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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 471
Hads: 2,419
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 3.79%
Wants: 2,592
Gots: 523 | FT: 39
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
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: 471 | Hads: 2,419
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle brought back from honeymoon in Belgium.
Pours a peachy orange/yellow color. I've never seen a beer this color before; kind of pretty, actually.
Smell is of tangy, sour wheat with a hints of apricot and orange.
Apricot flavor is there, but not overpowering or even entirely noticeable. I wouldn't even be able to pick it out if I didn't know what it was, I bet. Overall it's a soft wheat flavor, with a lightly sweet, moderately sour, very refreshing tartness.
Amazingly drinkable, would love to have this consistently, especially in the summer. (559 characters)

Photo of jono311
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a sample glass.

A: A hazy yellow goldish with a one finger white head and full big glass lacing.

S: Tart fruits dominate with some yeasty funk and a bit of sweetness.

T: Tart tangy fruits dominate with apricot, peach, apple and pear. Very crisp with some faint hops bitterness. Yeasty earthy flavors fill in but never take over the fruit flavors. Nice beer.

M: Tart, tangy, full and no alcohol.

D: This is where the beer suffered for me. I just could only drink a small quantity of it before I was tired of it.

Overall a very good beer, but it just was a bit too much on the fruit for me. Still very glad I tried it. (669 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 (416 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.91/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.92/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a taller pint-like glass which has a Cantillon logo on it at Spuyten in Brooklyn. No head. A slight hint of a lace. A very nice apricot color.

Taste is of apricots. Sour, tart. Typical Cantillon, which is always a good change of pace. Not acidic. In regards to mouthfeel, this could use more carbonation. But hey, you get what you get with spontaneity, if you know what I mean. (390 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this one, I like it a lot.

It pours slightly more orange than the gueuze, and pours with the nice effervescent carbonation that lambics are known for.

It both smells and tastes, at least initially, like the gueuze. Lots of sour, coupled with a lot of barnyard. A quenching acidity then takes over, absolutely cleansing the palate and a nice sweet apricot flavor comes through with a nice light twang.

Wow, the acidity on this one is a little harsh, I should have had it after dinner because it would digest anything. Mmmmm.

I generally like my lambics straight-up, no fruits or sugars. But I'll make an exception for this one, this is great. (652 characters)

Photo of dboon
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Diego shared at the Ryan’s tasting. Achie machie!!!!! Big barnyard and horse blanket nose. This is one sour/bitter beer. Super dry and crisp, it was so sour I could barley pick out any flavors, I guess apricot? Update: ’05 vintage was suffering from autolysis and had a huge burnt rubber nose.. (317 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of Em's work(ass kissing) friend. POP! goes to cork. Pours a hazy golden hue capped by a light color head. Bubbling carbonation. Light and efervesant(sp?) nose. Puckering sour on first sip. Gobs of funk and brett. Mellows out as your palate adjust. light appricot skin flavor. Very light bodied.

I think this is a good beer, but no beer should cost $30+ (370 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml from Wilburs, $26, bottled in 2009.

A: pale golden yellow in color, stark white head, quite turbid. Small head to begin with and a fair amount of retention, nice 1/2in cap sticking around. Nice.

S: wheat malts, fairly funky, but more on the sweaty gym socks end of the spectrum, apricot jam. Not the most impressive smelling Cantillon.

T: the apricots are definitely there, and as others have noted more tart than it is overly sour. Great aftertaste of apricot jam. Lemon like tartness. Fairly light. A little bit of honey in there as well. Really lacks that strong funky intense profile that I would hope forInteresting.

M: light, dry, crisp, and lactic. Spot on here.

D: fairly easy to drink, this is definitely more of a summer beer. Not the most impressive beer from Cantillon but still very tasty. A little more expensive than I'd like but a nice beer. Glad to try it. (889 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a bright, hazy yellow gold with a moderate size fluffy white head that lingers as a ring and swirl for a while. The lacing is minimal.

The aroma is quite sour, with lemons, apricots and a bit of funk - barnyard, hay, etc. Quite a bit like lemon juice combined with some vinegar.

The taste is even more sour than the aroma with a massive acidic lemon kick up front before a little bit of fruity sweetness in the middle, but then back to the massive sour presence that attacks the taste buds and makes the lips pucker in the finish.

The palate is light and dry with a tingly carbonation presence.

Wow, this is a seriously funky and acidic lambic that is pretty harsh on the taste buds. Very tasty stuff. (750 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange gold. Small white foam crusting. Nice bubbling.

Smells like unripe apricot, vinegar, and a hint of funk. Muted funk, though.

Taste is insanely dry. There's a soury apricot, apple, and lemon vinegar notes. The sourness would be more palatable if there was any balancing agent, but this is so extraordinarly arid, it becomes a chore after a while.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated.

For a beer with such a strong fruit component, it's just too dry. I am not sure why, but it's a bit offputting. (515 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy dingy orange color with a spotty head. No lacing develops.

Smell: sour fruits and a bit of funk is surprisingly very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: apricots and funk is up front along with a lip puckering sourness. There is some soft bitterness and some mildler yeast tones arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the sourness glues itself to the tongue.

Drinkability: after having a few ounces of this the sourness became less shocking and more pleasant. But after completing the glass over a long period I had enough for the session. (600 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml split by sfoley333, thanks Sean. From a 2004 vintage, on to the beer:

This is an orange colored beer with a short lived, head, but like most sours, I wasn't expecting a whole lot of head. The nose is big and sour, really sour. There's a small trace of the apricot to liven things up. Like a lot of Cantillon's, this could become interesting.

