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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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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Photo of bcp5296d
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best, and most balanced sour I have ever had. It is just unreal. This is what a sour should be. Thanks to my buddy who was kind enough to share this bottle. If you like sours, you will fall in love with this beer. I would pay lots of money for a full case of this stuff. Just a very special beer.

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

Lovely radiant yellow, like liquid sunshine. The nose is sweet, astringent and a touch funky. The apricots give it a huge citrus sweetness that is nicely balanced with a pithy bitterness. It rounds off to a nice pucker, which makes it totally refreshing. This lives up to the hype.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a gueuze like tumbler. Pretty standard looking lambic here. Golden straw color, a little orange hugh. Puffy white head that recedes with a fizz. Beautiful fruity apricot and stone fruit aroma, at first I didn't pick up on it, but as this warms it is there in spades. Also some lemon and light but present barnyard funk. Fruity, fruity flavor. Stone fruits lemon, a hit of lactic sourness and funk. Fou foune has a really clean apricot fruit finish that lingers. Fare carbonation with drying sourness.
I really enjoy the unique fruitiness of this lambic, unlike any I've had so far.

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Photo of ark57
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This lambic comes from the last traditional brewer in Brussels. The beer is aged for two years in wooden casks, and apricots are added, which produces a bright orange color. The head retention is high from the use of wheat that helps accent its color. The aroma gives the impression that this beer is going to be sour, which is the case for lambics especially from this brewer. At first, the beer almost puckers the mouth, but you are rewarded for continuing. The apricot flavor is soft and subtle amid the complexity of a wood aged lambic. It is almost syrupy and coats the tongue well.

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

2014, drunk sept. 2015. Teku
Firm lactic sourness, no vinegar, underripe apricot, and the signature musty cellar funk that is the trademark of Jean van Roy's blends.
Golden color, short lived head, typical as far as sours go
Very quenching overall, paired well with salmon. Acidity higher than Boon's Geuze and less harsh than Hanssens

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass

Bottled 18 August 2011

A- Pours a hazy yellow orange with 1 finger of bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- To say the least this beer smells absolutely amazing. Even from 5 feet away the first thing that hits you is sweet apricot notes with a slight bit of tart funk behind it.

T- Lots and lots of apricot sweetness up front, tropical fruits, with a good amount of funk, brett, and oak. Can't say enough although the funky yeast characters come through a lot strong than the nose would suggest. Expected more fruitiness but still extremely balanced and easy to drink.

M- Medium to light body with champagne like carbonation and a nice slight tart funky finish.

SkÅL!

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

Another huge thanks to alcstradamus.

750mL poured into Chimay chalice. 2008 vintage.

A- Pours a hazy golden straw. No head whatsoever and no lacing. Just a little bit of sediment sitting at the bottom of my glass.

S- A bunch of barnyard funk. Some nice sour grapes. A little bit of dustiness and some citrus and apricot.

T- This beer is mouth puckering sour. Lots of barnyard funk. Big amounts of grapes and a little bit of lemon and apricot. Completely stellar brew.

M- Sour, very sour. Also very dry on the finish. Medium to thin bodied. This beer just is just so mouth puckering, I love it.

D- I don't know how much more than one glass I would want. It seems to be the perfect amount because of how sour it is. I can confidently say this is the most sour beer I have ever had.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'09 750ml

Hazy peach (I guess apricot would be more of an appropriate descriptor) and a white head.

Still an amazing fresh apricot smell. Musty brett and sugary toasted oak (possibly given off by the fruit).

Bracingly sour and tightens up your jaw. Finish of apricot jam. This is really a two part flavor of intensely sour unripe apricots and then bright and soft ripe apricots. Oh but how much flavor there is. Any kind of funkiness is sort of drowned out.

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Photo of jamescain
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the guys at Jester King for securing this keg for their anniversary party! Poured into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin white head that fads to a patchy lacing. The aroma is very delicate, notes of citrus, peach, pineapple, sour lactose and a hint of funk. The taste is similar to the aroma and just as delicate and complex. There is more citrus then I was expecting in the flavor, lemon being the prevailing flavor. It is only slightly sour, which allows for the other fruity flavors to breath. The body is medium light with a medium carbonation and it is exceptionally easy to drink. I didn't want my glass to end, but alas all good things must come to an end.

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Photo of Jon
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 bottling.

