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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 471
Hads: 2,416
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 2,591
Gots: 524 | FT: 40
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002

Apricot Lambic
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Reviews: 471 | Hads: 2,416
Photo of macher0
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%

Enjoyed on draft at Zwanze 2014. Holy Grale.

A: Cloudy yellow. One finger fine-bubble, egg shell head. The head settles to a rim.

S: Tart fruit and sour Belgium spores. Neutral oak. Notes of peaches, dried apricots, bergamot blooms, honey suckles, and dusty grain.

T: The flavors are subtle and well balanced. Sour yeast is very noticeable, then waves of neutral oak and fruit notes get capped off with a mild funk finish. The notes: peaches, apricots, tangerine flesh, citrus zest, and oak. This is a moderate on the tartness level.

M: High carbonation, very (x2) smooth, light body.

O: It is no surprise to me why this is the consensus favorite from Temple of Sours. The flavors are very subtle, but perfectly balanced. Perfection is unattainable - IMO - but this ale gets very close. The fruit/sour/funk aspects meld so nicely, it is hard not to give this a perfect score. This is my favorite Cantillon. (915 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of Centennial
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2003: Pours with slight carbonation, body is light, hazy yellow, tiny bit of orange. The smell tempts me to jump in, but I resist it. Oranges, tangerines, peaches, malt, with all the dirty flavors that one would expect.

The flavor is awesome. Fruit flavors of oranges, peaches, and apricots. Then, the dirt, the dust, the must, and the funk. This is amazing. The mouthfeel is puckering, to say the least. As always with Cantillon lambics, drinkability depends on whether you like sour beers or not. I love em, and this is one of my favorites. (557 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.96/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lovely radiant yellow, like liquid sunshine. The nose is sweet, astringent and a touch funky. The apricots give it a huge citrus sweetness that is nicely balanced with a pithy bitterness. It rounds off to a nice pucker, which makes it totally refreshing. This lives up to the hype. (281 characters)

Photo of julian
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Coppery orange and honey like in color with a general haziness throughout. Little head but an aggressive pour yielded some nice foamy bubbles that quickly receded to a ring of snow white foam around the edges.

S: The smell of bready cereal malts and mellow apricot dominate the nose. Somewhat floral and hay like with a demure presence of oak and barnyard funk. The mellow aroma of ripened apricots dominates this beer and so it should.

T: Light acidity tickles the tongue at first then opens up into a complex layering of floral, cereal malt breadiness, barnyard funk, tartness, vanilla oakiness and massive apricot fruitiness

M: Well carbonated; prickly and crisp but light bodied. Finishes tart, but clean and dry.

O: This is an amazing fruit beer and one that incorporates a rather mild fruit very well. Light, crisp, flavorful and aromatic. I wish I could get this more readily. (893 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared by black13 on New Years Eve at his house. Thanks Mike for opening this huge want of mine.

A: Crystal clear pale yellow with a voluminous snow white head, good retention, and surprisingly solid lacing. 5/5

S: Obvious light stone fruits, not much lacing on the nose, slight funk offers contrast. 4/5

T: Oddly salty and palate drying, only moderately sour for Cantillon with very little funk, floral on the finish with fragrant botanicals. 4/5

M: Thin, well carbed, drizzabone. 5/5

O: Glad to have tried this. Are there any better fruit lambics than the ones Cantillon makes? Not really. 4/5 (601 characters)

Photo of CTFalcon
4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Beautiful bright straw color with a pillowy white head that recedes to a clean surface.
Smell: Tons of funk! Hay, barnyard, lactic acid and stone fruit.
Taste: So much more here than the aroma (to me at least). Loads of intense cheesy, farmy funk gives way to an unbelievable sweet apricot finish. Stunning.
Feel: Perfectly carbed, effervescent and crisp. Not much more to say here than perfect.
Overall: This is the best lambic I've had the pleasure of trying and it outclassed all American Wild Ales I've tried to date. Beautiful beer. (560 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of Mesa512
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a light haze, peach/apricot color. Very little head.
A: Let the beer warm up in your glass. As the beer warmed, the apricots were jumping out. Get notes of peach/apricot, little citrus, orange peel, and of course the signature Cantillon sour funk
T: Apricots, peach, tartness (not too much just a little), lots of funk, grapefruit, orange peel
M: Tartness and funk are present for a little after swallowing. And boy does that apricot flavor linger yumm...

Overall: A fantastic beer, please try it if you can. Probably my favorite apricot sour that I have tried so far. Gonna be hard to beat this one. (610 characters)

Photo of TallSaint
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

April 21st, 2013.

