Cantillon Faro | Brasserie Cantillon

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium | website

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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3.88
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
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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 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 amano_h
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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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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Photo of eric5bellies
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank at Cantillon Brussels September 2012

A - Pours a darkish amber colour, no head

S - Little bit spicy and some funk.

T - Wow so balanced. Most Faros are over sweet, but this is restrained with some tartness.

M - No carbonation and medium body.

O - Not like any other beer that I have had. But well recommended. Easily the best Faro that I have had to date.

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Photo of jdense
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Moeder Lambic.

A finger uneven white head from the hand pull when delivered to my seat,quick dissipation to uneven bubble size broken head. Deep gold clear body no visible carbonation ala cask. A bit sweet in the nose, a surprise. Taste is certainly on the sweet side of the rest of Cantillon products, big ass funk, wet hay, tart not sour. Mouthfeel well on the light side, no effervescence. Glad I was able to try this rare unbottled treat, but on to bigger and better things. Worth a try for the ticker (which I'm not).

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

On tap at Moeder Lambic

My first faro. Pours burnt orange with one finger of persistent off-white head. Interesting mix of sweet, sour and bitter. A bit look like a candied grapefruit. Interesting to say the least. Seems like initially the flavors don't blend very well, but if you hold it in your mouth for awhile, it comes together. Lots of lemon/grapefruit, with an initial burst of sugar. Finish is quite bitter. Certainly would not want to have this very often, but very glad I tried it.

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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 Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas on 4/7/2013. Pours a burnt orange hue with a fluffy, 2.5 inch bright white head. Nose smells a bit like feet, followed by a sweet quality. Taste starts of sweet, somewhat akin to caramelized sugar, followed by an earthy/herbal quality, citric acid and some medicinal notes towards the back with a hint of artificial sweetener at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a still carbonation; however, there is a bit of substance to body as well as a slightly creamy texture. Overall, this beer is good for what it is - a sour beer infused with candi sugar. Not a beer I need to revisit, but I found it considerably better than my first impression of the style (Lindemans).

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery and is poured out of a small looking brown keg plastic thing...dunno how to classify that.

Slightly transparent yellow in the light. More orangey out of it. A small ring of bubbles clings to the glass.

Not really funky. The added sugar mellows it out. A little caramel.

Light bodied and smooth. Slight sweetness takes off most of the tart bite usually present in lambic.

Easy to drink as there is no sourness, but it loses a lot of the best characteristics of most Cantillon beers.

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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 Radome
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served from cask into a wine glass at the brewery following the self-guided tour. Brewery employee told me it has to be drunk quickly after blending, or the added fermentables will cause bottles to explode.

A - Color is a light amber with some red highlights. It is mostly clear with a hint of cloudiness. No head; in fact, no bubbles at all.

S - Aroma is an unusual mix of sweet and spicy smells. It has a slight, lemon-like tartness. It reminds me more of ice tea than beer, but it is still somehow inviting.

T - Sweet and tangy up front, followed by tart acid at the back of the throat. Again I am reminded of room temperature ice tea. Not like any beer I've had before.

M - Medium body. No carbonation at all. Overall smooth and creamy feeling. No alcohol detected.

O - A strange beer in regards to aromas and flavor. Not very pleasant to me. I will not seek it out again. I love the brewery and the tour, but this beer is not one I could love, despite my best effort.

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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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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Moeder Lambic Fontainas, served in a Cantillon tulip. Style tick #103(? - I can't be totally sure, since my stats are unavailable during the site overhaul, but I'm pretty sure this is the penultimate style I've yet to review).

A: Clear orange-amber body with a thin head of large impact bubbles. Looks nice in the tulip.

S: Sweet + sour, with green apple, toffee, lemonade, and some grassiness. Balanced, fresh, enticing.

T: Follows the nose: lots of tart apple, some sweet brown sugar and caramel, a bit of oakiness, some lemon, and a sticky sweet-tart finish. Exactly what I expected a great Faro to be.

M: Still, slick, and a bit sticky. Appropriate.

O: This didn't deliver the depth of funkiness I love in a Geuze or straight Lambic, but the sugary notes gave it great complexity and superb approachability - I shared my glass with several people at my table who were highly skeptical about my love affair with Lambics, and one of them even ordered his own Faro. A fascinating beer in its own right, and a potential gateway for those just beginning to show interest in the broader family of spontaneous brews.

Cheers!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a bit sugary and a pear fruitiness. In the taste, just like the aroma, a bit sugary and pears, but not too sweet at all. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry tart fruitiness in the aftertaste. WOW! Love it all day, sour and a nice fruitiness with a dry end.

