talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is sparkling clear with a pale copper color, plenty of effervescence, and an average, fizzy, and white which diminishes quickly and leaves a thin fizz throughout but no lace. The nose is pleasant with wet earth, light sour cherry notes, mushroom funk, wet oak, maybe some grapefruit peel, and a bit of candi sugar; odd not to have any barnyard or horse blanket notes? The palate is lively to fizzy, light to medium, and quenching. The flavor is similar to the nose with the mushroom funky notes becoming almost barnyardy but soon diminishing beneath the candi sweetness, wet oak, wet earth, and tart sour cherries; a quenching acidity but not overly so due to the sweetness of the candi sugar. The finish is fairly long, sweet but still quenching, and noting wet oak, candi sugar, and tart cherries. My first faro and I am surprised by how many differences there are between this and other lambics. The balance of acidity and sweetness was nice but took away from some of the refreshing character. Also the complexity lacked a bit but still a quite drinkable beer.
douglas88 (7963) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Bayou. Pours a cloudy brown color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet fruity sugars. The flavor was noticeable Belgian candy sugars, still tart. Enjoyable. Interesting for sure.
milewide (1963) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starts sweet, but ends funky sour. Dark golden color with medium head. Cork and cap seemed over-kill.
Beerman6686 (6019) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a ruby red color with an off white head. Aroma was light funk, and wet blanket layered with belgian candy sugar spice and yeast. Flavor was tart upfront, then the sweet candy sugar kicks in, followed by a moldy cheese and lactic finish. Odd but interesting.
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2010 375 ml bottle from Binnys (Orland Park, IL). Finally got a Faro to rate. Well, here we go. Pours a dark rusty coppery red, brownish darker with good haziness, a small offwhite head that dies to a ring, laces pretty well. Decent overall, deep pretty color. Aromas are a combination of sour lactic acid, a decent acidity, barnyard funkiness, dust, hay, moving into wheat bread, crackers, a light sugary candy sugar does indeed poke through. Lighter on the sensory organs. Initial is fairly sweet, almost a light ginger beer type feel or maybe a touch of raisins, sweet candi sugars mix with decent acidity and sourness, a touch of citrus, biscuits and bread with a decent funky bretty quality. A decent "7-Up" type quality. Quite interesting, too sweet for me as a ginger ale and light sourness sneak in, light funkiness. Lambic - Lite with a bit too much sugar for me. Stale bread and sugars linger, light tartness and funk are there. I still a bit confused as to why this style is made.. Essentially, flat Ginger Ale with a touch more tartness overall. Not a bad beer, but not really something I want to necessarily consume again.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird nose...a metallic influenced bite of glassy butterscotch and a woodsy, earthy, pretty mushroom-like and pretty sweet in the foundation. Prickly carbonation and plenty of sweetness with fruity flavors everywhere. Not bad...though a bit novel.
marcus (8611) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark copper with an off-white head that quickly fizzles away and a funky geueze-like aroma. There is a sweet candi sugar and fruit flavor with a tart finish. Very refreshing.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared with sflpunk. Completely clear amber pour with minimal head, though it perks up nicely with a swirl. Aroma holds definite pure sugar, like the coating of a Sour Patch Kid sort of candy, but without the fruitiness. The sour tartness definitely comes through as well, along with an intriguing salty character and notes of prime rib. Totally weird nose. Flavor is, quite simply, a sweet lambic. Tartness fades, and is replaced by pronounced sweetness, and a hint of lemon. Palate is impressive considering the sugary flavor, and has a nice, dry, crisp body. My first faro; I donít love it, but itís interesting, and definitely worthwhile.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2011 375 bottle. Nice to see these finally show up, love the label. Only my second faro. Sweet aroma but with enough funk, sour to seemingly balance it out, kind of a honey aroma. Flavor follows, pretty much what one would expect. Definitely better than the first faro I tried. The lambic part is fairly nice, nice and lactic, funky, sour, medium/strong amounts of sugar, could almost use just a little less. Not sticky but almost there, lively fizzy carbonation. 220.127.116.11.14 . . . . . [rerate for funkybrewsters 73rd style rate] 8.4.11, some more funky vinegar in this one, some tea like tannins as well, stale hay, toffee, caramel...? bit cheesy... eh 18.104.22.168.13
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle, thanks to TheHulk. Pours clear orange, thin to no head, no lacing. Nose is sweet, like sweetened lead paint. God, I canít even describe how awful this is... Cuvee Rene is so nice, why is this so awful? Why Baby Jesus? Why? WHYYYYYY?!?!? Aroma of stale beer and bile, like the next morning vomits of a lambic binge. Flavors are similar to aroma. Sticky and unpleasant finish. Metal, sugar. I HATE faro!!!!