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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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907 Ratings
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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 461
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 42
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

ABV varies slightly
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Ratings: 907 | Reviews: 461
Photo of captaincoffee
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with thin head which quickly disapated. Full funky aroma...much more than expected and a lot more brett than I get from many wild ales. Also some grape skin and musty odors like the storage cellar of a brewhouse. Taste has some nice sour notes, but is naturally overcome by the syrupy sweetness. I really wish it was a little less sweet, which would have made it much more drinkable. I also couldn't help but wish the other Lindemans products (fruit lambics) had this level of funk.
Mouthfeel and finish were quite good. Overall, interesting and almost very good, but it is still a faro after all. I think this would be rated much higher if not for the reviews from people who didn't know what to expect from this style.

Photo of KeithE
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap yesterday and it was quite good. I was pretty conservative with my rating. Maybe the bottled version doesn't stand up to having it directly from the keg.

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head small, very short-lived. After a few seconds almost completely reduced in the middle of the remaining small amount of glass bubbles.
Smell very dry, grapes, cherries, sugar, slightly candied fruit, floral notes but also dark, old lemon.
Saturation more than average, nice tickles the tongue. Faro taste is amazing, light tea with lemon, grapes, sour cherries in sweet pickle, cherries, raspberries, old, watery - stewed fruits strawberries. There is also a sugar candy, slightly scorched. Each sip brings a light stone bitterness, and the finish is heavily seasoned, very stimulating sour taste buds and salivary glands. Alcohol very well hidden. Smooth texture and even velvet, super.
In Faro, you can either love or hate them. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Photo of Ian_B
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Colour of deep amber brown. Translucent with particulates, a weak head but a decent ring of retention.

Aroma of darkening black walnuts or their shells; something I'm sure few people will understand.

Taste very similar. I guess I should try Belgian candi sugar to understand what it is that flavours this beer. Slightly sour, but mostly sweet with the very odd flavour of black walnut. Don't know how else to describe this beer.

Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid beige head, good retention, lots of lacing. Brew is crystal clear and a fairly dark amber color. Tons of bubbly action.

Tart, acidic, and slightly sweet aroma. Reminds me of honey and berries. Nice, moderate wild yeast aroma.

Extremely sweet! Like biting into a juicy tangerine. Lots of sugar and juice, with a bit of a citric bite following. Very little, if any, funk.

Silky, not quite syrupy, feel, relatively light, with a long wet finish.

This is a very tasty beer, but I can see why Faros are rated lower than other Lambics: it's extremely sweet, and there's less of a wild yeast presence. Still, I could easily see this replacing mimosas as a breakfast drink. Light, sweet, low ABV; not a bad beer at all.

Photo of Locke
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

To say they overdid the sweetness is an exaggeration. Sour does nothing to overcome its syrup-like feel and taste but in the farthest reaches of aftertaste.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. A dark reddish bronze with a finger of quick-breaking white bubbles. Not a bad brettanomyces aroma. Green grapes, cherries, barnyard, some darker fruit, big brown sugar sweetness which portends things to come.

Palate is unfortunately far too sweet although I recognize that this style is supposed to be loaded with candi sugar. The tasty fruit notes on the nose do reveal themselves, with vibrant cherry, ripe pears, and hints of tangerine and lemon providing interest above and beyond the pervasive caramel flavor. I will say that the sour element improves over the course of a glass, presumably as one habituates to the sugar. The pear note starts to shift to something less ripe and some of the horse blanket shines through. Medium body with a perception of added thickness due to the sugar. Mellow carbonation. Finishes mildly tannic, vinous, fairly tart with an apple cider vinegar echo.

The fruitiness is a strength and this brew has some nice sour character if ones goes looking. Well-crafted if ultimately leaving one yearning for a legit gueze.

Photo of Wanne
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a lambic or gueze, and looks the same. However, the addition of too much candy sugar makes it too sweet for my taste. Little disappointed...

Photo of infinitebruner
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

December 28, 2014

12 oz bottle, snifter

A – Medium to deep amber, about an inch of slightly off-white head with very strong retention. Some slightly reddish hues are also present.

S – Barnyard, horseblanket, more barnyard. The Brett is strong with this one. I could smell it from five feet away after pouring it into the glass. There is some mildly sweet-dark fruit, cherries, perhaps a hint of tangerine. No hop aroma.

T – Very, very sweet, sugary. I assume residual, unfermented candy sugar. The funkiness takes a back seat. Slightly fruity component to the sweetness, like cherry or apple juice. No hop flavor.

M – Very light carbonation, which means there’s not much to offset the high sugar levels, and this comes across as cloyingly sweet.

