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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,705 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 2,185
Gots: 355 | FT: 21
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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3.5/5  rDev -24.4%

Kword55, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -23.8%

A handpull at Teresa's Next Door. (That sounds odd, now that i think about it)

Just like Iris, Fou Foune poured expertly off the handpump, I was greeted by half a glass of orangeish gold liquid with the top of the glass full of white foam. It settled out nicely with nice retention and minor stick.

Unlike last years Fou Foune cask serving at the same venue (and possibly the same vintage), this smelled way off. I got baby powder and old feet and a plastic scent. Hardly any apricot until the end of the glass. I know each vintage is different, but I did not warm up to this.

The taste brings it back. Not getting any of that old Cantillon scent, im pleased with the nice acidic sourness and apricot with some old musky barnyard thrown in. Some oak with warming and old cheese taste at the end. Last year, this stuff rocked, if this is the same vintage as that, it's fallen off, and that's just my opinion on this vintage, I know what this beer can be.

Feel is very light bodied and nicely carbed up. A nice amount of sourness hits the gullet, yet not extreme. While I really enjoyed this, I could not get another glass, I went with Iris instead. I really want to try a fresh bottle of fou foune and make a solid decision on it.

BARFLYB, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -23.3%

2011 bottle. Thanks to liamt07 for sharing this one.

A - Cloudy orange/yellow. One finger of white head formed and receded to a thin layer.

S - Sour and funky up front with very slight sweet apricot aroma.

T - The apricot is more prominent than in the nose but is not overwhelming. A huge sourness that is almost puckering.

M - Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.6/5  rDev -22.2%

Awesome man. Just opened a bottle of this during a tasting at my house.

I don't like sours. Hence the avatar.

This one looked pretty good. Yellow, hazy with a nice two finger head.

smells pretty much like a saison. Bready, yeasty. Horse blanket?

Taste was fairly pleasant. Not too sour. Mind you I just done a blind quad tasting and a Darkness vertical. I could actually taste fruit like apricot and the bready yeasty flavors I love in saison...

Feels like a mouthfull. Not like a big B elgian pale ale but still pretty full. medium body with medium carbonation.

Still not converted but I would drink this again when offered.

doopiedoopiedoo, Dec 11, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -21.2%

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, poured into a Cantillon stem glass!
A: A cloudy light orange look, what a great color. Very consistent, the clouds don’t float around its extremely cloudy all over rather than in spots.
S: Sour and funky, like most cantillon lambics. It has that “Belgian” smell to it and I don’t really detect any fruit.
T: Sour all over, much more than anything else they make. Tastes somewhat like their gueuze but nothing special. Lots of carbonation in this one.
M: Sour with some apricot and peach notes on the end of the palate.
O: I’m really disappointed with this beer. I had really hoped this would be amazing as it’s impossible to find and everyone wants to try it. Really, it reminds me of their gueuze, just not as good. Certainly not bad and I’d try it again but I wouldn’t jump through the hoops that people do to try this (it’s just not worth it). B to B + range.

codysjb, Jan 10, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -20.5%

From a 750 ml green bottle, corked and capped. Pours out a cloudy apricot hue, fittingly enough, with a finger of spongy off-white head that recedes very quickly.

Ripe apricot, dried apricot and some funk appear on the nose. Hints of dry leafy spicy hops.

Tart acidic sourness up front in the flavour, quick flash of dried apricot, finishing with mild earthy dry hops and a mouth puckering sharp acidity. Things dry out and clean up in the aftertaste except for a sticky acidity that clings to the roof of the palate. Apricot

Mouthfeel is light, sticky acidic texture with moderate pin-prickly carbonation.

Rather mild for the usual Cantillon's that I'm used to, but still delivers that sharp acidic twang that is the signature of the style. Also a rare one where they recommend consuming it within a year of its production, rather than aging it as long as you can hold out. I feel lucky to have had the chance to sample this, though still not a huge fan.

IronDjinn, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.68/5  rDev -20.5%

This beer came a hefe-like cloudy orange and gold with a thin creamy head. Smelled powerfully of apricots and a crazy wild yeast. The pungent smell reminded me of black earth and turned milk in the Russian River Supplication sort of sense. I’m guessing there are a lot of strange bacteria at work here forming this beer into something very unique. Tastes of powerfully sour nectarines, oranges and raspberries. The flavor is so intense, its hard to identify just what fruits were used here. It nearly tastes like vinegar its so tough. There’s also a sour milk flavor here as well. Fortunately, there’s a creamy apricot in the finish. Wow. When the waitress said “it’s very sour” she wasn’t kidding. The mouth feel is thick and the sourness really puckers the mouth quite a bit. However, if you drink this slowly, you just may enjoy it.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 20, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev -20.5%

trippingbilly50, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of dogfooddog
3.7/5  rDev -20.1%

Cork dated 2004, pours into large flute glass at 50f with active 30% hea, this beer is very carbonated. I bought this bottle in the US just recently.

smell is typical cantillon acidic musty along with an unusual moldy odor I would normally associated with something ruined, but with lambic and cantillon in particular this is probably a good sign.

