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Cantillon Faro - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Faro
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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 40
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Brasserie Cantillon visit their website

Style | ABV
Faro |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-30-2002)
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After touring Cantillon, Elaina and I sat down to a few glasses of Geuze and Kriek. I inquired about the possibility of getting a glass of Faro and was told that they didn't have any Faro. I explained that I traveled all the way from Wisconsin to drink their Faro and would be happy to pay amply for a glass. I asked if they might have a bottle hidden somewhere that I could purchase. They told me that they don't bottle their Faro because it would explode within three weeks of bottling due to the active yeast and high sugar content but then something wonderful happened. The employee began digging through an old wooden crate. After a minute or two I was presented with a white plastic jug, the type that usually contains chemicals like anti-freeze, and a tumbler glass. So I guess, I list this serving as coming from a growler???

The beer poured dead flat. Not a bubble could be found and there wasn't a trace of lacing. The body was a dark amber, almost chestnut color. The aroma was quite mead like with strong apricot notes. In fact, I could have easily been convinced that this was an apricot mead I was drinking. The taste started like the nose - honey and apricot sweetness but that gave way to an oaky center and a interesting funky finish. Characteristic Cantillon funk was there but the strongest note was of cream. In fact, this beer left an aftertaste in my mouth long after each sip similar to half and half and reminded me of working on a dairy farm. This trait was also quite similar to something I have found in some Drei Fonteinen beers and is very pleasant. An excellent and highly unique experience.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 19, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Moeder Lambic

My first faro. Pours burnt orange with one finger of persistent off-white head. Interesting mix of sweet, sour and bitter. A bit look like a candied grapefruit. Interesting to say the least. Seems like initially the flavors don't blend very well, but if you hold it in your mouth for awhile, it comes together. Lots of lemon/grapefruit, with an initial burst of sugar. Finish is quite bitter. Certainly would not want to have this very often, but very glad I tried it.

warnerry, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

deebo, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

chickenm, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of chekyo4
1/5  rDev -74%

chekyo4, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Moeder Lambic in Brussels, a night before heading to the Cantillon brewery for another sample of it. The beer was poured from a little plastic jug that looked like a wooden barrel.

The beer poured a light golden color with just a few bubbles around the edge, no carbonation but that is to be expected with how the beer was served and the style. The aroma was sweet, not really candy sweet but borderline. Not as sweet as other Faros in Belgium. The taste was sweet up front but there was some of the trademark Cantillon tartness that balanced this beer out very well. Although not my favorite lambic style but I find it very interesting and everytime I can find one, I go after it.

ggaughan, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of Cnorrisl
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Cnorrisl, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Jon
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I sampled this lambic at the Cantillon Brewery. For my first faro, I knew to expect sweetness, but not this much. The beer pours a distinctive glowing golden hue with absolutely no head whatsoever. Carbonation is nowhere to be found, as this one is flat. Candy sugar is present in the nose and certainly in the taste. To me, this one tasted like flat Sprite as it was very syrupy. This is one of Cantillon's more limited offerings, however I don't have much interest in trying it again.

Jon, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

PretzelCity, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

hooliganlife, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

PaBeerLover, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

nickhiller, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

hanlonrn, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of jlisuk
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jlisuk, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4/5  rDev +3.9%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Moses_Malone, Aug 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

UTCengOwl, May 24, 2012
Photo of jlb502
5/5  rDev +29.9%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

CaptainNomihodai, Jul 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

mtbdonn, Mar 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

mendvicdog, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank at Cantillon Brussels September 2012

A - Pours a darkish amber colour, no head

S - Little bit spicy and some funk.

T - Wow so balanced. Most Faros are over sweet, but this is restrained with some tartness.

M - No carbonation and medium body.

O - Not like any other beer that I have had. But well recommended. Easily the best Faro that I have had to date.

eric5bellies, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a finger of off white head and good retention.

Smell: Sweet as expected with a slight funk. There is also a citrus tartness and some Belgian yeast spice.

Taste: Sweet like the smell with some tart and funky notes. Reminds me a bit of a sweet champagne. The finish is tart and a little bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I admit that this isn't my favorite style, but I enjoyed this one enough. The sweet and bitter is weird when combined this way.

oline73, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

jcone17, Dec 29, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Caudalie, Jul 17, 2013
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Cantillon Faro from Brasserie Cantillon
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.