Girardin Faro 1882
Brouwerij Girardin

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Style:
Lambic - Faro
Ranked #7
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,137
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 15.22%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
79
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Brouwerij Girardin
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brownish orange with plenty of sediment. Very little foam.

Smell is a bit sweet and sour, with cherries, port and raisins masking a bit of funk.

Taste is semi sweet, with notes of port, brown sugar and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

First Faro for me, so I don't have much to reference, but comes across as a blend between a sweetened gueuze and a quad. Pretty tasty...

Feb 04, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a matching Girardin tumbler appears a perfectly clear dark copper color with a khaki head that retains very well.

Aroma is not very telling as all that is detected is a bit of caramel maltiness and lemony lactic qualities.

Taste is a perplexing mix of lambic tartness and earthy funk with plenty of mineral character and herbal bitterness. But where this really gets twisted is in the sweetness that tastes like a mixture of raisons meets cider and brown sugar. As it warms up, toffee and caramel come through.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. At times this feels familiar and then all of a sudden I have no idea what is going on with the sweetness. So strange but hey, thats faro for ya.

Aug 31, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

37cl bottle. Clear copper with an almost non-existent white head. Caramel, honey, some very subtle funk notes, sour grapes and vinegar, and a medicinal/metallic bitterness.

Jun 14, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 375ml bottle with the numbers 2016 and 09 on different locations on the cork. Haven’t been able to find a consensus on what this means exactly. Poured into a Lindemans flute glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper brown colour with a thin tanned head that kind of sticks around and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: Had a hard time trying to describe this, but I would say fruity plum, prunes and apple, light tartness, butterscotch and brown sugar.

Taste: Candi sugar, plum and apples. Sweet and lightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was an ok Faro. I’m actually in two minds as to whether I really I enjoyed this though. After going through the whole bottle, I’m on the fence.

Jun 14, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber color with a bit of tan head. Aroma is mainly malty with a touch of caramel, ginger, pepper and some other spices. Taste starts with just a hair of tartness and continues malty with moderate sweetness. Finish has bread crust flavor, a bit of caramel and also a bit of bitterness. Body is light with medium carbonation. Overall it's quite nice table beer, tasty and easy to drink but a bit simple.

May 09, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork comes out without a lot of fuss and pours in a civilized fashion. Amber brown color with a decent white foam in the Mort Subite globe. Malty mouthfeel. Barley and lemonade scent.

Complexity of flavors makes me think of fruit cake. While it's on the sweet side, the body is medium and is just slightly sticky. More of a light dessert drink. Some sweet and sour-- lemon with spice cake. An interesting bitter twang at the end that is more yeast than hops. Quite drinkable.

From the 375 ml bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego. Price was an eye-watering 15 bucks, but that's the price you pay for "fermentation spontanée."

Oct 01, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Cork details 2011. Mild soft and easy pop while opening.

A nice amber body, of dark orange and fairly clear. Not much head produced but a faint tan collar that always remains while consuming, which is actualy quite a good 3-4mm thick. Not much visible carbonation to be detected. Otherwise an expected "flat" lambic, but a nice color and good collar.

Nose is real interesting. Mild sense of cherry and dry spices. Muted malts and very light sweetness. A good nice simple hint of soft cinnamon, with a thick cake like density Really like this mellow sweetness, and the cinnamon angle on it reminds me of a subtle danish pastry mixed with the malts.

Palate is quite enjoyable. A bit of a wet body, quenching, but not juicy. Palate gives a mellow sweetness, and some dry mild pepper. The brown sweet spice angle on this is noticeable, it really feels like subtle cinnamon, maybe even some nutmeg/clove tasting. Hints of mild acetic acid quality, with a complimentary soft sweetness, and malt chewy bread of pastry flake-y character.

Faro is a pretty obscure style, and this is only the second one I've had aside from Lindemans. This is by far for myself much more enjoyable and not as sweet. I find this much easier to drink. Extremely light and refreshing, and I like it's mild sweetness. Not sure if it's from sucrose, but the cinnamon angle on this is really nice.

May 08, 2013
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GRG1313 from California

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a very under rated beer. This bottle has a couple of years of age and is perfectly balanced sweet, tart, nutty and apple. This will go wish just about any food profile but is also wonderful to drink by itself. I don't think that this is available (green label) in the U.S. but if you ever find it, anywhere, try it. Delicious.

Mar 11, 2013
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brokensail from California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Tim.

Pours sort of a murky amber color with a small off-white head. As anticipated, very sweet. Quite fruity with an interesting butterscotch note to it as well. Decently funky with some must, oak, and straw. Lightly tart with a lemon/lactic note. The flavor has the same interesting combination of sweetness and tartness. A bit of citrus peel along with candy, sugar, and butterscotch.

Jul 16, 2012
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle. No bottle date on the bottle, but the cork says 2009. Take from that what you will.

