Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.83/5 rDev +4.3%
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!
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 00:47:42 | More by gcamparone
3.84/5 rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Golden orange with minimal head.
S - Gym socks, blue cheese and a hint of apricot.
T - A little tart, with the apricot flavour appearing very faintly.
M - Slicky, oily mouthfeel.
O - Funky, moderately tart saison flavours, with minimal fruit presence and a lot of blue cheese. Not quite what I was hoping for.
Serving type: on-tap
05-13-2014 03:43:12 | More by abeeronthebeach
4.5/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
What a glorious day to have this on tap at Provisions (with St. Lamvinus pouring as well!). Poured into a 6oz tumbler.
For the first time, I can safely say that this is a pretty Cantillon offering that actually resembles something closer to your everyday beer - amber straw in color, with some light orange hints at the side. I'd never guess this was made with fruit right away, although that jewel-like glimmer this brewery always offers may certainly give away what this is before I even evaluate it next time. Nice little strings of bubbles rises from the bottom up in the glass, while a frothy white head never recedes on top. Very fluffy and refreshing looking - modest yet presentable.
Yum! The aroma is a delicious dive into stone fruit and citrus notes, with some crisp and mineral laden flavors. Under-ripe, perhaps green apricots are definitely all over this, but you also get a good deal of fleshy peach skins, papaya, as well as pears, apples, and some white wine notes from the yeast, fruit, and malt bill alike. Some oak spices come in, such as sugar cream, baking soda, and vanilla. Reminds me a bit of a Portuguese Alvarinho, if it weren't for the unique crisp wheat, toffee-like flavor lingering at the back, as well as the damp cold stone cellar overarching aspect that makes this beer one of a kind - it's a mineral flavor that simply cannot be replicated anywhere in the world, not even in the Lambic region. Also, as this opens up, a beautiful bouquet of white pepper, white orchids, and light leather makes way to the front. Very elegant, bright stuff.
One sip, and I'm immediately appalled on how delicious this is, but also due to its elegance, brightness, and restrained acidity and funk. Other fruit Lambics (which are NOT Lou Pepe) are far more ridiculous to drink, but this is incredibly restrained on all accounts while simultaneously providing a juicy, fruit-forward texture. Every sip of this is less of imbibing on a beer, and more taking a bite out of a juicy, slightly green apricot, peach, nectarine, pear, or tart white grape. A little bit of tropical notes come in, but it's ALL about the stone fruit here, and the apricots definitely win. This is very refreshing, and light grassy notes, as well as a bit of white floral goodness, a little bit of leather, and that classic mineral refreshing flavor all come together gracefully. Leaves a lingering fruit skin sweetness, as well as some toffee and crisp wheat textures to cleanse the palate for the next sip. The oak also provides a creamy, airy experience that I've had in other Cantillon offerings, yet never this light and fluffy - vanilla, sugar cream, and baking soda all top it off, melding with the sour apricots to wonderful results. Very well integrated... Could be this brewery's most drinkable beer.
It's not my favorite from Cantillon, but it could grow on me over time - that is, if I can ever get my hands on a bottle of it. Too bad the hype has sucked out the facility of obtaining what is a marvelous and delicious sour such as this one, but it's definitely delicious and incredibly refreshing no matter how you cut it. I'd love to try a fresh bottle of this some day. Highly recommended, but don't pay more than $25 for it if you can help it.
Serving type: on-tap
05-11-2014 16:55:31 | More by magictacosinus
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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