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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 2,412
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 2,585
Gots: 528 | FT: 41
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Belgium

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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Reviews: 470 | Hads: 2,412
Photo of rodkin
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well review #500 derserves an epic beer. I would have to say this one fits the bill. Huge thanks to Adam for busting this one out for us.

Poured into my glass the beer is cloudy orange yellow gold. It looks like a cross between orange juice and apple cider. Minimal head with a small soapy lace ring.

The aroma is a fantastic mix of sour funky goodness and sweet peaches. Lots of barn yard aromas like hay, horse blanket, manure and old wet wood. The sweet side is filled with peach and lemon candy.

The flavor is a full on nuclear 50 megaton blast of mouth and asshole puckering sour. It reminds me of cry babies. Those were some sour mo fo's. Just like the candy the sour fades into a sweet finish making this a perfect balance and oh so drinkable.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Teeth crunching bone dry finish.

Overall I want to find cases of this stuff so I can drink it constantly. Thanks Adam for giving me the chance to finally try this one. Now I want more. (984 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 8-18-2011, 750 mL

A - pours a faint orange / apricot color (who would have guessed that) with a good looking head on it

S - nose is of lambic scents (citrus, some funk) and apricots. Again, no surprises in the nose, but it smells damn good.

T - Starts off with fresh, juicy apricots that dominate the front and middle of the palate. These fade to some funky citrus flavors. It is almost like taking a bit out of an apricot and washing it down with lambic. The fruit really balances out the sourness from the lambic and creates an awesome tasting sour.

M - bubbly carbonation with a medium body works perfectly for this one

D - What can I say? Awesome beer here. I haven't have a fruit lambic before that was so well balanced. The apricot gave it a nice, smooth sweetness and held the citric/acidic lambic part of the beer in check. Best Cantillon I have tried, and easily the best fruit lambic as well.

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Cellar update: the 1 and a half year mark on this brings on a really nice balance between the acidity and the fruit flavors. That seems to be the sweet spot on this beer.
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Photo of rye726
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in '07

Pours a hazy cedar with shades of peach. Thick white head has excellent lacing and settles to a thin cover.

Nose has tart citrus, apricots, manure, oak, horse blanket and earthy soil. The apricot presence really grows as this warms and pairs beautifully with the many other complex aromas.

Taste is quite sour and acidic up front followed by sweet malts, oak, barnyard funk, sharp citrus fruits and apricots.

Crisp body is delicately carbonated with a nice dry finish. Another amazing lambic from Cantillon. (528 characters)

Photo of scoand
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into wine glass.

Pours hazy, orange-gold, thin big-bubbled head that fades quickly.

Smell is tart and bright, with tons and tons of fresh apricot. This is the most fruit I've ever gotten from a Cantillon fruit lambic, and it's delicious.

Flavor is gorgeous - huge, vivid apricot. Clean tartness up front, hints well-integrated of barnyard funk and wet leather at points, and so much gorgeous apricot it's stunning. Dry, more acidic sourness than funk. Finish is so much apricot it feels like there should be chunks still floating in the glass. Complete showcase for the apricot, sans any hint of sweetness. Masterful.

Mouthfeel is light, subtle but crisp carbonation underneath a light body that's just brimming with flavor. Some acidity in the back of the throat complements the carbonation. Beautiful.

Drinkability is astronomical. I had 16 ounces, and felt like I hadn't even gotten a good start. Could have finished an entire bottle and then started on the next. (982 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged and corked 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass. Special thanks to whoever brought this 2006 bottle to Alewatcher's birthday. From notes.

Appearance: This has a very elegant hazy golden yellow appearance in the glass. With its translucence it appears almost angelic, although I might just be thinking that because I am so excited to try it. A ring of white head rests in the edge of the glass, remaining mellow and not bothering to leave much lace.

Smell: This aroma is fantastic, just the perfect balance for a summer beer. A little bit sour, with just a hint of funk, there is a ton of apricot that screams refreshment.

Taste: The flavor is really a progression of apricot. Up front it starts sweet, like biting into a ripe apricot. It shifts to become more sour, gaining momentum from an acidity that starts in the periphery and eventually makes me pucker. On subsequent sips this sensation subsides and I distinguish some lactic sourness and a light mustiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: The body to Fou' Foune is light to medium, with a good amount of carbonation that is mostly creamy but provides a bit of crispy pep as well. Overall in line with what I want from a beer of this nature. Very dry at this point.

