drowland (6134) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cavie rolled this one right to me! The aroma on this puppy is nice big funky lambic, I dig it. The flavor is of course very sweet with apples, sour green apples, a nice maltiness, and maybe even some earthy hops hanging around in there under some lambic funkiness.
brokensail (11354) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The pour is a clear amber color with an intense levely of carbonation but surprisingly little in terms of head.
S: The nose is very musty with some odd notes of cork and bread. There is quite a bit of sugary sweetness as well, but I expected that.
T: Wow, I was really surprised by the flavor of this. The intense sweetness was the first thing I noticed as this beer is very sugary. There’s also a hint of fruit and for some reason, a bile note on the back end.
M: The body was medium with a very high level of carbonation and despite being sweetened, still has a certain level of dryness.
D: This beer is really all over the place. I was not at all surprised by the intense sugary character, but the vomit flavor really seemed out of place.
Hopgirl1980 (25) - Brussels (and Paris on summer), BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is candi sugar and white peach. Taste is sweet but too much sugar for me. Fortunately a wave of yeast came cut this oversugar sensation. A medium bodied Faro plenty of carbonation . A pleasant finish. The taste stays over the tongue. Perfect after the beach
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an average autumn brown with a weird aroma of slightly sweet leaves. Flavor is uber-sweet candied sugar and syrupy leaves. Average mouthfeel. Too sweet; needs more sour.
FSUScott (111) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a nice golden color. wow, funky smell. thats the best way i can describe it. very sweet, almost tastes like cane sugar. also just a hint of sour. goes down slightly dry. almost wine like. good times.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2010 Bottle.
A - Clear, and light tawny amber with some orange and red hues. Very thin light beige head with little retention and no lacing left over.
S - Funky, tart and sour make up most of the smell. Also has a bit of a sweet smell in the background. Reminds me a bit of an Oud Bruin only sweeter, the combination of the sour/tart and the funk.
T - Starts out with sour apple and lemon as well as tart cherry and raspberry taste. Then, quickly, the sweetness comes into play along with those taste. It goes from being a sour/tart beer to something more like a cider or a strong fruit juice. The sweetness also brings a bit more of a strawberry taste out. There is a slight funky background, but the yeast flavors are well covered.
M - Medium to light body with low carbonation. Slight puckering with a mouthwatering finish. Also a bit sticky/coating in the mouth.
D - Quite drinkable. Provides some tart and sour flavors, but they are very strong due to the sweetness. That sweetness and the coating mouthfeel might prevent drinkability, depending on your mood.
Notes: Pretty good beer. A little too sweet, especially with the coating/sticky feel, for me. However if I were in the mood for something sour and tart but didn’t want it to be too sour and tart, this would really fit the bill. Nice mouthwatering and refreshing cycle goes with this. Not a bad beer, and definitely worth trying, and has a niche it fills. Also may be a good way to start people off on sours, since the sugar makes the sour taste less powerful.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour is orangey amber with a thin bubbly off white head...smell is lightly funky with some barnyard, bandaid, and maybe some light apples...taste is slightly tart and funky at first and then BAM....chemical sweetness...it tastes like someone took a mediocre lambic and mixed simple syrup and some saccharin in it...oh wait a second...one day I will be happy to try a real faro...but until then, blech...
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Code LJ 27HFA; Sampled March 2010
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber hue with red-plum overtones to it. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, amber-copper color. The aroma smells of lightly oxidized apples, a touch of musty mushroom notes, perhaps a whiff of foot-stench, some tea like notes and a soft lactic tartness.
Wow, incredibly sweet it does manage to finish with a light tartness, but then it is the sweetness that really lingers on in the palate after a sip. Vaguely tastes like honey-sweetened Lipton’s Iced Tea. My second sip has my palate adjusting to a little more balance between the sweet and the lactic tartness found here. There is definitely a cider like quality to this beer and again it reminds me of lightly oxidized apples. Despite being low in alcohol, the sweetness really makes this almost a sipping beer as the excess sugars really add some heft to the body. A hint of funky foot flavors are sometimes barely noticeable underneath the sweetness.
This is an interesting beer, and definitely an interesting style as I definitely need to try more examples from the traditional Lambic brewers. Some more interesting funkiness and more aggressive sourness would make this much better and more balanced. I can’t help but think of this as some sort of fruit juice; perhaps a mix of apple cider and sweet tea somehow. This certainly gets a boost just because it is Faro and I have had so few of these.
Maltador (63) - Paris, FRANCE - MAR 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, if you like sugar this one’s for you. Medium bodied and a little syrupy with medium carbonation. Nice under a hot sun during summer time.
Nisse666 (4433) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle imported from Belgium, 2010-03-05, Göteborg
AR: sour yeast essences, gooseberrys
AP: cola/suryp colored body, 1 cm high white totaly diminishing head
F: a bit sour but most of all loads of different fruits, apple, pear ,grapes, wild strawberrys (smultron), fruit sweetness