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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,409 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1409
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.42%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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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zac16125

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Fou Foune
750mL bottle into a Teku
bottled on: 18 August 2011

A huge thanks for Sc0pey for the generous trade. And to think he came all the way across the pond to trade this one to me!

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow-orange with 2.5 fingers width of bright white head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly, but leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Nose is apricot flesh, sour citrus, oak, vanilla, tart lactic acidity, and faint notes of funk. Good mix of sweet and tart, but neither is dominant. Smells incredible though, especially as it warms.

T: Hugely sour right from the start, much moreso than the nose implied. There is an almost burnt plastic like funk character that is prominent at first but quickly give way to the lactic tartness. The tartness is puckering, and builds significantly throughout the drink. Big sour lemon, like a Lemonhead or lemon flavored warhead. A really nice aftertaste of apricot and oaky vanilla lingers forever in the aftertaste. Excellent.

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the heavier end, puckering mouthfeel from the sourness, dry on the finish. Drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, an excellent drinking experience. This is only the second Cantillon Ive had to date, the first being St. Lamvinus. If I had to choose a preference, Id probably go with St. Lamvinus over this one, but no doubt that both are absolutely excellent. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:24:06 | More by zac16125
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.84/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

the great and mighty fou foune, I finally found one. at a hole in the wall called novare res in downtown Portland, maine. this was on the last page of an incredible beer list. I ordered one and was told they were out. I threw a fit like a baby, said id driven 600 hundred miles to get one, and she said she would be right back. she offered me a 2005 lou pepe instead, but I just couldn't switch gears that quick. after sitting there debating what to do for a few minutes, the manager or owner emerged with a bottle of fou foune for me, all dusty and looking very much like something special. they chilled it for a few minutes, before serving it up in a very cool old mail bin with two cantillon wine glass type containers. the beer pours faded orange in color, rustic looking, cloudy, with a white head like fine champagne, rising and receding to about an inch. the smell is just mental, lots and lots of acid here, a fine lambic is the base. lacto and lemon, tart and funky. the apricots seem to add a floral element, a fruity sweetness to balance the sour, but I don't distinctly get apricots just by smelling it. it has the interesting effect of making my mouth water for every tasty treat ive ever had all at once. im watering like blue razz blowpops, sour nerds rope, lemon shaved ice, and porterhouse steak all at once. this sensation alone makes this beer a 5 out of 5 overall. nothing in the beer or culinary world has ever had this effect on my palate, and ive been around both a few times. the taste is very impressive, again, a mellow but distinct lambic as its base, I start to taste the apricots. they have a gentle fuzzy feel and flavor, like licking the outside of one. there is a sweetness there, but the juicy character of the fruit and pulpy morning time flavor profile are not dominant. what is dominant is the yeast. the best of lambic, tart and dry as any beer ive consumed. its acidic, and the lower the bottle gets and the warmer it gets, the more this is pronounced. my last yeasty sip is impossibly sour, putting hair on my chest to say the least. its dry on the palate after an insanely effervescent carbonation experience, but I taste the beer for miles and miles after the swallow. not sure ill have another beer again for awhile (yeah right). this is a one of a kind brew, an art form really, and worth all of the accolades its received and then some. nothing like it on the planet, and easily the best 50 bucks I have spent in awhile. not sure lambic will ever be the same...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 14:29:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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joe1510

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml

2006 Vintage

My man Lum sent me a couple of these since I haven't found any '06 bottles around here for a long time, thanks P! The body on this lambic is fairly light with hazy apricot being the dominant color but turning to a more milky lemon when backlit. The super white head grows to a finger in height easily with that snap, crackle, pop that goes along with a healthy carbonation. Drink lines remain after each sip and slowly slide back into the body.

Fou' Foune proudly shows off one of the most amazing aromas I've come across in a beer of any style. The signature Cantillon funkiness jumps from the glass but is quickly met with a noseful of sensation stimulating tart and ripe apricots. The apricot is so vivid and in your face I can nearly feel the juice dripping down my chin. Damp, decaying wood and wet rock brings up the rear and rounds out this delicious concoction. The Cantillon funk, lactic sourness, and apricot create an aroma that's unlike any other and instantly makes my mouth water.

The flavor can't quite reach the heights the nose did but that would be nearly impossible. Bracingly sour Cantillon funkiness hits the tongue first before the tart apricots makes their way through. Dry woodiness brings up the rear and lactic sourness bathes the tongue. The acidity hits immediately along with the sourness. After a few drinks I get used to the sour and the flavors open even more. Slight mustiness and earthy qualities swim throughout each drink. This is some delicious lambic.

