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Cantillon Fou' Foune - Brasserie Cantillon

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 2,406
Gots: 453 | FT: 33
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-05-2002

Apricot Lambic
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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of GClarkage
3.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orangesol
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Deuane for busting this one out. I have been looking to try another one of these for a little while now. 2009 bottle.

A - Pours murky light orange with a big two finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of sourness, sharp apricot and even some peach, light funk, and some dry oak tannins. I would have preferred just a bit more fruit but it isn't a huge deal really.

T - Starts off with a big dose of tart sourness slowly giving way to a mix of ripe apricot, damp must, and some dry oak tannins. The sourness is strong but once it dies down a bit you can detect the great fruit core of this beer. The finish is a mix of sourness and light dryness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. It is very tart and dry in the feel lingering long after the finish. While the sourness is strong it straddles the line of being overpowering very well.

O - Easily one of the best sours out there. The sourness is strong but if you can get by it you are in for a treat. The fruit is a perfect complement to all that funky goodness. I can't wait to have this on-tap in a few days.

Photo of Gavage
3.99/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.52/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Brouwerij Lane in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a hazy light golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin white head that reduces rather quickly to a tiny patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of apricot with some light amounts of mild sourness.

T: Similar to the smell but a little more intense in the flavor, very tart with strong sour flavors. Light presence of apricot.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. Easy to drink and extremely enjoyable (I could happily have a couple of these but that seems unlikely with how difficult to find and expensive this beer is). Not overly sour but quite tart.

Photo of stakem
4.97/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, filled about 3 months prior to the day we opened this. Split with Slatetank and Kegatron during a recent wild ale tasting. Poured into a matching Cantillon long stemmed tulip, this brew appears a clear golden yellow/orange color with a frothy white head that fades. Stringy patches of lace stick to the glass. A light swirl brings up a finger of yellowish stained froth.

The smell of this brew is packed full of fresh juicy peach/apricot character that is quite reminiscent of grandma's jelly. It has almost a floral component augmenting the sweet side of the aroma. A stunning bouquet of sweet, juicy fresh fruit fills the nose. There is a mildly funky backing that comes out more as the brew warms with a little bit of oaked quality.

The taste is tart and fruity with funk and a mild woodsy character. Juicy apricots and peach flavoring reside throughout the mouth with a faint grainy backing. Even as the nose eluded, there is even a touch of floral character to the taste as well. Faintly herbal across te back with an earthy aftertaste of natural peaches/apricots and bacterial funk.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very salivating and extremely satisfying across the board. There is no alcohol inclusion readily apparent despite the brew getting warmer than ideal during the session. I could absolutely kill this beer all day long. I would have no regrets choosing this as the only beer to drink for the rest of my life. A beautiful, perfect aroma is one of the best I have ever smelled in a beer. I strongly consider but hesitate giving this a perfect 5 rating... If a 4.99 rating were possible, that's what I'd give. I was lucky enough to have multiple draft pours of this beer 5 months ago so I knew what I was in for. Opening this bottle exceeded all expectations.

Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My review is of a fresh 2010 bottle, but I recently had a 2008 which I enjoyed more.

Pours 1/4 finger of white head. Color is a hazy straw golden yellow. Kind of peach colored.

Aroma: Sweet apricots, funky barnyard flavors, straw. It is a bit muted. Some light acidic flavors and lemon citrus as well.

Taste: More sour notes here. Sharp lemons, apricots, horseblanket, funk, barnyard notes, and some acidity.

Mouthfeel: Sour and funky. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a very drinkable sour beer. A bit weak of aroma, but what is there is nice. Fairly sweet. I could drink a lot of this one.

Photo of yourefragile
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2008 vintage, split with friends at Maxs.

Appearance is a cloudy, hazy pale straw gold with a thin fizzy white head that leaves minimal lacing. I'll be smelling this beer all night, long after I leave here. Extremely sharp, acidic and funky with mild apricot fruit sweetness and cheesy funk. It's hard to stop smelling this and actually taste it. Flavor starts initially apricot and oak sweet before becoming overwhelmed by acidic and vinegary sweetness which actually finds a way to become even sharper and more nasty funky in the finish. Not for the faint of heart or novice to the style, and maybe not the best bottle to represent this particular beer, but for a complex fruity and sour lambic this is near impeccable.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A treat to experience on tap @ Spuyten D. in Bklyn. as part of their Yeast fest of a week ago. Pours soft, cloudy tangerine, with a minimal off white head, with minor lacing. Funky, fruity nose. Moderatly sour brew with a slight nod in the flavor profile to the adertised apricots. Long lasting sour/bret notes linger and linger in the mouth. Pleasantly sour and soft. Very tasty stuff, delicate and complex on tap. World class lambic, go get some.

Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Teresa's Next Door.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with subtle tints of pale orange and a frothy two finger soapy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing.

Funky earthy aroma with a decent amount of horsey barnyard character, bret and other bugs, oak, hay and cobweb. Slight lactic presence with hints of light fruit, mostly apple, pear and of course apricot. Subtle acetic vinegar.

Medium bodied with an excellent tart, puckering flavor that isn't harsh, abrasive or acidic. Pretty funky while still remaining soft and delicate. Prominent light fruit with hints of apricot, apple and citrus. Lots of earthy oak complimenting the musty funkiness with a dry acetic finish that leaves me salivating for more.

