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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 481
Hads: 2,454
Avg: 4.51
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 2,609
Gots: 533 | FT: 41
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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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared last night at Umberto's tasting. '14 vintage.

This one pours light orange, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like the freshest, ripest apricots, with some funk, oak, and a slight hint of vinegar.

This tastes like biting into a tart apricot cloud. It's so light, and heavy at the same time- huge tart apricot flavor up front, with a highly carbonated but creamy finish, big white wine barrel character, and a nice funky and earthy character, along with some mild oaky vanilla. This is fantastic.

This has an amazing light airy mouthfeel, almost like drinking a cloud, as I said above. The carbonation is high. The beer is incredibly drinkable, but you've gotta savor every sip of it.

This is the best sour I've ever had. It's a fantastic achievement.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark lemon-orange with piles of loose white froth. 4
Floral, lemon rind wax, a bit of funk - big and fragrant. 4.25
Up front orchard fruit, touch of horse blanket, some herbs, and wild woody vinegar. 4
Earthy finish and clean acid linger.
Light, round, slight cling. 4.25

-- Knife edge balance - fizz, fruit, funk, all perfectly aligned. Not too much pucker, just some apricot stone sulfur, tart more than wild. Top class. 4.5

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

I really enjoy lambics but, unfortunately, don't know a lot about them and haven't tried many of the ones that are considered the very best. Cantillon's Fou' Foune did impress me a lot, though. I had it on draft a few weeks ago at The Hourglass Brewery and am very glad that I got to try it without having to trade for or purchase a bottle. Now that I've tried it, I definitely will consider those options with confidence.

FF is delicious. Mildly sour, appropriately and slightly sweet with a great color and a pleasant aroma ... so much to take in and appreciate. This is one of my favorite Cantillons, to date.

I rated this 4.5 on Untappd and might give it the full 5-star review next time, if I'm fortunate enough to try it again.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was just 1 of the many personal whales slain last night. Thanks frankthetank for bringingthis puppy.

2014 bottle straight from the source.

I hate reviewing what a beer looks like, but let's just say it looked awesome.

Aroma was off the charts. Quite funky but doesn't detract or take the focus off of the apricots. I let this sit in my other glass and open up while I tasted the other beers. After about 45 minutes, I started to drink it again and it had totally changed. The funk and lacto has disappeared and all that was left was juicy apricots. Absolutely amazing!

Flavor followed suit. The first few sips were sour, funky and filled with apricot juice. After it sat, however, the sourness disappeared and all that remained was straight apricot puree.

Overall, this has been my favorite Cantillon to date. Well worth the hype and so glad I didn't have to give up any beers to finally tick it off.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
5/5  rDev +10.9%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Fresh apricot with perfect balance of sour and tartness. Best apricot beer and one of the best sours I've had to date.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden amber with a ton of head that dissipates quickly into an outer lace. The smell is full of apricots, perfectly identifiable, and sweet. There is also a faint musky funk that compliments the apricots. The taste is very similar to the nose. A ton of sweet apricots followed by a nice funk. The feel is light but full bodied. Heavy carbonated but sweet and juicy. I feel like i am taking a big bite of an apricot when i drink this beer. Very solid.

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Photo of guityler83
5/5  rDev +10.9%

21 Aug 2014 - Bottle

A: Fou Foune poured with small bright white foam that quickly dissipated. Hazy golden yellow color with tiny bubbles grasping to stay on top of this beautiful beverage. Swirling gave the wine glass a slight lacing that slipped away each time. Only bringing to life the beautiful aroma of the beer. (5)

S: Big funky brett character with the classic Cantillon hay and light barnyard funk mixed with light oak. The peach and apricot fresh fruit aroma danced from the glass along with a moderately strong tartness that became more pronounced as it warms up. Complex at every turn, it seems to evolve as its being consumed. (5)

T: Bright sourness at a medium to strong level that gives way to a complex brett funky character. Hay, ripe apricot, peach and nectarine flavor - But that's just the beginning. Oak is mild and develops more with the time on the tongue. Light sweetness morphs to an acute tart mouthfeel. Fantastically Complex (5)

M: Dry finish with mild carbonation that leaves a crisp refreshing body. No harshness at all. The sourness leaves a tingling cheek sensation. While you could drink this fast - Don't - savor every drop. (5)

O: The complex classic Cantillon Lambic flavors combined with fresh apricot is a perfect match. If you're fortunate to see this beer buy it, if not trade for it. Even better travel to Belgium and have it at the Brasserie (like I did) - Nothing beats it. (5)

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Photo of Brabander
2.75/5  rDev -39%

What i really have to wrote here os that i am a sour hater. Is was at the Borefts beerfestival two weeks ago where Cantillon was with some brews. Had some sips of a glass from a friend. Not my thing....

