Brewed by Brouwerij Girardin
Style: Lambic Style - Faro
Sint Ulriks-Kapelle, Belgium


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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2010
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: itís 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, itís pleasant and enjoyable in all aspects. this is belgian table beer, plain and simple, and itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4207) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber beer with a lacy big offwhite head. Sourish, fruity aroma with rubber notes. Sweet, a bit sourish flavour with berry notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2011
Bottled@The Chriso Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011 "Donkey Dork Lord Edition". Amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruits, wood, caramel and some slight spicy notes. Flavour is sugary, wooden, mild sourness as well as some mildly tart wooden notes. Very nicely balanced and not overly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geuzelambix (243) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2010
Nice faro - much better than the green one from the same brewery. Sweet and sour with no hint of the flat, dull elements that can be found in other faros (fari?). Spring and fall in one little bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2012
Clear, amber body with a lightly brown, creamy head. Sourish aroma, clear Girardin touch with fruit, barnyard: very complex and well balanced. Moderately sour, lightly sweet flavour. Very nice and complex beer. Drinks very easily. Maybe tad too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle at the Hill Farmstead second anniversary party courtesy of someone, but I canít remember who. So whomever you were, thanks. Pours an amber ruby with a medium sized white head. Musk, acid and funk on the nose. Medium bodied, very lactic, but rather soft. Funky, musk, lots of sweet toast on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle (thanks to hannont for sharing)... Poured a cloudy, golden, burnt orange with zero head. Nose had cedar, wood-like incense, and dominant yeast. Some acidity, funk, and tartness that meshed with spices and light fruits, along with wood (especially what came off like cedar). I could see this may be awkward and astringent to others. But I enjoyed it quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle from Kempisch Bierfestival. Pours copper with a small offwhite head. Lemony lambik aroma as well as caramel. Sweetened and slightly spiced lemony lambik. Semi-dry. When the startingpoint is Girardin lambik, you can never go completely wrong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
In short: A slightly sweet acidic lambic with an unexpected red-fruits flavor. Very original
How: Bottle 750ml. Exact age unknown
The look: Slightly cloudy light-copper body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is musty, rustic, a bit funky and with a good amount of unexpected red fruits. This is supposed to be a faro (according to ratebeer current style) so I was really surprised by the color and aromas. Taste has a little sweetness but it is a lot less sweet than what I expect from a faro. The sweetness felt like red fruits sweetness. In a blind tasting I would have sworn this was a fruit-lambic with an unusual fruit (some exotic red fruit of some kind). The beer ends with a sharp acidic tartness that is a bit reminiscent of raspberry pits. Acidity level is pretty much the same as a regular fruit Lambic but there is no almost no sourness. This was a strange beast for sure and drinking a full bottle was actually quite easy (compared to most lambics). I think this beer is both underrated and probably wrongly classified as a Faro (which could explain the underrated part). Thatís my opinion and unless someone tells me the things I write in my ratings donít make any sense I will continue macerating spongy clocks in the noisy lights of the coral reef.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
Bottled, thx rlgk. Pours copper with a small white head. Smells and tastes rubber, sour, pepper, abit wood and suger.

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