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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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Photo of Hootie159
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

'15 from the bottle. Pours like peach juice with half finger off-white head. Smells of oak barrel and apricot. Taste is much the same. Apricot and fruity tart. Finishes with a wine oak. Feel is like a mimosa. A thicker juice with a strong but not overbearing carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy golden yellow orange color with a big white head.

The aroma is of sweet sweet apricot along with oak, funk, and a balance of tartness and sweetness.

The flavor hits immediately of juicy fresh pure apricot then moves onto a gentle tartness that lingers lightly. There's a malt character that cleans that up and really makes this beer so perfect and balanced. It's a strong lemony sourness and dries of oak on the end.

This beer really stands out as the best sour I've had. It truly has fantastic balance. It's so delicious drinking with the fruit being the all star in this beer.

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Photo of jscondon
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a golden yellow with little carbonation, smelling of crazy moldy goodness! the taste is phenomenal, smooth in front with a full tart middle to finish with a very subtle sweetness.

not a pedestrian beer, full flavored and what one would expect. if you like this style you will like the fou' foune it is exceptional.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was blown away by this at Dstructo's recent mega sour tasting.

It poured like golden sun in my glass.

Apricot was apparent in the aroma, but not to the extent I thought. If I hadn't known better, I probably could have mistook it for any number of other Cantillons. That orchard fruit sourness, you can just tell you're in for it.

One of the best sours I have ever had. Intensely sour and dry, no doubt, but it didn't burn going down, it was not a difficult beer to drink. Plenty of apricot pith on the palate.

Paired *exquisitely* well with triple-creme cheeses. Not only one of the best sours I've ever had, probably the best beer + cheese pairing I've ever had.

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Photo of Centennial
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottled August 18. 2011 (Reviewing this one nice and fresh the way it should be)

A. Hazy golden with just a nice perimeter ring of head, bubbling from the bottom up.

S. Fresh Apricots, not too sour but a sweeter-sour with slight mustyness.

T. Apricot with a blood orange pop, mildly sour, but more in a citrus way.

M. Bubbly, but very refreshing, finishes clean with citrus finish

O. Awesome citrus poppy goodness throughout this one, worth the hype and the hunt although with the right people it might just fall into your hands.

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

Appearance: Nice soft pour, couple inches of foam, no real lacing. Looks like soft apricots and hazy sunshine.

Smell: Best part of the beer, fresh apricots with a bit of sour/tart.

Taste: Great dichotomy between the sweet apricot on the bouquet and the biting acidity on the tongue, followed by apricot again on the finish. Has a nice, light, earthy horse blanket funk. There should be a rating for presentation. Very sour. Slightly chalky.

Mouthfeel: Soft, light but perfectly carbonated. I am always thankful for these low ABV sours.

Drinkability: High, this is now one of my favorite cantillons, right behind Blaeber

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

A last-minute and unannounced addition to the tasting, Dyan managed to grab one of the 6 bottles of Fou' Foune that made their way to Maryland. Thanks go out to him for bringing it right up to Philly for the tasting. The 15th beer overall. Poured into my tumbler, which is my go to for lambics and geuzes.

The body is a hazy light apricot-hued amber (go figure, I guess). The head is very creamy and resilient, especially for a lambic, as it bubbles to a half finger in depth and then lingers for 10-15 minutes without subsiding.

The aroma is typical for a young fruit lambic from Cantillon. Tons of fresh ripe apricots with a very muted sourness. Very sweet in the nose, and this translates to the palate, as well. There is an extremely clean and lemony sourness that works about as well as is possible with the fruit in the beer. This is like a tropical fruit basket. The sourness and sweetness play together, building and subsiding in harmony to maximize drinking pleasure.

The feel is light and spritzy; it is clean and refreshing. It is easy to see why this is a favorite, as it is so enjoyable in every aspect. Another example of Cantillon's incredible proficiency in fruit lambic production.

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

2012 bottle bought at Julio's Liquors, MA. Cork splits but I manage to get it all out without it disintegrating into the beer.

A: Gorgeous head, delightful foam. Below it is very pleasantly honey-colored.

S: The unmistakable Cantillon funky horse blanket is there, but only just. It's far more subtle than the gueuze or kriek. A little touch of sweetness in the aroma, but not much. Beguiling.

T: Only slightly sour, which was surprising. Slightly tart, with a lovely apricot hint. Very well balanced with delicate complexity.

