Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 463
Hads: 2,382
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.72%
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002

Apricot Lambic
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Photo of gford217
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a bright, hazy yellow gold with a moderate size fluffy white head that lingers as a ring and swirl for a while. The lacing is minimal.

The aroma is quite sour, with lemons, apricots and a bit of funk - barnyard, hay, etc. Quite a bit like lemon juice combined with some vinegar.

The taste is even more sour than the aroma with a massive acidic lemon kick up front before a little bit of fruity sweetness in the middle, but then back to the massive sour presence that attacks the taste buds and makes the lips pucker in the finish.

The palate is light and dry with a tingly carbonation presence.

Wow, this is a seriously funky and acidic lambic that is pretty harsh on the taste buds. Very tasty stuff. (750 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 2007 vintage $22. Beautiful golden color, hazy. It smells like apricot or peach pits, slight bit of hay, really excellent aroma. Taste is sour apricots, peaches, lemon. Very sour but it doesn't get in the way at all, delicious flavor. The apricot aroma is really my favorite part about this beer but overall this is probably the best Cantillon I have had thus far.

edit 12/2/2012

had this on tap at Zwanze day and had to bump up the taste score. This stuff is really great. (488 characters)

Photo of mbrandon2w
3.89/5  rDev -13%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2006 vintage received from Dyan. Thanks!

Appearance: Pulling off the wrapper, uncapping the crown and remove the cork is always a messy process with Cantillon beers, usually leaving you covered in mold and other foul-smelling matter. This one's no exception, and may even be worse than any others I've encountered. Between the black mold underneath the bottle cap, the white muck under the wrapper and the grey ooze that seeps from the cork, I have to wonder what this beer is doing to my innards. Fuck it all though, with a beer this delicious you can't worry about what it's doing to your stomach lining or general health. Rambling aside, the beer itself pours a milky wheat color, not far off from the appearance of their gueuze. Cloudiness is significant, but then again, I made no effort to let the sediment settle in this bottle. A vigorous pour left me with a couple inches of head with rather large bubbles, and though it leaves no lacing, retention is pretty good for this style of beer.

Smell: Apricots. Sour, unripened apricots. It's remarkable how much the fruit shines through in the aroma. Before opening this bottle, I wasn't sure how well the fruit would stand up against the acidity of Cantillon lambic (astoundingly well, is the answer). Beyond the fruit, there's plenty of signature Cantillon funk too, but the apricots really steal the show. Awesome, maybe the best nose I've come across on a fruit lambic.

Taste & mouthfeel: Intensely sour, like taking a big bite from an unripened apricot. Again to my surprise, there's a ton of apricot flavor here, and it works beautifully with the bracingly acidic lambic. Even by Cantillon standards, this is sour stuff. I can't see my stomach faring well by the end of this bottle, but that's not going to stop me from finishing it (slowly). The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, with all the signature dryness and acidity people have come to expect from Cantillon, and alcohol is never really felt. Simply an awesome beer, one that I wish was available locally so that I could grab a few to cellar.

Notes on other vintages:

2001: With 9 years of age on it, this batch is still very fruity, lactic, lemony. Sharp sourness. Not as fruity as some of the fresher batches, but still excellent.

2003: Unusually turbid and thick. Not a lot of fruit here compared to newer vintages, though it does come through. Strong lactic sourness, funky, somewhat one-dimensional. Not one of the best batches, but enjoyable.

2004: Musty and slightly metallic, big lactic character, strong apricot skin aroma and flavor. Seemed a bit past its prime to me.

2005: Bottled opened early 2011. Extremely sour, one of the most intensely sour batches of beer I've tried from Cantillon, in fact. Moderate funk, little oak or fruit. Enjoyable in small quantities, the acidity is pretty intense.

2007: Extremely sour and simple with mild fruit and barrel character, one of the weaker batches of FF.

2008: Similar sourness to the 2007 batch but with a big juicy apricot character to balance it, excellent.

