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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 2,410
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 2,585
Gots: 528 | FT: 41
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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: 470 | Hads: 2,410
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a Cantillon stemmed bowl)
Aug ‘06
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy apricot body with a thin film of snow white head that sticks a bit to the glass with each sip.

S- The dry stone fruit really comes through as an almost earthy peach aroma with some nice tartness in the finish and a hint of white cheese rind.

T- The dried apricot flavor blends with a big rounded acidic tartness and a dry aspirin note to the finish. There is a nice citrus hint to the full brett grapefruit pith that grows in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and a nice astringent bite that lingers for a bit in the finish.

O- This is a wonderful beer. The great depth of an aged lambic really shows the brett character along with the nice well rounded but full tartness. The fruit flavor really comes through and can hold its own with the tartness and they both work very well together. Delicious. Thanks Emerge for sharing. (956 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage

A- pours a murky golden-yellow with a rich and creamy white head that seems to retain forever, leaving thick patches of lacing behind that sticks long after the pour, perfect pour

S- pureed apricot mixed with freshly sliced apricot and apricot jam, so amazing. Tart vinegar with some funky wild Belgian yeast to close it out. Perfect aroma

T- dry, tart and funky up front with flavors of fresh apricot preserves, lemon peel, musty earth, tart yeast, dry finish with more fresh apricot on the finish

M- medium creamy and foamy body with low carbonation leads to a tart and bone dry mouthfeel and finish

O- The best nose I've experienced from a lambic, so much apricot that actually gets better as it warms (725 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Zwanze Day 2012

(A)- Just like I remember it. Pours a hazy brilliant golden orange color that produced a nice pure white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Intense yet vibrant apricot fruit. Not tons of funk or oak, but they are there. The acidity is also quite bold; excellent.

(T)- Similar to the smell pretty much. Just superb acidic apricot and peach flavors that are balanced just so well with a subtle oaky dryness. Quite sour, but just so good.

(M)- An excellent carbonation level combined with a superb and excellent balance of sour fruits and dry oak with just a bit of funk in the background. Finishes ever so sweetly that just balances it out that much better.

(O)- Just superb in every way. It has been awhile since I last tasted this (almost 2 years), and it is great to try it at a fresher stage since the bottle I had back in 2010 was an '05. So vibrant yet so sour and fresh tasting. Had to go back for a second pour. (948 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thank you to ipa247 for letting me try another one of his bottles of this beer. Finally time to review it.

A: Pours a cloudy hazy golden apricot color with a thin and bubbly off-white head that had great retention and lasted the whole beer through.
S: Super apricot in the nose. This beer is full of sweet and savory fruit. Smells very dry.
T: Very tart, very dry candy like apricot sour patch kids all the way. This beer is sweet, fruity, dry and fresh at the same time. The finish is funky and musty, and the aftertaste is very dry. The sourness isn’t overwhelming. This is very drinkable.
M: Drying mouthfeel, sweet clean medium-light body, with soft carbonation and a refreshing tartness. There is a bit of acidity to the beer, but I thought it was well integrated.
O: One of the best out there. One of the best Cantillon’s, one of the best lambics. Everyone needs a bottle of this. (902 characters)

Photo of drmcleod10
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into wine glasses and split amongst a few friends at 33wine. Just missed having this bad boy on draft.

A - Pours a a yellowish straw tinted color with minimal head surprisingly for this beer. 1-2 finger white foam had that slowly recedes back into the glass. Somewhat cloudy but clears up after resting in the glass

S - Smell is of loads of apricot, definitely some straw and hay aromas coming through on this. Hints of white peach coming through.

T - Taste follows the nose on this one with loads of apricot not he front mixed with a nice balance of lactic acidity, some hints of the straw flavors with mixed notes of earthy funk and wood.

M - Mouthfeel is about perfect on this one. Not too light but very crisp and smooth at the same time. Fairly dry

O - Overall this has been my favorite Cantillon thus far. Will be seeking this one out so that I can dome a bottle myself.

2014 bottle --> this is perfect fresh, do not age this beer! Drank alongside 12 and 13. More apricot than any other bottle with wet hay and apricot pit skin and flesh on the nose. Not very tart which is nice for this, strong peach flavors followed by that straw/way dryish finish, but seeminglyy juicy on the front end.

