St. Louis Premium Faro
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Lambic - Faro
Ranked #8
Ranked #40,137
3.53 | pDev: 22.38%
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250ml bottle, 11-2009

Appearance. Pours a clear peach-amber with a small bubbly head.

Smell. Light cherries and melons, icing sugar, lightly spicy.

Taste. Really sweet apples and currants, tangy and a bit sour. Not bad at all considering the amount of sugar that must be in this little bottle.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation. Just a bit sticky.

Overall. I had this for dessert and I think that's the perfect time for this one. I couldn't see myself enjoying it as much on a camping trip morning or after some exercise.

Jun 08, 2012
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gford217 from Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

250mL bottle courtesy of oldstylecubsfan poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy brownish orange with a small off-white head that leaves a small cap and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is not exactly appetizing with a fizzy apple cider aroma with a bit of tartness. There is quite a bit of sugary sweetness in the nose as well.

The taste has an initial tart kick with an overall green apple sweetness. The sweetness is pretty overpowering and really leads to a cloying, overly sweet mouthfeel that makes this one tough to drink.

Nov 08, 2009
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atigerlife from Hawaii

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque apple cider color. Small white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with some hay.

Taste is somewhat sweet/sour. Some apples and dark cherries. Unfortunately, I also got some wet sock flavor at the end. Not sure that that was, but it wasn't pleasant.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied.

Overall, goes down easy but teh sock background flavor becomes mroe pronounced the more you drink and the more the beer warms. By the second bottle I had had enough.

Mar 16, 2008
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brdc from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle pure into a flute.

Clear dark golden brew, with a nice white head that retains reasonably well.
Aroma is mostly sweet, fruity, but also tart/sour balancing it quite nicely.
Light and refreshing, the same fruity sweetness, mostly apple is again balanced by tartness.
It is not overly complex, but a very nice balance of sweetness and tartness makes it quite drinkable.

Dec 23, 2007
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drseamus from New York

3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 250ml bottle that I got at Delirium Café while on my faro kick in Belgium. They are definitely a great style but very difficult to find stateside. This particular beer has a dark amber color but is very clear. It initially has a good head but it falls quickly. The aroma is very sweet but with that typical gueuze sourness in the background. I really like the contrast between the two aromas. The taste is sweet on the tongue while simultaneously sour on the glands in my neck, causing them to tingle. There is also an appley flavor hidden in there giving this an almost cidery feel. As with the aroma, the contrast between the two flavors is great. This is a very drinkable beer all around and although not the best faro I had, a very good beer.

Jul 30, 2007
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear medium orangey color faro with a big foamy head with quite good retention. Aroma of sugar with some tart and sourness. Taste is quite sweet which is kind of expected for faro with more tart and sourness and overall complexity then expected from this brewery. Overall, this was better then expected since this brewer is not know for following the traditional lambic way.

Feb 15, 2007
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dogfooddog from Panama

2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours with small light tan head, nose is very sweet. I have had faro's before (3F, lindeman's) but this is far sweeter than I recall. Granted, I have not had any faro in over 2 years.

Taste is as the nose is, heavily oversweetened. Some acidic tartness seeps through the taste after the initial sweetness, but I think this beer, even though it is faro, is simply too sweet to have any balance, even for the style.

Aftertaste - what can i say? It is sweet, with hints of bitterness or tartness glimpsed while wondering when the beer runs out of sugar.

the only bottled faro I have had was lindeman's, and it was far more balanced that this IIRC.

May 09, 2006
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I obtained this bottle and a few others from Belgian Shop about a year ago and have had it in my basement since. Poured from a 25 cl bottle into a Lindeman's flute.

This faro pours a very dark copper color and gives off a nice white head with big crisp bubbles that linger.

The first taste is sweet but not the artificially sweet taste of Lindeman's. The sweet is balanced out with a bit of tartness that reminds me of sweet tarts candy but not an overpowering sugar taste.

The last few tastes are just as pleasant and with a bit of acidity. At 3.2% abv I could see having a few of these with some cheese and crackers and not feeling the affects but after a few more I could see the sweetness maybe being too much for most folks.

Definitely worth a try and I would probably recommend a bottle of this over the Lindeman's Faro which I have also had but in Belgium.

Nov 06, 2005
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