Overall: It is a cruel joke that this beer is so hard to come by in the United States. I am beginning to wonder if I should move to Belgium just to be able to drink Cantillon all the time. Seriously. (1,437 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a milky peach juice color, almost like a Bellini. Head is a frothy mass of yellowish suds.

S-Apricots almighty. It smells funky and tart but there is also a bit of fruity sweetness as well. Dried oak which makes me think of aged white wine.

T-Puréed apricots that are both incredibly tart and lightly sweet. Sour! Overripe apricot, underripe apricot and perfect apricot. Hay and dried out grass. Funky pale fruit. Highly acidic with some malt vinegar flavors. Excellent.

M-Creamy but yet still light. Puckering sourness that sticks to the tongue. Endless aftertaste. High acidity. Tannic.

O-I can see why this beer is so highly sought after. Easily one of the top three Lambics I have tried. What a goddamn treat to try this beer. An beer that can absolutely change the way anyone views beers, regardless of their previous experiences. (848 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky yellow gold

S: funky

T: sour, acidic, funky, cheesy, then a little apricot

M: acidic

Overall: very good beer that develops in ur mouth and takes you for a great cantillon ride! (197 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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... (866 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2.003

Appearence: Pours a wonderful orange cream color with a creamy white head that dies down to collar. Hazy as hell.

Smell: The smell is a mix of sourness, apricots, and an a strange smell I can't put my finger on. The funkiness of this beer is superb.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is just as sour, if not more so, than the Brouscella, and I love it. The sour, funkiness is perfectly matched with a slight apricot flavor. The wood notes really help mellow this beer out. Super complex, super balanced, super sour, and super tasty.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer right here is exactly why I love lambics/gueuzes so much. The sourness!!! The tart flavor is almost unbearable, but not quite, and it makes this beer damn near perfect. One of the best Fruit Lambics I've had to date. If you love to sour, funky flavors, you'll love this to death. (867 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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. (513 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is absolutely fantastic.

Fou' Foune integrates the classic Cantillon sour qualities nearly perfectly with the juicy flavors of apricots to deliver one of the best beers in the world.

This one lives up to the hype. (227 characters)

Photo of readbaron
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Fou Foune - thanks Dunt!

Pours a cloudy peach hue with a finger of delicate white foam, and a hint of lacing.

Smells funky and sour with a bit of sweet apricot underneath.

Taste is delicous. Very sour with a hint of apricot and some oak and funk.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium/light body with delicate creamy carbonation.

Overall - an excellent, excellent beer. I hope I can land a bottle or two in the future. (416 characters)

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage
poured at cellar temp into bruery tulip
750 ml bottle

Color: A hazy, but yet bright golden/orange. White 1 1/2f finger head that reduces to a thin bubbly cap after awhile. No lacing with light retention

Nose: Apricots what else, but the fruit has definitely faded compared to the fresher batches. Nice funk aroma with hints of wood, hay, and light lemon peel.

Palate: Wow! simply amazing. A perfect amount of carbonation making this beer very drinkable. The apricots hit the tongue first followed the an enjoyable wave of sourness and funk. This beer is dry, but yet it contains a good amount of spritz. At the end you begin to taste the oak/woody textures of this beer.

Finish: Long and dry with a good amount of texture. Mellow fruit which balances the light acidity at the end. An incredible beer that can be consumed fresh and aged.

Rating 98/100 (868 characters)

Photo of BMoldy
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy golden with a large white head that takes some time to settle.

S: Serious sweet apricot aroma with a slight tartness in the back that suggests strawberries and raspberries.

T: Initial fruity sweetness lingers for a few moments before a nice mild herbal bitterness asserts itself in the middle. The lactic acid blends beautifully with the apricots. The fruit comes back at the end with a bit of a tartness.

M: Bubbly, yet smooth. Very flavorful but not too assertive in body. Just a touch dry.

