Fou' Foune
Brasserie Cantillon

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #1
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
100
Ranked #16
Avg:
4.69 | pDev: 7.25%
Reviews:
574
Ratings:
3,150
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Notes: Apricot Lambic

Blend of lambics aged 18 to 20 months and of Bergeron apricots.

Very fragrant gourmet beer which perfectly brings across the flavours of Bergeron apricots.

Color: copper
Serving Temperature: 15°C/59 °F
Reviews: 574 | Ratings: 3,150 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Sigmund
4.12/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared bottle at local tasting. Cloudy golden colour, white head. Intense and lovely aroma of brettanomyces / farmhouse and apricots. Sour flavour, notes of lemons, apricot and brettanomyces.

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Photo of FLima
4.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank at the brewery.
Hazy amber peachy color with a thin head.
Nice peachy aroma, fresh mint and orange lemon citrusy.
Flavor with notes of peaches, lemon, spices, wood, herbal hops and lactic acid. Dry and sour aftertaste.
Light body with mild carbonation.
One of my preferred beer from them. This was perfectly balanced with peaches at the right level, still keeping Lambic in the spotlight. Excellent.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours a very hazy orange/peach color, with a very nice head and great lacing.

Smell - Has a subdued smell of sour apricot with a bit of funk.

Taste - Tastes of sour apricot; not the sourest I've tried, but perhaps a bit sourer than I'd prefer.

Feel - Has a light carbonation with a lingering sour taste.

Overall - This is a nice sour beer, though it's not one of my favorites.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.61/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle decanted into small snifters.

Golden-orange in color with good clarity. Bracing tartness on the attack, but as the initial shock to the palate subsides, it opens into bright and beautiful flavors of fresh apricots, orange blossom and floral notes, and a very delicate and nuanced funk layer. Soft oak to round things out. It’s so fucking good. Completely captivating in its fresh and lively fruit flavor and in its balance. This is a personal favorite of mine, and one of the very few beers that I will begrudgingly admit lives up to the hype and then some. It’s a real treat to savor on the rare occasions it can be had.

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Photo of darktronica
4.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from bottle at Brasserie Cantillon. Modestly hazy and apricot-colored, with as much head on it as you care to produce when pouring. Bursting with fruit, moderate tartness and a touch of sour funk. Easy to see why this can be rated as the best Belgian fruit lambic around.

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Photo of jhavs
4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Teku. 2017 vintage.

Clear and golden straw colored with thin off-white foamy head. Settles into floating small bubbled island and thin collar of bubbly foam.

Aroma is bright tart fruit mixed with a layer of overripe/fermented apricot. Minor but persistent funk, a hint of white wine grape and some earthy/grass/wood notes.

Moderate carbonation and lighter side of medium body.

Overall a beautiful representation of apricot. Perfect levels of fruit/funk/tartness

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Photo of Nuttin_but_the_best_Clark
4.16/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right up front I will say that I am not a huge fan of sour beers. I find them a bit bracing and not the kind of beer I enjoy drinking. Having said that, I do find them an interesting category and this one, while a bit puckering, was not as sour as some of the sour beers I've tried.

It has almost a champagne shandy type of mouthfeel/taste. It's light and crisp the way a champagne is and has a similar carbonated consistency. The color is nice with a dark yellow color and little bubbles which fizz within it.

The taste is a very fermented peach flavor. Tart and acidic but not so much so that you lose the nuances of the apricot/peach. I did something I never do with a sour and had a glass and a half of this in one sitting. Probably more to do with the price and scarcity than the taste. As rare as this is, I probably won't get another chance to try it ... and I am actually quite okay with that.

This is a conversation beer ... someone who enjoys sour beers might argue differently ... but as a sour skeptic, I can appreciate the time (up to two years) aging this and know that the French do not mess around when it comes to great beer and wine production. This is no doubt of the highest quality you can buy. The only issue I had is that, for the price and rarity, the bottle looks very cheap. It reminds me of a bottle of sparkling apple cider you'd buy at the store for $3.

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Photo of Sandis
3.6/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 bottle sampled from a plastic cup at midnight in the parking lot of Forager Brewing awaiting Nillerzzzzz/Crema release the next morning. I can understand why someone might like this style of beer but the sour notes of the Belgian Fruit Lambics just are not my thing.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.72/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear and gold. Small but satisfactory white head. Smells of all the apricots: fresh, dried, jam, pickled. Gorgeous. Got that medicinal barnyard funk but not too much. Exceptional apricot flavour, but with a certain dank turn towards sea buckthorn and pickle brine. Bone dry and perfectly sour: tart, not heartburny. A fantastic lambic and I can’t wait to drink it again.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.44/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/26/15; drank 8/13/16 @ Golgi Apparatus.

Opaque orange appearance.

Small bright white head; minimal lace.

Apricot, mango & pineapple notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apricot & mango flavors up front; tangy peach notes on the finish.

Mildly tart; a delicious, boldly fruity treat. Excellent!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a world-class beer all the way around. The apricots and earthiness mingle well together and the slight hint of tartness are amazing...This is a 2011 edition and it is drinking incredibly right now. I have to admit that I never thought I would ever lay eyes on this but I'm glad I finally got a chance to try this. It is simply amazing. I love the way that the sweetness of the fruits and the tartness of the beer play against one another here. I am very fortunate to be able to have had a chance to give this one a go. If you ever run across this I would highly highly highly recommend it. It is simply incredible...

