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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,706 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,706
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 2,187
Gots: 356 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002)
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5/5  rDev +8%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev 0%

Wow! Although apricots are not a real traditional fruit for a lambic ...this is definitely a real, traditional lambic! It's quite a refreshing change from the overly sweet and fruity lambics that are so popular right now.

The body is a hazy, glowing yellow with a peach cast. The creamy, bright-white head holds well at first and slowly drops to a thin collar and whispy surface foam. Sweet apricot is present in the first whiff, but it reveals it's seductively intense and complex lambic character upon closer inspection. The sweetness of the fruit is squelched in the flavor, although there is definite apricot character. The sweetness appears right at the start, but immediately vanishes as it's overtaken by a sharp, drying acidity that retains control until the swallow where lambic character lingers in the finish along with more fruit. Quite exceptional. Intense. Complex. Refreshing.

NeroFiddled, May 02, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

SocalKicks, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -19%

Jason, Jul 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

RblWthACoz, Jan 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

nickfl, May 22, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev -3.5%

750 ml capped and corked bottle. Bottled on 8-18-11. Poured into several glasses. Huge thanks go to Stakem for generously sharing this.

Pours a hazed peachy colored copper, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy bright-white head. This retains with a rich and foamy ring around the edges of the glass, slathering the sides with a heavy cascade of frothy lace that quickly slides down. The aroma is OMG! Juicy and ripe apricot character just jumps out of the glass. Some funk and light acidity adds a certain amount of airiness to the nose. Man that apricot flavor just dominates this though and that isn’t a bad thing at all!

The taste is bright and fairly sour feeling, with a blast of sugars and fruit that then gives way to more of a intense tartness along the back. This is so accessible and smooth for what it is. The finish is dry and woody feeling before segueing into a final push of fruit and sugars and then completely drying out in the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively and crisp feel throughout. As this warms, a bit more chewiness emerges, which holds the bulk of that juicy apricot flavor in the body. Like most Cantillons, the body really helps pull this all together.

I had heard a lot about this beer and it didn’t disappoint. I think that the fact that this was a fresh bottle really helped, or at least gave me what I was looking for out of this, as those vibrant apricot flavors just made this. This is an fantastic Lambic and one that I will be seeking out again in the future.

Kegatron, Jan 11, 2012
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4.97/5  rDev +7.3%

this is one of those beers like Blåbær that I was anticipating trying some day, but when the opportunity actually presented itself I was extremely happy thanks stakem-enjoyed from a Cantillon tulip poured from a 750ml. My 1000th bottle review

The color of golden apricot with a translucent clarity and thin band of tightly compressed beads with slight lace pattern and very fine bubbles that rise slowly. The smell of floral esters and sweet fruit with a mild acidic yeast scent with the wild yeast giving off a lot of funkiness too, the apricot is mild in the nose but provides a slight fruity tangy aroma which is inviting. The mild tangy and dry combo is extremely pleasant with a fruity juiciness and moderately high carbonation provides a semi-dry overall feel with slightly puckering finish.

Fou'Foune has a totally complex amount of flavor with the apricot taste mixing sweet fruit with a tart and mild floral quality while at the same time mild spice and a woody tinge is blended in with slight lactic acidity which never seems to outdo the fruit, just augments it with a seriously intense amount of tropical notes. The apricot skin sour flavor comes out with slight lemony lactic tinges and hints of bitter tannin at times. The woody toastiness works very well alongside the floral and mild sweet flavors from the fruit. with a jammy apricot flavor the sour and complex amount of sweet tangy fruit notes linger until the last sip. The yeast at the end seems to give a more oaky quality that wasn't as evident in the first pour but even that is seriously tasty in its own way. The expectations for this beer were met and completely exceeded. A less aggressive sour than some cantillon beers but it impressed me even more with its balance. I am totally won over by this beer and the drinkability is ultra high to me.

Slatetank, Nov 13, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Another Cantillon, so much fun. 2007 vintage. Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a white head and true to the brewery leaves no lacing behind, that's fine.

Aroma is super sour, really tart. Smells awesome.

