Cantillon Fou' Foune | Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Fou' FouneCantillon Fou' Foune

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

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Reviews: 533 | Ratings: 2,860
Photo of Bruno74200
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at les Fleurs du Malt in Lyon, France.
It seems like I'm biting in a fresh slighty acidic immature apricot. All along the main attributes might be its fruitness and the fact that it's damn well refreshing. Tart but not acidic the beer delivers a brett apricot and mango smell. The taste is never sour but still very fruity and slighty herbal. The lambic ain't too funky here.
The highlights of this very sought after beer are its simplicity and its balanced. A beer to love. I'm dying waiting to try the bottle I have in the basement. Hoping for a bigger complexity along the balance

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Turbid yellow reddish orange with a ring of white head around it. Smell is sourish but you get notes of hay barnyard and horse blanket with lemon; not much fruit. Taste is very balanced with a little fruit sweetness in the middle. It gets sweeter as the beer warms. Not overly sour, just the right amount of balance in all its different aspects. Feel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall I understand what the hype is about. Super balanced sour beer but you don't really get much apricot, only generalize fruit sweetness. Still excellent however.

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Photo of BEER88
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6 September 2016 poured and split into four different snifters. Looks like a golden hazy IPA but with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head. The smell is metalicy, rubber and vinegary. I also pick up some oak and barnyard funk! The taste is tart, acidic, light fruit, slight pepper and herbal notes. The feel is very mild and crisp, very inviting. Overall I wanted much more fruit but it was still tasty treat!

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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Enjoyed at a bottle share in Deborah at the KBBS/Assassin release.

An odd yellow that reminds you of sunshine peaking through the clouds
Smells of hay and stone fruit
Mellow, slightly sweet stone fruit taste... quickly dissipates from the mouth.

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Photo of Zaximus
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Underwhelmed. Just not nearly as Apricot forward as I thought it would be. It did get more pronounced toward the end of the bottle, which makes me think I should have rolled the bottle a bit before consuming.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage.
Bright cloudy yellow, one finger head
Aroma is sweet fruits, apricot, little hay
Taste is lots of apricot, lightly sour, mellow, sweet, well carbonated,

2016 Vintage
Has the same ratings i my book.

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Photo of zonker17
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle consumed 12/5/16. Dense foam head with some linger, deep yellow/almost amber color. Apricot nose with funk presence, hay. Rich apricot taste join a lactic sour, background flavors of other tropical fruits. Above average carbonation and medium body.

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Photo of fireazzi
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely the best apricot sour I have had. This was the 2015 batch. The funk on this one is great. The apricots smell really good and it is a really soft nicely done sour.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a decanter by THE man himself, Fou' Foune is hazy gold with a radically active, large, foamy, off-white head.

Sticky, peachy apricot is all over nose, with a little funk and sting. They really bring the fruit forward here--I've had a lot of beers purporting to have apricot in them which turns out to be almost undetectable. This vaunted sour is truly earning its reputation.

Refreshing apricot and peach with a little bitter mango. That's all there is to say about the flavor, which is a wonderful thing. It starts tart to sour, with a wet feel, and a slight acetic burn, but only just enough.

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Photo of Ri0
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured vintage 2013 750ml into teku. Light golden straw color with 2 finger white head. Fades into a nice ring around the glass. A nice bright tart aroma with some funk, a little barnyard, unripe peach and apricot. A pleasant sour acidity, with a full apricot and peach fruit flavor. The funk and barrel is subtle, but really brings it together. Feel is light and fizzy with carbonation, finishes dry and quite tart. It is superb and worth seeking out.

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Photo of KensWorld
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

epic bottle share at Zwanze Day, Green Bench Brewery, St Petersburg, Fla.
4oz pour From 2014 750ml bottle. Thanks to who ever brought it.
By far my favorite Cantillon offering to date. exploding with complexity. Perfect in every way.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version aged for one year. Light tart beer with some champagne quality though without the bite. Nice mild tartness. Apricot comes through a bit. Certainly one of the best lambics I've ever had.

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Photo of moose1980
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank at the brewery. The bottle was a year old, and if the apricot had faded at all, it would be hard to tell. Also, had a fresh bottle afterwards generously handed out by Jean-Pierre to each table. It had yet to undergo the secondary fermentation, so was obviously quite different. And while not as great as a normal bottle, it was certainly interesting.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub on 09/01/16.
Cloudy orange with a thin khaki head that remains as a thin ring and leaves spots of lace. The smell is of unripe apricots with subtle vinegar tartness. Thetast follows with sour peach and earthy, oaky tartness. Medium texture with moderate carbonation. Simplicity at its finest.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Boise stone fruit tasting on 8/27. 750ml bottle pours out a cloudy pale golden, small airy head. Big blast of apricots, Belgian yeast notes, and some other funk. Taste continues with more of the same

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into wine type glass; hazy orange color with foamy white head; great carbonation. The apricot hits the air immediately and tart fruitiness hits the nose. I am not a fan of Lambics but this is a well balanced beer. Sour and fruit is nurtured by the carbonation for an very enjoyable Brew! I would drink this again.

