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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,709 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,709
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 2,191
Gots: 355 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe i cracked this a little early but today was such a nice day i couldnt resist and plus i spose on the back of the bottle it states it is recommended to drink within one year of buying and it was bottled on the 18th August 2011 so here goes.

A-Pours a hazy Apricot hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that stays for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Fresh Apricots straight away covered with horse rugs,barnyard funk and sweaty socks.

T-Wow what a balance of Apricots,barnyard funk,sour lollies,sherbet and of course finished with a bitter sweet dry dose of Apricots,very nice.

M-Light but fullfilling all in one and finishes bone dry.

O-I know i stated earlier maybe i might of cracked it too early but after this i think i did the right thing as the flavours just hit you and suprisingly i really dont like apricots off the tree but this drop even though the Apricots are there they just become a nice mix of the Lambic itself without being the forefront and now i understand the hype this brew deserves cheers drink if you can find.

ADZA, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Tap and Mallet 1/17/12

5.5oz poured into a small wine glass

A: Sublime. A gorgeous cloudy golden orange. Starts with a two-finger head that settles to a nice cap. One of the most inviting beers I've seen.

S: Funk! Barnyard, horse blanket...all those typical descriptors.

T: Heavy brett but with more dimensions than I'm accustomed to. Moderate lactic sourness. Apricot provides just a touch of sweetness but this isn't an in-your-face fruit beer. It's more about the yeast, the tartness and the bugs.

M: Excellent. Plentiful carbonation combines with the sourness to give you the essential lambic experience.

O: I'm really glad I got to try this. I kept wanting to come back to it. Couldn't let it sit for very long between sips. If the bottled version is even better, then I'd love to get some.

mjtiernan, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to csmiley for splitting the 750! I sadly traded mine away. You're the man, Chris!

Bottled in August, 2008.

Fou' Foune pours a yellowish-gold color. It's quite hazy, and has a distinct gold appearance when held to light. It's capped with a very modest white head. Carbonation looks active, but the head didn't quite rise to a finger in depth. Lacing was very, very light.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a very earthy, musky scent. It's rather prominent in the mix and lingers throughout. There's some light fruity notes. Smells mostly like lemon and peach or apricots. It's more of a secondary scent though. It certainly smells tart and a little vinegar-esque. Brett imparts a funky, barnyard scent. It's not very strong, but is effective. Oak really adds a lot of depth, and may just be the x-factor in this one. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The flavor is impressive. I'm debating on the score. It is very musky and earthy throughout. It also features just the right amount of funk in the mix. The Brett presence is best described as moderate. That's my preferred approach. It complements, rather than overwhelms, the other flavors. It is quite tart and sour. It's not quite mouth puckering, but it's close. Definitely a little vinegar-y. The fruity peach/apricot flavors are there, but are somewhat subtle. Oak adds a ton of character and depth. Alcohol is buried. It finishes musky, funky, and sour. I'm convinced...the flavor's earned its score.

Fou' Foune has a medium body that's incredibly svelte and smooth. Light carbonation definitely helps in that regard. It's definitely an authentic Belgian. No question. Drinkability is very high. This is a very tasty Lambic that goes down so smooth and easy. A 750 = no problem.

Cantillon makes incredible beer. While I don't believe this one will supplant St. Lamvinus as my favorite, it's not too far off. It's chock full of flavor, and is very deep and complex. It will challenge even the most sophisticated palate. If you happen to run across one of these, jump on the opportunity. It's worth at least one purchase...even with the steep price tag.

prototypic, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Maction
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This settles into a hazy straw gold blonde, with a typical-for-style haze of a head

S: Bouquet of sour vinegar, horse stable with straw, and peach pit

T: The flavor is tart and acidic, followed by sweeter apricot, followed by copper-ish mineral flavors, both complex and refreshing.

M: A sting of carbonation, then creamy stillness. It fills the mouth without coating it or being chewy. Belgians have the best mouth feel.

D: This goes down too quickly, and should be savored.

Maction, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that left patches of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of apricots in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather sour but has flavors of apricots.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a sour beer, this is quite pleasant and very easy to drink because the fruity flavors of the apricots help to balance out the sourness.

metter98, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Deep Ellum...served in a teardrop glass for $8 a pop.

Good, clean white-colored, full-finger head. This sticks decently and shows pretty well adequate lacing...There's just a little bit of haze emerging from a pineapple/honey colored body.

The sweet apricot essence is quite mild. There's a fair amount of pure citrus Bret that is dominant. We're not at the horse blanket stages by any means, but the yeast and Brett electricity on this one is quite nice.

So, so crisp...tart, citrus and Brett funky pucker is countered well by a solid apricot sweetness and very light tropical and white fruits (mango, melons, grapes, maybe a tinge of pear). Yeast strain is powerful and keeps this one extremely clean.

