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Chapeau Faro Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Sal's Liquors, Addison, IL
Date: None
Glass: Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

De Troch's faro is a dark take on the style, perhaps the darkest of the three faros I have been able to try. The result of using all that amber candi sugar is a very sweet and easy drinking faro: there will be no problem enjoying this as a sweet and slightly tart, not-too-complex, easy-drinking beer. Not sure if I'd seek it out again, as Lindeman's faro is more readily available and more robust in flavor, but this was an average, but still very drinkable, faro.

Pours virtually no head, just a few wisps of off-white foam that quickly dissipate, leaving no lacing. Body is amber-red in color, the color of dark red wood stain when out of light, red-brown-orang when in. Carbonation is minimal, but what little there is, is visible in the transparent body.

Aroma is slightly sweet, musty, moldy, and mushroomy, with the slightest bit of dried lemon tartness. Not a very strong aroma, nor particularly interesting when noticed.

Tasting opens with Belgian brown candi sugar sweetness, slight oak and aged oak mulch, very light lemon tartness, opening up mid-palate to oak barrel, sweet candi sugar, and slight vinegar flavors and tanginess. When the beer reaches the back of the palate, there is more noticeable tartness with some light dried lemon and continued strong Belgian brown candi sugar. Aftertaste features a lingering light tartness on the back of the palate and throat, with some residual brown candi sugar sweetness.

Beer is light to light-medium in body with minimal carbonation, a bit watery, resulting in the beer moving fairly slowly, but still enjoyably so on the palate. Finish is expectedly dry, from sugar and acids.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:11:51 | More by falloutsnow
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and capped bottle
Purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a flute

The beer poured a murky, burnt umber color with a bubbly, spritzy, light brown, one-finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin collar.

The aroma was a nice mix of sweet and tart. Oaky and a bit funky. Brown sugar notes came through strong. Fruity and berry-like. Cherries were noticeable as well. This reminded me greatly of an oud bruin.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Sweet and tart up front. Moderately funky. Fruity. Very strawberry-like with notes of brown sugar and caramel malts. Slightly acidic and a touch oaky. The flavor was somewhat akin to that of a sweetened balsamic reduction. Sour cherry and tart raspberry notes came through on the back end and they carried into the sweet and syrupy finish.

The mouthfeel was quite thin with a very fine and mild carbonation.

Drinkability was impressive. This is a super refreshing, flavorful and easy-drinking lambic. It is far more complex and far less cloying than many of the other sweetened versions on the market. I could imagine this making for a terrific after-dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 02:41:42 | More by Damian
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= When I popped the top the cork bubbled on top which made me a little nervous. The pour however was at first a little dead but soon livened up to a quality level of carbonation on the beer with a small hea that dies fast. Typical of most lambic styles.

S= The smell is your typical sour beer with a bit of a deep barrel flavor and overlying sweetness.

T= The taste is again the deep sourness with an overlying sweetness that takes it over. The barrel flavor is deminished and the sweetness is a little hard to deal with. The sourness is good but a bit over taken by the sweetness. The taste is mostly a sweet cherry flavor.

M= The mouth is a bit flat. I usually deal with more lively lambic.

O= This is my first faro and it's not bad. A little too sweet but it has good flavor. I would for sure try other faros but I may not try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 03:59:29 | More by jjanega08
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TexIndy

Texas

1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 375ml green bottle with a capped cork into my NBB glass. No dating info and green bottle so hoping it's OK. Can't say that I've been really dying to try this one after reading the reviews but trying to have at least one of each style so here goes my Faro sample. Was a very hazy brown color with some dark red highlights. It had a very small fizzy head that disappeared before I was done pouring. Good carb streams in center. No lacing.

The aroma was very sweet. Candied sugar, brown sugar, a little woody and vinegar as well. Didn't blend well for me. The taste was painfully sweet. Like drinking a liquid Sweettart or something. Eye puckering sweet and tart. I love sour beers so no problem with taste extremes but this was too much. Was so hard to get around the sweet that you couldn't really taste anything else.

Overall, god awful. Way too sweet with no other redeeming flavors. Now I know why there are only 13 of these in the database - can't be much demand for it. Avoid and definitely one and done...but at least I got Faro off the list.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:34:53 | More by TexIndy
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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-02-2012 13:49:50 | More by Stoffel
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SFLpunk

Vermont

2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

375ml Freenet glass cork and capped champagne bottle. Bought at Knightly spirits OBT, Orlando, FL. No date.

Pours crystal-clear brown without and head. Nose is like red wine vinegar and sugar-in-the-raw. Palate is sickly sweet. Tastes like sugar-coated tobacco leaves. Earthy and raw. Not a pleasant beverage at all. (I like funk and sours, but this was a drain-poured...undrinkable.)

Fail.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 23:00:42 | More by SFLpunk
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, this is a Faro, huh? Let's pour this capped and corked deal into an Ommegang chalice. Cork is about 90% moist, but not at the very top, so we may still be in bidness...