Pours a gorgeous golden orange with a healthy finger of head.

The nose is packed with fresh, juicy apricots. Underneath this lies typical Cantillon funk; leather and lemon and general barnyard-y smells. As it breathes, a bit of apple comes into the nose as well.

On the palate it is packed with juicy apricot, especially as it breathes. Lactic acidity is present throughout but it is well integrated. There's a bit of spice upfront along with the apricot but it dies out quite quickly as it moves down the palate. In the back, apricot skin and peaches come through. The finish is a crescendo of lactic acidity; a nice soft sourness lingers with a touch of acetic acid. The lactic acid profile is unlike any other Cantillon I have tired, I feel it is not as sharp as others, but more gradual and well integrated.

The mouthfeel is great. Silky smooth and well carbonated, but not overly so.

As it breathes the fruit really comes out and it becomes a much brighter beer. This beer is amazingly well rounded, and the balance is incredible. Juicy apricots are contrasted with a touch of leather, barnyard and funk on top of a nice integrated and gradual sourness. The fruit is what shines here though and it makes for an incredible lambic. (1,262 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, bottled august 2012

A- Ligh orange colour with a bit of haziness. Decent white head, soon recedes but still leaves a ring and some lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Tart acidity upfront. On the background a lively, fresh fruity feel, citric, some other fruity notes that may feel like apricots though i don't know if i would have catched it if i didn't know before. Not super complex as expected but still pleasantly strong and fresh

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. I expected maybe something more complex but this is still great. Straightforward acidity upfront, tart with a slight spicy/prickly feel. Strong fruity notes, apricots now more easily detectable (it has that tart/sweet combination that is typical of apricots), lemon, maybe peach. Again, actually quite simple but amazingly pleasant, vivid and refreshing

M- Light body, with quite a good dose of carbonation to make it more lively. Prickly on the palate and on the sides of the mouth, more on the juicy side on the tongue, with fruit flavours more vivid there. Finish is pleasantly dry and refreshing, leaves you longing for another sip despite strong tartness

O- As already mentioned, a straightforward fruit lambic, fresh, lively, amazingly drinkable for the style, though maybe not as complex as i expected (1,297 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green corked and capped bottle - Bottled August 18th, 2011 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware (and even placed on a Fou' Foune coaster, loser) Really excited to try this longtime top want...

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with some dark yellow around the edges. A thin cap of white head forms and quickly recedes leaving some haze behind...

Smells like a typical Cantillon fruit lambic...nose is full of semi-tart citrus fruits with a bit of sweetness coming from the apricots. However, like most Cantillons, funk dominates the nose, maybe even more so than their other fresh fruit lambics, with musty damp basement coming through strongly...

Taste starts with a quick apricot sweetness, that quickly turns tart and just as quickly finishes sweet with the apricots really shining through in the end. Kind of bizarre actually, how quickly the flavor changes and comes back. A strong, and I mean strong brett spice powers to the forefront in the middle of the drink and leaves a lingering funky spice throughout the finish. Of all the Cantillons I have ever had the pleasure to drink, this one has, by far, the most brett character yet, it actually starts to overpower any fruit flavors as I drink. Very light on the tart/sour flavors as well.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, feel is highly typical of all fresh Cantillon fruit lambics.

Overall this was a good beer but not any better than any other Cantillon fruit lambic, in fact, I prefer St. Lamvinus and Vigneronne to this beer. Good lambic and glad I go to try it, but not at all worth the effort/$$$ to pursue again... (1,608 characters)

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

On tap at the Beer Revolution Anniversary. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big apricot, some lemon funkiness, lactic, along with a bit of sweetness. The taste is tart with a bit of initial sweetness. Lots of apricot, tart lemon, signature Cantillon funkiness. Finish is tart. Medium body. Low carbonation. The fruit is really prominent here, more so than in other Cantillon lambics. It also has a bit more sweetness than other Cantillons, but certainly not too much. (559 characters)

Photo of bnelson997
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say that hasn't been said? World class! Funky apricots jammed right in your face. There's a reason this is one of the most highly sought after beers in the whole world. (179 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank to IggyWH for a generous trade. This beer was ripe with apricot despite being a year old vintage (2014). Everything was up to par as far as expectations set. The one thing that can't be beat is that tingling crispness you get on the tongue as it finishes. That is something that cannot be replicated. (306 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had, if not the best. Lots of funk in the nose and the flavor is an amazing blench of fruit and sour. This beer is incredible in every way! (173 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a rocky white head.

