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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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1,410 Ratings
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Ratings: 1410
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.42%

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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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4.78/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage
poured at cellar temp into bruery tulip
750 ml bottle

Color: A hazy, but yet bright golden/orange. White 1 1/2f finger head that reduces to a thin bubbly cap after awhile. No lacing with light retention

Nose: Apricots what else, but the fruit has definitely faded compared to the fresher batches. Nice funk aroma with hints of wood, hay, and light lemon peel.

Palate: Wow! simply amazing. A perfect amount of carbonation making this beer very drinkable. The apricots hit the tongue first followed the an enjoyable wave of sourness and funk. This beer is dry, but yet it contains a good amount of spritz. At the end you begin to taste the oak/woody textures of this beer.

Finish: Long and dry with a good amount of texture. Mellow fruit which balances the light acidity at the end. An incredible beer that can be consumed fresh and aged.

Rating 98/100

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:26:40 | More by schmoopsbeer
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New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with Damico at Torst. Pours a pale orange yellow color with white foam head. Aroma of peach, funk, and slight vinegar. Has a sweet tart taste with gentle notes of peaches and perfect foamy mouthfeel. Great body for the style. A big thanks to Damico and a great day.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 01:56:09 | More by chalsk
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Alberta (Canada)

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

The typical green 750ml bottle corked and capped. This was bottled on August 25, 2011. This will be the freshest Cantillon I have ever drank.

The hazy orange brew poured into a tulip glass. A huge frothy white head forms but recedes right away and leaves a small ring of bubbles.

Nose is of fresh apricot fruit, a slight funkiness and apricot candy.

Taste is very delicate, the fresh apricot is upfront, a nice blast of funk from the wild yeast and a light sourness. The finish is fairly dry.

This one was very different from the other Cantillon I have drank. This is very fruit forward and the fresh apricot is very apparent in the taste. Right now the funk and sour taste is there but not nearly what it's like in other Cantillon. I look forward to drinking and aging a number of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 01:35:00 | More by alpineclimber
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4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle purchase at the Charleston Beer Exchange. 2009 vintage, I believe.

A: Pale golden color with 3 finger white head. Lots of murky stuff in there. You can really tell this is bottle conditioned and unfiltered.
S: Funk! Vinegar and sour fruits come out first. This is followed by a nice apricot aroma. The last thing you smell is almost wrong (dirty diaper).
T: Sour apricots with more vinegar. Nice touch of brett in the aftertaste.
M: Very sour, though not quite on the level of St Lamvinus. Tart and bubbly on the tongue. Very nice and dry.
D: I am not going to kid myself here. It is a wonderful beer and it covers everything a true lambic should be. However, drinking a whole bottle would likely destroy my stomach. Not perfect, but still pretty close.

This was another wonderful beer from Cantillon. They are still one of the top breweries in the world, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 21:43:48 | More by raverjames
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4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured on tap at hamiltons tavern. Pours a nice, golden staw color, hazy, no head. Only a few specks of foam hang around. Nose has soft apricots, belgian yeast esters, hay, and a pinch of sweet fruity candy. On the tongue it follows suit, sour apricots, dry, yeasty, in the middle thru the end Im reminded of an easy saison. Finishes with a dry champange feel. Although not very heady, lots of carb bubbles come thru in the mouth. No bite. Not overly sour, only slightly puckering. I am very excited to have tried this. It has been a huge want for me and it makes me even more anxious to land a bottle of it. Thanks santa.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 02:29:55 | More by SDDanC
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4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottled August 18. 2011 (Reviewing this one nice and fresh the way it should be)

A. Hazy golden with just a nice perimeter ring of head, bubbling from the bottom up.

S. Fresh Apricots, not too sour but a sweeter-sour with slight mustyness.

T. Apricot with a blood orange pop, mildly sour, but more in a citrus way.

M. Bubbly, but very refreshing, finishes clean with citrus finish

O. Awesome citrus poppy goodness throughout this one, worth the hype and the hunt although with the right people it might just fall into your hands.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 06:21:25 | More by Centennial
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4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: apricot orange body with consistently bubbling tiny bubbles carbonating with a pure white head
S: funk, oak, barnyard, horse hair, sweet and sour apricots, lemon. So inviting and pleasant.
T: apricots, apricots, apricots! Can't believe how prevalent apricot is present along with oak. Apples, sour patch kids, lemon, and more complexities are experienced. Can't even fathom how incredible this tastes!
M: thin yet creamy bodied, almost water like that dries the mouth then leaves your tongue drooling for more. Very acidic but saliva inducing.
O: this has become a religious experience. I can see why people hunt for this. My hunt starts now since I just finished this bottle. Do not pass this up if you come across this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:09:00 | More by DrewShal9
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New Hampshire

