Chapeau Faro Lambic | Brouwerij De Troch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch
Belgium
detroch.be

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
18.75%
 
 
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8
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4
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is an amber sort of color with a minimal off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S: A chemical/solvent aroma right off the bat with an intense candi sugar aroma and some sweet dark fruits.

T: The flavor has some decent dark fruit flavors in the form of plums, prunes, and figs, but again the same chemical character. A bit of cork, too.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium level of carbonation.

D: This beer could have actually been pretty decent if it wasn't for the chemical nature of it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best By July 2011; Sampled July 2010
A full pour summons forth a fingers worth of, dark tan colored head that dissapears fairly quickly. The beer is quite dark colored, even for a Faro, with a concentrated amber hue. It shows a brilliantly clear, dark amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells oppressively sweet and of oxidized fruit. There are some dark, oxidized caramel aromatics here as well (almost cola like some how) as well as some sweet-cherry like aromas, perhaps some raisin like notes and even a touch of lactic tartness that is just noticeable towards the finish. This definitely smells over-poweringly sweet.

Very sweet tasting, the finish reminds me of cola and sweet tea, both accentuated by a light lactic acidity. This is nice and light up front, though there is enough sugar here to make it stick to the palate; it is not like malt though that really clings to the mouth. This tastes like sweet tea flavored with fake lemon and oxidized apples. Other than the hint of lactic character, you would be hard pressed to know there was Lambic here.

The aroma on this one is definitely a bit objectionable because of the excessive sweetness, the flavor isn't quite as bad, but it is not something I really want to try again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tawny brown liquid. Fizzy sizzle when poured, that settles to a skim fairly quickly. No visible carbonation, which is a little strange. Very uniform color, looks like sun tea.

Saccharin aroma, artificial sweetness, very vague mustiness, probably from the cork. Bland...

Very light and sweet tartness with the first big sip. Nutty, a little bit of undetermined fruit. Low carbonation. Light cardboard in the aftertaste, but it's not a deal breaker. This has been around the area only a few months, so I don't think it's an old bottle. It's actually pretty similar to the Kvass I had a few weeks ago. Very sweet, barely tart, light bodied.

Ehh, give me a real lambic anyday. This just tastes like a sweet soda drink, and at $7 I won't be going back to it.

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3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jwinship83
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375 capped and corked bottle. i got this one only to get the chance to try a faro. drank from my lindemans flute looking glass.

A- this one pours out a somewhat clear dark brown colored body with a quickly dissipating khaki colored crown of a head. small rings of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i notice is that this is very sweet. lots of brown sugar and a bit of caramel. a lactic like smell that makes me believe this will be sour. very spicy and musty.

T- the sourness takes a very distant backseat to the intense brown sugary sweetness. theres also a musty/earthiness in here. very faint notes of vinegar but not nearly enough to pucker.

M- medium to full bodied with a very low level of carbonation. almost still. very juice like and sticky. palate coating.

D- one and done. probably wont be revisiting this one, its just way too sweet. glad to say that ive gotten the chance to try a faro.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this from Grapevine Travelers in my home town. This will be my first time trying an example of this Belgian beer. Cork came off without much of a pop, and poured a nice looking burgundy, with a ring of white lace. Red wine vinegar is the first thing that comes to mind in the nose, followed cherries and raspberries. Taste is exceedingly sweet, with a tiny bit of funky sourness. Again, raspberries and cherries come to mind in the taste. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good, although some might be a little turned off by the sweetness factor. I enjoyed this brew. It almost reminded me of a Flanders Red Ale, and also showed some Oud Bruin character. Glad I had the chance to try a Faro, and will hopefully try a few more in the future. Cheers

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of heysuz
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of brittanylicious
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of botham
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a snifter. pours a flat medium brown with a half finger of white head that has poor retention and no lacings.

aroma is very sweet with a bit of earthy oak and candy sugar mainly. raisens are distant among the overpowering sweetness.

taste is still quite sweet, but much softer on the palate with a light raisen and candied sugar note. almost sticky in its sweetness.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft in texture from the sugar. intensely sweet and sticky on the palate.

drinkability is decent. much too sweet to be very drinkable. soft on the palate , but finishes with a candy-like sweetness. decent, but not drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

No head on a very clear copper body. No lace either. Aroma of pungent turpentine, nail polish remover, candied fruit, apricot, resins. Flavor is tough at first, need a little preparation with the flavor being very bitter sweet with tart candied citrus, caramel, pine resin. Light body and carbonation. First faro for me. Not a fan. Too sweet and syrup like. Can't really judge it for the style