2013 bottle --> A little more funky on the nost, slightly more moldy, wet hay smells accompanied by a lesser amount of apricots on the nose. Taste is more acidic, less apricot, and more funk.

2012 Bottle --> Smells like green apples and white grape skins here, not too pleasant. Taste is overly acidic with minimal apricot flavor left here. Taste like sour green apples with a funky finish. Least favorite of the 3.

Fresh wins here. (1,655 characters)

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deceided to break this one out a night early and not wait until New Year's Eve. Happy New Year regardless to everyone having a beer to ring in the New Year. Fresh 2011 bottle, recently acquired.

A - Poured from a chilled bottle into my awaiting glass. Pours a hazy hay yellow with a pretty energetic head that snaps, crackles, and pops before settling down.

S - Fruity with a floral scent as well. Some yeast and bready backbone as well. Very appealing.

T - Some might ding this a bit for not being overly sour or missing a big bite, but I find this to be in one word perfect. The fruit is there with just the perfect amount of tartness to make this refreshing and crisp. Some light acid to tickle the tongue and missing the overly pucker power of other Cantillons. I would describe this as being the perfect sourish beer for people who don't like to be assaulted. The composition allows this to not be overly sweet or tart but to blend both in a fashion that will probably please everyone.

M - Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Bubbly and a perfect beverage for New Year's Eve, I was just 24 hours early.

O - For me, my favorite Cantillon beer that I have had (including Blabaer). I have a couple more bottles of this but can see myself making the plunge for more. (1,271 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was… dare I say, a milestone in my beer education—and I owe thanks to the good people at Jester King for making it possible.

I’m not even sure ‘hype’ is the right word to use when talking about cantillons, because they’re not lumped in with what I think of as other rarities, or those special bottle releases that people (myself included) are willing to line up for. Perhaps reverence? Respect? Certainly curiosity. I was aware that cantillons aren’t commonplace—I had never seen one before, let alone tried one—but when I got in line I had no idea that this was going to be the mystery keg they were tapping. Chalk that one up to being lucky, I guess, because once word spread the line grew exponentially. And I can totally understand why.

This poured a slightly cloudy orange yellow in color, with a great apricot aroma and noticeable tartness, even from the aroma. Simply amazing. There’s a big effervescence to this that lets the flavors dance across the tongue. The apricot floral-fruitiness is subdued, but its present and tasty. It’s tart, with a lingering, dry finish and a touch of sweetness like a firework going off. Half a pour wasn’t enough but its more than many had. Can’t wait to have another! (1,244 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2008 version...The beer pours dark peacy with a much darker center. The head is white, rises about a finger and is gone pretty quickly...The aroma is on the lighter side, light tart fruits, mixed with sourness. Not overpowering in either regard so its balanced giving some of what you look for in a fruit lambic...Holy moses, that's one sour beer. Didn't think it would be that tart from the aroma. Its got a huge tart bite sour, not a mucky horse blanker leather like a lot of Cantillon's. Here you get a lot more of the fruit not sweetness but the actual taste of apricots on the finish. Super balanced and flavorful...The feel is great, sticks to the mouth, very tannic...Drinkability is off the charts. It gives me everything I love about a lambic, sourness funk, but balanced enough that you can drink this all day, while at the same time not being such a fruit beer that's its super sweet or dominated by the apricot...Overall one of my favorite lambics, right up there with Blabear. (1,003 characters)

Photo of IMFletcher
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap as part of the Anniversary celebration of The Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY.

A: A slightly cloudy, golden apricot. Just seeing it in that tiny little glass gave me joy.

S: Smell of a good, solid, biting sour, with a twinge of apricot. Makes me elicit that 'sour cringe' just thinking about it now.

T: A rock-solid sour bite with a smooth finish that doesn't linger. Very faint apricot, not as much as I remember tasting in a Cascade Apricot Ale.

M: Smooth, with sour attacking the middle/back of the mouth.