The body is light, the carbonation is lively and the sourness is enough to cause a pucker with each drink. The carbonation isn't prickly but does manage to scrub the tongue. The finish is slightly dry but not to the extent of the Sahara.

The drinkability on this lambic is off the charts. When I get used to the bracing sourness it's hard for me to set the glass down. Each drink is so delicious and refreshing that I instantly look forward to the next.

Dyan shared a bottle of this with me a few months ago and it absolutely blew my mind. Fou Foune is one of the best lambics on the planet and one of my favorite beers at the moment. If you are anywhere near this beer pick it up, more than one would be ideal. Thanks for the bottles, Lum!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 03:07:29 | More by joe1510
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. Vintage 2012.

Appearance- Hazy apricot color with white fuzzy head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Straight apricot. Funk, apricot, lemon, yeast. Beautiful. Apricot dominates.

Taste- Apricot, yeast lemon, Cantillon funk, earthy oak. So good. Once again apricot dominates.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, medium pucker factor. Not extremely sour, but perfectly balanced.

Overall- Easily in the top 5 beers I've had. Truly outstanding. Lives up to it's hype and more.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 20:04:54 | More by Seanniek91
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 21:15:53 | More by biegaman
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml, August 2012
Riedel Tulip

A: Really brilliant orange color. Looks almost like light orange juice in the glass. Thin layer of bright white head. Not leaving lacing. Not a huge pop on cork, but there is still carbonation.

S: Really sweet apricot still. It's just amazing at how nature that smells. Then you get the typical Cantillon musty notes. It's something completely unique to them. Muted tart and funky sour.

T: Epic mesh of Cantillon funk and apricot sweetness. Even after nearly a full year since bottling, you still get pronounced Apricot in the flavor. It's not overly sour, as with a queuze because of this sweetness and it hasn't been completely eaten up by the bugs. Doesn't destroy the palate. Fairly dry finish, but there is still the delicious fruit.

M: Light to medium bodied. Dances on your palate.

I could/would drink this all day long...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 14:26:05 | More by inlimbo77
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scoand

Minnesota

4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Welcoming back chriscrundwell12 back from his 9 month vacation to Afghanistan.

Appearance: 2 finger frothy head. Great lacing. Golden color.
Smell: APRICOT! Fresh no jelly. Funk.
Taste: tart, lemon zest, barnyard funk, floral, after taste is dried apricots
Mouthfeel: dry finish, well carbonated, light to medium mouthfeel.
Overall: Bam! This baby hits the spot. I really don't know what is better, the smell or the taste. This has to be one of the better sours that I have ever had. Very satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:05:07 | More by scoand
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle as part of a sour tasting night

A - Dark hazy golden orange with a nice one finger white head

S - Lots of peach and apricots that lend a light sweetness to the nose

T - Tart lemon up front with lots of lactic acid. The peach comes thru in the middle to give it a sweet presence but the strongest flavor is definitely the tartness.

M - Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Fits the flavor and the tartness well

O - Solid apricot / peach lambic that balances the light sweetness of the fruit with the tartness for the lambic. The tarter aspects defintiely dominate compared to the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 16:40:36 | More by jeonseh
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spoony

Colorado

4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The brew is cloudy and light golden apricot in color. A thin white head drops quickly to patchy cap of foam. A few streams of carbonation are visible.

S-The smell has strong apricot, as you would expect, to go along with the mild, earthy funk. There is a mild sweetness here that balances the sour white grape and vinous acidity. Quite tart.

T-The taste also has heavy doses of apricot. The funk remains mild, and sort of in the background; it works well with the apricot flavor. The sour factor is pretty high here, but there is a lemon-drop type of sweetness that keeps the brew from being a pure mouth-puckerer. The finish is quite long and vinous.

M-The carbonation is fine and more assertive here than in some other Cantillons. That assertive carbonation works well with the tartness of the beer and keeps it lively and crisp-drinking.

O-This is close to my favorite Cantillon and close to my favorite beer. The apricot integrates so well with the standard gueuze/lambic flavors...much better than cherry or raspberry, in my opinion. The result is balanced, complex, bracingly tart, drinkable, and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 23:49:05 | More by spoony
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justforrazors

Missouri

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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ngeunit1

California

4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Apricot, sweet wheat, oak, vanilla, barnyard funky yeasts, tart green fruits, sourness, stone fruits, tart green fruits.

T - Sweet and tart apricots and other stone fruits, funky barnyard yeasts, tart green fruits, oak, vanilla, lemon zest, some light sourness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, sour, funky finish.

