At given times, 3 Fonteinen still makes faro for consumption ‘in situ’ (i.e. at their Lambik-O-Droom), trying to keep this ancient tradition alive in a time where – contrary to, say, two centuries ago – very few people still know what a traditional faro is. There are two variants, a bit confusingly called “classic” versus “traditional”; I had the classic, actually simply old lambic sweetened with sugar water, many years ago at the 3 Fonteinen restaurant in Beersel, long before the Lambik-O-Droom even existed, so now I got lucky to taste the traditional version, made with young lambic sweetened with reduced wort (instead of actual sugar as was or is usually the case). Thanks David (or Goodfella86 as he is known on this site)! Frothy, pillowy, cobweb-lacing, egg-white head on a misty bronze-brownish-tinged amber beer with olive-greenish edges. Aroma of old tea bags, bergamot tea even, lightly toasted unsalted peanuts, freshly ironed cotton cloth, old pipe tobacco, dried apricot, hard to even burnt caramel, old hazelnuts, dried basil, very old dry sherry – in short, a typical (very) old lambic purity and maturity pimped with fresh malt (or indeed wort) odours. Soft sourness in the mouth, clearly tempered by the reduced wort, dried apricot and sour plum impressions, flat carb (none expected anyway), rounded and slick body; malty middle phase, nut bread and old toast with caramelly touch, ongoing ‘deep’ and noble tartness, leathery funkiness and drying woodiness – all ‘sauced’ with a strong herbal, old tea-like effect. Very easily drinkable but also very recognizably old lambic with all its oxidized, sedate character, but with a reviving ‘infuse’ of wort – an unusual interpretation of faro as mostly young lambic (or even ‘meerts’) was used as a basis, but feeling very traditional at the same time. Glad I had the chance to taste this one.
On Tap @3 Fonteinen lambik-O-droom, Beersel. 16/11/2019 Color ambarino opaco, espuma blanca, aromas dulces, sabor dulce, acida,, cuerpo medio.
Served at lambik-O-droom as traditional faro. Pours very dark brown with some yeasty chunks. Aroma is heavy caramelly, bread, toast, dark fruits, malt, prunes, sugar, some subtle funky notes. Taste is sweet, funky, bready, light tart, orange, macaroons, caramel.
Draught Pour, tons of floating, suspended sugars and yeast. 5 finger pillow-like yellow head. Smells sweet like chilled wort and cereal. Very thin, greasy almost with oily texture. Graham cracker, raw wheat. Finish is a sweet sugary orange flavor.
0,2l from tap at the brewery. Amber cloudy color, small white head. Smells candi sugar, hints of must, lightly fruity. Decent smell, rather sweet. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Tastes of candi sugar, grassy, earthy, spices, peppery. Finishes lightly sweet with notes of candi sugar, earthy and light musty notes. Pretty decent one, a bit on the sweet side
Quite clear orange color, average sized white to off-white head. Smell and taste are basically a mix between sour and sweet with something else in the background. Can't figure out what it is. Different from most other faros I've had. Interesting.
Sample @ BXL BeerFest 2018, shared with Belgian RB crew, thanks. Dorée assez clair, pas de col. Arôme sur un bon bouquet de grains frais rappelle l’empâtage et résiduel de grains. Pointe de douceur en rétro. Palais est grains virant sur les céréales - douceur marquée de sucre candi avec une petite note d'amertume sur la fin.
Imported from my RateBeer account as 3 Fonteinen Faro Traditional (by Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen):
Aroma: 8/10, Appearance: 4/5, Taste: 8/10, Palate: 3/5, Overall: 16/20, MyTotalScore: 3.9/5
25/VIII/18 - sample @ BXL Beer Festival - BB: n/a (2018-1079) Thanks to the Belgian and Dutch Ratebeer crews for sharing today's beers!
Clear orange beer, no head. Aroma: nice lambic smell, very authentic, bit peppery, very nice, lovely stuff! MF: no carbon, medium to light body. Taste: pretty sweet and sugary, some candi sugary, sweet apples, cider touch, nice stuff! Aftertaste: sourish, lovely, bitter touch, bit woody, nice one!
Tap at BXL. Hazy amber with no head. Sweet carrots, sugar, sour grain, berries, rozenbottels. Moderate sweet, sour and bitter. Medium body and low carbonation. --- Beer aliased from original tick of Traditional Faro (reduced wort) on 28 Aug 2018 at 09:59 - Score: 7