Cantillon Fou' Foune | Brasserie Cantillon

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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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#18
Reviews:
547
Ratings:
3,014
pDev:
7.53%
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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My review is of a fresh 2010 bottle, but I recently had a 2008 which I enjoyed more.

Pours 1/4 finger of white head. Color is a hazy straw golden yellow. Kind of peach colored.

Aroma: Sweet apricots, funky barnyard flavors, straw. It is a bit muted. Some light acidic flavors and lemon citrus as well.

Taste: More sour notes here. Sharp lemons, apricots, horseblanket, funk, barnyard notes, and some acidity.

Mouthfeel: Sour and funky. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a very drinkable sour beer. A bit weak of aroma, but what is there is nice. Fairly sweet. I could drink a lot of this one. 4.3
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2016 bottle consumed 12/2016

Pale gold color. Large white head. Very faint apricot flavors. More tartness and sourness here than juicy and fruity. Lemon acidity. Very light funk. Lots of young lambic flavor here. Very lively and bubbly. Lots of carbonation here. Not a fan of this vintage. Too little fruit presence and too much carbonation. 3.8
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2016 fou on draft 9/2017

Super fruity. All the apricots. Smells like a popsicle. So juicy. Funk on the nose. Barnyard. Some sour on the backend. Might be one of my favorite batches. Incredibly well done. 4.5
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9/1/2017 bottle at the brewery consumed 12/17

Very nice nose. Tons of juicy apricot. Flavor is a bit underdeveloped at this point which I find normal with fresh Fou. Very soft. 4.3
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8-35-15 jerabom from Jean at his 50th bday
Little white head. Pale golden yellow. Sweet apricots on the nose with a bit more tartness in the flavor. Lemon citrus. Some wet oak. Not very funk. A bit of acidity. Very drinkable. 4.4

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Brouwerij Lane in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a hazy light golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin white head that reduces rather quickly to a tiny patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of apricot with some light amounts of mild sourness.

T: Similar to the smell but a little more intense in the flavor, very tart with strong sour flavors. Light presence of apricot.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. Easy to drink and extremely enjoyable (I could happily have a couple of these but that seems unlikely with how difficult to find and expensive this beer is). Not overly sour but quite tart.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.59/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Although apricots are not a real traditional fruit for a lambic ...this is definitely a real, traditional lambic! It's quite a refreshing change from the overly sweet and fruity lambics that are so popular right now.

The body is a hazy, glowing yellow with a peach cast. The creamy, bright-white head holds well at first and slowly drops to a thin collar and whispy surface foam. Sweet apricot is present in the first whiff, but it reveals it's seductively intense and complex lambic character upon closer inspection. The sweetness of the fruit is squelched in the flavor, although there is definite apricot character. The sweetness appears right at the start, but immediately vanishes as it's overtaken by a sharp, drying acidity that retains control until the swallow where lambic character lingers in the finish along with more fruit. Quite exceptional. Intense. Complex. Refreshing.

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4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2006 vintage received from Dyan. Thanks!

Appearance: Pulling off the wrapper, uncapping the crown and remove the cork is always a messy process with Cantillon beers, usually leaving you covered in mold and other foul-smelling matter. This one's no exception, and may even be worse than any others I've encountered. Between the black mold underneath the bottle cap, the white muck under the wrapper and the grey ooze that seeps from the cork, I have to wonder what this beer is doing to my innards. Fuck it all though, with a beer this delicious you can't worry about what it's doing to your stomach lining or general health. Rambling aside, the beer itself pours a milky wheat color, not far off from the appearance of their gueuze. Cloudiness is significant, but then again, I made no effort to let the sediment settle in this bottle. A vigorous pour left me with a couple inches of head with rather large bubbles, and though it leaves no lacing, retention is pretty good for this style of beer.

Smell: Apricots. Sour, unripened apricots. It's remarkable how much the fruit shines through in the aroma. Before opening this bottle, I wasn't sure how well the fruit would stand up against the acidity of Cantillon lambic (astoundingly well, is the answer). Beyond the fruit, there's plenty of signature Cantillon funk too, but the apricots really steal the show. Awesome, maybe the best nose I've come across on a fruit lambic.

Taste & mouthfeel: Intensely sour, like taking a big bite from an unripened apricot. Again to my surprise, there's a ton of apricot flavor here, and it works beautifully with the bracingly acidic lambic. Even by Cantillon standards, this is sour stuff. I can't see my stomach faring well by the end of this bottle, but that's not going to stop me from finishing it (slowly). The mouthfeel is light and bubbly, with all the signature dryness and acidity people have come to expect from Cantillon, and alcohol is never really felt. Simply an awesome beer, one that I wish was available locally so that I could grab a few to cellar.

Notes on other vintages:

2001: With 9 years of age on it, this batch is still very fruity, lactic, lemony. Sharp sourness. Not as fruity as some of the fresher batches, but still excellent.

2003: Unusually turbid and thick. Not a lot of fruit here compared to newer vintages, though it does come through. Strong lactic sourness, funky, somewhat one-dimensional. Not one of the best batches, but enjoyable.

2004: Musty and slightly metallic, big lactic character, strong apricot skin aroma and flavor. Seemed a bit past its prime to me.

2005: Bottled opened early 2011. Extremely sour, one of the most intensely sour batches of beer I've tried from Cantillon, in fact. Moderate funk, little oak or fruit. Enjoyable in small quantities, the acidity is pretty intense.

2007: Extremely sour and simple with mild fruit and barrel character, one of the weaker batches of FF.

2008: Similar sourness to the 2007 batch but with a big juicy apricot character to balance it, excellent.