The tight pucker on this one is extremely enjoyable. It's balanced by husky apricot fruit tones and maybe even a tinge of oakiness. Brett is a tie that binds, keeping this all in sync and quite smooth.

For a lambic and its funkiness this drinks incredibly well. I will most likely seek this out whenever possible.

IBUnit63, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another huge thanks to alcstradamus.

750mL poured into Chimay chalice. 2008 vintage.

A- Pours a hazy golden straw. No head whatsoever and no lacing. Just a little bit of sediment sitting at the bottom of my glass.

S- A bunch of barnyard funk. Some nice sour grapes. A little bit of dustiness and some citrus and apricot.

T- This beer is mouth puckering sour. Lots of barnyard funk. Big amounts of grapes and a little bit of lemon and apricot. Completely stellar brew.

M- Sour, very sour. Also very dry on the finish. Medium to thin bodied. This beer just is just so mouth puckering, I love it.

D- I don't know how much more than one glass I would want. It seems to be the perfect amount because of how sour it is. I can confidently say this is the most sour beer I have ever had.

Wisconsinality, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of brystmar
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

Second time enjoying this treat, and for the second time in a row my first impression was: "this smells like cheese!". Funky fruit and yeast round things out.

Pleasant blend of apricots and funk. Mild tartness with a clean finish. One of the best shelf Cantillons.

brystmar, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of gosurfobx
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute. Pours a hazy straw color with a head that settles down to a film. Smells like the normal lambic brett funk. Taste has crisp lambic tartness. The apricots used in making this are hardly tasted in the beginning but get a little stronger towards the end. Very good effervescent mouthfeel. Another very drinkable lambic from cantillon.

gosurfobx, May 02, 2006
Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the armsby abbey the night before The Festival.

A - Poured into a Cantillon stemmed tulip a hazy golden yellow hue with a very thin white blanket that faded into a slight halo.

S - Aromas of nice light funk and faint apricots. Honestly I would prefer a bit more fruit/apricot with this.

T - Ah, there's the apricot! Nice and tart and sour with good almost puckering apricot. Light light stone/pits with some skin too. Nice fresh apricots slightly tart/bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, almost harshly but the tart not white puckeringly sour apricot plays off of it nicely.

O - Overall this beer was basically every bit as good as the legend tells. It's a freaking delicious beer, however, as far as apricot goes I found The Bruery's Filmishmish to deliver more

rudzud, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of gory4d
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rob for the trade.

Pours a hazy orange with a loose white head, not much lacing. The smell is tangy, then sweet, like wood sorrel and honey. The taste starts off with some sour notes, not too strong, with some round floral and fruity notes in the middle, with a dry finish. It's crisp and clean in the mouth, with lots of carbonation and a thin body. Glad to have had a chance to try this one.

gory4d, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Hazy, dull lemon colored brew with a spritzy carbonation. No head but a lot of bubble activity.

S: Vitamin C, dried hay, bitter funk and apricot.

T: Begins tart and sour, no surprise there. Lemon coats the sides while apricot hits the tip of the tongue as liquid moves across the palate. Sour apple thoughts hit the back of the tongue, near the throat. Then the flavors flash back to the sides with a more butterly lemon aspect. Finish is pure apricot with ascorbic acid mixed in.

M: Medium body, slightly prickly mouthfeel.

D: Complex with great balance. Apricot really comes through as it warms, teases the palate leaving you wanting more.

Westsidethreat, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm to around 40º F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden, with a fizzy white head that thins to a persistent ring.

Smell: Sour, light apricot fruitiness, with a strong wet blanket aroma that appears upon swirling.

Taste: Sourness is strong throughout. Sweet apricots appear in the center and fade as earthy barnyard flavors become dominant in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with an extremely dry finish.

Drinkability: The relatively subdued sourness and fruitiness make this easy to drink.

Overall: A nice balance between sourness and fruity and funky flavors.

EPICAC, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of dwaz
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 750 ml bootle.

Appearance -Pours a hazy yellow, orange with a large, white foamy head.

Smell- much like gueze with a little more sweetness

Taste - upfront a little sweet, a little vinegar with undertones of apricot. Changes to extremely sour on the backend.

Drinkability and overall - I can only drink one glass of any sour beer at a session and lambics not my favorite style. However, this beer is complex and mixes the sweetness of apricots and the sour of a lambic well. A world class beer.

dwaz, May 07, 2011
Photo of Goldorak
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle

Appearance: Sunny and peachy orange like a tropical sunset or a really bad 80's T-shirt, it sported a thin white lacing.

Smell: Kapow! The usual Cantillon rainbow of aromas that you're not supposed to like but still do, the hay, the pig pen, old baseball mit and grandma's old photo album are there, but the fruit seems much more present, as if it were served with a twist of orange.