O: Definitely one of the best sours I have ever experienced. The buzz of something this rare showing up in a town this far from a major metropolitan area was justified. Very happy to have experienced this even once. (741 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

the great and mighty fou foune, I finally found one. at a hole in the wall called novare res in downtown Portland, maine. this was on the last page of an incredible beer list. I ordered one and was told they were out. I threw a fit like a baby, said id driven 600 hundred miles to get one, and she said she would be right back. she offered me a 2005 lou pepe instead, but I just couldn't switch gears that quick. after sitting there debating what to do for a few minutes, the manager or owner emerged with a bottle of fou foune for me, all dusty and looking very much like something special. they chilled it for a few minutes, before serving it up in a very cool old mail bin with two cantillon wine glass type containers. the beer pours faded orange in color, rustic looking, cloudy, with a white head like fine champagne, rising and receding to about an inch. the smell is just mental, lots and lots of acid here, a fine lambic is the base. lacto and lemon, tart and funky. the apricots seem to add a floral element, a fruity sweetness to balance the sour, but I don't distinctly get apricots just by smelling it. it has the interesting effect of making my mouth water for every tasty treat ive ever had all at once. im watering like blue razz blowpops, sour nerds rope, lemon shaved ice, and porterhouse steak all at once. this sensation alone makes this beer a 5 out of 5 overall. nothing in the beer or culinary world has ever had this effect on my palate, and ive been around both a few times. the taste is very impressive, again, a mellow but distinct lambic as its base, I start to taste the apricots. they have a gentle fuzzy feel and flavor, like licking the outside of one. there is a sweetness there, but the juicy character of the fruit and pulpy morning time flavor profile are not dominant. what is dominant is the yeast. the best of lambic, tart and dry as any beer ive consumed. its acidic, and the lower the bottle gets and the warmer it gets, the more this is pronounced. my last yeasty sip is impossibly sour, putting hair on my chest to say the least. its dry on the palate after an insanely effervescent carbonation experience, but I taste the beer for miles and miles after the swallow. not sure ill have another beer again for awhile (yeah right). this is a one of a kind brew, an art form really, and worth all of the accolades its received and then some. nothing like it on the planet, and easily the best 50 bucks I have spent in awhile. not sure lambic will ever be the same... (2,505 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the infamous Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon out of Belgium.
Score: 98

Bottled 08/18/11. Served in a Kentucky bourbon ale snifter and enjoyed on 06/20/12.

Appearance: Pours an opaque pale honey color. Good lacing and retention. Pours a thick fizzy white ring around the glass. 4/5

Smell: Lots of sweet apricot mixed with pear, tangerine and sweet citrus. Nice lemon backbone to the nose, a little sweet vinegar too. No real funk in the nose, which is how I like my sours, though there is a touch of "plastic." The sweet citrus becomes a little more vibrant as the beer warms and opens up. 4.75/5

Taste: Tons of tart apricot and peach and lemon zest. A little pear flavor to boot with the tart citrus. There is just a hint of funk on the midpalate, leaving me to wonder what additional complexities this beer develops with age. I am still learning to appreciate sours and learning how to pin down their complexities, so I am sitting here wishing I knew how to better describe this beer drinking experience to no avail. Suffice it to say that I am greatly enjoying this brew. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus mouthfeel, light-plus carbonation. Tartly sweet and mildly dry on the palate, but no huge pucker effect here -- certainly less than the Classic Gueuze from Cantillon. 5/5

Overall: One of the best non-IPA/non-stout beers that I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. If this beer was cheaper and more readily available, I would likely have a case-plus of this stuff in my cellar. Cantillon is slowly turning me on to the world of lambics, gueuzes, and other "sours."

Recommendation: Seek this world class lambic out; it will not disappoint.

Pairings: Lemon poppy seed muffins.

Cost: $35 for a 750 ml bottle (bar prices). (1,740 characters)

Photo of alampear
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle with Japanese label on back. I believe it was '09. Thanks Kyle for this one. This was not my first time having this beer. But this bottle was exceptionally good. Poured a nice hazy golden orange. Unbeleiveable aromas of peaches and apricots, unlike any other fruit Cantillon I have had before. Great acidity, definitely a little Cantillon funk, but very mild. Just like the aromas, the flavor was spot on apricots and other stone fruits. Very enjoyable. (466 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage

A: The cork didn't seal the entire bottle, and disintegrated a bit into the beer. After pushing the cork down into the beer and pour delicately, we're left with a clear yellow pour with a finger of head. Minimal lacing is noticed, but the retention is decent.

