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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Reviews: 470
Hads: 2,412
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: 2,412
Photo of Wobbly
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of many world class beers from what may be the best (and certainly my favorite) brewery in the world. To get any attention on this highly U.S. centered site, you know it must be great. (188 characters)

Photo of dboon
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Diego shared at the Ryan’s tasting. Achie machie!!!!! Big barnyard and horse blanket nose. This is one sour/bitter beer. Super dry and crisp, it was so sour I could barley pick out any flavors, I guess apricot? Update: ’05 vintage was suffering from autolysis and had a huge burnt rubber nose.. (317 characters)

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

2013 edition into a stemmed wine glass.

A- Pours with just a slight haze after a still loud pop of the cork. A 2-3 finger, fizzy head forms and hangs around a few minutes before turning into a thin film on top of the beer. The lacing is pretty good, but temporary on the sides of the glass. The body is a vibrant, medium gold to orange in color.

S- Starts off with a slightly acidic/lactic, tart punch, but it is very mild compared to other Cantillon brews and lambics. The apricots follow up the initial tartness very quickly and still pack a strong fruity flavor in the scent. A touch of the apricot lingers after the smell, along with a touch of oak.

T- The taste profile follows the nose pretty closely here. Tart and lightly acidic flavors of the base lambic hit right up front and give a little bit of a pucker before the fruit comes in. The fruit is juicy and on the mild side, blending with the base beer very elegantly. As the beer warms in your mouth, the fruit strengthens a little bit and tastes more and more like you just bit into a fresh apricot. A light oak characteristic mixes in as the drink fades and leaves a mix of tart, dry, and fruit flavors on the tongue.

M- Not much to say here except that this beer feels like a good fruited lambic should. There is a good amount of carbonation to compliment and hold up with the sour flavor profile, but not so much as to be stinging. The body of the beer is rather light in weight, but smooth at the same time.

Overall, this is the first Cantillon that I have had live up to its insane hype. Their other beers are good, but this is delicious on a whole other level. The fruit and sourness mingle perfectly and give a balanced flavor to satisfy cravings both flavor components. My favorite part of this beer is how well the fruit stands up to the base beer and displays its flavors. Great beer! (1,861 characters)

Photo of MOVERTON1284
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever had, if not the best. Lots of funk in the nose and the flavor is an amazing blench of fruit and sour. This beer is incredible in every way! (173 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bro ups to the magnificent beast that is flexabull for carting this one all the way across the pond, over my head to CA, then back to MN. I’d like to have its frequent flier miles. 750ML bottle capped & corked, split with my wife, who’s almost panting in anticipation.

The pour is pure spring sunshine in a proper Cantillon glass, with a sharknado of carbonation swirling right up the middle. The yellow fruit is still strong in the nose, though I would have guess peach instead of apricot, but whatever, with a fair amount of sharp lemon & white wine. Thoroughly enjoyable for whiffing.

Fou Foune is my kind of lambic. The fruit & sour are about 49.2% vs. 50.8%, & I can’t tell which side is which. Lovely light fruits do the bagurumba with a light acidity imparted by the wild beasties, imparting a lovely tartness on the tongue and other mouth parts. Mid-palate is that spritzy white wine again, oak on oak, lemon coming on strong. Light & summery, this is a joy on the palate, & something that I could drink for quite a long while. There simply aren’t many wild ales you can say that about.

So happy I finally had a full pour of this, after having samples at numerous tastings over the years…& I gotta say, much better fresh. Goes without saying: this is an excellent brew. (1,297 characters)

Photo of BrentLepping
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wife said it smelled like a mix of a gym locker and dirty socks. I told her that's an exquisite description and exactly what I was hoping for. Everything about this beer is stellar and lives up to the hype. Nearly flawless, gym sock funk and all. (246 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: pours a light milky straw color. Less than a finger of a white head forms with a strong retention. as it swirls around semi solid lacing. it has a Milky haze and is completely opaque.

Smell: apricot, funky. Sour. Vinegar. Light wheaty base

Taste: opens with juicy apricots to nectarine flesh, lots of fruity flavors mostly citrus and stone fruit. in the middle comes a barnyard funk along with some solid oak flavors. lemon juice and a very light acidity comes through. slight wheat malt backbone. mild to low vinegar

Mouthfeel: lighter feel, quite a bit of funkiness but nothing over powering. some vinegar and a light acidity. very strong refreshing qualities.

