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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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jono311

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy dark straw yellow brown slight orange hues. Some head, fairly thin but nice lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: horse blanket, funk, mild apricot and other stone fruit.

Taste: a very sharp bite at first which dissipates into mild fruit flavor and then a fairly dry finish. leaves you at the same time quenched and wanting another puckering sip.

Mouthfeel: acidity is bracing balanced with enough sweet tones to land nicely on the palate. pleasantly full carbonation.

Overall: Better than I remembered from my last tasting. Not my favorite Cantillon but certainly a well done and very traditional fruit lambic.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 22:14:37 | More by jono311
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of our Kebab and Cantillon dinner the other weekend. Cheers fellas!

From a 750 into a tumbler
Bottled 28 August 2012
Best Before 2017

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with decent retention. Hazy amber orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick ring but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A bolder nose on this one with some lemon and citrus esters, funky and musty notes, as well as an obviously big apricot presence. A good dose of the added fruit, but not too much to dominate the lambic. Quite nice.

TASTE: Follows the nose well, with a heavy dose of apricot, though not enough to crush the lambic. Some puckering lemon and funky, mouldy flavors though the middle, then more sourness and floral bitter notes at the swallow. Tart lemon, funky notes and enough bitterness to balance the sweet apricot in the bold and lingering aftertaste. Quite enjoyable and well put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. Puckering and somewhat acidic after the swallow.

OVERALL: Really enjoyed this, and it definitely won the Cantillon fruit lambic showdown at the Kebab and Cantillon dinner party. The fruit was really nice and in enough force to put on a show, but not so much that it dominated the nose or flavor profile. Delicious and quite complex, this one is actually worth all the praise it gets. Glad to finally have tried this while paying attention. Cheers guys!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 20:03:05 | More by Jeffo
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Gobzilla

California

4.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pale golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice thin bubbly head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass. Definitely had the signature cantillon bretty barnyard funk upfront on the nose with fresh peach apricot fruit notes, good citrusy notes with oak wood and nice acidcy for sure. The peachy apricot fruits came acroos more on the palate alongside great sour acidic notes with oaky wood accents which brought out more flavors, a touch of vanilla and plenty of brett barnyard horse blanket character to go around. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a fruity, semi sweet, bretty funky, woody, acidic sour and dry finish. I definitely dig this beer all around but I thought the 09 vintage was way better.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 19:33:32 | More by Gobzilla
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle with cap and cork served in a Thumbler glass.

Bottle from 20th of August, 2012.

A: Pours a light orange color forming a small white fizzy and very bubbled head. Small retention and no lacings formed or left

S: Very fruity. Strong notes of apricots and peaches. Lambic yeasts. Metallic. Vinegar. Light notes of malts

T: Very fruity. Again, mainly apricots and peaches. Lambic yeasts. Slightly sweet upfront. In overall, a dry and tart taste, however, much lighter acidity if compared with the Lou Pepes, for example. A little bit metallic with light notes of malts. A very light bitterness can be felt in the very end. Quite smooth and pleasant taste

M: Light body, good carbonation. Smooth fruity aftertaste. Quite good taste of peach left in the mouth

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent fruit beer. Mandatory to Cantillon fans, independently of the hype around it

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 22:30:09 | More by eduardolinhalis
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pepsican

Iowa

4.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can’t believe it took me so long to try this. Hazy lemon colored pour, small white head. Tart peach aroma. Flavor is sour peach, grapes, tannins, citrus, lemons...wow. Finishes nice and sour, I was sipping for a bit. This is great.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 20:25:50 | More by pepsican
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is heavy with fresh peach which integrate nicely with the funky base. Notes of wheat, lemon zest, and tons of acidity. Taste is just like the nose. Heavy fruit, nice fleshy peach character, followed by heavy acidic sourness. Delicious. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, delicious brew, one of my favorite cantillons.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:38:00 | More by homebrew311
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With full bottle pour, appearance is hazy brown with golden hues at the edges and generous white head. Nose is quite assertive with tingly candied apricots intermixed with light barnyard that thankfully stays in the background. Gorgeous sourness on the palate with the fruit in there at the same time, and it glides across the palate beautifully like a good Champagne. Loads of pleasing tartness on the finish. Incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:20:39 | More by yemenmocha
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Pours a fluffy white head that almost fizzles away. The Foune has a opaque orange body with varying shades throughout the tulip glass.

Lots of apricot aroma and sweetness. Some pear, acidity, funk, hay and cheese.

That first sip hits you in the jaw with a right hook. Sour! Afterwards it lessens quite a bit after shocking the system. Apricots and apricots. Funkiness hangs out in your dry mouth.

Lively bubbles and a light body. Spot on. The mouthfeel on Cantillons always seems to be on point.

Worth the hype? Maybe. Super solid regardless. I would say definitely drink it within a year like the bottle says if not sooner. The apricot is too good. Had a 14 month old bottle and I could easily tell the difference in apricot levels although the older one had a heftier sourness to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 09:20:50 | More by MattSweatshirt
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas eve beer, 2012 Vintage

A: Golden-orange with good clarity. Semi-aggressive pour into a Cantillon tulip produces about an inch of dense head that recedes fairly quickly to a layer of foam

S: Pure apricot with minimal funk. Great expression of the fruit.

