tdtm82 (1207) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Chris O’s PRE-NY tastings - thanks to honoury UK crew Jackie and Simon whom really should get themselvees on this site.
I also want to make a special mention to Raf whom has personally given me a bottle at Borefts which I am waiting to open on a special ocasion.
Acid levels; tart, peaches, wild funky shit and barnyard. Taste is tart; peaches, nice acidicy levels, great balance, stunning drinkability and oh so clean. Gorgeous drink and a a pure ten on taste and aroma. 3 Fonteinen I love and can’t get enough of. This is a classic and superb winter lambic. Amazing.
Marsiblursi (3054) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, thanks mybestfriend) Pours hazy dark orange to amber with pale sand coloured head. The aroma is surprisingly bretty and lactic with horse blanket, mould, citrus, elder and barnyard. The malt brings straw and crackers. There is less brett c fruitiness than in your regular 3F. Also tiny sugary. The flavour is dry and medium to heavily acidic. Almost no bitterness. Citrus, funky brett and dry malt alongside a light sugary sting. The mouthfeel is tart and light carbonated. Acidic, burning brett in the finish. Medium bodied.
FatPhil (10893) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle (BierKompass.de) - shared by mto - many thanks!
8 Lovely aged woody butter and resin aroma, smothered with bretty sourness, with a really acidic nettley bite.
4 Hazy reddy copper, brief frothy head. The bottle had just done a baltic crossing and a trek across town, so was a bit shaken up.
8 Lovely lambic, reminds me of cuvee de ranke, some honey notes. Sharp light berries, gooseberry, and that delicious aged woody butteriness. No hint of 8% at all.
5 Initial massively sharp bite, real sourness, not hiding behind any sugar at all. Only in the finish does a warm sweet spirit hang around, but it’s soft like honey.
15 Best Faro ever. A world class lambic that stands up well against any lambic style.
mto (97) - helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottled and shared with fatphil) nice amber colour with no head. dry and thick. best faro ever
charlotte (4765) - rødovre, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Dark orange colour with small white head.Aroma is sourish with frutiy taste.Flavor of horseblanket and barnyard fruity with hint of wood (harpiks) nice slight dry finish.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle @ kerstbierfestival
head: beige, away fast
smell: grainy bread, geueze, malts, yeast, citric, oaky features, sour, bit of biterness, bit of vanilla
taste: sour malty start , champagne like biterness , sour oaky/wooden , palate, afterwards, nice amount of fruits and touch of vanilla and olives great beer, but i wouldn’t state this as a faro ...
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange with a small white head. Complex aroma of funk, grass, tobacco, wood and tannin. Dry and tart flavour with green tobacco, caramel, tannin. I don’t know how it ended up as a faro, but there is more acidity than most geuzes and the complexity is just amazing
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle, bottled 25th January 2008. Orange amber with a veil of fine flakes; brittle, unstable head. Good old barnyard and cheesy notes in the nose, along with a perfumed-sweetish, gently spicy touch and some orange zest. The latter two remind somewhat of hot wine. Sweetish-sourish taste, with the sourness much milder than that of your typical oude geuze and balanced by clearly present caramel. Alcohol warmth and gentle spiciness keep cosily smouldering over the smooth and dense texture. Cannot stop recalling hot wine, so I decided to warm a bit of this stuff up. It resulted in a milky-caramel aroma and a taste still possessing sourness and citrus as well as a good texture, barnyard being gone. Certainly not worse than the worst hot wine I’ve tried this winter. :-) (Hope Armand will not read this and recall the thermostat accident…)
JorisPPattyn (8441) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly no head; fully hazy orange-amber beer. Extremely nice nose with touches of old wood, old sherry and old brandy, lagered for full complexity, and aromas of spring blossoms - excellent! Serious sourness (lactic and acetic), woody, milk chocolate, citric, horseblanket, but less complex than the nose. Sour - but mild! Excellent, slight viscosity and not thin as most gueuzes. Superb lambic, ranging amongst the absolute top. In the faro style (it’s debateable whether this is more gueuze or more faro) it’s definitely unsurpassed.
Pinball (11412) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle at home, bottled 25-1-2008 bought at ølbutikken
Looking forward to this lambic faro as it is the highest rated of the style on ratebeer (only 15 of them, but anyways the best)
clear coppery orange, very small smooth white head.
aroma appears pretty sour and tart at first, also a little leather, but quite fine, dry and clean at the same time. the sourness is not acid.
flavor is sourish, faint leather, the sourness is sort of hidden in a sweeter note of something resembling candi sugar or berries, however the beer never appears sweetened in a bad way. Flavor profile too is very tight and pretty dry. Very nice lambic-faro. The alc% stated at 8, but i can’t taste it at all, so alc. well hidden. Very tasty.