Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.85/5 rDev +4.8%
Got to enjoy this wonderful beer on tap at Bier Station. I usually get my beers in a 4 oz pour to allow me to try several things without getting sloshed, but in this case, a full pour was a must. Poured into a Belgian tulip glass with a flared rim.
Appearance - Pours a sunny golden-amber hue that is mostly opaque with hints of runny egg yolk where the light diffuses into the glass. Atop the body sits a frothy stark white head about a finger thick, which dissipates over a few minutes to leave a thick film of suds across the top and a build-up of foam snowdrifts along the sides of the glass. Lacing consists of spotty, faint rings around the glass as I drink the level down.
Smell - A healthy bouquet of ripe fruit, with apricot leading the way. It gives me the impression that I am about to bite into a freshly picked apricot. Accompanying the fruitiness is a considerable amount of funk and acidity, along with a woody element that gives the impression of a fruit-forward dessert wine, like a sauterne or muscat. Still, the sweetness that you would expect from said dessert wine is nowhere to be found.
Taste - Apricots are one of my favorite beer-accompanying fruits, and I love sours--the taste of this beer represents a perfect marriage of the two. Ripe apricot flesh (I can almost feel the velvety hairs that sometimes are present on an apricot) mixes with wet hay funk, acidic tartness, with notes of granny smith apples and white wine vinegar. The barrel provides a slightly vinous element, which is not surprising given the nose, but it is dry and finishes extremely clean.
Mouthfeel - Light-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a dry finish that leaves the tastebuds longing for the next swallow. Good thing it's only 5% abv, because it would be easy to drink this in quantity, given how refreshing it is.
Overall, a beer that more than lives up to the hype. Of course, I'm predisposed to like it, given my penchant for beers that are sour and the use of apricots in beer, but that also means that I could have been easily disappointed, given the reputation of this brew and my high expectations.
03-05-2014 15:58:12 | More by LambicPentameter
District of Columbia
3.89/5 rDev -16%
Poured into a tumbler at Church Key during their Sour Session Vol. 9. $14 for 10oz.
Rare but not rare tasting. 4
A – Pours a cloudy pale orange juice, with a thin off-white head. 4.5
S – Vinegar, lactic, minor sweetness. 3.75
T – Not too sour or lactic. Some sweetness. Slight fruitiness in the finish, but no clear apricot flavor. A tinch of spice. 3.75
MF – A medium light body with a dry finish. 4.25
02-27-2014 11:25:29 | More by Sludgeman
District of Columbia
4.96/5 rDev +7.1%
Lovely radiant yellow, like liquid sunshine. The nose is sweet, astringent and a touch funky. The apricots give it a huge citrus sweetness that is nicely balanced with a pithy bitterness. It rounds off to a nice pucker, which makes it totally refreshing. This lives up to the hype.
02-26-2014 21:55:33 | More by jjdc
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +1.1%
10 oz. tumbler glass on tap at ChurchKey as feature of Sour Session vol. 9, drank 2 glasses over 30 minutes or so (telling...)
A: 3/3 - misty golden-yellow, initial frothy white head settles into a subtle glass lacing, low clarity (cannot see through), small alcohol legs
S: 11/12 - lots of apricot and barnyard notes, no detectable hops or malts as far as I can detect
T: 19/20 - on first sip, there is a subtle funk that quickly develops into complex fruit flavors - apricot (of course), lemon, ripe pear - admixed with tart, barnyard flavors; as the flavors develop, the malt character arises with a mild bready and wheat character; little detectable alcohol; finishes dry
M: 5/5 - high carbonation (almost Mimosa-like), easily quaffable (as expected for the low alcohol)
T: 10/10 - I had high expectations and this one lived up - a perfect mix of fruit and sour; although expensive, it was totally worth the $14/10 oz. pour
TOTAL - 48/50
02-26-2014 21:24:30 | More by MNishCT77
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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