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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 2,413
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 2,586
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Apricot, sweet wheat, oak, vanilla, barnyard funky yeasts, tart green fruits, sourness, stone fruits, tart green fruits.

T - Sweet and tart apricots and other stone fruits, funky barnyard yeasts, tart green fruits, oak, vanilla, lemon zest, some light sourness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, sour, funky finish.

D - Fantastic complexity and balance. The apricots are fantastic. (493 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, bottled august 2012

A- Ligh orange colour with a bit of haziness. Decent white head, soon recedes but still leaves a ring and some lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Tart acidity upfront. On the background a lively, fresh fruity feel, citric, some other fruity notes that may feel like apricots though i don't know if i would have catched it if i didn't know before. Not super complex as expected but still pleasantly strong and fresh

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. I expected maybe something more complex but this is still great. Straightforward acidity upfront, tart with a slight spicy/prickly feel. Strong fruity notes, apricots now more easily detectable (it has that tart/sweet combination that is typical of apricots), lemon, maybe peach. Again, actually quite simple but amazingly pleasant, vivid and refreshing

M- Light body, with quite a good dose of carbonation to make it more lively. Prickly on the palate and on the sides of the mouth, more on the juicy side on the tongue, with fruit flavours more vivid there. Finish is pleasantly dry and refreshing, leaves you longing for another sip despite strong tartness

O- As already mentioned, a straightforward fruit lambic, fresh, lively, amazingly drinkable for the style, though maybe not as complex as i expected (1,297 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle at the brewery. Shared between four people. Drank in May and reviewed from notes.

Pours a vibrant orange with a big white head. Slightly hazy. Decent retention considering the acidity of a lambic. Some lacing.
The aroma of fresh apricots melds wonderfully with the lactic and "barnyard" funk aromas of the Cantillon lambic.
The apricots come out in the taste as well and fit in perfectly. The lactic sourness and the flavor of the apricot gives it the taste of a wonderfully sour fruit. The brett funk adds complexity in the usual fashion of the lambic. There is a nice bread like malt character in the finish. Medium carbonation and light body.

Apricot lambic is a good idea. (695 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to DaveHack for opening this gem. The beer poured out as a slightly hazy orange color with a white head on top. Good retention and moderate lacing. The smell is awesome. Very fresh and fruity despite the souring of it. Excellent nose on this beer, I could smell it forever. The taste is tart with a fruitiness to it also. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth, not as pungant as some sours. Overall this is excellent. So glad I got to try this one. (472 characters)

Photo of backbaybrewer
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage...

A: Pours a beautiful light hazy yellow/orange with one full finger of pure white head. The foam takes a while to settles, and there is on a little bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is fruity tart, sour, an a touch salty. The apricots in this beer are right in the forefront and it smells utterly fantastic.

T: This beer has a good helping of apricot fruitiness right up front. It's sweet, tart, sour, and freaking delicious. You can feel it in the back of palate and along the sides of your tongue.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and drying up front. Coats the palate where is gets really puckering, and then slides off nicely. Tons of lingering sour greatness.

O: World class beer. It might be the best apricot sour I have ever had. However... I was expecting it to be a bit more "in-your-face" apricot. The fruit is there, but it's not as intense as I would have imagined. Still... I'm grasping at straws to find a flaw with this beer. Wonderful. I can't wait to try this beer with a few years in it to really make the sourness intensify. (1,070 characters)

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 TallSaint
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-rated after having '13 and enjoying it waaaay more

2012 bottle

A- Golden honey hue, cloudy yeasty. Thin lacing, but pours one finger head.

S- Apricot/peach nose, with medium to medium/high amount of funk.

T- The peach or apricot comes out for sure. Probably the most of any sour that I have had for that. Some loon lambic funk in the background

M- Lots of carbonation! Somewhat creamy.

O- This is a very well done fruit lambic. Thanks Mike! (452 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml cap n corked bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours a golden orange with a huge 3" white head. Head resides quickly with some large clumps of bubbles remaining on the glass.

S- vinegar, lots of peach meat and melon, earthiness, funk

T- tart citrus, vinegar, peaches, more lingering vinegar with some light spice at the finish.

M- light body and high carbonation. Very acidic and effervescent.

O- 8/10 sourness. Very good sour. Night peach and citrus with lots of tart, funk and sour going on. Would like to try one with 5 or so years on it to see if the carbonation and acidity mellows. (624 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Aaron and Paul who opened bottles with me recently. Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden peach color with a small white head on top that leaves a thin ring on top. Minimal lacing, very thin on the glass.

S: Great combination of tartness and light peaches and apricots. There is a little bit of lemon and oak with a bit of mustiness. Smells fantastic.

T: Great tartness, not overly sharp though. More apricot and peach with a little lemon and white grape underneath. A little bit of funk mixed in.

M: Light to medium bodied, extremely easy drinking.

