RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pretty disappointing. Light caramel, medium light funk and a fairly simple, light sweet and sour flavor with a rather weird, bitter finish.
3fourths (8499) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle-conditioned 750ml. early pour is bright and luminescent cedar/red apple in color with a medium-sized red-tinted head. later pour is moderately murky, and the yeast helps open things up (less red apple skin and candy sugar, more funk). exceptionally rich nose, a combination of mild-to-moderate farmhouse/goat/dusty character, mild oak, and semi-sweet brown sugar/maple syrup - it smells like the flour, breads, meats, equipment and walls of a rustic kitchen. the balance of acid and sugar is remarkable: it’s quenching and far too easily quaffable, with the acid attacking the underside of the tongue while the candy sugar tempers the mild egg/sulphur note. the sweetness is not excessive, the acidity is not overdone, it’s pleasant and enjoyable in all aspects. this is belgian table beer, plain and simple, and it’s exceptionally nuanced and subtly decadent. thirst-quenching, pairs perfectly with a mixture of cheese and meats (good fats to play with the acid), and I could drink this with every meal. the best bottled faro in existence.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown and murky with minimal head. Malt and sourness on the aroma with a bit of staleness. Sweet candied fruit flavor with some sourness.
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - JUL 31, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle, 75cl) Almost clear, amber colour with a big but collapsing off-white foamy head. Slightly sweet malty aroma with mouldy and sweaty hoppy notes, accompanied by a rather restrained fruity touch and a mildly spicy note. Moderately sweet and slightly sour flavour, light to medium bodied with a calm carbonation. Light Lambic-character with fruity notes; sweet and slightly bitter-tart and spicy finish with an ascorbic tartness in the aftertaste. Not my thing. 29.VI.10
badgerben (4577) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to BDR! Murky copper color with a thin head. Slight dusty malt aroma and hints of sourness. Very sugary flavor, both candi sugar and some kind of candied fruit. More sour than tart. Light hoppiness towards the end (well, hoppy for a lambic).
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 on the cork; sampled July 2010
A soft pour produces a two-finger thick, lightly tan tinged head. The beer is a dark, burnt amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, brown honey color when held up to the light. The aroma smells like caramelized fruit, a mix of pear and apple really, as well as a touch of sweet-tea notes, some anchoring tartness as well as some dark grain cracker like notes in the finish if you really dig around for a while. A touch of urea ties in the Lambic origin as do some faint musty and even mushroom like earthy notes. It almost seems to have a sugary smokiness to it at times, though this is quite fleeting.
Because fairly warm the beer is not overwhelmingly sweet; it does have a sweetness though, and one that lingers in the finish with a fruity, caramelized candi sugar note. Lightly tart up front and it has a zippy carbonation that makes it a bit carbonic, all of these help to balance the candi-sugar flavors. Fruity flavors of candied pears, perhaps a touch of sweetened lemon (more like crystal light than actual lemons though) and perhaps a tart berry like flavor are all accentuated by the sweetness.
Not a bad Faro, it could use some more funkiness, as it is completely devoid of this character in the flavor. The sweetness is not too overwhelming here and I could almost see myself drinking this again, though it doesn’t hold a candle to the 3 Fonteinen Faro.
pivnizub (9167) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Almost clear, quite stable loose off-white head, nearly reddish-amber coloured; delicate cellary-mouldy nose with a distinctive sweetish-fruity background; moderate sweet-sourish flavour, light to medium bodied, soft; slightly increasing hoppiness in the caramelly-fruity finish, accompanied by faint cellary aromas. O.K.....
HenrikSoegaard (11329) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Some yeasty notes. Moderate sweet and bitter flavor. Only slightly sour. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.
Zita (5356) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
caramel, brown sugar,golden, clear, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish.
chrisv10 (12250) - DENMARK - JUN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75 cl bottle. Amber with diminishing off-white head. Flavour is sour, fruit and caramel.