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Timmermans Tradition Faro Lambic

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Brewed by Timmermans (John Martin)
Style: Lambic Style - Faro
Itterbeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Faro is produced by adding candy sugar to the lambic. Faro was very famous in the 19th century in the Brussels region. With it´s sweet and refreshing taste it is still appriciated in our moderntimes. This delicate beer was created two centuries ago by the van Houtryve brewer´s family.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ha1ag (803) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Bottled. Dark amber colour with frothy white head. Sweet nose. Aroma is sweet and a bit framboise and sour. Flavour mainly the same with truckload of sugar.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Theydon_Bois (14986) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle at home, 11/12/15. Orange amber with a well appointed light beige covering that soon collapses. Nose is light balsa, marzipan, Seville orange marmalade, ripe fruit, sweet candied sugars. Taste comprises sweet sugars, candy bar, light must, mild tarteness to the fruit, quince paste. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, caked with residual sugars in the close. Way to sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kosmokrator (760) - ITALY - DEC 2, 2015
Alla spina. Dolciastra e leggermente acetica al naso, al palato è sproporzionata, troppo dolce, piacevolmente fruttata ma sembra contenere mezzo etto di zucchero di canna!! La vena acetica è troppo mascherata, ricorda quasi più una bibita.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mesjasz (538) - Lodz, POLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle. Clear orange color, small white head. Aroma is light barnyard and sweet wine. Taste is medium sweet, very light vinegar sourness. Flavor is sweet apple, candy sugar, sweet green grapes. Aftertaste is short with apple juice flavor. Not so bad.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 18, 2015
[9/20/15] Bottle on a park bench in Brussels. Clear golden with a white head. Grainy lager aroma with a vegetal hint. Sweet flavor, candy-ish, sugary, grainy, with some fruitiness and a faint tart hint. Light-bodied, kinda sticky. Pretty bad.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Alengrin (3875) - BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2015
Timmermans’ take on the commercial bottled faro style, bottle from Fontana in Sint-Niklaas. Loose, milky, light greyish white, irregular head, thinning out quickly and lying on top of a cristal clear, amberish orange beer with tiny dots of dead yeast floating around everywhere. Weird and all but inviting aroma of raw barbecue sausages (probably from proteins), cooked chicken, mouldy mushrooms, nutmeg, cigarette tobacco, green asparagus, dried orange peel, old apple cake, caramel candy. Sugary onset, marmelade and even a lightly lemonade-like sensation, soft (even almost flat) carbo, citrus peel accent but very artificial, smooth caramelly backbone, no recognizable lambic complexity, nor any bitterness of any significance; thin mouthfeel. The weird umami-like meat and mushroom aromas return retronasally and the sugar sticks a bit in the throat, but fortunately not in an exaggerated way; caramel malt sweetness lingers as well. Artificial citrus effect has more to do with ascorbic acid than anything else, I suspect. A ’true’ faro is unfortunately a rare phenomenon these days - whereas it was the most consumed beer style in 19th-century Brussels - but these bottled ’lemonade’ interpretations, initiated by Lindemans, were never a good idea and will not help beer afficionados from abroad to appreciate the style. If you want authentic faro, go to Cantillon’s museum and ask for one. Avoid this kind of artificial sugary crap. This bottle was too old in the first place and probably hasn’t been kept in the best of circumstances, but I will not bother trying to find a fresh one, as it will have the same unpleasant sugary lemonade character and probably even more so than this old bottle. Unpleasant in more than one way - I hardly ever pour anything down the drain, but in this case, it did not take me a lot of time deciding its fate. My expectations of this were low to begin with, but this is actually a lot worse than expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VDuquerroux (922) - Airvault, FRANCE - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle, 37,5cL. Home. A shining copper, light opaque, orange beer with a medium white head ; medium retention. Aroma of cider, light caramel, light woody. First, medium sweet, then light lasting sour. Light body, average texture, oily, high carbonation, sweet lasting finish. Overall, a pleasant faro, sourer than usual ; simple & nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3491) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle from stirchley wines, shared with richthevillan. Golden amber beer with small head. Aroma is sweetish, light vinegarand funk. Taste is sugar candy, light funk and sweet. A little sugar on the palate. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (5462) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle shared with Sarkynorthener cheers Martin; clear amber pour with a thin off white head, aroma has sweet sugar some fruit, taste has a nicely balanced with sour, candied fruits, a hint of lemon.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Leini (1551) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
375ml bottle. Hazy orange body with a low white head. Citrus, fudge, earth, tart and sugar. Too much sugar, unfortunately, as it completely takes over imo.


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