Cantillon Faro | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Faro

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 12-30-2002

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Ratings:
166
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
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1/5  rDev -74.2%

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2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -48.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Jon
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I sampled this lambic at the Cantillon Brewery. For my first faro, I knew to expect sweetness, but not this much. The beer pours a distinctive glowing golden hue with absolutely no head whatsoever. Carbonation is nowhere to be found, as this one is flat. Candy sugar is present in the nose and certainly in the taste. To me, this one tasted like flat Sprite as it was very syrupy. This is one of Cantillon's more limited offerings, however I don't have much interest in trying it again.

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Photo of Crosling
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Faro truly is an aquired taste. A taste that I have yet to aquire. Faro is unblended lambic in which caramel and candy sugar is added during bottling time. I believe that Cantillon uses 1 1/2 year old lambic when making this one. I sampled this at Spinnekopke in Brussels, Belgium.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Nablock
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.44/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of EPICAC
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark golden with no head, though some bubbles do form around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong caramel and candy sugar aroma, with Cantillon lambic undertones of tartness and funkiness.

Taste: Starts with a candy sweetness, which remains throughout. The finish is lightly tart with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with no carbonation and a lightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A little too sweet, but that's what Faro is. Overall it's pretty drinkable.

Overall: This was my first experience with a Faro. The lack of carbonation was a little odd and the sweetness was a little much, but I was pleased with how the lambic characteristics weren't completely masked my the addition of sugars and caramel.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Cantillon Faro from Brasserie Cantillon
3.88 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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