Deep, dark, bourbon color with wisps of head on top that actually look and twist like a hurricane pattern on a 1970s satellite weather photo. Minimal carbonation otherwise. Lacing looks like a bathtub ring.

Slight horse blanket feel with candied sweetness and a mild acetic acid tinge. This all combines with very thick yeast and malt to prep for an interesting yet slightly disconcerting package.

Intriguing is more like it - sweet cinnamon, ginger, maybe some coriander and heavy yeast quotient - slight brett funk (?) and horse blanket tone. Definitely a mild vinegar sourness. Almost a sarsparilla and spiced apple feel - wait a minute...that's candied ginger.

Pleasant, soothing mouthfeel. Rustic, oaky sweetness with enough sour/bitter pucker to cut the weight nicely. Slight vinegar aftertaste.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts on this one. Each element of this offering may not be spectacular but it makes for an enjoyable effort to savor.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 03:30:14 | More by IBUnit63
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goochpunch

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a muddy, murky looking brown. Weird. Not much of a head and just a touch of lace. Smells really worty and of big dark, fruits. Kind of has a vitamin-y smell to it. Some balsamic vinegar and citric acid as well. Taste is really sweet up front with some balsamic and woodiness making its way into the middle. Don't really pick up much coriander, if any. Has a dried fruit thing going on. Nice balancing acidity in the finish, but it isn't enough to fully counter-balance the huge sweetness. Mouthfeel is kind of light and spritzy but with a definite syrupyness. Kind of sticks to the tongue. Drinkability is ok. Just too sweet for me.

THX 2 hamburgah for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 23:30:46 | More by goochpunch
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

11-21-2012 01:21:34 | More by Archemedies
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botham

New York

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a snifter. pours a flat medium brown with a half finger of white head that has poor retention and no lacings.

aroma is very sweet with a bit of earthy oak and candy sugar mainly. raisens are distant among the overpowering sweetness.

taste is still quite sweet, but much softer on the palate with a light raisen and candied sugar note. almost sticky in its sweetness.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft in texture from the sugar. intensely sweet and sticky on the palate.

drinkability is decent. much too sweet to be very drinkable. soft on the palate , but finishes with a candy-like sweetness. decent, but not drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 15:59:30 | More by botham
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is sour and peculiar... kind of like a bag of flavored chips, or an unusual potato salad, or maybe an Asian chicken dish (think Middle Eastern). Good dose of vinegar (probably what reminded me of the above foods). Smells like it has a good bit of sweetness. Smells good, in a weird way.

Pours a cola brown color with yellowish highlights, nice creamy head with moderate retention. Looks good.

Flavor is not nearly as sour or funky as the nose. It's lightly funky, lightly sour, and moderately sweet. Mmm, it's good. Nice balance. There's some malt behind the sweetness, but not a lot. Spotlight is definitely on the yeastiness. Overall flavor magnitude is similar to a soda (not loud and boisterous like some Lambics I've tried). It's rather soft and delicate, especially the sweetness. Mild chocolate and nut notes. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes fairly clean, a little on the sweet side with a soft mouthcoating. Tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:23:49 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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stumac

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Forgot these bastards need a cork screw! After spending 30 minutes destroying the cork and eventually shoving it into the bottle with a knife, i got to try my first faro.

A - looks, to say the least, like Coke in a glass. walnut brown, thin off-white head. slight lacing

S - very pungent sour notes. was definately hoping the beer wasn't spoiled. fruity, ripe green apples mainly

T - wow! quick stabbing tartness that grabs the sides of your tongue! candy sour apple, candy sour white grape, candy sour cherry, hints of honey. very scrumptious. finish is nice, sweet lingering taste. very complex.

MF - medium bodied. heavy carbonation at first but becomes light carbonation as you reach the end of your drink. smoothe

D - easily a dessert beer. or a beat sesh beer.

i would definately only drink this on rare occasions because of how intensly sweet it is. but i will definately be back for round two eventually.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 05:29:20 | More by stumac
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Patrick999

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, here it is. My first faro. Cork was a real bitch to extract - I actually had to get out my rarely-used expensive rabbit-style corkscrew and put it to work.

A - Poured into a champagne flute. Looks similar to a Flanders red, a little more brown than red. Good head and retention, and actually some decent lacing evident.

S - Mostly apple, like a really ripe Granny Smith. Apple, cherry and a little wood, again, not unlike a Flanders red. I suppose that since there's a barrel on the bottle's label, some oaking is not out of the question here.

T - Sweet apples with an underlying lactic tartness. Definitely very sweet and cider-y, with some of that woodiness. Last pour nearest to the dregs unleashes a bit more acidity and some interesting old shoe-funk notes.

F - It's highly carbonated and burpy, but I expected that. It's light-bodied enough to be able to carry it.

