Pharaoh | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by womencantsail on 06-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 13
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3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if this is the correct spot or if this should be a new entry but this was served on cask at the brewery described as a faro with vanilla beans.

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a thin, fizzy white head that quickly fades.  Not much in the way of lacing.

Funky, earthy aroma with lots of horsey barnyard character.  Lots of funky bugs, lactic acid and citrus character.  Not much vanilla or artificial sweetness in the nose.  Smells like a traditional faro/lambic.

Medium bodied with a slightly tart, puckering flavor that lingers throughout.  Sweeter than the nose suggests with lots of vanilla and sugar toning things down. Subtle oak and lactic funk decently integrated.  Finishes with a lingering, minimal acetic vinegar flavor.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of my flight at Bruery. Forgot to upload my review!

Poured a murky pale yellow. Not much head. Looks a bit off putting in all honesty.
Smells funky and oak heavy. Off the first wiff I'm worried this will be too sour. Some light lemon and grass on the nose but the sourness is a bit too harsh for the subtleties.
Tastes lemon heavy and funky. Very sour.
Carbonation is fine, beer is light and drinkable other than the harsh sourness. I think for the style its a bit rough

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy golden-yellow color with a thin layer of white head. The head faded quickly leaving behind very little lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sour and tart elements. There is quite a bit of fruit aroma mixing in here including some orange, lemon, and grape elements. There is also some good funkiness and brett mixed in too.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of sour and tart elements. There is also quite a bit of fruit sweetness provided by a mix of grape, apricot, orange, lemon, and dates. Through the middle, the funkiness and brett character really come through nicely. The finish is a mix of sour and tart with a nice kick of funk and sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with some nice sharp sour and tart elements.

D - Very drinkable. This was a really solid faro. The fruit flavors were really nicely balanced and I really enjoyed the level of the sour and tart flavors throughout.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent pale yellow with yellow highlights and a very thin head leaving barely any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I was able to sniff out plenty of citrus with some bretty funk and a little oak character. the aroma had a little acidity as well.

T: I did manage to get a little of that candi sugar in the taste but the lemon citrus was definitely as potent on the palate alongside oaky bretty funky accents and a touch of acidity.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, oaky, bretty funky, and mild tart finish.

D: i definitely enjoyed this beer and was not drinking bad at all. pretty decent attempt at a faro style brew.

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Photo of Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow. Opaque with a weird mist. Some light white headed bubbling that dies fast.

Smells faintly of an indistinguishable sugar with some faint lemon and a surprising amount of funky zest.

Taste is fresh cut grass, that nice leathery barnyard horse stank with lemon, and that strange sweet undercurrent. What is that? Tart and medicinal/tea lemon-y. Unspecified exotic-ness to it. No real oak/wood component. Interesting.

Could use a bit more carbonation, but pleasant enough.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at The Bruery.

A: Hazy yellow with a white head that quickly settles to a ring of bubbles.

S: Hay and horse blanket with ample barnyard notes and a pleasant level of sugary sweetness. Lots of tart lemon.

T: Moderately tart with a moderate citric acidity. Lightly lactic with lemon and a light sugary sweetness. Finishes with sweet and sour with a lemony citric acidity.

M: Light in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is pretty damn good. Really refreshing and drinkable with just enough complexity.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I said when I saw this was "Oooh, a Faro" so let's hope this is good.

Cloudy straw colour with a long lasted, creamy white head. Great head retention for a sour.

Fruity, tart aroma with a hefty dose of funk. Really cool earthy Brettanomyces character. Nicely crafted lambic style.

Tart, smooth funk with some berry and red currants. Really nice.

Light body with moderately high carbonation. Good.

A really good Faro though not as sweet as it should be. I actually like the lack of sweetness and the fantastic tartness and other character shows good handling of the wild critters.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Brewers' Reception
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Hazy, golden orange with a small white head. Little, spotted lacing down the glass.

Sweet and sour aroma mainly consisting of sweet peaches, some melon, grapes, and a certain tart sourness. Very nicely balanced between sweet and sour.

The balance really shines in the flavor. The peach, grape, and melon characters push through, with a sharp, biting tart sourness that stays throughout. Clean, dry finish.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A great, sweet peach sour--a better and more sour version of the Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary Bruery sour.

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4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Ale House - served in a 6oz glass.

Pale goldenrod, opaque liquid with a faint isabelline head. Not much lacing or retention. Lots of particles in suspension.

Pipe tobacco, bosc pears, rhubarb, vague spices, honey, and sandalwood aromatics blend to create a gentle perfume.

Tart, lactic sourness; bright with hay and chevre flavors emerging next. Lemon zest, nectarines and hearts of palm float in and out mysteriously. Finishes medium dry, though the date sugar quietly persists.

Creamy, rich, and lightly carbonated.

A lightly sweetened but overall tart rendition - lacking a little funk perhaps, but the unusual flavors more than make up for any perceived deficiencies.

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3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

667th Review on BA
On tap to Flute

App- A very light orange with some yellows in center and a touch of dark orange surrounding that. A maybe 1/4" to 1/2" of head formed and was gone very quickly.

Smell- It really smelled more like a white wine than a beer to me. Could be the fruit and tart notes. More on par with green fruits (grapes, pears) and a little bit of peel.

Taste- I will say I have never had a Faro before and I was expecting it to be on par with a gueuze and it was but this was brighter and more puckering. Was very shocked at the bright lemons and tarty notes.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. Very spritzy tart fruit and acid.

Drink- I liked. it. Not having the style I wasn't sure what to expect but besides the extreme acid aftertaste, was a nice little light beer.

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