4.84/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a bright orange/yellow with a nice fluffy two finger head. Looks great. Smell is even better. So juicy, tart, loaded with apricots. Smells so fresh and vibrant. The taste its very apricot forward, with some funk on the backend. There's a decent amount of sourness here, but it doesnt take away from the fruit too much. Delicious. The mouthfeel is so creamy, coats the whole mouth with a fair amount of carbonation. The apricot and funk lingers for days. As it warms you get a few more flavors. Some green apple in there. Really glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:19:21 | More by Mikeypnh
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3.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option, not sure which year, assuming 2011.

A: Light colored, very fluffy white head (to make the glass seem more full. At $9 a pour there was no consistency to the glasses or the amount in them. I'm not bitter though.)

S: Reminded me a lot of Cantillon classic gueuze, didn't pick up much apricot at all.

T: Again, I would have guessed Classic gueuze if I didn't know better. Funky with a tiny bit of apricot at the very end. Was hoping for much more fruit flavor, maybe it was an older version of Fou' Foune.

M: Crisp, refreshing, tart, very drying and kept me wanting more.

O: It wasn't as good as what I was hoping for when I first heard apricot lambic, but still a pretty solid brew. Maybe its different out of the bottle. If i could find a bottle, I wouldn't pass it up. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 12:21:50 | More by antoines15
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'07 vintage poured into a 6oz wine glass at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Big bright and gorgeous fluorescent yellow beer sits in my glass with light fizzies floating on the top and no head. Aroma more subtle than I expected. Slight citrus notes and not as acidic as I imagined, more of a funky floral musk which tempered my expectations.

Initial sips were a tasty, sour, gueuze-like lambic that left me somewhat underwhelmed. As the glass warmed, the flavors began to pull through fast and furiously. Bracingly sour and acidic, pronounced barnyard funkiness and a shockingly big finish of apricot goodness that totally floored me for an '07 vintage.

Mouthfeel was extremely prickly from the carbonation and puckering from the extreme acidity. Dry finish.

Truly a world class beer that deserves it's standing among the elite lambics. Not worth mortgaging your house over, but undoubtedly something to seek out and try if you should ever get the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 14:39:38 | More by victory4me
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4.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can’t believe it took me so long to try this. Hazy lemon colored pour, small white head. Tart peach aroma. Flavor is sour peach, grapes, tannins, citrus, lemons...wow. Finishes nice and sour, I was sipping for a bit. This is great.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 20:25:50 | More by pepsican
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New York

4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

“We love to funk you, Fou’ Foune
Your funk is the best (talk!)
Take my body, give it the mind
To funk with the rest – Adapted from Dr. Funkenstein

I’ve been mesmerized by the Fou’ foune label for the past two months. It’s perhaps the most dignified and artistic label I’ve even viewed, and to boot it’s a little bit funky, just like this beer (I had some second thoughts calling this a beer). The beer is a cloudy orange copper and looks amazing in my flute. A thin layer of foam formed across the top. It smells like most lambics. The first sip begins mellow and then its tartness expands to its full potential. My cheeks puckered a little before the fruity apricot aftertaste filled my throat. Man the aftertaste is refreshing. The funk is sour, yet not overbearing, and adds some zest and zing every step of the way (hints of lemon, apricots, and of course yeast). I wonder if the Belgium’s enjoy a cube of sugar is this fine offering? Anyway, this was a new experience for my in terms of lambics and highly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 23:57:24 | More by Starchild
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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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4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hill Farmstead Winter Festival.

Big, puffy, foamy, white head. Hazy, straw color. Laces glass the entire drinking experience.

A - Apricot is immediately evident, but subtle and pleasant. Expected funk mixes wonderfully with must and just a touch of bite.

T - Pleasantly tart apricots and fresh bitterness on the finish. Wonderfully balanced blend of funk and sharpness.

M - Just the right amount of body that balances with good carbonation and sourness.

D- Entirely too drinkable, frankly. Truly excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 01:31:06 | More by GatheringBrews
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4.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2001. Opened in celebration of bring leaving California. Thanks, Barry. Had I known you were saving this for your farewell party I would have helped you search for houses myself.

Hands down the finest lambic named after a woman's nether regions. Reeks of an apricot tree - bark and all. Tastes of stone fruit and fruit stones. The funk is a given.

But this one is not that puckering. Don't get me wrong - it's sour. But on a scale of one to five, one being mild empuckerment and five being total facial implosion, this is about a three. Time has stripped the fruit of its tartness and robbed the beer of its punch.

