orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to MaxxDaddy on RB for bringing this bottle to Campground Brewdown. Yet another Drie Fonteinen off the list.
A - Pours murky brown with a small one finger tall off-white head leaving very small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of very light funk, dark candied sugar, dark fruits, oak, caramel and a light mineral quality. This one isnít as funky as I was expecting.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt and plenty of dark candied sugar that never really go away. Hints of dark fruits, oak, light musty funk and some minerals help to break up the sweetness. Finish is pretty dry, lingering on the palate long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Kinda sweet with some lingering dryness.
O - I enjoyed this one for what it is. It definitely sports some interesting flavors but it really isnít my style. Fun to try but I wouldnít actively seek it out.
kermis (9019) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at DHVL. Hazy amber brown with a bubbly light tan head. Aroma is oxidized with big sherry notes, toffee, tart fruits and a light funk. Flavour is moderate sweet and sour, with very citric acidity in the finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (7920) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Heren van Liedekercke courtesy of Kermis. Vintage 2010
Thin white head. Cloudy amber pour. Tart sugary oxidised aftertaste.
Heather_B (245) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber pour with VERY minimal off-white head. Thank you, Adam, for sharing this! Smells like a fake sweet cherry lollipop. Not loving this aroma. Mouthfeel is weak. But the flavor is good for what this is. While thereís some sediment in this pour, this tastes like moldy cherry pie. Oxidation has definitely kicked in. Itís still drinkable and pretty solid, overall. Given that this is a faro, Iím going to be a bit more lenient with my rating...
neongolden (1097) - LinkŲping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml 2008 bottle @ Delirium Cafe, July 27th 2015) Pours fairly clear iced tea colour with a small head of big bubbles and no lace. Aroma is like a hybrid of Flanders bruin and barley wine, sweet and tart with lots of dried fruit, especially prunes and figs and sweet grapes, fortified wine notes (moscatel or tawny port) give a vinous feel, fairly oxidized, oak and a slightly sulphurous funk in the background. On the palate, not nearly as sweet, with a big component of acetic acid for a lambic. Oxidized, moderately funky, crabapple and golden raisins, hints of caramel. Funk towards the finish, some sulphur, hint of mint, oaky. Light bodied with carb almost all gone. I think this had got a little past it (and perhaps not the best venue for handling...), nose promised more but the oxidation had got to the palate. Still quite interesting, would have been even better in slightly nicer condition.
djd07 (7872) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Rick, pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. Aroma is bandaids,feet, and funk. Medium mouth with tart fruit and light funk, very good.
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle from 2008, pours red brown to amber, a little hazey. Small white head, quickly dissipating. This is a specialty lambic, closest to a faro since dark candi sugar was added, though the Lambic portion was untraditional using some amber and Munich malts. Wheat is its main ingredient. 8ABV, one time brew. Great sweet-sour balance, oak, lactic acid, earthy notes, lambic and dark candi. Also whiskey notes. Beautiful!
PriorL (3038) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at S&G Tasting. Many many thanks to Mathieu87 for this bottle. Rating #2000.
APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: caramel, little sour.
TASTE: rather sweet, but very sour, some carbonation, very very nice faro! Aged quite amazing actually!
bhensonb (13508) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008, 750 c&c from Bu11zeye. Pours hazy darkish brown with no head. Aroma is essentially elderly malt with spice notes. Med body. Flavor is woody, dark malt with slightly sourish fruits. Finishes a bit tart. Itís great.
marcus (8590) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange brown with no head and a dark fruit and brown sugar aroma. There is a sour fruit and brown sugar flavor, very mellow and tasty. Best faro I have encountered.
Alengrin (4065) - BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Specialty lambic from the winter of 2010 - 2011. Bottled faro is a weird concept to me which I usually associate with oversweetened, blended beers like Lindemans Faro, but when 3 Fonteinen does it, I put all my trust in it. Justly so, it turned out. The lambic used for this contains not only unmalted wheat and pale malts, but malted wheat, Munich malt and amber malt as well, very unusual for the style. What makes this a special faro instead of a special geuze, is of course the addition of candi sugar. Thin but stable head, warm orangey amber colour, misty. Complex, powerful aroma of lively fruity esters as in any good lambic, mandarin, fresh grape juice, sherry, hay, wood, lemon, cider, apple peel, caramel, candi sugar, toasted bread. Complex taste with a whole array of flavours the ardent lambic lover adores, including lactic acid, fresh citric acid, wine vinegar, sherry, wood, as well as an honest candi sugar sweetishness in the finish, a tea-like aspect and a long, dry finish of tannins, funkiness and tartness. Absolutely lovely.