(Served in a Cantillon stemmed bowl)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy apricot body with a thin film of snow white head that sticks a bit to the glass with each sip.
S- The dry stone fruit really comes through as an almost earthy peach aroma with some nice tartness in the finish and a hint of white cheese rind.
T- The dried apricot flavor blends with a big rounded acidic tartness and a dry aspirin note to the finish. There is a nice citrus hint to the full brett grapefruit pith that grows in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and a nice astringent bite that lingers for a bit in the finish.
O- This is a wonderful beer. The great depth of an aged lambic really shows the brett character along with the nice well rounded but full tartness. The fruit flavor really comes through and can hold its own with the tartness and they both work very well together. Delicious. Thanks Emerge for sharing.
Served In: Goblet
Thanks, Adam, for the opportunity!
750ml bottle, bottled Aug 25, 2011.
It's pouring a cloudy yellow orange with a firm 2 finger head of foam. The lacing left behind is very impressive.
It smells very yeasty, fruity, sourish, funky, a very incredible aroma. There's no way that the taste can live up to the smell. No way.
And then...the taste. Apricots bring a light sweet flavour almost immediately over taken but tart and bitter fruit sensations. I note a yeasty and light funkiness here too. I find the fruity bitterness a bit surprising but more than welcome and the tart notes are done near perfection. My oh my, this is so damn good and drinkable. 5%abv helps make it so.
I wondered what the French/Belgian word for apricot was and it turned out to be abricot. Not as "interesting" as like names for cherry, raspberry, or peach so I reckon Fou' Foune will do nicely. ;^)
With plenty of carbonation and a lightish body, the mouthfeel is just right. This really is a fine drinking experience. I'm glad I got a chance to try it!!
Served In: Tulip
Back label says August of 2006.
Pours a gorgeous, slightly hazy, golden brassy color. Almost one finger of bone white head takes place following an aggressive pour - dissipates almost immediately. A couple of streamers feed an ever encompassing collar, which lends to some fairly pretty lacing.
Aroma is of attic must, with some white pepper grinds tossed around. Good funkyness to this - nice and mousy... over ripe soft cheese funk, with some gym sock funk mixed in. I LIKE IT. Subtle hints at apricot... along with cantaloupe and canned pear slices. Heaven.
Mouth puckering sour at the first sip... hell yeah, love me some Cantillon! Very acidic, as it just rapes the tongue... is it really rape if the tongue is a willing partner? I didn't think so. So, lets just say the acidity of this just bends the tongue over and has its way with it.
Again, Strong notes of apricot along with a certain white grape skins presence (sour). Other fruits come to mind as well... small touches of unripened pineapple, green melon and again, pear, but mostly the apricot, oh sweet apricot.
Perhaps just a small touch of bitterness to this.
Medium in body, crisp, abrasive yet smooth mouthfeel. My tongue tingles from the sourness of this... completely dig it. Carbonation is right on.
As always, Cantillon knocks this one out of the park. Just a pure pleasure, from start to finish (well, I am not finished yet... but I see no reason why I won't still be lovin' it towards the end). The apricot taste to this is to die for... well balanced to the acidity. That Cantillon mouth puckering sourness makes this one a time consumer... as in it will take well over an hour or so to enjoy to it's fullest... a good one to split with a friend.
But hell, I feel greedy, and don't wish to. MINE.
Good call Frank.
A Must Try.
Served In: Tulip
My man Lum sent me a couple of these since I haven't found any '06 bottles around here for a long time, thanks P! The body on this lambic is fairly light with hazy apricot being the dominant color but turning to a more milky lemon when backlit. The super white head grows to a finger in height easily with that snap, crackle, pop that goes along with a healthy carbonation. Drink lines remain after each sip and slowly slide back into the body.
Fou' Foune proudly shows off one of the most amazing aromas I've come across in a beer of any style. The signature Cantillon funkiness jumps from the glass but is quickly met with a noseful of sensation stimulating tart and ripe apricots. The apricot is so vivid and in your face I can nearly feel the juice dripping down my chin. Damp, decaying wood and wet rock brings up the rear and rounds out this delicious concoction. The Cantillon funk, lactic sourness, and apricot create an aroma that's unlike any other and instantly makes my mouth water.
The flavor can't quite reach the heights the nose did but that would be nearly impossible. Bracingly sour Cantillon funkiness hits the tongue first before the tart apricots makes their way through. Dry woodiness brings up the rear and lactic sourness bathes the tongue. The acidity hits immediately along with the sourness. After a few drinks I get used to the sour and the flavors open even more. Slight mustiness and earthy qualities swim throughout each drink. This is some delicious lambic.
The body is light, the carbonation is lively and the sourness is enough to cause a pucker with each drink. The carbonation isn't prickly but does manage to scrub the tongue. The finish is slightly dry but not to the extent of the Sahara.
The drinkability on this lambic is off the charts. When I get used to the bracing sourness it's hard for me to set the glass down. Each drink is so delicious and refreshing that I instantly look forward to the next.
Dyan shared a bottle of this with me a few months ago and it absolutely blew my mind. Fou Foune is one of the best lambics on the planet and one of my favorite beers at the moment. If you are anywhere near this beer pick it up, more than one would be ideal. Thanks for the bottles, Lum!
Served In: Tulip
Sampled July 2004, 2001 bottling.
Pours a very hazy orange-gold color. The head is cream colored and dissapears after a couple of minutes. The aroma is tart and funky. It is quite sour with some muted barnyard Brett notes. As is usual with Cantillon the taste is at first shockingly mouth puckering. After all of this time I don't even get a sense of the apricots. A bit of chalkiness is in the middle of this beer, which seems to add a bit of fullness to this otherwise light and refreshing beer. The sourness is reminiscent of grapefruit and lemons. Though I really wish there was some apricot flavor here, it is still quite good, though just as a Lambic.
A orangish light gold color to this beer, that is more light gold than anything. Pours with a lively carbonation. I can't detect any apricot in the aroma, though there is a slight fruitiness, but mostly smell sour. The taste is of course quite acidic, with general musty character as well. If I did not know this beer I would have no idea that it was made with apricots. The lambic beasties have completely obliterated all signs of the apricots. As a lambic type beer this is quite good, though seems a bit simplistic compared to some of the other offerings. Tastes more of a citrus type fruit, which comes from the acidity. I am a bit dissapointed in the apricot character from this beer, but it is still quite good.
Served In: Pint Glass
Thanks to Joey for bringing a bottle of this for the tasting at my house the night of 7/19. A 2002 vintage!
The beer is a hazy, light peach and pours with a decent inch and a half of foam, a little soapy trails as it falls down.
The aroma is pure funk and fruit!! Love it. Apricots in full force, natural and not "pixie stick" candy like other apricot beers I've tried. Cheesy, salt water, peaches, and sour orange.
Sour apricots...period. Apricot flesh and skin, salt, and a bit of wheat after it warms up.
Near perfect mouthfeel, slightly syrupy but a good level of carbonation livens this one up enough to be very drinkable. Pure indulgence.
Served In: Pint Glass
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