S: The aroma is beautiful. Tart and sour with a wonderful addition of apricots. The fruits really mixes with the tartness well. The two play off of themselves perfectly.

T: This taste is why Cantillon is known as the best Lambic blender in the world. The apricots lend themselves to the tart, sour body as well as any fruit could. The above average sweetness and the lip-puckering sour contrast and blend in a way that makes it unfair to compare to other Lambics.

MF: The aftertaste is fresh and clean. The drinkability is crazy high as the balance keeps you coming back for more. Light in body and carbonated well.

O: $30 for the bottle, which was worth it if you can swing the price. I'm so glad I finally got to try this, if you see it splurge. You'll thank me later. (1,048 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

69th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice
Bottled: 25 August 2011

Thanks to digita7693 for this one at our recent Utrecht tasting! I’ve had this a couple of times previously, but finally decided to review this heavenly creation.

A: Hazy, golden apricot with tint of orange. 1.5 (white) fingernail head on medium pour. Looks pleasant!

S: Like barn…hay, funk, must, and just nice. Hints of apricot and more funk. Very inviting, so let's give it a GO!

T: Like it smells; just wonderful! Apricot, funk, sour, tart, sweet, and just beautiful. The acidicty balance here is perfect. Again, wonderful! I cannot say this enough.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: I absolutely love this beer! Having it on-tap at Brouwer’s during Seattle Beer Week in May was awesome, but in the bottle it holds up just the same. Lambic is growing on me, but this is done so perfectly it is hard to find anything bad about it. Crisp. Clean. Beautiful. Delicious. The list could go on... (994 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a rocky white head.

The aroma was bursting with sour funk, apricots, and citrus notes.

The flavor was intensely sour - more so than almost any sour I've had before. Simply awesome. The flavors of tart apricots were bright and punchy. The fruit bleneded well with complex brett funk, lacto, and pedio sourness with a slight, but pleasant cheesiness faint in the background.

The beer had prickly carbonation with a light mouthfeel. The beer finished very dry and had a mild astringency that complemented the sour charateristics.

A wonderful fruit lambic with some of the most intense sour flavors I've ever had in a beer. This may be Cantillon's sourest. Dope. (699 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2003: Pours with slight carbonation, body is light, hazy yellow, tiny bit of orange. The smell tempts me to jump in, but I resist it. Oranges, tangerines, peaches, malt, with all the dirty flavors that one would expect.

The flavor is awesome. Fruit flavors of oranges, peaches, and apricots. Then, the dirt, the dust, the must, and the funk. This is amazing. The mouthfeel is puckering, to say the least. As always with Cantillon lambics, drinkability depends on whether you like sour beers or not. I love em, and this is one of my favorites. (557 characters)

Photo of gonzowestwood
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From Bottle . . . 8-11 was the date on it

A- Cloudy Rusty Straw and a light orange

S Apricots, Aged Cheese and some nice funk

T- A sour peach, very yeasty, champagne sour and delicious

M- lots of bubbles but a real dry finish... nice and smooth body

O- Oh My God!! This has to be one of the best beers ever....
My frist Cantillon and it sure as hell will not be the last. (378 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.83/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An atypical review.

Fou' Foune pours a delight in the glass. A hazy golden straw with a pillowy head to die for for. The apricots come and go with the temperature. They come with a warming glass, to offset the perfectly balanced sourness, and then disappear each time the glass is refilled from the bottle from the fridge. It's not too sour, but neither is it bland. It is Perfectly Balanced

Tonight I drank a bottle on my own as the sun set on my balcony, and I will never forget it.

Thank you Fou' Foune

PS the bloody cork shat itself into the beer as I opened the bottle, but that kind of doesn't go with the rest of the tale, does it? (642 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing this, dmsohyea!

Slightly hazy dull orange and apricot in color with a thin off-white head. This leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

This is one of the most wonderfully aromatic beers I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The aromas of fresh, juicy apricots, stinging sourness, and just a touch of funk combine for what is one of the finest smelling beers in the world. Just perfect.

