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Cantillon Faro - Brasserie Cantillon

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Cantillon Faro
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 12-30-2002)
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the brewery during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Cantillon big-bowled wine glass, poured from a jug.

Pour yields a brew that looks a bit like apple cider with a few bubbles. No real head or lacing, but that's normal for the style, so I won't dock there. The nose is slightly cidery with some earthy must. Maybe must more than cider. A bit of funk. Light sweetness comes in during the taste. Light body with a faint bit of sugar and mild funk. No real acidity. Nice enough to try, but I'd much rather have the young lambic without the sugar.

Thorpe429, Sep 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Slatetank, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mendvicdog, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rochefort10nh, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2010 at Cantillon
The beer arrives with a hazy, amber gold color and some large bubbled, pale looking foam that is wispy and clings to the inner ring of my glass. This smells of juice somehow; a mix of pineapple, grapefruit and perhaps even a touch of apple juices are each noticeable. The Lambic funkiness contributes notes of urea, and an earthy mustiness, while the finish smells of fresh cut wood, and a spiciness as well as something that reminds me of musty cork.

As a Faro should, the beer tastes fairly sweet and it even tastes of pineapple juice and a touch of grapefruit. This last is not as noticeable as the Faro is only lightly tart at this point. There is not quite enough lactic tartness to really cut through / balance the sweetness, but there is definitely some tartness to this beer. Musty cork flavors, ro more likely oaky notes add a touch of bit to help balance out the sweetness and there is some spicy oak character here as well. The body makes this light and quaffable, despite the sweetness that has been added.

This has quite a mellow sweetness for a Faro; it manages to be quite nicely balanced and is definitely very tasty. The light sweetness brings out a refreshing quality that is different from the same character that one sees in a dry Lambic. I would prefer more acidity to this brew, but I am really finding the ample fruitiness here to be quite interesting and enjoyable.

Sampled at the Brewery 2001:
This strangely enough tasted similar to a lightly sweetened herbal tea. Quite flat, a bit astringent, and with a pleasing herbal and flowery character to it. This is the only sweetened offering from Cantillon, and I believe it is only availible from the Brewery, where they add a bit of sugar to it just before serving.

Gueuzedude, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Moeder Lambic. On to the beer:

This faro is a toasted orange color with a thick sopay head which retains forever. The aroma has a little stink, and some rotting fruit, but in an appealing way. The taste is a little more forgiving; a kiss of grassy hops paired with rotting fruits, one part pineapple juice, not too tart and not too intense. It's a light bodied beer with a very easy going mouthfeel, little carbonation.

That was good to try. Being less intense as other Cantillon's, it might be a good starter to somebody trying to work their way into the brand.

DoubleJ, May 23, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas.

The beer is light copper hued with a half inch of head. The aroma is funky and smells like cantillon, with the addition of some sweet, fruity tones. These scents carry over into the flavor. Sweet, but not cloying, with tartness and funk playing supporting roles. Light bodied and fizzy on the palate, with lingering sweetness, reminiscent of a soda. I'm not a huge fan of faros, but this is likely the best I have had in the style.

Huhzubendah, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 10, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic. I usually don't get Faro, and there are a lot of GREAT things on tap at Moeder Lambic, but I realized that I probably will never see Cantillon Faro anywhere else (including the brewery). So time to try it.

This was dark gold color, light haze, with a thick foam on top. It smelled strongly of grain, very wort-like. I guess I expected more surgar in the aroma but that wasn't the case.

Very sweet tasting, just a little more sugar and this would have been TOO sweet. A little tartness but it definitely is offset by the sweetness, very balanced in that regard.

Good body despite the low (no) carbonation, I guess the sugar reverts many attributes to the mean. I liked this, very happy to try it, but it's not something I'm likely to reach for again. I really prefer the more sour creations.

TurdFurgison, Apr 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

atrocity, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

drummermattie02, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bsuedekum, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
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
Photo of francisweizen
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas on 4/7/2013. Pours a burnt orange hue with a fluffy, 2.5 inch bright white head. Nose smells a bit like feet, followed by a sweet quality. Taste starts of sweet, somewhat akin to caramelized sugar, followed by an earthy/herbal quality, citric acid and some medicinal notes towards the back with a hint of artificial sweetener at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a still carbonation; however, there is a bit of substance to body as well as a slightly creamy texture. Overall, this beer is good for what it is - a sour beer infused with candi sugar. Not a beer I need to revisit, but I found it considerably better than my first impression of the style (Lindemans).

Jwale73, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After the Cantillon Lambic, the Cantillon Faro is perhaps the next hardest of all the Cantillon beers to find, this too is only available in draft format. So you will have to travel to Brussels itself to sample the Lambic and the Faro in only the handful of Cafés left that serve it.
As with the Lambic, again, I tried the Faro on November 27th 2002 at the Spinnekopke, Brussels (see BeerFly). This Café is located not that far from the Brasserie Cantillon. However, it is also available, and I indeed tried it, at Le Zageman, Brussels (also see BeerFly) which has totally authentic and very traditional surroundings in which to try this hard to find beer style from traditional lambic producers, let alone this version from Cantillon.

Unlike the draft Lambic, the Cantillon Faro has its own distinct serving Glass. Both the Spinnekopke and Le Zageman will serve the draft Faro in what resembles a Half-Pint version of a traditional dimpled English Pint Mug with handle. The Faro is served totally devoid of carbonation, and therefore incredibly flat - there is no head whatsoever to this offering. A medium to darkish brown color with hints of polished chestnut, it resembles a night old pint of English Bitter that has been leftover from a party the night before. Nose is sweet, with a feint musty odor that hints at its lambic heritage. A sweet introduction with a medium mouthfeel, this beer is not typical at all of lambics. Has a sweet-oaky middle that is pleasant, the finish fades also into a musty sweetness. This style was popular at times in the past with the people in the Payottenland that did not like the dryer more acidic lambics. Whilst the younger 1 year-old lambics were served on draft, the older 2 and 3-year lambics have brown sugar added to them to create the sweeter Faro. Cantillon apparently make this beer only on demand for local outlets, and it represents an incredibly small percentage of their production, as these days its popularity is diminishing.

One of the stranger members of the lambic family, a bit too sweet for me to drink more than one or two, but I always drink it whenever I get the chance. According to people that like Faro, Cantillons offering is very traditional and one of the best versions of this old rare style.
Cantillon Faro is therefore unique, and really quite rare these days.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 30, 2002
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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tom10101, Mar 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

SadMachine, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jspriest, Jun 15, 2014
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Cantillon Faro from Brasserie Cantillon
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.