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Cantillon Fou' Foune | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apricot Lambic

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

A: Coppery orange and honey like in color with a general haziness throughout. Little head but an aggressive pour yielded some nice foamy bubbles that quickly receded to a ring of snow white foam around the edges.

S: The smell of bready cereal malts and mellow apricot dominate the nose. Somewhat floral and hay like with a demure presence of oak and barnyard funk. The mellow aroma of ripened apricots dominates this beer and so it should.

T: Light acidity tickles the tongue at first then opens up into a complex layering of floral, cereal malt breadiness, barnyard funk, tartness, vanilla oakiness and massive apricot fruitiness

M: Well carbonated; prickly and crisp but light bodied. Finishes tart, but clean and dry.

O: This is an amazing fruit beer and one that incorporates a rather mild fruit very well. Light, crisp, flavorful and aromatic. I wish I could get this more readily.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared by black13 on New Years Eve at his house. Thanks Mike for opening this huge want of mine.

A: Crystal clear pale yellow with a voluminous snow white head, good retention, and surprisingly solid lacing. 5/5

S: Obvious light stone fruits, not much lacing on the nose, slight funk offers contrast. 4/5

T: Oddly salty and palate drying, only moderately sour for Cantillon with very little funk, floral on the finish with fragrant botanicals. 4/5

M: Thin, well carbed, drizzabone. 5/5

O: Glad to have tried this. Are there any better fruit lambics than the ones Cantillon makes? Not really. 4/5

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap at monks
Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white lace.

The aroma is full of sharp tart apple with hints of dry fruit peel.

The flavor begins with sharp acidity blending with a carbonic bite. The sourness gives way to a light fruit flavor and then the acids take over and the finish remains tart.

Very drinkable the tartness dosent overwhelm and the beer is very refreshing.

Overall I found this beer to be an excellent pairing with monks pomme frites.

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

April 21st, 2013.

Pours a gorgeous golden orange with a healthy finger of head.

The nose is packed with fresh, juicy apricots. Underneath this lies typical Cantillon funk; leather and lemon and general barnyard-y smells. As it breathes, a bit of apple comes into the nose as well.

On the palate it is packed with juicy apricot, especially as it breathes. Lactic acidity is present throughout but it is well integrated. There's a bit of spice upfront along with the apricot but it dies out quite quickly as it moves down the palate. In the back, apricot skin and peaches come through. The finish is a crescendo of lactic acidity; a nice soft sourness lingers with a touch of acetic acid. The lactic acid profile is unlike any other Cantillon I have tired, I feel it is not as sharp as others, but more gradual and well integrated.

The mouthfeel is great. Silky smooth and well carbonated, but not overly so.

As it breathes the fruit really comes out and it becomes a much brighter beer. This beer is amazingly well rounded, and the balance is incredible. Juicy apricots are contrasted with a touch of leather, barnyard and funk on top of a nice integrated and gradual sourness. The fruit is what shines here though and it makes for an incredible lambic.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, bottled august 2012

A- Ligh orange colour with a bit of haziness. Decent white head, soon recedes but still leaves a ring and some lacing on the sides of the glass

S- Tart acidity upfront. On the background a lively, fresh fruity feel, citric, some other fruity notes that may feel like apricots though i don't know if i would have catched it if i didn't know before. Not super complex as expected but still pleasantly strong and fresh

T- Pretty much what the smell suggested. I expected maybe something more complex but this is still great. Straightforward acidity upfront, tart with a slight spicy/prickly feel. Strong fruity notes, apricots now more easily detectable (it has that tart/sweet combination that is typical of apricots), lemon, maybe peach. Again, actually quite simple but amazingly pleasant, vivid and refreshing

M- Light body, with quite a good dose of carbonation to make it more lively. Prickly on the palate and on the sides of the mouth, more on the juicy side on the tongue, with fruit flavours more vivid there. Finish is pleasantly dry and refreshing, leaves you longing for another sip despite strong tartness

O- As already mentioned, a straightforward fruit lambic, fresh, lively, amazingly drinkable for the style, though maybe not as complex as i expected

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Photo of hawks10
4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green corked and capped bottle - Bottled August 18th, 2011 - Poured into my Cantillon stemware (and even placed on a Fou' Foune coaster, loser) Really excited to try this longtime top want...

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with some dark yellow around the edges. A thin cap of white head forms and quickly recedes leaving some haze behind...

Smells like a typical Cantillon fruit lambic...nose is full of semi-tart citrus fruits with a bit of sweetness coming from the apricots. However, like most Cantillons, funk dominates the nose, maybe even more so than their other fresh fruit lambics, with musty damp basement coming through strongly...

Taste starts with a quick apricot sweetness, that quickly turns tart and just as quickly finishes sweet with the apricots really shining through in the end. Kind of bizarre actually, how quickly the flavor changes and comes back. A strong, and I mean strong brett spice powers to the forefront in the middle of the drink and leaves a lingering funky spice throughout the finish. Of all the Cantillons I have ever had the pleasure to drink, this one has, by far, the most brett character yet, it actually starts to overpower any fruit flavors as I drink. Very light on the tart/sour flavors as well.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, feel is highly typical of all fresh Cantillon fruit lambics.

