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

So this is it. My last fresh bottle of Fou'foune, one of my all time favorite beers. Bottled 13 August 2009, I am drinking this solo while eating an apricot.

The few months this beer has been sitting undisturbed have been kind to it. Pouring a light golden orange with a dense white head with excellent retention, this beer looks beautiful.

The nose is explosive. Bursting with ripe apricots, there's a tartness to the fruit character as well. The fruit does dominate the base lambic, quite a remarkable feat, given how sour this beer is. Unlike other vintages, this batch does have a more pronounced oak aroma, not really woody and it's more of a tannic character. All of this cuts through the fruit, making this truly exceptional on the nose.

The palate opens bracingly sour with a strong lemon peel sourness, way more aggressive than any other Cantillon beer I've had. I don't know how they do it. With a big, bright acidity, this opens the palate to the fruit flavors that come through with all the flavor of an apricot, rather unripened this time, with the great acidity and a big fruit character. The finish is surprisingly clean, with no real funk (this beer never really had much funk to start with) with a lot of lemony sourness and a great fruit character. The tannins do appear here, drying out the palate and contrasting the fruit very well. The palate is perfect. With a moderate to high carbonation level, this light bodied beer is perfect for this summer night. While my enamel is peeling just a hair, this is one of those very few beers where there's so much more going on behind the MASSIVE sourness. With a non-existent acetic character, this is perfect. And to give you an idea as to how fruity this is, my ripened apricot doesn't burst on the nose as much as this one does. Fabulous stuff.

**Review dated 13 Feb 2010**
I split a bottle of the 2006 vintage with joe1510 many moons ago. After it disappeared and I missed the 07 release, when the 08 came out (in 09), I made sure I grabbed a couple. I got to try it side-by-side with an 02 vintage (bottled 03) last night, thanks to Peter.

Both vintages pour a hazy light orange with a thin, choppy white head with decent retention. (4)
2009:
The nose is fucking epic. Fruity sour with fresh apricots, this is so goddamn fruity. Sour apricots with their nuance and unripened character, this is fantastic. The base beer is pretty sour too. As for the palate? Holy fucking fuck. Like biting into a raw apricot, this is fruity and sour. Quite sour and tart with a strong lactic sourness and plenty of lemony sourness, this is all about the apricots. Drying on the finish with more (surprise!) apricots, this is incredible. Light and airy on the palate with a crisp carbonation and a aggressive acidity, the fruitiness really helps tone down how much damage I feel this doing to me. Incredibly drinkable, this is awesome (4.5 x 4)

2003:
The nose is super sour, mildly plastic-like even. The fruit really has fallen off, or rather, the sourness has just completely ravaged it. The palate is similar, incredibly sour, probably the sourest thing I've had. Almost like pure lime juice with mild apricot flavor, this is bone dry on the finish that's acidic and tooth-raping in its lemon-like character. The sourness really does hinder the drinkability of this batch, though. Scores: 3.4,3.5,3.5,3.5

**Edit 26 March 2011**
This is the 2010 vintage that I got thanks to Robert. Thank you.

The nose is pure fucking apricots. Ridiculously fresh and fruity, the dried apricot character is excellent. Not as oaky and tannic as the 2009 vintage, this smells great fresh. Again, a great, clean, lemony sourness with a beautiful fruit character, this is a nice, fruity vintage.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lambic pours a mild yellow color with a thin head.

Apple and cherry notes greet the nose, followed by a good amount of funk. When I say a good amount, I mean that it doesn't overwhelm the olfactory gland.

The taste is full of sourness, bursting with cherry essence. It's not a "fruity" lambic per se.

Not much to "feel" at the back of the throat. The funk is restrained, which may turn off true fans of the style.

This is truly a balanced and highly enjoyable lambic. It's also somewhat rare around these parts.