VERY puckering in the mouth. I get small hints of apricot and tons of acidity, enough to rip away the enamel on your teeth. As the beer dries, a cheese aftertaste is left with the puckering sourness. I was puckering a lot as I drank more and more of Fou' Foune, but I still liked it overall. (643 characters)

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my cantillon glass .

A - Poured with a good white head which then dissipated over time to reveal a cloudy apricot colour liquid.

S - A funky sour smell . I get a nice apricot smell.

T- Insanely sour on the first sip but this really grows on you with each sip thereafter. I nearly cant taste any apricots because of the sourness

M - Very smooth mouthfeel that is very dry.

D - for me à little bit to sour , but its à awesome brew (461 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: muddy light golden brown, with a small white head, thick, broken lace, and a modest scattering of foam on the surface.

Aroma: Tart aroma of vinegar, sharp cheese, sour hay, and earth. While this sounds unappealing, it is not, somehow.

Taste: Profoundly sour, puckering, and astonishingly dry. Somewhat like lemon juice, and white wine vinegar, with earthy notes thrown in. Nonetheless, the reaction to this cornucopia of typically unappealing flavors is to take another sip. The finish is very, very tart, with a ghostly herbal hop presence. The apricot notes are present, but quite subtle.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, pleasant, almost unexpectedly so,

Drinkability/notes: Like blue cheese, most definately an acquired taste, but once acquired, there is a profound attraction. A beer and a style that must not be missed. A friend commented that is very much like a Brut Champagne. Discarding one's preconcieved notions of beer is the best way to experience a lambic for the first time. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 9/11/10. Bottle poured into a snifter. We sampled both the 05 and the 09 this night, however I will be reveiwing the 09.

A: Cloudy orange color. The pour dropped a big off white head the hung around and left tons of sticky lace.

A: Big apricot and sour notes. Lots of citrus, lemon, orange, and apricot. I get some floral, spicey notes as well.

T: Sour apricots all the way. This one is a puckerer. Not nearly as sour as the 05, but for my tastes, just right.

M: Light body, high carbonation. A little sharp, but on par for the style.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty average. The sourness destroys the palate, so it makes having more than one a bit of a chore. Overall, a very good brew, not in my top 10 sours, but very solid. Skal. (773 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter glass a hazy orange hued golden with a centimetre of white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Brett/barnyard funk with a vauge, but noticeable apricot underlaying.
T - Apricot with a lot of brett & barnyard character.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation. Quite a mouth puckering, sour tartness.
D - Not something I'd drink heaps of but something I'd want to have on hand every now and then. (431 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost no head and whatever was there was gone immediately. Body is very orange and slightly cloudy. No lacing.

S - A lot of funk. Very delicate all around with only slight apricot and the sourness of lemon.

T - A well balanced sour funk with strong lemon. Only the slightest apricot sweetness.

M - Lots of carbonation with medium body. Very drying.

O - A good sour but nothing spectacular. The flavors and aromas are just so light and delicate to almost non-existent. This bottle was maybe 4 months old, so maybe something a little fresher would help? (560 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a cloudy yet radiant hue. The head was an immensely thick foam with surprising retention.

The aroma was a tinge sour with a fragrant apricot, lemon, Chardonnay and soda water and straw.

The flavors were nicely smooth and well balanced but not overly pronounced. The apricot was lightly sweet with a lemon, honeysuckle, raw honey and a white wine or Chardonnay like quality.

The feel is light and bubbly, almost spritzer like, but smooth and easily drinkable.

This is a very good lambic and it feels almost sour like but Top 12 in the World, absolutely not! (585 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Ebenezer's Belgian fest. One of teh 3or 4 beers I took notes on before things got out of hand.
Poured into an Eb's snifter a pale yellow with some slight haze and a thin, quickly dissapating head. Aroma is definite Cantillon tart, sour fruit with some definite funk in there. FLavor is of the tartest apricots I could ever imagine. THis one is one of the most puckering beers I have ever tried. Very dry and refreshing, though. One is an experience. Interesting and very good lambic. (498 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very cloudy/hazy/milky peach gold color and formed a small bubbly snow white head that disappeared quickly and left no lace. A small amount of carbonation is present in the murkiness. The aroma is definate lambic with barnyard elements and grass masking a suttle peach aspect. The flavor was the powerful presence of lambic sweet/sour brought crashing in by the definate astrigent nature of the body and finish. All and all a refreshing lambic for a relaxing afternoon. (488 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rate from 2009.

2009 bottle served in a white wine glass at room temp. Pours a nice, slight thick orange-gold with a thin ring of white bubbles persisting. Beautiful nose full of peaches, apricots, slight funky brett. Really round in the nose. Like most Cantillon, it's fairly bracing and hard in the mouth. Really big peach, apricot presence. Full and round, vinous and white wine like. The fruit is great at this age, but a hard, slightly metallic age tells me this one would likely get better with some years on it. Very enjoyable, kinda like a slightly more acidic Duck Duck Gooze. (586 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork notes a 2004 vintage.

Aroma: Another kick in the head from a true Lambic. Musty, old, hints of over ripe peach, bile, vinegar, farm, and various animals.

Appearance: Hazy apricot glass shows no head and thus, no lace. Looks like peach nectar.

Flavor: Intense! Once you get past the lemon juice, it’s like you’re running around a farmyard putting your tongue on various things, some of which don’t appreciate it. While my other Lambic experiences have lemon juice intensity, I really got the lemon/citric feeling out of this one.

Mouthfeel: Mouth curdling tart, bone dry.

Overall Impression: Good! Same pucker vinegar nut check “Am I man enough?” intensity. I’m glad to report that, yes, yes I am, but wow these Lambics have me up in the middle of the night running for antacids. It’s like they try to crawl back out, but no problems getting them down.
Thanks once again to Stonecrusher for the continued education. (944 characters)

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.