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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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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
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 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 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 callmemickey
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

callmemickey, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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
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 Thehuntmaster
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Thehuntmaster, Aug 08, 2011
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 16, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

kbutler1, Oct 29, 2010
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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

drabmuh, Oct 19, 2010
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 gyllstromk
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

gyllstromk, Feb 17, 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 MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

MasterSki, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Sean9689, Sep 28, 2009
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 hellbilly
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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

hellbilly, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.93/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

brdc, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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...

biegaman, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

drseamus, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

Viggo, Nov 08, 2007
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 grub
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

grub, Aug 26, 2007
Girardin Faro 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.