Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has recently hit Ohio and as soon as I saw it I picked up a bottle. As elusive as faros are the chance to get to try one relatively fresh is a no brainer even if I have no idea how long it has been in transit. Being from Lindemanís it suffers from the typical sweetness but otherwise is not a bad product at all.
Aroma / Appearance - The gradiated body held a thin layer of head. An most unusual battle of sweet and sour captured my attention. Underpinning it was the smell of a rustic barnyard on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Flavor / Palate - The sour bite that comes at first soon mellows out into a musty wet finish. As it travels across the tongue it leaves a trail of cherries, chocolate milk mix, and funk that was not present in the last faro I sampled. Itís hard to say if I would buy this very often as it is unusual. On the other hand it is also only $5.49 a bottle which is "cheap" for most hard to acquire beers.
kappldav123 (5311) - GERMANY - MAR 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottle looks old - really good. The beer in the glass very zippy, nice head. Starts very fruity and sweet, the finish is more sourish, also a bit moldy. Very drinkable - not bad!
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle, pours amber with a small off white head. Very pleasant aroma of simple syrup, oak, and sourness. Taste is sweet, but not too much, and turns sour in the finish. Not bad, this is like a baby steps to sours kind of beer.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber beer w/ a short lived off white, thin head. Lightly tart and sugary aroma w/ a touch of buttery barnyard. A touch of breadiness from malt. Flavor is balanced to sweet w/ a candi sugar toasty malt flavor. Light fruitiness and a touch of barnyard again. The finish is sweet up front, but dry and sugary at the aftertaste. The more lingering aftertaste is a lightly barnyardy funk. Creamy mouthfeel, lighter body and high level of carbonation. Iím not sure what to make of this one. Iím not all that hip on lambics due to their sourness, and this one has barely any, but Iím still not really fond of it. Iím not sure Iíd drink more than one of these at any given time, and thereíd be time between those.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark amber/light red color with off white head. Aroma is mostly yeast with subtle sweet candi. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is apple, cherry, upfront with slight tart notes. Finish is sweet candi that is not too sweet. This is a really nice brew. I recently had a couple aged faroís. Iím glad I got to try a more fresh one because the aged versions tend to lose their tartness altogether. I plan on picking up a few more these. Its a nice brew.
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy brown, copper color. Minimal frothy head. Sweet candy sugar aroma with wild yeast character and cherry notes. Fruity flavor with sweet plum, tart cherry and apple notes. Sour cider aftertaste. Light body, fizzy carbonation, acid finish. Refreshing.
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours crystal clear brown with medium head with nice lacing. Fresh lovely aroma but the sweetness in the falvor surprised me a bit, otherwise the flavor is refreshingly sour and tart as it should. A nice brew though a bit too sweet, for a 25 cl bottle with 4,2 abv I could have handled some less sweetness in it. (Strange my bottle says 4,2 abv while it says 4,75 abv here?)
Bontus (658) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden copperish with a very dense head. Lambic aromaís, but more to say of the flavors who remain good in balance with no overdose of kandi sugar imo.
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance is quite good, cherry red body with lasting and lacing white head. Expected sugar in the taste but not overly so, balances out the sourness quite well, though cant find too many other flavours. A bit easier to drink than other faros I have tried.
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the extras sampled at the Sam Smith tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 2.6.09. Pours a semi-opaque amber with a thin white head. Aroma of vinegar, wild yeast and tart fruit. Flavor is WHOA, surprisingly sweet. Still, there is some fruity tartness of apple and berries. Not bad overall.