O: Glad to have finally tried this one, was definitely a treat, and one of my favorite beers. (661 characters)

Photo of chalsk
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with Damico at Torst. Pours a pale orange yellow color with white foam head. Aroma of peach, funk, and slight vinegar. Has a sweet tart taste with gentle notes of peaches and perfect foamy mouthfeel. Great body for the style. A big thanks to Damico and a great day. (279 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brewed aug 25, 2011. Poured into Duvel tulip glass on Jan 22, 2012.
Re reviewed 2nd bottle from same brew date on March 31, 2013

Appearance 3.5/4
Hazy honey yellow with a ¾ inch of an effervescent white head.

Aroma 3.5/ 4.5
Mild sour lemony funk, with notes of sweeter candied apricot. As it warms up, more fruit; but not that overall aromatic with regards to fruit aspect

Second bottle I tried had much more intense apricot aroma with still aspects of funk notable.

Taste 4/ 4.5
Relatively moderate sourness with undertones of lemon and some mild earthy funk. Finishes with a very tart aftertaste. Don’t get a lot of fruit, just a hint of sweetness midway through on the palate.

Sruprisingly second bottle had much more apricot presence even though drank at a much later date. Definitely way more enjoyable and more of what I expected.

Mouthfeel 4.5/ 4.5
Moderate carbonation. The beer is moderate to high sourness with fair amount of puckering ability.

Overall 4.5/ 5
Presentation is clean, somewhat crisp. However, I was expecting more from this, based on the hype. The apricot presence is very subdued with my first bottle, but way more fruitiness in second bottle. That being said I found this beer very easy to drink and enjoyable.
1st bottke-But not my favour Cantillon offering. Also given the price ($28 Canadian), I’m not sure if I would seek out again, given that I could find other offerings.
Consider trying.

2nd- significantly better experience strangely. Now u understand the hype as this bottke had great sourness but also tins if apricot flavor. Definitely wish I had more.
Higky recommend (1,626 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to huskermike for the trade on this one - definitely one of my top "wants" and I couldn't be more excited to finally try it. Shared with Mike as part of our mini sour tasting. Fou Foune pours a cloudy and slightly rustic, sunburst shade of amber. The foamy white cap sits generously at two fingers; big and bubbly, leaving a little bit of lacing along the sides of the glass.

The intense aroma of Fou' Foune starts infiltrating my nostrils as soon as the cork gets popped. Bringing the glass close to my face just launches me into complete beer nirvana. Holy fuckin' smokes. Crazy amounts of tart, sour, and funk just completely obliterate my sense of smell for moments at a time - peaches, apricots, apple skins, light lemons... The fruits just unleash their inner tartness and send my brain into a frenzy.

Fou' Foune is so deliciously sour and tart, juicy and fresh, clean and inviting, it's unbelievable. Funk is no stranger either, with heavy amounts of barnyard, hay, and cellar funk clashing so elegantly with the fruit. Acidic all the way, with some milder vinous and vinegar notes hidden amongst the ruckus. The smell is simply mind-blowing, and it left me smelling the empty bottle, long after the night was over.

I just kept hoping that such a beautiful aroma was a promissory note for how amazing the beer was going to taste. Sometimes the aroma can build up your expectations, only to be let down once the liquid washes over your palate. So I take my first sip, and any expectations I had were just annihilated - completely blown out and blown up. If there really was a "nectar of the gods," it was Fou' Foune.

My tongue is met immediately with a gorgeous bouquet of peaches, apples, apricots, and white grapes. Fruits so fresh, ripe, juicy, and tart, you wouldn't believe it if I told you. Start to finish, the sourness lasts and keeps your saliva glands pumping, but the tartness is controlled so perfectly and elegantly as to keep the beer drinkable without turning astringent. How is this possible?

Fou Foune offers an incredible stinging of the senses, and I mean that in the best way possible. The everlasting tartness is backed up with a moderate fruity sweetness that provides a good balance and only adds to the already insane drinkability. Little hints of wood, oak, and funk just pop in and out throughout the jungle of fruity goodness. Cork, hay, barnyard, funky yeast - added in seemingly perfect amounts.

More copious amounts of oak and musty cellar funk in the finish compliment the fading tartness and fruity sweetness in the most elegant way possible. Thin-medium bodied with a surprisingly large presence for a 5% ABV lambic, crisp and sharp mouth feel with a ton of carbonation. It feels nice and drinks easily enough.

My expectations for Fou' Foune were high, and they were surpassed beyond belief. This is such a masterful beer in nearly every sense of the word. Most definitely the best sour I've had to date, and possibly the best beer I've ever had, period. Fou' Foune is a masterpiece, a work of art, and a one-of-a-kind benchmark of the style. Make it your life-goal to get your hands on Fou' Foune if you haven't already. (3,181 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'11 + '12 bottle opened back to back at shawdeuce22's birthday tasting. Poured into Lawson's snifter. This review is of the '12 with some added notes from the '11. Thanks hevvymetalhippie and standardcherry for the bottles.

A- Pours a peach colored orange that's mostly translucent with some slight haze. A light thin white head forms that recedes to leave just a ring around the edges. Decent carbonation with fast rising carbonation bubbles.

S- Lightly tart with a nice funk presence typical of Cantillon that balances nicely with fruity apricots and a slight lemon acidity.

