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Cantillon Fou' Foune | Brasserie Cantillon

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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 BMMillsy
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My first Cantillon! Finally. Large format bottle from Tipples, capped and corked, with an Aug 30, 2013 bottling date. Cracked Feb 9, 2014. Pours into my tulip hazy apricot yellow with a very large fluffy and fizzy white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Aroma of apricots, lacto, yeast funk, dusty dryness. This smells both mouthpuckeringly dry and sour. Flavor is apricots up front and tart lemons, with another punch of sour in the middle. Finishes dry but soft with oak and apricots lingering with an extra lacto sour punch. Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. A yummy sour beer with lots to like. The fruit really comes out as this warms a bit so make sure not to drink it too cold. Keeps improving as I go here. very nice. Looking forward to trying my Kriek now.

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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 mrfrancis
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, peachy gold with a creamy white mousse that lingers forever.

S: Aromas of must, vinegar, barnyard funk, and ripe apricots assault the nose. This smells the way an authentic fruit lambic should, with a ton of wild yeast and fruit up front.

T: Notes of must, vinegar, minerals, straw, barnyard funk, and salty brine are chased by gorgeous flavors of ripe apricot and lemon. The finish is long and puckering with a ton of apricot, vinegar, and barnyard flavor.

M: Medium-bodied, extremely dry, and supple. Carbonation is much more active than I expected it to be, yet this beer remains very drinkable.

O: This is an excellent fruit lambic, and perhaps one of the best beers of any type that I've ever had. Fou'foune is an experience not to miss. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peaches, apricot, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, peaches, apricot, and a slight tart note. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is nothing short of excellent. Everyone at the tasting (including myself) agreed that this was one of the Top 5 beers (out of 45) that we tasted during the night. The aroma was quite inviting and pleasant on the nose. The flavor was very complex and smooth at the same time making this one really easy to drink. This one even looked quite nice as well for a lambic. Really glad I have a bottle of this sitting in my cellar to see how it develops over time. Definitely get this on your palate if you have not before. It is definitely worth trading for without a doubt.

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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 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 OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, tart and fruity. In the taste, a dry tartness, and note of peaches, very similar to a dry white wine or riesling. A small sour bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry tart fruit in the aftertaste. Nice sour fruitiness, especially peaches, with a nice dryness.

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

Thanks to the man Sean9689, for busting out an '05 vintage for my first Fou' Foune experience at our Epic Chicago Tasting.

A - Golden colored beer with a pretty big white head. Some random lacing on the sides with a nice bit of stick for a lambic.

S - Exceptionaly tart, this is one of the more tart things I've ever smelled. Some lemon and a nice bit of of super sour apricots. The funk is appropriate, but complimentary.

T - Mouth puckeringly sour. The apricot is present, but it is so sour you have to really look for it. It is fantastic, but the ridiculous sournness makes it a sipper. Little bit of funk.

M - Medium bodied with some nice carbonation.

D - Love this, but it's not like you can session it without burning out your taste buds. Great stuff though, want to have it again.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thank you to ipa247 for letting me try another one of his bottles of this beer. Finally time to review it.

A: Pours a cloudy hazy golden apricot color with a thin and bubbly off-white head that had great retention and lasted the whole beer through.
S: Super apricot in the nose. This beer is full of sweet and savory fruit. Smells very dry.
T: Very tart, very dry candy like apricot sour patch kids all the way. This beer is sweet, fruity, dry and fresh at the same time. The finish is funky and musty, and the aftertaste is very dry. The sourness isn’t overwhelming. This is very drinkable.
M: Drying mouthfeel, sweet clean medium-light body, with soft carbonation and a refreshing tartness. There is a bit of acidity to the beer, but I thought it was well integrated.
O: One of the best out there. One of the best Cantillon’s, one of the best lambics. Everyone needs a bottle of this.

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Photo of gford217
3.96/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a bright, hazy yellow gold with a moderate size fluffy white head that lingers as a ring and swirl for a while. The lacing is minimal.