Taste is initially very dry and pucker-sour, and initial no fruit notes are visible in this. The second swallow I get a distinct hint of peach or apricot. At this point some of this replaces the moldy note in the odor. My palate seems to adapt quickly and the extreme pucker-power is more enjoyable.

The aftertaste is notably apricot-ish, the part of the mouth not burned by pucker-sour notes feels distinctly that it has had an unusual fruit in its lambic.

Further into the bottle the fruit note becomes more prominent, carbonation remains very active, probably adding to the apparent harshness at first noted.

A somewhat unusual but typically excellent product from Cantillon

Follow-up - this beer was very slow-drinking and actually caused moderate acid indigestion, something I almost never get, not even from cantillon lambics. Stomach pain finally got so bad I did something I have never done with a cantillon product before - I gave up and poured the last 25% out. I am going to let my remaining bottles of this sit for a year or more and see if they mellow out.

I drink cantillon products all the time and have never had anything like this. No idea if it is a temporary gastrointestinal problem on my part (comment 4/28/06, it was almost certainly a beer issue) but there are no other indications that it is anything but the beer.

dogfooddog, Mar 21, 2006
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3.73/5  rDev -19.4%

2010 vintage
Look: the beer pours a yellow-straw color with a small white head
Smell: Very sour, with apricot, peach, lemon and some oak
Taste: As expected from the nose, this beer is very sour. Vinegar with pure lemon juice and apricots. Very fruity. Dry and stinging acid in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with medium carbonation
Overall: I love sours and had many of them, but this one is like a geuze with pure lemon juice added, making it a bit unbalanced IMO. Just expected more of this one, although would never turn one down

rvdoorn, Aug 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -19%

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3.75/5  rDev -19%

thebigredone, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -19%

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3.75/5  rDev -19%

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3.75/5  rDev -19%

jjheinrichs, Jun 07, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -17.9%

12/4/08- Purcahsed at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, vintage 2003 says the cork. Poured into my Cantillion small tulip/wine glass.

Appearance- Seems to be a brown liquid under the cap surrounding the cork. Pours with a grapefruit colored cloudy white-yellow. Slightlest of spritzy head upon pour which fades upon impact. Leaves super light spotty quick disolving lace.

Smell- Smells very vinegary...the cork pops and still smells a bit vinegar-like, but also more lambic like with some definite barnyard qualities of wet hay and earthyness. Sour fruits, but I can't make them out. Possibly lemon, but apricot does not stand out.

Taste- Pucker city. Possibly the most sour beer I have ever encountered. Tart and mouth puckering. Lemon, grapefruit and other citrus fruits are pretty mucn undefinable due to the extreme tartness.

Mouthfeel- Very dry with an ultra long lasting sour feeling on the back of the tongue. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- This about pushed my limits of sourness. It tore up my stomach as well. Only for the people who can tolerate extreme amounts of citric acid. Tasted just fine, but hard to complete an entire bottle for me at least.

GClarkage, Dec 05, 2008
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3.81/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

Halfbrother83, Jun 16, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -17.3%

$20 bottle 22 oz.

A: Hazy lemon/orange color with very thin white head.

S: Tangerine aroma with some spicy tartness. Tart sour grapefruit flavor, like drinking lemon juice straight from the bottle. Wow.

T: Wicked lemon flavor that is overbearingly strong makes this beer truly one dimensional in flavor. It only gets more sour when it warms but in a good way. Truly an acquired taste and for the seasoned Belgium drinker. Wow.

M: Thin body but extreme sharp/acidic lemon flavor. Makes your eyes squint just bringing the glass up to your mouth from the aroma.

D: 1 bomber is plenty for anyone i would guess. really extreme flavor and smoothing sourness. Price is a little steep to justify.

beerthulhu, Feb 17, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev -17.3%

A: pours a hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: sweet apricots up front followed by sour notes similar to lemons and other tart fruits.

T: lots of tart lemon and feuit notes, with only light apricot notes. The finish is dry, tart, and a little funky.

M: medium-light body with low carbonation, this beer is unfortunately a little watery.

O: a good beer, overall. A little watery and not terribly complex, it's still tasty and refreshing.

n2185, Jun 17, 2012
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.