Appearance - Pours a rather dull garnet. Clear. Decent head at first that explodes as I try to finish pouring the bottle. Sticks to the glass, surprisingly. Good lacing. Only a trickle of bubbles comes up from the leaf etched in the glass. Most lambics look like they have geothermal vents when I pour them into this glass.

Smell - Musty brett smell. Not acidic in the aroma. A dull cherry aroma lingers about. A little bit cidery.

Taste - Dry tasting at first. Like an under-fruited kriek. A little bit acidic, but I expected more. It isn't sweet, though. Maybe a touch in the finish as the acidity diminishes. Dry finish. Like a dry apple cider in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The flavors drop off quite quickly. I thought this would be sweet, but it isn't, which is nice. Highly carbonated.

Overall - It's as if the flavors were there once, but have fallen off. It's totally drinkable, but there's not a lot there. I've never had a Faro, so it's tough to rate to style. I doubt I'll have many more. I'm really just reviewing this to taste. I expect more, because the flavors that are there make me expect more lambic aspects than it delivers.

Jun 24, 2012
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megahurts4 from Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Girardin Faro

Appearance: dark red-orange, good lacing, and a small head.

Smell: fruit, yeast, and a sweetness.

Taste: sweet sugar and a fermented fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall: this is a nice Faro. It has some nice flavor and actually isn't overly sweet.

Jun 08, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up while I was in Europe. Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish amber with just a hint of off white head that settles to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Some sweet malty notes with just a touch of lambic sourness. Rather mild.

Taste: This beer is sweet up front with a mild sourness that shows up next. The sweetness reminds me of artificial sweetener. The finish is rather bitter, but the sour notes go away.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This isn't a very good beer. The artificial sweetener flavor is off putting. I wouldn't want to have another one.

May 23, 2012
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Bottled in 2011, according to cork
Poured into a Cantillon gueuze glass

Girardin has a solid faro on there hands here, but this leans towards the lighter, brighter, more refined end of the style. My preferences seem to be toward the heavier, stronger, coarser flavor offered by Lindemans. Still quite good, would pick up with some regularity if easily obtainable.

Pours a fluffy, creamy-looking head of 1-2cm that's off-white in color. Gradually fades over 1-2 minutes, to a thin cap atop the beer, thicker around the edges. Leaves small amounts of lacing, fairly minimal, around the glass. Body is a tea-like orange brown in light, out of light it's a darker shade of orange with brown tint. Fairly active carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy body.

Aroma of amber Belgian candi sugar and slight malt. Yogurt-like sour aroma with a smooth, sugary, creamy component to it as beer warms and I reach the bottom of the bottle. Not picking up much else in this category, was expecting perhaps a slight bit of organic decomposition smells

Reminiscent of a slightly heavier, less hoppy, and more tea with sweetener-like version of the Dominicus. Opens with sweet, sugary, tea-like flavor, transitioning to a mild Belgian candi sugar meets malt base with slight caramel characters. Mid-palate picks up mild tartness, slightly sour, somewhat like tart apples in a bath of malt and yogurt. Closes out with continued Belgian candi sugar sweetness and a fairly bright, lemon or fresh green apple tartness. Aftertaste of slight oak with mild tartness and candi sugar sweetness.

Medium-bodied with slight wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is modest, but enough to propel this across the palate. Resulting feel is smooth and easy drinking.

Mar 14, 2012
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a deep copper color with tons of a tight bubbly tan head. The nose is light, mostly lambic, a little cob web like fun and some faint caramel and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose but a slight bit sweeter. Cobweb and dusty funk adds a bit of complexity as sweet caramel and brown sugars come in. The body is light with a very active feel on the tongue and a hint of dryness. The flavors and nose are a bit muted but it does offer balance and some depth of flavors.

Feb 13, 2012
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle opened 1/7/2012

A: Dark caramel colored body. Crystal clear with a pale khaki one-inch cap. A few stray steaks left on the sides of the glass.

S: Caramel, apples, oak, and brown sugar. A nice general funky/musty character.

T: Like the nose, the Girardin Faro is dominated by caramel, apples, oak and must. The one draw back is that you can tell that there is artificial sweetener here (Ace-K).

M: Medium bodied. Gentle carbonation. Nice tartness. However, the presence of Ace-K creates a chemically residual sweetness that isn't present in fresh faro.

O: A tasty bottled offering of faro. I'd prefer Girardin cut the crap and remove the AceK though.

Jan 08, 2012
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours cloudy dark brown with lots of red hues. The head is rather small and soapy; off-white. Slow dissipation leaves rahter rich lacings.

S: Brett and funk. Spices - mainly pepper. Lots of sweetness. Some wheat.

T: Very sweet, from the candi-sugar. Then there's the brett and the spices. Kind of fruity. Wheat gives it ripe bananas. Dry.

M: Long and really sour aftertaste, some bitterness as well. Dry (actually bone-dry) light body and almost no carbonation.

O: A Faro isn't the easiest Style to like, but this isn't so far out - a nice introduction to the style.

Oct 15, 2011
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muttyd from Alabama

2.62/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red murky brown with an off-white head that settles into a faint ring. Murky looking brew, but looks appealing.

