Faro
Brasserie Cantillon

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From:
Brasserie Cantillon
 
Belgium
Style:
Lambic - Faro
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 13.73%
Ratings:
171
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 18, 2020
Added:
Dec 30, 2002
Wants:
  60
Gots:
  6
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: None
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Photo of edthehead
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by edthehead from New York

1990 Vintage kept and poured from a 750ml bottle which in itself is very rare and surprising for a Faro. Held up exceptionally well.

Nov 18, 2020
 
3.83 by WormGod from New York on Jul 31, 2019
 
3.8 by DarrellK from Florida on Jun 10, 2019
Photo of REVZEB
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. So rating according to style, the sweetness is typical for faros. I am finding I have to be in the mood for them. As they go however, this has some nice citrus balance, a hint of funky yeast, and some birchwood to balance. Body doesn't just run to sour or sweet right away, lets funk and body of beer linger for a bit. So it might be the best faro I have had!

Sep 21, 2018
 
3.52 by YvesB from Belgium on Oct 02, 2017
 
3.54 by tobelerone from New Jersey on May 07, 2017
Photo of Nicolaiw
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Nicolaiw from Denmark

Like sweet apple juice.

Mar 29, 2017
 
3.51 by rouhlas3 from Greece on Jul 11, 2016
 
4.43 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey on Apr 27, 2016
 
2 by chrisroarshack from Alaska on Apr 24, 2016
 
3.83 by Spoda1983 from Pennsylvania on Apr 15, 2016
 
3.88 by knotes1963 from Indiana on Apr 07, 2016
Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

On cask at Moeder.

White head. Dark gold color.

Much sweeter than all the other cantillons. Not sour or funky at all. Has a muskmelon fruitiness to it.

Very soft and smooth. Light bodied.

Incredibly easy to drink.

Mar 28, 2016
Photo of Jugs_McGhee
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

On-cask @ Moeder Lambik. 5% ABV. 25cl/3.60 euro or 50cl/6.80 euro. Regrettably brief notes below; I'm having this the same day Brussels was bombed by terrorists, so it's been a long tiring day.

A: ~5cm wide head of white colour. Foamy consistency. It lacks the frothiness and creaminess I'd expect in a great faro. Retention is great - ~10 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Body colour is a murky copper-gold. Translucent, nontransparent. I see no yeast particulate within.

Given the brewery behind it, frankly I hoped for better. This is a standard appearance for a faro, but then this style is not renowned for appearance.

Sm: Has that cereal grain aroma I find rough in Cantillon's gueuze, along with some raw sweetness (this is a faro, after all), neutral Belgian pale malts, hints of wheat, and a faint suggestion of mild sourness (maybe a 1-2/10 in terms of intensity). Hop profile is nonexistent; I suspect aged hops were used purely as a preservative.

Aromatic intensity is light. Cereals dominate the aroma.

T: Subtle light sourness (no more than a 2/10 in terms of intensity) snakes it's way through this mellow beer, with cereal grains dominating (to it's detriment, I'd contend) in a simple malt bill comprised otherwise only of neutral Belgian pale malts and maybe some soft flaked wheat.

Hop profile is minimal. The Candi sugar/added sugar is in check, never throwing off the balance. And the balance is good - nary an overt claw to be found. Nicely built for a faro, with subtlety winning out over depth of flavour of intricacy.

Mf: Where it shines is in its texture - impossibly soft. Delicate, light-bodied, smooth, wet, graceful, refreshing... the only thing missing is more of a sour smackiness.

O: Bacterial complexity and lambicus yeasts take a backseat to cereal grains in this mellow brew, inviting room for still more sourness, intricacy, and depth of flavour. Given this in a blind tasting, you wouldn't rave about it. If you know it's Cantillon going in, dareisay - you might be disappointed. I'm a fan of the underappreciated (and under attempted) faro style, but this isn't the world class fare many have come to expect of Cantillon
Nevertheless, it's highly drinkable and enjoyable, and we'll worth trying - though I wouldn't advise paying an arm and a leg for it (a dark joke, perhaps, given this morning's suicide bombings).

B- (3.36) / WORTHY

Mar 22, 2016
 
3.87 by BAsbill from California on Mar 12, 2016
Photo of amano_h
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by amano_h from Oregon

On draft at Moeder Lambic Fontainas (Brussels, Belgium)

The nose isn't all that different from the regular gueuze, maybe a little dull due to the cask, but it's unnecessarily too sweet for me, and that's not in the nice, well-rounded way either.

I don't think trying this in a different format would change my mind drastically about the beer or the style itself; I guess I'll just stick to regular lambics and gueuze for now.

Feb 19, 2016
Photo of kkleu357
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by kkleu357 from Wisconsin

From notes on 9/15/15. On Cask at Moeder Lambic. Poured a lighter color, almost like an American Pilsner. Big sweet taste. Hints of apricot maybe? Very good.

Dec 15, 2015
 
4.15 by HopBroker from Washington on Nov 16, 2015
 
3.4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Nov 05, 2015
 
4.11 by pottergator from New York on Oct 08, 2015
 
3.94 by acurtis from New Jersey on Sep 23, 2015
 
3.98 by SimcoeKid from California on Sep 10, 2015
 
4.25 by JeffTheJuice from Pennsylvania on Sep 09, 2015
 
4.49 by rodzm14 from Washington on Sep 08, 2015
 
4.64 by halo3one from Georgia on Sep 03, 2015
 
4 by VonZipper from New York on Aug 04, 2015
 
3.74 by anvilx from Texas on Jun 24, 2015
 
3.94 by mhksuccess from California on Jun 18, 2015
 
3.88 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Jun 09, 2015
 
4.12 by SCW from New York on Jun 01, 2015
 
3.75 by Oakenator from Pennsylvania on May 31, 2015
 
4.17 by arusso13 from Connecticut on May 16, 2015
Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Rifugium from North Dakota

On tap (or was it cask?) at Moeder Lambic.

Brownish-orange color, no head, just some bubbles on top settling from the pour. Flat aroma, cardboard and a little toffee sweetness. Bland taste, earth, burnt toffee, stale yeasty funk, strange herbal bitterness. This one was pretty rough, and didn't do much for me.

May 02, 2015
Photo of Nablock
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Nablock from Texas

I guess the Faro style just isn't my type. Overly sweet, not nearly enough funk.

Mar 23, 2015
 
3.87 by klipper from Michigan on Mar 14, 2015
 
4.1 by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire on Feb 28, 2015
 
3.85 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Feb 26, 2015
Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

Clearly a spontaneous fermented base with sweet caramelized notes.

Feb 20, 2015
 
3.93 by Canada_Dan from Colorado on Jan 21, 2015
 
3.51 by Russkiy from California on Dec 15, 2014
Faro from Brasserie Cantillon
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 171 ratings