Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon
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4.13/5 rDev -10.8%
on-tap at deep ellum during the cantillon/de la senne event on april 24, 2009, week's end of the craft brewers conference.
served in unique klokke roeland stemless snifter.
just wanted to note that this time around, there is a much bigger blast of fruity ripe apricot (skins and all), especially in the aroma, while still having all the complexities as before.
served a little less cold this time, so i didn't have to wait for it to warm. thus i got a little more carbonation, and thus probably more body.
warrants some score boosting
smell 4.0 -> 4.5
mouthfeel 3.5 -> 4.0
ORIGINAL REVIEW 2-12-2009
on-tap at deep ellum, in allston, massachusetts. poured into goblet with a slight taper and flare.
bright straw color with amber tones. hazy. nice head that barely fades. this was served to me far too cold for my tastes, so i had to warm it up in my hands for about 5-7 minutes. even after all this, the thin layer of head still remained! lacing forms after each sip, but never sticks.
cider vinegar and gentle funk in the nose, with woody oak and a hint of leather, which really peaks in the middle.
flavor is tart, like champagne and cider vinegars. more wood and leather. hints of yeast and funk mingle near the end, which remains tart and crisp.
peach or apricot fruit is actually only barely perceptible in both the nose and palate, and really only if you look for it.
feel is crisp and acidic, but just slightly thin. carbonation is quite mild. keep in mind that we had to let this sit for nearly ten minutes to warm up.
06-27-2009 14:13:56 | More by tai4ji2x
4.8/5 rDev +3.7%
Bottle into wine glass.
Pours hazy, orange-gold, thin big-bubbled head that fades quickly.
Smell is tart and bright, with tons and tons of fresh apricot. This is the most fruit I've ever gotten from a Cantillon fruit lambic, and it's delicious.
Flavor is gorgeous - huge, vivid apricot. Clean tartness up front, hints well-integrated of barnyard funk and wet leather at points, and so much gorgeous apricot it's stunning. Dry, more acidic sourness than funk. Finish is so much apricot it feels like there should be chunks still floating in the glass. Complete showcase for the apricot, sans any hint of sweetness. Masterful.
Mouthfeel is light, subtle but crisp carbonation underneath a light body that's just brimming with flavor. Some acidity in the back of the throat complements the carbonation. Beautiful.
Drinkability is astronomical. I had 16 ounces, and felt like I hadn't even gotten a good start. Could have finished an entire bottle and then started on the next.
04-23-2009 00:10:54 | More by JohnQVegas
4.4/5 rDev -5%
Cork literally pulled apart on exit...kinda strange. Initial pour appearance is excellent. Great clarity with four-finger white foamy/snappy soap voluminous head. Brew is nice peach color with tint of orange and yellow.
Aroma is funky, ripe stringy, lacy, full of peach, apricot, apple, not much tartness on the nose. Well done aroma for being to barnyard and funky.
Flavors are light vinegar, nice light smooth sweetness is well blended with strong earthy pine dry bitterness. Full of horse blanket and barnyard earth... Carbonation is much lighter than expected and much appreciated.
IMO, this is a bit of an over-hyped brew, but it's still very nice and enjoyable. It's a damn fine, highly drinkable, earthy sour, just a bit over hyped... Very solid, I just don't believe it's tops in class, but definitely a top 10-15 brew for it's class. Recommended, yes, even @ $30/750/ml
06-10-2014 22:39:55 | More by chugalug06
4.85/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-21-2012 02:57:39 | More by russwbeck
4.78/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured from a caged and corked 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass. Special thanks to whoever brought this 2006 bottle to Alewatcher's birthday. From notes.
Appearance: This has a very elegant hazy golden yellow appearance in the glass. With its translucence it appears almost angelic, although I might just be thinking that because I am so excited to try it. A ring of white head rests in the edge of the glass, remaining mellow and not bothering to leave much lace.
Smell: This aroma is fantastic, just the perfect balance for a summer beer. A little bit sour, with just a hint of funk, there is a ton of apricot that screams refreshment.