Overall, this beer was very good but the hand pump/cask serving seems t have curtailed the sour acetic character a bit. The result s a well balanced softer beer but I prefer the more tart funky bottle and regular tap version.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a orange tinge when held to the light. A small white head floats atop the glass before slowly fading away into a tiny cap and leaving streaks/spots all around the glass.
Smell is of obvious apricots, peaches, nectarines, vanilla, tart notes of vinegar and funky hints of horseblanket,and perhaps a hint of passion fruit/mango blend.
Taste is of the aromas with more of an acidic presence making itself known in the form of soured peaches and green apple.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, tart, making one salivate...but easy drinking and perhaps even refreshing if given the proper setting.

Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served side by side with St.-Gilloise. Review from notes.

A: Fou' Foune is a hazy yellow color. There is 1/4 inch head that fades pretty rapidly, leaving no lace.

S: The aroma is incredible, with scents of a farm, barnyard, apricots, straw.

T: The beer tastes phenomenal. It's extremely tart. Extremely tart, I said. The flavor is bold and aggressive, with apricots and sour funk causing my cheeks to pucker in delight.

M: Upon completion of my second glass, I was really feeling the finish. I felt akin to a boxer that got hit with a lot of body shots over the course of a bout. The acetic finish grows stronger with every ounce. I...can't...stop...

D: It's truly sad that this beer will no longer be brewed.

***

A: Hazy yellow, small head and no lace.

S: Straw, hay, the great outdoors, farms, apricots. Ah, Cantillon has the most incredible aromas...

T: Extremely sour, even for Cantillon. My mouth puckers in delight. A beautiful and natural taste of apricots and barnyard funk.

M: Very tart with an acetic finish.

D: Delicious beer. Great for sharing a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-04-2010

Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A handpull at Teresa's Next Door. (That sounds odd, now that i think about it)

Just like Iris, Fou Foune poured expertly off the handpump, I was greeted by half a glass of orangeish gold liquid with the top of the glass full of white foam. It settled out nicely with nice retention and minor stick.

Unlike last years Fou Foune cask serving at the same venue (and possibly the same vintage), this smelled way off. I got baby powder and old feet and a plastic scent. Hardly any apricot until the end of the glass. I know each vintage is different, but I did not warm up to this.

The taste brings it back. Not getting any of that old Cantillon scent, im pleased with the nice acidic sourness and apricot with some old musky barnyard thrown in. Some oak with warming and old cheese taste at the end. Last year, this stuff rocked, if this is the same vintage as that, it's fallen off, and that's just my opinion on this vintage, I know what this beer can be.

Feel is very light bodied and nicely carbed up. A nice amount of sourness hits the gullet, yet not extreme. While I really enjoyed this, I could not get another glass, I went with Iris instead. I really want to try a fresh bottle of fou foune and make a solid decision on it.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this immediately after having an Upland Blueberry. No comparison. This place is still far and away better at producing any kind of fruit lambics than anything here in the states. Plus, this stuff is available here on my local liquor store shelf. Why again am I trading rare beers for sours produced here when this stuff is readily available? A treasure. Pours a slightly hazy golden with the barest head. Glows in the glass. Smells very sour and acetic with some savory/salty notes, and pure, zingy apricot on the finish. The taste is awesome. Sour, salty, and with absolutely vibrant apricot flavors. Tangy and sweet notes with some light funk/barnyard right at the end. Wonderfully blanced and laser like in flavor. The mouthfeel is juicy, clean, and absolutely knife-like in how it cuts through the palate. Delicious, as always. I think this is one of their better lambics. The apricot really lends itself to the style.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had as part of the "Evening with Cantillon" event during Good Beer Week in Melbourne.

Classic lambic look: hazed golden hue with a fine, tight white head that dissipates and leaves some soapy lace. Not much of a shift in colour from the fruit addition—it just looks like any other straight lambic or gueuze in Cantillon's range.

Nose is awesome, with crushed dried apricots coming through strongly above a vanilla sweetness like shortcrust pastry. There's a little greenness to it, but surprisingly, the lambic funk and acidity really doesn't come through. Overall, it's smooth, fragrant and rich. Lovely aroma.

Taste is also soft, and while the acidity is present here, it's much more restrained than in some of Cantillon's other brews. Ripe apricot, some fruit skin finishing with a clean crispness and a mild, soft tartness. Finish is long with a lingering funk and a bit of dust. Very nice.

Amazingly drinkable brew, perhaps one of the most drinkable Cantillons I've had the pleasure to sample. The soft sweetness of the apricots cushions the palate beautifully. Lovely beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml split by sfoley333, thanks Sean. From a 2004 vintage, on to the beer:

This is an orange colored beer with a short lived, head, but like most sours, I wasn't expecting a whole lot of head. The nose is big and sour, really sour. There's a small trace of the apricot to liven things up. Like a lot of Cantillon's, this could become interesting.

VERY puckering in the mouth. I get small hints of apricot and tons of acidity, enough to rip away the enamel on your teeth. As the beer dries, a cheese aftertaste is left with the puckering sourness. I was puckering a lot as I drank more and more of Fou' Foune, but I still liked it overall.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy glowing apricot colot ;) with good carbonation leaving a mioderate white cap, bubbles and a splendid amount of lacing

S: How fresh can a beer smell, well this says it all. Fresh apricots, slome light funk and sting on the nostrils

T: At first is a subtle tartness, sting with a nice fresh, smooth apricot presence tasting tandem with some a funky horseblanket. The finish is dry, tart, Earthy

M: Lighter bodied, moderate to highly carbonated, very dry with loads of fresh aprioct on the palate

O: Gave me a boner

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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