Taste: If it were any more acidic than this, it would puncture your stomach. But the fruit shines beautifully once again, showing oranges, tangerines, peaches and a little passion fruit. Finish is sharp and dry, but with a very long tongue flipping aftermath. The drinkability of this elixir was strongly debated amongst those who were kind enough to share it with me, and as usual concensus was not achieved. I was on the "yes" side, because I already dusted off a 750 by myself in Brussels, however I didn't enjoy the bottle I had at Delirium Café as much as this one. But I agree with the fact that this isn't for everyone. I'm not saying this to pass off as a snob, I'm just saying that there isn't enough Pepsid AC, Rolaids or Tums on earth to cure what this Beer would do to anyone with ulsers or acid reflux.

Goldorak, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, 750ml capped and corked, split with my wife. Pours a lovely slightly hazed golden color, I swear there's apricot tints. A couple fingers of soapy white head build and are fed by mini tornadoes emanating from the bottom of the glass. Amazing.

First whiff reveals lots of barnyard funk, woody brett, sweaty horseblanket, urine. As it warms, a sweet tropical apricot comes out more and is quite prominent, so fresh, juicy and sweet. Mmmm.

While many of the Cantillons are acidic and bracingly tart, this one leans more to the fruity, funky side - which is aided by it's relative freshness. Light sweet apricot with a good dose of sweaty funk, a light woodiness, sour tarts. The sweetness actually balances out this beer, making it perhaps the most drinkable Cantillon I've had to date.

An absolute pleasure to drink and I am quite sad that this is being discontinued. A one time pleasure I guess... Thanks to Luk13 for the bottle in a trade.

ritzkiss, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of stumac
4.4/5  rDev -5%

stumac, Sunday at 11:01 PM
Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1263rd Review on BA
Bottle to 9oz Strange
750 Ml
2011

Thanks Martin

Shared at Beachwood BBQ's Ode to Lambic

App- A very very hazy orange looking yellow with a bit of a popsicle looks. A few bubbles and very little cling and a bit murky looking.

Smell- My word. Feel like a deep sourtherner. Huge fresh and vibrant apricot with a huge amount of funk on the back end of this one.

Taste- Again, taste follows the nose and it playes well together. The apricot is bright and a bit dry and the funk adds to the dryness but leaves you wanting to have more. It's fairly sweet, but not overly sweet nor puckering.

Mouth- A lighter medium and a medium carbonation. Didn't leave a lot in terms of residual flavors.

Drink- Damn tasty beer. I understand now, why so hard to get and why no one would say where bottles are.

FosterJM, May 07, 2012
Photo of ajcobb24
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010 Fou' Foune

A - this lambic was poured into a snifter glass that I drink pretty much every one of my classy beers from. The appearance of this beer was exquisite. It looked exactly like the inside of an apricot (maybe a tinge lighter than the real fruit). Not much head to speak of on this beer (1/8 of a finger of head). Some carbonation beads trailing up the sides of the beer.

S - you can smell that cellar funk that is common with many Cantillon brews. Really the smell of this lambic was the only thing that didn't impress me. There was a faint apricot smell to the beer and some sweet notes as well.

T - a very impressive taste to this beer. You can really taste the apricot in the beer. There is some sweetness in the beer, but nothing that is overpowering. Upfront, there is that cellar funk that comes from the wild yeast., but that quickly disappears. What you are left with is a strong apricot essence with an accompanying pleasing sweetness.

M - there is some carbonation in this beer, but nothing that is overpowering. As you swish it around your mouth, it feels very smooth and not at all watery. You can really tell that they have packed a lot into this beer.

O - what can I say? My introduction to Cantillon brews was a success. I use to think (in my younger days) that Lindemans was the essence of what a lambic should be. I realized later that beers should pull their greatness from natural ingredients and not added sugar. Cantillon really shows that natural ingredients can come together to make a beer that really puts the fruit it was aged with in the forefront.

ajcobb24, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin white head disappeared rather quickly and leaves a small collar. Some lacing. PeAr colored body.

Wheewww! Smells like a horse's jock strap!

I'd give it a 9.5 on the sour scale. Apricot is nice.

Above average carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

Could drink a lot of this...yeah right. Loved it. Huge thanks to egrace84 for the share!

Duff27, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork literally pulled apart on exit...kinda strange. Initial pour appearance is excellent. Great clarity with four-finger white foamy/snappy soap voluminous head. Brew is nice peach color with tint of orange and yellow.

Aroma is funky, ripe stringy, lacy, full of peach, apricot, apple, not much tartness on the nose. Well done aroma for being to barnyard and funky.

Flavors are light vinegar, nice light smooth sweetness is well blended with strong earthy pine dry bitterness. Full of horse blanket and barnyard earth... Carbonation is much lighter than expected and much appreciated.