A little past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 07:45:08 | More by alfrantzell
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4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On handpump at Teresa's Next Door during their 2011 sour event. I believe this is the most recent batch available. Drank from a wine glass.

A: Bright clear golden color pouring a frothy white head which clears into a small ring around the glass. Some nice lacing as well. Beautiful.

S: Aroma starts with some interesting fruit aromas including: chardonnay grapes, apricot, bitter orange, and other various citrus fruits. There is also a nice leathery, earthy character produced form the Brett. This is not an aroma I would describe as 'Barnyard'. Relatively clean and more focused the fruity earthy characteristics. Not too much acid on the nose either. Extremely complex and outstanding!

T: The fruity notes on the nose translate into the flavor as well. Although this is an apricot lambic, chardonnay is the strongest characteristic I get. The acid is much more pronounced in the flavor of the beer including strong tangerine notes. The finish is puckering and dry with light earth, leather, and oak flavors. Like no other lambic I have ever tried. More comparable to Russian River Temptation.

M: Nice medium body with strong champagne carbonation with a nice prickly, puckering effect. Desirable tannic, drying qualities in the finish. The carbonation is surprising for a cask conditioned beer. That goes to showcase the super attentuative cantillon strains.

O: Simply put, this is the best blended lambic I have ever had. This will be a tuff one to beat as well. This is also the most refreshing sour beer I have ever tasted. Bravo!

Serving type: cask

05-31-2011 16:47:55 | More by mmercede
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New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL bottled from August 2010 poured in to a generic Crate & Barrel tulip.

A: Yellow/orange & translucent. Thin carbonation lines the rim of the glass. Some light lacing.

S: Funky & tart, apricot with some citrus notes.

T: Apricot is very prominent, tart, fruity, and very well balanced.

M: Light bodied with thin carbonation.

O: Another knockout brew from Cantillon. Can they mess anything up? So happy to have another one of these to try in another year or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 16:37:38 | More by mrand01
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4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon Fou Foune 2012 vintage. 750ml poured into Cantillon sherry glass. Best before August 2017 according to the label. 5% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw golden color. Off-white head consisting of one-finger-sized. Appears sparsely carbonated as expected.

Smell: Overripe and juicy apricots. Followed by light hints of oak and vanilla. Slight musty notes. Gentle lactic acid aroma. Finish is soft and delicate.

Taste: Smooth and gentle waves of lactic acid and acetic vinegar wash over the tastebuds. This fruited Cantillon is roughly a year old, yet still leans in favor of the sweet malts, rather than the sourness that dominates over time. The vanilla comes out a bit stronger than in the aroma, and compliments the wood-character very well. Fou Foune finishes with a bang of fresh, juicy apricot flavor that delivers on your wildest fruited-sour fantasy.

Mouthfeel: Low but prickly carbonation. The body is almost medium in character, but I'd say it's right about a low-high. The gentle carbonation allows the beers flavors to shine.

Overall: A very impressive fruit sour from Cantillon. However, since it was nearly a year old, I was not able to enjoy it fresh as the brewery highly recommends. I'm betting the fruit character is much more intense and vibrant, and I look forward to this beer being released next month. Hopefully I get another bottle, after which I will update or add on this review to reflect that.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 22:11:21 | More by Clonies720
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New York

4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

750 ml bottled 8/30/13

Hazy golden color - hard to judge in the dim bar lights. Retains a ring of lacing on the glass.

Smells of fresh, sweet apricot and lemon, musty earth; sour

Taste is layered; fresh, juicy apricot, a bright lemony zing, moderate earthy funk. Fairly sour with only a touch of vinegar. The finish is long...the apricot keeps going ending in a very dry, slightly tannic and bitter end note. The apricot is integral; it adds so much but it never overshadows the underlying complexities of the lambic.

Mouthfeel is creamy; fairly active carbonation.

Overall: Incredible. This beer has so much to offer but so easy to drink. It's an intense sensory experience but has many subtleties to explore. One of the best beers I've had. Extremely expensive to order at a restaurant in NYC but worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 00:03:04 | More by brianmandell
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4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage Poured into Cantillon Stemware at 45 degrees.

A- Very hazy orange (apricot skin) with a white head about an eighth of an inch thick that doesn't seem to want to go away. Vigorous carbonation is evident, the bubbles seem to be rising to the surface at a champagne-like rate. No lacing is evident.

S- Classic cantillon barnyard with a citrus acidity similar to orange zest. Apricots are very evident as well, providing a sweet, tropical note to the funky lactic overtones.

