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Cantillon Fou' Foune | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Fou' FouneCantillon Fou' Foune
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

Added by rastaman on 08-05-2002

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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There are better reviews, but here we go. I had this 3 times at the brewery over the course of two days. 750ml bottle served in a lambic basket into their stemmed tasting glasses. It looks incredible, with the first pour being (of course) more clear than the last. With that said, there are still good clouds from the first to last pour. A good amount of head, one of the most out of the Cantillon's I had over the weekend. Almost an inch with a rigorous pour. Smell is of classic Cantillon lambic/gueze with just a hint of apricots. I don't get as much fruit as other people did. It's way more hidden than Framboise or Kriek. Great taste, with hints of apricot. In my opinion, not an apricot bomb whatsoever. Which is nice. Very balanced between funk, sourness, and fruit. Mouthfeel is great again, light with perfect carbonation. Obviously I recommend this, but I preferred LPF over this one. Two different beers that I am incredibly fortunate I had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of TallSaint
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

April 21st, 2013.

Pours a gorgeous golden orange with a healthy finger of head.

The nose is packed with fresh, juicy apricots. Underneath this lies typical Cantillon funk; leather and lemon and general barnyard-y smells. As it breathes, a bit of apple comes into the nose as well.

On the palate it is packed with juicy apricot, especially as it breathes. Lactic acidity is present throughout but it is well integrated. There's a bit of spice upfront along with the apricot but it dies out quite quickly as it moves down the palate. In the back, apricot skin and peaches come through. The finish is a crescendo of lactic acidity; a nice soft sourness lingers with a touch of acetic acid. The lactic acid profile is unlike any other Cantillon I have tired, I feel it is not as sharp as others, but more gradual and well integrated.

The mouthfeel is great. Silky smooth and well carbonated, but not overly so.

As it breathes the fruit really comes out and it becomes a much brighter beer. This beer is amazingly well rounded, and the balance is incredible. Juicy apricots are contrasted with a touch of leather, barnyard and funk on top of a nice integrated and gradual sourness. The fruit is what shines here though and it makes for an incredible lambic.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright apricot orange looking pour with a thin white head, that for a lambic, actually stuck around for a little while.

Smell is right on, massively tart and sour with plenty of apricot all over it. Stays away from funk/horse blanket/sweaty socks and just drills you with fruit and sour that is so clean. Taste remains like the nose, awesome, clean, and powerful. How something so sour can retain so much of a fruit presence at the same time, well, that's why it got a 5.

Its just simply phenomenal stuff, never does the sour and fruit dissipate or become 'normalized' with your taste buds. Top notch.

On tap at beachwood bbq.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to AgentZero (Mike) for busting this out at his birthday tasting. 2007 vintage.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a radiant orange color. About a half finger of off white head is achieved that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Woohoo. Heavy barnyard funk, still plenty of apricot. Oak, lemon zest, wet hay. Very musty and funky.

Taste – An immediate puckering. Light acidity, earthy funk, plenty of apricot (though not as noticeable as when I had this fresh). Slight vanilla oak and more tartness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Just a fantastic beer. I traded one of these away earlier this summer and am kicking myself for it now. One of the better Cantillon’s out there for sure.

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Photo of emerge077
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at cellar temperature in a Girardin tumbler glass. 2006 cork. The first thing I notice is the super bright clarity and orange jewel tone, pretty much in line with the marriage of apricots and lambic. There was a nice cap of micro fizzy foam, that miraculously stuck around for the whole glass. Micro particles of fruit (!) or yeast were suspended in the glass, and each sip stirred up a flurry of bubbles. Aroma was out of this world, strong identifiable Cantillon lambic (lemon citrus, musty oak) once the cork popped. On closer inspection, the nose was dead on fuzzy apricots. Mild acidic notes with wet wood underneath the huge amount of fruit. I find myself smelling this just as often as I drink it.

Bracing sourness at first that gives way to a puckering fruity apricot flavor. Dry finish with occasional notes of musty wet barrel, slightly tannic, with succulent apricot pits, stems, and fruit. After getting acclimated to the fairly intense sourness, this was an absolute dream. Excuse me while I polish off the bottle...

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Photo of raverjames
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle purchase at the Charleston Beer Exchange. 2009 vintage, I believe.

A: Pale golden color with 3 finger white head. Lots of murky stuff in there. You can really tell this is bottle conditioned and unfiltered.
S: Funk! Vinegar and sour fruits come out first. This is followed by a nice apricot aroma. The last thing you smell is almost wrong (dirty diaper).
T: Sour apricots with more vinegar. Nice touch of brett in the aftertaste.
M: Very sour, though not quite on the level of St Lamvinus. Tart and bubbly on the tongue. Very nice and dry.
D: I am not going to kid myself here. It is a wonderful beer and it covers everything a true lambic should be. However, drinking a whole bottle would likely destroy my stomach. Not perfect, but still pretty close.