Overall: a seriously killer beer. has all the funk you could want while remaining not only drinkable but refreshing as well. amazing fruit and sour qualities. (838 characters)

Photo of Slschimoler
4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The apricot adds a richness and body that makes this lambic one of my favorites from Cantillon. Very well balanced and drinkable compared to some of offerings. Meaning I could drink many of these, which I cannot say for some of the more raw and sour versions (260 characters)

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

Fou' Foune (2014) - Brasserie Cantillon - Brussels, Belgium - Lambic - 5.00% ABV - This decadent lambic style sour poured a murky, golden-straw color, with a white head that dissipates immediately. The nose featured aromas of puréed apricots, funky Belgian yeast, and tart acidic notes that are quite pleasant to the nostrils. The mouth was outstanding; flavors of ripe apricots are prevalent up front, followed by hints of lemon peel, musty earth, white wine, and funky yeast that create a memorable taste. The mouthfeel was light bodied, with enamel eroding acidity and a bright, apricot finish. This was my first time having Fou', and wow, it was quite delightful. Thanks again for the bottle, @ehrenblanche! 98/100 (719 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky yellow gold

S: funky

T: sour, acidic, funky, cheesy, then a little apricot

M: acidic

Overall: very good beer that develops in ur mouth and takes you for a great cantillon ride! (197 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 JonathanC
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Refreshing apricot! so natural and real.
(16oz)
Pour- light hazy orange
Smell- Apricot and wild Belgium yeast.
Taste- Fresh apricot, with a Belgium twist.
O- very dangerous beer, too darn good. (193 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

August 2014 vintage.

A- Light orange and hazy. One finger white head fades to a ring with spotty lacing.

S- Funky overripe apricots. Sour vinegar aroma like many sours. The apricot scent rules here.

T- Tart, slightly sour apricots. I was expecting this beer to be more sour, but it is subtle and balanced. A great sour. Apricot flavor popped as it warmed.

M- light and carbonated. Dry finish. This is so drinkable.

O- A bucket list beer that was wonderful. Hope I can try again someday. (491 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks, for sharing, Lucky town.

A: A hazy orange with an off-white, one-finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Light and fresh. Apricots dominate with a white wine ambiance. Belgian funk.

T: Tart and heavenly. A lovely apricot hue slides in with white wine and vanilla in the background. One of those taste bud orgasms. A bit of oakiness and Belgian funk.

M: Light to medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: I'm lucky to have walked up on this tasting. Luckier, still, to get to try a few sips of this terrific lambic. One of my beer bucket list moments. (611 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared last night at Umberto's tasting. '14 vintage.

This one pours light orange, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like the freshest, ripest apricots, with some funk, oak, and a slight hint of vinegar.

This tastes like biting into a tart apricot cloud. It's so light, and heavy at the same time- huge tart apricot flavor up front, with a highly carbonated but creamy finish, big white wine barrel character, and a nice funky and earthy character, along with some mild oaky vanilla. This is fantastic.

This has an amazing light airy mouthfeel, almost like drinking a cloud, as I said above. The carbonation is high. The beer is incredibly drinkable, but you've gotta savor every sip of it.

This is the best sour I've ever had. It's a fantastic achievement. (791 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark lemon-orange with piles of loose white froth. 4
Floral, lemon rind wax, a bit of funk - big and fragrant. 4.25
Up front orchard fruit, touch of horse blanket, some herbs, and wild woody vinegar. 4
Earthy finish and clean acid linger.
Light, round, slight cling. 4.25

-- Knife edge balance - fizz, fruit, funk, all perfectly aligned. Not too much pucker, just some apricot stone sulfur, tart more than wild. Top class. 4.5 (428 characters)

Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

I really enjoy lambics but, unfortunately, don't know a lot about them and haven't tried many of the ones that are considered the very best. Cantillon's Fou' Foune did impress me a lot, though. I had it on draft a few weeks ago at The Hourglass Brewery and am very glad that I got to try it without having to trade for or purchase a bottle. Now that I've tried it, I definitely will consider those options with confidence.

FF is delicious. Mildly sour, appropriately and slightly sweet with a great color and a pleasant aroma ... so much to take in and appreciate. This is one of my favorite Cantillons, to date.

I rated this 4.5 on Untappd and might give it the full 5-star review next time, if I'm fortunate enough to try it again. (735 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.91/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was just 1 of the many personal whales slain last night. Thanks frankthetank for bringingthis puppy.

2014 bottle straight from the source.

I hate reviewing what a beer looks like, but let's just say it looked awesome.

Aroma was off the charts. Quite funky but doesn't detract or take the focus off of the apricots. I let this sit in my other glass and open up while I tasted the other beers. After about 45 minutes, I started to drink it again and it had totally changed. The funk and lacto has disappeared and all that was left was juicy apricots. Absolutely amazing!