Overall this was a good beer but not any better than any other Cantillon fruit lambic, in fact, I prefer St. Lamvinus and Vigneronne to this beer. Good lambic and glad I go to try it, but not at all worth the effort/$$$ to pursue again...

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Photo of bnelson997
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say that hasn't been said? World class! Funky apricots jammed right in your face. There's a reason this is one of the most highly sought after beers in the whole world.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Beer Revolution Anniversary. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big apricot, some lemon funkiness, lactic, along with a bit of sweetness. The taste is tart with a bit of initial sweetness. Lots of apricot, tart lemon, signature Cantillon funkiness. Finish is tart. Medium body. Low carbonation. The fruit is really prominent here, more so than in other Cantillon lambics. It also has a bit more sweetness than other Cantillons, but certainly not too much.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.96/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage, poured into a taster. Surprisingly big apricot considering the vintage, a bit of barnyard funk...perfect carbonation, extremely drinkable. Great apricot lambic!

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Photo of berkey
4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in the wine glass style Cantillon glass at the Trappist in Oakland. From notes 04/28/10.

This beer is a slightly hazy blonde pretty much identical in color to the gueuze produced by the same brewery. Only a minimal head forms, typical of Cantillon's beers.

Aroma is somewhat surprisingly musty on tap, for some reason I was thinking this wouldn't have the same complexity as a bottled Cantillon. There's a notable fruitiness which helps round out of the funkiness but not I'm not sure I'd be easily able to identify it as apricot if I didn't already know.

Bracing, puckering, sour taste on the entry but this quickly gives way to the sweeter apricot notes to create a relatively clean and dry flavor profile. Although the fruitiness is still not intensely apricot it does remind me of the tart part of the fruit surrounding the stone. There's a fairly strong funky musty taste on the aftertaste.

Drinkability is similar to most Cantillon beers. Goes down easy but the tartness keeps it a sipper.

I'm glad I had a chance to try this since I can't seem to find it in bottles in my area. Since the apricots are so subtle, overall this is probably best described as a slightly sweeter version of their Classic Gueuze.

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

Thank to IggyWH for a generous trade. This beer was ripe with apricot despite being a year old vintage (2014). Everything was up to par as far as expectations set. The one thing that can't be beat is that tingling crispness you get on the tongue as it finishes. That is something that cannot be replicated.

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

Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a rocky white head.

The aroma was bursting with sour funk, apricots, and citrus notes.

The flavor was intensely sour - more so than almost any sour I've had before. Simply awesome. The flavors of tart apricots were bright and punchy. The fruit bleneded well with complex brett funk, lacto, and pedio sourness with a slight, but pleasant cheesiness faint in the background.

The beer had prickly carbonation with a light mouthfeel. The beer finished very dry and had a mild astringency that complemented the sour charateristics.

A wonderful fruit lambic with some of the most intense sour flavors I've ever had in a beer. This may be Cantillon's sourest. Dope.

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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


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 dwaz
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 750 ml bootle.

Appearance -Pours a hazy yellow, orange with a large, white foamy head.

Smell- much like gueze with a little more sweetness

Taste - upfront a little sweet, a little vinegar with undertones of apricot. Changes to extremely sour on the backend.

Drinkability and overall - I can only drink one glass of any sour beer at a session and lambics not my favorite style. However, this beer is complex and mixes the sweetness of apricots and the sour of a lambic well. A world class beer.

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Photo of W_Des
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Depending on the year you get something new every time! Pours nice yellow orange color. The nose is full of apricot when fresh and then starts to fade off and give more of the funk from the yeast with some tart notes. The taste is wonderful with great fruit when fresh but then evolving into a more sweet and tart as it ages. nice carbonation and finishes crisp for a refreshing lambicthat is well deserved of all its praise.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 vintage poured into a snifter

L - thick white head from the carbonation...a little cloudy

S - best smell of this type i've had...major fruity tart in the smell and some funk...minimal bready yeast stmell which usually is overpowering...a little grassy lemon too

T - acidic, sour apricot and stone fruit...really well balanced with some but not too much funk

F - smooth, flavors linger, and easy to drink

O - top of its class...worthy of the hype will seek this out again

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

750ml bottles of a 05 and a 09. I am reviewing them both, but I'm scoring the 05. A huge thanks to Don for hooking me up!!!

A- Both vintages pour a hazy pale yellow color. Both have a thin off white head with some spotty lacing.

A- The 05 is very sour smelling. Lemon and funk are present. The 09 is very less sour smelling. The apricot is detectable in the 09 but not even a hint is present in the 05. The 05 has a bit of vinegar in the nose.

T- As I was expecting, the 05 was extremely sour (one of the sourest I have ever had) with some barn yard funk and lemon. Very acidic and outright sour! Perfect for me. The more sour, the better.
The 09 is much more tame. The apricot is noticeable here. Still tart, but not even a fraction as sour as the 05. Still a little funky but not nearly as funky as the 05.