This was another wonderful beer from Cantillon. They are still one of the top breweries in the world, in my opinion.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fou’Foune 2001
Presented in a 1 Pint 9.40 fl.oz green glass bottle, the front of which contains a strange looking label. It has an orange border & depicts a view looking from the moons surface into the blackness of space & what at first appears to be the Sun, closer examination reveals that it is in fact -an Apricot. Dragged back from Belgium for just €6.

Fou’Foune is the nickname of a french apricot grower, who continually espoused the virtues of his product to Jean-Pierre Van Roy (Master Brewer), it was just a matter of time before an Apricot lambic would be borne. Made with 300 grammes of de-stoned Bergeron Apricots steeped in each 1 litre of 2 year old lambic > this is that product. Fou'Fonne also means "Peach Fuzz"!!!

I poured the whole bottle in one go, first into a large Glass Jug & the remainder into a Cantillon Tumbler (which I purchased with this Bottle at the Brewery only a week earlier). The beer poured with a haze even after being stored upright for over a week. Served at 55 Deg.F.
It pours with a limited effervescence, and an orangey-cream head that is short lived, and remains as a 1/8” halo head collar in the Glass. Although the head is small, there is high inherent carbonation & bubbles continually stream upwards in the Glass Jug. The retained carbonation gives the usual superb Cantillon spritzy mouthfeel. This beer dances on your tongue whilst doing the tango with your saliva.

The beer is a lovely turbid pale straw yellow/gold color that reminded me of fresh pineapple crush. The beer exhibited a haze from the intitial pour. Nose is of a sharp acidic beer. It does not disappoint. A lovely, striking, acidic introduction with an acidic-sweetness. Acidic-sweetness!!, what the hell is that?? I didn’t know the two could exist together – but hey this is Cantillon & they do – believe me. Some sourness exists in the middle as it decides whether to grip you with the Cantillon Mouth-Pucker, or take a few more “twists and turns” before doing so. It decides to take the twists and turns; Acid, Sweetness, Oak, Acidic-Sweetness, Citric-Bitterness, Sweet Sourness & a hint of Apricots….
…then comes the astringent shock finish, the trademark “Cantillon Mouth-Pucker”, damped down somewhat compared to say the Gueuze – but it is there, so brace yourself.

Wow, yet another unique beer, a truly traditional Apricot-Lambic.

If you have only ever tried the sweet fruit lambics from Timmermans, Lindemans, Mort Subite, etc. then you may not understand this beer.

This is Cantillon – The Lambic Master. We are truly NOT Worthy!!!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this immediately after having an Upland Blueberry. No comparison. This place is still far and away better at producing any kind of fruit lambics than anything here in the states. Plus, this stuff is available here on my local liquor store shelf. Why again am I trading rare beers for sours produced here when this stuff is readily available? A treasure. Pours a slightly hazy golden with the barest head. Glows in the glass. Smells very sour and acetic with some savory/salty notes, and pure, zingy apricot on the finish. The taste is awesome. Sour, salty, and with absolutely vibrant apricot flavors. Tangy and sweet notes with some light funk/barnyard right at the end. Wonderfully blanced and laser like in flavor. The mouthfeel is juicy, clean, and absolutely knife-like in how it cuts through the palate. Delicious, as always. I think this is one of their better lambics. The apricot really lends itself to the style.

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Photo of joe1510
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml

2006 Vintage

My man Lum sent me a couple of these since I haven't found any '06 bottles around here for a long time, thanks P! The body on this lambic is fairly light with hazy apricot being the dominant color but turning to a more milky lemon when backlit. The super white head grows to a finger in height easily with that snap, crackle, pop that goes along with a healthy carbonation. Drink lines remain after each sip and slowly slide back into the body.

Fou' Foune proudly shows off one of the most amazing aromas I've come across in a beer of any style. The signature Cantillon funkiness jumps from the glass but is quickly met with a noseful of sensation stimulating tart and ripe apricots. The apricot is so vivid and in your face I can nearly feel the juice dripping down my chin. Damp, decaying wood and wet rock brings up the rear and rounds out this delicious concoction. The Cantillon funk, lactic sourness, and apricot create an aroma that's unlike any other and instantly makes my mouth water.