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Photo of kitch
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 750ml bottle at the brewery. I believe it was bottled in August 2015. Poured into a Cantillon tasting glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a two finger white head with pretty good retention and left sparse lacing.

Aroma: Funky, sour, apricot, stone fruit and citrusy lemon.

Taste: Sour, tart, apricot, mango, orange, barnyard, hay with a hint of vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation.

Overall: Wow, really good. Easily a must buy in my book and I’m definitely on the lookout for it.

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Photo of mig100
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hard to say much that hasn't already been said about Fou Foune. Just opened a 2013 and it's exploding with intense fresh apricot aroma and flavor, even with 3 years on it. Lambic-fruit perfection from the masters at Cantillon.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Did a Cantillon night last week and this was hands down the best of five bottles, that included Blabaer. I wasn't even sure I liked apricots, since I don't think I've ever eaten one; but after this outstanding beer, I might have to give them a shot.

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Photo of oskinker
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As a guy who doesn't choose lambics as a go to style for me, I was still extremely excited to try this for the first time. Had this at The Sovereign in DC, served tableside by the house Cicerone. I'm a sucker for Apricots so this has always been on my radar. This was a 2015 bottle, pours a yellow staw color with some haze. Lightly carb'd gives a very nice mouthfeel. There was fantastic fresh apricot upon first smell and taste, giving way to some tart and funky notes. This was not overly sour or funky, which I appreciated greatly. This was an easy drink and a really exceptional beer. Lucky to finally try it

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Photo of ragnar3
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage, poured into a taster. Surprisingly big apricot considering the vintage, a bit of barnyard funk...perfect carbonation, extremely drinkable. Great apricot lambic!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an orange-ish gold. Aroma of apricots and farmy funk. There's bright barnyard funk up front with juicy apricots on the finish. It's not too acidic, it's well balanced. I love the evolution of this fruited lambic on the palate. I don't think that there's anything I would change about Fou Foune. It's just so damn good.

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Photo of W_Des
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Depending on the year you get something new every time! Pours nice yellow orange color. The nose is full of apricot when fresh and then starts to fade off and give more of the funk from the yeast with some tart notes. The taste is wonderful with great fruit when fresh but then evolving into a more sweet and tart as it ages. nice carbonation and finishes crisp for a refreshing lambicthat is well deserved of all its praise.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got a bottle of Cantillion's Fou' Foune for $24.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a very a long time and I can't wait to see what it's like, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a green 750ml corked and caged bottle into a teku.

A- The label loos good, it's got a classic and artistic look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with two fingers worth of fizzy and fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thing ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with some funky yeast aromas being the first to show up with a horse blanket and a wet straw like aroma and it leads into a noticeable sour aroma followed by the fruits with apricots showing up the most with some fruitiness in the background and the apricot has a nice natural aroma that isn't too overpowering. Towards the end comes a little more sourness with some fruitiness showing up towards the end. This beer has a great aroma, the apricot is showcased very well.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the apricot being the first to show up imparting some great fruit and apricot flavors and it's followed by a higher amount of sourness. Up next comes that same funky yeast that I got in the aroma, but this time it's a little lighter. and it's followed by a little bit of a malty flavor. On the finish comes more of that high sourness with a nice fruity aftertaste with a little funk. This is a great fantastic tasting beer, all the flavors work really well together.

M- Fairly smooth, a little refreshing, crisp, a little fizzy, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation and not too acidic. The mouthfeel is very good and it works great with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a fantastic beer and I thought it was a world class example of the style, I've had a couple apricot sours before, but this one took it to a whole other lever and it really proves why this beer is so highly regarded and searched after. This beer had nice drinkability, the sourness might wear on me, but since it's not too acidic I could see myself drinking the full bottle, especially if it was warm out. What I liked the most about this beer was that everything worked great together and nothing felt out of place. What I liked the least about this beer is nothing, it sucks it's so hard to find, but as far the beer goes there's not a single thing about it that I would change other than the availability. I would for sure buy this beer again if I see it again and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Sours and apricot sours. All in all I was impressed with this one, it really lives up to it's title of being world class and I would drink this often if I could easily get it. It made for a great first impression for this brewery and it's easily my favorite apricot sour and one of my favorite sours. Fantastic job guys, this is a world class beer.

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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.

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