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3 Fonteinen Faro
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Brewed by 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Faro
Beersel, Belgium

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
On cask at the Drie Fonteinen Lambic Room during last week’s Belgium trip. Reviewed from notes. Served in a small Drie Fonteinen stange glass. Poured a slightly-hazed medium orange color with a bit of a rust-colored tint. No head or lacing. The smell was pretty funky with quite a bit of must. Some citrus there as well. Certainly seemed like a Drie Fonteinen product from the start with some nice must and earth to go along with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with just a hint of carbonation. Light bit of funk and faint acidity. Very enjoyable. I liked this one quite a bit more than the Cantillon Faro we had later on, though of course each one varied from batch to batch throughout the trip.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (9922) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Deep golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, sugar, dust, hop. Flavour is sweet, sugar, sourness, fruit, dust, hop, malt, lemon. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4609) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2011
From tap @Drie Fonteinen, Berseel. A film of tiny bubbles, covering a hazy, orangey golden body. Aroma of apple-fruitiness, with notes of burnt sugar. Notes of toffee and dusty hops. Nice rounded sour-sweet flavor. Juicy, acidic apples and a light sweet toastedness. Dusty and grassy hops is noticable. Medium body. Smooth in the mouth. Rounded tartness in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose (3132) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
tap. pours amer orange with a centimeter of frothy eggshell white head. nose is both vegetal and fruity, with notes of cooked cabbage, lemons, melons, and pineapple. taste is sour patch kids, watermelon, pineapple, and earthy grass. nice balance. actually like this quite a bit. best faro i had on belgium trip. whatever sweetener was added provided interesting, tasty fruit character. moderate lactic sourness. drinkable. nice body. pretty solid.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7355) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2011
Draught at Drie Fonteinen in Beersel. Amber-gold body colour, slightly unclear. A few bubbles at the top. Sweet and tart to the nose. Well balanced taste character of sweetness and tartness. Rounded mouthfeel. Nice and fresh (Toer de Geuze as a part of Podge Belgian Beer Tour, 01.05.2011).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (2269) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 March 2011, on cask at Drie Fonteinen A: Moderate whiskey brown body with a burnt sugar colored small fizzy head that dissipated within a minute of the pour. S: Burnt sugar, caramel, citrus, funk, and must. Quite nice, but a bit muted. T: All of the notes from the nose, plus more. Burnt sugar and caramel up front. Grapefruit and lemon cut through in the middle. Nice earthy funk and tartness. M: Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Slightly tart finish. O: Probably the best faro out there.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2011
Cask @ Moeder Lambic. Orange brumeuse, plate. Arôme fruité avec ce côté sucre candi qui caractérise ce style de lambic laissant au nez des notes de caramel avec un léger aspect de fleurs. En bouche, note sucre brun, l’orge et le caramel, qcq fruits noirs, terreux avec ce que je note comme étant fraises et toujours en premier plan le profile du lambic. Le pire de tout est que c’est une simple faro mais qui laisse place à pas mal de complexité de par les saveurs que l’on arrive à en tirer. Une superbe bière qui se démarque bien de ce que l’on trouve généralement en magasin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at Copenhagen Oldage on 20 May 2006 (noted at 5.0%). Definitely the best faro I’ve tried. But since I’m not really keen on faro - I don’t really see the point of taking a beer that relies on tart sourness and dumping a load of sweetener in - that may not be saying too much. However, in this case, the sugar was not too intrusive and didn’t mask the underlying charm and interest.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5564) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Sample from Armand himself at the bottle shop near the brewery. Pours a cloudy brown color with a huge white head. The aroma is sweet overripe melons, some sugar, tart lambic notes. The flavor is similarly smooth and tasty; ripe fruit, a hint of tartness and funk, some wood and sweet sugars. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Sampled from the crock, July 2010 at In´t Spinnekopke
This pours from the crock with a dark, caramel color and is topped by a frothy, browned head. The addition of sugar brings out a rich fruitiness that reminds me of sour fruit varieties; aromas of caramelized kiwis and even a suggestion of strawberries are to be found in the nose. The aroma is just so complex and appetizing.

The sugar is really well done in the flavor too; it is just so well balanced with the Lambic character. The caramel mixes quite well with the lactic tartness; this has a big tart / sweet balance to it, both notes are quite big, but they balance so well. A sharpness is in this beer; a bit of a bite to the finish, is it acetic acid, or perhaps an oak astringency, or maybe it is some phenolics are the interplay between each of them, I am not quite sure, but there is certainly something sharp here that works quite well. This is exceedingly quaffable; it has texture to it (as the sugar boosts the body a bit), but it is so nicely drinkable on this warm Brussels evening.

This is really the best example of a Faro that I have ever had. This is a perfect pre and during dinner drink, and I am incredibly impressed with how appetizing and very good this beer ended up being.


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