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

Cork says "Bottled in 2.002"

Peachy color. Light peach. Thin and fluffy white head sits on top and is well retained. Lacing comes in patches. Carbonation looks to be moderate.Aroma is acidic, citric, estery, vinegar-like and fruity (as in green apples and nectarines). A little wet blanket on the nose as well. The mouthfeel is slightly prickly and more than slightly puckering. Not quite as mouth puckering as some of the other Cantillon selections I've had though. This one is held in check somewhat. It's pretty refreshing. The horse blanket is there. And the acidity is definitely there. Very slight apricot. Grape skin and unripe green apple. Nicely put together. Somthing keeps begging me to drink more of it. That's a good sign.

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

Split a 750ml bottle with oakbluff at the beerbistro, served in a Cantillon tumbler.

Pours a lightly hazy orange/golden, very thin and fizzy white head forms, disappears to a tiny ring, no lacing, looks like a lambic! Smell is real nice, definite funk, lemons, wood, apricots, peaches, vinegar, quite acidic in the nose, some bready malts, nice. Taste is similar, sharp and acidic at first, sweet sour middle, like those old school peach candies, apricot is subtle but there, peaches, lemons, lightly woody, nice vinegar and acetic finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable. Another great lambic!

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Armsby Abbey. Missed bottles that sold in 30 minutes, a great treat to drink this on-tap instead.

A- Golden orange hue body poured into Cantillon wine glass. Complete yeast haze throughout. Nice foamy white head with good size and retention. Patches of lace.

S- Great mix of Cantillon funky bugs and apricot flesh, more apricot here than flavor. Oak and lemon sours as well.

T- More going on overall, a huge fruit pit flavor here more than actual apricot flesh. Barnyard, lemon sours, big oak, some funk but not a ton, grass, peppercorn, some bread when sour subsides, acetic grape, apple. Complex and diverse flavor profile.

MF- Foamy light body with big carbonation. Obvious tart sour feel overall. Silky smooth, perfect for style.

A great Cantillon, love the aroma and apricot flavor mixed with that classic Cantillon bug funk, a true treat for a surprisingly low price.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and capped bottle. Poured a translucent, straw gold with a bright white, frothy/creamy head. Nose reveals apricots, grapefruit and cork. Taste is extremely salty - some apricot peaks out in the flavor profile; however, it is very much masked by the saltiness. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, refreshing carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Acidity lightly stimulates the salivary glands. This is delicious - extremely tasty and really quite refreshing This is one lambic I could drink all day. Probably my favorite Cantillon to date. Reminds me of Cascade's The Vine to some degree.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap. My jaw hit the floor when I saw this one sitting on the shelf in a small corner of Oregon. I have never, ever, EVER, seen a Cantillon on the shelf.

A - Pours a very cloudy, light orange with a large fluffy white head. It slowly fades to half.

S - Funk and horse blanket tones hit you first, then the sweet apricots follow.

T - A soft gentle apricot, slight sweetness, followed by a slight funk.

D - Thinner body with good carbonation.

O - A world class treat. I am so excited to drink this one. Clean, funky, fruity and good.

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

Pours out a bright apricot orange looking pour with a thin white head, that for a lambic, actually stuck around for a little while.

Smell is right on, massively tart and sour with plenty of apricot all over it. Stays away from funk/horse blanket/sweaty socks and just drills you with fruit and sour that is so clean. Taste remains like the nose, awesome, clean, and powerful. How something so sour can retain so much of a fruit presence at the same time, well, that's why it got a 5.

Its just simply phenomenal stuff, never does the sour and fruit dissipate or become 'normalized' with your taste buds. Top notch.

On tap at beachwood bbq.

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

Dark lemon-orange with piles of loose white froth. 4
Floral, lemon rind wax, a bit of funk - big and fragrant. 4.25
Up front orchard fruit, touch of horse blanket, some herbs, and wild woody vinegar. 4
Earthy finish and clean acid linger.
Light, round, slight cling. 4.25

-- Knife edge balance - fizz, fruit, funk, all perfectly aligned. Not too much pucker, just some apricot stone sulfur, tart more than wild. Top class. 4.5

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bro ups to the magnificent beast that is flexabull for carting this one all the way across the pond, over my head to CA, then back to MN. I’d like to have its frequent flier miles. 750ML bottle capped & corked, split with my wife, who’s almost panting in anticipation.