T- Fruity apricots and a hint of lemons with a nice balanced funk that goes well with the apricots. Finishes with a lightly sour lemony apricot presence. The '11 Fou has very little fruit presence with added funk.

M- Medium bodied, a hint of wateriness which in my opinion adds to the drinkability, nice carbonation that lightly tingles the palate.

O- This was a great fruit lambic that definitely lives up to Cantillon's esteemed reputation in the beer community. The beer is definitely typical of Cantillon and carries the Cantillon musty funkiness that is so unique from they're brewery. The funkiness balances terrifically with a nice peach presence and is highly drinkable for a sour. Glad I was able to try this and I wish obtaining bottles was a little bit easier. (1,353 characters)

Photo of jono311
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy dark straw yellow brown slight orange hues. Some head, fairly thin but nice lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: horse blanket, funk, mild apricot and other stone fruit.

Taste: a very sharp bite at first which dissipates into mild fruit flavor and then a fairly dry finish. leaves you at the same time quenched and wanting another puckering sip.

Mouthfeel: acidity is bracing balanced with enough sweet tones to land nicely on the palate. pleasantly full carbonation.

Overall: Better than I remembered from my last tasting. Not my favorite Cantillon but certainly a well done and very traditional fruit lambic. (632 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
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! (1,537 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pale golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice thin bubbly head that left some good frothy lacing sticking to the glass. Definitely had the signature cantillon bretty barnyard funk upfront on the nose with fresh peach apricot fruit notes, good citrusy notes with oak wood and nice acidcy for sure. The peachy apricot fruits came acroos more on the palate alongside great sour acidic notes with oaky wood accents which brought out more flavors, a touch of vanilla and plenty of brett barnyard horse blanket character to go around. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a fruity, semi sweet, bretty funky, woody, acidic sour and dry finish. I definitely dig this beer all around but I thought the 09 vintage was way better. (784 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle with cap and cork served in a Thumbler glass.

Bottle from 20th of August, 2012.

A: Pours a light orange color forming a small white fizzy and very bubbled head. Small retention and no lacings formed or left

S: Very fruity. Strong notes of apricots and peaches. Lambic yeasts. Metallic. Vinegar. Light notes of malts

T: Very fruity. Again, mainly apricots and peaches. Lambic yeasts. Slightly sweet upfront. In overall, a dry and tart taste, however, much lighter acidity if compared with the Lou Pepes, for example. A little bit metallic with light notes of malts. A very light bitterness can be felt in the very end. Quite smooth and pleasant taste

M: Light body, good carbonation. Smooth fruity aftertaste. Quite good taste of peach left in the mouth

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent fruit beer. Mandatory to Cantillon fans, independently of the hype around it (885 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange with frothy white head. Smell is fruity with just a bit of funk. Taste is quite tart with some nice stone fruit notes. Medium body with very good carbonation making it very easy drinking and refreshing. Definitely one of the best fruit lambics. (258 characters)

Photo of pepsican
4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can’t believe it took me so long to try this. Hazy lemon colored pour, small white head. Tart peach aroma. Flavor is sour peach, grapes, tannins, citrus, lemons...wow. Finishes nice and sour, I was sipping for a bit. This is great. (235 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is heavy with fresh peach which integrate nicely with the funky base. Notes of wheat, lemon zest, and tons of acidity. Taste is just like the nose. Heavy fruit, nice fleshy peach character, followed by heavy acidic sourness. Delicious. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, delicious brew, one of my favorite cantillons. (395 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With full bottle pour, appearance is hazy brown with golden hues at the edges and generous white head. Nose is quite assertive with tingly candied apricots intermixed with light barnyard that thankfully stays in the background. Gorgeous sourness on the palate with the fruit in there at the same time, and it glides across the palate beautifully like a good Champagne. Loads of pleasing tartness on the finish. Incredibly drinkable. (432 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

Pours a fluffy white head that almost fizzles away. The Foune has a opaque orange body with varying shades throughout the tulip glass.

Lots of apricot aroma and sweetness. Some pear, acidity, funk, hay and cheese.

That first sip hits you in the jaw with a right hook. Sour! Afterwards it lessens quite a bit after shocking the system. Apricots and apricots. Funkiness hangs out in your dry mouth.

Lively bubbles and a light body. Spot on. The mouthfeel on Cantillons always seems to be on point.

Worth the hype? Maybe. Super solid regardless. I would say definitely drink it within a year like the bottle says if not sooner. The apricot is too good. Had a 14 month old bottle and I could easily tell the difference in apricot levels although the older one had a heftier sourness to it. (802 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas eve beer, 2012 Vintage

A: Golden-orange with good clarity. Semi-aggressive pour into a Cantillon tulip produces about an inch of dense head that recedes fairly quickly to a layer of foam

S: Pure apricot with minimal funk. Great expression of the fruit.

T: Lots of fruit. Quite tart, but not over the top. As it warms up, a bit of woodiness shows up, but the fruit remains dominant.

M: medium-high carbonation. Fairly light in the mouth. Plenty of acidity to keep things lively.

O: I've never had this beer so fresh and it's quite remarkable to see how much fruit aroma and flavor it packs in. Great beer. (619 characters)

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