Girardin Faro 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Cork details 2011. Mild soft and easy pop while opening.
A nice amber body, of dark orange and fairly clear. Not much head produced but a faint tan collar that always remains while consuming, which is actualy quite a good 3-4mm thick. Not much visible carbonation to be detected. Otherwise an expected "flat" lambic, but a nice color and good collar.
Nose is real interesting. Mild sense of cherry and dry spices. Muted malts and very light sweetness. A good nice simple hint of soft cinnamon, with a thick cake like density Really like this mellow sweetness, and the cinnamon angle on it reminds me of a subtle danish pastry mixed with the malts.
Palate is quite enjoyable. A bit of a wet body, quenching, but not juicy. Palate gives a mellow sweetness, and some dry mild pepper. The brown sweet spice angle on this is noticeable, it really feels like subtle cinnamon, maybe even some nutmeg/clove tasting. Hints of mild acetic acid quality, with a complimentary soft sweetness, and malt chewy bread of pastry flake-y character.
Faro is a pretty obscure style, and this is only the second one I've had aside from Lindemans. This is by far for myself much more enjoyable and not as sweet. I find this much easier to drink. Extremely light and refreshing, and I like it's mild sweetness. Not sure if it's from sucrose, but the cinnamon angle on this is really nice.
05-08-2013 02:37:41 | More by smakawhat
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Reddish amber color with a surprisingly big head with just the slightest pinkish hue. Good retention as well and nice lacings.
S: A rather mild smell, restrained and easygoing for a lambic. You can tell that the vinegar and funky notes ad subdued by the sweetening. Still some vinegar, apples, lemon, grass and hay. Gentle funkiness as well. Some tart fruity aromas.
T: The taste is also restrained and gentle. It lacks a little complexity and perhaps some balance but it's still tasty. Nice fruity notes of apples and some cherries. Lemons. Mild tartness balanced by a well integrated sweetness. Luckily, the sweetness doesn't have that candy-like feel to it that some overly sweetened lambics have. Restrained notes of wet hay, barnyard and earthy yeast. The finish is dry with a refreshing tartness, citric notes and a gentle grassy bitterness. Some slightly too prominent mineral notes in the finish as well.
M: Moderate to light body. The carbonation seems a little off, it's like the bubbles are too big or something.
D: A very easy to drink lambic with mellow flavors and a restrained tartness due to the sweetening. Refreshing. All in all, not a bad beer.
07-20-2009 19:04:01 | More by ricke
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
My first faro, thanks probtsk. Pours like a naturally carbonated aged beer, similar to geuze but for the pinking tinge. White head. Cherry in the aroma, and significantly in the taste. Medium and smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking with a meal. On the sweet side,sugariness covers a tad of astringency without food it would be too much.
Note: the bubbling part looked like the stuff they give me before stomach x-rays, to cear the stomach. It did. It may be me so I have not adversely affected the ratings.
06-04-2008 23:51:18 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
375 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle. No bottle date on the bottle, but the cork says 2009. Take from that what you will.
Appearance - Pours a rather dull garnet. Clear. Decent head at first that explodes as I try to finish pouring the bottle. Sticks to the glass, surprisingly. Good lacing. Only a trickle of bubbles comes up from the leaf etched in the glass. Most lambics look like they have geothermal vents when I pour them into this glass.
Smell - Musty brett smell. Not acidic in the aroma. A dull cherry aroma lingers about. A little bit cidery.
Taste - Dry tasting at first. Like an under-fruited kriek. A little bit acidic, but I expected more. It isn't sweet, though. Maybe a touch in the finish as the acidity diminishes. Dry finish. Like a dry apple cider in the finish.
Mouthfeel - The flavors drop off quite quickly. I thought this would be sweet, but it isn't, which is nice. Highly carbonated.
Overall - It's as if the flavors were there once, but have fallen off. It's totally drinkable, but there's not a lot there. I've never had a Faro, so it's tough to rate to style. I doubt I'll have many more. I'm really just reviewing this to taste. I expect more, because the flavors that are there make me expect more lambic aspects than it delivers.
06-23-2012 23:58:40 | More by Alieniloquium
4.88/5 rDev +31.2%
Girardin is one of my top Geuze brands, so I’m expecting a lot from this Faro.
Served at room temperature. I got a firm grey brown head, but it immediately collapsed. A flocky creamy head remains.
It’s colour is a rusty orange and very small bubbles are running through.
The sent is perfect. A very rich combination of molten butter, malt and geuze sourness.
Taste is heavenly, very strong, complex and varied. Opens with that typical geuze sourness, goes into a full ripe nut / wooden taste that involves yeast and malt tones. Evolves to ripe banana combined with modestly sugared dates. From now the brew becomes lighter and spicier (pepper), some bitterness with sour undertone (resembles an old wine). And it ends off with those barnyard elements, tart too and the yeast plays up while it struggles with the sourness for the finish. In the end they both cross the line at the same time.
Aftertaste gives old dark bread, pepper, slight sourness and mould.
I’m flabbergasted, I have troubles finding the correct words. Let’s keep it to superb! Expectations valorised!!