The pour is pure spring sunshine in a proper Cantillon glass, with a sharknado of carbonation swirling right up the middle. The yellow fruit is still strong in the nose, though I would have guess peach instead of apricot, but whatever, with a fair amount of sharp lemon & white wine. Thoroughly enjoyable for whiffing.

Fou Foune is my kind of lambic. The fruit & sour are about 49.2% vs. 50.8%, & I can’t tell which side is which. Lovely light fruits do the bagurumba with a light acidity imparted by the wild beasties, imparting a lovely tartness on the tongue and other mouth parts. Mid-palate is that spritzy white wine again, oak on oak, lemon coming on strong. Light & summery, this is a joy on the palate, & something that I could drink for quite a long while. There simply aren’t many wild ales you can say that about.

So happy I finally had a full pour of this, after having samples at numerous tastings over the years…& I gotta say, much better fresh. Goes without saying: this is an excellent brew.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, 2008 version...The beer pours dark peacy with a much darker center. The head is white, rises about a finger and is gone pretty quickly...The aroma is on the lighter side, light tart fruits, mixed with sourness. Not overpowering in either regard so its balanced giving some of what you look for in a fruit lambic...Holy moses, that's one sour beer. Didn't think it would be that tart from the aroma. Its got a huge tart bite sour, not a mucky horse blanker leather like a lot of Cantillon's. Here you get a lot more of the fruit not sweetness but the actual taste of apricots on the finish. Super balanced and flavorful...The feel is great, sticks to the mouth, very tannic...Drinkability is off the charts. It gives me everything I love about a lambic, sourness funk, but balanced enough that you can drink this all day, while at the same time not being such a fruit beer that's its super sweet or dominated by the apricot...Overall one of my favorite lambics, right up there with Blabear.

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Photo of claspada
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adding Aug 2011 bottle sampled 5/27/12. The fruit is so much fresher and really pops. I can actually taste the apricot where as the aged bottle was much more sour and less fruit forward. I recommend drinking this fresh as possible.

Bottled August 2010. Courtesy of a generous Texas trader, can't recall exactly, poor job by me.

Pours a hazy dark golden color, almost orange, with a nice fluffy white head. A bit of spotty lacing and a minimal head that stays throughout.

Aromas begin with a lot of lactic acidity, lemon, peaches and tart green apple. The oakiness emerges as it warms with a really nice wet hay and barnyard funk.

The tastes directly follow the nose with loads of apricot/peach mixed with some very nice lactic sourness. The funk, earth, and wood emerge more and more as it warms. The lactic sourness and fruity apricot and pretty equal here; I credit that due to the age as I have been told this is much more apricot forward when fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and acidic but not overly so; pleasantly sour and tart in the finish but by no means the sourest or Brett forward beer I have ever had. Really in balance overall which is how I like pretty much all my beers regardless of style.

Overall this is world class, no bones about it. Flavor profile is exactly how you would want a fruited lambic to be, balance of fruit and funk is second to none. I don't think I would drink anything but Cantillon from June-August if I could readily track it down, but alas that will never happen. I prefer St. Lamvinus to this slightly but that is a personal preference, both are the two best Belgian lambics for my money.

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Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great, clear golden colour with a small, white head. Solid.

Huge amounts of funk and sourness come through the aroma.

Wow. To my mind this is the most sour of the Cantillon lambics I've had so far. Intense acetic sourness comes through along with tons of funk. The apricots are muted and come through as a citric tartness and back note. Overall, it's quite tasty.

Medium-light body with high carbonation.

A tasty lambic but this is hugely sour.