O – This is a difficult beer to drink because of the unbalanced level of sweetness, in spite of the wonderful aromas. Seems like it mind blend well with a darker beer for some interesting concoctions, but alone it is not great.

Photo of JLSIV
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in my favorite beer haunt in the bottle. Wanted to try this type.

Poured into a tulip glass, I had more fuzziness than a head that some of the other raters/reviewers are talking about. No lacing at all. Head disappeared into small ring of effervescent bubbles.

Aroma has a hint of sour with a sweet, fruity background, almost similar to a sparkling wine.

Taste was more sweet than sour, but with a little almost brett background….as it warmed, I got some of the "horse blanket" smell and taste, similar to Orval's. It was pleasant, however, just not really what I was expecting. More sour than the other fruit lambics by Lindemans'


Very medium body, finishes rather crisp, almost like a dry cider.

Overall, I would try again on tap, but probably wouldn't buy in the bottle. As I said, wanted to try this style, and it is harder to find.

Photo of tillmac62
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a slight garnet hue. Excellent head, lacing and retention. The nose is a light white wine like sweetness with grape and berry notes. Light medium body with a touch of creamy texture. Normal carbonation with some effervescence in the middle and finish. The World Class flavor profile hits the perfect balance of sweet and sour, excellent intensity and reasonable complexity. It begins with a blend of tart sweet fruit. As the tartness fades, brown candi sugar becomes evident. The middle produces a light sourness that is sour fruit in nature rather than vinegar. The finish is a slow fade of sweet/sour tartness. This one is an excellent choice for lambic introduction.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a seasonal treat at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA, delivered to me on tap. It had a lustrous dark red color, with a decent fluffy yellowish head (at least in the light I had) and nice lacing. Aroma is of berries and apple, almost like a root cellar smell after harvest. The taste is decidedly tart, with a mix of apple and berry that stings the tongue at the back. I detect an almost medicinal taste to it, but not syrupy. The mouthfeel is definitely carbonated, but not fizzy. I like the tartness on the tongue that lingers afterward. I am liking this Faro Lambic very much, and will try to get my hands on more in the near future.

Photo of Avant_Garage
3.75/5  rDev +3%

2014-Nov-28

Photo of Samp01
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a medium off white slightly creamy head. Aroma and taste is fruity, berries, sweet raspberry hints of strawberry, yeast and a bit of biscuit malt with mild tartness at the end. A medium body with lively carbonation, light bubbly and crisp on the palate. I found this brew to be quite enjoyable, crisp and refreshing without being too sweet. Very nice tasty brew.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +3%

I'm certain this is the first Faro for a vast majority of beer drinkers. This one goes into my Lindeman's flute, pouring a deep, rich hazy medium-dark yellow color and growing a creamy off-white head to just over a finger. It sits well and remains sturdy, laying down lots of creamy lace as it goes.
This beer is all about showcasing the sweetness without covering up everything beneath it, and without being artificial or tasting like cane sugar. I'm a fan of belgian candi sugar in that there's a lot more to the sweetness than regular sugar, and it works better with the beer to its overall effect. It's sweet from front to back, but also shows a little tartness underneath and a light touch of funk beneath that. All in all, the only thing I'd like more, which I'm sure the best of the style get, would be to draw out the Lambic's complexities and show more of the aromas and flavors underneath the sweetness.
It has almost a luxurious smoothness on the tongue, a creamy flow complemented by just the right crispness from a very consistent carbonation. The medium body offers the right level of support, and just a little tartness can be felt on the tongue so the sweetness isn't cloying, though it naturally keeps from it.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Finally can check this style off my list. Sampled a bottle at Bohemian Biergarten in People's Republic of Boulder. Came out a crystal clear coppery color with a more orange hue throughout. Head retention was limited.

The nose had hints of sour and a fruity almost strawberry note. Maybe a hint of blueberry and a light herbal hint on the back. Was expecting more of a brown sugar/molasses but really nothing there. No real orange or coriander to speak about.

The taste is similar to Lindeman's beers. A more sweet forward with just a hint of sourness. The brown sugar/molasses comes out a bit more vs the nose but still light. A light herbal note on the back end with a more citrus berry backing. More of a muddled note than what the nose provided. Clean, no real off notes.

The body is moderate but finishes sweet. Carbonation is light but ok. Would like a bit more sweetness but glad to try it.

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.91/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste and slightly sour!