06-20-2006 20:28:07 | More by Bierschenker
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
Bottle: Poured a light reddish/brown color lambic with a big foamy off-white head with limited retention. Aroma is quite funky with limited tartness and acidity which was a bit disappointing. Taste was similar to the gueuze but as if the tartness and acidity had been removed and replace with light sugary notes. Body was a bit too light with some good carbonation. I find it always interesting too try those traditional examples but this one really miss the mark.
08-31-2007 17:00:54 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
A rare faro tick courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr. Thanks, Craig. Pours clear amber with low level of carbonation, no head. Smells like caramel, oak and funk. Little bit of sourness shines through, and quite a bit more -bal and funk than I was expecting. Some hay-like scents. Taste is actually more oaky than sweet, though there's plenty of sugar to even out the sourness and tannins. Wet wood, caramel, bitterness and tannic oak in the finish. Has the Girardin essence, just very sweet. Couldn't drink a lot of this, but it's decent in small quantities. Best faro I've tasted at this point, really not bad.
05-16-2011 23:20:51 | More by largadeer
United Kingdom (England)
2.42/5 rDev -34.9%
Cork and caged 0.375 litre bottle.
Faro's can be really sweet or really sour, this one leans towards the sour end, but has a sweetness to it also.
Murky brown to reddish in colour, small off-white head which left some limp lacing on the glass.
The small was rather off-putting, an aroma of bile and sour sick hit my nose, not nice.
The tastebuds took a hammering here, initially sweet, it swiftly reversed into a sour vinegar, cooking apple, scrumpy cider sort of taste. Strange how it changed so quickly into a homebrewed cider sort of beer.
I found it difficult to finish and that is rare with me, so not the best faro I've had.
01-18-2010 23:24:07 | More by BlackHaddock
2.63/5 rDev -29.3%
I picked this up while I was in Europe. Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish amber with just a hint of off white head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Some sweet malty notes with just a touch of lambic sourness. Rather mild.
Taste: This beer is sweet up front with a mild sourness that shows up next. The sweetness reminds me of artificial sweetener. The finish is rather bitter, but the sour notes go away.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a slick finish.
Overall: This isn't a very good beer. The artificial sweetener flavor is off putting. I wouldn't want to have another one.
05-22-2012 23:52:15 | More by oline73
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
Appearance: dark red-orange, good lacing, and a small head.
Smell: fruit, yeast, and a sweetness.
Taste: sweet sugar and a fermented fruit flavor.
Overall: this is a nice Faro. It has some nice flavor and actually isn't overly sweet.
06-08-2012 01:01:56 | More by megahurts4
2.58/5 rDev -30.6%
Thanks to hopdog for breaking out this bottle. Stamped 01 04 on the cork...
Appears a transparent light amber with a small, light tan head the quickly fades away. Nary a bit of lacing is left around the glass. Tiny amounts of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of butter cream, caramel, brown sugar, light funk, oxidation, and mild cork.
Taste is sugary up front, rubbery, fresh plastic bags out of the box(if that makes sense), and light brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly tannic of wood, a bit of a "yuck" factor with the plastic notes and junky garbage outweighing the intriguing wild yeast notes that are present.
This is a weird style and I've got nothing to really compare it against. I'm going by my overall impressions of this brew.
04-02-2007 16:03:51 | More by weeare138
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
biegaman brought this back from his trip to belgium and was kind enough to share this rare treat. thanks a bunch jan!
37.5cl bottle, corked and caged.
pours very deep reddish copper, crystal clear. the small fluffy off-white head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.
aroma is excellent. funky. cherry and sugar. rock candi. bit of dark chocolate too. devil's food cake in a glass. bit of oak and vanilla hiding in the background too.
taste is good. there is a bit of funk and sourness hiding in there, but with a nice fruit and sugar character up front. bit of sour cherry. rock candy again. not as sweet as i was expecting from the aroma. hints of vanilla in the background.
mouthfeel is good. medium well-integrated carbonation. medium body.
drinkability is great. not overly sweet. balanced and very enjoyable. nice refreshing drink on a warm august day. i really liked this one, the best of the three girardin beers we sampled.
08-26-2007 23:22:03 | More by grub
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
Thanks for sharing, Tim.
Pours sort of a murky amber color with a small off-white head. As anticipated, very sweet. Quite fruity with an interesting butterscotch note to it as well. Decently funky with some must, oak, and straw. Lightly tart with a lemon/lactic note. The flavor has the same interesting combination of sweetness and tartness. A bit of citrus peel along with candy, sugar, and butterscotch.
07-16-2012 22:00:28 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +17.7%
Big thanks to biegaman for bringing this gem back from Belgium.
Pours a clear orange/brown, thin off white head, some lace spots, pretty neat colour. Smell is funky, spices, brown sugar, strawberries and other fruits, canteloupe, nice sweet edge. Taste is sweet, sugar, fruits, caramel/honey middle, funky sour fruit, spiced bread, nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, silky smooth. Excellent beer, I can't wait to get this again. Big thanks Jan!
11-08-2007 00:42:04 | More by Viggo
Girardin Faro 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
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