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Photo of SteveP
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled alongside Lindeman's Faro. The front label had 3.5% abv, but the back label had 4.75%. Chapeau's label is green & brown with a picture of a beer barrel draped with hops and barley - Lindeman's is much more attractive: all black with stylish art deco white lettering. On opening the Lindeman's had more fizz and an immediate strong plummy aroma. Both settle to a brown copper colour with a fringe of bubbly froth - the Lindeman's bubbles slightly larger and more varied. So far the Lindeman's is ahead. On giving both a good sniff the Chapeau edges ahead with its musty sweet aroma, slightly medicinal, slightly licorice, quite perfumey - parma violets; when swirled extra sweetness rises. The Lindeman's has a slight plum aroma; when swirled some yeasty lambic acid rises. On tasting the Chapeau is the more interesting with its sweet and medicinal taste, followed by a soft sweet licorice flavour at the back. However, it flags slightly when the band aid remains in the mouth along with a cloying, clinging sweey coating of the mouth. The Lindeman's is much simpler, and more direct. It is intensely sweet initially, but that soon settles into a balance between sweetness and acidity. The mouthfeel really pushes the Lindeman's into first place. Chapeau has a soft mouthfeel with a barely noticable and soon gone gentle fizz - quite boring. The Lindeman's however has a soft fizzy mothfeel - very gentle like having baby rabbits tickle your mouth. Weee! The conclusion is that Chapeau is a flavoursome and interesting drink, but lacks the fun of Lindeman's despite the fuller and more complex flavours.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7oz bottle into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass....Light tan head, not much carbonation. The beer is a dark coca-cola, really likes like a pop more than a beer...nice aroma, vinegar, wood, tart cherries, just not overly strong wish it was more of a pucker and there is a weird musky finish...The taste is insanely weird, its balasmic vinegar but a really really really sweet version. First time a lambic has made me pucker from sweetness. Almost a liquid prune taste as well. Very unique, just not for me. A sweet oud bruin?

Interesting but tough to drink.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber pour, thin white lacing that leaves little traces on the glass.
Smell of brown sugar caramel, damp woody barrel, some vinegar, very faint raisin, dry lemon peel and faint marzipan.
Huge sweetness, but the following apple cidery tartness cleans up the palate a bit, leaving just a tiny trace of sticky caramel. Later on the sweetness covers up the sourness tho. Hints of sour cherries, apple juice and faint vinegar. Even fainter lambic funk, with a bit of funky wood but way too low (if any) green hay.
Low carbonation, oily, with a sticky sweet aftertaste.
People with a sweet tooth will enjoy this, tasty candi sugar, but probably way too syrupy sweet for most of the people.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is mostly clear and see-through, with small chunks of sediment wandering aimlessly throughout the beer. The color is a light orange sunburst. The beer has a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity, like a fruit juice. The beer tastes very sweet, though I suppose this was the intention. Personally, I can't fathom why one would take a sour beer and intentionally make it sweeter. To each their own. Surprisingly, the sweetness is not as cloying as I predicted. The body is medium-thin with a low level of carbonation. It was a fun experience, but I much prefer the traditional lambics over faros. From an objective standpoint, this was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally tracked down a faro. This one is a capped and corked 12.7oz bottle. Cork comes out with little sound. Pours into my glass a deep hazelnut color with hints of red and a quarter inch of off white foam atop. Carbonation seems mild. Aromas start with sour, somewhat funky woody tannins with cork and barrel accents. Sweet, almost fruity malt tones waft up as well. Dark sugar amidst some acidity. Intriguing if nothing else.

First sip is a rush of upfront sweetness that attacks the taste buds and honestly catches me off guard. Malty and fruity flavors flow down and play into the sourness that lurks in the background of the beer. Wood tannins and barrel accents float throughout. A touch of caramel and the lingering thought of a musty basement that comes to mind. An interesting, sweetened up lambic, that just ends up being too sweet for my personal tastes.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a smooth almost slick quality to it and mellow carbonation. It goes down easily enough. However, I personally am not a fan of the overbearing sweetness that pervades this brew. I need to try more Faro's before writing off the style, however of this one I can say I am not a fan overall.

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Photo of TrippnFiasco
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours with an off-white head that quickly dissipates. Beer is a pink-ish brown with fair amount of carbonation.

S: Fairly sweet, sugary, a bit of lemon and strawberry there as well.

T: A sugary sweetness is predominant. There is a nice, mild strawberry flavor there that has a bit of vinegar to it. Very soft lambic that wont make you pucker at all.

M: Medium to medium-light body with the same level of carbonation. Feels like a grapefruit juice in the mouth.

D: Fairly drinkable due to the light flavor and lack of intense sourness, although it is held back by the sugar intensity.

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Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color with some hues of amber and no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass and a large patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of fruits are present in the nose—figs stand out in particular—along with notes of sugar cane and hints of oak.
T: The taste is quite sweet and has flavors of raw cane sugar along with notes of figs and oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is sweet, but the sweetness is not cloying so it isn't that difficult to drink. It tastes like a sweetened lambic without that much in the way of fruity flavors.

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Chapeau Faro Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
3.36 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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