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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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100
world-class

2,181 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,181
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 2,436
Gots: 464 | FT: 35
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002

Apricot Lambic
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Ratings: 2,181 | Reviews: 462
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 5% ABV, Bottled 25 August 2008.

Yet another big thanks to alcstradamus for supplying out tasting with crazy-ass brews like this one!

A - Totally hazy golden yellow beer that has a low off-white head. Poor retention is acceptable for how acidic it is. No lace is left over at all.

S - Wow. Manure for the first time ever. Barnyard funk with an interesting acidity that gets stronger with a swirl. The apricot is moderate to low in the aroma and somewhat lost to me. I would really, really love to have more of the fruitiness pull through in this one, but then again, it could be the age.

T - Insanely sour, it has just taken over the top spot of most sour beer I've ever had. Pure sour dryness overwhelms the palate like super-sour Fundip powder. Mild apricot pokes through with a huge barnyard funk. Again, I wish there was more fruit.

M - Holy sour Batman! This is crazy, super tart and sour with a crisp carbonation bite. Very light apricot sweetness lingers through the sour finish.

D - A bit of rot-gut ensues from the acidity in this beer. Great brew but it's a sipper and definitely best split a few ways I'd say. Thanks again Adam!

Photo of jethrodium
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Beer Revolution Anniversary. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big apricot, some lemon funkiness, lactic, along with a bit of sweetness. The taste is tart with a bit of initial sweetness. Lots of apricot, tart lemon, signature Cantillon funkiness. Finish is tart. Medium body. Low carbonation. The fruit is really prominent here, more so than in other Cantillon lambics. It also has a bit more sweetness than other Cantillons, but certainly not too much.

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cork says "Bottled in 2.002"

Peachy color. Light peach. Thin and fluffy white head sits on top and is well retained. Lacing comes in patches. Carbonation looks to be moderate.Aroma is acidic, citric, estery, vinegar-like and fruity (as in green apples and nectarines). A little wet blanket on the nose as well. The mouthfeel is slightly prickly and more than slightly puckering. Not quite as mouth puckering as some of the other Cantillon selections I've had though. This one is held in check somewhat. It's pretty refreshing. The horse blanket is there. And the acidity is definitely there. Very slight apricot. Grape skin and unripe green apple. Nicely put together. Somthing keeps begging me to drink more of it. That's a good sign.

Photo of Filabee
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmarlowe
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

August 2013 bottling. Teku glass.

A: Pours an apricot-tinted straw color, with a generous finger of fine, foamy off-white head. A solid cap sits on the surface for a good few minutes. Very good clarity and some champagne-like bubbles.

S: Sweet apricot flesh, hay, some nice supporting spice character (oak, cinnamon, and vanilla frosting-like), apple cider, and a moderate dose of earthy barnyard. The apricot is deep and very well integrated, but by no means dominant, which may be a plus or minus.

T: Bretty earthiness up front, with mild apricot, just a touch of tartness, finishing bone dry (with some of the tartness carrying through) with more earth/herbal notes, as is common to Cantillon. The flavors are well integrated and interesting but pretty restrained.

M: Medium body and medium-high, slightly sharp carbonation.

O: Highly drinkable, nice subtle flavors, and good complexity. Though it’s tasty, I don’t quite understand the fascination with this beer. I’d prefer St. Lamvinus or LP Kriek by far.

Photo of bringonthehops
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7/11/2010:

-- popped and poured -
-- tasted non-blind over a couple hours, and again on Day 3 -
-- bottled on Aug. 13, 2009 --

NOSE: classic gueuze nose - until the apricots start to step forward from the background; sour wet oak; nectar; complex; moderately expressive; oxidative note on Day 3.

BODY: hazy tan-orange color; little head; medium bodied

TASTE: very sour, with spices and oak; puckering acidity; lemon; really nice, although I would prefer a more mellow version; still very sour on Day 3; 5% alc.. This bottling features 2-year-old lambic which is then finished with fresh apricots for its final two months of aging in oak barrels.

