Chapeau Faro Lambic | Brouwerij De Troch

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch
Belgium
detroch.be

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2002

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112
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
18.75%
 
 
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Photo of scottyshades
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$5 bottle with a pop cap and cork too....
A: Pours a transparent brown color with a tiny tiny head that dissipates immediately

S: Overripe/almost rotting fruit (in a good way), champagne, raisin, fig, dates. Pretty much an overall apple cider vinegar nose

T: Whoa, extremely sweet. Lots and lots of fruits, overripe and dark. Lots of champagne yeast notes, and very very vinous in general. Also tart fruit

MF/D: smooth feel to it, low carbonation, and anything but dry.

Notes: Possibly the most unique beer I've had to date

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine glass.

Faro numero dos. Who'da thunk it, eh? W0rd. It pours a clear tawny amber topped by a fleeting half-finger of glowing off-whit foam. The nose comprises funky oak, light sour cherries, rum raisin cake, dank greens, brown sugar, and light white vinegar. Sweet and sour sauce ain't got shit on this, what! The taste does away with most of the sour notes, though some very subtle vinegar and tart black cherries remain fairly unfazed. The grand coalition, though, is composed of the brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup, and candi sugar. The body is a smooth medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly sticky finish. Overall, I wasn't sure what to expect here, but this was overtly drinkable. I want more.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for letting me share in this since I had no desire to buy it on my own.

This beer pours a deep orangish amber hue with no head. The smell is of oak, rum raisin, bit of vinegar and cheddar cheese for some reason. The taste is a bit of white grape, some oak flavor, and raisin (without the rum). The taste isn't foul, but it's kinda weak in my opinion. Has a nice light champagne feel to the palate and is pretty easy to drink. Not bad for something that I thought I wouldn't like. Though overall it by style is still more wine like than beer.

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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 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 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 drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with the other Matt, this officially (for now) shuts down the best of Faro list for me. Beer poured into a snifter.

Beer is clear and dark brown, forms a minimal head that doesn't last long. Carbonation low and there is no lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and a little fruity, like apples.

I said this about the Lindemann's faro and its about the same for this, it tastes a little like apple juice. Its sweet and fruity, its not cloying but it does taste kind of like fruit juice. Beer is thin and has almost no carbonation in the mouth. It tastes fine its just sweet and nothing else, kind of boring. I'm sure this is what this beer is suppose to taste like but its just not that great. I'll keep trying faros, as possible as that will be but the two i've had so far have been rather unimpressive. I would however try this again if it were on draft somewhere.

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Photo of wedgie9
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from bottle purchased at Binny's Lincoln Park. Pours a muddy brown-orange with an average white head that recedes to decent lace. Nose of nutty brown sugar with some funk and a smell similar to rye bread. Flavor is caramel with some toastiness, light funk, moderate sour flavors, and nuttiness. Body is medium with average carbonation and a short sour and nutty finish.

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Photo of crossovert
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My first lambic, I'm doing it side-by-side with Lindeman's Faro. 12.7 oz capped and corked green bottle, no date. Cork says " De Troch Wambeek".

This one looks better. It pours with a bigger head that is also slightly darker. It recedes in odd intervals leaving no lacing. The beer is a bit browner and hazier than the Lindeman's with hues of magenta when light-struck.

The smel is quirky it definitely has a funk to it, though not the funk I usually associated with this beer. It has a must to it, maybe some brie cheese, also definitely some major oak in the scent, it also smells very sugary.

The taste is super sugary, with some rotten fruit taste, a hint of sourness (but way over powered by sweetness).

Very, very blunt this one is.

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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 Parrotbeak
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pristine amber with a purplish hue, and no head, save for a bubbly white ring around the perimeter. Very little lacing.
Smell is cocoa-infused malts, with some tart and sour aromas. Notes of fig and toffee.
Taste is sweet, syrupy malts, with some tart and sour notes. Little bit of acidity towards the finish. More fig and raisin, as well as some faint hints of kiwi. Some oaky notes on the finish.
Mouthfeel is flat and oily, with a sticky finish. Light-to-medium body.
Drinability is good. Seems to be meant to be sipped, and as that, it drinks well.