T: Lots of fruit. Quite tart, but not over the top. As it warms up, a bit of woodiness shows up, but the fruit remains dominant.

M: medium-high carbonation. Fairly light in the mouth. Plenty of acidity to keep things lively.

O: I've never had this beer so fresh and it's quite remarkable to see how much fruit aroma and flavor it packs in. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 01:40:52 | More by kscaldef
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larryi86

Delaware

4.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, 2012, poured into a snifter

A- A hazy golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Wow, apricots, barnyard funk, sour.

T- Sour! Apricots and more apricots, lemon, funky finish, touch of oak.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, dry finish.

O- A fantastic lambic with plenty of apricot and very sour. Pricey but worth every penny, I can't wait until I get to try this again. Could be more complex, but with how fruity and sour this is it work.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:27:02 | More by larryi86
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wifehatesthebike

Michigan

4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 28 August 2012

Appearance is at first fizzy settling into a golden orange with only a wisp of foam.

Smell is dank and deep. Obvious apricot with only a hint of sour if you search for it.

Taste starts bright on the tongue followed by a wave of apricot nectar and then perfectly balances sweet and sour at the end. Somewhat dry, the fruit acidity leaves the mouth watering for more.

Mouthfeel is a bit slicker and chewer than I expected, in a good way.

Overall this is an easy review...two words sum up this beer: well-crafted and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 23:05:16 | More by wifehatesthebike
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Marc_V


4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belgianbeershop.com. A hazy orange golden beer with a moderate white head. The aroma is very fruity, filled with peach and apricots and a clear sourness. The taste is very well balanced and very fruity (apricots, peach, a touch of citrus). This is a wonderful lambic, near to perfection and a must drink for every lambic lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 15:51:11 | More by Marc_V
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Holland

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Lauren for sharing this at a tasting!

A: pours a cloudy golden color with fine bubbles coming through, but not much head, and no retention.

S: bright smelling with lemon, apricot, and peach. Some good funk is in there, but it doesn't come through too much.

T: again with a slight funk, but mostly sourness and fruit flavors like peach and apricot. The acidity is delicious, but certainly not the most sour out there. Barely a hint of sweetness.

M: bright, acidic, thin but coats the mouth well so that you can feel it for a while.

O: most excellent lambic, so happy to have tried this finally. It's not overwhelmingly flavorful, but delicious and balanced for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 03:02:16 | More by Holland
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop and Vine. Overly expensive 4 oz pour that was served far too cold, but which was allowed to warm to a more suitable temperature.

A: Golden-orange with a thin lacing.

N: Apricot, lemon, some sourness. Not as complex as I might have expected.

T: Tons and tons of apricots. Lemon rind and some raspberry hints. More apricot. Peach. A very pleasant sourness some ’glue’ funkiness.

M: Dry and somewhat oily. Good without being perfect.

O: The fruit is spectacular here, but it’s not quite as complex as I would have hoped. Still a worthy beer, but I think its ratings have gone up due to the difficulty in obtaining it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:29:51 | More by writerLJBerg
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 13:58:43 | More by smakawhat
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at WLV, Zwanze 2012. Got one of the last pours from the 30L keg.

A: Beige-orange body with a clean white head.

S: The nose holds lots of oak and apricot. Pretty tart with some wet hay funk and clean grain.

T: Really fresh apricot flavor, earthy and tart, lactic and clean in the finish.

M: Light bodied, light carbonation.

O: The apricot flavor here is fresh and assertive, and works well with the base lambic.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 05:10:18 | More by Etan
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Zwanze Day 2012

(A)- Just like I remember it. Pours a hazy brilliant golden orange color that produced a nice pure white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Intense yet vibrant apricot fruit. Not tons of funk or oak, but they are there. The acidity is also quite bold; excellent.

(T)- Similar to the smell pretty much. Just superb acidic apricot and peach flavors that are balanced just so well with a subtle oaky dryness. Quite sour, but just so good.

(M)- An excellent carbonation level combined with a superb and excellent balance of sour fruits and dry oak with just a bit of funk in the background. Finishes ever so sweetly that just balances it out that much better.

(O)- Just superb in every way. It has been awhile since I last tasted this (almost 2 years), and it is great to try it at a fresher stage since the bottle I had back in 2010 was an '05. So vibrant yet so sour and fresh tasting. Had to go back for a second pour.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 01:32:13 | More by sweemzander
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deebo

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent to see a 75 cl bottle of this bad boy on a Bruges beer menu for just a hair over 10 euro on a November visit. Convinced the wife she needed to try this vs. always getting the raspberry she loves so much.