The flavor can't quite reach the heights the nose did but that would be nearly impossible. Bracingly sour Cantillon funkiness hits the tongue first before the tart apricots makes their way through. Dry woodiness brings up the rear and lactic sourness bathes the tongue. The acidity hits immediately along with the sourness. After a few drinks I get used to the sour and the flavors open even more. Slight mustiness and earthy qualities swim throughout each drink. This is some delicious lambic.

The body is light, the carbonation is lively and the sourness is enough to cause a pucker with each drink. The carbonation isn't prickly but does manage to scrub the tongue. The finish is slightly dry but not to the extent of the Sahara.

The drinkability on this lambic is off the charts. When I get used to the bracing sourness it's hard for me to set the glass down. Each drink is so delicious and refreshing that I instantly look forward to the next.

Dyan shared a bottle of this with me a few months ago and it absolutely blew my mind. Fou Foune is one of the best lambics on the planet and one of my favorite beers at the moment. If you are anywhere near this beer pick it up, more than one would be ideal. Thanks for the bottles, Lum!

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Photo of botham
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a single finger of white head that retains shortly and leaves a soapy rim after a minute or two.

Aroma is of heavy Cantillon funk and a base of acidity with notes of wet hay, horse blanket and some distant fruit that blends right into the funk. Only Cantillon can produce a funk like the one here. So intense, yet curiously soft in the nose. Wonderfully proportioned without much of an apricot presence, but that doesn't hurt the brew at all.

Taste is excellent. Follows the nose closely with an acidity that cuts through the other notes and leaves the palate semi-dry with the only residual being a bit of funk. The funk is less concentrated than it is on the palate, but just as complex. A pucker after the finish leaves the palate wanting more. There is solace here for sour lovers, but this may be too acidic for those not aquired to the taste. Otherwise this is a standard brew from Cantillon: nothing short of fantastic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a heavy acidity and a puckering sourness that leaves the palate semi-dry and mildly sticky. A wonderful sour in texture.

Drinkability is great. Truly sour, but very tasty. The acidic notes are balanced by a healthy dose of funk, all under a light fruit banner. Only a Cantillon brew can reach the level of something this complex, yet so drinkable. Cheers!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle 2007 vintage $22. Beautiful golden color, hazy. It smells like apricot or peach pits, slight bit of hay, really excellent aroma. Taste is sour apricots, peaches, lemon. Very sour but it doesn't get in the way at all, delicious flavor. The apricot aroma is really my favorite part about this beer but overall this is probably the best Cantillon I have had thus far.

edit 12/2/2012

had this on tap at Zwanze day and had to bump up the taste score. This stuff is really great.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super transparent, pale yellow in color, Absolutely no head. But some slight bubbles running up the side of the glass.

S: The smell is honestly like a wet dog (but I like it). Also the longer it sat, the more the fruit came out. Aside of the funky wet dog, it smells like a dried fruits.

T: HOLY CRAP!!! SOUR, SOUR, SOUR!!!! Oh my goodness this is ridiculous!!! Unbelievable.

M: Pucker, pucker, pucker, pucker, pucker. The sour lasted for over 3 minutes too. AWESOME.

D: Honestly, as awesome as this brew is; one and done.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from 2009. Poured into a chalice. The color is golden and clear. There is a lot of effervescent bubbles chacing up to a nice foamy white head.

The aroma is full of fruity apricot, balanced softly by a nice suggestion of tartness.

This is incredibly sour. The taste is dry and tart throughout. The fruit flavor hinted at by the aroma is only subtly delivered in the flavor as it drowns in a hefty dose of tartness with a hint of grassyness.

This is medium bodied, with great crisp drink-ability. This is an absolute gem; all that it's cracked up to be.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Brouwer's on 5/26/11 poured into champagne glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light orange color with thin white head, no lacing left around glass.

S: Really bright with ripe, tart apricots in the forefront, some funk, earthy and citrus notes are detectable beneath the powerful apricot aroma.

T: This is fantastic, really tart with lots of fruit from the apricots, sour with not much sweetness. Like the aroma there are some funky and earthy flavors that go along perfectly with the tart fruit. My favorite lambic I have had to date.

M: Very tart with moderate carbonation, finishes pretty dry.

O: I really love this, the apricot goes along perfectly with all the funky, earthy flavors and sourness of the lambic. Absolutely delicious and highly drinkable, another incredible creation from Cantillon.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange honestly it is the color of an apricot. The beer has a big head that leaves some lace. The aroma is lots of barn-yardiness, but with a lot of apricot fruitiness in there as well with some both clean and dirty laundry. The flavor smacks you in the face right away with apricot, fresh, delicious apricots. The beer is very very sour. It's also really dry with a dryness akin to say a brut. The fruitiness continues with some lemon rind earthy on sour notes. Dominantly this beer is packed with sourness and apricot flavor. The palate is fizzy but remarkably full and easy to drink. Just one damn fine beer.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL 2010 split two ways.