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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 ktrillionaire
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I bought this beer, the guy at the store said, "Faro is gross. But you have to try it once." I'm not sure that I agree 100%, but he wasn't too far off.

A - Crystal-clear ruby-brown hue, no head or lace.

S - Smells sweetly oaked and a bit 'oude'. It hints at the cloying sweetness to come.

T - Surprisingly sweet; it tastes like malty pineapple juice. The alcohol is literally undetectable; in this case that is a bad thing. Actually, it tastes like disturbingly like Malta. The Lambic flavors are there, they are just fused with distasteful and cloying elements.

M - Thin, flat and juice-like. I don't like the feel, but I'm not sure that any tweaking could improve it; I certainly wouldn't want more viscosity, perhaps a little more carbonation would give it a sweet Asti sensibility.

D - This brew is easy enough to drink, actually, due to its juice/soda similarities, but it doesn't taste very good, so why bother. As soon as I realized it was not-so-good, I just downed the whole bottle like I was shotgunning a Keystone Light. On to the next (drastically better) brew...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.53/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark burgundy color lambic with a small foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of syrup and sugar is somewhat gross with light oak notes and no funky notes. Taste is also dominated by gross sugar and syrup with limited complexity from the oak or the base lambic. Body is full with minimal complexity and a minimal carbonation.

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Photo of slasher007
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mora2000 for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy brown color. Smell is a bit funky with vinegar tones and a little bit of sugar. The taste is initially very sweet, tart, and funky. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Interesting beer although.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Faro, so I have no idea how it relates to the style.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is sugary with a lemon tartness. The flavor is a nice mix of lemony tartness and sweetness. Very similar to sweet-tart candy. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

An interesting beer. I doubt I will try too many more faros due to limited availability, but I thought this was a pretty good beer.

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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 illidurit
1.53/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours an unattractive brownish orange color with no head. "Garbage juice" was a common description of the aroma at the tasting where this beer was had. Garbage juice and herbal bitters, maybe some hobo. Oddly intriguing nonetheless. Flavor is sugary fruit punch with only a hint of the gross herbal note from the aroma. Why?

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Photo of bret27
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottle courtesy of bulletrain76

S: Minty, cilantro, sugar, tea, possibly vegetal

A: Brown/orange w/chunks, minimal carb

T: Loads of table sugar w/medicinal and herbal qualities. Maybe bamboo shoots or sugar cane.

M: Thin and sugary, like a thin liqueur

D: Too damn sweet

Overall: Very different. Never had this style before so can't bash it too bad. Too sweet and sugary for my tastes. Also some very strange tastes and smells. Really had to reach into my memories to figure these out.

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Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. corked and capped bottle
Purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a flute

The beer poured a murky, burnt umber color with a bubbly, spritzy, light brown, one-finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin collar.

The aroma was a nice mix of sweet and tart. Oaky and a bit funky. Brown sugar notes came through strong. Fruity and berry-like. Cherries were noticeable as well. This reminded me greatly of an oud bruin.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Sweet and tart up front. Moderately funky. Fruity. Very strawberry-like with notes of brown sugar and caramel malts. Slightly acidic and a touch oaky. The flavor was somewhat akin to that of a sweetened balsamic reduction. Sour cherry and tart raspberry notes came through on the back end and they carried into the sweet and syrupy finish.

The mouthfeel was quite thin with a very fine and mild carbonation.

Drinkability was impressive. This is a super refreshing, flavorful and easy-drinking lambic. It is far more complex and far less cloying than many of the other sweetened versions on the market. I could imagine this making for a terrific after-dinner drink.

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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 wagenvolks
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Faro! Served in the closest thing I own to a flute: a small pilsner glass from Peru. 375ml bottle with a cap & cork.