A-Bottled 28 Aug 12, this beer pours dirty golden with a ringing of white foam with a lot of lively carbonation.
S-That typical Cantillon smell-funky. Aromas of barnyard, horseblanket, just a very subtle hint of apricot. Not as much fruit aroma as you get in the kriek or rose.
T-Very tart-the sourness definitely hits you up front. The apricots are there in the finish but as in the aroma they are quite weak, in a fresh bottle I expected more.
M-Typical Cantillon
O-Yes definitely a Cantillon beer and no doubt fans of the brewery will like this brew but for my money I think either the standard gueuze or a rose de gambrinus is just as enjoyable if you are looking for eithe a straight gueuze or a fruit lambic and don't see the hype associated with this beer...other than it is hard to get.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:06:15 | More by deebo
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Armsby Abbey for Zwanze Day.

Super dry and effervescent. Plenty of fruit funk and sour qualities. You get some of the apricot but it's like the dry intense flavors of dried fruit. Very enjoyable. Again with this style its so complex and delicious that it's hard to describe. But in my personal opinion, not as great as I was hoping for and I think Zwanze 2012 was much better.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 21:27:35 | More by Gatch
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Beerenauslese

California

5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated 25 August, 2011. Taking Jean van Roy's advice, I am drinking this just a little over a year old. Thanks to Don L. for getting me a bottle at the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival.

Hazy orange gold body--infused by the color of apricots. Poured into a tulip, a half inch head was produced that quickly dissipated completely.

Clean sour and sweet apricot notes, old wood and vanilla.

Bright and delightfully tart taste of fresh apricots. There is just a bit of funkiness ending with a little bitterness, probably from hops as the website says the apricots are pitted. Dry finish.

Light body with fizzy carbonation, this drinks like champagne even when the foam is gone.

Terrific. One of the most delicious and most unique beers in the world. I really can't find anything to fault. Though I am sorry to have consumed my only bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 06:48:03 | More by Beerenauslese
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle shared by bstyle, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Hazy golden orange, with a nice two finger fizzy head. Head dissipates rather quickly, and doesn’t leave much lacing.

Smell: Wow. Sweet apricots and pear up front, with a nice funk throughout. If something can smell sour on the nose… this does, with a nice lactic aspect. Again, wow.

Taste: WOW. High apricots and apricot skin, tart pear, lemon zest, and a slight peach skin right off the bat, followed by a beautiful funk. Amazing lactic sourness throughout. A slight oakeyness helps this beer finish dry, but the tartness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Great prickly sourness mingles with really nice carbonation. Acetic, but in a great way. Awesome dryness on the finish. Perfect.

Overall: This beer is flawless. That is all.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 18:08:52 | More by cfrances33
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brikelly

New Hampshire

4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 bottle bought at Julio's Liquors, MA. Cork splits but I manage to get it all out without it disintegrating into the beer.

A: Gorgeous head, delightful foam. Below it is very pleasantly honey-colored.

S: The unmistakable Cantillon funky horse blanket is there, but only just. It's far more subtle than the gueuze or kriek. A little touch of sweetness in the aroma, but not much. Beguiling.

T: Only slightly sour, which was surprising. Slightly tart, with a lovely apricot hint. Very well balanced with delicate complexity.

M: Light carbonation, very well matched to the taste.

O: A stunning beer. 750ml of heaven.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:29:12 | More by brikelly
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:07:10 | More by johnnnniee
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rodkin

Missouri

4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 release.

Pours a beautiful translucent straw-orange, with a fluffy white head. Kind of an apricot color, obviously. Nice lacing.

Smell is really big juicy, kind of peachy. Really big smell, don't need to lean towards the glass at all to get it. A bit of funk, but really the fruit takes center stage. This is unbelievable smelling, though. Apricot, peach, a bit of apple, slight funk and hay. Delicious. I want to live in this smell forever.

Taste is very similar. A bit lighter on the apricot and a bit bigger on the funk. Still, it's not very sour. It's got a nice tartness, but not much mouth puckering. Apricot is big upfront, gives way to lemon and granny smith in the middle and some funk in the finish. Really delicious.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Light, dry, well carbonated. Goes down very smooth.

This is absolutely fantastic. Just delicious, and crazy drinkable. Putting down a 750 of this is no problem at all. Like a delicious apricot mimosa. Drink this.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 16:01:07 | More by rodkin
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tarheels86

California

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

Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. No vintage reported. Poured a glowing, full hazy, bright orange with powerful carbonation and a thin but persistent white head leaves swathes of lace. Nose is amazing geuze character: bright citrus, lemons, tropical melons, sweat, salt water. Taste is full sour with amazing fresh fruit character though one specific fruit is impossible to pinpoint. "Apricot" is not necessarily evident as much as some medley of tropical melons and tangerines. Some slight eggy suplhur character comes in and out but does not detract too much from what is a massive lactic body that is zippy on the palate. Very refreshing, very sour. Can’t wait to crack some vintage bottles. 9/20/2010 9/4/8/5/16=4.2

750mL 2011 bottle. The fresher this beer is, the better. More of a juicy Yellow Bus style peach nose with fuzzy skin and rich juice. Taste is not quite as aggressive. Really nice- not one I think is worth to hoard but rather to crack open immediately.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 14:52:46 | More by tarheels86
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,409 ratings.