2009: Big apricot character with restrained sourness compared to previous vintages. Very oaky, tannic, fruity. Quite good, might be my favorite vintage. As of late 2010, it seems to have become more sour and less tannic with age.

2010: Fresh this is very fruity and bright, lightly sour and funky, less oaky than the '09 was fresh. Amazing apricot bouquet. Very enjoyable, sourness should increase with age. Another great vintage.

2011: Fresh, this one is less fruity and slightly more sour than the previous two vintages. Not as interesting to me as the '09 and '10 batches. Still very good.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta give a bunch of thanks to ShogoKawada for letting me try this one.

A: Light fizzy head covering fades quickly with a hazy, lots of color, golden wheat straw colored beer.

N: Nice sour fruit, tangy and tart, little citrus and zest, touch of sweetness, dry fruit, touch of yeast. Lots of fruit, plenty of the peach/apricot, and even a bit of a citrus zest.

T: Sour and tangy fruit, tons of apricot, almost like pure apricot juice, and that also brings some fruit flavors of peach, citrus, grapefruit, little creamy even. Pretty sour overall and tart, with a touch of lemon and mouthwatering tangerine apricot juice like flavors. Mostly dry. A light yeast, that seems to accentuate a touch as it warms. We stirred the yeast and the funk and yeast flavors came out a lot more, and it got a hint of barnyard.

M: Lighter body with good carbonation.

Overall awesome, great fruit, tartness, funk, an awesome wild/sour beer with tons of great fruit flavors. Wish I could drink tons of this if it wasn't so expensive and hard to get.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -14%

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4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aug 2016 bottle, opened Jun 2017 - even better.

Aug 2015 bottle, opened Mar 2016:

A - Hazy light straw body with a towering cap of pure white foam. Nice retention and low lace.

S - Stellar nose. Bright, fresh, ripe apricot, juicy nectarines and a touch of earthy barn.

T - Opens with a bright, sour lemon-lime note. Deliciously tart, crunchy apricot is loaded throughout the center and finishes with smooth, creamy wheat. Exceptional balance.

M - Smooth and surprisingly full for the style. Well balanced carbonation.

O - A world class fruit sour.

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange with frothy white head. Smell is fruity with just a bit of funk. Taste is quite tart with some nice stone fruit notes. Medium body with very good carbonation making it very easy drinking and refreshing. Definitely one of the best fruit lambics.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Rifugium
4.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure when or where I first had this, but it was probably a bottle share somewhere. I never reviewed it because I had no notes on it, but this review is from a recent tasting on tap at Monk's.

(Make sure you don't pay too much for this one, because as with many Cantillon beers, it's way overhyped and way overrated.)

Looks nice: cloudy, honey-orange color, with about a 1/2" cap of delicate white bubbles for a head that recedes to a small ringlet, leaving soapy lacing on the glass. Distant, dry aroma, citrus zest, musty, touch of apricot. Tartness hits you up front on the palate, very drying, more citrus pith than anything, lemon juice, afterthoughts of candied apricot and grassy funk. Don't drink this if you have chapped lips. Fairly light bodied, a bit on the thin side, acidic, but with a good drying balance that improves the drinkability. Nice, but nothing really special going on here, but if you're a beer scene noob, you'll love it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

A: Pours a pale apricot with a nice white head. A bit of lacing and a minimal head that stays throughout.

S: Very, very sour with lots of apricot and white peach notes. A bit of funk and oak.

T: Loads of apricot with some very nice lactic sourness. A bit of funk, earth, and wood; mainly, though, this one is all about the sour apricot and I love it.

M: Fairly light bodied and incredibly dry and crisp. Very powerful acidity.

D: Very nice drinkability, although anything over 10oz. or so might get to be a little much. Overall, absolutely fantastic. In my opinion, blew Saint Lamnivus (which we had side-by-side) out of the water.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.81/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped and corked bottle. Bottled on 8-18-11. Poured into several glasses. Huge thanks go to Stakem for generously sharing this.

Pours a hazed peachy colored copper, topped with a ½ finger of fizzy bright-white head. This retains with a rich and foamy ring around the edges of the glass, slathering the sides with a heavy cascade of frothy lace that quickly slides down. The aroma is OMG! Juicy and ripe apricot character just jumps out of the glass. Some funk and light acidity adds a certain amount of airiness to the nose. Man that apricot flavor just dominates this though and that isn’t a bad thing at all!

The taste is bright and fairly sour feeling, with a blast of sugars and fruit that then gives way to more of a intense tartness along the back. This is so accessible and smooth for what it is. The finish is dry and woody feeling before segueing into a final push of fruit and sugars and then completely drying out in the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively and crisp feel throughout. As this warms, a bit more chewiness emerges, which holds the bulk of that juicy apricot flavor in the body. Like most Cantillons, the body really helps pull this all together.

I had heard a lot about this beer and it didn’t disappoint. I think that the fact that this was a fresh bottle really helped, or at least gave me what I was looking for out of this, as those vibrant apricot flavors just made this. This is an fantastic Lambic and one that I will be seeking out again in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of BEER88
4.42/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 6 September 2016 poured and split into four different snifters. Looks like a golden hazy IPA but with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head. The smell is metalicy, rubber and vinegary. I also pick up some oak and barnyard funk! The taste is tart, acidic, light fruit, slight pepper and herbal notes. The feel is very mild and crisp, very inviting. Overall I wanted much more fruit but it was still tasty treat!

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5/5  rDev +7.5%

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 4.65 out of 5 with 3,014 ratings