2009: Big apricot character with restrained sourness compared to previous vintages. Very oaky, tannic, fruity. Quite good, might be my favorite vintage. As of late 2010, it seems to have become more sour and less tannic with age.

2010: Fresh this is very fruity and bright, lightly sour and funky, less oaky than the '09 was fresh. Amazing apricot bouquet. Very enjoyable, sourness should increase with age. Another great vintage.

2011: Fresh, this one is less fruity and slightly more sour than the previous two vintages. Not as interesting to me as the '09 and '10 batches. Still very good. (3,651 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super transparent, pale yellow in color, Absolutely no head. But some slight bubbles running up the side of the glass.

S: The smell is honestly like a wet dog (but I like it). Also the longer it sat, the more the fruit came out. Aside of the funky wet dog, it smells like a dried fruits.

T: HOLY CRAP!!! SOUR, SOUR, SOUR!!!! Oh my goodness this is ridiculous!!! Unbelievable.

M: Pucker, pucker, pucker, pucker, pucker. The sour lasted for over 3 minutes too. AWESOME.

D: Honestly, as awesome as this brew is; one and done. (529 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Ebenezer's Belgian fest. One of teh 3or 4 beers I took notes on before things got out of hand.
Poured into an Eb's snifter a pale yellow with some slight haze and a thin, quickly dissapating head. Aroma is definite Cantillon tart, sour fruit with some definite funk in there. FLavor is of the tartest apricots I could ever imagine. THis one is one of the most puckering beers I have ever tried. Very dry and refreshing, though. One is an experience. Interesting and very good lambic. (498 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle.

Pours a nice clean yellow/light orangey color with a slim stark white head. Nose is pure cantillon lambic funk with some slight fruit. Taste follows with a very present apricot flavor hidden behind a wonderful blanket of tart barnyard funk. Really impressed with the noticeable apricot in here. Mouthfeel is uber dry and super tart. Drinkability is very fine for the style. Overall, this is defenitely one of my favorite brews from Cantillon. A very good offering, I just wish the goddamn price was a little nicer. Very good lambic, strongly recommended for all the sour heads out there. Great. (608 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Joey for bringing this 2002 bottle to Carlos' place for the tasting!

Aroma is funky, citrusy and nice sour peach/apricot - none of that artificial fruit you get from some lesser lambics (and I'm not even talking about the horribly sweet Lindeman's versions). Love that funk.

The taste is quite tart and relatively clean. Yummy funk and sour apricots. Soft wheat-like character upon warming.

Sourness is not quite as sharp as on fresher bottles, but you could argue this is a good thing. My preference - nice and sharp. Age treats it very well though, so you won't go wrong aging a bottle.

Still, one of my favorite Cantillon beers. How I need to get some more bottles! I'm also wavering between a 4.5 and 5 for flavor - I think a fresh bottle might bump the taste score to that elusive 5. (799 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Joey for bringing a bottle of this for the tasting at my house the night of 7/19. A 2002 vintage!

The beer is a hazy, light peach and pours with a decent inch and a half of foam, a little soapy trails as it falls down.

The aroma is pure funk and fruit!! Love it. Apricots in full force, natural and not "pixie stick" candy like other apricot beers I've tried. Cheesy, salt water, peaches, and sour orange.

Sour apricots...period. Apricot flesh and skin, salt, and a bit of wheat after it warms up.

Near perfect mouthfeel, slightly syrupy but a good level of carbonation livens this one up enough to be very drinkable. Pure indulgence.

Pucker up!!! (663 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 cork dated 750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Fou' Foune is a hazy, darker gold with a off-white collar and skim.

Smell is super funky, pushing burnt rubber, but in an enticing manner for lambic lovers. As it warms, it gains a soft honey sweetness, although it's very faint. Finally, the apricots flirt through, very nice, wow!

Taste fails to disappoint, this is about as funky as it gets. Four years in, any traces of the famed "Bergeron" apricots are long gone, but I've always preferred pure lambics to fruit ones anyways. As the palate adjusts to the intensity of the sourness, the sweetness starts to cut through, but any hints of the fruit are probably subliminal - if I didn't know the label, I wouldn't recognize them now. Still, I love sours, and this reigns supreme.

