gunnfryd (14869) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Deep golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, sugar, dust, hop. Flavour is sweet, sugar, sourness, fruit, dust, hop, malt, lemon. Nice beer. OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2011
From tap @Drie Fonteinen, Berseel. A film of tiny bubbles, covering a hazy, orangey golden body. Aroma of apple-fruitiness, with notes of burnt sugar. Notes of toffee and dusty hops. Nice rounded sour-sweet flavor. Juicy, acidic apples and a light sweet toastedness. Dusty and grassy hops is noticable. Medium body. Smooth in the mouth. Rounded tartness in the finish. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
tap. pours amer orange with a centimeter of frothy eggshell white head. nose is both vegetal and fruity, with notes of cooked cabbage, lemons, melons, and pineapple. taste is sour patch kids, watermelon, pineapple, and earthy grass. nice balance. actually like this quite a bit. best faro i had on belgium trip. whatever sweetener was added provided interesting, tasty fruit character. moderate lactic sourness. drinkable. nice body. pretty solid. Rune (12730) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2011
Draught at Drie Fonteinen in Beersel. Amber-gold body colour, slightly unclear. A few bubbles at the top. Sweet and tart to the nose. Well balanced taste character of sweetness and tartness. Rounded mouthfeel. Nice and fresh (Toer de Geuze as a part of Podge Belgian Beer Tour, 01.05.2011). callmemickey (4542) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 March 2011, on cask at Drie Fonteinen
A: Moderate whiskey brown body with a burnt sugar colored small fizzy head that dissipated within a minute of the pour.
S: Burnt sugar, caramel, citrus, funk, and must. Quite nice, but a bit muted.
T: All of the notes from the nose, plus more. Burnt sugar and caramel up front. Grapefruit and lemon cut through in the middle. Nice earthy funk and tartness.
M: Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Slightly tart finish.
O: Probably the best faro out there.
sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2011
Cask @ Moeder Lambic.
Orange brumeuse, plate.
Arôme fruité avec ce côté sucre candi qui caractérise ce style de lambic laissant au nez des notes de caramel avec un léger aspect de fleurs.
En bouche, note sucre brun, l’orge et le caramel, qcq fruits noirs, terreux avec ce que je note comme étant fraises et toujours en premier plan le profile du lambic.
Le pire de tout est que c’est une simple faro mais qui laisse place à pas mal de complexité de par les saveurs que l’on arrive à en tirer.
Une superbe bière qui se démarque bien de ce que l’on trouve généralement en magasin. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at Copenhagen Oldage on 20 May 2006 (noted at 5.0%). Definitely the best faro I’ve tried. But since I’m not really keen on faro - I don’t really see the point of taking a beer that relies on tart sourness and dumping a load of sweetener in - that may not be saying too much. However, in this case, the sugar was not too intrusive and didn’t mask the underlying charm and interest.
douglas88 (9174) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Sample from Armand himself at the bottle shop near the brewery. Pours a cloudy brown color with a huge white head. The aroma is sweet overripe melons, some sugar, tart lambic notes. The flavor is similarly smooth and tasty; ripe fruit, a hint of tartness and funk, some wood and sweet sugars. Very nice. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Sampled from the crock, July 2010 at In´t SpinnekopkeGlouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2010
This pours from the crock with a dark, caramel color and is topped by a frothy, browned head. The addition of sugar brings out a rich fruitiness that reminds me of sour fruit varieties; aromas of caramelized kiwis and even a suggestion of strawberries are to be found in the nose. The aroma is just so complex and appetizing.
The sugar is really well done in the flavor too; it is just so well balanced with the Lambic character. The caramel mixes quite well with the lactic tartness; this has a big tart / sweet balance to it, both notes are quite big, but they balance so well. A sharpness is in this beer; a bit of a bite to the finish, is it acetic acid, or perhaps an oak astringency, or maybe it is some phenolics are the interplay between each of them, I am not quite sure, but there is certainly something sharp here that works quite well. This is exceedingly quaffable; it has texture to it (as the sugar boosts the body a bit), but it is so nicely drinkable on this warm Brussels evening.
This is really the best example of a Faro that I have ever had. This is a perfect pre and during dinner drink, and I am incredibly impressed with how appetizing and very good this beer ended up being.
In short: Rich caramel meets Oude Lambik for a surprisingly good beer
How: Hand-pumped at LambikOdroom (3 Fonteinen adjacent pub). Graciously served free of charge by Armand himself.
The look: Partially cloudy dark golden body topped by a large off-white head with good retention
In long: I’m not familiar with real Faros on tap so I was surprised by the generous head. I don’t know how but the unfermented sugar/caramel/whatever added to make a Faro totally changes the lambic. Nose is fun, dirty carpet, wet fur, musty. Taste was also surprising to me. I expected some kind of sugary unblended lambic. But the beer has a personality of its own. I don’t know what Armand uses in his Faro but the sweet part of the beer came through as a rich caramel taste. Very much like the rich caramelized malts flavor from good barley wines. This did not taste like boring brown sugar at all. That rich caramel blends with the cider-ish, dry, woody and slightly acidic character of the lambic and creates a totally different experience. Body is full and the carbonation is very soft. This is pretty good stuff. My favourite Faro. 3 Fonteinen brewery accident has got to be the worst catastrophe since Y1K, which I assume was pretty terrible since I can’t find any computer records predating year 1000.