B: 50, 5, 14, 17, 9 = 95

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/11/08. On tap at Spuyten Duyvil Brett Fest. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Aroma of sour apricot. Flavor is of sweet apricot, maybe some cream cheese (?). Light, hardly sour, very fruity, and quite excellent. I had this in bottle awhile ago and was unimpressed, but this draught version really wowed me. Awesome and refreshing.
8/4/9/5/16 (4.2/5)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass. We had a mini vertical with 2001, 2006, and 2009 bottles thanks to stowehop at our recent BA meet up, it was great to try these now that they won't be made again.

Pours a very cloudy and hazy light amber color, head is very small and pale white, not much for lacing as with most Cantillons. Visually all the vintages were about the same. The nost was very fruity and funky, the the '01 being distinctly more tart.

Wow taste on this is very tart and sour, it's crazy. Even though the sour is so mouth puckering its really tasty and quite drinkable, each sip just makes you want more and more of it. Super dry finish. The '09 had the most fruit flavor as you'd expect, and the '01 was the most sour beer I've ever had, it was crazy. No way you could drink a whole bottle yourself but amazing for a tasting.

Photo of Etan
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at WLV, Zwanze 2012. Got one of the last pours from the 30L keg.

A: Beige-orange body with a clean white head.

S: The nose holds lots of oak and apricot. Pretty tart with some wet hay funk and clean grain.

T: Really fresh apricot flavor, earthy and tart, lactic and clean in the finish.

M: Light bodied, light carbonation.

O: The apricot flavor here is fresh and assertive, and works well with the base lambic.

Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the man Sean9689, for busting out an '05 vintage for my first Fou' Foune experience at our Epic Chicago Tasting.

A - Golden colored beer with a pretty big white head. Some random lacing on the sides with a nice bit of stick for a lambic.

S - Exceptionaly tart, this is one of the more tart things I've ever smelled. Some lemon and a nice bit of of super sour apricots. The funk is appropriate, but complimentary.

T - Mouth puckeringly sour. The apricot is present, but it is so sour you have to really look for it. It is fantastic, but the ridiculous sournness makes it a sipper. Little bit of funk.

M - Medium bodied with some nice carbonation.

D - Love this, but it's not like you can session it without burning out your taste buds. Great stuff though, want to have it again.

Photo of Realale
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange gold. Very fine raspy white head makes a brief appearance, but comes back with swirling. Little lace.

Initial blast of dried apricot blows off to reveal classic Cantillon. Sour citrus leads the way as always, but here it is well-supported by a subtle earth and apricot. Bready malt pokes through as does a bit of barnyard, which increases with time. Simply a stunning nose, even for Cantillon.

First few sips are over-whelmed by the Cantillon acidity, even for this veteran Cantillon devotee. Eventually, my mouth adjusts and the true palate begins to show. Acidic citrus still dominates, but there is some maltiness in there as well. A metallic note is present throughout and a bit distracting. The apricot is just an afterthought on the palate. Finish is incredibly long with the acidity somehow managing to build after swallowing. Quite a ride!

Mouthfeel is fine and soft. A challenging beer, and not recommended for the novice lambic drinker, but I enjoyed it. And that nose!

Photo of IrishColonial
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

As I admitted to my bartender when I ordered it, I have no idea how to truly properly pronounce this beer's name, let alone attempt to define it. I was just excited to see such a touted lambic on draught in my neck o' the woods. It pours a hazy orange straw with a tall head of deeply longevitous (yeah, I said it...now, if only more people would use it...) white froth. As it died away, lingering on as the worst people tend to, it left some nebulous lacing behind. The smell wafting to me is of banana, peach, funk, flowers (pretty ones, I do believe), and a surprisingly healthy amount of vanilla. It's like brewer's potpourri. The taste doesn't bring this high esteem down any, either. Tart berries; sour peach, apple, and grape; a tiny bit of bitterness; and a slight hint of oak (or some kind o' wood, anyway) round out the puckering flavor profile. So this is a true Belgian lambic, eh? I'm impressed. The body is on the lightest end of the medium sub-spectrum, with a sharp, moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. I may not be able to guzzle this tart monster, but I sure as hell want to. Get some!