The aroma is quite sour, with lemons, apricots and a bit of funk - barnyard, hay, etc. Quite a bit like lemon juice combined with some vinegar.

The taste is even more sour than the aroma with a massive acidic lemon kick up front before a little bit of fruity sweetness in the middle, but then back to the massive sour presence that attacks the taste buds and makes the lips pucker in the finish.

The palate is light and dry with a tingly carbonation presence.

Wow, this is a seriously funky and acidic lambic that is pretty harsh on the taste buds. Very tasty stuff.

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

Bottle shared at the September 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Pours cloudy orange with an off-white head. Aromas of juicy fresh apricots with vinous grapey chardonnay accents. Tart apricot flavor, very vivid and fruity and fresh, lemonhead candy, damp oak, pixie stix. Words cannot describe. Sooo good.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle with an awesome picture of an apricot on the label. No rust on the overwrap or crown...cool 2001 Edition. $30!

Cuvee FouFoune De Cantillon - Ingredients: Amitie 100% comprenant:

-Lambic Cantillon: biere de froment et de malt de fermentation spontanee, 2 ans de vieillissement en futs de chene.
-Abricots, variete Bergeron a raison de 300gr de fruits par litre de biere. Temps de maceration: mois.
-La planete Bergeron n'est visible que de la lune.

and so it begins...

Wow, I really though that the St. Lamvinus was the best lambic beer in the world, but this brew really gave the St. Lamvinus a run for its money! This brew was delivered to me courtesy of a beer trade.

Appearance: The hard pour reveals a peach coloured golden liquid, that is murky, milky and cloudy. The head is fluffy, white and large, but it fades quickly leaving only a trace amount of fluffy white bubbles on the perimiter of my drinking vessle. Personally, I think this looks awesome, but I have to dock it .5 on the appearance scale.

Smell: For a Cantillon the smell of this beer is very different and intriguing. The traditionl notes of earth, wood, barnyard funk, etc...are all here, but I also smell a lovely dry apricot aroma, and several distinctly different fruity aromas, these tend to be citrus-like in nature. Lemon peels, orange rinds, and dry fermenting peaches and/or apricots all come to mind.

Taste: Make no mistake, even though the aroma of this brew is very soft for a traditional Cantillon offering the taste is Cantillon all the way. The soft apperance and intriguingly fruity aroma of this brew only lead you blindlessly into the shocking taste of the first sip of this brew. This is incredibly acidic and sharp upfront. When the acidity finally subsides the citrus like tones of lemon, orange zest, and other fruits shines through. The middle is very dry (obviously) with hints of earth, barnyard, fruity, juicy apricots, and more. The finish is bone dry and saliva stripping with the apricots softening the blow of this brew a bit. All in all this is one fantastic tasting beer!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of this beer is very lively, carbonated, and lucious. The fine bottle conditioning of this ale make each and every bubble grasp onto your tongue and into the crevisces of your mouth, delivering a very high ratio of FPSI [flavor per square inch]!

Drinkability: The drinkability of this beer is exceptional, only marred a bit by the fact that this is just so damn acidic up front. Despite the soft apperance and different aromas of this brew, the taste is 100% cantillon all the way. However, I have to ask myself what a VERY fresh sample would taste like? The 3 years of aging surely stripped away some of the fresh fruit flavors and aromas and replaced them with some more classic lambic funk!

Overall: Holy shit, a mouth watering, saliva sucking, traditional Belgian lambic beer with Bergeron Apricots as the secondary sugar source? Who else, but Mr. Van-roy would think about, or attempt to make a beer like this, and suceed so damn well at it!? Do yourself a favor and pick this up if it is available at your local store. Sure it is $30 or so, but it is definately worth the price asked for it. Or, If you ever get over to Belgium you can get this for under $10 a bottle and haul some back with you. Not as perfect as there gueuze, or the insanely good (and expensive) St. Lamvinus, but it's pretty f'in close!

