth, not as pungant as some sours. Overall this is excellent. So glad I got to try this one.

Knapp85, May 07, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
5/5  rDev +7.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.88/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2006 vintage received from Dyan. Thanks!

Appearance: Pulling off the wrapper, uncapping the crown and remove the cork is always a messy process with Cantillon beers, usually leaving you covered in mold and other foul-smelling matter. This one's no exception, and may even be worse than any others I've encountered. Between the black mold underneath the bottle cap, the white muck under the wrapper and the grey ooze that seeps from the cork, I have to wonder what this beer is doing to my innards. Fuck it all though, with a beer this delicious you can't worry about what it's doing to your stomach lining or general health. Rambling aside, the beer itself pours a milky wheat color, not far off from the appearance of their gueuze. Cloudiness is significant, but then again, I made no effort to let the sediment settle in this bottle. A vigorous pour left me with a couple inches of head with rather large bubbles, and though it leaves no lacing, retention is pretty good for this style of beer.

Smell: Apricots. Sour, unripened apricots. It's remarkable how much the fruit shines through in the aroma. Before opening this bottle, I wasn't sure how well the fruit would stand up against the acidity of Cantillon lambic (astoundingly well, is the answer). Beyond the fruit, there's plenty of signature Cantillon funk too, but the apricots really steal the show. Awesome, maybe the best nose I've come across on a fruit lambic.

Taste & mouthfeel: Intensely sour, like taking a big bite from an unripened apricot. Again to my surprise, there's a ton of apricot flavor here, and it works beautifully with the bracingly acidic lambic. Even by Cantillon standards, this is sour stuff. I can't see my stomach faring well by the end of this bottle, but that's not going to stop me from finishing it (slowly). The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, with all the signature dryness and acidity people have come to expect from Cantillon, and alcohol is never really felt. Simply an awesome beer, one that I wish was available locally so that I could grab a few to cellar.

Notes on other vintages:

2001: With 9 years of age on it, this batch is still very fruity, lactic, lemony. Sharp sourness. Not as fruity as some of the fresher batches, but still excellent.

2003: Unusually turbid and thick. Not a lot of fruit here compared to newer vintages, though it does come through. Strong lactic sourness, funky, somewhat one-dimensional. Not one of the best batches, but enjoyable.

2004: Musty and slightly metallic, big lactic character, strong apricot skin aroma and flavor. Seemed a bit past its prime to me.

2005: Bottled opened early 2011. Extremely sour, one of the most intensely sour batches of beer I've tried from Cantillon, in fact. Moderate funk, little oak or fruit. Enjoyable in small quantities, the acidity is pretty intense.

2007: Extremely sour and simple with mild fruit and barrel character, one of the weaker batches of FF.

2008: Similar sourness to the 2007 batch but with a big juicy apricot character to balance it, excellent.

2009: Big apricot character with restrained sourness compared to previous vintages. Very oaky, tannic, fruity. Quite good, might be my favorite vintage. As of late 2010, it seems to have become more sour and less tannic with age.

2010: Fresh this is very fruity and bright, lightly sour and funky, less oaky than the '09 was fresh. Amazing apricot bouquet. Very enjoyable, sourness should increase with age. Another great vintage.

2011: Fresh, this one is less fruity and slightly more sour than the previous two vintages. Not as interesting to me as the '09 and '10 batches. Still very good.

largadeer, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

TMoney2591, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev -3%

SocalKicks, Oct 07, 2013
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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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