Pours with a copper-ish, iced tea body that shows a fair amount of haziness. The head is well-retained and has a sandy taupe hue, no doubt supplied by the vigorous carbonation level. Quite possibly the most interesting-smelling beer I've come across, Chapeau Faro Lambic has a little bit of everything, and most notes are not commonly associated with beer. Mustard seed, sauerkraut, soy sauce, hot trash, and wild ramps all combine for a venerable witch's brew of a beer. My mind wavers between thinking "eww, that's disgusting" and "ooh...that's interesting".

Oh, yum...whatever trepidation I had with the aroma vanished the instant I tasted this delicious concoction. Sweet Belgian candy and a light, almost ginger-like spice sits on the front of the tongue, quickly giving way to caramel-sugary goodness and a strange, almost salty note. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light, with an almost syrupy viscosity from the sugars. Definitely a beer for those with a sweet tooth, this reminds me of the lambics made by Lindemans. Fun to try, and recommended, but probably not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the capped, corked 12.7 oz bottle a deep, bruised purple with a bit of head quickly boiling away. Smell is of cider vinegar and overripe produce-- apple, pear, tomato. Reminds me a lot of a Flanders red ale up to this point, but the acidic nose didn't prepare me for the flavor to come.

First sip holds a sweetness that almost makes my teeth ache. Loads of sugary apple and fruit flavor, almost like cider or applesauce. A bit of vinegar makes my mouth pucker a bit and makes the flavor a touch more interesting. Mouthfeel is fairly rich and thick, but the sweetness makes the finish a little anticlimactic-- again, much like cider. The tasty mix of sweet and sour made the beer easy to drink, though drinkability is hampered by its sheer sweetness.

I didn't find Chapeau Faro to be terribly complex, but what I did find, a very sweet, interesting beer, was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of TexIndy
1.83/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 375ml green bottle with a capped cork into my NBB glass. No dating info and green bottle so hoping it's OK. Can't say that I've been really dying to try this one after reading the reviews but trying to have at least one of each style so here goes my Faro sample. Was a very hazy brown color with some dark red highlights. It had a very small fizzy head that disappeared before I was done pouring. Good carb streams in center. No lacing.

The aroma was very sweet. Candied sugar, brown sugar, a little woody and vinegar as well. Didn't blend well for me. The taste was painfully sweet. Like drinking a liquid Sweettart or something. Eye puckering sweet and tart. I love sour beers so no problem with taste extremes but this was too much. Was so hard to get around the sweet that you couldn't really taste anything else.

Overall, god awful. Way too sweet with no other redeeming flavors. Now I know why there are only 13 of these in the database - can't be much demand for it. Avoid and definitely one and done...but at least I got Faro off the list.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have fond memories of finding this beer on-draught, a sunny lunchtime at 't Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp. It's proved a tough style to track down since, but JDV was able to help a few months back. Feeling like a lambic tonight, so into a stange this pours from its 12.7 oz. green bottle.

A: An uncapping then a cork extracted with a loud *POP*, pours a chestnut/amber. Fizzy head climbs to about a finger-high, dropping quickly. A fair amount of carbonation rising, refreshing a patch of film and clinging ring of white cream. Complexion is slightly hazy, with a deeper cloudiness towards the top and more clarity at the bottom.

S: Unique aroma: sweetly woody, musty without a defined tart 'funkiness', sugared malt vinegar?

T: A cola-like caramel sweetness and an aftertaste of maraschino cherries. Then there's a hint of lemon-lime tartness. Fleeting woody/vinegar qualities, a sweet-tart apple. Just a little mineral/dry finishing, despite an undeniable sugariness. If I likened this to a Cherry Coke, a Sprite, and a tart cider splashed into a seltzer water, that wouldn't be far off.

M: Crisp feel, slightly fizzing carbonation. Feel is rather light. Finishing notes: a mild tang sits gently and squarely in the middle of the tongue, a powdery sweetness on the lips.

D: A bit tough to decipher at first, challenging to decide whether this is sweet or tart or something else. After a few sips, it really grew on me - refreshing, easy enough to drink and certainly curious. I'd have this again; it's too bad it's a style so hard to find. Big thanks, Deniz!

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