M: Light carbonation, very well matched to the taste.

O: A stunning beer. 750ml of heaven.

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Photo of tpd975
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's

A: Pours a nice bright orange hue with a touch of fizz that never really managed much of a head. No real retention or lace.

S: Wow I liked this beer in the bottle love it on draft. Wonderful aromas of dried apricots. There is a big sour acidic aroma as well. Lots of leather and citrus, mildly earthy.

T: Love in a glass. Tons of earthy apricot with a nice level of tartness. Lightly acidic with strong citrus notes and peach pits. Really is a joy to drink.

M: On the lighter side of medium, somewhat dry finish.

D: Good, this one was served in a small proper cantillon glass. I could easily sit back and enjoy an entire bottle though. One of my favorite sours.

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

Bottle shared with Damico at Torst. Pours a pale orange yellow color with white foam head. Aroma of peach, funk, and slight vinegar. Has a sweet tart taste with gentle notes of peaches and perfect foamy mouthfeel. Great body for the style. A big thanks to Damico and a great day.

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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 peensteen
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a ton to Jeffo for this. 2012 Bottle.

Hazed orange, ring of white head with some lace. The nose here is just insane, juicy apricots, fruity, funky and acidic, musty barnyard notes, fruity-lemon as well, but the apricot on this is just out of this world, top 3 if not the best smelling beers of all time for me. Taste is good but a step down from the nose, that being said it still is fantastic, big puckering sour upfront, apricot and fruit, lemony, tart all the way through, acidity is fairly restrained, but the fruity funk here is just crazy, apricot aftertaste. Dry puckering mouthfeel, medium carbonation and body. This blew me away, I thought it would be good but this was near perfect, drinking the whole bottle alone was a pleasure and would love to do it again sometime.

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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 EliotRosewater
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

A - pours a hazy straw to light orange. Somewhat aggressive, foamy head that dissipates relatively quickly.

S - even poured cold out of the fridge, this just explodes with aromas of sweet peach, apricot. Reminds me of Japanese peach candy. So much fruit aroma it is unbelievable. I could smell this beer for hours. As it warms, some of the typical Cantillon funk and wood notes come out.

T - You expect a much sweeter beer based on the nose but it's a mildly sour beer with a dry finish and very nice stone fruit presence.

M - dry, but with a nice sweet aftertaste, similar to eating a perfectly tart and sweet apricot. Pleasant carbonation.

O - come on. There is just no way this could ever have lived up to the expectations I had for it. That being said, this is one hell of a beer and probably the best I've had from Cantillon. The smell drives this beer and the flavor is outstanding.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden amber with a ton of head that dissipates quickly into an outer lace. The smell is full of apricots, perfectly identifiable, and sweet. There is also a faint musky funk that compliments the apricots. The taste is very similar to the nose. A ton of sweet apricots followed by a nice funk. The feel is light but full bodied. Heavy carbonated but sweet and juicy. I feel like i am taking a big bite of an apricot when i drink this beer. Very solid.

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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 callmemickey
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08 on draft at Capones.

A: Pale, hazy amber-orange body. Tight, compact head with decent retention before crashing into a spotty skim. Sporadic lacing left behind on the sides of the glasses.

S: Light, bright fruits. Apricots and peaches. Nice earthy tartness.

T: Reved up version of the nose. Potent tart apricots up front, sweet ripening peaches in the back end. Earthy, with a nice lactic punch.

M: Good weight to balance the semi-sweet/tart flavorings. A bit more slick than I'd like. Puckering feel lingers for a bit after each sip.

D: Pretty impressive offering from Cantillon. The flavor really carries the day despite some flaws in the mouthfeel department.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from the 2012 BC Trailer Tasting Camping Tour with Rutager.

A: Cloudy golden honey coloured liquid with a 1/4" white head.

S: Sweet apricots dominate the smell profile.

T: Sour funk with apricots in the finish along with clean yeast.

M: Medium viscosity with low carbonation.

O: The taste and smell of this sour are fantastic. Thanks to Rutager for sharing this whale.

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

750ml bottle with cap and cork served in a Thumbler glass.

Bottle from 20th of August, 2012.