D - Fantastic complexity and balance. The apricots are fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 08:24:37 | More by ngeunit1
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Cozzatoad

Italy

4.19/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 12:45:59 | More by Cozzatoad
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Danny1217

Florida

4.86/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle at the brewery. Shared between four people. Drank in May and reviewed from notes.

Pours a vibrant orange with a big white head. Slightly hazy. Decent retention considering the acidity of a lambic. Some lacing.
The aroma of fresh apricots melds wonderfully with the lactic and "barnyard" funk aromas of the Cantillon lambic.
The apricots come out in the taste as well and fit in perfectly. The lactic sourness and the flavor of the apricot gives it the taste of a wonderfully sour fruit. The brett funk adds complexity in the usual fashion of the lambic. There is a nice bread like malt character in the finish. Medium carbonation and light body.

Apricot lambic is a good idea.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 20:58:58 | More by Danny1217
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:56:17 | More by Knapp85
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backbaybrewer

Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 02:23:35 | More by backbaybrewer
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage...

A: Pours a beautiful light hazy yellow/orange with one full finger of pure white head. The foam takes a while to settles, and there is on a little bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is fruity tart, sour, an a touch salty. The apricots in this beer are right in the forefront and it smells utterly fantastic.

T: This beer has a good helping of apricot fruitiness right up front. It's sweet, tart, sour, and freaking delicious. You can feel it in the back of palate and along the sides of your tongue.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and drying up front. Coats the palate where is gets really puckering, and then slides off nicely. Tons of lingering sour greatness.

O: World class beer. It might be the best apricot sour I have ever had. However... I was expecting it to be a bit more "in-your-face" apricot. The fruit is there, but it's not as intense as I would have imagined. Still... I'm grasping at straws to find a flaw with this beer. Wonderful. I can't wait to try this beer with a few years in it to really make the sourness intensify.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 16:47:12 | More by trxxpaxxs
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 14:51:45 | More by rhoadsrage
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TallSaint

New York

4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:44:44 | More by TallSaint
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A- Golden honey hue, cloudy yeasty. Thin lacing, but pours one finger head.

S- Apricot/peach nose, with medium to medium/high amount of funk.

T- The peach or apricot comes out for sure. Probably the most of any sour that I have had for that. Some loon lambic funk in the background

M- Lots of carbonation! Somewhat creamy.

O- This is a very well done fruit lambic. Thanks Mike!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 18:21:59 | More by gueuzedreg
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml cap n corked bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours a golden orange with a huge 3" white head. Head resides quickly with some large clumps of bubbles remaining on the glass.

S- vinegar, lots of peach meat and melon, earthiness, funk

T- tart citrus, vinegar, peaches, more lingering vinegar with some light spice at the finish.

M- light body and high carbonation. Very acidic and effervescent.

O- 8/10 sourness. Very good sour. Night peach and citrus with lots of tart, funk and sour going on. Would like to try one with 5 or so years on it to see if the carbonation and acidity mellows.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:25:08 | More by kawilliams81
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.74/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Aaron and Paul who opened bottles with me recently. Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden peach color with a small white head on top that leaves a thin ring on top. Minimal lacing, very thin on the glass.

S: Great combination of tartness and light peaches and apricots. There is a little bit of lemon and oak with a bit of mustiness. Smells fantastic.

T: Great tartness, not overly sharp though. More apricot and peach with a little lemon and white grape underneath. A little bit of funk mixed in.

M: Light to medium bodied, extremely easy drinking.

O: Glad to have finally tried this one, was definitely a treat, and one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 21:55:15 | More by mdaschaf
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chalsk

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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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brewed aug 25, 2011. Poured into Duvel tulip glass on Jan 22, 2012.
Re reviewed 2nd bottle from same brew date on March 31, 2013

Appearance 3.5/4
Hazy honey yellow with a ¾ inch of an effervescent white head.

Aroma 3.5/ 4.5
Mild sour lemony funk, with notes of sweeter candied apricot. As it warms up, more fruit; but not that overall aromatic with regards to fruit aspect

Second bottle I tried had much more intense apricot aroma with still aspects of funk notable.

Taste 4/ 4.5
Relatively moderate sourness with undertones of lemon and some mild earthy funk. Finishes with a very tart aftertaste. Don’t get a lot of fruit, just a hint of sweetness midway through on the palate.

Sruprisingly second bottle had much more apricot presence even though drank at a much later date. Definitely way more enjoyable and more of what I expected.

Mouthfeel 4.5/ 4.5
Moderate carbonation. The beer is moderate to high sourness with fair amount of puckering ability.