The long-awaited Fou' Foune pours a cloudy, light amber-peach hue with hardly any head to mention.

Aroma is boisterous in its proclamation of dirty socks, Brett, funky barnyard notes, leather, oak, and a mild hint of the apricots on which this lambic was soaked. Interesting.

The apricot fruit adds another dimension to the lambic in how it softens it -- this isn't the strip-the-enamel-off-your-teeth lambic monster, but rather a more well rounded, softer beer. The apricot flavor comes out first, while the typical lemon rind, citrusy notes reminiscent of Cantillon lambic appear on the finish. Lively acidity cuts at one's stomach.

Fairly "alive" in terms of carbonation, this a fairly smooth lambic. Medium bodied palate. Round overall.

Fou' Foune is refreshing in the way that Cantillon lambics tend to be. A fantastic beer that ought to be experienced by lambic fans.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Beachwood BBQ

A: This one pours a pale straw (ever so slightly hazy) color, and is topped with a thin bone white head. Head is not much to speak of nor is the lacing.

S: Stone fruit (Apricot for sure), Meyer lemon, and a subtle grassy note.

T: Very acidic up front mellowing into in the middle with the most incredibly tight carbonation I have experienced to date. Tart apricot and white peach dominate, this is a joy to drink albeit not the most complex joy.

M: Soda Fizz. This has a very lengthy finish and again I have to note that the carbonation is most impressive. I figure it would easily be fantastic 10 years from now.

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

2010 Fou Foune - thanks Dunt!

Pours a cloudy peach hue with a finger of delicate white foam, and a hint of lacing.

Smells funky and sour with a bit of sweet apricot underneath.

Taste is delicous. Very sour with a hint of apricot and some oak and funk.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium/light body with delicate creamy carbonation.

Overall - an excellent, excellent beer. I hope I can land a bottle or two in the future.

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Photo of Auracom
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottling. Thanks to the most-generous soul who allowed me the opportunity for this one. Poured into a wine glass on May 11th, 2012.

A - Pure hazy, golden coloring. Wisps of white foam across the sides. Simple yet elegant.

S - Fantastic depth. Sweet ripened apricots, honey, light lemon bread, banana, clove, herbaceousness, flower petals, vinegar, and an incredible assortment of spice undertones. Could nose this for ages, love it.

T - Definitely has picked up a ton of puckering sourness and astringency from its time in the bottle. Front-end pure lemon and vinegar. Mid-palate shifts over to faint apricots and breadiness with lingering sourness. Light oak barrel and peppery spices on the backend. Pleasant light-fruit aftertaste.

M - Infinitely dry finish. High carbonation, medium body, smooth throughout the palate.

D - My favorite Cantillon thus far next to St. Lamvinus. The fruit has faded a bit in the drink, which is a slight disappointment (drink the 2010 asap), but the nose is really spectacular.

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Photo of Matty123
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle. Drank the entire thing myself. Actually the wife had a little bit but not much. Smells great. A little like powdered lemonade. Looks beautiful. The color of apricots. Fizzy head at first dissipates quickly. Taste is astounding. Not overly sour at all. Very drinkable. It has lost some
Of the apricot I imagine but who cares. The best beer of its style
That I've ever had. Had my own little Zwanze day over here

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Photo of abrand
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap

This pours a hazy orange color with a huge 3 finger head from the tap. Had to let it settle before taking first drink. Aromas are pretty strong with plenty of funk and fruits. Amazing smells. Taste is lots of funk with subtle but delicious hints of apricot. Nice acidity in the after taste. Somewhat sour but fresh. Mouthfeel is thin bodied and good carbonation from the tap. Overall this is truly amazing. So glad I got to try this. Will look to drink from a bottle in the future as I've heard its better from the bottle.

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Photo of ricke
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005. Best before December 2009.

A: Very hazy orange color with a reasonably big white head that leaves plenty of lacings.

S: The smell is really acidic with lots of tart fruit notes of lemon, apricots and some green apples. Lots of funky notes as well, mostly mud and blanket. Very intense.

T: The taste is almost unbelievably sour, really mouth-puckering. Lots of acidic fruit notes, mostly of apricots and lemon. Pleasant rustic funky notes of mud and wet hey. Notes of grass and wood. The finish is bone dry, and I really mean bone dry. The beer ends with tart notes of apricots, hints of salty aged cheese, mild grassy bitterness and lingering acidity.