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Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow hue. A small bubbly white head forms that leaves some lace.
S: The aroma is huge, and just amazing. I can smell this all the way across the room. Sour and tart fruits. Funky barnyard aromas, Belgian yeast. Apricot comes out in full force as this warms up a bit.
T: Again, sour and tart fruits. Funky flavors that follow the nose. Some yeast, and apricot comes out as this warms up. The typical acidic and vinegar flavor for Cantillon. Again, a huge flavor that is great.
M/D: A medium body that has a little to much carbonation. Dry and crisp. The sourness makes this a slow sipper. Though I can sip on this all day.

Another wonderful Lambic from Cantillon. This is what a fruit Lambic should be. Not artificial flavor and syrup that so many other examples are. Highly recommended. I have to give a big thanks to biggreen for sharing this with armock and me.

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

I had this on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, poured into a Cantillon glass. It was on my top 3 list to try when I saw their draft list (where else in the Midwest would I find this beer on tap?). It was kind of light yellow colored, hazy, and initially had a huge head. The smell was sour and acidic with a hint of citrucy fruit. The taste was sour and tart with a very mild apricot flavor. It was awesome. I could have easily had more, but there were other beers to try.

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden color, with a slight tint of orange, a fizzy head, and a negligible haze. The aroma is pretty funky: apricot is notable right off the bat, followed by a grassiness, horseblanket, musty earth, wood, and a serious vinousness. The first taste is a powerful, mouth-pckering, roll-up-your tongue, wrinkle-your-face sourness. Lots of acid. This lambic sure isn’t sweetened. After the first few sips, and your mouth is prepared, a lot of funkly, fruity flavors come out. The apricot hides, and I could only pick it out as a faint effect of the finish. The musty, horse flavor is present through the taste. This is an extremely dry, extremely astringent brew. There’s a high level of carbonation. Pretty much no hop flavors at all. This is one sour, but subtle beer. The more I drank, the more it grew on me. I wouldn’t drink it on it’s own again…but I think it would be fantastic with food. The beer would go great with some intensely rich foods (I kept thinking that this would be great with oysters Rockefeller).

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Photo of Rutager
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A HUGE thank you to wordemupg for this long time want. August 25, 2011 bottling date.

Appearance. Pours a quite hazy straw-peach with a finger of frothy white head that fades to a skim pretty quickly, but leaves some lace behind.

Smell. Ripe apricots, juicy tangy peaches, sweet grapes and some nice and soft, sweet and fruity hayloft funk. I could smell this the second I pulled the cork from the bottle and also now from my glass several feet away.

Taste. Sour, slightly under-ripe apricots and peaches in a much more delicate way than the smell suggests. There's some good dry funk and a little bit of old wet wood. Very sour and tangy, and very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with fairly strong, fine carbonation.

Overall. Another fine beer from Cantillon. I can't say it's the best in their regular
lineup for me, but I am loving every drop of this and will look forward to having it again someday.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage...

A: Pours a beautiful light hazy yellow/orange with one full finger of pure white head. The foam takes a while to settles, and there is on a little bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is fruity tart, sour, an a touch salty. The apricots in this beer are right in the forefront and it smells utterly fantastic.

T: This beer has a good helping of apricot fruitiness right up front. It's sweet, tart, sour, and freaking delicious. You can feel it in the back of palate and along the sides of your tongue.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and drying up front. Coats the palate where is gets really puckering, and then slides off nicely. Tons of lingering sour greatness.

O: World class beer. It might be the best apricot sour I have ever had. However... I was expecting it to be a bit more "in-your-face" apricot. The fruit is there, but it's not as intense as I would have imagined. Still... I'm grasping at straws to find a flaw with this beer. Wonderful. I can't wait to try this beer with a few years in it to really make the sourness intensify.

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Photo of Resuin
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This is a 2012 version, so has a little over a year of age on it.

Appearance: Pours a translucent gold-orange color and leaves a big two finger head which fades in a flash to nothing. Sporadic carbonation can be seen, but not too much.