O: Definitely my favorite fruit lambic, though overall I still prefer Iris. The apricots here are really quite sublime, and the entire beer is amazingly delicate yet rich in flavor. (688 characters)

Photo of BMart
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2013, pours a hazy orange color with a little off white head. Huge apricots, citrus and slight funk on the nose. Tastes of peaches, apricots, citrus with a nice acidic sour, funk balance through out and leaves a pleasant dry tart finish. Each sip leaves me wanting more. One of my top 5 beers. (301 characters)

Photo of CandaceLai
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very fruity! Pure apricots. So much fruit, accompanied by wooden stone qualities, fermented apricots and leathery wood. Perfectly carbonated, with a very refreshing light body. Refreshing, juicy, with a sour lemon peel infusion taste, leaving with little to no aftertaste! (272 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted at his place.

Pours a slightly murky light honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with wood and apricot aromas. Taste is the same and has a fantastic apricot flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a great level of carbonation with a very crisp and somewhat dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an exceptional beer and by far the best Cantillon I have tried so far by a longshot. (627 characters)

Photo of Tnudish
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this out for Jay’s bachelor party. Congrats Jay and Patty! '11 vintage poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A-Pours a hazy faint orange in color with a small amount of tight white head.

S-The nose is perfection....the pinnacle of what every beer should smell like. It’s like apricot purée, apricot jam, and fresh apricot skin all shoved into one glass. It’s bliss.

T-The flavor is a balance of apricot, lemon, oak, and funk. It’s incredibly sour, but not yet bracing. I much prefer fresh Fou Foune to aged bottles because of the balance sour and apricot.

M-Mouthfeel is light, it’s acidic, gentle carbonation, and a long, pleasant finish.

O-I’m hard pressed to think of many beers that surpass Fou Foune in quality. It is one of the best fruit lambic from probably the best brewery in the world. I need like 70 more bottles of this. (859 characters)

Photo of backbaybrewer
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of amphion1065
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle purchased and split at Lord Hobo - a pretty delightful surprise. Served in a tulip.

It really does look a lot like carbonated orange juice. The body is a pale yellow-orange, lighter around the edges of the glass. Fairly murky. A very small white head fades pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing around the glass.

The smell is pretty close to flawless. There is more fruit in the nose of this beer than any other Cantillon I've tried. My first impression is of barnyard funk and tart sourness, but underneath there is a huge apricot presence. Freshly picked fruit, sweet and bright, only becomes more prominent as this warms.

There's also a tremendous amount of apricot in the finish. There are a lot of vinous, tart, lactic funk notes in the taste, with a lingering sourness that almost burns the back of my throat. But, like the smell, the support base of all that funk is a wealth of apricots. The fruit is so vibrant, like no other sour beer I've ever had. Simultaneously refreshing and multilayered.

The mouthfeel is spot-on, with a perfect level of champagne-like carbonation. I could have easily taken down a bottle myself.

Though I'm curious to try an older vintage, I couldn't imagine enjoying this beer without the fruitiness. A phenomenal expression of natural sweetness and a superb lambic. (1,322 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of many world class beers from what may be the best (and certainly my favorite) brewery in the world. To get any attention on this highly U.S. centered site, you know it must be great. (188 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright apricot orange looking pour with a thin white head, that for a lambic, actually stuck around for a little while.

Smell is right on, massively tart and sour with plenty of apricot all over it. Stays away from funk/horse blanket/sweaty socks and just drills you with fruit and sour that is so clean. Taste remains like the nose, awesome, clean, and powerful. How something so sour can retain so much of a fruit presence at the same time, well, that's why it got a 5.

Its just simply phenomenal stuff, never does the sour and fruit dissipate or become 'normalized' with your taste buds. Top notch.

On tap at beachwood bbq. (642 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to AgentZero (Mike) for busting this out at his birthday tasting. 2007 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a radiant orange color. About a half finger of off white head is achieved that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Woohoo. Heavy barnyard funk, still plenty of apricot. Oak, lemon zest, wet hay. Very musty and funky.

Taste – An immediate puckering. Light acidity, earthy funk, plenty of apricot (though not as noticeable as when I had this fresh). Slight vanilla oak and more tartness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Just a fantastic beer. I traded one of these away earlier this summer and am kicking myself for it now. One of the better Cantillon’s out there for sure. (767 characters)

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.