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Girardin Faro 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2006)
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small corked and caged bottle, poured into a snifter.

Glowing orange in color, with a nice, long lasting white head, lots of lacing.
Musty aroma, lots of leather, quite obvious Brett smell. Guarana seeds, multiple fruits, sour notes.
Light bodied, nice carbonation, this is by far the best Faro I ever had; it is indeed sweeter than the original 1882, but not by much; there are multiple sour, acidic notes along with the sweety fruitiness, and lots of earthiness and funkiness. A very impressive example, high drinkability since it is well balanced and just lightly sweet. A masterpiece of flavor packed in such a low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 05:50:44 | More by brdc
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.88/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 20:28:07 | More by Bierschenker
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drseamus

New York

4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Red body with a nice thick off white head. Very blear bodied.

S: Sweet aroma but with a definite subtle brett character. Very great combination of sweet and tart.

T: Very delicious. I love faros. A great version of a geuzue. The extreme tartness from the brett is cut nicely by the candi sugar. A bit more tart than other faros but not in a crisp way. The flavor seems too blended to me. I'd like the sweetness and tartness to stick out separately better.

M: Fairly light bodied but the wheat gives it a bit of chewiness.

D: I could drink it all day long.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 05:11:59 | More by drseamus
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 00:42:04 | More by Viggo
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:37:41 | More by smakawhat
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pperez38

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-10-2012 08:41:38 | More by pperez38
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Best before 2012

This is my first faro so I have no idea what to expect. Let’s hope it’s good.

Appearance: Wow,Girardin Faro is a great looking beer. Beautiful caramel-copper-golden body (crystal clear - though that was expected since it is filtered) with a good sized white head that lasts acceptably well and leaves some nice lace.

Smell: I think if I had smelled this, not knowing what it was, there would have been just enough similarities to the gueuze for me to guess it came from Girardien. Lightly tart apples and grapefruit to start; then sweet caramel, lots of oak and a burst of spices (enough to make me think that this beer might be spiced) - ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Funk is present though in far smaller quantities than the gueuze - sweat, wet wood, musty leather and a touch of hay.

Taste: Lightly tart and fruity upfront with apples, grapefruit and white grapes. Caramel sweetness takes over pretty quickly and dulls the flavour a little bit. Spices and funk lurk behind the caramel. Nutmeg, clove, mold, earth, oak and hay are all noted. I actually like the sweetness; I just wish it didn't dull the funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, fairly sticky from the sugar with a good, low level of carbonation.

Overall: Great beer from a very interesting style. I will have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 16:15:36 | More by Thehuntmaster
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:22:03 | More by grub
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hellbilly

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle by way of glouglouburp.

rich copper colored pour with a short lived vigorous white head. seems pretty dark, no?

it smells sweet and grainy yet still tart and dusty... aromas include caramel, cement, leather and red apple cider with warming spices.

same thing goes for the flavor.... it*s a mix of sweet and sour i*ve not yet sampled. flavors of sweet bruised red apples, caramel, dust, copper/minerals and yeast with a mild soft tartness. the finish is dry and grainy with some cinnamon creeping in as it warms. medium to rich bodied. it*s rather thick and oily but parching and dry at the same time.

neato...
8/4.5/7.5/4/16/4.0

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 21:33:30 | More by hellbilly
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-11-2013 17:11:17 | More by GRG1313
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-01-2013 11:08:41 | More by ManforallSaisons
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WynnO

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-08-2012 04:40:33 | More by WynnO
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

05-03-2014 22:10:52 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

37.5cl bottle, 02/08 printed on the cork. Purchased at the Bier Tempel in Brugge.

Girardin's Faro would appear, in my limited experience with this rare style, slightly darker than others. It has an almost metallic, coppery brown colour that shines with genteel ruby. The combination of tones and lack of clarity give it a sand-like complexion. An acceptable level of khaki beige head sits atop.

The aroma is layered and full of funk - we're talking George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic All-Stars-level funk! These yeasty notes, combined with a light scent of ripe field berries and sugar, give the aroma a Greek yogurt-like characteristic. Other fruits, notably cantaloupe, can also be smelt. The rock sugar is present and plentiful, lending a cotton-candy like quality. This is one smell I can definitely groove to!

The mouthfeel, however short lived, offers a rousing and invigorating experience that feels like pop-rocks exploding on the tongue! The candy sugar is tooth decayingly sweet, but the base lambic - and it's funk - is not completely crowded out.