Jean Pierre Van Roy is simply one of the best brewers in Belgium, and the world! Cheers to you sir!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fou’Foune 2001
Presented in a 1 Pint 9.40 fl.oz green glass bottle, the front of which contains a strange looking label. It has an orange border & depicts a view looking from the moons surface into the blackness of space & what at first appears to be the Sun, closer examination reveals that it is in fact -an Apricot. Dragged back from Belgium for just €6.

Fou’Foune is the nickname of a french apricot grower, who continually espoused the virtues of his product to Jean-Pierre Van Roy (Master Brewer), it was just a matter of time before an Apricot lambic would be borne. Made with 300 grammes of de-stoned Bergeron Apricots steeped in each 1 litre of 2 year old lambic > this is that product. Fou'Fonne also means "Peach Fuzz"!!!

I poured the whole bottle in one go, first into a large Glass Jug & the remainder into a Cantillon Tumbler (which I purchased with this Bottle at the Brewery only a week earlier). The beer poured with a haze even after being stored upright for over a week. Served at 55 Deg.F.
It pours with a limited effervescence, and an orangey-cream head that is short lived, and remains as a 1/8” halo head collar in the Glass. Although the head is small, there is high inherent carbonation & bubbles continually stream upwards in the Glass Jug. The retained carbonation gives the usual superb Cantillon spritzy mouthfeel. This beer dances on your tongue whilst doing the tango with your saliva.

The beer is a lovely turbid pale straw yellow/gold color that reminded me of fresh pineapple crush. The beer exhibited a haze from the intitial pour. Nose is of a sharp acidic beer. It does not disappoint. A lovely, striking, acidic introduction with an acidic-sweetness. Acidic-sweetness!!, what the hell is that?? I didn’t know the two could exist together – but hey this is Cantillon & they do – believe me. Some sourness exists in the middle as it decides whether to grip you with the Cantillon Mouth-Pucker, or take a few more “twists and turns” before doing so. It decides to take the twists and turns; Acid, Sweetness, Oak, Acidic-Sweetness, Citric-Bitterness, Sweet Sourness & a hint of Apricots….
…then comes the astringent shock finish, the trademark “Cantillon Mouth-Pucker”, damped down somewhat compared to say the Gueuze – but it is there, so brace yourself.

Wow, yet another unique beer, a truly traditional Apricot-Lambic.

If you have only ever tried the sweet fruit lambics from Timmermans, Lindemans, Mort Subite, etc. then you may not understand this beer.

This is Cantillon – The Lambic Master. We are truly NOT Worthy!!!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Multiple pours from 2010 750ml bottles into a tasting glass at Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst.

A: Cloudy pale apricot-colored body (appropriately enough) under a persistent, fine white head. Nice.

S: Holy apricot! Richly juicy fruit, with great balance between sweetness and tartness. Citric acid backs things up with a lemony sting. Fan-freaking-tastic.

T: Sour apricot up front, followed by even sourer lemony acidity. The apricot persists all the way through, granting a delicate sweetness to the long finish. Lovely, but just not quite as astonishingly perfect as the aroma.

M: Frothy, soft, and delicate. Quite nice.

O: I've been wanting to try this one for a long time now, and it certainly did not disappoint. I love how vibrant the apricots were in this fresh bottle, and I can't really imagine wanting them to dissipate over time. Aged Cantillons are great and all, but none of them can possible smell like this. Do yourself a favor and try fresh Fou'Foune if you ever get a chance.

Cheers!

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

Review from notes on 12/13/09. On tap at Monk's Cafe.

A- cloudy pale yellow with a slight white ring for a head in a nonic 4.0

Sm- citrus and tart granny smith sourness, bit of yeastiness and pale malt, starfruit and a hint of mustiness. 4.5

T- very much like the aroma, but very pronounced acidic tartness. Hint of lemon zest and pepper. Quite good. 4.5

M- thin and smooth, slight prickle on the palate. 4.0

D- extremely. I can easily do a few of these. But they ran out shortly after. 5.0

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Photo of birchstick
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 8-18-2011, 750 mL

A - pours a faint orange / apricot color (who would have guessed that) with a good looking head on it

S - nose is of lambic scents (citrus, some funk) and apricots. Again, no surprises in the nose, but it smells damn good.