Mouthfeel is puckeringly tart, with a medium body for the style.

Drinkablity is precious, if you've come this far and shelled out the dough ($30 in my town) then you'll probably wish you'd be able to drink another bottle. Chances are, you can't. I'm saving the dregs for homebrew. If I come close, I'll drink it all day long, albeit not terribly quickly. This is as sour as it gets! A special vintage bottling indeed. (1,227 characters)

Photo of jastack
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork on this bottle to find out that it was from early 2006. Poured this one into a Cantillon glass to a bright golden color similar to what you would get in a pilsner with a small white head that dissipates after about a minute to just cover the top of the beer. The smell is quite exceptional with a slight funk fading into a great apricot sweetness, almost exactly what I expected it to be. The flavor of this beer was even better than the aroma. Right up front you get a great dryness that quickly fades into a mouth puckering sourness. This eventually turns tart and the after taste gives you the apricot sweetness. The mouthfeel is quite full considering the beers color with lively carbonation. This beer is a pleasure to drink and a geueze/lambic that would please connoisseurs and novices alike. Although the price was a bit high, this was well worth it. (874 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of ggaughan
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle. The beer poured a hazy golden, cloudy body with a slight head on the first pour. The second pour gave a much thicker head. The nose was fantastic with solid earthy funky notes. The taste was also funky and earthy but nicely sweet with a touch of acid on the backend. Overall a fantastic beer, another one from Cantillon. (334 characters)

Photo of jscondon
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this one, I like it a lot.

It pours slightly more orange than the gueuze, and pours with the nice effervescent carbonation that lambics are known for.

It both smells and tastes, at least initially, like the gueuze. Lots of sour, coupled with a lot of barnyard. A quenching acidity then takes over, absolutely cleansing the palate and a nice sweet apricot flavor comes through with a nice light twang.

Wow, the acidity on this one is a little harsh, I should have had it after dinner because it would digest anything. Mmmmm.

I generally like my lambics straight-up, no fruits or sugars. But I'll make an exception for this one, this is great. (652 characters)

Photo of BeerNutta
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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 msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 25cl pour into a La Chouffe tulip glass, consumed at Belmont Station's unofficial PuckerFest in July 2007 (from notes which I just rediscovered).

A: Hazy, golden honey/orange, with a healthy amount of small carbonation crawling up the curving glass. Initially almost 1-finger of fizzy snow-white head, fading quickly to a thin ring and scattering of swirling film.

S: Quite tart aroma, musty and full of pithy citrus. The sweet/sour apricot smell builds and rises with each swirl of the glass. Smells a little dirty and earthy, very fitting for a tart lambic from the masters at Cantillon. One either loves or hates this fragrance; personally I couldn't get enough of this funky, yet mouth-watering, nose-tickler.

T: Bracingly tart/sour at first, filled with lemon and apricot and a undertone of musty natural yeastiness. A pleasantly light sugar sweetness trails down the back, lending a nice balance to the otherwise harsh tartness. Hints of woodiness in the lengthy finish.

M: Surprisingly low carbonation in the mouth, this is smooth and even somewhat viscous. Leaves a coating and acidic tanginess, which keeps the tongue curling and the saliva flowing.

D: A wonderful sipping lambic, with a bold tartness in aroma and flavor and long-lasting memorable mouthfeel. A little like a quenching, pucker-inducing lemonade, ideal for a summery day. Low ABV at 5%, but this isn't really a style you'd want to drink much of. Expensive ($6 for this pour) but worth it, and one I'd love to have again. Recommended! (1,516 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sour! Apricot. Looks, smells, and tastes like an apricot. Kinda peachy too. Nice head, ample carbonation, sourness mellows as it warms and the palate becomes used to it. Spicy aromatically. Soupy and peppery. Clean. Nostrils even feel the funk. Palte burns somewhat. Lingeringly sour but it also hits the front lip. This is a serious beer. Wonderful. Served on tap during Pucker Fest at Belmont Station in Portland, OR. (419 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo NY.