While the funk hits upfront, bitterness, malt, and fruit esters soon follow. Earthy flavours of rotting fruit are discrete but present as is, to no surprise, the sugar. A little bit of pepper like spice comes through. Although the carbonation is pretty low, the beer is very quenching. It is a taste that - owing to the sweetness - I imagine most people would find agreeable.

I've enjoyed all of the Girardin lambics I've tried but their Faro, in particular, seems the stand out offering. It was super neat, and a little unlike the couple other Faros I've tried. It had an untypical amount of depth for the style, a touch of fruit, gums-swelling level of sweet sugar, and a mellow jam session of funk. This is something I might have to seek out again...

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 02:16:20 | More by biegaman
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, light amber that's clear. Nose is cherry, butterscotch, faint raspberry, with that lambic funkiness. Flavor is slightly thin, with apple, pear, a touch of sweat, and berry sweetness on the finish with some nice acidity. A very approachable, yet respectable lambic.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 20:05:20 | More by gyllstromk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A faro i actually like. Who knew such a thing existed. Beer is amber to red in color and mostly clear with a thin white head of small bubbles and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mostly lactic and some acetic with some sweetness.

Beer is moderately dry and light in body with a mild forward sweetness and some lactic and acetic notes leading up to a clean finish. Its got a nice mouthfeel and is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 02:53:20 | More by drabmuh
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-04-2013 17:05:06 | More by samEBC
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Jeeb

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-16-2013 17:33:30 | More by Jeeb
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-08-2012 00:18:48 | More by t0rin0
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-24-2014 17:30:10 | More by brandon911
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to Alex for breaking this one out as I arrived at his place. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a flute.

A - Pours reddish brownish with an off-colored white head. Very large and frothy with lots of sticky lacing along the sides and a good two fingers of head.

S - Sweet on the nose with dark fruits and some burnt caramel.

T - Sweet dark fruits, plums, raisins, with a mildly funky finish. It pretty much goes from sweet to tart in no time, which is unlike anything I've ever had. A different beer, bit I'm digging it.

M - Super-light, very light carbonation, much like juice with some tart mixed in there. A nice dry finish.

D - The split of this bottle helps because I don't know if I could drink all too much of it. That said, I would drink again but doubt I'll ever see it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:38:06 | More by Sean9689
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Girardin Faro

Appearance: dark red-orange, good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: fruit, yeast, and a sweetness.

Taste: sweet sugar and a fermented fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall: this is a nice Faro. It has some nice flavor and actually isn't overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:01:56 | More by megahurts4
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle opened 1/7/2012

A: Dark caramel colored body. Crystal clear with a pale khaki one-inch cap. A few stray steaks left on the sides of the glass.

S: Caramel, apples, oak, and brown sugar. A nice general funky/musty character.

T: Like the nose, the Girardin Faro is dominated by caramel, apples, oak and must. The one draw back is that you can tell that there is artificial sweetener here (Ace-K).

M: Medium bodied. Gentle carbonation. Nice tartness. However, the presence of Ace-K creates a chemically residual sweetness that isn't present in fresh faro.

O: A tasty bottled offering of faro. I'd prefer Girardin cut the crap and remove the AceK though.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 18:32:20 | More by callmemickey
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bier Tempel in Brugge. Served in a flute glass. Cork is stamped 2009.

A - Pours with big light tan foam that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of sticky lacing. Transparent dark coppery brown color with bubbles racing to the top.

S - An interesting mix of apple fruitiness, bretty funk, brown sugars, spice, some slight medicinal character, maybe a touch of wood.

T - Taste is more cherry, but again with brown sugar, spice, and a nice funky finish. Less interesting than the smell. Very clean finish and minimal aftertaste.

M - Medium-light, juicy, sticky body, but finishes dry with some light cottonmouth sensation that lingers. The carbonation seems to have all gone into the head, as the residual CO2 is quite light.

D - This is pretty easy drinking stuff. It's not as drinkable as classic gueuze due to the sweetness, but I could easily put back a 375ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 22:38:30 | More by MasterSki
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a murky amber color with a slight white head. The aroma is more funky than expected and has a slight herbal, medicinal note. The taste is quite a surprise and reminds me of sweet peppermint. The medicinal notes in the nose are slightly present in the taste but not as much, I think they get covered up by the sweetness of the malt. Very easy drinking with a light/medium mouthfeel. Some notes of cedar or wood as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 13:48:59 | More by kbutler1
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Girardin Faro 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.