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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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Cask // Hand-pump @ ZBF 2012 // hazy amber with a touch apricot & a fizzy head // smell is quite sweet, lots of candy sugar, smell hints of funk & mustiness // taste starts out way sweeter than I expected it to be (in a good way), sweet candy sugar, caramel, leading into a turn towards musty caramel, funk, hint of acid & cobwebs in the back // close to no carbonation, smooth & round // very good, sugar works very well, well-balanced, yummy & interesting - upped the score, I had this twice more, draft @ brewery, I love this stuff, candy sugar and canned fruits syrup etc. always great to drink - best faro so far - Cantillon is also very lovely, the rest of the faro, ok some of them /// Tried this one again twice on draft @ the restaurant, this stuff is incredible, I could drink it endlessly, this is the beer that justifies the existence of faro to me

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Draught, Beersel, 3 Fonteinen, May 2005. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy light amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), lightly yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of cask wood, vanilla, raisin, and sherry. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, soft carbonation. Faro simply does not get better than this. Even Cantillon pales, and that’s the only other truly drinkable or enjoyable faro I’ve ever had. This was so good that I seriously thought about ordering another glass. Some will find it odd to rate a faro so highly, being such a maligned style, but for once I’m rating strictly to style because, well, there is almost assuredly no way a better faro will ever exist. Even ignoring the style, this would still get at least a low 4’s rating from me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (4661) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2007
On draught at the brewery. Hazy yellow-brown with a little (and unstable) offwhite head. Aroma very much as the lambik; oaky vanilla with lemons and a hint of sweetness. Flavours are a perfect blend of sweet caramel, lemons, vanilla and woody dryness. Light body. Perfectly balanced sweetness with a great lambik.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Hand pump. Nice sour lactic nose, musky malt, hops. Floral. Cloudy dark orange-amber, with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Great sweet-sour balance. Strong gueuze taste with perfect balance of sweetness. Rich taste, not watery like other faros I’ve had. Smooth fruity finish and light bitter after. Great faro.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (18966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2006
[Draught at Københavnske Øldage] Cloudy orange, no head. Lively barnyardy aroma. The sweetness is subdued, but it opens the flavours of the lambic, and lifts them to another level. The mouthfeel is so beaustifully soft and the flavours concentrated. Usually faros are seen as dumbed down lambics, but in this case it’s just maginificent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Draught at Københavnske Øldage 2006. Murky orange in colour with no head. The aroma had some sweet fruits (apples. pears), light sourness, some barnyard. The flavour is lightly sweet, lots of fruits (oranges, lemons, peaches and pears), light apple tartness, some brown sugar. Sweet but soft mouthfeel, medium body, very light carbonation. Finishes dry and tart. Phenomenal stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
A gueuze like base with brown sugar added for a little sweetening effect. It rounds the edges off the massive gueuze flavours in the base beers and amongst all of the faro's I tried, this was the best.

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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenclansman (710) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - APR 22, 2013
Toer de Geuze 2013 I think its my first true faro beer. It was amazing. Nice body with strong foam. Sour aromas...sweet candy syrup with quick sour aftertaste. Very very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2004
Handpumped at the Drie Fonteinen restaurant in Beersel. Deep amber/brown coloured with surprisingly creamy head. Nice lambic aroma with loads of grapefruit and some apple notes. Very pleasant and refreshing flavour with a very good balance between the lambic sourness and the sugar sweetness. A great faro.


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