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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

Added by rastaman on 08-05-2002

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2,878
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536
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
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Photo of American_Hawk
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MalibuKenny
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GScow
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johnny_Blackhands
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcoyle
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of svenness
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fou' Foune '14 vintage

Pours a vibrant, hazy peachy color, with a decent, fizzy head.

Pure apricots. So much fruit, accompanied by wooden stone qualities, fermented apricots and leathery wood. The nose got a glue like, vinegar whiff to it, accentuating the funky tartness, while its focus remains without a doubt on the fruits.

Perfectly carbonated, with a very refreshing light body.

Taste mirrors the nose, regarding the apricots, revealing apricot pulp, vinegar, vaseline, plastic, soap, glue - all funked up, by leather and barnyard. The nose comes incedibly nice together, again, revealing its fruity characteristics. Finishes tart, dry, with a fermented fruit bitterness, still complimenting the apricots, leaving back a tooth pluckering sourness.

Incredibly well pronounced apricots among a supersoft mouthfeel, wrapped up by a thirst quenching, dry sourness. Refreshing in body, juicy, with a sour lemon peel infusion, leaving with a long lasting, acidic tartness.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: apricot, a little cloudy, bubbly half-inch head

S: strawberry-banana yogurt, orange zest and creamsicle, peachy, peach sherbert or peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream

T: tart not-quite-ripe-but-fresh apricot, strong apricot, like apricot jam, but also unripe peach. Sour, but without the vinegar you sometimes get with sours. The sourness is like plain Greek yogurt, vanilla ice cream on the finish.

M: light- to medium-bodied, twinge of carbonation keeps it sharp and crisp.

O: really tasty, had this on cask at Moeder Lambic a couple of months ago and it was one of the best I've ever had--tasted exactly like strawberry-banana yogurt. In the bottle it was a little more sour and a little sharper, but the flavors were the same. Smell was really exceptional.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of angrybabboon
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 bottle, shared with my beautiful and wonderful girlfriend. I have had older bottles of this, but never one nearly so fresh as this. The brew pours a turbid orange hue and is capped with a nice, albeit short-lived, white cap of froth. Wow. It smells so strongly tart, fruity and funky. It tastes like a tart Gueuze macerated in copious amounts of the juicy and tart flesh of apricot and peach - first and foremost - but it also suggests hefty doses of nectarine, Alphonso mango, Mandarin orange supremes, papaya, and loquat. Very very tart. One of the most puckering beers I've had, sip after sip. Many standard nuances of a Cantillon brew (ex.: grassy, woody-tannic and/or bright lemon-y) are obfuscated by the brutal funkiness of this heavily fruit-laden Lambic. Strong acidity here, from the sharply tart malic-tartaric-citric acid notes (akin to sour candy), to the heavy malt vinegar nuance, and finally rounded out by the pungent overipe-rotten orchard fruit notes and a musky hay-straw-barn funk. Overall, this beer is a stunner. Relatively fresh, like this bottle is, the brew is as intensely fruity as any you're likely to encounter. Give it 5 years or so, such as the bottle urwithdave shared with me recently, and the brew is equally stunning, but radically different. The fruit is a ghostly nuance after 5 years, and all of the elements are expressed in a divinely sublime manner, as opposed to the shocking intensity of the fresh brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully juicy and richly of the hearty fruit in apricots, this snappy dry sour ale captures all the fruit flavor in its unadulterated forms while delivering it from its sweetness in favor of a highly acidic and sublimely drinkable ale.

Pouring a burnish orange, honey hue with a certain denseness that points toward a yeasty haze; the beer builds a short-statured head of creamy white foam that reduces to a film before holding true for the last quarter of the session.

A sharp pang of sour notes create immediate impact on the nose in the form of tart peaches, apricots, and mangoes that may have been marinated in white wine, dry cider, and light vinegar. There's just the sense of pickled fruit that plays out in a rather musty and leathery scent that creates such intrigue and apprehension going into the first sip.

But that sip is just as sultry, savory, and sharply decided as I had feared- or shyly coveted. Just after the clean acidity hits the mouth with the taste of cider, white wine, and pickled fruit, the immediate aftertaste of peach or apricot arise even before the finish is delivered. The dryness and effervescence of the beer ushers in a quick visit to the gullet before the beer is appropriately evaluated. But as each sip whaffs over the tongue, other elements of dried fruit, including pineapple, green apple, peach, mango, and even papaya; all make marketed impressions on the palate en route to the whimsical lemony and leathery aftertaste.

This beer is alive with a clean and zesty texture that introduces its finish as soon as it does its initial taste. Drinkable, palatable, digestible... sure, but it takes a lot of concentration to understand the quick procession that this beer does, dancing across the tongue. It's incredible that a fruited sour ale delivers this intense of a dry beer without exposing any flaws in taste, astringency in texture, or wavering of body. Flawless? ...almost.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottles of a 05 and a 09. I am reviewing them both, but I'm scoring the 05. A huge thanks to Don for hooking me up!!!