Pours a yellow pilsner-like color with a bit of haze, even lighter than the gueuze. The head almost immediately becomes a thin film, leaving sparse lace trails behind. The aroma is tart with wet hay and lemon and a woody hint. The taste is immediately very sour with an acidic wave subduing my whole mouth. Sharp lactic notes are abundant throughout.

Very unripe apricots show in the middle, as well as the nutty slightly astringent taste of their pits. Fruit flavor is very meek compared to the sourness, but luckily the brett, pedioccocus etc fair better. there are lots of farmy, earthy, musty notes all over the place. Cereal and tangy wheat flavors lie in the background. The finish is full of lemon rind sourness. The mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Another fantastic Cantillon beer. It needs more funk and depth to be among the best. Still is ethereal stuff. (932 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Hazy, dull lemon colored brew with a spritzy carbonation. No head but a lot of bubble activity.

S: Vitamin C, dried hay, bitter funk and apricot.

T: Begins tart and sour, no surprise there. Lemon coats the sides while apricot hits the tip of the tongue as liquid moves across the palate. Sour apple thoughts hit the back of the tongue, near the throat. Then the flavors flash back to the sides with a more butterly lemon aspect. Finish is pure apricot with ascorbic acid mixed in.

M: Medium body, slightly prickly mouthfeel.

D: Complex with great balance. Apricot really comes through as it warms, teases the palate leaving you wanting more. (690 characters)

Photo of kenito799
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into chalices. Bottled June 2006. Interesting, corked and capped bottle--nice idea for keeping metallic flavors away from the beer. When you pop the cap th beer tries to fizz out around the cork, but corkscrew required to get the cork out. Freshness likely maximized here.

Stored upright, the thick yeast later remained on the bottom of the bottle until my last pours stirred some up. Slightly hazy yellow-amber brew with tiny rim of bubbles. Really nice looking for a lambic.

Aroma is intensely infused with signature brett-wild yeast Cantillon smells that I have grown to love. Within the tangy, citrusy, horse blanket and barnyard lies a readily discernable apricot scent; well integrated, though, it doesn't stand out like an artificial smell might. You want to just inhale this all night.

On the palate the apricot is there but again subtly integrated into the gorgeously tart and crisp lambic backbone. Bone-dry as we expect from the real lambic makers; very refreshing and drinkable, complements food wonderfully...some of the best brewing art on the planet. Lowish lambic ABVs are a plus for drinakbility in my book. Stirring some yeast into the final pours intensified and added more yeasty notes...I recommend trying it. If any beer is worth more than $20/750ml, this is one. I just bought more. I want to move to Brussels. (1,364 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden, with a fizzy white head that thins to a persistent ring.

Smell: Sour, light apricot fruitiness, with a strong wet blanket aroma that appears upon swirling.

Taste: Sourness is strong throughout. Sweet apricots appear in the center and fade as earthy barnyard flavors become dominant in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with an extremely dry finish.

Drinkability: The relatively subdued sourness and fruitiness make this easy to drink.

Overall: A nice balance between sourness and fruity and funky flavors. (689 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, poured into a Cantillon glass. It was on my top 3 list to try when I saw their draft list (where else in the Midwest would I find this beer on tap?). It was kind of light yellow colored, hazy, and initially had a huge head. The smell was sour and acidic with a hint of citrucy fruit. The taste was sour and tart with a very mild apricot flavor. It was awesome. I could have easily had more, but there were other beers to try. (471 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A treat to experience on tap @ Spuyten D. in Bklyn. as part of their Yeast fest of a week ago. Pours soft, cloudy tangerine, with a minimal off white head, with minor lacing. Funky, fruity nose. Moderatly sour brew with a slight nod in the flavor profile to the adertised apricots. Long lasting sour/bret notes linger and linger in the mouth. Pleasantly sour and soft. Very tasty stuff, delicate and complex on tap. World class lambic, go get some. (448 characters)

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.