Slight sulfur, tastes kind of like flowers. I'm not picking up on the fruit so much. Its pretty sour. I think it smells better than it tastes. Overall drinkability is good and mouthfeel is good as well.

drabmuh, Mar 22, 2010
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4.84/5  rDev +4.5%

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...

StonedTrippin, Aug 22, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev -4.3%

Gotta give a bunch of thanks to ShogoKawada for letting me try this one.

A: Light fizzy head covering fades quickly with a hazy, lots of color, golden wheat straw colored beer.

N: Nice sour fruit, tangy and tart, little citrus and zest, touch of sweetness, dry fruit, touch of yeast. Lots of fruit, plenty of the peach/apricot, and even a bit of a citrus zest.

T: Sour and tangy fruit, tons of apricot, almost like pure apricot juice, and that also brings some fruit flavors of peach, citrus, grapefruit, little creamy even. Pretty sour overall and tart, with a touch of lemon and mouthwatering tangerine apricot juice like flavors. Mostly dry. A light yeast, that seems to accentuate a touch as it warms. We stirred the yeast and the funk and yeast flavors came out a lot more, and it got a hint of barnyard.

M: Lighter body with good carbonation.

Overall awesome, great fruit, tartness, funk, an awesome wild/sour beer with tons of great fruit flavors. Wish I could drink tons of this if it wasn't so expensive and hard to get.

jlindros, Jul 24, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -32%

Not sure when or where I first had this, but it was probably a bottle share somewhere. I never reviewed it because I had no notes on it, but this review is from a recent tasting on tap at Monk's.

(Make sure you don't pay too much for this one, because as with many Cantillon beers, it's way overhyped and way overrated.)

Looks nice: cloudy, honey-orange color, with about a 1/2" cap of delicate white bubbles for a head that recedes to a small ringlet, leaving soapy lacing on the glass. Distant, dry aroma, citrus zest, musty, touch of apricot. Tartness hits you up front on the palate, very drying, more citrus pith than anything, lemon juice, afterthoughts of candied apricot and grassy funk. Don't drink this if you have chapped lips. Fairly light bodied, a bit on the thin side, acidic, but with a good drying balance that improves the drinkability. Nice, but nothing really special going on here, but if you're a beer scene noob, you'll love it.

Rifugium, Jun 19, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a bottle into a flute. I had this at the bottle funk even at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a layer of white head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sour apricot and peach. Very fruity and refreshing. One of the best smelling beers I have ever run into.

Taste: Unbelievably, it lives up to the smell. Not quite as fruity, but I could still pick up some peach and apricot notes. Tart and lemony with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Just amazing. So refreshing, I was really bummed I couldn't just buy a whole glass. Loved the fruit and the level of sourness. I will definitely try to find this again one day.

oline73, Oct 04, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +1.1%

From 11/05/11 notes. HUGE thanks to Huhzubendah
for sharing this one at his birthday tasting; thanks Matthew! Been a big Want of mine for a while but have never had it, finally getting the chance to. Poured into my Cigar City tulip.

a - Pours a murky medium orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Apricot in color, which is pretty fitting.

s - Smells of fresh apricots, tropical fruits, sour fruits, brett and funk, light wood. Nose is a bit sweet and dominated by fresh sour apricots; I was pretty amazed how much they came through and how good it was. Wonderful sour nose if you like apricots.

t - Tastes of sweet and sour apricots, funk, oak, earthy notes, tart tropical fruits, sweet fruits, and brett. Again, very nice and sour, and a bit sweeter than the nose. Still outstanding, but a slightly step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, dry and acidic finish. Very easy to drink; felt like I could take down a whole bottle by myself and would like to.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer and glad to see it has lived up to what I hoped it would be. The nose is pretty much perfect; I loved how much the apricots came through in it. Something I will certainly try and get more bottles of, and would be itnerested to see how it ages because I thought it was pretty perfect fresh. If you like apricots, this is our outstanding sour.

mdfb79, Nov 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -8.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -10.4%

August 2009 Bottled on date; Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a hazy, sedimented, mucky color due to the completely crap pour by the waitress. It is topped by a fizzy, short lived, white head. The aroma is very tart smelling at first, but yields to notes of apricots, a hint of yeast and then back to tart again. Musty aromatics are joined by notes of musky barnyard notes as well as some catty, urea like notes. The nose really has a nice, floral / fruit apricot character to it that makes this vibrantly aromatic.

