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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
good

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 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 mattfancett
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +7.8%

brandon911, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

PappyVans, May 29, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

outoffocus, May 26, 2014
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev +7.8%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

KindaFondaGoozah, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +7.8%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Texasfan549, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Jeeb
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Jeeb, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +7.8%

samEBC, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Liquoric3
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Liquoric3, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

smakawhat, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

GRG1313, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

ceetee26, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

WynnO, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

t0rin0, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
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 megahurts4
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

megahurts4, Jun 08, 2012
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
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Girardin Faro 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.