A: Pours a light orange color forming a small white fizzy and very bubbled head. Small retention and no lacings formed or left

S: Very fruity. Strong notes of apricots and peaches. Lambic yeasts. Metallic. Vinegar. Light notes of malts

T: Very fruity. Again, mainly apricots and peaches. Lambic yeasts. Slightly sweet upfront. In overall, a dry and tart taste, however, much lighter acidity if compared with the Lou Pepes, for example. A little bit metallic with light notes of malts. A very light bitterness can be felt in the very end. Quite smooth and pleasant taste

M: Light body, good carbonation. Smooth fruity aftertaste. Quite good taste of peach left in the mouth

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent fruit beer. Mandatory to Cantillon fans, independently of the hype around it

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't we all love Cantillon? 2010 vintage.

A: Nice Straw color with deeper dark middle. Nice head thats fluffy. Pretty lambic!

S: Tons of fresh apricot, like sliced open apricot fruit with the pit as well. Some softer oak and vanilla notes with great barnyard funk and straw malt. Nice!

T: Amazing bright fruit and fresh apricots and tangy nutty apricot pit. A little bit of oak smooths out the fruit, but the tangy, tart sour fruit takes center stage. some grape and apple notes as well. Exquisite.

M: Smooth front and tangy back. Good carbonation.

O: Well what else can you say? Another world class beer from Cantillon.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this one. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. 2008 Vintage.

A- The outside edges of the beer carried a pale, straw yellow color. As you move towards the center, the color becomes more of a hazy, vibrant golden color. Quite remarkable. Hazy, zero visibility overall. Produced a half fingers width of white head, quickly dissipated.

S- A wonderful combination of ripe apricots with some lemon zest and oak. If I didn't have to extract this glorious nectar with a couple twirls before each sip, I would have given it a higher score.

T- All I can say is that this is a sourheads wet dream. One of the better experiences I have had with a beer. For the simplistic flavors and ingredients, this was pure perfection. The ripe apricot aroma that was not so pronounced in the smell hits you as soon as the beer touches your palate. Combine this with some oak flavors and an acetic citrus concoction and you have yourself a fantastic brew. Seriously, one of the most mouthpuckering beers I have had. The sour intenseness just grew and grew, paving the way for an awesome finish.

M- If I could find one flaw is that maybe it could have used a tad bit more carbonation. Still, very solid. Light to medium bodied. Coated the palate wonderfully, leaving a consistent sour residue.

D- For those of you that aren't sourheads, be warned. This is damn delicious and very sour! For me, I could drink this all day. For others, I can see how this might get overwhelming at points.

Overall, yup...after this I am loading up on a few bottles for my cellar. It's amazing how people go nuts over the new rarest sours, yet forget about Cantillon. They easily make the best and most consistent sours in the world. If your a sourhead and have been following all the hype behind American sours, do yourself a favor and pick this up. It'll make you forget all about trading for $30 sours from Lost Abbey.

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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 joel66
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014'

poured a hazy peach color with two fingers of head. smell of stone fruit- apricots, peach followed by a sour funk.

flavor followed the nose, with a sour apricot flavor that lingers. One of my fav fruited lambics

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

2009 vintage

Bottle poured into cantillon tulip at Moeder Lambic.
Served in a lambic basket. Classy.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of white head. Head has good retention but leaves no lacing.

S - Musty smell with nice apricot presence.

T - Wow, very nice tart apricot taste to start, followed by a musty earthy middle with more apricot on the finish. The tartness is very refreshing, not puckering sourness. The apricot taste here is perfect. I'm surprised there aren't more lambics made with apricot, as it is so complimentary to the earthy funk elements.

M - Medium light crisp mouthfeel with a dry clean finish.

O - Just excellent all around. Tart but not overpowering. Funky but balanced. And a great showcase for the apricots.

4, 4.5, 5, 4.5, 4.5

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2011.

Drank from my Cantillon Geuze glass.

A - Pours a hazy scrumpy like colour with a White head that off course reduces quickly. Very inviting to look at.

S - Classic Cantillon sour tartness and horse blanket. Nicely balanced with sweet Apricots. Just enough not to take it away form the main event.

T - Apricot hits you straight away and leaves beautiful vapours of sweet fruit. The sour tartness comes in to balance out the Apricot, but the Apricot remians till the end. The finish is dry and the sourness perfect.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - The best Lambic that I have tried to date. The balance between fruit and sourness is a masterful display of brewing that leaves you just wanting a whole lot more. This beer deserves the hype.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
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