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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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100
world-class

2,184 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 2,184
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 2,438
Gots: 464 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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Ratings: 2,184 | Reviews: 462
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had as part of the "Evening with Cantillon" event during Good Beer Week in Melbourne.

Classic lambic look: hazed golden hue with a fine, tight white head that dissipates and leaves some soapy lace. Not much of a shift in colour from the fruit addition—it just looks like any other straight lambic or gueuze in Cantillon's range.

Nose is awesome, with crushed dried apricots coming through strongly above a vanilla sweetness like shortcrust pastry. There's a little greenness to it, but surprisingly, the lambic funk and acidity really doesn't come through. Overall, it's smooth, fragrant and rich. Lovely aroma.

Taste is also soft, and while the acidity is present here, it's much more restrained than in some of Cantillon's other brews. Ripe apricot, some fruit skin finishing with a clean crispness and a mild, soft tartness. Finish is long with a lingering funk and a bit of dust. Very nice.

Amazingly drinkable brew, perhaps one of the most drinkable Cantillons I've had the pleasure to sample. The soft sweetness of the apricots cushions the palate beautifully. Lovely beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a large tumbler at Churchkey during Zwanze day 2012. From notes.

A real nice orange amber pale lemon color, opaque and orb glowing. Head is presented with a thin creamy top of light off tan color, almost looks like a dolop of cream spooned on to it. A real nice looking lambic, it glows in the sunlight.

Nose hints with classic sour funky aromas, and apricot juice. Rind like zest peel, and dried apricot fruit, even goes into cherry like aromas, fascinating. Mouthwatering smell with a real balanced acid compliment.

Palate comes with a large fruit component in the first taste. Whaffs of apricot fruit and large juicy feel with a malt depth taken over by a good sourness. Biting rind of zest comes through with chewy apricot and sour. Not particularly tart, but sourness takes over the malt action keeping the fruit just slightly downplayed. The head comes with the palate and makes a wonderful creamy feel along with the thick fruit juice quality on this. Finish gives wonderful big pepper, a quick black pepper a little. It all feels real nice together this controlled apricot and cream and pepper and classic funk.

Overall I think this just might be my favorite Cantillon to date. This also drinks so incredibly easily, it was hard to nurse this I wanted to finish this in nothing flat it's so delicious and have more.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy glowing apricot colot ;) with good carbonation leaving a mioderate white cap, bubbles and a splendid amount of lacing

S: How fresh can a beer smell, well this says it all. Fresh apricots, slome light funk and sting on the nostrils

T: At first is a subtle tartness, sting with a nice fresh, smooth apricot presence tasting tandem with some a funky horseblanket. The finish is dry, tart, Earthy

M: Lighter bodied, moderate to highly carbonated, very dry with loads of fresh aprioct on the palate

O: Gave me a boner

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.8/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a Cantillon stemmed bowl)
Aug ‘06
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy apricot body with a thin film of snow white head that sticks a bit to the glass with each sip.

S- The dry stone fruit really comes through as an almost earthy peach aroma with some nice tartness in the finish and a hint of white cheese rind.

T- The dried apricot flavor blends with a big rounded acidic tartness and a dry aspirin note to the finish. There is a nice citrus hint to the full brett grapefruit pith that grows in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and a nice astringent bite that lingers for a bit in the finish.

O- This is a wonderful beer. The great depth of an aged lambic really shows the brett character along with the nice well rounded but full tartness. The fruit flavor really comes through and can hold its own with the tartness and they both work very well together. Delicious. Thanks Emerge for sharing.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2007. Windir and Fou' Foune in the Holiday Inn Express. Epic, to say the least.

Poured into my Deschutes snifter, the beer is a bright and hazy straw golden with a huge frothy white head. A beautiful beer. The color is reminiscent of peaches, perhaps freshly picked by a young and homely Belgian maiden.

The aroma has a very strong Brett profile. Notes of Siberian tiger urine and horse blanket attack my nostrils, as well as goaty musty barnyard. Apricots are in the distant background and I might not have noticed them if I hadn't read the label. Sadly, I was hoping for more apricot character in this beer. It smells sweet and slightly tart.

The flavor is also dominated by Brett, mostly musty barnyard. The beer is tart for a short amount of time, but then abruptly cuts off and leaves my palate hanging. Fruity notes hint at apricots, struggling to rise above the Brett. The finish is musty, goaty Brettanomyces with vague fruit notes. Alas, I was hoping for more fruit in the flavor as well.

Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation and a dry, slightly puckering mouthfeel.

Photo of KAF
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biegaman
4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cantillon Fou' Foune pours (suitably enough) a lovely apricot colour that becomes gradually more and more sullied as the bottle empties. It looks quite charming in its proper glass, a bit less so as it becomes so murky. Little speckles of bubbles follow one behind the other to quickly align into a thin but long-lasting head and accompanying lacing to boot.