Overall 4.5/ 5
Presentation is clean, somewhat crisp. However, I was expecting more from this, based on the hype. The apricot presence is very subdued with my first bottle, but way more fruitiness in second bottle. That being said I found this beer very easy to drink and enjoyable.
1st bottke-But not my favour Cantillon offering. Also given the price ($28 Canadian), I’m not sure if I would seek out again, given that I could find other offerings.
Consider trying.

2nd- significantly better experience strangely. Now u understand the hype as this bottke had great sourness but also tins if apricot flavor. Definitely wish I had more.
Higky recommend

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:57:56 | More by EnemyWithin
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Big thanks to huskermike for the trade on this one - definitely one of my top "wants" and I couldn't be more excited to finally try it. Shared with Mike as part of our mini sour tasting. Fou Foune pours a cloudy and slightly rustic, sunburst shade of amber. The foamy white cap sits generously at two fingers; big and bubbly, leaving a little bit of lacing along the sides of the glass.

The intense aroma of Fou' Foune starts infiltrating my nostrils as soon as the cork gets popped. Bringing the glass close to my face just launches me into complete beer nirvana. Holy fuckin' smokes. Crazy amounts of tart, sour, and funk just completely obliterate my sense of smell for moments at a time - peaches, apricots, apple skins, light lemons... The fruits just unleash their inner tartness and send my brain into a frenzy.

Fou' Foune is so deliciously sour and tart, juicy and fresh, clean and inviting, it's unbelievable. Funk is no stranger either, with heavy amounts of barnyard, hay, and cellar funk clashing so elegantly with the fruit. Acidic all the way, with some milder vinous and vinegar notes hidden amongst the ruckus. The smell is simply mind-blowing, and it left me smelling the empty bottle, long after the night was over.

I just kept hoping that such a beautiful aroma was a promissory note for how amazing the beer was going to taste. Sometimes the aroma can build up your expectations, only to be let down once the liquid washes over your palate. So I take my first sip, and any expectations I had were just annihilated - completely blown out and blown up. If there really was a "nectar of the gods," it was Fou' Foune.

My tongue is met immediately with a gorgeous bouquet of peaches, apples, apricots, and white grapes. Fruits so fresh, ripe, juicy, and tart, you wouldn't believe it if I told you. Start to finish, the sourness lasts and keeps your saliva glands pumping, but the tartness is controlled so perfectly and elegantly as to keep the beer drinkable without turning astringent. How is this possible?

Fou Foune offers an incredible stinging of the senses, and I mean that in the best way possible. The everlasting tartness is backed up with a moderate fruity sweetness that provides a good balance and only adds to the already insane drinkability. Little hints of wood, oak, and funk just pop in and out throughout the jungle of fruity goodness. Cork, hay, barnyard, funky yeast - added in seemingly perfect amounts.

More copious amounts of oak and musty cellar funk in the finish compliment the fading tartness and fruity sweetness in the most elegant way possible. Thin-medium bodied with a surprisingly large presence for a 5% ABV lambic, crisp and sharp mouth feel with a ton of carbonation. It feels nice and drinks easily enough.

My expectations for Fou' Foune were high, and they were surpassed beyond belief. This is such a masterful beer in nearly every sense of the word. Most definitely the best sour I've had to date, and quite possibly one of the best beers I've had, period. Fou' Foune is a masterpiece, a work of art, and a one-of-a-kind benchmark of the style. Make it your life-goal to get your hands on Fou' Foune if you haven't already.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 05:43:02 | More by tectactoe
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'11 + '12 bottle opened back to back at shawdeuce22's birthday tasting. Poured into Lawson's snifter. This review is of the '12 with some added notes from the '11. Thanks hevvymetalhippie and standardcherry for the bottles.

A- Pours a peach colored orange that's mostly translucent with some slight haze. A light thin white head forms that recedes to leave just a ring around the edges. Decent carbonation with fast rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Lightly tart with a nice funk presence typical of Cantillon that balances nicely with fruity apricots and a slight lemon acidity.

T- Fruity apricots and a hint of lemons with a nice balanced funk that goes well with the apricots. Finishes with a lightly sour lemony apricot presence. The '11 Fou has very little fruit presence with added funk.

M- Medium bodied, a hint of wateriness which in my opinion adds to the drinkability, nice carbonation that lightly tingles the palate.

O- This was a great fruit lambic that definitely lives up to Cantillon's esteemed reputation in the beer community. The beer is definitely typical of Cantillon and carries the Cantillon musty funkiness that is so unique from they're brewery. The funkiness balances terrifically with a nice peach presence and is highly drinkable for a sour. Glad I was able to try this and I wish obtaining bottles was a little bit easier.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 15:51:14 | More by jaasen64
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.