T- I don't even know where to begin. Extremely complex. While the apricot is very mellow on the nose, it comes through with a huge tart stone fruit mixed with lemon zest and orange peel. Pretty much, I'm trying to say it tastes like apricots without saying the word apricot. After the apricot flavor dies off, there is an earthy flavor that makes way for a huge blast of lemon zest and lactic acidity that leaves you looking like a sour patch kid. A good two minutes after a sip, I can still feel the tingly sensation you get in your face after downing a whole bag of sour skittles and then eating the dust in the bottom of the bag. For someone who used to eat lemons as a young child, this beer is a dream come true.

M- Prickly carbonation with an extremely dry finish in addition to the extremely sour notes from the taste. I am literally sitting here sweating because of the level of puckering.

O- The aroma and flavor are absolutely the best part of this beer, which is nice since those are usually the two biggest factors in a beer for me. This one definitely looks great as well, but with the huge apricot aromas and the complex stone fruit flavors bouncing around with the brett funk and huge acid, the flavor and aroma are what make this a world-class beer. I'm glad I got to down a whole bottle of this by myself instead of the half ounce pour I was lucky enough to have at a tasting earlier this year.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 16:49:06 | More by justforrazors
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3.4/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was only my fourth lambic, so perhap my pallette was not quite ready for this one. I read so many great reviews about Cantillon that I just had to try it out. Picked up this bottle at the the wacky Drive-thu beer store just downt the road. That place is nuts. They have the over 800 beers, yet its a drive thu and they discourage browsing. And they are waaay overpriced. Paid just over $20 for this bottle of 2001 vintage.

Poured slowlyinto my trusty tulip glass, revealing some head and minimal lacing. Very carbonated, could have produced much more head had I felt like it. Straw/gold in color, very silimar to a hefe, but less cloudy.
First sip puckered my right up. this is the most sour beer, and perhaps the most sour beverage I have ever had. Honestly, it made me think of the Sour Warhead candies I used to eat as a kid. Certainly a taste that takes some getting used to. But once I got used to it, I came to enjoy it to an extent. Earthy tastes become apparent as it warms and there are leathery flavors as well. If I didn't know that there were apricots in it, I might not have noticed them. However, I look for them and found them hiding in the nose and underneath the sourness, especially at the finish. Perhaps they would have been more apparent if the beer was fresher.
I can't rate this one too highly, it just wasn't something I can see drinking all the time. But don't let that discourage you, you might enjoy it much more. Heck 6 months ago I couldn't stand IPAs and now I love them.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 00:42:36 | More by poundboy
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4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a golden yellow with little carbonation, smelling of crazy moldy goodness! the taste is phenomenal, smooth in front with a full tart middle to finish with a very subtle sweetness.

not a pedestrian beer, full flavored and what one would expect. if you like this style you will like the fou' foune it is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:25:37 | More by jscondon
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4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: murky, golden, and buggy. Buggy beers have a look like they are watery but thick I think it's the attenuation.

S: Cantillion brings on the funk, there is the classic funk scent, acidic, and buggy. Also in the nose is the flesh fruits, but without the sweetness.

T: Funky, with the peach flavor but not sweetness. The funk is cantillion, but the fruit is more present than in the cantillion kriek, or framboise.

M: thin and dry, highly attenuated by the funk.

O: Great! the best cantillion so far.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 03:26:28 | More by Donerik
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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this out for Jay’s bachelor party. Congrats Jay and Patty! '11 vintage poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A-Pours a hazy faint orange in color with a small amount of tight white head.

S-The nose is perfection....the pinnacle of what every beer should smell like. It’s like apricot purée, apricot jam, and fresh apricot skin all shoved into one glass. It’s bliss.

T-The flavor is a balance of apricot, lemon, oak, and funk. It’s incredibly sour, but not yet bracing. I much prefer fresh Fou Foune to aged bottles because of the balance sour and apricot.

M-Mouthfeel is light, it’s acidic, gentle carbonation, and a long, pleasant finish.

O-I’m hard pressed to think of many beers that surpass Fou Foune in quality. It is one of the best fruit lambic from probably the best brewery in the world. I need like 70 more bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 21:04:32 | More by Tnudish
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3.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle brought back from honeymoon in Belgium.
Pours a peachy orange/yellow color. I've never seen a beer this color before; kind of pretty, actually.
Smell is of tangy, sour wheat with a hints of apricot and orange.
Apricot flavor is there, but not overpowering or even entirely noticeable. I wouldn't even be able to pick it out if I didn't know what it was, I bet. Overall it's a soft wheat flavor, with a lightly sweet, moderately sour, very refreshing tartness.
Amazingly drinkable, would love to have this consistently, especially in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 22:39:51 | More by mbrandon2w
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.