A - clear golden with a finger of white head, a few spots on the glass.

S - fresh apricots, lemon, a touch of oak with even less funk apparent in the nose.

T - Delicious ripe apricots, peaches, tart green apples, lemon rind, and a lingering funk. Very bright but well balanced.

M - light body and carbonation glides over the tongue and finishes crisp and dry.

The first time I had this beer it was 6 years old and it was a sour bomb. The fruit was barely kicking, but it was still enjoyable. I would have to say I prefer the fresh bottles for the great balance of sweet and sour. My favorite fruit lambic to date.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful peach/light orange pour with the perfect amount of fizzy carb. Tiny bubbles enhance the view. The smell is lemon, hay, unripe fruit. The taste pretty much mirrors that. It's like a firm, slightly unripe apricot. You get the tartness of the skin and the bright burst of the flesh. Very impressive beer. Light enough and restrained enough to enjoy an entire bottle when celebrating the birth of your second daughter.

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Photo of CandaceLai
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very fruity! Pure apricots. So much fruit, accompanied by wooden stone qualities, fermented apricots and leathery wood. Perfectly carbonated, with a very refreshing light body. Refreshing, juicy, with a sour lemon peel infusion taste, leaving with little to no aftertaste!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted at his place.

Pours a slightly murky light honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with wood and apricot aromas. Taste is the same and has a fantastic apricot flavor that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a great level of carbonation with a very crisp and somewhat dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an exceptional beer and by far the best Cantillon I have tried so far by a longshot.

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Photo of Tnudish
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this out for Jay’s bachelor party. Congrats Jay and Patty! '11 vintage poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A-Pours a hazy faint orange in color with a small amount of tight white head.

S-The nose is perfection....the pinnacle of what every beer should smell like. It’s like apricot purée, apricot jam, and fresh apricot skin all shoved into one glass. It’s bliss.

T-The flavor is a balance of apricot, lemon, oak, and funk. It’s incredibly sour, but not yet bracing. I much prefer fresh Fou Foune to aged bottles because of the balance sour and apricot.

M-Mouthfeel is light, it’s acidic, gentle carbonation, and a long, pleasant finish.

O-I’m hard pressed to think of many beers that surpass Fou Foune in quality. It is one of the best fruit lambic from probably the best brewery in the world. I need like 70 more bottles of this.

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Photo of backbaybrewer
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours light yellow with a big head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves lacing on the glass.

Ar: fruity and sour dominate. Apricots are unmistakable.

T: apricot fruit and sourness dominate the flavor. Possibly the best sour beer I have ever tasted in my life. The perfect mix of sour tartness with fruity sugar to create an amazingly balanced experience.

M: very effervescent. Bubbly on the palate makes an otherwise thin beer more full bodied.

O: amazing. Had this beer at the brewery which only added to the overall experience. Love it. Balanced yet nuanced. Every sip presents something new.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle purchased and split at Lord Hobo - a pretty delightful surprise. Served in a tulip.

It really does look a lot like carbonated orange juice. The body is a pale yellow-orange, lighter around the edges of the glass. Fairly murky. A very small white head fades pretty quickly, but leaves nice lacing around the glass.

The smell is pretty close to flawless. There is more fruit in the nose of this beer than any other Cantillon I've tried. My first impression is of barnyard funk and tart sourness, but underneath there is a huge apricot presence. Freshly picked fruit, sweet and bright, only becomes more prominent as this warms.

There's also a tremendous amount of apricot in the finish. There are a lot of vinous, tart, lactic funk notes in the taste, with a lingering sourness that almost burns the back of my throat. But, like the smell, the support base of all that funk is a wealth of apricots. The fruit is so vibrant, like no other sour beer I've ever had. Simultaneously refreshing and multilayered.

The mouthfeel is spot-on, with a perfect level of champagne-like carbonation. I could have easily taken down a bottle myself.

Though I'm curious to try an older vintage, I couldn't imagine enjoying this beer without the fruitiness. A phenomenal expression of natural sweetness and a superb lambic.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +4.9%

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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Photo of readbaron
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Fou Foune - thanks Dunt!

Pours a cloudy peach hue with a finger of delicate white foam, and a hint of lacing.

Smells funky and sour with a bit of sweet apricot underneath.

Taste is delicous. Very sour with a hint of apricot and some oak and funk.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium/light body with delicate creamy carbonation.

Overall - an excellent, excellent beer. I hope I can land a bottle or two in the future.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.