Faro Pertotale
Brouwerij Boon

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Lambic - Faro
3.71 | pDev: 14.82%
Brouwerij Boon
Retired (no longer brewed)
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thierrynantes from France

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (25cl), tasted in 2004. A faro is double blend of mature lambic (50%) and a young lambic.
Appearance: light brown color.
Smell : fruity and plants
Taste and Mouthfeel : mouth deep, extended well back taste
Drinkability : average refreshing beer (too old ?) in the style Faro

Review added 11-18-2007, translated from french 3-8-2008.

Oct 28, 2011
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ViveLaChouffe from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap (or on cask?) at the Oud Arsenaal in Antwerp...

Is an copper-orange in the glas. Very still, no head to speak of. A tart, funky aroma with some hints of lemon as well.

Quite tart, quite funky but it has been sweetened somewhat by the candy sugar and it takes the edge off. Cidery too with a hint of fresh squeezed lemon. There's an oakiness, a faint presrnce of spice and an herbal bitterness lurking down there somewhere. Dry finish and a light body.

It's different but when fresh it's a lively, interesting and refreshing beer. When in Belgium, seek some out.

Oct 17, 2008
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brendan13 from Australia

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever faro so I don't have anything to compare to but I guess you have to start somewhere...
A - A dark copper/brown colour poured with a couple of centimetres of off white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Smells a bit like apple cider vinegar. Sour and savoury notes. A bit of a pepper hint.
T - Sour apple notes in the taste as well as a heap of sugary sweetness.
M - Medium bodied, fairly low carbonation. Bit of sticky sweetness lingers.
D - Worth a try but not something I'd rush back to.

Apr 15, 2008
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle I picked up at a great bottle shop in Arlon, Belgium.

The beer poured a redish, copper color with a half inch off white head that collapsed quickly. The nose was vinegary yet slightly sweet with some pepper notes. The taste is a bit warming, and sweet but then turns a bit tart and has some citrus notes and a touch peppery as well. Although faros are usually rather sweet, this one is a little more subdued and tasteful. Probably the second best faro I have tried, next to Cantillon.

Feb 17, 2008
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merlin48 from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a new style for me, so I'm not certain what this is supposed to be like. 12 oz bottle was $5.00 at Roof Brothers in Paducah. Removed the cork and cage and poured an uncarbonated, murky brown beverage into a goblet. No head and no lacing.

Aroma is interesting. Apple cider vinegar, musty wet oak, vague spices, and a hint of cherries.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable, light bodied with flat carbonation.

Taste is tart and tannic, vague bittering hops, musty basement, wet barnyard, unripe grapes, hint of pepper and other spices. Very oaky, and the wood tones are more prominent than in anything else I've encountered. Finishes clean and dry, with a berry aftertaste. Not bad.

Certainly very drinkable and intriguing, but this would not be one of my top choices for a Lambic.

Oct 19, 2006
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cbl2 from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8/24/2006 $5.00 12 oz. N/A No best by date.


Cork plunks out, no pop whatsoever. Pours a hazy ruby brown, but the lack of carbonation has me worried.


Some sherry, hints of nut, old gym socks, and lots of cherries.


Totally still and perhaps a little funky, but this is my first Faro and I'm not sure if this is to be expected or not. Tart and acidic with lots of oak and vibrant cherry notes. Some earth tones like dirt and mushroom towards the finsh. No real distinction to me from a lambic.

Label reads: "Traditional Belgian Faro - Belgian lambic 100% spontaneously fermented ale aged for 2 years in oak casks blended with top fermented wehat ale. Dry and hoppy in flavor with subtle hints of spice."

Aug 25, 2006
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granger10 from Wisconsin

2.47/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First time to this style but I don't like it so far. Pours a nasty poop brown color with nary a head on it. Carbonation is really weak. I was afraid when the cork came off so easily that there was no pop at all. Aroma is a bit acidic, vinegar and has a bit of a fruity alcohol sweetness, cooking sherry. But I kind of enjoyed the uniqueness of it. Taste begins really sweet. Lots of residual sugars then a bit of apple and oak come in, but its all very weak. Finish is tartness but again subdued. Where is the body? Extremely thin mouthfeel. No substantialness to hold the flavors and the flavors were not too great either. I'm disappointed.

Aug 09, 2005
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GreenWBush from Oregon

3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$5.99 in a deceptively small corked and caged bottle.

No woosh or pop from the cork, yet ample carbonation and lace when poured into a wine glass.

A rustic spiciness greets the nose with major cidery whiffs as well as an underlying presence of vinegar. Oak and mineral water are also predominant in nose and taste. Slight suggestion of sour cherry.

The taste is very vinous and cidery with a cloying sweetness juxtaposed with the barnyardy sourness of the lambic. This combination of wheat ale and lambic clouds my palate: which side is this strangely sweet fruit flavor coming from? Is this part of the natural fermentation, and why so many brewers incorporate fruits into their lambics? Makes sense, but I truly don't know.

An interesting introduction to a style I haven't experienced, but surely something I won't get again.