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage.
Aroma is herbal and stone fruit with the flavor surprisingly crackery-baguette malty with apricot-peach coming through mostly in the late palate and finish. Dry and light with incredible drinkability.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.66/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

People differ in opinion, but I loved the fruity, tart, bitter and slightly funky flavor.

Look: Hazy golden with a thin white head

Aroma: tart green apples and apricot

Flavor: The flavor is tart apple, pear, apricot, maybe orange, some yeasty funk, maybe white wine, a dry oakie bitterness at the end. It is delicious.

Feel: it's light and refreshing

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.45/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle drank at the Brewery in Brussels. poured into Cantillon 25cl stemmed glass

pours a bright clear orange / peach color, thin white head that fades. nice pleasant aroma of appricots, mild tartness. similar taste, not overly sour and refreshing to drink. thin bodied, lively carbonation works for it.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Moor, Bristol, Zwanze Day 2018 - Pours hazy orange with a small white foamy head. Aroma - Sour, unripe fruits - apricot, peach notes, woody feel. Taste - Tart, fruits - apricot, grassy notes, dry sour finish. Drinks really well with a nice sour fruit balance.

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Photo of Rristow
4.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle. Pours a hazy orange with nice head. Fruity aroma with citrus notes. Flavors of apricot, orange and some sour funk. Crisp and easily crushable. Not overly sour. Incredible.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.61/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

04/2014 - The nose is notably tart, a touch yeasty, yet notable peach and apricots; funky, lactic, pucker all over the palate, with juicy fruit lasting and lasting; there's a unique bitterness in back, but the aforementioned characteristics, namely the the peach and lactic linger.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Finally got to try this lambic, was skeptical of the praise, but wow this was amazing! The apricot just explodes onto the palate on the finish with supporting flowers, hay, candi sugar, peach jam, pear, and funky yeast. So much fullness of flavor while maintaining a light, delicate and exception mouthfeel. Smell is not as vibrant, yet does put the spotlight on the apricot and peach yogurt (yeast) aromas. Pours bright gold with plenty of white foam, amazing lambic! Despite my doubts, the hype is real!

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Photo of Harrison8
4.65/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours and orangish-straw with a light haze and fog. Head foams up to two fingers in height straight from the bottle and retains fairly well. Aroma is peach with a light acidic straw backbone. Flavor profile is a jam-like peach notes, spread over notes of wheat and bread. Splendid smoothness. Mouth feel is smooth with a medium thickness. Overall, simply amazing. It's a kin to spreading a peach jam on bread.

Reviewed from notes. Served into a stemmed glass from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of npolachek
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Extremely well balanced lambic.
Appearance: Orange
Nose: Apricot, Peach
Mouth: Some sourness, but overall very drinkable
Overall: Extremely solid offering, but very expensive if you are buying in the USA.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.9/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is as close to perfect as anything I've ever had. I will never stop thinking about it. I have nothing to add to any review, other than my input that this is tremendous.

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Photo of mkh012
4.63/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage (1 year old) purchased at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Poured at room temperature, essentially.

The look is semi-hazy light orange with a ring of white head.

The nose is apricot, pear, peach, and funk.

The taste is a balanced blend of similar flavors. Apricot, green apple, and blue cheese, with a semi-dry finish. Near-perfect mouthfeel.

Overall, was this worth $60? Probably. Very good, though not necessarily mind-blowing. Just a refined, tasty beer. An experience, for sure.

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Photo of Teames95
4.54/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First fresh foune (2017). Beautiful fruit lambic with standard cantillon mineral undertones, soft acidity and tartness, thick ripe appricot. Definitely get the “yoghurtiness” others have described. Would still be interested to stick a few years on it to see how the fruit charecter develops

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a special occasion, this is Cantillon's greatest offering. Justifies making the pilgrimage if a sour fan and even those who are more wine enthusiast will love Fou' Foune. Is a gold yellow with slight haze. Tastes of peaches, nuanced funk, balanced sourness, and a champagne effervescence. Enjoyed at the brewery in Brussels with family and new friends and really would not have it any other way.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Reviewed from notes. 2014 cork dating. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a J. Wakefield OG teku glass.

A: Hazy gold with a big three-finger white head, though this fades fairly quickly. Low visible carbonation after the intial blush diminishes.

S: Dried apricots, tart Lactobacillus funk, oak tannins. Mild vinous character, another punch of funk and light cracker malts.

T: Really follows the nose – lactic acid, tart apricots, and dry oak tannins. Funk is in moderation – feet and barnyard, but not straying into horse blanket or particularly cheesy. Finishes with tartness and dry acidity with lingering apricot to an underripe peachy fruitiness.

M: Light crackly body with sour tingling – almost frothy feeling. Good carbonation sensation. Low alcohol flavors.

O: Good, maybe really good. But honestly I was a little disappointed. For all the hype, I expected something to blow me away and this fell just a little short of that. Perhaps a victim of my own expectations. Very tasty, but you could get almost this experience for a fraction of the cost of entry (Almanac Valley Of The Heart's Delight comes to mind).

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