The flavor is just as special as the aroma. The apricots are so vibrant and fresh it's stunning. The accompanying sourness is not at all overwhelming but completely complementary. The tangy yeast is mild but present. This stuff is perfect.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

This is my favorite Cantillon to date. I don't see how it gets better than this. Thanks again, Ian! (821 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at The Trappist on March 25, 2011 for a Shelton Brothers event.

Poured into a tall crystal tumbler glass (didn't get a Cantillon silk screened crystal glass for this one =( ), beer is a sunny and warm yellow orange with a finger of white foamy head. Head receded into a collar quickly, leaving light lacing on the edge of the glass. Large amount of carbonation seen through the slightly hazy beer.

Nose is sweet stone fruit, apricots and peaches, sour lemon and sour apple, apricot skin astringency, earthy soil funk.

Taste follows the nose, sour fruits and astringent fruit peels, then some sweet and juicy apricots and peaches. Lingering apricot sweetness, stone fruit pit, and earthy funk on the tongue. Very delicious.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. Draft may be a lot less carbonated then from bottle, so I'll have to track down a bottle for comparison. Refreshing, easy to drink lambic, with mild but present tartness, sweet fruits and earthy funk. Well made beer. (988 characters)

Photo of 77black_ships
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had this beer multiple times during the last 2 – 3 years both draft & bottled. I have bought a case of it at some point. I must say that I am a bit puzzled by the American interest in this beer because age does not benefit this beer as is the case with quite a few of Cantillon fruit beers. Nowhere is freshness such a big factor as it is with Fou’ Foune. The fresher you drink this beer, the better. Fou’ Foune is at its peak during the 6 weeks after bottling, max. maybe 9. After that it is pretty level for most of its life span af far as I can see. It has a low point 6 months in or so, improves slightly after a year or so and stays level afterwards.

It is a good beer once it has peaked but it is for me personally bit of a downer compared to how ridiculously good it is fresh.

Review for a fresh bottle (75 cl.) @ brewery:

A: murky yellow apricot colour with a slight orange hue and a super firm lambic-styled head which doesn’t even vanish after you have finished your glass.

S: ridiculous, pure apricots, slightly mashed super juicy apricots, ripe and within seasons, the kind that are impeccable.

T: this tastes basically like a glass of apricot compote but even better than compote is, fresh there is no “complexity” in this but who needs complexity when your beer tastes this good? Also getting some slight yeast, slight flour-like feeling, smallest hints of barnyard and lemon (smallest hint). No tartness and no real sourness to speak of, this is almost real fruit sugars sweet.

B: luckily not too much carb. full juice and slight touch of flour body.

2012 one was way better fresh than the 2011 one, great harvest I assume?
By better I mean 2011 was nice, 2012 was mind-blowing.

Not sure about the score, fresh 2011 was around 4.6 – 4.7.
Fresh 2012 was almost 5. Aged ones were around 4.1 – 4.4.
Going to calculate mainly the fresh ones give it around a 4.8. (1,908 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got to enjoy this wonderful beer on tap at Bier Station. I usually get my beers in a 4 oz pour to allow me to try several things without getting sloshed, but in this case, a full pour was a must. Poured into a Belgian tulip glass with a flared rim.

Appearance - Pours a sunny golden-amber hue that is mostly opaque with hints of runny egg yolk where the light diffuses into the glass. Atop the body sits a frothy stark white head about a finger thick, which dissipates over a few minutes to leave a thick film of suds across the top and a build-up of foam snowdrifts along the sides of the glass. Lacing consists of spotty, faint rings around the glass as I drink the level down.

Smell - A healthy bouquet of ripe fruit, with apricot leading the way. It gives me the impression that I am about to bite into a freshly picked apricot. Accompanying the fruitiness is a considerable amount of funk and acidity, along with a woody element that gives the impression of a fruit-forward dessert wine, like a sauterne or muscat. Still, the sweetness that you would expect from said dessert wine is nowhere to be found.