M: Medium body, rather sparkling carbonation.

D: I've had this beer once before, but I was still amazed over how sour it is. By far one of the most sour beers I've tried. All in all, it's a great beer - wonderful fruity character and intense rustic flavors.

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Photo of macher0
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

Enjoyed on draft at Zwanze 2014. Holy Grale.

A: Cloudy yellow. One finger fine-bubble, egg shell head. The head settles to a rim.

S: Tart fruit and sour Belgium spores. Neutral oak. Notes of peaches, dried apricots, bergamot blooms, honey suckles, and dusty grain.

T: The flavors are subtle and well balanced. Sour yeast is very noticeable, then waves of neutral oak and fruit notes get capped off with a mild funk finish. The notes: peaches, apricots, tangerine flesh, citrus zest, and oak. This is a moderate on the tartness level.

M: High carbonation, very (x2) smooth, light body.

O: It is no surprise to me why this is the consensus favorite from Temple of Sours. The flavors are very subtle, but perfectly balanced. Perfection is unattainable - IMO - but this ale gets very close. The fruit/sour/funk aspects meld so nicely, it is hard not to give this a perfect score. This is my favorite Cantillon.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy pink/orange pour with a typically small head. The nose was big on tart, sour fruitiness. Huge tang up front and tartness that hits you like a cold bucket of water. Lemony notes and very big lime bitterness along with vinegar notes that make you pucker up! The fruitiness is very toned down. A pinch of apricot but burried beneath all of the acidity and tartness. Some light earthy notes and fresh grassy layers. Nice acidity although not to the degree of the gueze for example. For me this is a great beer for a starter or even a night cap. The perfect summer beer. I absolutely loved it.

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from the 2011 vintage. Fresh bottle with the organic flower on it. Euro version. Opened this one up with vacax and jerz. Thanks for the tasting, again.

A - Light orange with one finger head and perfect retention. There were bubbles on the bottom of the glass. Slightly cloudy with a bit of chill haze.

S - Nose is all apricot and bacterial sourness. A touch of table sugar. Not very cheesy or funky. Really nice.

T - Taste is quite sour and very fruit forward. It's interesting how such a perfect balance could be attained. For one of the most sour beers I've had, this has tons of apricot flavor. Sourness and sweetness are perfectly in harmony. Acidity is quite high, but it's dangerously drinkable.

M - Mouthfeel is a touch thin but not watery. Carbonation is moderate and good for the style.

O - Glad I was able to procure so many bottles of this online. It's amazing and I don't think I will be trading any of these away.

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Photo of Realale
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange gold. Very fine raspy white head makes a brief appearance, but comes back with swirling. Little lace.

Initial blast of dried apricot blows off to reveal classic Cantillon. Sour citrus leads the way as always, but here it is well-supported by a subtle earth and apricot. Bready malt pokes through as does a bit of barnyard, which increases with time. Simply a stunning nose, even for Cantillon.

First few sips are over-whelmed by the Cantillon acidity, even for this veteran Cantillon devotee. Eventually, my mouth adjusts and the true palate begins to show. Acidic citrus still dominates, but there is some maltiness in there as well. A metallic note is present throughout and a bit distracting. The apricot is just an afterthought on the palate. Finish is incredibly long with the acidity somehow managing to build after swallowing. Quite a ride!

Mouthfeel is fine and soft. A challenging beer, and not recommended for the novice lambic drinker, but I enjoyed it. And that nose!

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Photo of guityler83
5/5  rDev +10.4%

21 Aug 2014 - Bottle

A: Fou Foune poured with small bright white foam that quickly dissipated. Hazy golden yellow color with tiny bubbles grasping to stay on top of this beautiful beverage. Swirling gave the wine glass a slight lacing that slipped away each time. Only bringing to life the beautiful aroma of the beer. (5)

S: Big funky brett character with the classic Cantillon hay and light barnyard funk mixed with light oak. The peach and apricot fresh fruit aroma danced from the glass along with a moderately strong tartness that became more pronounced as it warms up. Complex at every turn, it seems to evolve as its being consumed. (5)

T: Bright sourness at a medium to strong level that gives way to a complex brett funky character. Hay, ripe apricot, peach and nectarine flavor - But that's just the beginning. Oak is mild and develops more with the time on the tongue. Light sweetness morphs to an acute tart mouthfeel. Fantastically Complex (5)