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/25/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, light vinegar, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of green apple, cherry, strawberry, peach, pear, candi sugar, hay, straw, grass, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness and after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice Faro Lambic style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast and candi sugar sweetness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%

$ 5.99/12 oz bottle from Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 40 degrees into tulip glass
Aroma of strawberries
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny bubbles
Body pinkish-gold, clear
Flavor begins with a fruity sweetness which quickly becomes tart; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. No Brettanomyces characteristics are noticeable.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625. Final weighted score: 4.225.
A very nice lambic, particularly if you like strawberries.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.9%

this stuff is great, forget the ratings. a much much darker wild ale, with a deep deep copper color to it, great clarity, and a lazy off white head. the nose here is nice too, sour but sweet from the addition of candy sugar. its sourness would be intense without it. there is some oak on it too, moderate woody properties blend in with the finishing sweetness. carbonation is lively, which is nice and not always the norm with these belgian lambic type. the darker grain and sugar give this way more body than others, and the wheat malt is lost a little on it. less delicate than their cuvee rene, but i like that. its low abv makes it drinkable even though it is a little thicker. its almost flemish red like for a second, that pucker but sweet at the same time thing. i like this a lot, this and the cuvee for me are the higher end of lindemans, distinct and high quality. their fruit stuff is maybe less compelling much of the time, but this beer is really great. appreciably unique.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%

Silver foiled, capped and corked 12 ounce bottel.

A: Pours a hazed dark orange/amberish under a one-inch thick slightly off-white head which slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves clumpy lace.

N: Cork, oak without tannins - mostly wood, damp earth, sour wheat, tart fruits, vinous (white grape), lovely spontaneous barnyard funk.

T: Sweetness at first, funk, malts, fresh cut hay, apples, pears, peaches, cherries, cider, minerality and then sweet again.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Mildly sweet and syrupy finish.

O: Oh so good as a companion to after meal desserts. Extremely easy drinking. Wonder how this might age???

Photo of janubio
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

37,5 cl. bottle. Dark amber colour, with a medium head and good retention and lace. Smell of grapes, apples, sherry, oak, cider. Medium to light body, sour palate, though you can notice clearly the sugar added. Taste is acid apples, oak, cider. Very pleasant, though I like best the usual gueuze with no sugar.

Photo of KornWallace
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Date:7/28/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Amber to light brown in color with an off white to tan well carbonated head. The beer itself is very clear when held to the light. There are some large yeast flakes inside the bottle. Average retention. Decent cling.
Aroma: Sweet in aroma with a syrupy cherry smell. Candied sugars. No hop presence.
Taste: Again the flavors are very sweet from the candied sugars. More fruits announce themselves in the flavor like plums, grapes and a very light cherry. There might be the slightest hint of hop bitterness in the back but it's hardly noticeable. The cherries linger in the end.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel shines. It's a very luscious syrupy flavor that coats the tongue and cheek. Medium body and medium to medium high carbonation hits my throat and tongue.

Notes: Capped and Corked.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We split a bottle, screwing the cork and pouring into our tasting snifters. It shows a golden brown coloring, with only a film of a creamy tan head to show for. Spots of lacing replace this, but they are far and few in between. No haze or sediment are appreciated, but carbonation appears to be high. The aroma is both sweet and salty, giving notes of candied walnuts, strawberry and raspberry fruitiness, hot balsamic vinegar, oaky woodiness, musk and dust, white sugar, fermented red apples, wildly souring tart yeastiness, cucumber skins, and chemical chlorine bite. The taste to follow is immensely sweet. Flavor hails from syrupy cherry, strawberry, and raspberry sugars, with hollow plastics, glossed printer paper, white sugar, vinegar acidity, tart barnyard yeastiness, mild graphite, metallics and mineral-laden soil, tweed, commercial honey, and sweet, seeded raspberry jam. The body is light, but syrupy and thick when it comes to slurp, smack, and finishing pop. The mouth is left fully coated and satiated, with no real dryness. The abv is easy, and the beer drinks back like candy.

Overall, this was a nice experience. Although faros as a style are sweet, with cloying amounts of added sugars, Lindemans sure knows how to make a crazy sweet beer. This beer, for us, functions more as an after-dinner aperitif, much like a port or sticky brandy. We didn’t find any aspect of it to be offensive, but it is about as refreshing as a tall, warm glass of merlot. There is enough tartness from the yeast to help curb the large base of cloy, but again, the ultimate picture shows that stylistically, they did things right, without too much in one direction or the other.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

French beer tour #4
Pour slightly chilled in tulip glass

A: dark clear amber color; little head but good carbonation; not much lacing
S: stinks at first, then dissipates into rather bland but not offense yeast aroma
T: the flavor redeems the smell; beautiful tart apples barge in; really nice balance of fruit, booze, carbonation, and sourness; virtually no hops; very appetizing, and enjoyable

Worth trying again, but let it stand for a bit, so you don't have to deal with the poor aroma.

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Lindemans Faro Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans
82 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.