Taste: The flavor is really a progression of apricot. Up front it starts sweet, like biting into a ripe apricot. It shifts to become more sour, gaining momentum from an acidity that starts in the periphery and eventually makes me pucker. On subsequent sips this sensation subsides and I distinguish some lactic sourness and a light mustiness at the end.
Mouthfeel: The body to Fou' Foune is light to medium, with a good amount of carbonation that is mostly creamy but provides a bit of crispy pep as well. Overall in line with what I want from a beer of this nature. Very dry at this point.
Overall: It is a cruel joke that this beer is so hard to come by in the United States. I am beginning to wonder if I should move to Belgium just to be able to drink Cantillon all the time. Seriously.
08-09-2011 00:38:25 | More by KickInTheChalice
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Don't we all love Cantillon? 2010 vintage.
A: Nice Straw color with deeper dark middle. Nice head thats fluffy. Pretty lambic!
S: Tons of fresh apricot, like sliced open apricot fruit with the pit as well. Some softer oak and vanilla notes with great barnyard funk and straw malt. Nice!
T: Amazing bright fruit and fresh apricots and tangy nutty apricot pit. A little bit of oak smooths out the fruit, but the tangy, tart sour fruit takes center stage. some grape and apple notes as well. Exquisite.
M: Smooth front and tangy back. Good carbonation.
O: Well what else can you say? Another world class beer from Cantillon.
04-16-2011 14:59:36 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.5/5 rDev -2.8%
2011 bottle opened for my birthday. Poured at ~5C, then warmed into a Duvel snifter. Shared with friends who had never had a sour before, and it took them aback :)
Apricots and funk on the nose. Hints of acetic acid perhaps behind it all but minimally if at all. The fruitiness builds with time and the temperature of the beer increasing. Stellar funky nose that develops over time. I need to spend more time to think about this, in order to really do this justice, but I don't want to think too much The body has a strong effervescence that bites the tongue giving the beer a body that I think it would otherwise have lacked. More apricots in the body, with nice barnyard notes that pair well. A great beer I am glad to have 5 more of to consume over time and consider its growth...
06-11-2012 03:13:43 | More by kjyost
4.72/5 rDev +1.9%
Just had this beer 2011 vintage 750ml and boy was I impressed with this one. Now I know why people are always looking for it. This beer pours a beautiful orangish color with a small white head. The head was the only part I was expecting more from. The smell is huge vibran apricots up front followed by a tart funky slightly barnyard smell. The flavor is again huge on ripe apricots with a nice sourness and funk in the finish. Not to acidic just right on the acidity. The mouthfeel is light and juicy with the apricot flavors well carved and overall an amazing lambic. Just outstanding.
01-12-2012 01:54:58 | More by rowingbrewer
4.38/5 rDev -5.4%
On draft at the Tap and Mallet 1/17/12
5.5oz poured into a small wine glass
A: Sublime. A gorgeous cloudy golden orange. Starts with a two-finger head that settles to a nice cap. One of the most inviting beers I've seen.
S: Funk! Barnyard, horse blanket...all those typical descriptors.
T: Heavy brett but with more dimensions than I'm accustomed to. Moderate lactic sourness. Apricot provides just a touch of sweetness but this isn't an in-your-face fruit beer. It's more about the yeast, the tartness and the bugs.
M: Excellent. Plentiful carbonation combines with the sourness to give you the essential lambic experience.
O: I'm really glad I got to try this. I kept wanting to come back to it. Couldn't let it sit for very long between sips. If the bottled version is even better, then I'd love to get some.
01-18-2012 15:32:07 | More by mjtiernan
District of Columbia
4.63/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Nice soft pour, couple inches of foam, no real lacing. Looks like soft apricots and hazy sunshine.
Smell: Best part of the beer, fresh apricots with a bit of sour/tart.
Taste: Great dichotomy between the sweet apricot on the bouquet and the biting acidity on the tongue, followed by apricot again on the finish. Has a nice, light, earthy horse blanket funk. There should be a rating for presentation. Very sour. Slightly chalky.
Mouthfeel: Soft, light but perfectly carbonated. I am always thankful for these low ABV sours.
Drinkability: High, this is now one of my favorite cantillons, right behind Blaeber
01-19-2010 04:02:27 | More by craytonic
Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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