T - Starts off with fresh, juicy apricots that dominate the front and middle of the palate. These fade to some funky citrus flavors. It is almost like taking a bit out of an apricot and washing it down with lambic. The fruit really balances out the sourness from the lambic and creates an awesome tasting sour.

M - bubbly carbonation with a medium body works perfectly for this one

D - What can I say? Awesome beer here. I haven't have a fruit lambic before that was so well balanced. The apricot gave it a nice, smooth sweetness and held the citric/acidic lambic part of the beer in check. Best Cantillon I have tried, and easily the best fruit lambic as well.

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Cellar update: the 1 and a half year mark on this brings on a really nice balance between the acidity and the fruit flavors. That seems to be the sweet spot on this beer.
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Photo of jrenihan
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 25, 2008

Beer is a cloudy golden/orange colour. I am inclined to say apricot coloured given the flavouring of the beer and that would actually be pretty close. Small white head fades quickly.

Smell is clearly sour, with some chalk, yeast and funk. A strong, tart apricot scent is present. Minimal sweetness in the nose. The fruit smells very real, with none of the artificial qualities that I often find in the aroma of fruit flavoured beers, even when real fruit is used.

Taste is like the nose. Very sour apricot, some funk, a bit of a crisp spiciness from the wheat. Not a sweet beer at all, actually a very dry finish along with the heavy sour flavour.

As for mouth feel, pucker up! Dries the mouth out incredibly. Moderate carbonation and medium bodied, very smooth.

Overall, very enjoyable if you like your beer sour. Really nice flavour and aroma.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I am excited to try this as the other similar beer I’ve had with Apricot is the Cascade and I just love that beer.

Fluffy/ Sudsy head grows and stays for a very brief visit. A fairly light gold/straw color with a dull finish.

Aroma is fantastic. That simple Sweettart aroma up front with a sharp edge and then a subtle but obvious Apricot nose. I really love this aroma.

OK, now I type the opposite of what I have many times. Most often it is noted that the flavor is not as sour/tart as the aroma leads one to believe. Here it’s the exact opposite. There was certainly hints of sour/tart in the nose, but it was rounded. The initial punch of sour is more than this and more than expected. It gives way to a wonderful acidic/lactic draw of white wine notes and some green grape, Then the apricot hits late palate and provides a wonderful fruit complexity. It stays with you after the finish.

Delicate body, again sits like a wine in the glass and even as you drink it.

I can see why this is highly sought after. I am happy that I was able to secure one with the recent Cantillon distribution in MA.

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Photo of Holland
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Lauren for sharing this at a tasting!

A: pours a cloudy golden color with fine bubbles coming through, but not much head, and no retention.

S: bright smelling with lemon, apricot, and peach. Some good funk is in there, but it doesn't come through too much.

T: again with a slight funk, but mostly sourness and fruit flavors like peach and apricot. The acidity is delicious, but certainly not the most sour out there. Barely a hint of sweetness.

M: bright, acidic, thin but coats the mouth well so that you can feel it for a while.

O: most excellent lambic, so happy to have tried this finally. It's not overwhelmingly flavorful, but delicious and balanced for my tastes.

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

A-golden color with a thick white head and decent retention

S-sour fruit and acidity slightly yeasty

T-sour fruit upfront with a nice slight sweetness following

F-medium body with nice crisp carbonation, great mouthfeel

O-a nice crisp and refreshing lambic

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Photo of FosterJM
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1263rd Review on BA
Bottle to 9oz Strange
750 Ml
2011

Thanks Martin

Shared at Beachwood BBQ's Ode to Lambic

App- A very very hazy orange looking yellow with a bit of a popsicle looks. A few bubbles and very little cling and a bit murky looking.