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Photo of safaricook
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

This is a typical Cantillon brew. It comes a little yellow and a little murky due to the apricots. It is nicely carbonated. The aroma and taste have all the Cantillon goodness, though as usual this holds not true for every palate. The aroma is sublime like smelling a crate of ripe apricots. Later also the typical Cantillon lambic aromas kick in. Taste is a little more tart and less fruity than the aroma but still very much apricot. This is a great Cantillon with sublime fruitiness, if you can get this fresh.

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Photo of macher0
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/28/14

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for slaying and sharing this whale

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with some nice honey - starts off with a giant, off-white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a little lacing

S: Overwhelming majesty - do I even need to say more? - potent sourness with tart and juicy, ripe apricot - beautiful acidity with some hints of lactic sour - excellent level of tart - simply perfect level of apricot - juicy and fresh, without going over the top - oak - some other light fruits, with hints of apple and peach

T: So good, I don't know where to start - fantastic levels of sour, a nice blend of sharp acidity and some lightly musty lactic flavors - nice levels of tart - excellent levels of apricot, somehow tastes fresh (maybe even a little under-ripe) despite being aged - sour base blends very well with the apricot and the oak - some hints of white wine - light apples and peaches, with a hint of citrus and lemon

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, not as puckering or dry as some other offers from Cantillon, but still great

O: Hype. Please stop living up to it.

Well, this is excellent. Cantillon does not make beer. They make magic. Consistently. Find and drink.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky and hazy peach-tinged apricot. Head is white and fluffy. Starts with a massive pillowy head that drops to a few wisps of a cap with a small collar.

Smell: Super oaky. Loaded with deep fruity character. Apricot and pear add a mealy fruit to the operation. Tart with a deep citric bite and a ton of lactic sourness as well. A touch floral with a ton of fresh peach. Juicy. Oak and more oak. Earthy with a solid musty element. Layered with some barnyard and straw and grass. Pale bready malt with a touch of a cracker snap. A touch of sweetness thrown in the back. Powdery yeast. Some tart apple and white wine.

Taste: A ton of apricot. Mealy in good measure. Loaded with a ton of citric acid - lemon and even more lime zest. A touch of pear. Tons of juicy white peach. Some white wine as well. Malts are slightly bready with a touch of cracker and some read crust. Deeply oaked with a slight tannic quality. So much oak. Green tree branches. Some solid earthy elements coupled with the typical straw and grass. Solidly funky with a ton of barnyard. Musty and damp. Deep cellar and freshly turned earth. Warming pushes the apricot up and it works well with the deep lactic and citric push.

Mouthfeel: Bracingly dry on the finish. Sips a bit cleaner but has a solid astringency. Body pushes medium, but comes on the light side of it. Moderate carbonation as well. Oak smooths everything out.

Overall: Practice monomania.

Matches the hype. A ton of oak with enough fruit and tart edges to balance it all out. Complex and tasty to the point of absurdity.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into wine glasses and split amongst a few friends at 33wine. Just missed having this bad boy on draft.

A - Pours a a yellowish straw tinted color with minimal head surprisingly for this beer. 1-2 finger white foam had that slowly recedes back into the glass. Somewhat cloudy but clears up after resting in the glass

S - Smell is of loads of apricot, definitely some straw and hay aromas coming through on this. Hints of white peach coming through.

T - Taste follows the nose on this one with loads of apricot not he front mixed with a nice balance of lactic acidity, some hints of the straw flavors with mixed notes of earthy funk and wood.

M - Mouthfeel is about perfect on this one. Not too light but very crisp and smooth at the same time. Fairly dry

O - Overall this has been my favorite Cantillon thus far. Will be seeking this one out so that I can dome a bottle myself.

2014 bottle --> this is perfect fresh, do not age this beer! Drank alongside 12 and 13. More apricot than any other bottle with wet hay and apricot pit skin and flesh on the nose. Not very tart which is nice for this, strong peach flavors followed by that straw/way dryish finish, but seeminglyy juicy on the front end.

2013 bottle --> A little more funky on the nost, slightly more moldy, wet hay smells accompanied by a lesser amount of apricots on the nose. Taste is more acidic, less apricot, and more funk.

2012 Bottle --> Smells like green apples and white grape skins here, not too pleasant. Taste is overly acidic with minimal apricot flavor left here. Taste like sour green apples with a funky finish. Least favorite of the 3.

Fresh wins here.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a D'Achouffe tulip. The cork (which was quite difficult to remove) says it was bottled in 2013 and is lot C12345. Not as carbonated as I would have liked, but enough to get the job done. Somewhat clear, dark gold in color with a massive billowy white head that dies off very quickly. The nose carries lots of stony dry champagne-like notes, lots of mustiness, apple cider, apricots, and a hint of pear-like sweetness. Very pleasant and complex.

