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Cantillon Fou' Foune | Brasserie Cantillon

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4.65/5
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2,940 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

Added by rastaman on 08-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18
Reviews:
544
Ratings:
2,940
pDev:
7.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,940 |  Reviews: 544
Photo of hero27
1.95/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Shared the huge bottle with a few friends. 2004 date on it. Picked up three different Cantillon brews at John's Grocery in Iowa City, and thought I'd give this one a try first.

The pour and look of this beer is decidedly awful. Fizzy head is gone in an instant, no doubt because nothing would want to stay sitting on something that smells like this...
Is that taste supposed to be apricots? Because it doesn't taste anything like any apricots I've ever tasted..it tastes like rotten, sour...i dunno..something not good. It's also as acidic as any beer I've had. I'm sorry, I'll probably get flak for writing such a bad review of a beer that's rated rather highly, but this thing certainly did not impress me in any category. I usually like more harsh, extreme beers..but this is simply sour and one-dimensional in my book.

I hope the $40 Cantillon Saint Lamvinus in my cellar doesn't taste anything like this, and that's the understatement of the year. I certainly won't be purchasing the Cantillon Fou' Foune again.

This may be for some...but it certainly was not for me, or the three others that helped me drink this bottle. None of us were impressed in the least.

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Photo of wiltznucs
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a sample glass.

A: A hazy yellow goldish with a one finger white head and full big glass lacing.

S: Tart fruits dominate with some yeasty funk and a bit of sweetness.

T: Tart tangy fruits dominate with apricot, peach, apple and pear. Very crisp with some faint hops bitterness. Yeasty earthy flavors fill in but never take over the fruit flavors. Nice beer.

M: Tart, tangy, full and no alcohol.

D: This is where the beer suffered for me. I just could only drink a small quantity of it before I was tired of it.

Overall a very good beer, but it just was a bit too much on the fruit for me. Still very glad I tried it.

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Photo of TheRuss9585
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Rastacouere
4.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap the the Sunset Grill, only 5$! Calm headless amber hue shows orange-red hints. Aroma is enticing and funky with strong horsey, sweaty and barnyardy component. It definitely has a sweet connotation, honey-like blended with the horsey fruits (apricot, orange, pink grapefruit). Yep, this is a lambic, very fruity, limey, citric, lactic and funky. Yet, its aggressiveness is rather limited in mouth. It’s tart of course, but pretty mellowed out. I assume the bottles are far more authentic in that regard, here, the mouthfeel is so lightly carbonated that it feels a bit lifeless. I wish I had an explanation for the name though! (Foufoune means buns in the sense of bottom or behind)

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Photo of minterro
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Roger85
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Anatole
4.22/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of carmike813
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of wolf_switzer
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Jkolls
4.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of zbodnar1
4.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Rempo
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ricoslim
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jonada
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottled August 30th, 2013. Served in a Cantillon lambic glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with 1+ finger of a white soapy head that settles to a thick collar. Body is hazy but still translucent with some moderate visible carbonation. 4.5

Smell: Apricot, citrus, oak, barnyard funk, some acidity, apple skins with a slight herbal/earthy quality. 4.25

Taste: Lots of juicy apricot, mild funk, oak and some faint hints of lemon and green apple. Finishes dry with a lingering apricot finish and a mild lingering bitterness. Sourness is medium and a bit more restrained than some other Cantillon offerings. 4.25

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium spritzy carbonation and a nice soft mouthfeel. Incredibly high drinkability. 4.75

Overall: Another really good offering from Cantillon. I can see why this is so sought after. I didn't find it to be the mind blowing experience I've seen it described as, but that's not to say it isn't excellent or worth seeking out. 4.25


***Updated notes from 2014 vintage (Scores are based on this)***

Bottled August 21, 2014. Poured into a Cantillon Iris balloon glass in November 2014.

Appearance is basically the same. Aroma is much fruitier and a bit more funky/musty and just overall more intense than the 2013. Ditto for the aroma, with the slight herbal quality from the 2013, not being present in this one. Mouthfeel and drinkability are just as incredible as last year. Overall enjoyed the 2014 quite a bit more, though to be fair this I had this about 5 months fresher than the 2013.

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Photo of ajs4bd
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TychoNDC
4.82/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rothobinide
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crookedhalo
4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl cork dated 2/2002. Glowing peachy golden color with a carefully poured cream colored head. Yeasty barnyard funk aromas as well as some fuzzy subdued apricot/peach aromas. It is really a culmination of those fruits that have fuzzy skin, like peaches, apricots and kumquats. Some would debate, but only domestic, Belgian apricots are only used in this brew, and it takes on aspects of all fuzzy-skinned fruits. It has a barnyard, wet-dog funk to it not unlike other quality lambics. Quite leathery and earthy. Really hits the sour portions of the tastebuds. Once again Cantillon delivers. Predominant taste is of tannins of unripened apricot skins. Rather acrid, yet wholly enjoyable for lambic lovers everywhere. Just make sure you drink within it's window of oppurtunity when fresh fruit is in it's character. Other unfruited lambics stay longer and are better aged.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into wine glasses and split amongst a few friends at 33wine. Just missed having this bad boy on draft.

A - Pours a a yellowish straw tinted color with minimal head surprisingly for this beer. 1-2 finger white foam had that slowly recedes back into the glass. Somewhat cloudy but clears up after resting in the glass

S - Smell is of loads of apricot, definitely some straw and hay aromas coming through on this. Hints of white peach coming through.

T - Taste follows the nose on this one with loads of apricot not he front mixed with a nice balance of lactic acidity, some hints of the straw flavors with mixed notes of earthy funk and wood.

M - Mouthfeel is about perfect on this one. Not too light but very crisp and smooth at the same time. Fairly dry

O - Overall this has been my favorite Cantillon thus far. Will be seeking this one out so that I can dome a bottle myself.

2014 bottle --> this is perfect fresh, do not age this beer! Drank alongside 12 and 13. More apricot than any other bottle with wet hay and apricot pit skin and flesh on the nose. Not very tart which is nice for this, strong peach flavors followed by that straw/way dryish finish, but seeminglyy juicy on the front end.

2013 bottle --> A little more funky on the nost, slightly more moldy, wet hay smells accompanied by a lesser amount of apricots on the nose. Taste is more acidic, less apricot, and more funk.

2012 Bottle --> Smells like green apples and white grape skins here, not too pleasant. Taste is overly acidic with minimal apricot flavor left here. Taste like sour green apples with a funky finish. Least favorite of the 3.

Fresh wins here.

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Photo of pwoody11
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of RuckusDu
4/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost no head and whatever was there was gone immediately. Body is very orange and slightly cloudy. No lacing.

S - A lot of funk. Very delicate all around with only slight apricot and the sourness of lemon.

T - A well balanced sour funk with strong lemon. Only the slightest apricot sweetness.

M - Lots of carbonation with medium body. Very drying.

O - A good sour but nothing spectacular. The flavors and aromas are just so light and delicate to almost non-existent. This bottle was maybe 4 months old, so maybe something a little fresher would help?

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 2,940 ratings
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