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Cantillon Faro - Brasserie Cantillon

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87
very good

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

Style | ABV
Faro |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-30-2002)
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

jlb502, Nov 15, 2011
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UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

jerz, Nov 16, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a bit sugary and a pear fruitiness. In the taste, just like the aroma, a bit sugary and pears, but not too sweet at all. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry tart fruitiness in the aftertaste. WOW! Love it all day, sour and a nice fruitiness with a dry end.

OWSLEY069, Sep 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

jayhoppin, Jul 14, 2013
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Honeybourne, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When at Cantillon the other week, I was chatting to Mr. Van Roy about where I could sample the draught lambic and faro. He said that no lambic was in Brussels right now, but that the Faro could be found at the Le Zageman lambic cafe in Brussels. So, we walked to Le Zageman and ordered two dimpled mugs of Cantillon Faro for 2 euros a piece. The brew was a dark red colour with no head. The aromas were of Cantillons funky lambicy gueuze, mixed with some sweet candy sugar. The taste was very refreshing. This still had a bunch of lambic funk, and some nice malt to it, but the candy sugar really made this an easy-to-drink, thirst quencher. The mouthfeel is flat, but it lends itself well to this style of beer and the drinkability was very, very excellent! I'm glad that I got to try this...in a very authentic Brussels cafe, no less!

francisweizen, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of gregmurer
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a real faro.. i'm not sure that there are any other faro that are sold actually... i mean real faro... not like the linderman's one...

bitterness? not any... It's a lambic... it's really lactic... perfectly lactic... and the sweetness of the candy make it just perfect to be drunk again and again... with or withour foods... it's perfect

gregmurer, Dec 26, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Cnorrisl, Aug 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

nowhere_native, Oct 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

shigg85, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

pixieskid, Apr 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Jeeb, Sep 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

edhizdeid, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Travlr
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was dark amber with a two or three bubble head that lasted about a second.
Smell was of yeast and citrus, a bit sweet and a bit sour.
Taste started sweet and progressed to sour then dry.
Very easy to drink, pairs easily with about any food. My third favorite faro (#1 is Grardin, #2 is Drie Fonteinen)

Travlr, Nov 17, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, served in a Cantillon tulip. Style tick #103(? - I can't be totally sure, since my stats are unavailable during the site overhaul, but I'm pretty sure this is the penultimate style I've yet to review).

A: Clear orange-amber body with a thin head of large impact bubbles. Looks nice in the tulip.

S: Sweet + sour, with green apple, toffee, lemonade, and some grassiness. Balanced, fresh, enticing.

T: Follows the nose: lots of tart apple, some sweet brown sugar and caramel, a bit of oakiness, some lemon, and a sticky sweet-tart finish. Exactly what I expected a great Faro to be.

M: Still, slick, and a bit sticky. Appropriate.

O: This didn't deliver the depth of funkiness I love in a Geuze or straight Lambic, but the sugary notes gave it great complexity and superb approachability - I shared my glass with several people at my table who were highly skeptical about my love affair with Lambics, and one of them even ordered his own Faro. A fascinating beer in its own right, and a potential gateway for those just beginning to show interest in the broader family of spontaneous brews.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 04, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Chez Moder Lambic in Brussels. They prepare it on-site by blending their own candi sugar into the cask of young Cantillon lambic. It was consumed along-side a glass of straight Cantillon young lambic (also on cask) as a reference.

A- Poured perfectly still and clear (as it should be), with a medium to dark-amber body.

S- Smells like a young lambic that has had some of the acidity cut out of the nose. Pale malt and crackerlike wheat aromas are met with some funky mild lactic/acetic aromas, a touch of oakiness, and a faint trace of the candi-sugar is detectable here.

T- Very interesting. The candi-sugar seems to cut the acidity more than adding sweetness. There definitely is some sweetness here in the faro that's not present in the straight lambic, but the decrease in perceived acidity seems to outweigh the increase in sweetness. The perceived oakiness seems slightly amplified on the palate as well. All in all, this gives the Cantillon Faro a great balance between sweetness and acidity, with the same dry, oaky, musty finish you would normally get with straight lambic. Granted, this effect surely lies in the hands of the blender that adds the candi sugar!

M- A nice thin to medium mouthfeel, with a little slickness to it, very similar to that of the straight lambic. Slightly astringent with virtually no carbonation.

D- This is wonderfully drinkable- it actually seems to be wonderfully thirst-quenching as well! Drinkable on this cool afternoon in March, and I can only wonder how lovely it would be on a hot Summer afternoon!

jgasparine, Mar 25, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, I was glad to see other reviews say there is no carbonation in this one, because I thought maybe there was something wrong. Or maybe there's always something wrong. I had a glass of this in the only place one could find it in Brussels last week, Zageman, according to Mr. Van Roy. It was a light brownish colour, no head since it was flat, it smelled sweet and tart, pretty nice actually. It tasted almost like sweetened iced tea actually, had that tart lemony taste, and very sugary. I liked it. Not funky as Cantillon usually is with their other beers. Mouthfeel was just flat, strange to me for a beer, but interesting none-the-less. So drinkability is good, because it's obviously not filling and it's quite refreshing! I was happy to have found this one, definitely.

erica, Mar 23, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Cantillon Faro from Brasserie Cantillon
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.