The flavor is bracingly sour upfront and finishes with a softer apricot like acidity that is joined by lactic acid sourness too. A floral apricot flavor is definitely here, despite the beer being bone dry. The body is quite light and refreshing and is definitely a beer meant for consuming in quantity (assuming you can get past the sourness of course). This is very nice, I would have loved to be able to try an even fresher example

Sampled July 2004, 2001 bottling.
Pours a very hazy orange-gold color. The head is cream colored and dissapears after a couple of minutes. The aroma is tart and funky. It is quite sour with some muted barnyard Brett notes. As is usual with Cantillon the taste is at first shockingly mouth puckering. After all of this time I don't even get a sense of the apricots. A bit of chalkiness is in the middle of this beer, which seems to add a bit of fullness to this otherwise light and refreshing beer. The sourness is reminiscent of grapefruit and lemons. Though I really wish there was some apricot flavor here, it is still quite good, though just as a Lambic.

Sampled 2002
A orangish light gold color to this beer, that is more light gold than anything. Pours with a lively carbonation. I can't detect any apricot in the aroma, though there is a slight fruitiness, but mostly smell sour. The taste is of course quite acidic, with general musty character as well. If I did not know this beer I would have no idea that it was made with apricots. The lambic beasties have completely obliterated all signs of the apricots. As a lambic type beer this is quite good, though seems a bit simplistic compared to some of the other offerings. Tastes more of a citrus type fruit, which comes from the acidity. I am a bit dissapointed in the apricot character from this beer, but it is still quite good.

Gueuzedude, Aug 29, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

MarkyMOD, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev -2.2%

On-tap at Beachwood I, 2010 Vintage,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a medium white head, nice spotty lace.

S: Apricot and lemon, with a lot of acid, true fruit smell.

T: The apricot is there, the fruit is true and lends complexity. The lactic acid is prevalent, but melds seemlessly with the apricot to make a stone fruit/lemon mix that is delicious.

M: Medium to high acidity, crisp and clean. Soft easy carbonation, beautifully structured.

O: Another fantastic lambic from Cantillon. Not a traditional fruit, but it certainly works. I have been wanting to try this for some time and it did not disappoint. Great beer.

Halcyondays, Sep 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

beernads, Apr 05, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -14%

Appearance: cloudy dingy orange color with a spotty head. No lacing develops.

Smell: sour fruits and a bit of funk is surprisingly very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: apricots and funk is up front along with a lip puckering sourness. There is some soft bitterness and some mildler yeast tones arriving late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the sourness glues itself to the tongue.

Drinkability: after having a few ounces of this the sourness became less shocking and more pleasant. But after completing the glass over a long period I had enough for the session.

Gavage, Feb 19, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -17.9%

12/4/08- Purcahsed at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, vintage 2003 says the cork. Poured into my Cantillion small tulip/wine glass.

Appearance- Seems to be a brown liquid under the cap surrounding the cork. Pours with a grapefruit colored cloudy white-yellow. Slightlest of spritzy head upon pour which fades upon impact. Leaves super light spotty quick disolving lace.

Smell- Smells very vinegary...the cork pops and still smells a bit vinegar-like, but also more lambic like with some definite barnyard qualities of wet hay and earthyness. Sour fruits, but I can't make them out. Possibly lemon, but apricot does not stand out.

Taste- Pucker city. Possibly the most sour beer I have ever encountered. Tart and mouth puckering. Lemon, grapefruit and other citrus fruits are pretty mucn undefinable due to the extreme tartness.

Mouthfeel- Very dry with an ultra long lasting sour feeling on the back of the tongue. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- This about pushed my limits of sourness. It tore up my stomach as well. Only for the people who can tolerate extreme amounts of citric acid. Tasted just fine, but hard to complete an entire bottle for me at least.

GClarkage, Dec 05, 2008
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5/5  rDev +8%

imperialking, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +8%

InspectorBob, Dec 01, 2011
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 1,706 ratings.