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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2,889
Reviews:
538
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of MacQ32
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Deuane
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 2009 vintage bottle shared with friends.

A-Hazy, turbid, orange highlighted milky copper with a medium bright white head that slowly faded to a wisp of retention.

S-Mildly sharp apricot aroma with accents of oak and a light touch of mustiness. Certainly a pleasant aroma but nothing crazy.

T-Well, where the aroma is a bit reserved the apricot sourness hits you hard on the palate! Massive, sharp fruit punch in the face. But, much like the way wasabi heat it powerful but quick and fleeting, the tartness here is similar with a huge way that disperses quickly, not that this is a bad thing. Accenting notes of oak dryness, damp basement mustiness and a touch of lemon zest zing.

M-Medium-light bodied with an impressively zippy mouthfeel. Tartness is present initially with long lingering, astringent apricot skin fruit notes.

D-Without question one of the finest fruit sours I have had the opportunity to enjoy. I honestly can find nothing "wrong" with this beer. If this could be my summertime lawn mower beer it would! A refreshingly tasty, tart, flavourful and satisfying brew!

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4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage 750ml bottle into Stone Levitation tulip.

A - Pours a light golden color with a white head. Half a fingers worth of head leaves some lacing along with a nice cap on top of the beer.

S - Super tart/sour, funk, barynard notes, apricots, sweet fruit such as mangos and pears. A nice meld of funk and sweetness. Lots of the funk up front and a nice subtle sweetness on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, only more sweet fruit notes by comparison. Sour/tart, funky barnyard, horse blanket, apricots, pears.

M - Light and fizzy. Champagne-esk carbonation. Refreshing and gentle on the palate.

D - Not my favorite from Cantillon, but I do like this to change it up every now and then. Looking forward to trying the 2009 release here soon.

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4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 25cl pour into a La Chouffe tulip glass, consumed at Belmont Station's unofficial PuckerFest in July 2007 (from notes which I just rediscovered).

A: Hazy, golden honey/orange, with a healthy amount of small carbonation crawling up the curving glass. Initially almost 1-finger of fizzy snow-white head, fading quickly to a thin ring and scattering of swirling film.

S: Quite tart aroma, musty and full of pithy citrus. The sweet/sour apricot smell builds and rises with each swirl of the glass. Smells a little dirty and earthy, very fitting for a tart lambic from the masters at Cantillon. One either loves or hates this fragrance; personally I couldn't get enough of this funky, yet mouth-watering, nose-tickler.

T: Bracingly tart/sour at first, filled with lemon and apricot and a undertone of musty natural yeastiness. A pleasantly light sugar sweetness trails down the back, lending a nice balance to the otherwise harsh tartness. Hints of woodiness in the lengthy finish.

M: Surprisingly low carbonation in the mouth, this is smooth and even somewhat viscous. Leaves a coating and acidic tanginess, which keeps the tongue curling and the saliva flowing.

D: A wonderful sipping lambic, with a bold tartness in aroma and flavor and long-lasting memorable mouthfeel. A little like a quenching, pucker-inducing lemonade, ideal for a summery day. Low ABV at 5%, but this isn't really a style you'd want to drink much of. Expensive ($6 for this pour) but worth it, and one I'd love to have again. Recommended!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy orange with no head and no lacing. Smell is heavy with fresh peach which integrate nicely with the funky base. Notes of wheat, lemon zest, and tons of acidity. Taste is just like the nose. Heavy fruit, nice fleshy peach character, followed by heavy acidic sourness. Delicious. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Overall, delicious brew, one of my favorite cantillons.

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4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015-05-11
750ml bottle in a basket split amongst a bunch of wine glasses at the Cantillon brewery.

Pours very hazy -- yellow, with a fair head. Very nice looking. Smell is velvety apricot, and tart.

Taste is lambic with slight apricot, which builds as you sip. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is soft and fuzzy. Overall, great beer.