Smell: Nice apricot, mild grassy funk, lemon-lime, mild juniper berries, apple skins, slight sour. The apricot really takes the lead in a nice way and is definitely not overwhelming, but just right.

Taste: Perfumey apricot, slight funk, lemon, grapes medium sour, oak. Very nice, and borderline puckeringly sour. Definitely has a white wine flavor quality to it. Very nice.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium, sour, dry body. Finishes quite dry and sour.

Overall: Really well balanced and nice. Just the right amount of sour for an apricot lambic, and the apricot really comes through deliciously. The aroma is wondrous. Opened this for a special occasion, and it's a great beer for that. So tasty and just a great drinking experience.

Edit: I had a 2014 version with 6 months of age on it and it had a lot more apricot, and a fantastic nose. I definitely enjoyed this with a little less age on it.

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

750ml bottle 2007 vintage $22. Beautiful golden color, hazy. It smells like apricot or peach pits, slight bit of hay, really excellent aroma. Taste is sour apricots, peaches, lemon. Very sour but it doesn't get in the way at all, delicious flavor. The apricot aroma is really my favorite part about this beer but overall this is probably the best Cantillon I have had thus far.

edit 12/2/2012

had this on tap at Zwanze day and had to bump up the taste score. This stuff is really great.

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

2004 cork dated 750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Fou' Foune is a hazy, darker gold with a off-white collar and skim.

Smell is super funky, pushing burnt rubber, but in an enticing manner for lambic lovers. As it warms, it gains a soft honey sweetness, although it's very faint. Finally, the apricots flirt through, very nice, wow!

Taste fails to disappoint, this is about as funky as it gets. Four years in, any traces of the famed "Bergeron" apricots are long gone, but I've always preferred pure lambics to fruit ones anyways. As the palate adjusts to the intensity of the sourness, the sweetness starts to cut through, but any hints of the fruit are probably subliminal - if I didn't know the label, I wouldn't recognize them now. Still, I love sours, and this reigns supreme.

Mouthfeel is puckeringly tart, with a medium body for the style.

Drinkablity is precious, if you've come this far and shelled out the dough ($30 in my town) then you'll probably wish you'd be able to drink another bottle. Chances are, you can't. I'm saving the dregs for homebrew. If I come close, I'll drink it all day long, albeit not terribly quickly. This is as sour as it gets! A special vintage bottling indeed.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split and served on our last night on Sussex

2010 vintage - brought back from Brussels

appearance: very cool label - corked and capped, cork is removed to explosion of life...served in a delirium chalice - bright golden-orange body, active white foam

smell: wickedly tart - apricot, peach, sour grape, hay and straw, acidic

taste: very very tart - prototypical cantillon wild yeasts - the apricot adds a lovely complexity ripe with sweet fresh fruit. this twists the tongue like a gueuze and the tartness cuts the sweetness in a way that really confuses the taste buds (in a great way). As anticipated, very high quality stuff.

mouthfeel: sour, tongue buckling, light

overall: great

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

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 5% ABV, Bottled 25 August 2008.

Yet another big thanks to alcstradamus for supplying out tasting with crazy-ass brews like this one!

A - Totally hazy golden yellow beer that has a low off-white head. Poor retention is acceptable for how acidic it is. No lace is left over at all.

S - Wow. Manure for the first time ever. Barnyard funk with an interesting acidity that gets stronger with a swirl. The apricot is moderate to low in the aroma and somewhat lost to me. I would really, really love to have more of the fruitiness pull through in this one, but then again, it could be the age.

T - Insanely sour, it has just taken over the top spot of most sour beer I've ever had. Pure sour dryness overwhelms the palate like super-sour Fundip powder. Mild apricot pokes through with a huge barnyard funk. Again, I wish there was more fruit.

M - Holy sour Batman! This is crazy, super tart and sour with a crisp carbonation bite. Very light apricot sweetness lingers through the sour finish.

D - A bit of rot-gut ensues from the acidity in this beer. Great brew but it's a sipper and definitely best split a few ways I'd say. Thanks again Adam!

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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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