Girardin Faro 1882 | Brouwerij Girardin

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Girardin
Belgium

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
15.66%
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first faro, thanks probtsk. Pours like a naturally carbonated aged beer, similar to geuze but for the pinking tinge. White head. Cherry in the aroma, and significantly in the taste. Medium and smooth mouthfeel. Easy drinking with a meal. On the sweet side,sugariness covers a tad of astringency without food it would be too much.
Note: the bubbling part looked like the stuff they give me before stomach x-rays, to cear the stomach. It did. It may be me so I have not adversely affected the ratings.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of oline73
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light reddish/brown color lambic with a big foamy off-white head with limited retention. Aroma is quite funky with limited tartness and acidity which was a bit disappointing. Taste was similar to the gueuze but as if the tartness and acidity had been removed and replace with light sugary notes. Body was a bit too light with some good carbonation. I find it always interesting too try those traditional examples but this one really miss the mark.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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."

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bier Tempel in Brugge. Served in a flute glass. Cork is stamped 2009.

A - Pours with big light tan foam that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of sticky lacing. Transparent dark coppery brown color with bubbles racing to the top.

S - An interesting mix of apple fruitiness, bretty funk, brown sugars, spice, some slight medicinal character, maybe a touch of wood.

T - Taste is more cherry, but again with brown sugar, spice, and a nice funky finish. Less interesting than the smell. Very clean finish and minimal aftertaste.

M - Medium-light, juicy, sticky body, but finishes dry with some light cottonmouth sensation that lingers. The carbonation seems to have all gone into the head, as the residual CO2 is quite light.

D - This is pretty easy drinking stuff. It's not as drinkable as classic gueuze due to the sweetness, but I could easily put back a 375ml bottle.

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Photo of aasher
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

37.5cl bottle, 02/08 printed on the cork. Purchased at the Bier Tempel in Brugge.

Girardin's Faro would appear, in my limited experience with this rare style, slightly darker than others. It has an almost metallic, coppery brown colour that shines with genteel ruby. The combination of tones and lack of clarity give it a sand-like complexion. An acceptable level of khaki beige head sits atop.

The aroma is layered and full of funk - we're talking George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic All-Stars-level funk! These yeasty notes, combined with a light scent of ripe field berries and sugar, give the aroma a Greek yogurt-like characteristic. Other fruits, notably cantaloupe, can also be smelt. The rock sugar is present and plentiful, lending a cotton-candy like quality. This is one smell I can definitely groove to!

The mouthfeel, however short lived, offers a rousing and invigorating experience that feels like pop-rocks exploding on the tongue! The candy sugar is tooth decayingly sweet, but the base lambic - and it's funk - is not completely crowded out.

While the funk hits upfront, bitterness, malt, and fruit esters soon follow. Earthy flavours of rotting fruit are discrete but present as is, to no surprise, the sugar. A little bit of pepper like spice comes through. Although the carbonation is pretty low, the beer is very quenching. It is a taste that - owing to the sweetness - I imagine most people would find agreeable.

I've enjoyed all of the Girardin lambics I've tried but their Faro, in particular, seems the stand out offering. It was super neat, and a little unlike the couple other Faros I've tried. It had an untypical amount of depth for the style, a touch of fruit, gums-swelling level of sweet sugar, and a mellow jam session of funk. This is something I might have to seek out again...

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Girardin Faro 1882 from Brouwerij Girardin
3.64 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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