M: Dry finish with mild carbonation that leaves a crisp refreshing body. No harshness at all. The sourness leaves a tingling cheek sensation. While you could drink this fast - Don't - savor every drop. (5)

O: The complex classic Cantillon Lambic flavors combined with fresh apricot is a perfect match. If you're fortunate to see this beer buy it, if not trade for it. Even better travel to Belgium and have it at the Brasserie (like I did) - Nothing beats it. (5)

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Photo of Mesa512
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a light haze, peach/apricot color. Very little head.
A: Let the beer warm up in your glass. As the beer warmed, the apricots were jumping out. Get notes of peach/apricot, little citrus, orange peel, and of course the signature Cantillon sour funk
T: Apricots, peach, tartness (not too much just a little), lots of funk, grapefruit, orange peel
M: Tartness and funk are present for a little after swallowing. And boy does that apricot flavor linger yumm...

Overall: A fantastic beer, please try it if you can. Probably my favorite apricot sour that I have tried so far. Gonna be hard to beat this one.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

69th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice
Bottled: 25 August 2011

Thanks to digita7693 for this one at our recent Utrecht tasting! I’ve had this a couple of times previously, but finally decided to review this heavenly creation.

A: Hazy, golden apricot with tint of orange. 1.5 (white) fingernail head on medium pour. Looks pleasant!

S: Like barn…hay, funk, must, and just nice. Hints of apricot and more funk. Very inviting, so let's give it a GO!

T: Like it smells; just wonderful! Apricot, funk, sour, tart, sweet, and just beautiful. The acidicty balance here is perfect. Again, wonderful! I cannot say this enough.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: I absolutely love this beer! Having it on-tap at Brouwer’s during Seattle Beer Week in May was awesome, but in the bottle it holds up just the same. Lambic is growing on me, but this is done so perfectly it is hard to find anything bad about it. Crisp. Clean. Beautiful. Delicious. The list could go on...

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Photo of cbeer88
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 750ml bottle poured into Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass.

A: Orange-yellow color with lots of carbonation bubbles floating around. Finger and a half of white head, lacing is almost non-existent, but spotted

S: Apricots punch you in the nose, but there is plenty of lambic smells to balance it out - wheat, hay, funk, and earthiness.

T: Apricot lambic all the way. Nice and juicy fresh apricot, extreme sourness, wheat, funk, oak, and some yeast.

M: Light bodied, highly carbed, dry.

D: Very high. It's quite sour, but there is so much more going on that you want to enjoy quite a bit of it.

O: Like much of what Cantillon produces, Fou Foune is a world class beer. I still prefer some of their others, especially when you factor in accessibility, but Fou Foune is a treat. Seek it out if you can.

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Photo of justforrazors
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage Poured into Cantillon Stemware at 45 degrees.

A- Very hazy orange (apricot skin) with a white head about an eighth of an inch thick that doesn't seem to want to go away. Vigorous carbonation is evident, the bubbles seem to be rising to the surface at a champagne-like rate. No lacing is evident.

S- Classic cantillon barnyard with a citrus acidity similar to orange zest. Apricots are very evident as well, providing a sweet, tropical note to the funky lactic overtones.

T- I don't even know where to begin. Extremely complex. While the apricot is very mellow on the nose, it comes through with a huge tart stone fruit mixed with lemon zest and orange peel. Pretty much, I'm trying to say it tastes like apricots without saying the word apricot. After the apricot flavor dies off, there is an earthy flavor that makes way for a huge blast of lemon zest and lactic acidity that leaves you looking like a sour patch kid. A good two minutes after a sip, I can still feel the tingly sensation you get in your face after downing a whole bag of sour skittles and then eating the dust in the bottom of the bag. For someone who used to eat lemons as a young child, this beer is a dream come true.

M- Prickly carbonation with an extremely dry finish in addition to the extremely sour notes from the taste. I am literally sitting here sweating because of the level of puckering.

O- The aroma and flavor are absolutely the best part of this beer, which is nice since those are usually the two biggest factors in a beer for me. This one definitely looks great as well, but with the huge apricot aromas and the complex stone fruit flavors bouncing around with the brett funk and huge acid, the flavor and aroma are what make this a world-class beer. I'm glad I got to down a whole bottle of this by myself instead of the half ounce pour I was lucky enough to have at a tasting earlier this year.

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