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Cantillon Faro - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Faro
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BA SCORE
86
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 40
Gots: 4 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.9%

chekyo4, Sep 26, 2014
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1/5  rDev -73.9%

Franch, Jan 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

erbu, Jul 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Dirty25, Apr 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Caudalie, Jul 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Agold, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Crosling
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faro truly is an aquired taste. A taste that I have yet to aquire. Faro is unblended lambic in which caramel and candy sugar is added during bottling time. I believe that Cantillon uses 1 1/2 year old lambic when making this one. I sampled this at Spinnekopke in Brussels, Belgium.

Crosling, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Jon
2.95/5  rDev -23%
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
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

mtbdonn, Mar 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

nathanjohnson, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

gamanley, Jul 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

drummermattie02, Jun 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

UTCengOwl, May 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

HeadyTheElder, Mar 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

HookemHoos, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Unchi, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Radome
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served from cask into a wine glass at the brewery following the self-guided tour. Brewery employee told me it has to be drunk quickly after blending, or the added fermentables will cause bottles to explode.

A - Color is a light amber with some red highlights. It is mostly clear with a hint of cloudiness. No head; in fact, no bubbles at all.

S - Aroma is an unusual mix of sweet and spicy smells. It has a slight, lemon-like tartness. It reminds me more of ice tea than beer, but it is still somehow inviting.

T - Sweet and tangy up front, followed by tart acid at the back of the throat. Again I am reminded of room temperature ice tea. Not like any beer I've had before.

M - Medium body. No carbonation at all. Overall smooth and creamy feeling. No alcohol detected.

O - A strange beer in regards to aromas and flavor. Not very pleasant to me. I will not seek it out again. I love the brewery and the tour, but this beer is not one I could love, despite my best effort.

Radome, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of EPICAC
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark golden with no head, though some bubbles do form around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong caramel and candy sugar aroma, with Cantillon lambic undertones of tartness and funkiness.

Taste: Starts with a candy sweetness, which remains throughout. The finish is lightly tart with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with no carbonation and a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A little too sweet, but that's what Faro is. Overall it's pretty drinkable.

Overall: This was my first experience with a Faro. The lack of carbonation was a little odd and the sweetness was a little much, but I was pleased with how the lambic characteristics weren't completely masked my the addition of sugars and caramel.

EPICAC, Nov 30, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jlisuk, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Moses_Malone, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

CaptainNomihodai, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kriek with brown sugar.
Poured from a plastic jug at the Cantillon brewery, so I guess I'll call that a growler? No head, as intended, I assume based on the container.
Nose is odd. A bit of rotten apple, cider, raisin, rotten peaches... and a bit of tart. I actually don't pick up the brown sugar.
The taste is , believe it or not, a bit more odd. There is a strange warmth that coats the mouth quickly, then fades. I contribute this to the brown sugar, as it has a sweetness to it as well. It then unfolds the gueuze nearer the back of the throat, with the typical tartness. The brewer told me this is the kriek with brown sugar, but this has to be the gueuze or lambic. Just asked again, this is lambic...
This is interesting, to say the least, I wouldnt go out of my way to buy this, but I am glad I tried it. It has an odd sweetness that I don't really feel works for it. He said they don't advertise this, but it is a traditional style so they make it.
B-

crusian, Apr 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

gn0sis, Aug 01, 2013
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Cantillon Faro from Brasserie Cantillon
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.