Very light body and sharp, tart flavor. Light, dry, cracker-like grain up front with a hint of kiwi-like sweetness, then a prompt rush of sour fruity flavors. Lots of complexity here. I get sour apples, apricots, lemon rind, dry white wine, green grapes, vinegar, and apple cider, all wrapped inside a mild mustiness that has a muted impact on the flavor. The finish is as dry as the Sahara, yet somehow the tartness softens in the back of the mouth without compromising the flavor. Very sour, yet very drinkable.

Overall, a stellar sour. I usually prefer sours with a noticeable amount of balancing sweetness. I can't remember the last time I had a beer this sour that I enjoyed so much. I can see why BAs seek it out, but at this price I probably won't ever buy it again (or if I do, I'll trade it to someone who's never been able to find it). Not recommended for those new to sours. If you're new to sours and you happen to stumble upon a bottle of this, do yourself a favor. Stash it somewhere and explore several other sours before drinking it, otherwise you may not enjoy it and could possibly waste your money (and the beer).

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

August 2013 bottling. Teku glass.

A: Pours an apricot-tinted straw color, with a generous finger of fine, foamy off-white head. A solid cap sits on the surface for a good few minutes. Very good clarity and some champagne-like bubbles.

S: Sweet apricot flesh, hay, some nice supporting spice character (oak, cinnamon, and vanilla frosting-like), apple cider, and a moderate dose of earthy barnyard. The apricot is deep and very well integrated, but by no means dominant, which may be a plus or minus.

T: Bretty earthiness up front, with mild apricot, just a touch of tartness, finishing bone dry (with some of the tartness carrying through) with more earth/herbal notes, as is common to Cantillon. The flavors are well integrated and interesting but pretty restrained.

M: Medium body and medium-high, slightly sharp carbonation.

O: Highly drinkable, nice subtle flavors, and good complexity. Though it’s tasty, I don’t quite understand the fascination with this beer. I’d prefer St. Lamvinus or LP Kriek by far.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Northdown Cafe in Chicago

Served in a 10oz snifter

A - Light golden straw color with a little bit of opacity / murkyness. About 2" of Soft fluffy white head

S - Funkyness, a little barnyard, apricot and a nice citrus acidity

T - Nice sour acidity, not too sour though. The fruit is not overpowering, its subtle but nice. Not as amazing as I was let on to believe, although very good.

M - As expected for a lambic, pleasantly fruity, but slightly dry, nicely carbonated.

Overall - I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this on tap. This is a world class beer, but I am surprised at how closely this compares to other American sours I have had. I do think this beer is slightly over-hyped after trying it, there are many American Wilds that rival this that aren't in the top 50 IMHO.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It looks like cloudy lemonade to me with a solid cloudiness. Liquid honey.

S: Bouquet of flowers, pears and apples, orchard flowers.

T: Follows the nose in complexity of fruits, especially pears and apples, as well as orchard flowers.

M: Medium Body, medium low carbonation. Very dry.

O: Dry, complex and awesome quality. Drank this one on site at Cantillon. Was an awesome experience!

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Northdown in Chicago for their annual wildlife sanctuary benefit.

A: Pours a really beautiful cloudy gold with two fingers of soapy head that fades into a beautiful cap.

S: A balance of funk and sourness, some dry apricot, some lemon zestiness, some vinegar.

T: Bitter, dry apricot, white grape, sour, barnyard-ish funk... almost like wet farm grass.

M: Light with high, fizzy carbonation.

O: Glad to have had the opportunity to try this, but not worth vigilantly seeking out, in my opinion. I'm with the bros on this one: a very good beer, but not mindblowing by any means.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork literally pulled apart on exit...kinda strange. Initial pour appearance is excellent. Great clarity with four-finger white foamy/snappy soap voluminous head. Brew is nice peach color with tint of orange and yellow.

Aroma is funky, ripe stringy, lacy, full of peach, apricot, apple, not much tartness on the nose. Well done aroma for being to barnyard and funky.

Flavors are light vinegar, nice light smooth sweetness is well blended with strong earthy pine dry bitterness. Full of horse blanket and barnyard earth... Carbonation is much lighter than expected and much appreciated.

IMO, this is a bit of an over-hyped brew, but it's still very nice and enjoyable. It's a damn fine, highly drinkable, earthy sour, just a bit over hyped... Very solid, I just don't believe it's tops in class, but definitely a top 10-15 brew for it's class. Recommended, yes, even @ $30/750/ml

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap as part of the Anniversary celebration of The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY.

A: A slightly cloudy, golden apricot. Just seeing it in that tiny little glass gave me joy.

S: Smell of a good, solid, biting sour, with a twinge of apricot. Makes me elicit that 'sour cringe' just thinking about it now.

T: A rock-solid sour bite with a smooth finish that doesn't linger. Very faint apricot, not as much as I remember tasting in a Cascade Apricot Ale.

