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Girardin Faro 1882 - Brouwerij Girardin

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Girardin Faro 1882Girardin Faro 1882

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BA SCORE
84
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53 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of craytonic
1.73/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This stuff is disgusting and tastes like diapers. Much more funky than any other Girardin I have tasted. Pour is brown, no real head or lacing. I was expecting it to be sweet but it was not. Rubbery and a bit oxidized, definitely a "yuck" factor present. My first faro but I can't believe it is supposed to taste like this. This is the sort of beer that grows up with a father that beats them constantly in a trailer park and winds up on an episode of cops.

craytonic, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.42/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of weeare138
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

weeare138, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of oline73
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

oline73, May 23, 2012
Photo of muttyd
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red murky brown with an off-white head that settles into a faint ring. Murky looking brew, but looks appealing.

Nose is not too enjoyable. Vinegary ketchup, somewhat medicinal, and musty. Not much in the way of what I would expect from a lambic, but maybe what is expected for a faro. Flavor is better: sweet brown sugar up front, caramel apples, and more vinegar. Not very sour, but slightly tart. Has a weird, almost too ripe green apple aftertaste. Weak carbonation, more silky than effervescent.

I guess fados really aren't my thing. Still decent though.

muttyd, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

outoffocus, May 26, 2014
Photo of ceetee26
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

ceetee26, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper amber. Has a beige head to it with decent retention.

Aroma: Sweet with brown sugar and spice notes up front. It has a little bit of fruit flavors and some funk to it.

Taste: Really dry tasting. A lot of brown sugar and spice to it. It has some oak and vanilla with some fruit flavors. A lot of brett flavors here. Not that impressive.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A bit bubbly surprisingly. It has a medium body with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, I somewhat like it. Not something I want a lot of, but it was great to try this one. Pretty unique.

mothman, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a deep copper color with tons of a tight bubbly tan head. The nose is light, mostly lambic, a little cob web like fun and some faint caramel and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose but a slight bit sweeter. Cobweb and dusty funk adds a bit of complexity as sweet caramel and brown sugars come in. The body is light with a very active feel on the tongue and a hint of dryness. The flavors and nose are a bit muted but it does offer balance and some depth of flavors.

cpetrone84, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Liquoric3
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Liquoric3, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

largadeer, May 17, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

BeerHunter76, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

KindaFondaGoozah, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Texasfan549, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork comes out without a lot of fuss and pours in a civilized fashion. Amber brown color with a decent white foam in the Mort Subite globe. Malty mouthfeel. Barley and lemonade scent.

Complexity of flavors makes me think of fruit cake. While it's on the sweet side, the body is medium and is just slightly sticky. More of a light dessert drink. Some sweet and sour-- lemon with spice cake. An interesting bitter twang at the end that is more yeast than hops. Quite drinkable.

From the 375 ml bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. Price was an eye-watering 15 bucks, but that's the price you pay for "fermentation spontanée."

mactrail, Yesterday at 05:38 AM
Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled in 2011, according to cork
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass

Girardin has a solid faro on there hands here, but this leans towards the lighter, brighter, more refined end of the style. My preferences seem to be toward the heavier, stronger, coarser flavor offered by Lindemans. Still quite good, would pick up with some regularity if easily obtainable.

Pours a fluffy, creamy-looking head of 1-2cm that's off-white in color. Gradually fades over 1-2 minutes, to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the edges. Leaves small amounts of lacing, fairly minimal, around the glass. Body is a tea-like orange brown in light, out of light it's a darker shade of orange with brown tint. Fairly active carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy body.

Aroma of amber Belgian candi sugar and slight malt. Yogurt-like sour aroma with a smooth, sugary, creamy component to it as beer warms and I reach the bottom of the bottle. Not picking up much else in this category, was expecting perhaps a slight bit of organic decomposition smells

Reminiscent of a slightly heavier, less hoppy, and more tea with sweetener-like version of the Dominicus. Opens with sweet, sugary, tea-like flavor, transitioning to a mild Belgian candi sugar meets malt base with slight caramel characters. Mid-palate picks up mild tartness, slightly sour, somewhat like tart apples in a bath of malt and yogurt. Closes out with continued Belgian candi sugar sweetness and a fairly bright, lemon or fresh green apple tartness. Aftertaste of slight oak with mild tartness and candi sugar sweetness.

Medium-bodied with slight wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is modest, but enough to propel this across the palate. Resulting feel is smooth and easy drinking.

falloutsnow, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of ricke
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ricke, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of PappyVans
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

PappyVans, May 29, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours cloudy dark brown with lots of red hues. The head is rather small and soapy; off-white. Slow dissipation leaves rahter rich lacings.

S: Brett and funk. Spices - mainly pepper. Lots of sweetness. Some wheat.

T: Very sweet, from the candi-sugar. Then there's the brett and the spices. Kind of fruity. Wheat gives it ripe bananas. Dry.

M: Long and really sour aftertaste, some bitterness as well. Dry (actually bone-dry) light body and almost no carbonation.

O: A Faro isn't the easiest Style to like, but this isn't so far out - a nice introduction to the style.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 15, 2011
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Girardin Faro 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.