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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 495
Hads: 2,565
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 2,680
Gots: 553 | FT: 45
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Brasserie Cantillon
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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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Reviews: 495 | Hads: 2,565
Photo of scottfrie
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thank you to ipa247 for letting me try another one of his bottles of this beer. Finally time to review it.

A: Pours a cloudy hazy golden apricot color with a thin and bubbly off-white head that had great retention and lasted the whole beer through.
S: Super apricot in the nose. This beer is full of sweet and savory fruit. Smells very dry.
T: Very tart, very dry candy like apricot sour patch kids all the way. This beer is sweet, fruity, dry and fresh at the same time. The finish is funky and musty, and the aftertaste is very dry. The sourness isn’t overwhelming. This is very drinkable.
M: Drying mouthfeel, sweet clean medium-light body, with soft carbonation and a refreshing tartness. There is a bit of acidity to the beer, but I thought it was well integrated.
O: One of the best out there. One of the best Cantillon’s, one of the best lambics. Everyone needs a bottle of this.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Beerisheaven
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deceided to break this one out a night early and not wait until New Year's Eve. Happy New Year regardless to everyone having a beer to ring in the New Year. Fresh 2011 bottle, recently acquired.

A - Poured from a chilled bottle into my awaiting glass. Pours a hazy hay yellow with a pretty energetic head that snaps, crackles, and pops before settling down.

S - Fruity with a floral scent as well. Some yeast and bready backbone as well. Very appealing.

T - Some might ding this a bit for not being overly sour or missing a big bite, but I find this to be in one word perfect. The fruit is there with just the perfect amount of tartness to make this refreshing and crisp. Some light acid to tickle the tongue and missing the overly pucker power of other Cantillons. I would describe this as being the perfect sourish beer for people who don't like to be assaulted. The composition allows this to not be overly sweet or tart but to blend both in a fashion that will probably please everyone.

M - Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Bubbly and a perfect beverage for New Year's Eve, I was just 24 hours early.

O - For me, my favorite Cantillon beer that I have had (including Blabaer). I have a couple more bottles of this but can see myself making the plunge for more.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was… dare I say, a milestone in my beer education—and I owe thanks to the good people at Jester King for making it possible.

I’m not even sure ‘hype’ is the right word to use when talking about cantillons, because they’re not lumped in with what I think of as other rarities, or those special bottle releases that people (myself included) are willing to line up for. Perhaps reverence? Respect? Certainly curiosity. I was aware that cantillons aren’t commonplace—I had never seen one before, let alone tried one—but when I got in line I had no idea that this was going to be the mystery keg they were tapping. Chalk that one up to being lucky, I guess, because once word spread the line grew exponentially. And I can totally understand why.

This poured a slightly cloudy orange yellow in color, with a great apricot aroma and noticeable tartness, even from the aroma. Simply amazing. There’s a big effervescence to this that lets the flavors dance across the tongue. The apricot floral-fruitiness is subdued, but its present and tasty. It’s tart, with a lingering, dry finish and a touch of sweetness like a firework going off. Half a pour wasn’t enough but its more than many had. Can’t wait to have another!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2008 version...The beer pours dark peacy with a much darker center. The head is white, rises about a finger and is gone pretty quickly...The aroma is on the lighter side, light tart fruits, mixed with sourness. Not overpowering in either regard so its balanced giving some of what you look for in a fruit lambic...Holy moses, that's one sour beer. Didn't think it would be that tart from the aroma. Its got a huge tart bite sour, not a mucky horse blanker leather like a lot of Cantillon's. Here you get a lot more of the fruit not sweetness but the actual taste of apricots on the finish. Super balanced and flavorful...The feel is great, sticks to the mouth, very tannic...Drinkability is off the charts. It gives me everything I love about a lambic, sourness funk, but balanced enough that you can drink this all day, while at the same time not being such a fruit beer that's its super sweet or dominated by the apricot...Overall one of my favorite lambics, right up there with Blabear.

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Photo of kevanb
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage 750ml, poured into a Cantillon tumbler. Review #200.

It pours a lovely apricot-orangey-peach color, very murky, even with a slow pour. Lots of bubbles racing around the glass. A nice offwhite head races up the glass but recedes just as quickly leaving no lacing or head retention. The aroma is fantastic, tons of fresh juicy apricot, peach fuzz, vinegar, funk and yeast. The fruit character of the aroma is just outstanding and perfectly inviting. The flavors are superb, the apricot flavors are super nice and juicy, tart, not overly sour. A little more acidic than I'd like with a high presence of vinegar and funk than the nose suggested. Some woodiness is definitely present as well. The body is good, a bit sharp, but nice and playful on the tongue. Carbonation is high yet the beer remains juicy.

Verdict: Fantastic lambic from Cantillon. Probably my favorite lambic they make. I've had older vintages, which are very special, but something about the fresh fruit is just so perfect.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | 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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really clear amber color with one finger of white head. Visible carbonation with nice lacing.

S: Funk up front. Apricot after. Very musty. It smells like spider web covered casks.

T: A tow front glandular assault. My throat collapses from the apricot and tart combination. The lacto almost makes your throat hurt. Excellent.

M: Super light. The lacto makes it feel heavier than it is.

D: Glorious torture. It is insane how your throat collapses. Amazing beer. Cantillon is nothing short of an amazing world class brewery. If you see their beer you buy it.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

FINALLY got to try this guy. Poured from bottle to flute.

A- Beautiful, hazy orange the seems to radiate outward.
S- Tart and funky apricot skins. Some underlying sweetness. Barnish.
T- Wow. This definitely lived up to the hype for me. One of the greatest sours I have had. The funk doesn't mask the fruit but complements it.
M- Very smooth with some nice carbonation.
D- Dear Lord this was amazing. Hopefully I can snag a bottle in the future.

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Photo of Slschimoler
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The apricot adds a richness and body that makes this lambic one of my favorites from Cantillon. Very well balanced and drinkable compared to some of offerings. Meaning I could drink many of these, which I cannot say for some of the more raw and sour versions

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Photo of Spaten454
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden and hazy with a foamy head that dissipates into a thin layer.

S - Amazing. It smells like super funky citrus with a stone fruit backing. It makes my mouth water.

T - Taste follows the nose. Tart with typical cantillon funk. The apricots are juicy tasting in this beer.

M - Moderate carbonation with a drying smooth finish.

O - Worth the hype. Very funky, juicy lambic that is done to perfection.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 750 ml bottle into in de verzekering tegen de grotto dorst lambic/gueuze glass.  Low white head atop hazy light gold body. Aroma of green apple and most certainly apricot. Slight sweetness. Taste citric, with nice apricot. Tongue smacking, mouth puckering greatness. Awesome. 

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Photo of rodkin
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Andrijas
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Few months ago I visited Cantillon brewery and took a bottle of Fou'Foune home. The whole brewery had a strong sour smell, so I knew I was about to taste a slightly different beer (from what I am used to).

The packaging looks great. I would, without a doubt be extremely happy if I received it as a gift - it looks much better than any wine bottle I've ever seen.

The yellowish and highly carbonated liquid smelled fantastic. The taste was excellent - refreshing and prickly. My wife found it too sour (she is used to Lindeman's and similar sugary treats), but I found it just perfect.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +5.5%
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.

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Photo of scoand
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Cask. 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.

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Photo of trippytbta
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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...

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.