Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,357
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 2,550
Gots: 509 | FT: 42
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002

Apricot Lambic
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Photo of TallSaint
4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.18/5  rDev -9.9%
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

Photo of hawks10
4.03/5  rDev -13.1%
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...

Photo of jjdc
4.96/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of jethrodium
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of bnelson997
5/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4/5  rDev -13.8%

'13 tastes like a moldy, juice-soaked carpet, but '12 and '14 are on point. DON'T AGE THIS BEER. Your enamel will thank you

Photo of Mesa512
5/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of berkey
4.22/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.82/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of dwaz
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of MOVERTON1284
5/5  rDev +7.8%
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 and amazing flavor.

Photo of urwithdave
4.57/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of dogfooddog
3.72/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of BeerNutta
4.24/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of codysjb
3.73/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 amphion1065
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle purchased and split at Lord Hobo - a pretty delightful surprise. Served in a tulip.

It really does look a lot like carbonated orange juice. The body is a pale yellow-orange, lighter around the edges of the glass. Fairly murky. A very small white head fades pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing around the glass.

The smell is pretty close to flawless. There is more fruit in the nose of this beer than any other Cantillon I've tried. My first impression is of barnyard funk and tart sourness, but underneath there is a huge apricot presence. Freshly picked fruit, sweet and bright, only becomes more prominent as this warms.

There's also a tremendous amount of apricot in the finish. There are a lot of vinous, tart, lactic funk notes in the taste, with a lingering sourness that almost burns the back of my throat. But, like the smell, the support base of all that funk is a wealth of apricots. The fruit is so vibrant, like no other sour beer I've ever had. Simultaneously refreshing and multilayered.

The mouthfeel is spot-on, with a perfect level of champagne-like carbonation. I could have easily taken down a bottle myself.

Though I'm curious to try an older vintage, I couldn't imagine enjoying this beer without the fruitiness. A phenomenal expression of natural sweetness and a superb lambic.

Photo of backbaybrewer
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours light yellow with a big head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves lacing on the glass.

Ar: fruity and sour dominate. Apricots are unmistakable.

T: apricot fruit and sourness dominate the flavor. Possibly the best sour beer I have ever tasted in my life. The perfect mix of sour tartness with fruity sugar to create an amazingly balanced experience.

M: very effervescent. Bubbly on the palate makes an otherwise thin beer more full bodied.

O: amazing. Had this beer at the brewery which only added to the overall experience. Love it. Balanced yet nuanced. Every sip presents something new.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for this bottle. 2010 cork, out of my Lost Abbey stemware.

A- A very bright golden peachy color. A nice foamy white head, retains a ring around the edge for what seems like forever.

S- Pungent sour and funk, touches of lemon and apricot skins. Some vinegar and tannic scents, very strong.

T- The biting sourness hits almost instantly, very dry and fruity, lemon, peach, apricot. There is some vinegar sourness, just crazy funky.

M- A little bubbly at times, but pretty much perfect for the style. This is a total palate wrecker though, just so soury.

O- Overall, if you like sours this is one of the better Cantillons I've had. I found the fruit to be quite pronounced, and prevalent. A very dry and sour beer.

-GFunk

Photo of gonzowestwood
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From Bottle . . . 8-11 was the date on it

A- Cloudy Rusty Straw and a light orange

S Apricots, Aged Cheese and some nice funk

T- A sour peach, very yeasty, champagne sour and delicious

M- lots of bubbles but a real dry finish... nice and smooth body

O- Oh My God!! This has to be one of the best beers ever....
My frist Cantillon and it sure as hell will not be the last.

Photo of camil1mj
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Sarro at our recent Holiday tasting.

A: Light orange yellow. White foamy head.

S: Citrus funkiness.

T: Much like the smell. Lots of citrus funkiness that gives way to some wonderful dried apricot notes. Great balance between sour and sweet.

M: Well carbonated. Light boided. Refreshing. Good break from BA stouts.

O: Great sour. This one deserves the hype that is has. I hope to cross paths with this one again.

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL 2010 split two ways.

A - clear golden with a finger of white head, a few spots on the glass.

S - fresh apricots, lemon, a touch of oak with even less funk apparent in the nose.

T - Delicious ripe apricots, peaches, tart green apples, lemon rind, and a lingering funk. Very bright but well balanced.

M - light body and carbonation glides over the tongue and finishes crisp and dry.

The first time I had this beer it was 6 years old and it was a sour bomb. The fruit was barely kicking, but it was still enjoyable. I would have to say I prefer the fresh bottles for the great balance of sweet and sour. My favorite fruit lambic to date.

Photo of trippytbta
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky yellow gold

S: funky

T: sour, acidic, funky, cheesy, then a little apricot

M: acidic

Overall: very good beer that develops in ur mouth and takes you for a great cantillon ride!

Photo of Heatwave33
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- Sweet golden color that even Scrooge McDuck would approve of.

Smell- An apricot and Funk making sweet love during a slightly cool evening.

Taste- The juices from their love making! A little soured just the way he wanted it.

Feel- An apricot going down a slip n slide and into a cool pool.

Overall- What is there to say about this beer that hasn't already been said Catholic Priests? Fruity, refreshing and keep away from children.

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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