Flavor followed suit. The first few sips were sour, funky and filled with apricot juice. After it sat, however, the sourness disappeared and all that remained was straight apricot puree.

Overall, this has been my favorite Cantillon to date. Well worth the hype and so glad I didn't have to give up any beers to finally tick it off. (913 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
5/5  rDev +11.6%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Fresh apricot with perfect balance of sour and tartness. Best apricot beer and one of the best sours I've had to date. (214 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden amber with a ton of head that dissipates quickly into an outer lace. The smell is full of apricots, perfectly identifiable, and sweet. There is also a faint musky funk that compliments the apricots. The taste is very similar to the nose. A ton of sweet apricots followed by a nice funk. The feel is light but full bodied. Heavy carbonated but sweet and juicy. I feel like i am taking a big bite of an apricot when i drink this beer. Very solid. (474 characters)

Photo of guityler83
5/5  rDev +11.6%

21 Aug 2014 - Bottle

A: Fou Foune poured with small bright white foam that quickly dissipated. Hazy golden yellow color with tiny bubbles grasping to stay on top of this beautiful beverage. Swirling gave the wine glass a slight lacing that slipped away each time. Only bringing to life the beautiful aroma of the beer. (5)

S: Big funky brett character with the classic Cantillon hay and light barnyard funk mixed with light oak. The peach and apricot fresh fruit aroma danced from the glass along with a moderately strong tartness that became more pronounced as it warms up. Complex at every turn, it seems to evolve as its being consumed. (5)

T: Bright sourness at a medium to strong level that gives way to a complex brett funky character. Hay, ripe apricot, peach and nectarine flavor - But that's just the beginning. Oak is mild and develops more with the time on the tongue. Light sweetness morphs to an acute tart mouthfeel. Fantastically Complex (5)

M: Dry finish with mild carbonation that leaves a crisp refreshing body. No harshness at all. The sourness leaves a tingling cheek sensation. While you could drink this fast - Don't - savor every drop. (5)

O: The complex classic Cantillon Lambic flavors combined with fresh apricot is a perfect match. If you're fortunate to see this beer buy it, if not trade for it. Even better travel to Belgium and have it at the Brasserie (like I did) - Nothing beats it. (5) (1,427 characters)

Photo of Brabander
2.75/5  rDev -38.6%

What i really have to wrote here os that i am a sour hater. Is was at the Borefts beerfestival two weeks ago where Cantillon was with some brews. Had some sips of a glass from a friend. Not my thing.... (202 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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. (513 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%

Enjoyed on draft at Zwanze 2014. Holy Grale.

A: Cloudy yellow. One finger fine-bubble, egg shell head. The head settles to a rim.

S: Tart fruit and sour Belgium spores. Neutral oak. Notes of peaches, dried apricots, bergamot blooms, honey suckles, and dusty grain.

T: The flavors are subtle and well balanced. Sour yeast is very noticeable, then waves of neutral oak and fruit notes get capped off with a mild funk finish. The notes: peaches, apricots, tangerine flesh, citrus zest, and oak. This is a moderate on the tartness level.

M: High carbonation, very (x2) smooth, light body.

O: It is no surprise to me why this is the consensus favorite from Temple of Sours. The flavors are very subtle, but perfectly balanced. Perfection is unattainable - IMO - but this ale gets very close. The fruit/sour/funk aspects meld so nicely, it is hard not to give this a perfect score. This is my favorite Cantillon. (915 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/28/14

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for slaying and sharing this whale

A: Pours a cloudy apricot color with some nice honey - starts off with a giant, off-white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a little lacing

S: Overwhelming majesty - do I even need to say more? - potent sourness with tart and juicy, ripe apricot - beautiful acidity with some hints of lactic sour - excellent level of tart - simply perfect level of apricot - juicy and fresh, without going over the top - oak - some other light fruits, with hints of apple and peach

T: So good, I don't know where to start - fantastic levels of sour, a nice blend of sharp acidity and some lightly musty lactic flavors - nice levels of tart - excellent levels of apricot, somehow tastes fresh (maybe even a little under-ripe) despite being aged - sour base blends very well with the apricot and the oak - some hints of white wine - light apples and peaches, with a hint of citrus and lemon

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, not as puckering or dry as some other offers from Cantillon, but still great

O: Hype. Please stop living up to it.

Well, this is excellent. Cantillon does not make beer. They make magic. Consistently. Find and drink. (1,221 characters)

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