Nose is not too enjoyable. Vinegary ketchup, somewhat medicinal, and musty. Not much in the way of what I would expect from a lambic, but maybe what is expected for a faro. Flavor is better: sweet brown sugar up front, caramel apples, and more vinegar. Not very sour, but slightly tart. Has a weird, almost too ripe green apple aftertaste. Weak carbonation, more silky than effervescent.

I guess fados really aren't my thing. Still decent though.

Aug 25, 2011
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a tulip wine glass.
Best before 2012

This is my first faro so I have no idea what to expect. Let’s hope it’s good.

Appearance: Wow,Girardin Faro is a great looking beer. Beautiful caramel-copper-golden body (crystal clear - though that was expected since it is filtered) with a good sized white head that lasts acceptably well and leaves some nice lace.

Smell: I think if I had smelled this, not knowing what it was, there would have been just enough similarities to the gueuze for me to guess it came from Girardien. Lightly tart apples and grapefruit to start; then sweet caramel, lots of oak and a burst of spices (enough to make me think that this beer might be spiced) - ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Funk is present though in far smaller quantities than the gueuze - sweat, wet wood, musty leather and a touch of hay.

Taste: Lightly tart and fruity upfront with apples, grapefruit and white grapes. Caramel sweetness takes over pretty quickly and dulls the flavour a little bit. Spices and funk lurk behind the caramel. Nutmeg, clove, mold, earth, oak and hay are all noted. I actually like the sweetness; I just wish it didn't dull the funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, fairly sticky from the sugar with a good, low level of carbonation.

Overall: Great beer from a very interesting style. I will have this again.

Aug 08, 2011
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largadeer from California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rare faro tick courtesy of westcoastbeerlvr. Thanks, Craig. Pours clear amber with low level of carbonation, no head. Smells like caramel, oak and funk. Little bit of sourness shines through, and quite a bit more -bal and funk than I was expecting. Some hay-like scents. Taste is actually more oaky than sweet, though there's plenty of sugar to even out the sourness and tannins. Wet wood, caramel, bitterness and tannic oak in the finish. Has the Girardin essence, just very sweet. Couldn't drink a lot of this, but it's decent in small quantities. Best faro I've tasted at this point, really not bad.

May 17, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a murky amber color with a slight white head. The aroma is more funky than expected and has a slight herbal, medicinal note. The taste is quite a surprise and reminds me of sweet peppermint. The medicinal notes in the nose are slightly present in the taste but not as much, I think they get covered up by the sweetness of the malt. Very easy drinking with a light/medium mouthfeel. Some notes of cedar or wood as well.

Oct 29, 2010
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mothman from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper amber. Has a beige head to it with decent retention.

Aroma: Sweet with brown sugar and spice notes up front. It has a little bit of fruit flavors and some funk to it.

Taste: Really dry tasting. A lot of brown sugar and spice to it. It has some oak and vanilla with some fruit flavors. A lot of brett flavors here. Not that impressive.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. A bit bubbly surprisingly. It has a medium body with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, I somewhat like it. Not something I want a lot of, but it was great to try this one. Pretty unique.

Oct 21, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A faro i actually like. Who knew such a thing existed. Beer is amber to red in color and mostly clear with a thin white head of small bubbles and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mostly lactic and some acetic with some sweetness.

Beer is moderately dry and light in body with a mild forward sweetness and some lactic and acetic notes leading up to a clean finish. Its got a nice mouthfeel and is quite drinkable.

Oct 19, 2010
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craytonic from District of Columbia

1.79/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This stuff is disgusting and tastes like diapers. Much more funky than any other Girardin I have tasted. Pour is brown, no real head or lacing. I was expecting it to be sweet but it was not. Rubbery and a bit oxidized, definitely a "yuck" factor present. My first faro but I can't believe it is supposed to taste like this. This is the sort of beer that grows up with a father that beats them constantly in a trailer park and winds up on an episode of cops.

Jul 05, 2010
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gyllstromk from Belgium

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, light amber that's clear. Nose is cherry, butterscotch, faint raspberry, with that lambic funkiness. Flavor is slightly thin, with apple, pear, a touch of sweat, and berry sweetness on the finish with some nice acidity. A very approachable, yet respectable lambic.

Feb 17, 2010
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BlackHaddock from England

2.41/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cork and caged 0.375 litre bottle.

Faro's can be really sweet or really sour, this one leans towards the sour end, but has a sweetness to it also.

Murky brown to reddish in colour, small off-white head which left some limp lacing on the glass.

The small was rather off-putting, an aroma of bile and sour sick hit my nose, not nice.

The tastebuds took a hammering here, initially sweet, it swiftly reversed into a sour vinegar, cooking apple, scrumpy cider sort of taste. Strange how it changed so quickly into a homebrewed cider sort of beer.

I found it difficult to finish and that is rare with me, so not the best faro I've had.

Jan 18, 2010
Girardin Faro 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 79 ratings