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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: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6021) - 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 (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Sampled from the crock, July 2010 at Inīt 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2010
In short: Rich caramel meets Oude Lambik for a surprisingly good beer
How: Hand-pumped at LambikOdroom (3 Fonteinen adjacent pub). Graciously served free of charge by Armand himself.
The look: Partially cloudy dark golden body topped by a large off-white head with good retention
In long: Iím not familiar with real Faros on tap so I was surprised by the generous head. I donít know how but the unfermented sugar/caramel/whatever added to make a Faro totally changes the lambic. Nose is fun, dirty carpet, wet fur, musty. Taste was also surprising to me. I expected some kind of sugary unblended lambic. But the beer has a personality of its own. I donít know what Armand uses in his Faro but the sweet part of the beer came through as a rich caramel taste. Very much like the rich caramelized malts flavor from good barley wines. This did not taste like boring brown sugar at all. That rich caramel blends with the cider-ish, dry, woody and slightly acidic character of the lambic and creates a totally different experience. Body is full and the carbonation is very soft. This is pretty good stuff. My favourite Faro. 3 Fonteinen brewery accident has got to be the worst catastrophe since Y1K, which I assume was pretty terrible since I canít find any computer records predating year 1000.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2010
From tap at the restaurant. Aroma is mildfruity andcitirc, light earthy. Sweet, citric anddistinct fruity flavoured. Smooth malty and caramelish. Citric to acidic and cleansing finish. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniele (5387) - ITALY - AUG 17, 2009
ambnrato scarico buona schiuma piuttosto persitente naso caramello acidulo legno in bocca dolce zucchero cadito un po di agrume finale leggeremnte amarognolo

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2009
On tap at In ít Spinnekopke in Brussels. My first faro...figured Iíd try the best first. Did not let me down. Cloudy copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, candi sugar, and funk. Flavor is malty and somewhat gueuze-like with candi sugar, table sugar, funk, wood, and citrusy/fruity tartness. I like the idea of sweetening a lambic slightly - the sourness can be a bit much sometimes. Smooth palate, medium bodied, drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2009
(Draught) Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a moderate beige head. Aroma of candi sugar, white grapes, horse blanket, orange juice, and wood. Flavor of subtle grapefruit, orange, white grapes, and candi sugar. Best faro I have sampled to date.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2009
Hazy dark amber with a large off white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and barnyard notes. Flavour was sweet and malty with sour berries, caramel and woody notes. Finished sourish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
Sampled on tap at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant with lunch. What a wonderful find as the style is hard to find and on tap ever more so. Beer was served with a copper color and just the slightest amount of bubbles on the edge of the glass but there was no carbonation at all on this one which is due to the fact of how it is served. The aroma was sweet with some slight acidic notes as well. Taste was sweet but not overpowering. Refreshing and just a hint of tart but sweet was the overall tone of this beer and made for a great lunch beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13915) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2008
Handpump at Lambicodroom. Unclear copper amber with a full bubble head. Nose is classic 3 fonteinen but sweet of caramel, sugar and bread. Smooth and full bodied. Vague notes of cellar and pleasantly sour. Drinkable and fresh Faro. One of the best in its category . .


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