M: Smooth, with sour attacking the middle/back of the mouth.

O: Definitely one of the best sours I have ever experienced. The buzz of something this rare showing up in a town this far from a major metropolitan area was justified. Very happy to have experienced this even once.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a cloudy yet radiant hue. The head was an immensely thick foam with surprising retention.

The aroma was a tinge sour with a fragrant apricot, lemon, Chardonnay and soda water and straw.

The flavors were nicely smooth and well balanced but not overly pronounced. The apricot was lightly sweet with a lemon, honeysuckle, raw honey and a white wine or Chardonnay like quality.

The feel is light and bubbly, almost spritzer like, but smooth and easily drinkable.

This is a very good lambic and it feels almost sour like but Top 12 in the World, absolutely not!

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Photo of barczar
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a lingering frothy white head.

Aroma is lightly funky, slightly sour, vinous, lemony, and doughy. There's an earthy character countering, as well. Floral notes renege.

Flavor is quintessentially sour initially, lactic, with fruity notes of tart lemon, apricot, and strawberries adding complexity. Earthy, slightly barnyard notes form the base and carry into the lightly dry finish. Notes of sweet tart candies surface late, complementing a very light confectioners sugar sweetness.

Body is a touch light, with high carbonation. Very refreshing, with light alcohol warmth.

I hyped this beer up pretty highly, perhaps too much so. While it's a very clean, perfectly sour beer, I expected a little more fruit presence. The fruit comes out a bit more as it warms.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage into Iris balloon.

Pours as I remember, pale gold with burnt yellow highlights, hazy, with a nice creamy white head that lingers nicely and shows off the beers effervescence.

The nose is filled with that soft, young house Cantillon character with the addition of juicy apricot flesh, aromatic peach fuzz, crushed strawberry at a distance, and a guava like perfume that intoxicates the senses. One of those classic, time transcending aromas that you will always remember when good lambic comes to mind.

Flavor is more in line with the rustic nature of lambics. Still plentiful fruit notes but geared towards raw, fleshy and softly acidic apricot and nectarine, hints of apple, white grape flesh, and kiwi twang. Subtle brett funk in the form of dough, over ripe pineapple, fresh pasture, and wet earth are here, but just barely perceptible. It's mostly fruit slapping those taste buds around.

Mouthfeel is typically perfect as usual with Cantillon beers. I think the outstanding mouthfeel of Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen is the main thing that makes them stand out from other lambic blenders. Armand and Jean Van Roy just seem to have perfected this part in Gueuze and lambic production. Light, prickly but not ultra bubbly. Dry with the perfect amount of lactic acid pucker. But then you get that malic acid fruit tanginess as well. Heavenly mouthfeel.

Overall, once again I'm knocked back to reality. Reality being that Belgian lambics are still king of the sour beer world. You get caught up with the American sour beer scene that you almost forget the superiority of Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen when it comes to "sours", "wilds", or whatever you want to call it. On top of those two you also have Rodenbach, De Cam, and Boon also putting out some top notch stuff. Give me an Apricot Mariage Parfait and I just may come in my pants. But babble aside, Fou Foune continues to be that gracious creation it's always been, and a beer by which all other sours should be measured against.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cantillon sampler glass. Bottled August 10, 2013. Acquired in a trade with WilliamDbar, thank you for hooking me up with my biggest ISO yet! Opened in celebration of my engagement this past weekend!

Appearance - Pours a really hazy, cloudy, bright sunflower yellow body with a loud, fizzy, effervescent white head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a layer of foam behind. I love the artwork on the bottle.

Smell - Wow, the aroma of this beer is absolutely mouth-watering. The apricot aromas are bright, fresh, and juicy while not being overpowering. Fresh fruit salad, including peaches and watermelon, combined with a tart citrus zing, freshly picked flowers, and a splash of Belgian funk make the aroma of this beer absolutely perfect. I couldn't imagine how it could improve in this category.

Taste - First off is a juicy, fruity medley of apricot, peaches, white grapes, nectarine, and citrus. Heavy tartness (not quite sour) takes over to produce dry, crisp notes with the lingering juicy apricot flavor still holding the spotlight. The finish is dry and citrusy. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, dry, highly carbonated, refreshing, sip demanding. Excellent.

I have been waiting forever to try this whale, as it was my #1 want for over a year. Fou Foune is everything I expected and more. The fruity apricot balanced with the perfect acidity make for a near perfect lambic. Seek it out!

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.84/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden orange with minimal head.

S - Gym socks, blue cheese and a hint of apricot.

T - A little tart, with the apricot flavour appearing very faintly.

M - Slicky, oily mouthfeel.

O - Funky, moderately tart saison flavours, with minimal fruit presence and a lot of blue cheese. Not quite what I was hoping for.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.