This aroma does not have the nose-hair curling 'funk' of other Cantillons but is mouth-watering all the same (more?) in spite of it. An ambrosial apricot perfume lends plenty of grace to a bouquet that might otherwise be described with words like 'wet socks', 'lake water' and 'barnyard'. At the risk of sounding dramatic, it smells absolutely heavenly.

The flavour of the fruit is far more prominent than it is in other Cantillon offerings (i.e., the Kriek or Rosé). The taste of apricot is instantly recognized and ethereal. We don't need to worry about artificial flavours or extreme sweetness with this brewer; the fruit taste is genuine (no overstated marmalade or nectar-like notes) and perfectly harmonized with the lambic's tartness.

Not only is the beer a little more fruit-forward, but the sourness is a bit more reserved (relative to what Cantillon is capable of, that is). The acidity is sharp, but not really sharp enough to pierce the palate. The mouthfeel can feel a bit creamy on some sips as traces of vanillin are infused by the oak. There's even a crushed mint quality I've noted on at least two occasions.

Adding fruit to lambic likely began simply as a means of not wasting precious produce in the days before refrigeration; anyone who's ever tried to eat local knows how short the growing season is and how difficult it is to find use for a whole harvest before it spoils. It turns out that, in the case of Fou' Foune anyhow, this practice happened to make one of life's most sublime treats.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Bottle dated August 19, 2011.

Appearance - Hazy, murky orange body with an ample, pillowy head. Continuous froth as I drink it. Couldn't look better for a lambic. It even looks the color of an apricot.

Smell - Beautiful, subtle apricot aroma. Slight acidity in the aroma. Not much funk, which is disappointing, but it's probably what allows the apricot aroma to be so perfect.

Taste - Slight apricot flavor immediately overtaken by lambic acidity. A bit of barnyard acidity and some hay and wheat flavors. The finish is slightly bitter, but it gives way to a nice apricot flavor in the finish. It's as if the apricot flavor is continuously there, but the lambic comes through and overwhelms it at certain points.

Mouthfeel - The lightest lambic I have had. Amazingly flavorful for so little body. It really allows the apricot to shine. Perfect carbonation, of course.

Overall - Cantillon really does a terrific job with fruit lambics. They're more acidic than funky, which allows the fruit to shine. In this case, the fruit flavor is perfect and manages to showcase without being a fruit bomb.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Dicers
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Lare453
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/2011
Pours a deep clear golden color with a huge white head that slowly dissipates but remains a cap on the top. The aroma is quite tart with lemons and sour apricots dominating the nose. A solid hit of funk and light plastic phenol round out the nose. The flavor is fruity with apricots with a lemony tartness and hints of sour cherries and plums. A solid hit of horsey funk round out the flavor nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart puckering mouthfeel. I think I'm going to go against the grain on this one a little bit here. This is a fine beer and I enjoyed it, but I can't see what all the hype is behind this one.

Photo of chippo33
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the Beer Bistro, Lot 11/08. Bottled August 5, 2008 - best before December 2018. 750ml into a tulip.

Clear gold in colour, with a white head and light lacing. A dense ring of retention remains. Nose is acetic with a typical Cantillon funk, light oak and a generally piercing acidity all around. Apricots are a bit hidden intially, but begin to reveal themselves more as this moves closer to room temp. Taste wasn't as sour as I had anticipated (7-8/10 sourness?), but still quite acidic in its own right. More white balsamic vinegar, Cantillon funk, only a sliver of oak, and similar to the aroma, warmth aids the revealing of the apricots. Some sweetness in there as well. Lighter medium body and sourness carries well into the finish. Fairly exquisite, and had my nose on this one for a better part of the time. Definitely a sipper, took me and the girlfriend over 2 and a half hours to get through this 750ml. Hoped for a bit more apricot flavour - perhaps a fresher bottle would've had more of this (eagerly awaiting one from a trading partner - will re-review!)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$20 bottle 22 oz.

A: Hazy lemon/orange color with very thin white head.

S: Tangerine aroma with some spicy tartness. Tart sour grapefruit flavor, like drinking lemon juice straight from the bottle. Wow.

T: Wicked lemon flavor that is overbearingly strong makes this beer truly one dimensional in flavor. It only gets more sour when it warms but in a good way. Truly an acquired taste and for the seasoned Belgium drinker. Wow.

M: Thin body but extreme sharp/acidic lemon flavor. Makes your eyes squint just bringing the glass up to your mouth from the aroma.

D: 1 bomber is plenty for anyone i would guess. really extreme flavor and smoothing sourness. Price is a little steep to justify.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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