Dec 11, 2004
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bditty187 from Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky brown in color, it looks like lake water and that isn’t an attractive look! I am intrigued though. On the pour not much head was produced, only a few bubbles around the edges of the glass. I guess I shouldn’t even call it a head. Also there was no subsequent lacing. Basically I have a glass of dead, muddy water. Interesting. The nose really has loads of grape aromas, big red grapes, overripe and old. There are some vinous red wine qualities as well. Still, without question, there are some yeasty, funky undertones. Buttery. Wet burlap sacks. Raisins. Dull wheat, wet. The nose is very inviting with tons of little notes that are hard to describe. Woody, oak. Orangey. Once it was at room temperature I got some peppery notes, not black pepper but chili peppers. The potency is moderate, aside from the loudness of the grapes. Inviting. The palate is tasty and intriguing. The flavors are not robust but they are playful and chatty. Like the nose I get a lot of grape flavors. Oaky. Red wine alcohol notes. The wheat is noticeable, dull, but tasty. Throughout the beer is a good amount of sugary sweetness that overshadows some slight sourness. There is a complement spice flavors at the finish that I don’t recognize. I like the yeast funk that is largely in the middle. The finish is… odd, tasty but odd. It seems like a combination of weak peppermint, fresh mint leaves, and earthy herbs. What a busy beer! Medium-light in body, low carbonation, and smooth mouthfeel. Pleasant. This is a very drinkable beverage. It is my first Faro. I hope it is not my last. I tried this at the Dundee Dell, $8.00 for a 12-ounce bottle, poured into a brandy snifter. Recommended.

Aug 01, 2004
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stcules from Italy

3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is garnet red - amaranth, dark, with a relatively scarce foam, quite falling. A lot of floaters.
Smell: vanilla, grape raisins, candy sugar, spice (maybe ginger?).
At the taste the same notes, even if less strong. Grape raisins and candy fruits (after all is a taste like "panettone"), with a hint of liquorice.
Aftertaste: it is perceptible even cinnamon and anise, and ginger again.
Body almost null; drinkable and particular beer. Sour cherry.

Jan 25, 2004
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UnionMade from New York

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The cork is nearly impossible to remove. I had to walk it out of the bottle. Green glass, which I'm always apprehensive about, even with old stale hops.
The liquid itself pours an orange amber, with a thick white head. Very appealing to the eye. Good retention, maintaining a thin head throughout the glass.
Aroma is very tart and dry, almost intensely so. Slightly wheaty, very little esters, as far as i can tell. Somewhat farmy and wild.
Flavor is very tart, with an enormously dry finish, leaving a sour aftertaste in your mouth for a long time. A grassy non bitter hoppiness exists, coupled with the wild farmy flavors. A mild sweetness in the beginning, quickly tapering off to the tart dryness, and finishing with that rough, parched tongue feeling. Very strange beer, but definitley lambic tasting.
I don't think I'm really into the style, although it's unique and interesting. Nothing I'd drink on a regular basis. Definitely great if you like tart, acidic stuff, which I do on occassion.

Aug 30, 2003
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, green glass bottle, corked. No date.

This lambic faro ale poured a clear, iced-tea brown color, with thin, off-white foam that clung to the glass a bit. The smell was a nice vinous, cognac-like aroma with hints of caramel and yeast. The taste was light caramel malt, musty grapes and apples. Somwhat sweet with a light fruitiness and hints of oak and faint hints of spice. The mouthfeel was smooth with a light feeling, and a lingering flavor. The body was medium-light with low carbonation feel. This was a good beer, different than other lambics I have tasted.

Jul 26, 2003
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark burgundy color, with a school of swimmers floating about--is this normal, or is the bottle old? I did get it in a bargain bin at a store that overprices, and undersells it's rarer beers. No head at all, but the aroma is out of this world! Deeply vinous, a heady mix of grapes and alcohol! The taste is thick, full, complex, with licorice flavors, brandy,molasses, red wine, and more. Intensely sweet, with tiny rebuttal from sour, kicking in, now and then.
I haven't had a Faro in a while, and had forgotten what I should expect. A surprising , and seriously complex blend of sweet and sour. Great lambic!

Feb 06, 2003
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky looking brown/ruby. Very little carbonation to note. And thus, no head to speak of. Aroma is green apple, vinegar and sweet tarts all rolled into one. This is a very nice tasting beer. I can really enjoy this one. So much better than the guezue I had recently from Boon in my opinion. Taste is comprised of some mild fruit tones, great woody accents, cherry and slight acetic acid. Not nearly as tart and sour as I thought it would be from the aroma. Some subtle spicing is detected. Dry finish. This is a beauty. No info on A/V, but this is very drinkable. Ranks right up there with some of the better Belgian and Trappist beers I've had.

Nov 07, 2002
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Viking from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't really care for this beer when I poured it - looked like muddy water with a bit of a head. Lotsa visible carbonation in the murk, which kept a nice blanket of lace on top. Enjoyable aroma of sour fruit and spices. The sour fruit dominates the taste initially, but the spices come through in the finish. Mild sour aftertaste to the brew, but not at all unpleasant. Good tasting lambic, not too sour and fairly complex.

Aug 20, 2002
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Todd from California

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 355 ml bottle with a high quality cork. "...aged for 2 years in oak casks, blended with top fermented wheat ale.", describes the lambic inside.

Appearance: A bit cloudy with red brick hues. An off-white rocky head atop a product of champagne style carbonation.

Smell: Natural cider and sour aromas are dominant with slight hints of spice and tropical fruits.

Taste: Very sour with a Granny Smith apple cider flavour up-front, and black pepper hints in the finish.

Notes: If you want a sour lambic without the fruit, this is the one to try. Has great mouth-feel and dries up at the end. A treat at $3.99 a bottle. Sip and enjoy!

Jul 30, 1998
Faro Pertotale from Brouwerij Boon
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 21 ratings