Photo of tarheels86
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. No vintage reported. Poured a glowing, full hazy, bright orange with powerful carbonation and a thin but persistent white head leaves swathes of lace. Nose is amazing geuze character: bright citrus, lemons, tropical melons, sweat, salt water. Taste is full sour with amazing fresh fruit character though one specific fruit is impossible to pinpoint. "Apricot" is not necessarily evident as much as some medley of tropical melons and tangerines. Some slight eggy suplhur character comes in and out but does not detract too much from what is a massive lactic body that is zippy on the palate. Very refreshing, very sour. Can’t wait to crack some vintage bottles. 9/20/2010 9/4/8/5/16=4.2

750mL 2011 bottle. The fresher this beer is, the better. More of a juicy Yellow Bus style peach nose with fuzzy skin and rich juice. Taste is not quite as aggressive. Really nice- not one I think is worth to hoard but rather to crack open immediately.

Photo of Chico1985
4.32/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Ebenezer's, not sure of the vintage.

Hazy peach-skin orange with a 1-finger or so white head that retains well. Amazing smell, pure fresh apricot pulp with some funk there as well. Taste has nice apricot/peach, not over the top but definitely not subdued at all. Funk and oak are there but kinda take a backseat, some lemon, bread/yeast and white wine notes there too. Smooth mouthfeel, not crazy sour, one of the more drinkable and fruit-forward Cantillon's I've had so far.

I got a pretty small pour of this and it was gone pretty quickly. Glad to have tried this, I'd like to be able to sit down with a bottle sometime.

Photo of davey101
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: August 18, 2011. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - This body has a cloudy, almost syrupy appearance to it. The color is somewhere between gold and pale orange. There was a short lived white head that led to some tight edging. Swirling yields some lively carbonation and some lacing. Looks fantastic!

S - As soon as I popped the cork I could smell the apricots. Super intense apricot aroma. It smells more like the dried variety than fresh apricots, as it almost has some candy notes to it. The finish is fairly acidic with a touch of brett funk. You can tell this is going to be a sour beer.

T - More of that dried apricot sweetness. Just a massive fruit presence. The finish is sour and acidic. Not a lot of funk or brett flavors to speak of. A bit better than the aroma.

M - Very lively and spritzy. The carbonation is perfect, and the body has some weight to it which is great for these flavors.

O - This is the best fruit lambic I have ever had. It really captures the apricots, and I can't imagine aging this any longer as the fruit sweetness is perfect. However, its not as mind shattering as I thought it would be. Is it worth $28 and the hunt of landing a bottle? Probably not...but it is delicious and really well made.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl cork dated 2/2002. Glowing peachy golden color with a carefully poured cream colored head. Yeasty barnyard funk aromas as well as some fuzzy subdued apricot/peach aromas. It is really a culmination of those fruits that have fuzzy skin, like peaches, apricots and kumquats. Some would debate, but only domestic, Belgian apricots are only used in this brew, and it takes on aspects of all fuzzy-skinned fruits. It has a barnyard, wet-dog funk to it not unlike other quality lambics. Quite leathery and earthy. Really hits the sour portions of the tastebuds. Once again Cantillon delivers. Predominant taste is of tannins of unripened apricot skins. Rather acrid, yet wholly enjoyable for lambic lovers everywhere. Just make sure you drink within it's window of oppurtunity when fresh fruit is in it's character. Other unfruited lambics stay longer and are better aged.

Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cantillon 2011 Fou' Foune

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a delicious slight peach colored yellow with some nice haze. Slight straw gold liquid. There is a nice 0.25 inch white head that is quite lively and fizzy. It recedes fairly quickly. (4.5)

S - Aroma is delicious. Pure apricot juice comes up quick to the nose with some delicious juicy sweetness and some nice yeast funky. A bit of spice is present as well as a clean woody back. Slight tart notes. (4.5)

T & M - Very refreshing and delicious lambic. Starts off with some nice apricot sweetness, slightly sugary then followed with some nice tartness that comes up quick and balances the sweetness. There is some slight salty notes as well. Slight vinegar but just slight. There is some nice slight yeast funk mixed in with the woody notes that lay in the background behind the delicious balance of apricot and sour notes. Motufheel is light and crisp. Refreshing and delicious. (4.0)(4.5)

O - Awesome lambic. The apricot is delicious and blends well with the sour notes and also with the yeasty funk. Very nice (4.5)

Photo of SixPack6
4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LGB362
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle poured into tulip 6/11/11
A top 100 for #1000 holy shit eh!!

A hazy golden orange with a nice two finger head that falls quickly after touching my hairy greasy lip, no lace looks like a lambic

S fresh apricot with a little vinous white grape and some mild earthy, woody funk. I can't get over how fresh and strong the fruit smells I could smell this all day, not overly complex but just plain brilliant

T fruits much more mellow compared to the nose and the funk comes out a little more. more earthy notes then I could smell with some grains

M little bubbles are abundant and give it life as soon as it enters your mouth, a little pucker too it and it leaves a little behind to savor

O smell alone could carry this one pretty far, loved the smell but only really liked all other aspects

I just can't get over how good this beer smells, I'm only merely impressed by the other aspects, solid stuff for sure and I'm not mad I have a few more to drink but I'm scared the fruit will fade if I age it. I may have spent my kids Collage fund on this stuff but this works well for me because as far as I know I don't have any kids. Yeah Me!! 1000 beers in and still no children Woooo Hooo!!!

Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of our Kebab and Cantillon dinner the other weekend. Cheers fellas!

From a 750 into a tumbler
Bottled 28 August 2012
Best Before 2017

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with decent retention. Hazy amber orange in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick ring but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A bolder nose on this one with some lemon and citrus esters, funky and musty notes, as well as an obviously big apricot presence. A good dose of the added fruit, but not too much to dominate the lambic. Quite nice.

TASTE: Follows the nose well, with a heavy dose of apricot, though not enough to crush the lambic. Some puckering lemon and funky, mouldy flavors though the middle, then more sourness and floral bitter notes at the swallow. Tart lemon, funky notes and enough bitterness to balance the sweet apricot in the bold and lingering aftertaste. Quite enjoyable and well put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. Puckering and somewhat acidic after the swallow.

OVERALL: Really enjoyed this, and it definitely won the Cantillon fruit lambic showdown at the Kebab and Cantillon dinner party. The fruit was really nice and in enough force to put on a show, but not so much that it dominated the nose or flavor profile. Delicious and quite complex, this one is actually worth all the praise it gets. Glad to finally have tried this while paying attention. Cheers guys!

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Northdown Cafe in Chicago

Served in a 10oz snifter

A - Light golden straw color with a little bit of opacity / murkyness. About 2" of Soft fluffy white head

S - Funkyness, a little barnyard, apricot and a nice citrus acidity

T - Nice sour acidity, not too sour though. The fruit is not overpowering, its subtle but nice. Not as amazing as I was let on to believe, although very good.

M - As expected for a lambic, pleasantly fruity, but slightly dry, nicely carbonated.

Overall - I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to try this on tap. This is a world class beer, but I am surprised at how closely this compares to other American sours I have had. I do think this beer is slightly over-hyped after trying it, there are many American Wilds that rival this that aren't in the top 50 IMHO.

Photo of BeerOps
4.34/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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