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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 crusian
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kriek with brown sugar.
Poured from a plastic jug at the Cantillon brewery, so I guess I'll call that a growler? No head, as intended, I assume based on the container.
Nose is odd. A bit of rotten apple, cider, raisin, rotten peaches... and a bit of tart. I actually don't pick up the brown sugar.
The taste is , believe it or not, a bit more odd. There is a strange warmth that coats the mouth quickly, then fades. I contribute this to the brown sugar, as it has a sweetness to it as well. It then unfolds the gueuze nearer the back of the throat, with the typical tartness. The brewer told me this is the kriek with brown sugar, but this has to be the gueuze or lambic. Just asked again, this is lambic...
This is interesting, to say the least, I wouldnt go out of my way to buy this, but I am glad I tried it. It has an odd sweetness that I don't really feel works for it. He said they don't advertise this, but it is a traditional style so they make it.
B-

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Moeder Lambic. I usually don't get Faro, and there are a lot of GREAT things on tap at Moeder Lambic, but I realized that I probably will never see Cantillon Faro anywhere else (including the brewery). So time to try it.

This was dark gold color, light haze, with a thick foam on top. It smelled strongly of grain, very wort-like. I guess I expected more surgar in the aroma but that wasn't the case.

Very sweet tasting, just a little more sugar and this would have been TOO sweet. A little tartness but it definitely is offset by the sweetness, very balanced in that regard.

Good body despite the low (no) carbonation, I guess the sugar reverts many attributes to the mean. I liked this, very happy to try it, but it's not something I'm likely to reach for again. I really prefer the more sour creations.

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

March 2011, on cask at Moeder Lambic

A: Deep amber with golden hues. Small bubbly head that quickly receded.

S: First notes are caramel and burnt sugar, lambic funk, and wood.

T: Like the nose, burnt sugar and caramel. The sourness and woody tartness of a straight lambic is also present throughout.

M: Medium bodied. Decent amount of carbonation and zip considering this was on cask.

O: Of the few faros out there, this is one of the better ones.

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Photo of 77ships
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, [email protected] Moeder Lambic, only place where you can get this?
Amazing bar by the way, if you are ever near it, check it out:

A: hazy, golden, whiskey colour, no head, small Cantillon glass is cute
S: caramel with the tart & funk of Cantillon underneath
T: sweetness from the sugar & the sourness of the Cantillon have seemingly neutralized each other or are at least in a perfect balance, making this a very unique experience, sweet & tart, caramel, minor oak
M: smooth, velvety, bit dry, no carbonation
D: extremely drinkable like any Cantillon, I suppose, could never get enough

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

Sampled at moeder lambic fontainas in Brussels.

A. Pours a hazy, dark golden amber colour with a Nice head that stayed for a long time ,

S. Strong caramel aroma, with Cantillon lambic undertones of tartness and funkiness.

T. Starts with the taste of oak , sweet oak , which remains throughout. The finish is lightly tart with a light bitterness, some tastes of bread ,

M. Smooth with no carbonation and a lightly dry finish.

D. pretty drinkable.

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

in cask at moeder lambic in june 2010

pour was chestnut with a smallhead that quicklz dissipated. now was herbal funk like that of old chamomile tea that had been sitting out. it had an interesting zest of herbs that was backed by a interesting sweet. a bit astringent... but more sweet. seemed like a digestive aid. it was a tad on the tart but it was a smooth flavor with a backbone of sugar. a bit sweet to have more than 250ml. but still an intersting experience.

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Photo of alfrantzell
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lambic and candi sugar, what could possibly go wrong?

Irish whiskey with cream on top is what it looks like. Caramel and molasses is how it tastes. It finishes dry for the amount of sugar. And it has much sugar.

As I've had just one other Faro, I don't have much to compare this to. This is easier to drink than Boon's, hence the 3.5 ratings, but that's not much of a recommendation.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Chez Moder Lambic in Brussels. They prepare it on-site by blending their own candi sugar into the cask of young Cantillon lambic. It was consumed along-side a glass of straight Cantillon young lambic (also on cask) as a reference.

A- Poured perfectly still and clear (as it should be), with a medium to dark-amber body.

S- Smells like a young lambic that has had some of the acidity cut out of the nose. Pale malt and crackerlike wheat aromas are met with some funky mild lactic/acetic aromas, a touch of oakiness, and a faint trace of the candi-sugar is detectable here.

T- Very interesting. The candi-sugar seems to cut the acidity more than adding sweetness. There definitely is some sweetness here in the faro that's not present in the straight lambic, but the decrease in perceived acidity seems to outweigh the increase in sweetness. The perceived oakiness seems slightly amplified on the palate as well. All in all, this gives the Cantillon Faro a great balance between sweetness and acidity, with the same dry, oaky, musty finish you would normally get with straight lambic. Granted, this effect surely lies in the hands of the blender that adds the candi sugar!

M- A nice thin to medium mouthfeel, with a little slickness to it, very similar to that of the straight lambic. Slightly astringent with virtually no carbonation.

D- This is wonderfully drinkable- it actually seems to be wonderfully thirst-quenching as well! Drinkable on this cool afternoon in March, and I can only wonder how lovely it would be on a hot Summer afternoon!

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