fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks AgentSteve. Poured clear golden amber, smooth, sweet berries, candied sugars, little yeasty, dry finish.
Abio (1823) - Waasland, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Iím not a Lambic-fan. But had this one at home, so had to taste it... Pours out orange, amber coloured, a small head, wonít hold good. Smell of ripe fruits, some spices, something unpleasant comes up. Very oily, almost sirupy mouthfeel. Very, very tastefull, almost pure sugar it seems. Lots and lots of sweetness, some caramel, some spices, some fruits. A bit sourness comes up also. Itís drinkeable, but itís no beer for me. An unpleasant siropy thing.
scottw86 (1153) - Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I finally found a Faro lambic! Poured a clear honey color with a white foamy head. Aroma is very similar to a gueuze, with some sour notes and yeast. Taste is sweet with fruity notes, mainly grapes and cherries. Taste is closer to a fruit lambic than to a gueuze. A good amount of flavor, but not many yeast or sour tastes. Finish is a little bit more dry than the beginning. An interesting style, but I think i prefer gueuze and fruit lambics.
DocLock (8989) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve been rating beers here since 2004, have rated over 5,100, and yet this is only the 2nd faro Iíve ever had. Thatís kind of like the number of cycles hit for by Pete Rose. Well, enough pointless statistics crap. On to the review. The pour is ruddy chill hazy liquid caramel copper color, mayhaps a bit toward the brown end of the visible light spectrum, with pretty much no head at all save a few frothy bubbles near the sides of the Stone Levitation tulip glass. The nose is sour mashy malt, sugar syrup, lactic notes. The flavor is nice, good complexity and sweet, like a much less fruity base example of the Lindemanís lambics, but with more sweetness and a lot of sugar syrupy and honey flavors. Take the Lindemanís process, remove the fruit, add a smattering of mead, and let the wild yeast fall where they may, and you end up with this, a very quaffable and unique beverage that defies traditional classification and stands quite nicely as a solid example of a style that is far too rare in the states.
mcberko (11215) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2012 375mL bottle, pours amber orange with a small head. Aroma of candied sugar and subtle sourness. Flavour is very sweet candied sugar, quite cloying, coating the teeth with sugary residue. Not too bad.
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly clear perfect amber with a tall frothy off white head that fades to a thick skim fairly quickly, holds there and leaves a little lacing. Aroma is tart stone fruit, sweet candi sugar, fruity floral notes and mixed Jolly Ranchers. Flavor is lightly funky basement, candi sugar, sweet grapefruit juice, musty cereal grain, tart stone fruit and more Jolly Ranchers. Palate is light bodied, with a light, sharp carbonation, entry somewhere between creamy and syrupy and a slightly acidic, sticky and somewhat dry finish. Tasty and refreshing, but a touch too sweet and syrupy for itís own good.
pintbypint (3153) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml green bottle, corked and capped. Reddish amber pour, clear, thin white head. Aroma is dusty, slightly funky with sour lemons. Flavour is sugary, sweet, light lemony, sour notes in the background. Faint sour aftertaste. Medium sticky body, light body and carbonation.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 12 oz green corked bottle this beer poured a dark golden-amber color with a huge yellow-white head that faded quickly. The aroma was sweet and tart with notes of sugar, lemon and yeast. The flavor was tart, yeasty and sugary with notes of cranberry and lemon. The finish was long, sweet, sour and sugary with a hint of apricot. Medium body. Tasty.
alobar (3290) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Aroma of berries-raspberries, yeast, brown sugar. Flavor is largely white grapes, berry, sugar, and some yeast. First one ever. Okay offering.
obguthr (5099) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally, I get to try a faro! It smells tart with currants discernible. Clear copper, headless, still. Sweet and tart, but quite a bit more on the tart side. Currants initially, with very distinct musty pear notes appearing at midpalate. Hints of tea are left on the palate. Delicious.