Cantillon Faro | Brasserie Cantillon

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166 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
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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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Photo of acurtis
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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 oline73
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a finger of off white head and good retention.

Smell: Sweet as expected with a slight funk. There is also a citrus tartness and some Belgian yeast spice.

Taste: Sweet like the smell with some tart and funky notes. Reminds me a bit of a sweet champagne. The finish is tart and a little bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I admit that this isn't my favorite style, but I enjoyed this one enough. The sweet and bitter is weird when combined this way.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the brewery during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in a Cantillon big-bowled wine glass, poured from a jug.

Pour yields a brew that looks a bit like apple cider with a few bubbles. No real head or lacing, but that's normal for the style, so I won't dock there. The nose is slightly cidery with some earthy must. Maybe must more than cider. A bit of funk. Light sweetness comes in during the taste. Light body with a faint bit of sugar and mild funk. No real acidity. Nice enough to try, but I'd much rather have the young lambic without the sugar.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas.

The beer is light copper hued with a half inch of head. The aroma is funky and smells like cantillon, with the addition of some sweet, fruity tones. These scents carry over into the flavor. Sweet, but not cloying, with tartness and funk playing supporting roles. Light bodied and fizzy on the palate, with lingering sweetness, reminiscent of a soda. I'm not a huge fan of faros, but this is likely the best I have had in the style.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On cask at Moeder Lambic. On to the beer:

This faro is a toasted orange color with a thick sopay head which retains forever. The aroma has a little stink, and some rotting fruit, but in an appealing way. The taste is a little more forgiving; a kiss of grassy hops paired with rotting fruits, one part pineapple juice, not too tart and not too intense. It's a light bodied beer with a very easy going mouthfeel, little carbonation.

That was good to try. Being less intense as other Cantillon's, it might be a good starter to somebody trying to work their way into the brand.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled July 2010 at Cantillon
The beer arrives with a hazy, amber gold color and some large bubbled, pale looking foam that is wispy and clings to the inner ring of my glass. This smells of juice somehow; a mix of pineapple, grapefruit and perhaps even a touch of apple juices are each noticeable. The Lambic funkiness contributes notes of urea, and an earthy mustiness, while the finish smells of fresh cut wood, and a spiciness as well as something that reminds me of musty cork.

As a Faro should, the beer tastes fairly sweet and it even tastes of pineapple juice and a touch of grapefruit. This last is not as noticeable as the Faro is only lightly tart at this point. There is not quite enough lactic tartness to really cut through / balance the sweetness, but there is definitely some tartness to this beer. Musty cork flavors, ro more likely oaky notes add a touch of bit to help balance out the sweetness and there is some spicy oak character here as well. The body makes this light and quaffable, despite the sweetness that has been added.

This has quite a mellow sweetness for a Faro; it manages to be quite nicely balanced and is definitely very tasty. The light sweetness brings out a refreshing quality that is different from the same character that one sees in a dry Lambic. I would prefer more acidity to this brew, but I am really finding the ample fruitiness here to be quite interesting and enjoyable.

Sampled at the Brewery 2001:
This strangely enough tasted similar to a lightly sweetened herbal tea. Quite flat, a bit astringent, and with a pleasing herbal and flowery character to it. This is the only sweetened offering from Cantillon, and I believe it is only availible from the Brewery, where they add a bit of sugar to it just before serving.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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