Cantillon Fou' Foune | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

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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 smb
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Score is based on a bottle of the 2013 vintage. Hard to say much that hasn't already been said about Fou Foune. 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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Photo of frasergrove
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted along side a few other apricot sours, and this one showed quite well! Aroma is a smooth blend of fruity and floral, perfume like quality of fresh roses, some sweet apricot concentrate. Characteristic Belgian gueuze funk and undelying buteric acid, some lactic notes...some pepper. But oh so smooth and quite a treat. This one is clearly not a product of the Cantillon hype is for real.

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Photo of teddibrewski
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious beer had on premise at Cantillon. 3/22/16. Typical delicious Cantillon sour funk to it with a bit of apricot flavor I noticed mostly as an aftertaste.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-draught (!!!) @ Moeder Lambic in Brussels.

Served in a Moeder Lambic pint glass, which I thought odd. Cost was 11.60 euro/50cl.

HEAD: ~6cm wide. White colour. Gorgeously creamy and soft looking, with nice frothiness and a great robust consistency. Retention is stellar - easily 12+ minutes (longer than I could wait before my first sip). Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy orange-copper. Okay, not the most vibrant body I've seen, but it indicates a healthy lack of filtration. I see no yeast within.

Appears perfectly carbonated. The head is a real treat, but otherwise it isn't unique or special appearance-wise.

AROMA: Evokes apricot fully and expressively - fuck, that's vivid. Apricot flesh, apricot's all there and everything about it screams authentic; this isn't one of those garbage artificial apricot puree brews (I'm looking at you, Pyramid...or is it Widmer?). Wonderful tartness, Subtle but undeniable lambicus yeast and bacterial sourness, fruity esters, perfect sweetness...I can't wait to try this incredible smelling brew.

Aromatic intensity is average. Some sour lovers may crave still more tartness and sourness from the aroma, but I find it inviting as-is.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The Subtle smackiness of the mouthfeel accentuates the mild (~3-4/10 in terms of intensity) sourness while keeping it drinkable and approachable; a puckering warhead-like Lactobacillus-bomb this is not.

Apricots take center stage - genuine in every way, with no artificial apricot/apricot puree nonsense. Tart, though still more tartness would be divine. One of the freshest apricot flavours of any beer I've tried. It does flirt a bit with mango as well.

Mild funkiness. Faint suggestions of oak. No vinegar/acetic character.

Bacterial and lambicus yeast intangibles abound, lending this impressive subtlety. Balance is great, the build is impressive. Good depth of flavour.

Medium-bodied, decadently soft on the palate, smooth, wet, near perfectly carbonated. Constructively, more of a lighter, delicate, more fragile feel on the palate would be an improvement. But there's a nice harmony of texture and taste as-is.

Finishes more tart and sour than it begins.

OVERALL: In classic Cantillon fashion, it's a high quality fruited Lambic. Drinkability is high, but not ridiculous -the medium body does make it a bit more filling than most Cantillon lambics. As much as I adore this brew, given its high reputation I did hope for an even better beer. More tartness would really elevate it into the stratosphere, and more acidity and sourness wouldn't hurt.

It's possible the draught (ultra-fresh) version is less sour and funky than the bottled stuff (I can see the wild yeasts and bacterial taking hold more as it ages for a couple months); I look forward to finding out.

I found this superb, but not mind blowing, and in terms of fruited lambics from Cantillon, I prefer the kriek or the framboise - good thing Moeder Lambic has them from a cask for less than this costs.

Low B+ (3.80) / WORTHY

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

Finally got my "loon", met all hype IMO. Pure tart apricot juice & stone fruits. Funky horse blanket for sure. Simply mouth watering. Truly an experience, look forward to more from Cantillon

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look : Hazy bright yellow-golden color with white head - 4/5

Aroma : Great sour nose with balanced funkiness and apricot is really well mellowed into the beer. It's not like a apricot sour, it's more like a sour with apricot. - 10/10

Mouthfeel : Lots of carbonation, medium body - 5/5

Taste : Pretty sour, little bit funky, soft apricot flavor, it's just amazing. - 10/10

Overall : Beset sour beer I've ever had. This is what fruited sour should taste like. - 20/20

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

This is really a fantastic beer, it has it all.
Sour and the fruit they use within one match perfectly with the lambic.

I could advise everybody to taste this one no mather what the price is!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This really looks the color of an apricot, juicy appearance, 1/3" white head that retains itself quite well, especially for a lambic. Aroma just drops all kinds of apricot and oak notes. Much like Filmishmish and Cascade Apricot, this is excellent, but has extra funk and brett going for it to up its aroma grade and firmly establish itself as the King. Its a clean funk, none of that wet horse blanket and manure or rubber stuff.

Taste drills your mouth with a 9 on the 1-10 sour scale. It really drops 9s for fruits and pucker power. Quite possibly the best lambic Cantillon makes, which also makes it possibly the best in the world.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Did a side by side between a '14 and '15: A: Both are a golden, orangey color with a little ring of head. S: For the '15, it was all fruit. So much apricot and some funk...damn great. The '14 was a little less apricot and more funk...some vinegar smell as well. T: The same as the smell really, a bunch of fruit and that typical Cantillon funk...both just gorgeous. M: Medium to full, a little stinging carb. All around solid for a lambic. O: I loved both of these beers, I prefer the fresher to the aged, whereas others in the group liked the aged, it was just amazing. A true joy of an experience

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into St Somewhere tasting glass. Bottle was generously shared by Bob Sylvester at his brewery.

Funky, interesting Loon-y aroma, perfect carb, mouthfeel, color. Taste was sharply sour. Less apricot than I expected, and much more sour. But definitely wonderful.

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Photo of LordSMAF
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goodness gracious. This beer is incredible. 2014 bottle consumed ~18 months later.

Wonderful aroma. Equally wonderful taste. Sour, funky, tart apricots. Light to medium mouth feel.

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