The aroma was bursting with sour funk, apricots, and citrus notes.

The flavor was intensely sour - more so than almost any sour I've had before. Simply awesome. The flavors of tart apricots were bright and punchy. The fruit bleneded well with complex brett funk, lacto, and pedio sourness with a slight, but pleasant cheesiness faint in the background.

The beer had prickly carbonation with a light mouthfeel. The beer finished very dry and had a mild astringency that complemented the sour charateristics.

A wonderful fruit lambic with some of the most intense sour flavors I've ever had in a beer. This may be Cantillon's sourest. Dope. (699 characters)

Photo of joel66
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014'

poured a hazy peach color with two fingers of head. smell of stone fruit- apricots, peach followed by a sour funk.

flavor followed the nose, with a sour apricot flavor that lingers. One of my fav fruited lambics (221 characters)

Photo of dwaz
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottles of a 05 and a 09. I am reviewing them both, but I'm scoring the 05. A huge thanks to Don for hooking me up!!!

A- Both vintages pour a hazy pale yellow color. Both have a thin off white head with some spotty lacing.

A- The 05 is very sour smelling. Lemon and funk are present. The 09 is very less sour smelling. The apricot is detectable in the 09 but not even a hint is present in the 05. The 05 has a bit of vinegar in the nose.

T- As I was expecting, the 05 was extremely sour (one of the sourest I have ever had) with some barn yard funk and lemon. Very acidic and outright sour! Perfect for me. The more sour, the better.
The 09 is much more tame. The apricot is noticeable here. Still tart, but not even a fraction as sour as the 05. Still a little funky but not nearly as funky as the 05.

M- Both were medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Both had a tart finish, the 05 was just 10x as tart.

D- The sourness and acidity will limit the drinkability for sure. However, I had a full bottle between us and I didn't have any problems. My taste buds were completely destroyed afterwards, but man did I ever love these brews. The 05 was better due to the intense sourness, but the 09 was definitely much more fruity. (1,232 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
3.72/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cork dated 2004, pours into large flute glass at 50f with active 30% hea, this beer is very carbonated. I bought this bottle in the US just recently.

smell is typical cantillon acidic musty along with an unusual moldy odor I would normally associated with something ruined, but with lambic and cantillon in particular this is probably a good sign.

Taste is initially very dry and pucker-sour, and initial no fruit notes are visible in this. The second swallow I get a distinct hint of peach or apricot. At this point some of this replaces the moldy note in the odor. My palate seems to adapt quickly and the extreme pucker-power is more enjoyable.

The aftertaste is notably apricot-ish, the part of the mouth not burned by pucker-sour notes feels distinctly that it has had an unusual fruit in its lambic.

Further into the bottle the fruit note becomes more prominent, carbonation remains very active, probably adding to the apparent harshness at first noted.

A somewhat unusual but typically excellent product from Cantillon

Follow-up - this beer was very slow-drinking and actually caused moderate acid indigestion, something I almost never get, not even from cantillon lambics. Stomach pain finally got so bad I did something I have never done with a cantillon product before - I gave up and poured the last 25% out. I am going to let my remaining bottles of this sit for a year or more and see if they mellow out.

I drink cantillon products all the time and have never had anything like this. No idea if it is a temporary gastrointestinal problem on my part (comment 4/28/06, it was almost certainly a beer issue) but there are no other indications that it is anything but the beer. (1,709 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Fou' Foune

A = Poured a bright copper colour with a thin foam head.

S = Sweet smell of apricots. Ripe, ripe apricots.

T = Initial lemony tartness with slight hint of apricot. There is a fine soft bitterness that lingers on your tongue long after the drink goes down.

M = Light Carbonation. Nice.

D = Very drinkable. (330 characters)

Photo of codysjb
3.73/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, poured into a Cantillon stem glass!
A: A cloudy light orange look, what a great color. Very consistent, the clouds don’t float around its extremely cloudy all over rather than in spots.
S: Sour and funky, like most cantillon lambics. It has that “Belgian” smell to it and I don’t really detect any fruit.
T: Sour all over, much more than anything else they make. Tastes somewhat like their gueuze but nothing special. Lots of carbonation in this one.
M: Sour with some apricot and peach notes on the end of the palate.
O: I’m really disappointed with this beer. I had really hoped this would be amazing as it’s impossible to find and everyone wants to try it. Really, it reminds me of their gueuze, just not as good. Certainly not bad and I’d try it again but I wouldn’t jump through the hoops that people do to try this (it’s just not worth it). B to B + range. (921 characters)

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.