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4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing this, dmsohyea!

Slightly hazy dull orange and apricot in color with a thin off-white head. This leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

This is one of the most wonderfully aromatic beers I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The aromas of fresh, juicy apricots, stinging sourness, and just a touch of funk combine for what is one of the finest smelling beers in the world. Just perfect.

The flavor is just as special as the aroma. The apricots are so vibrant and fresh it's stunning. The accompanying sourness is not at all overwhelming but completely complementary. The tangy yeast is mild but present. This stuff is perfect.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

This is my favorite Cantillon to date. I don't see how it gets better than this. Thanks again, Ian!

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

750ml bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions. Cork says botted in 2007, sampled 12/14/08.

Appearance: Slightly peach colored hazy golden pour. Quite lemon looking with an overall fine foam head.

Smell: Rotten eggs, slightly over ripened apricot, yeast, mild barnyard funk.

Taste: Exactly like the nose but the egg note is minimized and the barnyard note is increased.

Mouthfeel: Very refined, sophisticated, creamy, delicate.

Drinkability: Very approachable considering the style.

I think the apricot sweetness would disappear completely with any additional age put on this one. But the sharpness and dryness would continue to develop. Its already fairly sharp and dry so who knows what extremes it could reach! Definitely not a low class sweet fruit lambic. This is a winner.

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4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With full bottle pour, appearance is hazy brown with golden hues at the edges and generous white head. Nose is quite assertive with tingly candied apricots intermixed with light barnyard that thankfully stays in the background. Gorgeous sourness on the palate with the fruit in there at the same time, and it glides across the palate beautifully like a good Champagne. Loads of pleasing tartness on the finish. Incredibly drinkable.

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4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage. Poured from a 750ml capped and corked bottle into a Cantillon Iris glass.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger frothy white head that never really dissipates and gives me a creamy mustache every time I take a sip. Beer is a clear goldenrod with a slight shade of faded orange. Lacing is near non-existant with patches that cling here and there.

S: Nose is mindblowingly funky. Hints of barnyard, straw, tart apricot, cobwebs, must. Tickles the nose throughout.

T: Opens very tart, puckering lemon and citrus with overtones of Brett funk. Apricot sourness sneaks in at the middle and takes this one to another level. Funkiness intensifies tremendously at the back end and towards the finish as it dries the mouth. Moth balls, cobwebs, and bandaid right at the end just before a clean finish and a brief, fruity, apricot finish.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Lively and prickly in the mouth at the start, dry towards the middle, and oily and slick at the end. Finish is clean with a non-lingering aftertaste.

D: I've experienced one or two offerings in my time so far that have redefined what I thought beer could be and how incredible it could taste. There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of those offerings. It's a beer that I'm almost scared to finish for fear of not know when it'll grace my lips again. Worth all the accolades it receives. A once in a lifetime drink.

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4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: muddy light golden brown, with a small white head, thick, broken lace, and a modest scattering of foam on the surface.

Aroma: Tart aroma of vinegar, sharp cheese, sour hay, and earth. While this sounds unappealing, it is not, somehow.

Taste: Profoundly sour, puckering, and astonishingly dry. Somewhat like lemon juice, and white wine vinegar, with earthy notes thrown in. Nonetheless, the reaction to this cornucopia of typically unappealing flavors is to take another sip. The finish is very, very tart, with a ghostly herbal hop presence. The apricot notes are present, but quite subtle.

Mouth feel: Smooth, very soft, pleasant, almost unexpectedly so,

Drinkability/notes: Like blue cheese, most definately an acquired taste, but once acquired, there is a profound attraction. A beer and a style that must not be missed. A friend commented that is very much like a Brut Champagne. Discarding one's preconcieved notions of beer is the best way to experience a lambic for the first time.

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4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Fou' Foune from Brasserie Cantillon
4.53 out of 5 based on 2,889 ratings.
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