M- Both were medium bodied. Nicely carbonated. Both had a tart finish, the 05 was just 10x as tart.

D- The sourness and acidity will limit the drinkability for sure. However, I had a full bottle between us and I didn't have any problems. My taste buds were completely destroyed afterwards, but man did I ever love these brews. The 05 was better due to the intense sourness, but the 09 was definitely much more fruity.

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Photo of danh53
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes when I had this on draft. Pours a hazy yellow, orange color without much head at all. The aroma is bright stone fruit and lemon. Not getting the funk I expected. Taste is bright, tart lemon with apricots, more earthy than funky. Mouth feel is medium bodied and crisp making this very drinkable. It still needs time to develop some more complexity, but still excellent.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.72/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Cork dated 2004, pours into large flute glass at 50f with active 30% hea, this beer is very carbonated. I bought this bottle in the US just recently.

smell is typical cantillon acidic musty along with an unusual moldy odor I would normally associated with something ruined, but with lambic and cantillon in particular this is probably a good sign.

Taste is initially very dry and pucker-sour, and initial no fruit notes are visible in this. The second swallow I get a distinct hint of peach or apricot. At this point some of this replaces the moldy note in the odor. My palate seems to adapt quickly and the extreme pucker-power is more enjoyable.

The aftertaste is notably apricot-ish, the part of the mouth not burned by pucker-sour notes feels distinctly that it has had an unusual fruit in its lambic.

Further into the bottle the fruit note becomes more prominent, carbonation remains very active, probably adding to the apparent harshness at first noted.

A somewhat unusual but typically excellent product from Cantillon

Follow-up - this beer was very slow-drinking and actually caused moderate acid indigestion, something I almost never get, not even from cantillon lambics. Stomach pain finally got so bad I did something I have never done with a cantillon product before - I gave up and poured the last 25% out. I am going to let my remaining bottles of this sit for a year or more and see if they mellow out.

I drink cantillon products all the time and have never had anything like this. No idea if it is a temporary gastrointestinal problem on my part (comment 4/28/06, it was almost certainly a beer issue) but there are no other indications that it is anything but the beer.

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

2011 vintage next to the 2015. Wow, remarkable differences. The 2011 was beautifully funky and still had a lot of fruit. The 2015 was indeed tasting young, mostly fruit and brett. ISO old Fou :)!

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cantillon Fou' Foune

A = Poured a bright copper colour with a thin foam head.

S = Sweet smell of apricots. Ripe, ripe apricots.

T = Initial lemony tartness with slight hint of apricot. There is a fine soft bitterness that lingers on your tongue long after the drink goes down.

M = Light Carbonation. Nice.

D = Very drinkable.

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

Found a 2014 bottle at Jazz Bar in Barcelona. Amazing looking beer with depth of color changing in the light. The smell is incredible the sour funk an apricots, lovely. The taste is just smile inducing, could drink it day after day, depth is the key sour, fruit, funk and smooth clean finish.

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Photo of codysjb
3.73/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, poured into a Cantillon stem glass!
A: A cloudy light orange look, what a great color. Very consistent, the clouds don’t float around its extremely cloudy all over rather than in spots.
S: Sour and funky, like most cantillon lambics. It has that “Belgian” smell to it and I don’t really detect any fruit.
T: Sour all over, much more than anything else they make. Tastes somewhat like their gueuze but nothing special. Lots of carbonation in this one.
M: Sour with some apricot and peach notes on the end of the palate.
O: I’m really disappointed with this beer. I had really hoped this would be amazing as it’s impossible to find and everyone wants to try it. Really, it reminds me of their gueuze, just not as good. Certainly not bad and I’d try it again but I wouldn’t jump through the hoops that people do to try this (it’s just not worth it). B to B + range.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at Anam Cara: Boy am I lucky or what..

Pours a light golden peachy color with a slight minimal white head that leaves no lace. Initial aromas are pungent and citric, with just a slight hint of fruit and some of those classic barnyard aromas. For flavor this brew is crisp and delightful. There is a beautiful balance between the sourness and a slight sweet fruity like flavor that can best be described as a citrusy lemonade.. Following there is a nice bite of tartness to the brew, and a refreshing carbonation. Overall this brew is highly drinkable, though I would never think that Cantillon would use apricots in a beer, but hell it works.

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Photo of backbaybrewer
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours light yellow with a big head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves lacing on the glass.

Ar: fruity and sour dominate. Apricots are unmistakable.

T: apricot fruit and sourness dominate the flavor. Possibly the best sour beer I have ever tasted in my life. The perfect mix of sour tartness with fruity sugar to create an amazingly balanced experience.

M: very effervescent. Bubbly on the palate makes an otherwise thin beer more full bodied.

O: amazing. Had this beer at the brewery which only added to the overall experience. Love it. Balanced yet nuanced. Every sip presents something new.

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