A- Both vintages pour a hazy pale yellow color. Both have a thin off white head with some spotty lacing.

A- The 05 is very sour smelling. Lemon and funk are present. The 09 is very less sour smelling. The apricot is detectable in the 09 but not even a hint is present in the 05. The 05 has a bit of vinegar in the nose.

T- As I was expecting, the 05 was extremely sour (one of the sourest I have ever had) with some barn yard funk and lemon. Very acidic and outright sour! Perfect for me. The more sour, the better.
The 09 is much more tame. The apricot is noticeable here. Still tart, but not even a fraction as sour as the 05. Still a little funky but not nearly as funky as the 05.

M- Both were medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Both had a tart finish, the 05 was just 10x as tart.

D- The sourness and acidity will limit the drinkability for sure. However, I had a full bottle between us and I didn't have any problems. My taste buds were completely destroyed afterwards, but man did I ever love these brews. The 05 was better due to the intense sourness, but the 09 was definitely much more fruity.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Holland
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Lauren for sharing this at a tasting!

A: pours a cloudy golden color with fine bubbles coming through, but not much head, and no retention.

S: bright smelling with lemon, apricot, and peach. Some good funk is in there, but it doesn't come through too much.

T: again with a slight funk, but mostly sourness and fruit flavors like peach and apricot. The acidity is delicious, but certainly not the most sour out there. Barely a hint of sweetness.

M: bright, acidic, thin but coats the mouth well so that you can feel it for a while.

O: most excellent lambic, so happy to have tried this finally. It's not overwhelmingly flavorful, but delicious and balanced for my tastes.

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Photo of Mike_DiMattio
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DovaliHops
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...I'm so happy I finally get to review this beer. Bought it off a Belgian website. Bottled August 25th, 2011---fresh baby! I heard fresh is the best way to go with this beer. Pours a very hazy, straw yellow-orange color with a large white head. Very fizzy. Scent is just as funky as I was hoping it would be...quite funky. Sweet apricots in the aroma with some grass and funky cheese. Definitely some sharp cheese aromas. Lots of barnyard funk with a bit of stinky gym socks. Considering this is a fresh bottle, the aroma was much more funky than I was expecting...which is great! Taste is tart at first...not sour. Switches to sweet apricots, funky/strong cheese flavors with a ton of barnyard flavor. Then the apricots come back in, but more sour this time. Finishes even more sour than it started. Great finish to this beer...scratch that, THE BEST FINISH. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some puckering notes and very highly carbonated...could use a little less carbonation. Drinkability is high as it could get. Overall, another AMAZING beer from Cantillon. Now that I've tried this gem, I will be seeking out more.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml 2009 Fou Foune shared w/ jlindros, portia99, and FluffyMcTingle.

A- Hazy orangey with a dash of rose pink.

S- Fruity, Grapefruit, white grape, peaches, pears, apricot.

T- Great fruit tartness and some bracing acidity. Orange zest. Apricots are mellow at first but assert themselves as the bottle goes down. This is such a good flavor profile. Damn.

M- This beer plays with me. Some sips it's fruity, others it's shockingly tart, others it has a great funk component. So complex, it's hard to appreciate it all at once. This keeps you rediscovering the beer after each sip. Truly great.

D- Fairly high... prob. one of the most enjoyable sour beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Oliekan
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Bottle dated August 19, 2011.

Appearance - Hazy, murky orange body with an ample, pillowy head. Continuous froth as I drink it. Couldn't look better for a lambic. It even looks the color of an apricot.

Smell - Beautiful, subtle apricot aroma. Slight acidity in the aroma. Not much funk, which is disappointing, but it's probably what allows the apricot aroma to be so perfect.

Taste - Slight apricot flavor immediately overtaken by lambic acidity. A bit of barnyard acidity and some hay and wheat flavors. The finish is slightly bitter, but it gives way to a nice apricot flavor in the finish. It's as if the apricot flavor is continuously there, but the lambic comes through and overwhelms it at certain points.

Mouthfeel - The lightest lambic I have had. Amazingly flavorful for so little body. It really allows the apricot to shine. Perfect carbonation, of course.

Overall - Cantillon really does a terrific job with fruit lambics. They're more acidic than funky, which allows the fruit to shine. In this case, the fruit flavor is perfect and manages to showcase without being a fruit bomb.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Sour.....nice smooth easy drinking. Much more fruit after it warms up a bit...

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Photo of bennyman12
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2015 cork.
My second time having it (previous was 2014). Consumed solo over poetry on a lovely spring afternoon.
Massive foam at pour fades to loose bubbles
The smell is apricots soaked in orange juice
Taste follows. Apricot is there, but it's mainly apricot skins. White grapes and orange pulp and tannins and some noble hop cheese? Or is that just the oak? Aggressively dry but not phlegmy. Apricot nicely present on aftertaste.
Rather full mouthfeel, which is where so many American approximations fall short.
Glorious!

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Photo of allenson21
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
4.53 out of 5 based on 2,878 ratings.
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