IMO, this is a bit of an over-hyped brew, but it's still very nice and enjoyable. It's a damn fine, highly drinkable, earthy sour, just a bit over hyped... Very solid, I just don't believe it's tops in class, but definitely a top 10-15 brew for it's class. Recommended, yes, even @ $30/750/ml

chugalug06, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of ark57
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This lambic comes from the last traditional brewer in Brussels. The beer is aged for two years in wooden casks, and apricots are added, which produces a bright orange color. The head retention is high from the use of wheat that helps accent its color. The aroma gives the impression that this beer is going to be sour, which is the case for lambics especially from this brewer. At first, the beer almost puckers the mouth, but you are rewarded for continuing. The apricot flavor is soft and subtle amid the complexity of a wood aged lambic. It is almost syrupy and coats the tongue well.

ark57, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of csmiley
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2008

A - Fou' Foune pours a medium gold with just a little haze. The eggshell head is average, coming to about a finger deep or maybe a little over. Lacing is on the minimal side. Carbonation appears to be fairly active. Not bad overall but I'd like to see a couple minor tweaks in this area.

S - It's kind of funky and tart up front. Hay and (what I assume is) pine really come through quick and hard followed by a healthy dose of old oak. Fruit is much lighter than expected. It mostly resembles peaches and oranges. More oak shows at the very end. One word sums it up nicely: pleasant..

T - Mouth puckeringly tart lemon flavor really takes over at first. Thankfully, it tames quickly. Old wood and barn flavors shine brightly midway. Fruit is more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma. Ahhh, there is the apricot. And it has notes of light berry too? Finishes with cured tobacco that works very nicely with the other woodsy flavors.

M - Lighter bodied with a medium carbonation going on. Finish is dry and tart just as I expected.

D - Drinkability is quite good for Fou' Foune. Even though I'm not an apricot fan, this is still a great brew. Apricot flavors are pretty mild overall which makes it work very well with my palate. The more it warms, the more it smooths out which adds another appealing dimension to this fine elixir. It encompasses all the great lambic qualities I've come to expect form the folks at Cantillon.

csmiley, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of CBack465
4.4/5  rDev -5%

CBack465, Saturday at 12:10 AM
Photo of Ego
4.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this in the cellar for about 6 months saved up for my birthday...

eyes...
fascinating, cloudy murk with shadows like clouds suspended in orangeade. The head forms an Oring on the edges of the glass but if you tilt the glass the ring "spreads" out, I havent seen another beer do this. Also the bubbles on the surface of the middle were "streaming" out into the Oring.. I was frikkin mezmerized by the look of this beer. I took a full 10 minutes oogling this thing initially!

smell...
mild belgian farm funk (I wanted to eat the cork), apricots mashed into your nostrils with only a hint of the tart monster that is about to stomp on your ass like mosh girl... this isnt as mouth watering as say the Organic Geuze (on the nose), I think the Apricot masks the wild aspect of the beer very well and is so damn enjoyable. It reminds me of the first time a chick.. ah nevermind.. it's enjoyable as hell and memorable.

taste...
I like lambics. I like Cantillon. and I was completely unprepared. We (I was splitting this with my bud Yelterdow) gave a little to his wife.. she spit it out (well, we now know the answer to the spit/swallow question there.. sorry buddy..). On the first sip the beer took out the paddles of life and said "clear" before applying to my toungue such a frikkin kick it was like swallowing rancid jersey shore sea water (without the syringes). The initial salinity was brash and almost over powering to the point of putting me off. Undeterred by this blast I moved on to the next sip, and there it was, a prickly trip down motherf'r tartness lane. Out of the Cantillon line this one was the tartest I have sampled. At one point my friend and I were practically spitting on each other because this beer's tartness makes you drool like a rabid dog in heat, injected with viagra at the westminster dog show, in the summer, on the equator... This beer makes you take notice, there is no doubt cantillon says "FU. this is beer, just go ahead and try me fatso". The body was perfect, in a way full and large but finishing somewhat dry with the lemon flavor. The apricot flavor is hard to catch but it's domain is found between the initial blast and the final tart kick in the balls, wrapped up in there is a quaint subtle apricot gem. This beer floored me.

Verdict?
at $28 a bottle this isnt something I wouold go for everyday but this is one of those beers out there on the ledge of what beer can be. (beer all you can be). I found it easy to drink after the initial blast. This beer is one to drink for hours, the smell, the look, the crazy flavor can keep you talking all damn day. This certainly is not for everyone in any way shape or form but damn I gotta give props to Cantillon for producing something so amazingly original and hard to really describe till you experience this beer. I guess that is the point after all, you need to "experience" this beer if you like non fruity lambics. I personally prefer the Organic Geuze just for sheer drinkability but I wouldn't be adverse to picking this up again sometime down the road just to be reminded of how amazingly out there this brew is... WOW...

Ego, Aug 22, 2005
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,709 ratings.