Taste - Apricots are one of my favorite beer-accompanying fruits, and I love sours--the taste of this beer represents a perfect marriage of the two. Ripe apricot flesh (I can almost feel the velvety hairs that sometimes are present on an apricot) mixes with wet hay funk, acidic tartness, with notes of granny smith apples and white wine vinegar. The barrel provides a slightly vinous element, which is not surprising given the nose, but it is dry and finishes extremely clean.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied and moderately carbonated, with a dry finish that leaves the tastebuds longing for the next swallow. Good thing it's only 5% abv, because it would be easy to drink this in quantity, given how refreshing it is.

Overall, a beer that more than lives up to the hype. Of course, I'm predisposed to like it, given my penchant for beers that are sour and the use of apricots in beer, but that also means that I could have been easily disappointed, given the reputation of this brew and my high expectations. (2,118 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cantillon sampler glass. Bottled August 10, 2013. Acquired in a trade with WilliamDbar, thank you for hooking me up with my biggest ISO yet! Opened in celebration of my engagement this past weekend!

Appearance - Pours a really hazy, cloudy, bright sunflower yellow body with a loud, fizzy, effervescent white head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a layer of foam behind. I love the artwork on the bottle.

Smell - Wow, the aroma of this beer is absolutely mouth-watering. The apricot aromas are bright, fresh, and juicy while not being overpowering. Fresh fruit salad, including peaches and watermelon, combined with a tart citrus zing, freshly picked flowers, and a splash of Belgian funk make the aroma of this beer absolutely perfect. I couldn't imagine how it could improve in this category.

Taste - First off is a juicy, fruity medley of apricot, peaches, white grapes, nectarine, and citrus. Heavy tartness (not quite sour) takes over to produce dry, crisp notes with the lingering juicy apricot flavor still holding the spotlight. The finish is dry and citrusy. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, dry, highly carbonated, refreshing, sip demanding. Excellent.

I have been waiting forever to try this whale, as it was my #1 want for over a year. Fou Foune is everything I expected and more. The fruity apricot balanced with the perfect acidity make for a near perfect lambic. Seek it out! (1,443 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage. Poured from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger frothy white head that never really dissipates and gives me a creamy mustache every time I take a sip. Beer is a clear goldenrod with a slight shade of faded orange. Lacing is near non-existant with patches that cling here and there.

S: Nose is mindblowingly funky. Hints of barnyard, straw, tart apricot, cobwebs, must. Tickles the nose throughout.

T: Opens very tart, puckering lemon and citrus with overtones of Brett funk. Apricot sourness sneaks in at the middle and takes this one to another level. Funkiness intensifies tremendously at the back end and towards the finish as it dries the mouth. Moth balls, cobwebs, and bandaid right at the end just before a clean finish and a brief, fruity, apricot finish.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and prickly in the mouth at the start, dry towards the middle, and oily and slick at the end. Finish is clean with a non-lingering aftertaste.

D: I've experienced one or two offerings in my time so far that have redefined what I thought beer could be and how incredible it could taste. There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of those offerings. It's a beer that I'm almost scared to finish for fear of not know when it'll grace my lips again. Worth all the accolades it receives. A once in a lifetime drink. (1,405 characters)

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4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a large tumbler at Churchkey during Zwanze day 2012. From notes.

A real nice orange amber pale lemon color, opaque and orb glowing. Head is presented with a thin creamy top of light off tan color, almost looks like a dolop of cream spooned on to it. A real nice looking lambic, it glows in the sunlight.

Nose hints with classic sour funky aromas, and apricot juice. Rind like zest peel, and dried apricot fruit, even goes into cherry like aromas, fascinating. Mouthwatering smell with a real balanced acid compliment.

Palate comes with a large fruit component in the first taste. Whaffs of apricot fruit and large juicy feel with a malt depth taken over by a good sourness. Biting rind of zest comes through with chewy apricot and sour. Not particularly tart, but sourness takes over the malt action keeping the fruit just slightly downplayed. The head comes with the palate and makes a wonderful creamy feel along with the thick fruit juice quality on this. Finish gives wonderful big pepper, a quick black pepper a little. It all feels real nice together this controlled apricot and cream and pepper and classic funk.

Overall I think this just might be my favorite Cantillon to date. This also drinks so incredibly easily, it was hard to nurse this I wanted to finish this in nothing flat it's so delicious and have more. (1,355 characters)

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
99 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.