Ratman197 (11092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Capped and corked green bottle poured a clear amber with a small lingering light amber head. Aromas of apple, carmel, spice and earthiness. Palate was light bodied anmd crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, spice and light fruittiness with a crisp dry lingering carmel finish.
Nuffield (3805) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Funky, cheesy smelling but with that characteristic sweet front in the taste. Sour finish, of course. Complexity of finish is the most notable attribute, being both funky and sweet, but in the, like other faros, I donít care for it that much and would rather spend my lambic money on a gueuze. Bottle bought in Amsterdam.
Nickls (1956) - Kingstowne, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Pours with a half-finger of of bubbly white head that disappeared really quickly; semi-clear amber color. Stinky (but a milder version of stinky) cheese aromas; earthy; semi-funky and a little tart; not very sour smelling and no acidity; some fruit sweetness in the aroma as well. Whoa; wasnít expecting how sweet this was. I understand that this is part of the style, and I have to admit this was my first Faro, but really not digging on this. Really sweet grapes and cherry flavors; and the funkiness of it is really overshadowed. Almost medicinal. A little sticky; lightish to medium MF; very muted carbonation. Not good drinking for me; way too sweet and the mix with the slight funk just didnít work out well for my palate. Definitely was hoping for more funk. Overall, I hate to review this poorly as it was my first attempt at the style, but I still canít help but think that the overwhelming sweetness might not be the entire intention of the style. Will have to seek out others to compare.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. This is a treat. Pours a rich chestnut amber with a thick off white head. The aroma suggests that you are in for an intense sour experience, perhaps a bit of vinegar. But as soon as you drink this, you get a massive tart blast followed by waves of raspberry/blackberry/cherry candy sweetness that masks all of the sourness. I couldnít drink much of this, but I love the complexity.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is somewhat green appley with hints of candy sugars, soft funky acidic notes as well. Pours darker amber, short lived head. Flavor is also green apply up front with candy sugar creating a soft cidery aspect. Followed by light funky notes, medium tartness in the finish and light lingering sugary sweetness. Nicely carbonated, decent balance between tart and sweet, easy to drink beer. My first faro. Yeah hoís lock this statistic in motherfucker.
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured dark amber with a fizzy, white head that lasted. Musky, funky aroma with a hint of sulfur and candied sweetness. Tasted malty with a sweetness up front. Acidic and tart in the finish.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear reddish amber pour, small quickly fading head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma: Somewhat light. Sour apples, yeast. Medium body. Some sour apple notes again, a light tartness. Finish is the same, apple sweetness/tartness. Not bad, but a little sweet for me.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sour, funky, sweet apples, horse, and wheat.
Pour is a faint copper color.
Taste is sweet like nutrasweet, very lactic vinegar like Dutchess, oak, apples, and a sour twinge.
Finish is sweet, but a bit dry from the sourness and carbonation.
Decent, but faro is not my favorite style.
bleeng (1577) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Light copper, filtered, fading head. Nose is a bit sour. Taste comes off very sweet, tangy, syrupy, with a bit of tanginess. Too sweet and sugary for me. Iíve had other better faros.
rubbishystuff (1998) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2015 The sweetness of the added sugar tempers the tartness but not to the point of cloying. Dried fruit (raisin?) flavors. Somewhat refreshing too. Serving: Bottle