D - Well, I enjoyed it, but if you don't like a sweet beer, you probably won't. All in all, I don't find this too substantively different from a sweeter Flanders Red; it's like a less-vinegary Duchesse. Very easy to drink, again, if you don't mind a sweeter beer. At 4.5%, you could drink it until your sweet tooth gave out.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 03:01:12 | More by Patrick999
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IBUnit63 for this one.

Poured a 33cl bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a raisin brown with almost no head even with a very vigorous pour, and since no head can be disturbed no lacing occurred either. The strange thing is if you swirl the glass, a nice ring of small bubbles breaks the surface of the beer but it never forms a head. The aroma is so tart that it makes the back of your jaw sting. This has a really nice sour/tart/funky aroma with green apples, grape skins and almost a dry merlot aroma. The flavor is the strangest flavor dichotomy I have ever tasted in a beer. It starts out with a green apple/grape skin sourness and then completely melts into a big, raisin sweetness that reminds me quite intensely of the flavor of a quad. It's really strange. I would really like to know how they come about with such a strange flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and syrupy, with not much carbonation. Reminds me a bit of the mouthfeel of a Kvass. I think that this would be a nice beer to enjoy every 6 months or so but I don't even think that I could even drink one of these every week. This would fall more into the oddity column then the regular column.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 03:13:57 | More by hwwty4
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this from Grapevine Travelers in my home town. This will be my first time trying an example of this Belgian beer. Cork came off without much of a pop, and poured a nice looking burgundy, with a ring of white lace. Red wine vinegar is the first thing that comes to mind in the nose, followed cherries and raspberries. Taste is exceedingly sweet, with a tiny bit of funky sourness. Again, raspberries and cherries come to mind in the taste. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good, although some might be a little turned off by the sweetness factor. I enjoyed this brew. It almost reminded me of a Flanders Red Ale, and also showed some Oud Bruin character. Glad I had the chance to try a Faro, and will hopefully try a few more in the future. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 22:53:06 | More by jamie2dope
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Rihup

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-26-2013 23:55:39 | More by Rihup
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed November 23, 2006. 33cL Bottle. Yeast muddle orange and amber, plum fringed, with a rim of white. light aroma of rotting white grapes, with a meaty squeek. Faint lambic edges of oak and sour lactic. Lightly revolting. Sickly sweet white grape candy and some rotting citrus in teh bottom of the fridge dorr. Some dripping honeyish notes, lots of ogrape skins. Far away a grassy wash of lost hop memories. Light efferevesce, but overall destructively sweet and nasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 18:58:06 | More by CharlesDarwin
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for letting me share in this since I had no desire to buy it on my own.

This beer pours a deep orangish amber hue with no head. The smell is of oak, rum raisin, bit of vinegar and cheddar cheese for some reason. The taste is a bit of white grape, some oak flavor, and raisin (without the rum). The taste isn't foul, but it's kinda weak in my opinion. Has a nice light champagne feel to the palate and is pretty easy to drink. Not bad for something that I thought I wouldn't like. Though overall it by style is still more wine like than beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 17:56:48 | More by Vdubb86
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scottyshades

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$5 bottle with a pop cap and cork too....
A: Pours a transparent brown color with a tiny tiny head that dissipates immediately

S: Overripe/almost rotting fruit (in a good way), champagne, raisin, fig, dates. Pretty much an overall apple cider vinegar nose

T: Whoa, extremely sweet. Lots and lots of fruits, overripe and dark. Lots of champagne yeast notes, and very very vinous in general. Also tart fruit

MF/D: smooth feel to it, low carbonation, and anything but dry.

Notes: Possibly the most unique beer I've had to date

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 23:44:59 | More by scottyshades
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DavidST

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 350 ml bottle into a fluted glass. This pours a brownish color with a small fizzy extremely short lived off white head (only a few seconds, perhaps the shortest lived I've ever seen). It smells of vinegar, funk and a little sugar malts. The feel is thinish. The taste is okay, you get some funk, sour notes, vinegar with a load of sugar to combat everything but way too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:57:40 | More by DavidST
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle purchased around Christmas in Bruges or Antwerp, can't remember. The beer poured a dense, brown body with a slight tan head. The nose was a bit acidic/vinegary but also a bit sweet on the nose. The taste is sweet up front but also is rounded out nicely by the acidic taste. Not as sweet as other faros that I have had. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 20:25:34 | More by ggaughan
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4/5  rDev +18%

05-03-2014 22:10:37 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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ali1987

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

11-15-2013 22:55:05 | More by ali1987
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PEBKAC

New York

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottle from a place void of joy. Poured into a slender-ish Rare Vos glass.

Soft, brittle inch of white foam. Color & clarity of Lipton iced tea.

Smells of vinegar & caramel aged in a bucket made of wood.

Tastes of cider vinegar spiked with loads of white table sugar. Cream soda, Sweet Tarts, lime, & popsicle sticks.

The texture of carbonated syrup. Sort of like a Shirley Temple.

I have such a headache.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 04:44:59 | More by PEBKAC
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Bandi

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

10-13-2013 01:42:10 | More by Bandi
Chapeau Faro Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
78 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.