Smell- My word. Feel like a deep sourtherner. Huge fresh and vibrant apricot with a huge amount of funk on the back end of this one.

Taste- Again, taste follows the nose and it playes well together. The apricot is bright and a bit dry and the funk adds to the dryness but leaves you wanting to have more. It's fairly sweet, but not overly sweet nor puckering.

Mouth- A lighter medium and a medium carbonation. Didn't leave a lot in terms of residual flavors.

Drink- Damn tasty beer. I understand now, why so hard to get and why no one would say where bottles are.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a cloudy yet radiant hue. The head was an immensely thick foam with surprising retention.

The aroma was a tinge sour with a fragrant apricot, lemon, Chardonnay and soda water and straw.

The flavors were nicely smooth and well balanced but not overly pronounced. The apricot was lightly sweet with a lemon, honeysuckle, raw honey and a white wine or Chardonnay like quality.

The feel is light and bubbly, almost spritzer like, but smooth and easily drinkable.

This is a very good lambic and it feels almost sour like but Top 12 in the World, absolutely not!

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Photo of Zach136
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 2013 Vintage with Keith_R poured into a Cantillon taster.

A - Light peach, immediately dissipating "head" and no lacing (to be expected). Cloudy, near opaque body.

S - Sweetart/shock tart candy, some horse blanket/farmhouse funk and assorted melon fruit notes. Some of the tart funk combined to form the slightest resemblance to earwax.

T - Peaches(apricot?) and Creme Hard Candy, light lemony tartness. Very faint touches of oak.

M - Very mimosa-esque, light dissipating mouthfeel and smooth creamy finish.

O - Amazing. Wouldn't have expected anything less.

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Photo of prototypic
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to csmiley for splitting the 750! I sadly traded mine away. You're the man, Chris!

Bottled in August, 2008.

Fou' Foune pours a yellowish-gold color. It's quite hazy, and has a distinct gold appearance when held to light. It's capped with a very modest white head. Carbonation looks active, but the head didn't quite rise to a finger in depth. Lacing was very, very light.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a very earthy, musky scent. It's rather prominent in the mix and lingers throughout. There's some light fruity notes. Smells mostly like lemon and peach or apricots. It's more of a secondary scent though. It certainly smells tart and a little vinegar-esque. Brett imparts a funky, barnyard scent. It's not very strong, but is effective. Oak really adds a lot of depth, and may just be the x-factor in this one. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

The flavor is impressive. I'm debating on the score. It is very musky and earthy throughout. It also features just the right amount of funk in the mix. The Brett presence is best described as moderate. That's my preferred approach. It complements, rather than overwhelms, the other flavors. It is quite tart and sour. It's not quite mouth puckering, but it's close. Definitely a little vinegar-y. The fruity peach/apricot flavors are there, but are somewhat subtle. Oak adds a ton of character and depth. Alcohol is buried. It finishes musky, funky, and sour. I'm convinced...the flavor's earned its score.

Fou' Foune has a medium body that's incredibly svelte and smooth. Light carbonation definitely helps in that regard. It's definitely an authentic Belgian. No question. Drinkability is very high. This is a very tasty Lambic that goes down so smooth and easy. A 750 = no problem.

Cantillon makes incredible beer. While I don't believe this one will supplant St. Lamvinus as my favorite, it's not too far off. It's chock full of flavor, and is very deep and complex. It will challenge even the most sophisticated palate. If you happen to run across one of these, jump on the opportunity. It's worth at least one purchase...even with the steep price tag.

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4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

FINALLY got to try this guy. Poured from bottle to flute.

A- Beautiful, hazy orange the seems to radiate outward.
S- Tart and funky apricot skins. Some underlying sweetness. Barnish.
T- Wow. This definitely lived up to the hype for me. One of the greatest sours I have had. The funk doesn't mask the fruit but complements it.
M- Very smooth with some nice carbonation.
D- Dear Lord this was amazing. Hopefully I can snag a bottle in the future.

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Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
100 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.
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